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Was Luke in “Return of the Jedi” really “better” than Obi Wan in “Revenge of the Sith?”

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Obi Wan and Yoda went into hiding. They thought they were not able to defeat the Sith and the Empire. They hoped that the newborn twins (Luke and Leia) will be able ...
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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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Why did Red Squadron give their call signs in random order?

One thing that has always confused me about Star Wars: A New Hope is that at the beginning of the attack on the Death Star, Red Squadron gives their callsigns in random order. Red Leader (presumably ...
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Why do the ellipses in the Star Wars opening crawl have four dots?

Most of the Star Wars movies, and many of the EU works, feature an opening similar to this one: However, generally, ellipses have only three dots, as confirmed by Wikipedia: Ellipsis … is a series ...
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Why does C-3PO talk to R2-D2 in English?

Whenever we see C-3PO talking to R2-D2, he talks in English (well, that's what we hear) so at least not in the 'binary' beeps that R2-D2 uses. Why doesn't C-3PO talk in R2's 'beeping' language when ...
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Why didn't anyone stop Luke from leaving the second Death Star?

After killing the Emperor in his throne room in the second Death Star, Luke drags Vader's dying body to an Imperial shuttle to leave the station. He is not shown to have fought anyone on his way there ...
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Why is the clone army so…small?

In Attack of the Clones, Lama Su says that 200,000 clone units were ready, and a million were on the way. Now I am assuming one unit means one clone trooper. Considering that there were a million ...
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Why did Obi-Wan leave Vader on Mustafar?

When Obi-Wan defeats Vader on Mustafar, he leaves Vader alive. Sure, he's missing his legs and has just caught on fire; but when Obi-Wan walks away, Vader is still alive. I think it's likely that ...
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How did “Weird Al” Yankovic predict “The Phantom Menace”?

In the "Weird Al" Yankovic song The Saga Begins, he makes a bunch of predictions about Episode One that all seem to be valid, and unless I'm mistaken wrote the majority of the song before the film was ...
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Why was the Holdo manoeuvre not used earlier?

This question is related to "The Last Jedi", so let's keep preview spoiler free. It seems that it would have worked pretty well much earlier. Especially as It seems doing it earlier with different ...
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Why Does Vader say “No disintegration” to Boba Fett in particular?

In Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader instructs a group of bounty hunters: VADER: ...there will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You ...
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Why do blaster bolts move slower than the speed of light?

Is there a canon explanation (based on how Star Wars blasters work) for why the blaster bolts are so slow? Intuitively, one would expect them to be like lasers, traveling at the speed of light.
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Is Vader sincere with Luke in ESB?

Near the end of Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader has a big proposal for Luke: "Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny! Join me, and together, we can rule the ...
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Why Did Sidious Tell Vader Who Luke Was?

In the ret-con version of Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back), the scene between Darth Vader and Darth Sidious (at the time of the changes, still only known as the Emperor) was changed so Sidious ...
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Why does a lightsaber turn off when a Jedi dies or drops it?

I rewatched the three newer movies and noticed that whenever a Jedi was killed, or let go of their lightsaber, it immediately turned off. What was curious was that the lightsaber turns off right away,...
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Why didn't Vader let Luke kill the Emperor, or even kill him himself?

As we saw here, Vader made this proposal to Luke: Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny! Join me, and together, we can rule the galaxy as father and son! Come ...
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How is the Starkiller Base supposed to work more than one time, given how it draws its power?

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, once the Starkiller Base has depleted the star it is drawing power from, is it supposed to travel to another star where it can draw more power? Or is it non-mobile and ...
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Did Darth Vader ever talk to R2-D2 again?

C3P0 had a memory wipe, but R2-D2 and Darth Vader never had their memories wiped. Both were very good friends. Did they ever interact with each other again?
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Who is this character on the Star Wars: A New Hope poster?

This 1990 Russian reworking of the Star Wars: A New Hope poster is a little different from the Western versions. I'm assuming the object at the top is the Death Star but who's the handsome devil at ...
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Why did Luke Skywalker call Obi-Wan “Ben”?

In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Luke Skywalker knew Obi-Wan Kenobi under the name of "Ben" : Well, I stumbled across a recording while I was cleaning him. He says that he belongs to someone ...
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Are Stormtroopers paid or rewarded in any way for their service?

First off, I have only seen the seven episodic films in the Star Wars franchise. I am aware of vast amounts of other canon and non-canon sources available. Much of the fun I have on this Stack ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that Supreme Leader Snoke is Darth Plagueis?

In Episode III, Darth Sidious explains to Anakin the power of the Dark Side to save people from death. He mentions Darth Plagueis - the Sith who discovered this. Sidious then claims he died, which ...
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Why didn't the Rebel Alliance (or the Empire) build YT-1300 light freighters with the same specs as the Millennium Falcon for space combat?

The films clearly demonstrated the Millennium Falcon can take on multiple TIE fighters in a dog fight and emerge victorious. Plus the Falcon can survive direct hits from Imperial Star Destroyer guns, ...
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Why didn't Yoda or Obi-Wan tell Luke the truth about his father?

Is the reason neither Yoda or Obi-Wan thought it a good idea to inform Luke that ever discussed? Were they hoping that didn't realize this, and that it wouldn't come up? Or was there an explicit ...
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Why was only one person used as the template for the Clone Army?

So in the Star Wars prequels the Kaminoans make a clone army using the DNA of only Jango Fett for the Republic rather than using a few different people as templates for different roles. I can see a ...
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Why is Leia a princess?

We learned that her mother was a queen, but this doesn't matter since she was adopted. And she also ignored everything about her lineage before the revelation preceding the Battle of Endor. So, why ...
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Who was the old man at the beginning of The Force Awakens?

Who was the old man at the beginning of the movie? P.S. I don't believe I spoil anything with this question
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Did Darth Sidious and Vader ever discover how to cheat death?

In Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith Palpatine/Sidious strings Anakin along to the dark side with the promise that together the two of them will be able to re-discover Darth Plagueis' secret to cheating ...
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Why do the Jedi say “May the Force be with you”?

May the Force be with you is the catch phrase of Star-Wars, but does it make any sense? Obi-Wan himself explains the force like this: LUKE: The Force? BEN: Well, the Force is what gives a ...
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Do lightsaber blades/blaster bolts cast shadows?

Do lightsaber blades and/or blaster bolts cast shadows? (I know it's possible to see a blade's shadow on the ground during Episode VI, but that was clearly due to technical limitations, not ...
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If the galaxy far far away is really so big, how come it seems so small in the movies?

Another question of mine (How big is the space faring population in Star Wars?) was duped to a question that cited (presumably canon) information that the galaxy indeed has 100 quadrillion sentient ...
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Why did the Trade Federation blockade Naboo?

In Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the Trade Federation blockades Naboo at the start of the film. The opening crawl says the reason for this is due to taxes the Republic is charging. ...
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Why was there a pit in the Emperor's chamber on Death Star?

At the end of Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader threw the Emperor into a pit. Why was there a pit in the Emperor's VIP chamber on the Death Star?
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Why is the Star Wars universe not a post-scarcity economy?

In Star Wars, we have a galactic civilization with seemingly simple travel and a high level of automation available. This would seem to be sufficient for ushering in a post-scarcity economy: On a ...
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Why does Binary exist?

According to Wookiepedia, few organics have directly learnt and understood Binary, and these are mainly people who interact with droids frequently at a technical level, such as pilots, mechanics, ...
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Do Non-Jedi (and Non-Sith) Use Lightsabers?

I understand that the mechanics and design of a lightsaber aren't that complicated. Do others besides the Jedi and Sith (or their minions) make or use lightsabers? And if they don't, why not?
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Why wouldn't Luke use his lightsaber to cut the feet off the Imperial Walker?

As demonstrated in the beginning of Phantom Menace, lightsabers can easily slice through or melt metal. Why didn't Luke just slice the feet or legs off the AT AT Walkers in The Empire Strikes Back?
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When did Obi-Wan Kenobi learn that Anakin was “dead”?

Obi-Wan left Anakin for dead, and one movie later (in A New Hope) he was saying Anakin had been killed by Darth Vader. What exactly did Obi-Wan know about Anakin and Darth Vader before A New Hope ...
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Kessel Run in 12 parsecs: screenplay error, or part of the movie?

I know this has been a long debated question among Star Wars enthusiasts, but when Han Solo said that he made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs did he actually know what he was talking about? During the ...
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Was the Millennium Falcon a one-off or was it mass produced?

Do the books ever specify whether or not another ship of this make exists? Or is it truly unique? Maybe a long time ago in a galaxy far far away manufacturers made single one-off units, but here that'...
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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 do starships 'fall' when they blow up?

From A New Hope to Revenge of the Sith to The Last Jedi, we see starships blown up in battles in space. The larger ships, like Star Destroyers and Dreadnoghts, don't just blow up, however. They ...
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Why are there no Imperial KX-series Security Droids in the original trilogy?

Rogue One had multiple never-before-seen Imperial Droids, so what happened to them between Rogue One and Star Wars IV? Episode IV starts exactly where Rogue One ends as far as I know, so why suddenly ...
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How are Stormtroopers uniquely identified in the field?

Multiple times in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, people refer to trooper FN-2187 by that specific correct name, while he is in armor. But the armor is largely identical (some have little accessories ...
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Who was “The Chosen One”: Luke or Anakin?

Most would say that Luke is because he is the focus of the first movies (4-6), but Qui-gon said Anakin was "The Chosen One". Who was the real "Chosen One"?
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How could rebels trust R2-D2?

R2-D2 served Anakin for too long. In fact, they even developed a close relationship. And yet, Bail Organa or Obi-Wan Kenobi or rebels never objected why Leia or Luke used it. Please, note that: The ...
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What was the deal Lando made with Darth Vader?

So in Empire Strikes Back, Lando makes a deal with Darth Vader which is he will help him capture Luke and possibly his friends: Darth Vader: Calrissian. Take the princess and the Wookiee to my ship....
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How old should you be when you begin Jedi training?

Anakin Skywalker was about nine years old (see script link, below) during "The Phantom Menace". Yet according to various people, he was too old (or even "far too old") to begin training as a Jedi: ...
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How was Luke's prosthetic hand in Episode V filmed?

I am referring to this scene (starting at the 0m37s mark) in Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This seems like a very sophisticated prop glove, but there is significant visible depth to ...
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Is Palpatine's identity a spoiler?

The Episode IV-VI movies never mention the Emperor's name. In Episodes I-III, we can guess that Darth Sidious will be the emperor, but what about Chancellor Palpatine? If the audience didn't know that ...