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Did Luke play any significant role in “Return of the Jedi?”

Luke's actions in ROTJ were instrumental in the destruction of the Empire and the death of the Emperor. Luke successfully invaded the stronghold of Jabba the Hutt, freeing his friend Han Solo. Han ...
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If the Galactic Empire had over 25,000 Star Destroyers, why were only 27 at the Battle of Endor?

From the script (with my emphasis): MON MOTHMA: The data brought to us by the Bothan spies pinpoints the exact location of the Emperor's new battle station. We also know that the weapon systems of ...
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How would killing the Emperor turn Luke/Rey to the Dark Side?

This is the way I've always understood Return of the Jedi. I haven't seen The Rise of Skywalker. The Emperor is goading Luke into an angry outburst. Giving in to his anger will bring him closer to ...
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Did Yoda indirectly tell Luke Skywalker to have children?

You didn't include the end of the quote: Luke, the Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned. Luke, there is another Skywalker... In the scene Yoda was telling Luke to ...
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If the Galactic Empire had over 25,000 Star Destroyers, why were only 27 at the Battle of Endor?

The galaxy far far away is incredibly huge According to various sources, the GFFA is more than 100.000 light years in diameter (Milky Way sized). This means it consists something in between 100 ...
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In what adaptation of Return of the Jedi did Jabba brag about killing Jedi in the old days?

That's the James Kahn novelization. Your quote is pretty much verbatim. Jabba smiled grimly. "Your mind powers won't work on me. I am not affected by your human thought patterns". Then, as an ...
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At the end of Return of the Jedi, did Darth Vader learn that Princess Leia was his daughter?

Luke's thoughts were dwelling on his friends, Han and Leia. He inadvertently labeled her as his twin sister in his mind just as Vader was scanning him. Note that Vader knows enough about her identity ...
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Why did the Rebel fleet not bombard the Shield Generator on Endor?

Based on the graphic we saw earlier in the film, the shield appears to also cover the Endor Shield Generator Station. This would make an aerial bombardment of the moon as ineffective as an attack on ...
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Has Leia ever shown any reaction to Darth Vader being her Father?

She reacts when first informed. While subtle, the script has Leia clearly reacting to the news from Luke. However even before confirming that she's his sister, Leia has pieced together the puzzle. ...
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Does the phrase "Return of the XXX" actually predate Return of the Jedi and Return of the King in common usage?

Conceptually the phrase would have been familiar English usage from at least the 13th century, the first usage of note I was able to find was a reference to the biblical story made by Rembrant's ...
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To what extent can Emperor Palpatine actually see into the future?

What the Emperor tells Luke is actually: Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design. The difference may seem irrelevant (especially since the Emperor does tell Vader, ...
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Did Han Solo know that Anakin Skywalker was Darth Vader?

It depends on how you define "timeline of the Original Trilogy" - if you mean only what is shown on the screen, then Skooba and Valorum's answers are correct. If you take timeline a bit more broadly,...
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Did Luke play any significant role in “Return of the Jedi?”

During the attack on the first Death Star, Vader flew out in his TIE fighter to fight off the attacking Rebels. And, with his high-level force skills, he did a pretty good job. Even Luke would have ...
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Why didn't Luke just Force choke the rancor?

There are a few reasons; Luke isn't very powerful at this point. He lacks the ability to perform a Force choke and certainly can't do it while fighting for his life. Although he originally was ...
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What if Luke had turned to the Dark Side in Return of the Jedi?

Luke didn't die on the Death Star in the original scenario, so there is no reason why he and the Emperor have to die in yours. You assume that Luke and the Emperor would have died together due to the ...
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Is Admiral Raddus Related to Admiral Ackbar?

We don’t know, but probably not While we have no explicit confirmation that they are not related, the odds of two random Rebellion Mon Calamari being related aren’t particularly high. We are dealing ...
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Where did Leia get the Bounty Hunter suit she wore in Jabba’s palace?

Maz Kanata helps her get it In the Canon animated micro-series "Star Wars Forces of Destiny", Leia is shown defeating Boushh and presumably stealing his armour ...
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Why didn't Luke use the force to lift Darth Vader into the Imperial shuttle?

Probably because Luke was half dead from the Emperor nearly killing him with Force lightning. EMPEROR: Now, young Skywalker...you will die. Luke was barely able to help Vader walk to the shuttle ...
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Where was the attacking boat?

Han is saying "Boba Fett? Boba Fett, where?" He's responding to Chewbacca, who's presumably saying "watch out, it's Boba Fett!" Subtitled on Disney+:
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Did Yoda indirectly tell Luke Skywalker to have children?

Even though the full passage is: Luke, the Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned. Luke, there is another Skywalker... I never would have interpreted it that way. I took it ...
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How did the Death Star 2 stay in orbit above Endor when it did not have functional ion engines nor a functional hyperdrive system?

Repulsorlift generators This is addressed by the canon reference book Star Wars: Complete Locations (2016). While the second Death Star was being constructed, it was at first held up by a repulsorlift ...
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Does the phrase "Return of the XXX" actually predate Return of the Jedi and Return of the King in common usage?

Return of the [Something] is a relatively common - and old - title. If you consider the variant "The Return of the [Something]", it becomes even more widespread. Earliest example I could ...
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Why did the Rebel fleet not bombard the Shield Generator on Endor?

Its shield also protects it While the old novelizations aren’t precisely canon, the new Disney canon novelizations make this clear. We even see the Rebel commanders discussing that this is why they ...
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Did Han Solo know that Anakin Skywalker was Darth Vader?

Han did not find out about the Vader/Anakin connection before the end of Return of the Jedi. Luke had previously told Leia that Vader was his father, and then that she was his sister. ...
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Why is C-3PO kept in the dark in Return of the Jedi while R2-D2 is not?

This is addressed in the new (Disney canon) junior novelisation for Return of the Jedi. So it was up to his closest friends: the loyal and hairy Chewbacca, the not-always-so-loyal Lando ...
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Why did Admiral Piett allow the Shuttle Tydirium to pass?

There's no good reason to assume that what Piett says to Vader isn't the absolute and unvarnished truth, something that's borne out by the film's various novelisations. “It’s an older code, but it ...
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Why didn't Luke use the force to lift Darth Vader into the Imperial shuttle?

Either Luke did use the Force to move Vader's body onto the shuttle, or he didn't need to. (Meaning he was physically strong enough to get Vader's body up the ramp and onto the shuttle.) Whichever ...
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Was there a "blue tunnel" hyperspace effect in the original version of Return of the Jedi?

I know of no way to prove that this is really an unLucased version, but I have the "original theatrical versions" that were included as flipsides on one of the early DVD sets. In that ...
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In what adaptation of Return of the Jedi did Jabba brag about killing Jedi in the old days?

In addition to the novelization, the line, or a similar one, also appears in the draft script: LUKE I must be allowed to speak, now. BIB He must be allowed to speak now. He returns ...
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What is the green substance on C3PO when Jabba the Hutt hits him while bargaining with Boushh?

It appears to be whatever Jabba was drinking. He certainly seems to spill plenty of it in the following scene. Belowdecks, in a dark and nasty hold, Jabba is in high spirits. Today it will be great ...
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