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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Why didn't the Emperor realize that torturing Luke to death in front of Vader might be a bad idea?

I know he's supposed to be an evil super-genius, but the Emperor seems to lack common sense here. He sensed that Vader's feelings about Luke weren't clear pretty early on, and while he was using ...
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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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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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How did Luke know that R2D2 would be on Jabba's barge?

Luke hid his Lightsaber in R2D2 to aid in the rescue. So, how did Luke know that Jabba would bring R2D2 where they would be executed? I could guess "Force vision", but I'm looking for canon ...
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Why did R2-D2 not fly in Return of the Jedi?

In Return of the Jedi: Artoo butts the golden droid over the edge and steps off himself, tumbling toward the sand. But in Attack of the Clones: ARTOO uses his rocket jets to fly up and into the ...
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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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Why didn't Emperor Palpatine use a lightsaber to prevent his fall into the pit?

Darth Vader threw Emperor Palpatine to a pit. Well, there are lots of pit falls in Star Wars, but unlike other times, Palpatine wasn't injured or unconscious when he was thrown. Why didn't he simply ...
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Why did the Emperor remain motionless while Darth Vader threw him off the balcony? [duplicate]

I'm wondering whether this was a movie sin but his body position seemed to stay the same? Also why didn't he stop using Force Lightning? He continued to use it even as he was falling down. I'm also ...
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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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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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Did Luke retrieve his Lightsaber from second Death Star?

At the end of Episode VI: ROTJ, Luke defiantly "hurls away" his lightsaber - according to both screenplay and novelization - before declaring "I am a Jedi, as my father was before me". I have just ...
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Were the Ewoks already planning an offensive or revolt?

I just watched Return of the Jedi, and while I am willing to accept that there is a lot about the Endor Forest Moon battle and the Ewoks in general that doesn't quite add up1, this watching left me ...
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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 ...
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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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Were there any improvements to the second Death Star (other than the change in exhaust port) that we know of?

We know that the second Death Star was meant to have a different/non-existent exhaust port and when under construction it had a shield projected around it. Other than these elements, one of which was ...
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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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Did Luke play any significant role in “Return of the Jedi?”

I read somewhere that Luke after A New Hope didn't do anything good to the plot. The explanation was compelling. I'm focusing on Return of the Jedi and the final showdown of the two trilogies. The ...
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Why is C-3PO kept in the dark in Return of the Jedi while R2-D2 is not?

In Return of the Jedi, the beginning sequence shows C-3PO and R2-D2 making their way to Jabba the Hutt's palace. They are sent there to bargain for Han Solo's life. When the negotiations with Jabba ...
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How do we know they were called 'Ewoks'?

I just finished watching Return of the Jedi, and I don't remember actually hearing any of the characters referring to the teddy-bear-like creatures as 'Ewoks'. Where did that name actually come from?
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Why didn't the Rebels jump to hyperspace to escape at the Battle of Endor?

At the Battle of Endor the Emperor lured the Rebel Fleet into a trap: the Rebels believed the Death Star superlaser was not operational when in fact it was, and the Imperial Fleet led by Darth Vader's ...
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How does a sarlacc gain any energy if it keeps victims alive for a thousand years?

When eaten by a sarlacc, according to C-3PO, In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as you are slowly digested over a thousand years. I imagine that keeping a victim ...
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Do droids feel pain?

In Return of the Jedi, there's a garbage bin droid having his feet branded in Jabba's palace. It sounds like it's screaming in fear of pain, and makes more pained noises as the hot irons touch it's ...
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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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How could Luke hide from Vader during the duel on Death Star II?

In Return of the Jedi, Vader throws his lightsaber at Luke causing the catwalk come crashing down. Luke uses this in his advantage and hides from him under the throne room platform. Unable to locate ...
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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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What language does Leia speak when disguised as bounty hunter Boushh?

In Return of the Jedi, Leia Organa infiltrates the palace of Jabba the Hutt, disguised as a bounty hunter named Boushh who has "captured" Chewbacca. She speaks a rather unusual language, ...
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What is the origin of Blue Harvest?

The working title of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was Blue Harvest: Horror Beyond Imagination! Was the name "Blue Harvest" completely random or is it a reference to something? I realize ...
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Was Luke aware the Emperor was a Sith Lord?

Similar to Did the Rebellion know that that the Emperor was the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, I'm asking the more specific question, was Luke aware that the Emperor was a Sith Lord? I don't recall it being ...
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Why did Darth Vader die in Return of the Jedi?

At the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Luke had beaten Darth Vader in a duel, but didn't seem to injure the latter critically — all Luke did was sever Vader's right hand, which was a prosthetic ...
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Why did the Ewoks think C-3PO was a god?

Is there any evidence about the specific reason that they instantly came to revere him as a deity? They must have seen droids before, especially if the Empire had been there long enough to build the ...
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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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What age was Darth Vader when he finally died?

What was the exact age Darth Vader was when he finally dies at the end of Return of the Jedi?
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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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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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Did the Empire use independent contractors to build either of the Death Stars?

While I doubt that either Death Star required aluminum siding or roofers, Randal has a fair point in Clerks. While Imperial Stormtroopers are enlisted from all across the galaxy, many of them would ...
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Which is bigger - the Star Forge, or the Death Star?

If you've played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, you're familiar with the Star Forge: I haven't found any definitive ...
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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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Did Han Solo know he was a General before Endor?

During the rebel briefing on Home One before the attack on the second Death Star, Solo is asked if his strike team is assembled for the Tydirium shuttle and he seems somewhat confused that he is ...
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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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Post-Return of the Jedi timeline

I'm curious about the sequence and chronology of events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, specifically: When the Imperial forces were considered to have been defeated When the Empire ...
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How Does A Sarlacc Eat?

Ok so I was looking through questions and came across one about how to escape from a Sarlacc. In it the questioner says that it takes 1000 years for them to digest their food, which I knew, but he ...
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Was “Sanctuary Moon” a proper name specifically limited to the forest moon of Endor, or a category representing a general type of moon?

The forest moon of Endor is sometimes referred to as "the Sanctuary Moon". Is the term "Sanctuary Moon" a proper name, unique to the Ewok's homeworld, or is the forest moon of Endor merely one of ...
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What was the character that cried “jabba jabba” in Star Wars?

In the Star Wars trilogy, at some point a minor character cried/grunted something like "jabba jabba" (no relationship to the Hutt) or "joba joba". I believe this was in reaction to something the ...
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Should Star Wars have ended after Return of the Jedi? [closed]

At the end of Return of the Jedi, Anakin killed the Emperor, bringing balance to the Force and completing the ancient Jedi prophecy. There was peace in the galaxy and Luke and Leia were reunited. I ...
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Why couldn't the shield protecting the Death Star be penetrated at the Battle of Endor?

In The Force Awakens... However, in the Battle of Endor there is an elaborate plan to eliminate the Death Star II's shields by attacking the shield generator on Endor before Lando can fly the Falcon ...
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Why is Vader suddenly a terrible fighter in Return of the Jedi?

In Empire Strikes Back, Vader nearly kills Luke without hardly seeming to try. Then, in Return of the Jedi, Vader hardly fights at all and he's falling down and then Luke cuts his prosthetic hand off. ...
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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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Why did the Rebel fleet not bombard the Shield Generator on Endor?

Once the Rebel fleet showed at Endor there was no need for stealth operations. Soon after arriving, the Rebels discover the stealth mission was not successful and begin a battle over the moon of ...
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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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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 ...