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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How did Luke get his lightsaber back after A New Hope?

After Vader kills Obi-Wan on the deathstar, 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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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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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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Is there a story behind the misquote, “Luke, I am your father”?

I've wondered for a long time how a misquote of the famous reveal in The Empire Strikes Back crystalized in pop culture history rather than Vader's actual line: No, I am your father. How did the ...
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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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What are the transparent boards with glowing lines?

In many places in the Star Wars films we see war rooms with transparent boards/walls/displays that have lots of glowing lines on them, for example this one behind Princess Leia: What are these called?...
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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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Is the AT-AT cockpit being a weak-point supported by canon?

In The Empire Strikes Back arcade game, AT-ATs can be destroyed by firing at their cockpits. The AT-AT Wookieepedia page states that The most vulnerable part of the walker was its flexible neck, ...
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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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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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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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What happened in the Cloud City dining room?

In The Empire Strikes Back, Han, Chewie, and Leia are herded into a dining room, which turns out to contain Vader and Boba Fett. Vader says "we would be honored if you would join us," they go in, the ...
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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 Darth Vader choose to take shots from Han Solo?

In Episode V, in Cloud City, Lando Calrissian brings Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca into an trap, where Darth Vader is sitting in a room. Han immediately takes his gun out and shoots at Vader. ...
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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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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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How did the Millennium Falcon get from Hoth to Bespin without hyperdrive?

How did the Millennium Falcon get from Hoth to Bespin without their hyperdrive? Are these locations so close together? I would think not, because Hoth is in the Hoth Sysem and Bespin is in the Bespin ...
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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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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 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 ...
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How did the AT-ATs get to the surface of Hoth?

I'm curious how these beasts got down to the surface of Hoth. Did the Galactic Empire land them in big ships, if so which ones?
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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 did Obi-Wan wait years after his death to tell Luke to go to Dagobah to find Yoda?

While reading this question, it came to me that Obi-Wan waited far too long to tell Luke to go find Yoda. Obi-Wan Kenobi could have appeared to Luke minutes after Luke blasted the first Death Star to ...
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If Vader had not been Luke’s father, what would the plot of the Original Trilogy have been?

From the story in A New Hope (and from this other question), it seems quite clear that Darth Vader was originally not meant to be Luke’s father. On the contrary, Vader seemed to be the primary ...
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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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Why specifically did Darth Vader choose Han Solo to test the carbonite freezing?

Availability of other options: Given the size of the Imperial Fleet and the Super Star Destroyer alone that Darth Vader traveled on, there must have been some prisoners or disobedient stormtroopers or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does 'E chu ta' mean?

A protocol droid on Cloud City (E-3PO) says this to C-3PO. If C-3PO's reaction is any indication it was either an insult or an obscenity. Does anyone know a translated version of this word/phrase?
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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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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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What does Yoda mean by “Remember your failure at the cave!”

At approximately 1:23:55 in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda is trying to convince Luke to stay and continue his training, and then implores Luke to Remember your failure at the cave! ...
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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.