Questions tagged [return-of-the-jedi]

Refers to Episode 6 of the Star Wars film franchise where, after rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker struggles to make Darth Vader return from the dark side of the Force. Use this tag with the [star-wars] tag.

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Who are the two guys in the Emperor's Court on the Death Star II

At the 1:04:38 mark of Star Wars VI: "Return of The Jedi" Darth Vader and the Emperor just finished a conversation. The Emperor sends Darth Vader off. He then turns and walks over to two guys, who bow ...
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Why was the colour of Luke's lightsaber changed from blue to green between the trailer and the release of Return of the Jedi?

This answer showed me something I didn't know; that Luke's lightsaber was blue in the first trailer for Return of the Jedi. As we know, Luke used a green lightsaber ...
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How does Leia have memories of her mother?

In Return of the Jedi, Luke asks Leia if she has any memories of her real mother. Luke: Leia, do you remember your mother, your real mother? Leia: Just a little bit. She died when I was very ...
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Did the Emperor actually die in Return Of The Jedi?

We see him fall and an explosion occurs, but that doesn't mean he necessarily died. This is similar to Gandalf falling in Moria: we see him fall and we think he dies (technically he does), but then ...
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Where is the Shoe in the Space Battle in “Return of the Jedi?”

I've read, in many places, and heard in interviews, that while filming the Battle of Endor sequence in Return of the Jedi that in the "It's a trap!" scene, when an overwhelming number of Imperial ...
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Was changing the movie poster for Return of the Jedi to have a green lightsaber ever considered?

It is well known that the original plan for Luke's lightsaber in Return of the Jedi was for it to blue, like the blades used by Luke and Ben in the first two movies. However, this changed in post-...
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Why weren't communicators used to coordinate the Battle of Endor?

It seems like considerable losses could have been avoided if communicators were used between the rebel strike team on the ground on the surface of Endor (disabling the shield generator) and the Rebel ...
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How did Jabba get his tail injured in/before “Return of the Jedi”?

Trying to answer this Q, I just re-watched the HD version of ROTJ and noticed that Jabba the Hutt had an injury on his tail. Originally, I thought it was from a blaster bolt shot by Luke as he was ...
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How did the Rebels know the shield was down?

In Return of the Jedi, upon jumping into the Endor system, this exchange happens on the Millenium Falcon: Lando: We've got to be able to get some kind of a reading on that shield, up or down. ...
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Why couldn't Palpatine sense Luke on Endor?

I don't understand how Palpatine couldn't sense Luke's presence on Endor when Vader could. Granted, Vader was Luke's father and had more of a bond, but why not Palpatine?
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How did C3PO manage to impersonate a deity if it was against his progamming?

In Return of the Jedi C3PO states that it is against his programming to impersonate a deity, but he does it anyway when the others tell him to. How is it possible for him to disobey his programming?
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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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Do Jedi mind tricks work on Ewoks?

In Return of the Jedi when the Rebel group of Luke, Han and co. are captured by the Ewoks, Luke tells C-3P0 to act as the 'God' figure the Ewoks believe him to be. Why doesn't Luke use the Jedi mind ...
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Why did Admiral Piett allow the Shuttle Tydirium to pass?

Why would Admiral Piett allow a shuttle stolen by the Rebel Alliance to pass? In Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance use a stolen Lambda-Class Shuttle (Tydirium) to infiltrate the Imperial held ...
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Why isn't Vader in the Super Star Destroyer Executor at the beginning of Return of the Jedi?

Why didn't Vader arrive at the second Death Star in the Super Star Destroyer Executor instead of some smaller Star Destroyer when meeting with Moff Jerjerrod? Is there any Legends or canon ...
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Why wasn't the Galactic Empire aware the shuttle Tydirium was captured by rebels?

This statement on this question doesn't seem right to me with what we know from A New Hope. There is no evidence to say the canon Imperials knew that the shuttle was stolen. The Galactic Empire ...
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Why did Emperor Palpatine explode?

When Vader tossed Palpatine into the pit, why did the Emperor apparently explode?
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What made Jabba immune to Jedi mind tricks?

As I learned from the answers to this question: In what adaptation of Return of the Jedi did Jabba brag about killing Jedi in the old days?, in the novelization of Return of the Jedi, Jabba the Hutt ...
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What was George Lucas' reasoning for changing Anakin's head?

At the end of "Return of the Jedi" Anakin's head was replaced with the head of Hayden Christensen. This question asks when this was done, but what were Lucas' reasons for doing this? All of the ...
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To what extent can Emperor Palpatine actually see into the future?

In Star Wars, Episode VI, Luke surrenders to the Empire and is brought before the Emperor. The Emperor taunts Luke, telling him that he has specifically foreseen the doom of the Rebel Alliance. At one ...
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Dialogue changes between different edits of Return of the Jedi

Trying to settle an argument about dialogue changes between the original theatrical release of Return of The Jedi and the special edition version. In the special edition version during the climactic ...
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What did the Rebels intend as the role for their capital ships in the Battle of Endor?

The epic Battle of Endor featured the entire Rebel fleet of capital ships. Six or more Mon Calamari cruisers (two were lost, and four more can be seen when Executor goes down), a few Nebulon-B ...
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How did Vader saving Luke turn him to the good side?

Couldn't Vader save his son and continue being a Sith Lord? Couldn't he have let Luke go and basically become the Emperor and have the Galaxy to himself? I don't think killing the Emperor to save your ...
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Was Luke feigning helplessness in Return of the Jedi?

In Revenge of the Sith Palpatine feigns helplessness and begs Anakin to save him from Mace Windu so he (Palpatine) can save Padme. Near the end of Return of the Jedi Palpatine is pouring Force-...
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Why didn’t Darth Vader’s body disappear in Return of the Jedi? [duplicate]

In the special edition, you see his one-with-the-force ghost, but he didn’t disappear like Obi-Wan or Yoda. Any good explanations as to why this is the case?
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In what adaptation of Return of the Jedi did Jabba brag about killing Jedi in the old days?

For this answer, Where did the Millennium Falcon learn to communicate?, I remembered a bit of extra dialogue that was not in The Empire Strikes Back but was added for the radio play. This just ...
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What was that Snake in Jabba's dungeon that grabbed C-3PO by the neck?

When C-3PO and R2-D2 were being taken down into Jabba's Dungeon, what was that snake creature that grab C-3PO by the neck?
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How did Anakin Skywalker defeat Darth SIdious? [duplicate]

Today I saw Darth Sidious fighting Darth Maul and Savage Opress. It's pretty clear that Darth Sidious is hypercompetent at fighting, both with lightsabers and with the Force. Comparing that to the ...
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Who is the eponymous Jedi in Return of the Jedi?

I had always assumed the Jedi in the title of Return of the Jedi referred to Luke Skywalker's return from defeat. But Jedi is its own plural -- could it be referring to the rebuilding of the ...
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How often do ewoks eat sentients?

In Return of the Jedi, the ewoks plan on eating Luke, Han and Chewie. THREEPIO: I'm rather embarrassed, General Solo, but it appears you are to be the main course at a banquet in my honor. At this ...
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If Vader had not been Luke’s father, what would the plot of the Original Trilogy have been?

From the story in A New Hope (and from this other question), it seems quite clear that Darth Vader was originally not meant to be Luke’s father. On the contrary, Vader seemed to be the primary ...
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Trying to find the Return of the Jedi teaser that ran after The Empire Strikes Back in 1982

I saw The Empire Strikes Back when it was first in theaters, and I saw it again when it was re-released in 1982, in anticipation of Return of the Jedi coming out the next year. At the end of Empire, ...
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Who/what exactly does Darth Vader believe taught Luke between the events of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi?”

Re-watched Return of the Jedi (1983 non-“Special” version). Near the beginning of the duel between Luke and Darth Vader on Death Star II, just after Luke kicks Darth Vader down some stairs, Darth ...
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Who saved Luke: Anakin or Darth Vader?

A friend and I were talking this the other day and it turned into a rather interesting debate. Who saved Luke from The Emperor at at the end of Return of the Jedi? The quick and easy answer (at least ...
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Surrendering rebel in Return of the Jedi wearing scout trooper armor?

At 1:36 in Return of the Jedi (on my DVD, at least) there is a scene in which rebels on Endor are surrendering to Imperial forces. One of them appears to be wearing scout trooper armor without a ...
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How could the Death Star II fire through its shield?

In the Battle of Endor, the unfinished Death Star II was firing its superlaser at the Rebel capital ships while the ground team was still trying to disable the Death Star's shield. Which means the ...
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Who wrote the songs for the special edition of Return of the Jedi?

In the special edition of Return of the Jedi, various changes were made to the film, with (in my opinion) some being positive and some negative. One, or should I say two, of the changes is the new ...
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Which cue did Thomas Newman orchestrate in Return of the Jedi?

In a When John Williams Can't Go article I found: And just as Alfred Newman gave John Williams some of his first big breaks, Williams, in turn, gave Thomas Newman one of his first plum assignments ...
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Did Max Rebo die on the sand barge?

The alien Max Rebo and his band played for Jabba in his palace, and at least Rebo was preforming on the Sand Barge when Jabba set out for the pit of Carkoon- was Rebo killed when the barge blew up or ...
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In what way was Luke's training “incomplete”?

In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda and Obi-Wan both encourage Luke to stay on Dagobah to finish his training. They beg him: YODA: Luke, you must complete the training. LUKE: ...
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Where did Leia get the Bounty Hunter suit she wore in Jabba’s palace?

In the beginning of Return of the Jedi, Leia has acquired a fancy bounty-hunter suit. I'd guess bounty-hunter suits are not sold in shops in "the galaxy far far away", so my question is: where did ...
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Has Leia ever shown any reaction to Darth Vader being her Father?

In Return of the Jedi Luke tells Leia he is her brother and that Darth Vader is their father. Leia's reaction to this revelation has always confused me, she has just found out that the man who ...
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If the Galactic Empire had over 25,000 Star Destroyers, why were only 27 at the Battle of Endor?

At the height of its power, the Galactic Empire operated over 25,000 Imperial class Star Destroyers. Only 27 of them participated in the Battle of Endor. Why were so few at the battle? Scene where ...
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Was that frog thing outside Jabba's Palace that eats an animal and burps in the original Return of the Jedi?

I just noticed it for the first time when I watched the re-release. I tried looking it up and I've heard it called "worrt," "sevorrt," and "frog-dog." (I'm pretty sure its a worrt, but I'm not sure. A ...
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Did Obi-Wan ever lie to Luke? [duplicate]

In Ernest Cline's book 'Armada', the protagonist calls Obi-Wan a 'bold faced liar', referencing Obi-Wan's time on Tatooine watching over Luke as he grew up, and the training that Obi-Wan provided Luke ...
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Why would it be “convenient” for Luke to die on Tatooine?

When Luke and Han are en route to the Sarlacc pit, they have the following exchange: HAN: I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a big light blur. LUKE: ...
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Are the cockpit windows on “Star Wars” spacecraft transparent?

Looking For an in-Universe Answer/Explanation; Please No Armchair Speculation or Narrative Theories I was rewatching Return of the Jedi (1983) and wondered about something during the scene where the ...
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No flight plan for that stolen Imperial Shuttle in Return of the Jedi?

To land on Endor's moon, Han Solo and his strike team, in the stolen imperial shuttle (Tydirium), must use a stolen code to gain access through the shield protecting the new Death Star and its work ...
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Why was a Nebulon-B medical frigate at the Battle of Endor?

So rewatched the final battle scene from Return of the Jedi last night and caught the line: They’re heading for the medical frigate! It’s something I never thought about before since seeing the ...
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What did Luke do to Jabba's guards?

GIF available here Wookieepedia states that Luke Skywalker demonstrated [force choke] and later, to back up that claim, goes on to say Luke Skywalker entered Jabba's Palace, where he was met ...