Questions tagged [a-new-hope]

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Why doesn't the Lars family (and thus Luke) speak Huttese as their first language?

Since Tatooine is in Hutt space, and in The Phantom Menace we see basically everyone on the street on Tatooine defaulting to Huttese as their primary language, wouldn't the Lars family (and thus Luke ...
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Time between Evazan/Baba appearances on Jedha and Tatooine?

We know from this question that it was no more than a few hours between the end of Rogue One and the start of A New Hope but I'm curious how much time elapsed specifically between Cornelius Evazan and ...
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Does any explanation exist clarifying what happened to the escape pod R2-D2 and C-3PO used at the beginning of the first “Star Wars” film?

So at the beginning of Star Wars (1977) R2-D2 and C-3PO escape the captured Tantive IV blockade runner in a class-6 escape pod and land on Tatooine. We see them leave the escape pod to go off and do ...
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Why do the TIE Fighter pilot helmets have similar ridges as the rebels?

After having prop replicas of a TIE Fighter pilot' helmet and the Red Five helmet in view at same time, I noticed that both have characteristic ridges going to the back (circled in red on the 2 ...
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If Darth Vader sensed Kenobi aboard the Millennium Falcon, why didn't he go aboard?

After a tractor beam brings the Millennium Falcon aboard the Death Star, Darth Vader senses the presence of his old teacher. He runs off to tell Grand Moff Tarkin ...
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What was Darth Vader adjusting on his joystick controller?

Here we see Darth Vader piloting his fighter while hunting for Rebel starfighters above the Death Star: He does it in multiple scenes. Was this some sort of targeting configuration controller?
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Did Bail Organa and/or Princess Leia know where to find Obi-Wan on Tatooine?

Since we know that they were headed to Tatooine at the beginning of A New Hope (confirmed by Bail Organa's conversation with Mon Mothma in Rogue One), did they know where he resided on Tatooine? The ...
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How does Princess Leia know Obi-Wan Kenobi is “Ben” Kenobi?

When Luke rescues Leia from her cell on the Death Star: Leia: Aren't you a little short to be a stormtrooper? Luke: Huh? Oh, the uniform. I'm Luke Skywalker. I'm here to rescue you. ...
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How did Cornelius Evazan get his facial scarring?

From the fight in the Mos Eisley Cantina bar we see the bad guy Cornelius Evazan who threatened Luke ("He doesn't like you"...). He also bumps into one of the characters on Jeddha in Rogue One. Do ...
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Exactly which act of bravery are Luke and Han awarded a medal for?

In the final scene of Star Wars IV, Luke and Han are awarded the Medal of Bravery. Some officials of the rebel Alliance (Leia and perhaps others) apparently decided who would receive a medal, and for ...
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How did the Force make Luke hard to hit in the Battle of Yavin?

On the trench run, Darth Vader remarked that the Force was "strong with this one", probably not knowing the pilot was Luke. I know Luke is a main character in the movie and couldn't die (so the story ...
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When did the Death Star 2 construction start? [duplicate]

I think it's safe to assume (although probably well known to everyone except me) that the DS2 construction was started long before the DS1 was blown up. As it took nearly 20 years for the DS1 to be ...
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Is there a fictional language in Star Wars named after mechanical engineering professor Cemil Bagci?

In a recent (now deleted) answer to a question on scifi.se about why a translator who could speak Bocce was needed in Star Wars: A New Hope, the claim was made that the language is actually "Bagci", ...
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In Star Wars IV, could Darth Vader have captured Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber using Force Pull?

In Star Wars IV: A New Hope, when Obi-Wan Kenobi finds Darth Vader on the Death Star, he takes out his lightsaber and turns it on. At this point, could Vader have captured Kenobi's lightsaber using ...
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Did Han Solo shoot Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter wingman from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon?

In Stars Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, did Han Solo shoot Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter wingman from his chair in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon or from one of the Falcon’s two swiveling gun turrets? ...
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Why didn't the original Death Star's shields protect against small fighters?

The original Death Star had shields. They're mentioned at 2 minutes into this video clip when red leader says they are passing through the magnetic field. The small spacecraft get jostled a bit ...
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Why did Luke use his left hand to shoot?

In A New Hope Detention Center Shoutout scene Luke is clearly shooting with his left hand. Later in this same video at 4:51 he makes a leftie shot more clearly. In The Empire Strikes Back while ...
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Was the original Death Star prop actually blown up for the movie?

I've read in the past that the original Death Star prop was blown up for the movie scene. Today I came across this and was wondering if there was any truth to that rumor.
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How did Obi-Wan Kenobi know Luke's name in ANH?

In Star Wars: A New Hope when Kenobi saves Luke from the Sand People and wakes him up. Without Luke giving his name, Kenobi calls him, "young Luke." Is there an ...
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Did Leia recognise the name Skywalker when Luke rescues her?

When Luke rescues Leia in A New Hope he introduces himself as Luke Skywalker, Leia then questions him by saying who? Which suggests to me she has heard the name before. So where does she recognise ...
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Did Obi-Wan need to sacrifice himself to Vader?

As far as I understand it, Obi-Wan Kenobi's motivation for engaging Darth Vader in combat and was to buy time for Luke et al to escape from the Death Star. After the battle, he urges Luke, "Run, ...
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Who exactly killed Luke Skywalker's Aunt and Uncle? [duplicate]

I know for a fact that there are a few similar questions like mine but none of them are exactly asking what I am. Now in the first Star Wars movie, Luke and Obi-Wan come back to Luke's Aunt and Uncle ...
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Did Obi Wan know it was Luke’s sister in the hologram R2-D2 showed?

In the “Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” hologram, when Obi-Wan first saw it, did he know that it was Luke’s sister?
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How did Yoda react to the destruction of Alderaan?

If Obi-Wan can feel the strong disturbance in the Force from the destruction of Alderaan by the Death Star, wouldn't Yoda have felt it too? After all, he felt the fall of the Jedi throughout the ...
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Why wasn't Darth Vader's TIE fighter recognized during the Death Star Assault?

I was watching the first Death Star assault again and I noticed that out of all the Imperial fighters sent out against the rebels, Vader's ship was of a different design. So why didn't any of the ...
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What do Luke and Han shoot in the detention block?

In the original Star Wars, when rescuing Leia, our heroes shoot the guards, then spend a few seconds shooting some equipment. What are these objects and why are they shooting them? This one looks ...
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Why is Leia okay with being tracked to Yavin?

In A New Hope, after Han and Luke fight off the TIE Fighters while escaping from the Death Star, these exchanges happen: INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM Darth Vader strides into ...
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Why doesn't Owen Lars recognize C-3PO during ANH?

As shown in this answer, Owen and Beru Lars should be very familiar with C-3PO (he stayed with Shmi Skywalker till her death, and was present at her funeral). Yet, Lars (not sure if Beru saw him ...
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Can Greedo regenerate?

Is it possible that George Lucas's original intent when creating Star Wars (Ep. IV A New Hope) was that Greedo was of a race that can regenerate fairly quickly?  Is it possible that Han-shot-first ...
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Did Vader actually die in the original Star Wars movie, now known as A New Hope?

I know it was changed quickly to make him available for the sequel, but I saw the movie three times in the weeks after its premiere and Darth Vader definitely died in the trench, bumping into his wing-...
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Why does Obi-Wan-Kenobi touch Luke Skywalker's head at the rock canyon in Tatooine? [duplicate]

In Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), after been attacked by Sand People, we see Luke Skywalker laying inert in the ground, then, we hear a great howling moan echoing throughout the canyon which sends the ...
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What was Obi-wan doing/checking when he puts his hand over Luke's face?

When Obi-Wan Kenobi first appears in Star Wars IV - A new Hope he scares a bunch of sand people away and then he proceeds to check Luke Skywalker, first by checking his pulse and then he sticks his ...
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Was Obi-Wan Kenobi assuming the same pose of the Jedha statue before he died?

After watching for the nth time Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, it looks to me that Obi-Wan Kenobi, just before he sacrifices himself in the lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, assumes the same pose ...
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Did Vader actually kill Obi-Wan?

So I was looking at this question: Did Obi-Wan need to sacrifice himself to Vader? And it occurred to me... did Vader actually kill Obi-Wan? At the end of the fight, Obi-Wan lifts his lightsaber and ...
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Why “hide” Luke from his father somewhere Anakin knows?

In Episode II Anakin goes to the Lars homestead and meets his extended family. How would sending Luke there be "hidden" to Vader in any way? At least Leia had a random planet and family.
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Did Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen know that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a Jedi?

This was inspired by a related question about whether Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru knew that Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Did they know that Obi-Wan "Old Ben" Kenobi was a Jedi? Or did they ...
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Why didn't the Imperials block the exhaust port on the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin?

The rebel plan is to fire torpedoes into the Death Star's exhaust port, causing a chain reaction that will destroy the Death Star. One of the Imperial officers tells Tarkin: OFFICER: We've ...
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How did the Rebels find the design flaw to the first Death Star?

So I just read the answers to this question, where most of the authors agree complete fault analysis for a ridiculously complex project like the Death Star is close to impossible, given technical ...
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What is the history of the front end modification to the Millennium Falcon?

A trailer for the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story shows at 1:28 the Millennium Falcon having quite the streamlined front end: When it is seen in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, it clearly has a ...
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Did the Empire know the Falcon was going to Alderaan?

During ANH, Han, Chewbacca, Luke, Obi-Wan and the two droids have left Tatooine aboard the Falcon just in front of the search troops (they fled under blaster blows). At this point, the Empire know ...
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When do the events of “Thrawn” end in relation to “A New Hope”?

How much time is there between Thrawn and the beginning of A New Hope? What I’m really looking for is a timeline (in BBY) of Thrawn’s notable activities/events, including the Thrawn trilogy (even ...
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What is this object seen in Mos Eisley spaceport?

This object can be seen in Mos Eisley spaceport in Star Wars: Episode IV. I’ve always wondered what its purpose is. Do we know?
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Was Obi-Wan speaking the truth when he said “I'm too old for this”?

In ANH, Obi-Wan told Luke that he was "too old for this" when Leia pleaded for him to aid the Rebellion and bring the Death Star plans to Bail Organa in ALderaan. Obi-Wan always planned to train Luke ...
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How did Luke Skywalker not die in the explosion?

The Death Star has enough power to destroy an entire planet. It's been estimated that one blast of its superweapon delivers energy comparable to that released by the Sun in an entire week so we can ...
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What's the origin of the name of the Tantive IV?

Tantive IV is the ship used by Leia in Rogue One and A New Hope. Tantive has the feel of the end of an English adjective. (I think of substantive.) This wouldn't be dissimilar to the names of ...
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What happened to the crew and guards of the Tantive IV?

In Star Wars: A New Hope, we see a number of Alderaanian consular guards that were on the Tantive IV being escorted away by Stormtroopers. But what was the fate of these guards and the crew of the ...
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Was it intentional that Luke and Darth Vader did not meet during A New Hope? [duplicate]

Having watched A New Hope again, I have just realised that the only people to meet Vader in person out of the main good characters are Leia and Obi-Wan. It's understandable why Han didn't interact ...
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In Star Wars: IV and Star Trek: III, are this guy and this guy the same guy?

In this answer to this question: Is there a pair of alien species, one in Star Wars, one in Star Trek, that are too similar for coincidence? @BenitoCiaro remembered these two characters: One from ...
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Had Luke Skywalker been adopted by Owen and Beru?

Owen Lars and Beru Whitesun raised Luke Skywalker. But had they adopted him? Luke calls them uncle Owen and aunt Beru. He knew of the family relation between Owen and his father, Anakin. Yet the ...
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Is there any evidence to suggest that Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen were killed by Boba Fett and not the Storm Troopers?

There's a fan theory that it was possibly Boba Fett who killed Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in A New Hope, instead of Storm Troopers, as Obi-Wan thought). This is a big jump (that Obi Wan was wrong) — ...