Cool Space Battles
There certainly is something about a good battle in space that’s cooler than anything else that could be put onscreen. The best space battles in film and television are spectacles in which everything comes together, from special effects, the music, the right amount of character, tactics, and preparation to make sure the drama plays effectively.
These space battle could be anything from relatively high realism space battles to low realism, from massive fleets to two ships fighting it out in a submarine-esque engagement. Whether guns, missiles, lasers, phasers or photon torpedoes are used, this series takes a look at some of the coolest space battles ever put on screen.
The Expanse, Space Above and Beyond, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek, and many more movies and tv shows have given us some of the best space fights on the screen, stay tuned and we will go through every one of these.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith | Battle of Coruscant
The Battle of Coruscant was a battle that took place over Coruscant during the final days of the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS).
General Grievous and Count Dooku managed to reach Coruscant with a massive fleet and proceeded to attack the Republic Navy vessels defending the planet.
In Legends, the CIS invaded Coruscant with thousands of ships and millions of droids. With 450 Venator-class Star Destroyers slugging it out with the invading CIS. Each carrying 420 starfighters, with a total of 189,000 Republic Starfighters fighting.
The numbers are somewhat more conservative in Star Wars canon, however, as seen in the scene from ‘Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith’ above, but the scene is possibly the coolest opening sequence in any Star Wars movie, to date.
The sudden reveal (paired with the music) felt like tumbling off of a rollercoaster and into the battle. Great CGI and the scale of the battle is amazing. It might still be the biggest battle ever depicted on camera. The flight thru the battle makes gives us the viewers a feel of the enormity of the battle and the stakes at play. With a tremendous amount of movement and the unpredictable consequences of objects in orbit around a planet. Both under control and out of control. The John Williams score (copyright) is amazing, it amplifies the battle and brings the sequence to even greater levels.
In the aftermath of the battle, the Separatist were dealt a crippling loss from Coruscant, with an entire third of the Separatist Armada lost and perhaps even worse than that was the loss of Dooku (Darth Tyranus), with Grievous became the Confederacy’s new leader.
Palpatine (Darth Sidious), meanwhile, successfully achieved his goal of converting Skywalker to the dark side and took the fallen Jedi Knight as his new apprentice, replacing Dooku. The Chancellor dubbed Skywalker as Darth Vader and executed Order 66, branding the Jedi as traitors and creating media that the Jedi were behind the war. With the Jedi Order destroyed, Palpatine transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire.