Re-watching Star Wars A New Hope recentally and a thought came to mind. Why does the trash compactor in the Death Star have a monster in it? And how did it get there? After all, the Death Star is still relatively new, and with the tight security the Empire's uber battlestation should have, you'd think it would be virtually impossible for a creature such as this to simply stumble aboard. Which would imply that the Empire put it there on purpose. So, what, did Tarkin requisition a trash compactor monster, and the thing was shipped from the Outer Rim? And really, what purpose does a monster in the trash compactor serve that the Empire would want one on the Death Star?