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Could I fake death to stop being Force-choked?

In a word, no. Your boss will almost certainly use his force-powers to crush your windpipe. You won't be able to pretend to be dying because you'll be too busy actually dying. Your boss has the ...
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Why did Luke use his left hand to shoot?

Luke is pretty consistently shown to be ambidextrous (having the ability to use both hands without favouring one) throughout the original trilogy film series. In A New Hope he totes a gun and shoots ...
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Could I fake death to stop being Force-choked?

I'm going to go against the stream here and say possibly. Although your boss has the ability to sense life, it is not at all certain how sensitive it is to individuals - especially employees that do ...
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Is there a story behind the misquote, "Luke, I am your father"?

Contextualization matters more than words In common speech, the quote is fairly vague, and likely only those who have seen the movie would understand the reference (at least, right away, to the ...
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Why did Darth Vader torture Han Solo in Cloud City?

Han and Leia were tortured so that Luke would sense their suffering through the Force and come to rescue them. It was purely a move to trap Luke. When Luke was preparing to leave Dagobah and arguing ...
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Why did Lando give up his role as Administrator of Cloud City just to side with Leia, Chewie and the Rebellion?

You have to consider the timeline, the way the deal is changed through the course of the film, and his reasons why. When the Imperials first arrive at Bespin, he is trying to protect his interests ...
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Why did Captain Needa apologize to Darth Vader?

There are a few probable reasons: He wanted to save his soldiers from punishment If Vader had found out this information before Needa had come to him, he might have blamed not only Needa for the ...
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How was Luke's prosthetic hand in Episode V filmed?

You can see the original prop here. Note that the metal collar has slipped down slightly. The actor would sit under the table and reach up through a hole, then place their hand flat onto the table. ...
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What was the deal Lando made with Darth Vader?

Han and Lando have a conversation about it for starters HAN: Aren't you afraid the Empire's going to find out about this little operation and shut you down? LANDO: That's always been a danger ...
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How did Darth Vader know the rebel base was on Hoth?

Anomalous life readings “I think we’ve got something, sir,” Piett informed him. “The report is only a fragment from a probe droid in the Hoth system, but it’s the best lead we’ve had.” ...
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What did Yoda do on Dagobah?

Aside from the needs of survival, spent his time studying the Force he did. From Wookieepedia: Using an E3-standard starship lifeboat, Yoda returned to Dagobah to begin his own exile. The lifeboat ...
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Why was it a mistake to come out of hyperspace close to Hoth?

Darth Vader's strategy was to exit hyperspace on the perimeter of the Hoth system and drift into Hoth orbit undetected. From the Wookieepedia article on The Battle of Hoth: Vader and many of his ...
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Why did Luke use his left hand to shoot?

During the Detention Centre shootout, Luke is taking cover on the right-hand side of the corridor (from his perspective) and the alcove he's using for cover would make it harder to fire his blaster ...
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Why specifically did Darth Vader choose Han Solo to test the carbonite freezing?

Chewbacca is a Wookiee, and therefore testing the device on him would be pointless; his physiology is completely different from a human's. Leia is female and much smaller in stature than Solo or ...
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Why does Luke draw his blaster instead of his lightsaber to deal with an apparent threat?

As originally scripted, Luke did pull out his lightsaber. Nervously, he looks around at the foreboding jungle. Luke: Still... there's something familiar about this place. I feel like... I don't know.....
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Is it important for the plot that Leia is Luke's sister?

The reason Luke and Leia's siblinghood was important to the plot was because A New Hope set Luke, Leia, and Han up as a Love Triangle. This caused Luke and Han to be rivals for Leia's affection. One ...
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Is it important for the plot that Leia is Luke's sister?

The first thing that comes to mind as to why this was important was the end of ROTJ. VADER You cannot hide forever, Luke. LUKE I will not fight you. VADER Give yourself to the dark side. It is the ...
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Why didn't Vader execute Piett?

It was probably not Piett's fault, and Vader recognized that. Vader had been in personal command of the imperial forces on Bespin, while Piett remained aboard the Executor, out in orbit. There is no ...
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How was Luke's prosthetic hand in Episode V filmed?

If you look closely at the slope of the back of Mark Hamill's hand, you can see that it seems to turn a bit more toward the vertical as it approaches the metal clamp on his wrist. In fact, Hamill is ...
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Why did Darth Vader torture Han Solo in Cloud City?

The Official StarWars.com biography for Han Solo offers a stark explanation of the reason why Han was tortured; "Han was tortured by Darth Vader, who used the pilot’s pain to lure Luke into a ...
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Did Captain Needa die in The Empire Strikes Back?

He's dead, Jim. The script confirms his death. Clutching desperately at his throat, Captain Needa slumps down, then falls over on his back, at the feet of Darth Vader. Two stormtroopers pick up the ...
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When and how does Vader learn that Luke is his son?

In the new Disney/Marvel canon, in which all new comics, books, and games are considered to have the same level of canon as the movies, Vader has his first direct confrontation with Luke between ...
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Is the galaxy depicted at the end of Empire Strikes Back a real galaxy?

The galaxy depicted appears to be nothing more than an artist's impression of a standard spiral galaxy. Telescope astronomers were able to capture images of Andromeda (M31) as far back as the late ...
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When and how does Vader learn that Luke is his son?

Legends Canon In the original "Legends" EU, Vader first learned of his relationship with Luke in the weeks following the Battle of Yavin. This takes place in the 4-issue comic miniseries &...
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What are Luke and Yoda eating in Yoda's hut in Episode V?

There's mention in the film and film script that he's cooking something called rootleaf. CREATURE: Not far. Yoda not far. Patience. Soon you will be with him. (tasting food from the pot) Rootleaf,...
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Why did Lando give up his role as Administrator of Cloud City just to side with Leia, Chewie and the Rebellion?

One of the things that Vader was threatening was to to station a garrison, effectively turning the residents of the station into slaves and the administrators (including Lando) into puppets: VADER: ...
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Did Luke have a plan when he jumped into the chasm in Empire Strikes Back?

Luke's plan was suicide. From the new canon "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: So you want to be a Jedi?" novelisation of the film You want to be with your father. More than anything in ...
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Why does Luke ignore Yoda's advice?

This is another example of Luke's lack of belief in himself and in the power of the Force and the potential for him to fall to the Dark Side. When faced with evil, he seeks to confront that evil with ...
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