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...
Strange Voice: Feel like what?
Luke jumps out of his skin. Artoo screeches in terror. The young warrior grabs for his lightsaber as he spins around, looking ...
There appears to be five elements to Han's plan that prevent the detection of the Falcon.
The ship is shut down and not emitting any electromagnetic radiation that might give them away.
Inside the Falcon’s cockpit all was quiet. Han Solo had stopped his ship and shut down all systems so quickly that even the customarily talkative See Threepio was silent. ...
In episode 2, Obiwan throws a tracking device onto Slave 1 (as shown in this clip on youtube), enabling him to follow it to another system. So we have a Canon example of something that is small relative to the ship it is attached to being carried through hyperspace without the ship needing to be aware.
To engage in a little bit of speculation (because I don'...
During Empire, Luke simply seems to be more comfortable with a blaster than with his lightsaber. He also draws it earlier on Dagobah when R2 has been pulled underwater and later when sneaking around Cloud City.
He was already able to use a blaster by the time of A New Hope (see this comprehensive answer on another question) and he's received no formal ...
In Legends, it is clear that any object fixed to the side of a ship that jumps to hyperspace is carried along with it (potentially without that ship's knowledge).
For instance, there are several examples in the X-Wing novel Wraith Squadron:
The pocket carrier Night Caller ends up carrying a number of TIE fighters (which have no hyperdrives of their own) by ...
Because his employer (Vader) wanted him.
Vader turns to Boba Fett.
VADER: He's all yours bounty hunter. Reset
the chamber for Skywalker.
IMPERIAL OFFICER: Skywalker has just landed, my lord.
VADER: Good. See to it that he finds his
way here. Calrissian, take the
princess and the Wookiee to my
Since Darth has no further use for Solo beyond ...
Blasters are more recognizable
Possibly debatable, since he has no idea what the residents of Dagobah might be familiar with, but with the Jedi being largely unknown, a combatant doesn't immediately know the threat of a lightsaber, particularly if it's not ignited, but they know the threat of a gun, so they're more likely to back off.
Supplementary answer (to a comment by @Loren Pechtel, but relevant overall):
Actually, both sonar and radar detect more than just the cross-section of the target — they detect the difference in range over the cross-section of their angular resolution, which is precisely how one can use side-scan sonar to map a river bottom in one pass.
However, it is true ...
I actually remember discussing this in the interval between the releases of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. We inferred that there was probably a bounty on Chewie as well as Han, even before that was explicitly confirmed in Episode VI. So why does Boba Fett only take one of the two back to Jabba the Hutt? I think our conclusion then—and it'...
First off, it's just a clever hiding spot. The colors of the ship match and seeing star destroyers weren't completely smooth it would be hard to see something as irregular.(Also the ship isn't covered in windows, and you would probably not have many people looking outside with their bare eyes...instead they would rely solely on their equipment)
Second, take ...
I believe the status bestowed upon Luke in A New Hope as a war hero and his heroics during the Battle of Yavin granted him command, and in the EU he leads missions in the three year gap between ANH and ESB. This would make sense and in addition, in ESB, it is said:
Han: "Do you know where Commander Skywalker is?"
Deck Officer: "I haven't seen ...
Fett is just trying to quit while he's ahead. He can see firsthand just how terrible an idea it is to try haggling with Vader. So he makes the smallest request he can that turns a profit for him, and as long as Vader looks like he's sticking to the terms of that deal, he doesn't ask for more. (The one time he does object, it's when Vader is putting his prize ...
In the Rebels series, the hyperspace-capable creatures known as the purrgil were known to grab smaller starships and drag them through hyperspace with them. That might not be the best example for you, though, since it's a creature and not a mechanical starship.
The Carrack-class cruiser is a light cruiser used by the Empire. It was too small to have a ...
Lando's Ever Collapsing Deal
Lando's deal was initially to use Han and co as bait for Luke. When Vader later talks about freezing Han and giving him to Fett, we get this
Lando: What about Leia and the Wookie?
Vader: They must never again leave this city.
Lando: That was never a condition of our agreement, nor was giving Han to this bounty hunter.
Leia is an accomplished pilot, as you'd expect of someone with latent Force potential and multiple years of training.
Someone’s prepping for a trip, she thought. Her mind worked at lightspeed, and she saw her escape plan unfold as clearly as if the Emperor himself had rolled out a carpet for her. Yes—a small thrill of victory raced through her. She could ...
Out of Universe
Star Wars uses its planetary locations as mere settings - hence why most of their planets can be described by a single biome. It's a plot contrivance at best.
The force was guiding Luke without him knowing it.
Looking into timeline, we see, that Vader himself devised the plan:
[Vader] arrived in the hangar where the Falcon had been docked just in time
to see the ship leave and, recognizing it, he concocted a plan to
capture it and its crew. Vader hoped that if he could capture and
torture Skywalker's friends, ...
Vader had been hunting the rebels for a while and would expect them to be hiding in a remote system which would be virtually uninhabited, since otherwise they would have found them already. The Empire knows pretty much what is going on and where. The probe report of advanced constructions on an ice planet is completely unexpected and ...
I also felt there was some conflict between the tension in episode V (about whether or not Solo would survive the freezing process) and the generous use of carbon freezing in some of the newer productions.
But this isn't an outright contradiction if you look closely at this conversation between Darth Vader and Lando:
Vader: "This FACILITY IS CRUDE but ...