A vast sea of stars serves as the backdrop for the main title, a rollup slowly crawls into infinity:
The awesome yellow planet of Tatooine emerges from a total eclipse, her two moons glowing against the darkness.
A tiny silver spacecraft, a Rebel Blockade Runner firing lasers from the back of the ship, races through space.
It is pursed by a giant Imperial Stardestroyer. Hundreds of deadly laserbolts streak from the Imperial Stardestroyer.
The blaze causes the main solar fin of the Rebel craft to disintegrate.
REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY: An explosion rocks the ship as two robots, Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) and See-Threepio (C-3PO) struggle to make their way through the shaking, bouncing passageway. Both robots are old and battered.
Artoo is a short, claw-armed tripod. His face is a mass of computer lights surrounding a radar eye. Threepio, on the other hand, is a tall, slender robot of human proportions. He has a gleaming bronze-like metallic surface of an Art Deco design. Another blast shakes them as they struggle along their way.
Rebel troopers rush past the robots and take up positions in the main passageway.
THREEPIO: Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness!
The little R2 unit makes a series of electronic sounds that only another robot could understand.
Rebel troopers aim their weapons toward the door.
THREEPIO: We're doomed! . . . There'll be no escape for the Princess this time.
Artoo continues making beeping sounds. Tension mounts as loud metallic latches clank and the scream of heavy equipment are heard moving around the outside hull of the ship.
THREEPIO: What's that?
SPACECRAFT IN SPACE: The Imperial craft has easily overtaken the Rebel Blockade Runner. The smaller Rebel ship is being drawn into the underside dock of the giant Imperial starship.
REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER: The nervous Rebel troopers aim their weapons.
Suddenly a tremendous blast opens up a hole in the main passageway and a score of fearsome armored spacesuited stormtroopers make their way into the smoke-filled corridor.
In a few minutes the entire passageway is ablaze with laserfire. The deadly bolts ricochet in wild random patterns creating huge explosions.
Stormtroopers scatter and duck behind storage lockers. Laserbolts hit several Rebel soldiers who scream and stagger through the smoke, holding shattered arms and faces.
Several of the Rebel troops break and run in a frenzied panic. An explosion hits near the robots.
MAIN HALLWAY: The awesome, seven-foot-tall Dark Lord of the Sith makes his way into the blinding light of the main passageway. This is Darth Vader, right hand of the Emperor.
His face is obscured by his flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which stands out next to the fascist white armored suits of the Imperial stormtroopers. Everyone instinctively backs away from the imposing warrior and a deathly quiet sweeps through the Rebel troops.
A woman's hand puts a card into an opening in Artoo's dome. Artoo makes beeping sounds.
Threepio stands in a hallway, somewhat bewildered. Artoo is nowhere in sight.
THREEPIO: Artoo-Detoo, where are you?