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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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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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To whom was Yoda referring when he said, "There is another?"

In the original trilogy Yoda refers to another hope: Obi-Wan: "That boy is our last hope." Yoda: "No...there is another..." The assumption being after seeing Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) that ...
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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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How did Luke get his lightsaber back after A New Hope?

After Vader kills Obi-Wan on the Death Star, his lightsaber falls at Vader's feet. Luke witnesses from a distance and escapes on the Falcon. The rest of the movie plays out, but that's the last we see ...
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Could I fake death to stop being Force-choked?

I work for a large government organization. My boss is a total jerk who abuses those working under him. I've tried contacting HR before but they won't do anything about him. Anyways, I screwed up ...
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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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What was C-3PO basing his odds on?

C-3PO: "Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately three thousand seven hundred and twenty to one!" Han: "Never tell me the odds." C-3PO: "The odds of ...
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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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Battle of Hoth: how did the AT-ATs manage to disable the shield generator?

(This question is related to How did the AT-ATs get to the surface of Hoth?, and was originally posted as an answer there, but it's not the same) In The Empire Strikes Back, the Empire attacks Rebel ...
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What else happened to Han Solo during his torture on Bespin?

I understand that the whole purpose of torturing Han (and Leia?) was to lure Luke to Bespin, but I also heard that there was more footage that was cut from the film before its initial release. Does ...
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Why does Darth Vader stop Boba Fett from shooting Chewie in The Empire Strikes Back?

In The Empire Strikes Back, when Han is about to get frozen in carbonite, Chewie starts to freak out and throws some Stormtroopers off of the platform. The camera cuts to a shot of Boba Fett lifting ...
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Why was it a mistake to come out of hyperspace close to Hoth?

From the script: Alarms sound throughout the hidden Rebel base. In the control room, a controller urgently gestures for General Rieekan to check a computer scan. CONTROLLER ...
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What is the bog beast in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back called?

In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, we see R2-D2 falling into a deep bog upon Luke's arrival at Dagobah. He is then ingested by a beast and spat out upon the shore. In the original script, this ...
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Why does Han refer to "Hell" in Star Wars?

In The Empire Strikes Back, as Han Solo leaves to look for Luke Skywalker he is confronted by a Rebel soldier Deck Officer: Your tauntaun will freeze before you reach the first marker. Han: Then I'll ...
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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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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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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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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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AT-ST at the Battle of Hoth in the original version of Episode V?

Are there any AT-STs at the Battle of Hoth in the original version of The Empire Strikes Back? A friend of mine says there is an AT-ST in the Battle of Hoth in the movie, but after re-watching it I ...
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Why didn't the Empire send other forces in alongside the AT-ATs?

AT-ATs managed to get to the surface of Hoth - during the Battle of Hoth. Why didn't the Empire send other forces in alongside the AT-ATs? Two reasons to land the other troops: Pretty much all ...
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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 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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Is the galaxy depicted at the end of Empire Strikes Back a real galaxy?

I was reading this question about the Rebel fleet's rendezvous point, and it occurred to me that this galaxy below looks familiar: I can't tell from the image whether this is an artistic creation or ...
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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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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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Is there evidence for the Emperor's opinion on Vader's casual killing of the Imperial brass?

Obviously, Emperor Palpatine isn't likely to send Darth Vader on sensitivity training for his casual killing of several Imperial military leaders, and he is deeply feared himself (see Moff Jerjerrod's ...
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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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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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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 didn't Luke kill the Wampa?

Why didn't Luke kill the Wampa?
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How did Han Solo's hands get freed on Cloud City (whilst he was in the carbon-freezing chamber)

When Hans first enters the carbon-freeze chamber, his hands are tied by the Ugnauts. However, when he is encased in carbonite, his hands had clearly been freed at some point, and were free at the ...
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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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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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How many AT-AT walkers attacked Hoth?

I believe in the movie itself we are only able to see perhaps five onscreen at the same time, and I'm also pretty sure there is a point after two have been destroyed during the battle where we still ...
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Where was the Rebel fleet's rendezvous point at the end of The Empire Strikes Back?

At the end of The Empire Strikes Back the characters meet at the Rebel fleet's rendezvous point and look at an object that looks like a galaxy: So were they in intergalactic space or is this just ...
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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 Dagobah. Can the Force be used as bug repellent, and was it? Can lightsabers double as bug zappers? What is really ...
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How did Darth Vader know the rebel base was on Hoth?

In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader looks at a picture of a shield generator on an ice planet and declares that's the rebel base. How could he know merely by looking at the picture from the probe? ...
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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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What was the point of testing carbonite-freezing technology on Han Solo?

Darth Vader tested carbonite-freezing technology on Han Solo because he didn't want to kill Luke who was precious to the emperor. But, why was it necessary? Wasn't it already a tested and proven ...
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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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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 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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How did Luke know where to land on Dagobah?

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke crashes his X-Wing on Dagobah after scanning the planet for technology and lifeforms. LUKE (into comlink) I'm not picking up any cities or technology. Massive life-...
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Why does R2-D2 try to electrocute Yoda?

R2-D2 has an intact memory of the events of the prequels. He should be aware of what Yoda looks like, and probably has met him. So why did R2-D2 attack Yoda?
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When and how does Vader learn that Luke is his son?

During the Battle of Yavin, it's fairly clear that Vader does not know that Luke is his son. Or at least, he doesn't sense a familial connection (and he doesn't sense one with Leia either, despite ...