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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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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On Dagobah, do what, did Yoda?

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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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 Darth Vader stop Boba Fett from shooting Chewie in The Empire Strikes Back?

In The Empire Strikes Back, when Han is getting frozen in carbonite, Chewie starts to freak out and throws some storm troopers off of the platform. The camera cuts to a shot of Boba Fett lifting his ...
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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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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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Why Does Vader say “No disintegration” 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 the deal Lando made with Darth Vader?

So in Empire Strikes Back, Lando makes a deal with Darth Vader which is he will help him capture Luke and possibly his friends: Darth Vader: Calrissian. Take the princess and the Wookiee to my ship....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is it important for the plot that Leia is Luke's sister?

As everybody knows, Luke and Leia are Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader's children. The fact that Luke is his son is important plotwise: Being Anakin's son, the Force is strong in Luke, making him a ...
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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 are Luke and Yoda eating in Yoda's hut in Episode V? [duplicate]

I was watching Episode V with my nephew yesterday. In the scene in Yoda's hut on Dagobah, Yoda offers Luke some oat porridge like food before revealing himself to be a jedi master. My nephew's ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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How could/did Luke's rescue attempt destroy what his friends fought for?

While there are good reasons for Luke not to fly to the city in the clouds (according to Jedi doctrine -- e.g. patience, detachment, and so forth), Yoda explains that although his friends could die if ...
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Did Luke have a plan when he jumped into the chasm in Empire Strikes Back?

After Vader cut off his hand and told him that he was Luke's father, why did Luke just jump into the chasm? We know he eventually got away, but did Luke have a plan about how he would escape before he ...
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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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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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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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Why didn't Vader see Luke as a threat?

When Vader wanted to put Luke in the carbon-freezing chamber in The Empire Strikes Back, what made him so confident that Luke would somehow get into the freezing chamber, either voluntarily or ...
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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 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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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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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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How did Vader summon a bunch of bounty hunters quickly, in the middle of nowhere, to hunt for the Millennium Falcon?

In The Empire Strikes Back, when Vader's Star Destroyer is pursuing the Millennium Falcon and it suddenly disappears, all of a sudden there is a bunch of bounty hunters lined up waiting to do Vader's ...
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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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Why does Han Solo's carbonite slab have a vital signs panel on the edge?

When the slab is pulled out of the freezing chamber, it already has a series of diagnostic panels along its edge. One of the panels (the one nearest to Han's head) has the ability to report Han's ...
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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 does Luke know of Dagobah?

If I remember correctly, Yoda chose Dagobah for his exile because it had been removed from the Jedi archives at some point and was generally unknown. However, in ESB, Luke seems to know exactly what ...
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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 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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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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Why couldn't Obi Wan help Luke on Bespin?

When Luke is leaving Dagobah to save Han and Leia, Obi Wan says: If you choose to face Vader, you will do it alone. I cannot interfere. Why? As a Force-ghost, Obi Wan can presumably go anywhere ...