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Questions tagged [the-empire-strikes-back]

The 1980 sequel to Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope. Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, The Empire has caught up with the Rebels and destroyed their base on Hoth, separating Luke from his friends. While Luke seeks the mysterious Jedi Master Yoda, Han Solo and Leia are chased by the Empire. Always use this tag in conjunction with the [star-wars] tag.

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Was Luke Skywalker the leader of the Rebel forces on Hoth?

Rewatching Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, I noticed the opening crawl declares Luke Skywalker as the leader of the Rebel forces on Hoth: Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of ...
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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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Questions about The Empire Strikes Back: “Give the evacuation code signal, and get to your transports.”

This part doesn't make sense to me. C-3PO says it's the last transport. Han, Leia and C3PO leave, but what about those she ordered to give the code signal? Han and Leia just leave them behind. Leia ...
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Is Rogue Group/Rogue Squadron named after Rogue One (in-universe)?

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker leads "Rogue Group" at the Battle of Hoth: Rogue Group, use your harpoons and tow cables. Go for the legs. It might be our only chance of stopping them. ...
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Can T-47 airspeeders fly in space?

Are the T-47 airspeeders (Episode V, on planet Hoth) able to fly in space in a similar manner to spacecraft?
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Why does Vader think that Obi-Wan can “no longer help” Luke? [duplicate]

In Episode V, what did Vader mean when he told the Emperor: Obi-Wan can no longer help him? Help him in what way? Obi-Wan's Force ghost 'had been' helping Luke since the Battle of Yavin which ...
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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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What planets would I be able to see in the sky I were standing on the battlefield of Hoth?

As the title says, If I were standing in the spot where the battle of Hoth took place in The Empire Strikes Back and I looked upwards, what planets would I be able to see in the sky?
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Was Lando referring to this event on Cloud City?

In The Empire Strikes Back, Han piloted the Millennium Falcon to Cloud City. Upon arrival at the gas-mining colony Han's party was welcomed by menacing Lando Calrissian and his motley team. Lando ...
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Did Darth Vader astral-project himself into the cave on Dagobah?

Did Darth Vader astral-project a solid image of himself in the cave on Dagobah the same way that Luke did on the planet Crait?
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Where did the rebel fleet go after Haven in Canon?

At the end of Empire, the last thing we see is the heroes looking at a protostar from the rebel rendezvous, known as Haven. I would like to know where they went after that. Did they go straight to a ...
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Did Palpatine really think Luke could become a Jedi?

In episode 5, The Empire Strikes Back, Emperor Palpatine seems worried that Luke could become a Jedi. VADER: What is thy bidding, my master? EMPEROR: There is a great disturbance in the Force. ...
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Why was the Empire so obsessed with hunting down the Millennium Falcon in “The Empire Strikes Back?”

I was thinking about one of the major plot points in “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) which was tracking down the Rebels and capturing Luke Skywalker. So when the Imperial fleet attacks the Rebels on ...
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What is thy bidding, my master? [closed]

In the original Star Wars trilogy we can see from episode IV to VI the respect shown by Darth Vader to his Emperor, Darth Sidious even when the latter was not present. However, I find a specific ...
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How did Obi-Wan not know about Leia in Episode 5?

Towards the end of the Empire Strikes Back when Luke is flying away in his X-Wing to face Vader. Ben's ghost says to Yoda: That boy was our last hope. To which Yoda replies: No...there is ...
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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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How exactly did the Millennium Falcon transition from attack speed to a complete stop in “The Empire Strikes Back?”

So in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Han Solo—in an effort to elude the Imperial Fleet—piloted the Millennium Falcon out of the asteroid field, accelerated to attack speed and then… Suddenly stopped, ...
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In Empire Strikes Back, does anyone directly quote the Godfather?

In my mind I can remember Han Solo or Lando saying "he made us an offer we couldn't refuse" in reference to Darth Vader. Did I imagine it?
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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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What happened to the Rebel soldiers on Hoth?

Inspired by this question about The Last Jedi, I wanted to get clarification on a part of The Empire Strikes Back that has bothered me for years. In the beginning of the film, on Hoth, it looks like ...
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Where did the torture rack in Cloud City come from?

Who furnished the device that Vader and Boba Fett use to torture Han Solo? Was it already in Cloud City for some reason, or was it brought in after the Millennium Falcon was tracked to Bespin?
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What is this piece of equipment Luke had on Dagobah?

When Luke breaks out camp his first night on Dagobah, he sets out some cases and then puts a glowing device on top of one. It looks like some sort of small heater, but someone on a forum said it was a ...
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Is the Leigh Brackett first draft of the script for Star Wars episode 5 available?

After the success of the original film, Lucas hired science fiction author Leigh Brackett to write Star Wars II with him. They held story conferences and, by late November 1977, Lucas had produced a ...
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For how long does Luke train with Yoda? [duplicate]

I have always been surprised how confident Luke seemed to be when trying to rescue Han Solo from Jabba's palace. It is fair to assume that training with Yoda boosted his Jedi skills. My ...
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Did the others know when Luke went to Dagobah to train with Yoda?

My memory is a bit fuzzy, but if I remember correctly Luke was supposed to go to the rendezvous point with R2-D2 after they were attacked on Hoth. Luke tells the other rebels he will meet them at the ...
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What is Yoda sitting next to during Luke's training?

What is Yoda sitting next to while he is training Luke? Is it a pair of blue jeans? I don't recall seeing Luke bring any blue apparel to Dagobah.
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How does the X-Wing's ladder retract?

Whilst watching Empire I noted that Luke climbs what appears to be a rigid ladder to get into his X-Wing when leaving Dagobah (after learning that Han, Leia, Chewie and C-3P0 may be in danger at ...
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Why did Lando Calrissian know Darth Vader was after Luke Skywalker?

When Leia, Chewbacca, and Han confront Lando about them being tortured, Lando says that Vader is not even interested in them. He's after somebody named Skywalker. Leia: Why are they doing this? ...
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Why doesn't Boba Fett just point out where the Falcon is?

Boba Fett waits for the Falcon to detach from the star destroyer so he can follow them. Clearly he has some idea what Han has probably done to hide. Why would he not simply point out the possibility ...
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Why didn't Darth Vader follow the Millennium Falcon?

During the ending of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, C3PO, and R2-D2 escaped, why didn't Darth Vader hunt down the Millennium Falcon? Didn't Darth Vader have ...
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Did Vader ever learn that Luke was actually trained by Yoda?

From Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back, during lightsaber duel between Luke and Vader: Vader: Impressive... most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear... now ...
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Did Captain Needa die in The Empire Strikes Back?

Did Darth Vader actually kill or just stun Captain Lorth Needa? My question comes from when I read could I fake death to stop being Force-choked? or more specifically this comment by onewho which in ...
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What happened to Cloud City after Lando Calrissian's departure?

Was Lando technically still in charge of Cloud City even though it certainly seems like he abandoned all of it for good and put all his stock, so to speak, in the Rebel Alliance?
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Was Admiral Ozzel a Rebel agent or just incompetent?

I was re-watching The Empire Strikes back this afternoon and there is the scene where Ozzel and Piett are arguing over the data sent by the Hoth probe droid. Ozzel is insistent that this isn't Rebel ...
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Why did Luke's lightsaber end up in the snow?

When Luke gets knocked out and taken by the snow yeti. How come his lightsaber is a ways away from him in the snow. Surely it should have still been on his belt or where he was knocked down. How did ...
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Was Yoda's identity protected before the release of The Empire Strikes Back?

When Luke arrives on Dagobah, there is a big show of him prejudging Yoda based on appearance and assuming he cannot be "the great warrior" he seeks. Was this spoiled for theatre-goers in 1980 by ...
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What is the color of Luke Skywalker's Hoth attire? [closed]

I am just curious of the color of his outfit during the Battle of Hoth. I am referring to the moment when he is mounted on his tauntaun, and when his body was upside in wampa's lair.
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What was the combat role of the airspeeder's co-pilot?

According to what I can find online, the airspeeder's co-pilot operates the rear tow cable which is used for hauling cargo around and not intended for combat use. The Rebellion resorted to fighting ...
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Why didn't the Rebellion use any ion guns to defeat the AT-ATs at the Battle of Hoth, as we saw in Rogue One?

In Rogue One, we see the Rebellion taking down AT-ACTs by using ion guns (about the size of a carbine) to disable its legs until it falls over. Why were these tactics not used at the Battle of Hoth in ...
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How come no-one has bug bites on Dagobah?

Yoda doesn’t even have a screen door to keep the bugs out. And we do see some bugs on planet. Can the Force be used as bug repellent and was it? Can lightsabers double as bug zappers? What is really ...
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Why did Captain Needa apologize to Darth Vader?

Right after the Millennium Falcon shoots over the top of the Star Destroyer's bridge and then affixes to the back of the superstructure, there is understandably some serious consternation going on ...
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Why was C-3PO shot and not captured?

In Empire, when C-3PO wanders into a machinery closet after hearing what sounds like an R2 unit, he becomes the first of the group to learn about the presence of the Empire but gets shot to pieces ...
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Why didn't Luke kill the Wampa?

Why didn't Luke kill the Wampa?
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Prior to The Empire Strikes Back, did anyone predict that Darth Vader is Luke's father? [duplicate]

Every once in a while, I hear about how Darth Vader's name translates to "Darth Father", so those who spoke a foreign language had a clue that he was someone's father. One high profile example of ...
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Why does Luke ignore Yoda's advice?

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke asks what he will find in the cave and Yoda responds: Yoda: Only what you take with you. He follows this up with some very specific advice. Yoda: Your weapons, ...
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What are they monitoring to determine that Solo is still alive?

As everyone knows, in 'Empire Strikes Back' they freeze Han Solo by using carbonite. We then see Lando Calrissian check the side of the carbonite block which has a heap of lights and buttons, which ...
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Ep. V - alternate opening crawl on Hoth

From StarWars.com - STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - OPENING CRAWL: In an early form, the film's opening had the crawl appear not against space, but rather against the white snowy ...
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Did Vader love Luke (and Leia?)

When reading this question, it occured to me that Luke and Leia were Vader's last living connection to Padmé. As we know, it was for Padmé's sake that Anakin turned to the dark side. His belief that ...
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Why did Darth Vader reveal to Luke that he is his father?

In my opinion, Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader are different. In Return of the Jedi, Luke says, "I've accepted the truth that you were once Anakin Skywalker, my father". Then Vader says, "that name ...
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Why did the Snow speeders attack the AT-ATs from the front?

Having just watched Empire Strikes Back again with my sons, I noticed that Luke and his fellow speeder pilots are under heavy fire on every attack run. The thing is: The AT-ATs appear to only have ...