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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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Why did the Empire need the Death Star?

The Death Star is the ultimate expression of the Tarkin Doctrine. Grand Moff Tarkin gained his favour with the Emperor in large part due to his belief that the threat of destruction was an effective ...
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What is the reason for the adornments hidden under the dome of the hemispherical droid prop from A New Hope?

The dome was translucent This droid appears to be LIN-V8K, a "LIN demolitionmech". By Googling variants of "lin demolitionmech droid inside", I ended up finding an image of its ...
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Are midi-chlorians still canon, despite not being mentioned since Episode 1?

Midi-chlorians are fully canon. They exist in the Star Wars universe and have been mentioned in a wealth of other canon works including; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith “According to the legend,” ...
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Why is Mos Espa in a big hole?

Mos Espa was, according to the original artwork and concept design for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, always supposed to be portrayed as a city set into the desert. Essentially the goal was ...
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Why is it called 'Lightspeed' if the ships aren't traveling at the speed of light?

In the Star Wars universe, the term 'lightspeed' doesn't literally mean "traveling at the speed of light" (something that's actually scientifically impossible), it's simply shorthand for ...
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Did Obi-Wan Kenobi know how to destroy the Death Star without the help of the stolen plans?

No There's no real proof that Kenobi knew anything about the Death Star, only that he was able to quickly piece together disparate bits of information into a coherent picture. This speaks more to his ...
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How is Luke Skywalker blond?

This is simply how genetics works in the real world. There is no other explanation needed. See: What Color Hair Will My Baby Have? (A Guide to Hair Color Genetics) (from the article) "...
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Where did the mistaken idea of uncle Owen being Obi-Wan's brother originate?

It was canon (for a while), not a mistake In the 1983 ROTJ novellization, Obi-Wan tells Luke — after Yoda's death, when he's telling him about how Anakin is more machine now than man — that he took ...
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Was Obi-Wan Kenobi referring to a particular civilized time?

In Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace we see the Galactic Republic, the society in which Obi-Wan was raised and trained. We see the grand Temple of the Jedi Order on Coruscant, where ...
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Why was the first Jedi Temple built on top of a Dark Side cave?

It would appear that the ancient Jedi weren't warriors of light, instead worshipping balance. That evidently included studying and possibly even embracing their dark urges. It was only in latter years ...
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Why didn't Darth Vader reopen the blast doors?

Vader wanted them to get away, the Imperials planned on tracking the Millenium Falcon back to the rebel base. Just after our heroes escape the Death Star and finish off the last TIE fighter chasing ...
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What exactly is Yoda? A primate?

Official evidence The only official sources I've found that explicitly describe Yoda's species don't offer any definite answer to what type of organism he is. That said, here's the relevant ...
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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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Extreme use of the Force by Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series

Rey performs a similar feat in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. She’d been here before, standing helplessly as sand blasted her skin, watching a ship carry away someone she loved. Where there had ...
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How would killing the Emperor turn Luke/Rey to the Dark Side?

Difference between the Sith and the Dark Side of the Force First of all, being Sith and being a follower of the Dark Side are two separate things. All Sith are Dark Side force-users, but the inverse ...
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Why was firing the superlaser put on standby shortly before the DS-1 explodes?

When they said “stand by” they were not putting the firing of the laser on standby. Note that “stand by” is two words and “standby” is one word. The phrase “stand by” does not mean “put on standby”. “...
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How does the Mandalorian armor stop a lightsaber?

In the current Star Wars canon, Beskar, also known as Mandalorian iron, is an alloy used in Mandalorian armor, notable for its high tolerance to extreme forms of damage. The metal was durable enough ...
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What is hyperspace in Star Wars?

It is a 'dimension of space-time', 'coterminous with realspace'. For those who are unfamiliar with hyperspace, it is a dimension of space-time that can be entered only at faster-than-light speeds. ...
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How big exactly is the Millennium Falcon?

Various sources about the dimension of the Millennium Falcon exist. They're not all in agreement, but most of the modern canon sources state that the ship's length is around 35-40m and that its height ...
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How is Luke Skywalker blond?

Anakin Skywalker, has blond hair when he was younger Which progressively darkens the more time he spends away from the twin suns of Tatooine. Much the same as Luke's. Before After
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Are midi-chlorians still canon, despite not being mentioned since Episode 1?

While midi-chlorians have not really been name-checked explicitly since the prequels, The Mandalorian had an "M-count" mentioned by Dr. Pershing that is likely regarding midi-chlorians. One ...
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How does the Mandalorian armor stop a lightsaber?

Beskar is a Fantasy Metal and also serves as Unobtainium: In fiction, especially fantasy, a metal is shiny stuff with wonderful properties like super strength, lightness, magic resistance and so on, ...
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How do Imperial prison cells work?

The cell appears to be a "dry cell", without running water or toilet facilities. Just a bare room with a metal cot built directly into the wall. Leia explores the cell from top-to-bottom and ...
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Does the Light Side of the force "cloud everything" for Sith clairvoyance?

In Return of the Jedi, Darth Sidious was unable to detect the presence of Luke Skywalker on Endor, so perhaps the Light Side is able to cloud a Sith's dark side powers. Vader: A small rebel force has ...
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How strong was Darth Vader?

Pretty Strong In Darth Vader Volume 2: Into the Fire, Darth Vader is thrown into a deadly test by the Emperor as punishment. He is explicitly forbidden from using the Force by Sidious, and it is ...
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Are these scenes from the Star Wars prequels reused in The Book of Boba Fett?

According to the actor, a new over the shoulder shot was created for the show, but the rest is from the original film. In the video comparison below, the angle, framing and position of the actor in ...
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Star Wars extra: kid receives light saber as gift and accidentaly slashes grandma, was this official?

According to IMDB, this video clip was indeed included in the end credits of the on-disc documentary The Birth of the Lightsaber. Furthermore, it turns out this documentary is actually still available ...
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Was Obi-Wan Kenobi referring to a particular civilized time?

He's referring generally to the period before the Empire. The full dialogue from this scene makes this clear. OBI-WAN: Your father's lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or ...
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Why did the Empire need the Death Star?

HAN: Our position is correct, except...no, Alderaan! LUKE: What do you mean? Where is it? HAN: Thats what I'm trying to tell you, kid. It ain't there. It's been totally blown away. LUKE: What? How? ...
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