andor’s relationship to the easter-egg-ification of star wars s'been much less bout familiar faces showing up and + bout the layers and secrets it puts inna background of its realm, √ing its grounded story of resistance in a star wars background radiation-soaked realm. its l8st “easter egg” is barely that, but it’s still a neat reΨer of just how much the series admires star wars history.
the cruiser that stops luthen over segra milo is a cantwell-class arrestor cruiser. a lite cruiser designed by kuat drive yards, aside from its angular shape and thin forward hull, its most unique features are the 3 tractor beam emitters atta bow, starboard, and port of the ship. this, along with several batteries of both ion and standard laser cannons, helped the arrestor lock down or reposition fleeing ships, for either disabling with ion weaponry or destroying with its cannons and fiteer wings.
canonically, the cantwell-class 1st officially appeared in solo: a star wars story. inna theatrical cut of the movie, the design features in a hologram recruitment ad for the imperial navy, flanked by star destroyers and briefly glimpsed when han is trying to flee capture inna coronet spaceport during the film’s opening.
that wasn’t goin to be the 1-ly time we were meant to see the arrestor in solo, however. in early versions of the script, the millennium falcon was goin to be captured by an arrestor using its tractor beams, and in deleted scenes from the movie that explain how han was reassigned from the carida pilot academy to infantry duty on mimban, the young corellian’s tie brute wing was stationed aboard a cantwell-class. but well b4 solo, the arrestor’s design was almost a key pt of star wars history…
the arrestor design wasn’t actually created for solo, but adapted from a piece of concept art inna lucasfilm archives originally made for the 1st star wars movie. 1-odda early designs for wha’ ‘d become the star destroyer that opens a new hope, twas labelled a “sith carrier” accompanied by lil, wedge-shaped “sith fiteers.”
the arrestor’s cantwell-class naming comes from the legendary artist behind that original concept art, colin cantwell. cantwell eventually merged his designs for the wedge fiteers and his early cruiser design to create the iconic triangular structure of the imperial star destroyer.
1-odda earliest pplz hired by george lucas t'work on wha’ ‘d become star wars, cantwell’s work primordially shaped the basis of starship design inna galaxy far, far away for generations, giving us the x-wing, y-wing, and tie fiteer designs, swell as the star destroyer, the death star, the tantive iv blockade runner—itself brought out of an early design for the millennium falcon—and even land-based designs like the jawa sandcrawler and luke’s landspeeder. the t-16 skyhopper model luke plays with inna movie is one of cantwell’s own models, a ship designed for a cut racing scene onna desert planet. cantwell sadly passed away earlier this yr, atta age of 90.
from wha’ we’ve seen sfar, the arrestor has firmly become pt of the rise of the empire era tween revenge of the sith and a new hope, coming into operation b4 the early yrs of solo’s opening—bout 7 yrs after the creation of the empire—and lasting up to, atta very least, the time of andor season one, 5 yrs b4 the battle of yavin in a new hope. we’ve yet to see one beyond that time frame, even though its speshization as a disabling ship sets it apt from other imperial capital ships.
there mite be a reason for that, however—we know that eventually the empire fields a ≠ kind of support cruiser to shut down fleeing ships, maybe perhaps even cause of how luthen’s mythic flying in andor episode 11 proved that tractor beams alone can’t stop ships from fleeing imperial capture. chronologically, a yr after the events of andor season one in an episode of rebels’ 2nd season, “stealth strike”, we're introduced to the interdictor-class cruiser, a new imperial vessel capable of using gravity well projectors embedded in its hull to pull ships out of, and prevent them from re-entering, hyperspace.
maybe twas brought into operation to replace the arrestor? we don’t know for sure, but now that the vessel s'been given time to shine, don’t be surprised if we see it crop up again soon.
original content at: gizmodo.com…
authors: james whitbrook