Questions tagged [a-new-hope]

For questions about the first of the Star Wars film series released - A New Hope. Always use this tag in conjunction with the [star-wars] tag.

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Is there a canon explanation for how Proton Torpedoes were able to turn 90 degrees at the end of Star Wars: ANH

Based on this question: Why did Luke need a targeting computer in the first place? Proton Torpedoes launched from Luke's X-Wing were able to change direction 'on a dime' 90 degrees to get into Death ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan remember R2-D2 and C-3PO in A New Hope?

How is it that, per Jedi Grrrl As for Obi-Wan, he forgot all about R2-D2 and C-3PO after spending three whole movies with them I know people might say "well, would you remember a toaster you had ...
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What are the things that “The Force Awakens” borrowed/parallel from “A New Hope?”

The Internet is awash with criticisms (or is that praise) of how Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens borrows, steals, homages, references, archetype-uses or parallels from Star Wars Episode IV: A ...
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How does the Death Star gravity work?

As we all know the Death Star is spherical. I don't know if it generates gravity on its own or has a gravity generator, but that's not important. I think we have basically two scenarios: Gravity ...
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Why specifically was Obi-Wan Kenobi the “only hope” of Princess Leia?

I know that there is a sort of similar question about how Princess Leia knew about Obi-Wan here, but I'm curious as to why and how Princess Leia thought an aging Obi-Wan Kenobi would be of any help to ...
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What award did Leia give Chewie, Han and Luke?

What award/medal is this - I have been searching Wookieepedia to try and find what medal this is, but i have not found it, does anyone know what this medal/award was and why it would be given (eg- ...
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Why was Vader surprised that Obi-Wan's body disappeared?

OK, I understand that Obi-Wan turned into a force ghost when Vader struck him down, but why was Vader surprised by the lack of a body? It's not the transition into a force ghost but Vader's reaction ...
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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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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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How long did it take the Millennium Falcon to get from Tatooine to the Death Star?

Despite the perception that Obi-Wan was Luke's mentor who taught him in the ways of the Force, it seems like they only had a minute of actual Jedi training. This was on the Millennium Falcon as it ...
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How long did it take for the Death Star (1) to reload?

In the battle of Yavin, the Empire wants to destroy a moon that is hidden behind the planet Yavin. They circle around the planet because the moon is hidden. Again: They are on a space station that can ...
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Why didn't it ring a bell to Vader that the escape pod with the plans landed on Tatooine?

Why didn't it ring a bell to Vader that the escape pod with the plans landed on Tatooine?
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Did Darth Vader know Leia is his daughter from the start?

When Darth Vader and Princess Leia meet on board the Tantive IV in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope for the first time, does Darth Vader know she's his daughter?
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Why did C-3PO close down while Luke talked to Ben in A New Hope?

When they were in Old Ben's dwelling, C-3PO made this strange request to Luke: THREEPIO: Sir, if you'll not be needing me, I'll close down for awhile. LUKE: Sure, go ahead. Why did he want to do ...
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Is the Death Star’s gravitational force strong enough to hold an atmosphere?

The Death Star is the size of a small moon. Endor being a moon (not sure if it's small or not) has a rich atmosphere. Could the Death Star hold a nitrogen/oxygen based atmosphere with its gravity? (...
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Was prejudice against droids common in the “Star Wars” universe? Or was it just the bartender at the Cantina?

When Wuher—the bartender at the Cantina at Mos Eisley spaceport in the first Star Wars—says: We don’t serve their kind. In reference to C-3PO and R2-D2 entering the bar, it’s certainly a bit ...
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How much time passes between Rogue One and Episode IV?

How much time passes between Rogue One and Episode IV? Is there any canon source, or any overlooked details of either movie that might answer this?
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At what point did Obi-Wan Kenobi know that Darth Vader was on board of Death Star?

Based on an assertion in the answer to: " When Can the Dark Side Be Sensed? ": Is there some canon (ideally, G-canon but not required) information clearly indicating whether Obi-Wan Kenobi know that ...
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Who gave the order to kill Owen and Beru Lars?

The EU book The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader reveals that Vader personally gave the stormtroopers the order to kill Owen and Beru Lars, and that he knew who he was condemning to death before he gave ...
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Was the thermal exhaust port on the Death Star really a design flaw?

Why would something so grand contain such a fatal flaw? Was it really a flaw or was the only flaw the fact the "The Chosen One" existed. Who else in the Galaxy would have been able to fire that shot?...
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Why did the stormtroopers care about hiding the fact that they killed the Jawas?

In Episode IV, why did the stormtroopers spend time making Bantha tracks and dropping gaffe sticks just to hide their killing of the Jawas? I know that it shows off Obi-Wan's Sherlock Holmes wit but ...
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Do Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen know that Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader?

In this scene in Star Wars: A New Hope, Luke speaks with Owen about his father: Luke Skywalker: But what if this Obi-Wan comes looking for him? Uncle Owen: He won't. I don't think he exists ...
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Why was the Rebel Blockade Runner so close to Tatooine?

At the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope, we see the Rebel Blockade Runner with Princess Leia and the Droids being pursued by a Star Destroyer above the planet Tatooine. Practically directly above ...
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Why were the Imperials rude to Vader in the beginning of A New Hope?

It was my understanding that Vader was the second in command of the Emperor in the Empire. However in the beginning of the movie one of the generals taunts Vader that his abilities in the Force have ...
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What is the rebel doing when the Millennium Falcon lands on the moon of Yavin?

See this image: What is he doing there? Why is he aiming at the Millennium Falcon?
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What is the total number of people killed on the 2 Death Stars when they exploded?

The First Death Star exploded during the Battle of Yavin. The Second Death Star exploded during the Battle of Endor. What is the total number of people killed on the 2 Death Stars when they exploded?
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Why did Vader run away when Death Star was destroyed in the Battle of Yavin?

In the Battle of Yavin, when Death Star was destroyed, Vader simply ran away. He was close to rebel base. Why didn't he simply land there to crush their throats? I don't think rebels could stand a ...
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Why does Leia's accent change during A New Hope?

In the first 30 minutes of Star Wars IV, Leia has a pseudo-British accent. As the movie progresses she loses her accent and gets a more American-tough girl accent. Is there a reason behind this?
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What is the significance of the reversed colours of imperial and rebellion lasers compared to lightsabers?

Why were the colours of lasers inverted in Star Wars? (Out-of-universe!) Lightsabers In A New Hope (ANH) and The Empire Strikes Back (ESB) We know why the colours of lightsabers were chosen as blue ...
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What Happened to TK-421?

TK-421 was the call number of the Stormtrooper that was sent on the Millenium Falcon to investigate it once it was captured in the Death Star 1's tractor beam following their jump to the Alderaan ...
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Why doesn't C3PO recognize Leia in R2's recorded message?

At the start of A New Hope, when the corvette is being attacked, C3PO says something to the effect of: There'll be no escape for the princess this time. But when Luke stumbles onto Leia's message ...
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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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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 couldn't Vader tell Leia was his daughter through the Force?

Obviously besides being a major plot component, why couldn't Vader when in front of Leia sense that Leia was his biological daughter?
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How long did Luke know Obi-wan?

I just rewatched A New Hope and was bothered by the following two (!) lines after Obi-Wan dies: LUKE I only wish Ben were here. as well as LUKE I can't believe he's gone. I felt like Luke ...
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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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In Star Wars: A New Hope, why was one officer dressed in white?

This character appears in Star Wars: A New Hope aboard the Death Star during an admirals meeting. It appears he is wearing a white (possibly ivory) uniform. All the other officers wear gray, black, ...
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What was C-3PO talking about when he said, “That’s funny, the damage doesn’t look as bad from out here.”

NOTE: Specifically looking for some in-universe explanation; canonical or “legends” is fine. Lots of discussion of this specific line exists online, but nothing seems to go past idle “armchair ...
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A New Hope: Why doesn't the Death Star scramble more TIE fighters?

In A New Hope, the Rebels assault the Death Star with X-Wing fighters launched from a moon around the planet Yavin. However, the Death Star only sends out a few squadrons of of TIE Fighters to counter ...
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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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Is there a script that contains Chewbacca's/Peter Mayhew's dialogue (in English)?

Most Star Wars fanatics probably already know about the clip below. In a nutshell, the scene is from A New Hope. Luke, Han, Chewie, and the droids are in the hangar control room on the Death Star, ...
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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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Why did Leia give the stolen version of the Death Star plans to R2-D2 instead of a copy?

In the first Star Wars film (“A New Hope”), Leia gives their only copy of the Death Star plans to R2-D2. Then later on, Darth Vader is informed that the plans are not on the computers of the Tantive ...
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Star Wars canon, small ships and hyperdrive

I distinctly remember in Star Wars, A New Hope, in the scene when the Millennium Falcon arrives at the remains of what was once Alderaan, a TIE fighter passes close by and Han Solo gives chase. Obi-...
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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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Who are these characters on this unofficial New Hope poster?

This 1990 Russian(?) version of the poster for Star Wars: A New Hope is somewhat different from Western versions. Assuming Darth Vader is the one in the middle, who are the characters along the left ...
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Did Lucas Dump “Han Shot First” for the MPAA Rating?

In the Wikipedia, George Lucas gives his explanation for changing the cantina scene to having Greedo shoot first: Star Wars creator George Lucas explained the change by stating that he wanted to ...
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Why does Captain Antilles in a New Hope say they're on a diplomatic mission?

Given the ending of Rogue One... Therefore why does Captain Antilles, while getting choked by Darth Vader, say: We intercepted no transmissions. ... This is a consular ship. We're on a diplomatic ...
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Why doesn't the Mos Eisley Cantina allow droids? [duplicate]

"We don't serve their kind here." The bartender at the Mos Eisley Cantina makes it clear to Luke that Threepio and Artoo have to wait outside. With such upstanding citizens as the Jawas around, I ...
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Which things/characters do “The Force Awakens” and “A New Hope” have in common?

Related to this: What are the things that “The Force Awakens” borrowed/parallel from “A New Hope?” (which asks which things the two films have in parallel/similarity): Which things/characters do The ...