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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980, second movie produced). 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. Use with the [star-wars] tag.

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Snowspeeder squad markings

I've just noticed the orange markings on the back end of a T-47 snowspeeder from Empire Strikes back. They're quite small, so they may get over looked. It's part of five spaces, one orange, the other ...
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Has Jason Fry publicly discussed the links between his short story Rendezvous Point and the Star Wars X-Wing series?

Jason Fry wrote a short story titled Rendezvous Point in the short story collection The Empire Strikes Back : From a Certain Point of View. This story cover Wedge Antilles reforming an X-Wing squadron ...
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What life forms were Luke and Han trying to detect in Hoth?

At the beginning of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Luke Skywalker (Echo Three) and Han Solo (Echo Seven) have a talk via comlink about scouting the Hoth ice wastes, picking ...
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Are there any indications that Luke "knew it to be true"?

In one of the most iconic scenes from Star Wars (if not perhaps cinema history) Darth Vader reveals that To this Luke shouts NOOOOOOOOOOO!, and Darth Vader says: "Search your feelings, you know ...
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Why did Obi-Wan raise his hands to warn Luke in Dagobah? [closed]

In the movie Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back (1980), in the scene where Luke is loading cases into the X-fighter's underbelly before leaving Dagobah to save his friends, Obi-Wan Kenobi raises his ...
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Who is Ciena Ree in The Empire Strikes Back?

Ciena Ree is a character from the Star Wars book Lost Stars who joins the Empire and is present for some of the more significant events of the movies. It's been a bit since I read the book, but I ...
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What do the colors in the ID plates worn by the Rebel Alliance mean?

We can observe in the movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) that rebel soldiers, snowspeeder pilots and sensor controllers, stationed at Echo Base on Hoth, wore uniforms with distinguishing ...
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Could C-3PO have sat in one of the Millenium Falcon's quad laser cannons and shot down pursuing TIE Fighters?

Could C-3PO have sat in one of the Millenium Falcon's quad laser cannons and shot down pursuing TIE Fighters? This assumes of course that he could climb up/down a ladder.
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What were the job parameters for the original Revenge of the Jedi poster?

The first posters released for Revenge of the Jedi are fairly famous, mostly for not matching the title of the final film. However, from the first time I saw it, what struck me was that, regardless ...
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Were the distinctive elements of the uniforms snow troopers from The Empire Strikes Back based on any particular real-world uniforms?

After we watched all three Star Wars movies again last week, one of my sons asked me which variant of the stormtrooper was my favorite. I told him it was the snow troopers from The Empire Strikes ...
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Whose idea was it originally to capture Solo and use him as a bait to trap Luke?

We know from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) that Darth Vader, after arriving on Hoth just before the Millennium Falcon escaped from Echo Base, decided to capture Han Solo and ...
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Why does Luke draw his blaster instead of his lightsaber to deal with an apparent threat?

For almost 4 years after his training in the ways of the Force with Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker had kept with him the lightsaber that once belonged to his father; then, Luke first meets Yoda ...
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How large is planet Dagobah really? [duplicate]

When Luke went to look for Yoda on the planet Dagobah, he This implies Dagobah is a rather small planet. I mean, if it was as big as the Earth or Mars, I guess it would be rather unlikely to I'd say ...
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Why does the ESB opening crawl identify Luke as a leader of the Rebellion? [duplicate]

In The Empire Strikes Back, this is part of the opening crawl: Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker have established a new secret base on the ...
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Did Luke lose his X-Wing on Cloud City?

Luke flies to Cloud City near the end of The Empire Strikes Back to rescue his friends. R2-D2 follows him into the facility when they land. R2-D2 then follows Lando and company out to the Millennium ...
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Did Han Solo teach Princess Leia how to fly the Millennium Falcon?

Being both a Princess of Alderaan and a Galactic Senator, Princess Leia was most likely always a passenger onboard a starship whenever she traveled to another planet. Yet, in the the movie Star Wars: ...
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Why does Boba Fett not take Chewie in for his bounty when taking Han Solo?

At the beginning of Return of the Jedi, Leia, disguised as a bounty hunter, takes Chewie in for the bounty at Jabba's palace. Why did Boba Fett not take Chewie at the same time as he was taking Solo (...
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Would the Millennium Falcon have been carried along on the hyperspace jump if it stayed attached to the Star Destroyer?

In The Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon hides on the back of a Star Destroyer. It then escapes by hiding in a garbage dump before the Star Destroyer jumps to hyperspace. If the Millennium ...
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Is there rule exist that son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi?

Emperor says to Darth Vader: Emperor: The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi. Is there rule exist that son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi?
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Why didn't the Imperial fleet detect the Millennium Falcon on the back of the star destroyer?

Han Solo fools the Imperial Navy by clamping onto the back of one of the star destroyers just when they thought the Millennium Falcon jumped to hyperspeed. Why didn't ...
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Why did "A Stanley Kubrick Production" not draw a fine, while "Lucasfilm Ltd." did?

Both films have distribution company disclosure in the preludes to the opening credits; MGM for Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and 20th Century Fox for Lucas' Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ...
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When did Han Solo and Princess Leia first kiss?

The Empire Strikes Back has many iconic Han and Leia moments including a kiss on the Millennium Falcon. Did the characters kiss before off screen? While on Hoth Han says “Laugh it up, fuzzball. But ...
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Did Luke have help from Obi-Wan in using the Force in the wampa cave on Hoth? [duplicate]

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is hanging upside down in the wampa cave and reaches out to pull his lightsaber to him in order to cut himself down. However, we know that at this point his Jedi ...
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WGAW and DGA Penalizing George Lucas for ESB Credits

After letting George Lucas slide on a few slipped protocols for A New Hope (SW-ANH), the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA) decided they needed to set heavy ...
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Why did Lando give up his role as Administrator of Cloud City just to side with Leia, Chewie and the Rebellion?

Nowhere in the film does Vader ever indicate that the Empire will take over the city, nor does Vader even seem interested in anything outside of Luke, and to a lesser degree Leia, Solo, and Chewbacca. ...
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Why didn't Vader execute Piett?

In The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader has little to no compunction toward executing screw-ups such as Ozzel and Captain Needa, but at the end when the Millennium Falcon escapes to hyperspace despite ...
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Was George Lucas directly involved in creating the non-human characters of Star Wars?

In the original trilogy there are a large number of aliens throughout the film. Now days, the process of creating these creatures is shared by the writers, director as well as art, costume and other ...
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Did the terms of the bounty on Han Solo change between “Star Wars” (1977) and “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)?

As we know from the seemingly endless retcons of the Han Solo versus Greedo scene in Star Wars (1977) — regardless of who shot first — Greedo seemed to be fine with killing Han to collect the bounty ...
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What was Han searching through when he found where Lando was?

In The Empire Strikes Back we have this exchange between Han and Leia HAN: Then we've got to find a safe port somewhere around here. Got any ideas? LEIA: No. Where are we? HAN: The Anoat ...
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In ESB, did Vader sense Leia instead of Luke when he was chasing the Falcon? [duplicate]

In ESB, at the end of Hoth's attack, Vader saw the Falcon take off. He's looking for Luke Skywalker. For him, Luke is on the ship, according to this: "Our pursuit ships have sighted the Millennium ...
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Were there any contemporary sources (prior to RotJ) that confirmed that Darth Vader was telling the truth to Luke?

It struck me that the average movie viewer (upon hearing the famous "No, I am your father" line) might have disbelieved it and it's not until Return of the Jedi, three years later, that we see Yoda ...
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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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Prior to Cloud City, did Vader know that Han and Leia were "friends" of Luke?

By the time we see the Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back, it clear that the heroes know that Luke, Leia, and Han have special feelings for each other that go beyond being comrades in the rebellion....
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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 (from Episode V, on the planet Hoth and also seen in Part IV of Obi-Wan Kenobi) 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. VADER: ...
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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: I can’...
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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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