Questions tagged [the-empire-strikes-back]

For questions about "The Empire Strikes Back", the 1980 sequel to 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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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Do heaven and hell exist in Star Wars?

In the Empire Strikes Back as Han Solo leaves to look for Luke Skywalker a rebel worker says Your tauntaun will freeze before you reach the first marker. Han replies Then I'll see you in hell! ...
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Could Vader really have crushed the Rebels on Hoth?

In the chat room, Gilles linked to a very interesting article about the military shortcomings of the Empire's strategic decisions when attacking the rebel base on Hoth. It points out (correctly) that ...
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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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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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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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Why did Darth Vader torture Han Solo in Cloud City?

After the rebels are captured in Cloud City, there is a scene where it is clear the Darth Vader tortures Han Solo. Later after the fact, Han makes it clear that it wasn't an interrogation because he ...
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Does R2D2 Try to Trick Luke in Episode V - Empire Strikes Back?

Immediately after leaving Hoth, Luke suddenly steers his X-Wing off course, and this exchange occurs: INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT Luke, looking thoughtful, suddenly makes a decision. He flips ...
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What did Yoda do on Dagobah?

Leader of the Jedi Council, Yoda was. For centuries, a Jedi. To Dagobah he went. For twenty years, lived there did he. Bored, he might be. Do what, did he?
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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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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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Why didn't the rebels on Hoth use X-Wings to fight AT-ATs?

This question and answers do a good job explaining why the Imperial forces didn't have fighter protection for their ground force on Hoth. But nothing there explains why the Rebels didn't use X-Wings ...
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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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How did Boba Fett know to hide in the Star Destroyer “Avenger”'s garbage?

When Vader instructed the bounty hunters to all go after the Millennium Falcon, Boba Fett hid in the trash compartment of Vader's Star Destroyer; this allowed him to follow the Falcon undetected to ...
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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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Expecting visitor Luke Skywalker on Dagobah, Yoda was?

Straight to the point. Was Yoda expecting Luke on Dagobah? Did Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi work with Yoda to get Luke to Dagobah? Or did Ben simply assume that Luke would show up and Yoda would know how to ...
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Why did Cloud City have the huge chutes leading into open air?

Towards the end of "The Empire Strikes Back", Luke escapes from Darth Vader by jumping down a chute... which opens up into open air, and leaves him dangling on a mast... Why does Cloud City have ...
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Where was Leia when Han was being tortured?

In The Empire Strikes Back we have the scene shortly after Han Solo and friends are apprehended on Cloud City by Darth Vader and Boba Fett. I never really noticed this before, but when everyone's all ...
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Why Does Vader say “No disintegrations…” 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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What was wrong with the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back?

For large parts of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon is in pretty poor condition. Han and Chewie are desperately trying to fix it on Hoth while the Empire is ...
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Was Luke Skywalker technically a deserter in ESB?

After re-watching The Empire Strikes Back after many years, I noticed that as Luke flies away from Hoth, he says to someone (probably Wedge Antilles) I'll meet you at the rendezvous point Or ...
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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 wasn't Han Solo suspicious when he first dived Into the Asteroid Cave?

In The Empire Strikes Back Han dives into a cave in an asteroid to escape the Imperial ships chasing the Millenium Falcon. Originally I was wondering why there was air available to them outside of ...
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Why does Palpatine refer to Luke's father as Anakin?

During The Empire Strikes Back, Palpatine refers to the father of Luke as Anakin. Darth Vader: What is thy bidding, my master? Emperor: There is a great disturbance in the Force. Darth ...
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When and how does the Emperor learn that Luke is Vader's son?

We have a question asking When and how does Vader learn that Luke is his son?, but the Emperor knows too, as he says in The Empire Strikes Back: We have a new enemy, the young rebel who destroyed ...
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Why did Obi-Wan Kenobi choose that moment to appear to Luke?

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker violently escapes from the lair of a wampa ice creature, finds himself in the middle of a life-threatening snowstorm on an inhospitable planet, collapses ...
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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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How did Chewbacca get C-3PO's parts back after being captured?

We know how Chewbacca managed to find C-3PO's parts after he was blown into pieces. But how did he get them back after being captured by Vader and why would the Stormtroopers allow Chewbacca to have ...
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What was in the Star Destroyer Avenger's garbage?

You all know the scene from The Empire Strikes Back: the dashing Captain Han Solo successfully outwits the crew of the Imperial Star Destroyer Avenger by clamping the Millennium Falcon onto its hull, ...
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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 Chewbacca find C-3PO's parts?

While in Cloud City, C-3PO is shot by a stormtrooper, torn into pieces, and thrown in the trash. Chewbacca finds all of his parts, narrowly saving him from the incinerator. How in the hell did ...
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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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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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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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How does the Space Slug (Exogorth) breathe in the vacuum of space?

Whilst answering this question, an interesting question came to mind. In the chase through the Hoth asteroid field in The Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon takes refuge in a cave, which ...
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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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Is it true that most imperial officers have British accents?

The received wisdom seems to be that imperial officers in the original Star Wars trilogy all have plummy British accents. And it's true that most of the top guys do: Tarkin, Ozzel, Piett, Veers, ...
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What would have happened if Luke hadn't brought his weapon into the cave with him?

As I was reading this question (In The Empire Strikes Back, what is the significance of Luke seeing his own face in Vader's helmet?) and someone mentioned that, had Luke decided to bring his ...
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When does R2-D2 try to electrocute Yoda?

The question Why does R2-D2 try to electrocute Yoda? presuposses that such an attempt at electrocution occurred, something that I don't recall ever even happening in The Empire Strikes Back in the ...
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Why did they say Han Solo's carbon freezing has never been attempted before? [duplicate]

I did not check on the details, but I remember that the whole point of carbon freezing Han Solo is to test the carbon freezing technique - which is claimed to have never been done on a living organism ...
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Why is there a glimpse of an AT-ST in The Empire Strikes Back?

The question AT-ST at the Battle of Hoth in the original version of Episode V? makes it clear that the AT-ST, or "chicken walker", was indeed in the original release of The Empire Strikes Back. My ...