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Use Force Lightning can Yoda?

In Star Wars Episode II, battling with Count Dooku Yoda was. Force Lightning against Yoda Dooku uses. The lightning from affecting him Yoda stops. Then Force Lightning back at Count Dooku he uses. ...
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Empire Strikes Back - Scene in Dagobah with Darth Vader

I have never understood why Vader appears in Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back, I understand that the cave Yoda takes Luke to is strong with the dark side of the force but don't understand why the ...
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Why did three actors play Darth Vader?

In the original Star Wars movies (IV, V, and VI) three actors ended up playing Darth Vader. David Prowse was the actual physical body for the most part, James Earl Jones was used for the voice, and ...
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Why does Obi-Wan say that he'll become more powerful if Vader kills him?

When Obi-Wan fights Darth Vader in Episode IV: A New Hope, he says: You can't win, Vader. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. What does he mean ...
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What changes were made to the Star Wars Blu-ray and what effect did they have on the plot?

The recently released Blu-ray edition of Star Wars has a few changes made personally by George Lucas. The most striking is Darth Vader's "No!" in episode VI. Why were these changes made, and do such ...
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Is there any reason why mostly technology deprived planets are pictured in the Star Wars movies?

Just watched the Force Awakens, and I noticed that once again, mainly low-tech planets are shown in the movie, which is at odds with the technology described. Jakku seems to be a garbage dump, the ...
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Why does “The Force Awakens” use an image language associated with national socialism for the First Order?

The scene when the First Order fires their weapon the first time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens uses an image language which clearly references the national socialism in Germany during World War 2, ...
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How much of Star Wars did George Lucas actually write?

I got into a semi-argument with a friend recently regarding how much credit to give George Lucas for Star Wars. She was commenting how he's an awful director and that's why the new Star Wars trilogy ...
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Why was Prowse chosen to play Darth Vader?

Everybody knows that David Prowse played Darth Vader in the old Star Wars episodes. He was a weightlifting champion and a bodybuilder. Does anybody know who and why actually chose him to play this ...
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How were R2D2 and C3PO made in the original trilogy?

I know they used a lot of mechanics back then, but were R2D2 and C3PO mechanical, a costume, or something else?
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Is it necessary to watch Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith before embarking on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens?

I have yet to see Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. I've been holding off because I knew there would be no Star Wars movies for a number of years. Also because Episode I and Episode II ...
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Why is there an alien in the garbage?

In the classic scene in Star Wars a New Hope our heroes are trapped in a rubbish press with a creature... Given the Death Star is fairly new (it's only just been completed) how could such a creature ...
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In what order should a newcomer watch Star Wars episodes?

I have a friend who has never seen Star Wars and he wants to watch it. I am unsure which order I should suggest. Should he watch the old or new Trilogy first? Or some kind of mixed order? I am ...
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Why didn't James Earl Jones get voice over credit for Star Wars?

I just watched Star Wars and noticed that James Earl Jones is not listed anywhere in the credits. I wanted to know why, given that he voiced Darth Vader?
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Why does Kylo Ren wear a mask?

Vader needed his mask due to his horrific lava skinny dipping. In the now non-canon game, Star Wars- Knights of the Old Republic, the main character Revan wears the mask as a symbol against the ...
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In Star Wars, can a Jedi kill?

In Star Wars movies, Jedi often kill their opponent (for example, Obi-Wan kills Darth Maul in the first movie and again Obi-Wan, at the end of the third movie, leaves Anakin dismembered and on fire, ...
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Age difference between Anakin Skywalker and Padmé in the Star Wars prequel trilogy

In the movie Star Wars: Episode I Anakin Skywalker is a child and Padmé is a young lady. Their relationship is that of a child and a lady. But in Episode II Anakin has aged into a young guy even ...
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Evaluating characters by means of description

In his Star Wars Episode 1 review/analysis, Mike Stoklasa used a certain challenge as a device to illustrate how poorly thought out the characters were: "Describe the following characters without ...
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Were the 3 prequels intended?

After the making of Episode IV V and VI of star wars, was it immediately decided to make the 3 prequels or was it due to some other factors (eg: financial)?
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What was the line that David Prowse said on Bespin set?

In various Star Wars documentaries it is mentioned that Mark Hamill and George Lucas were apparently the only two people on set who knew that James Earl Jones would eventually dub Vader with the ...
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How could Princess Leia remember her “real mother” a “little bit,” when Padmé Amidala died in childbirth?

In the movie Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Luke Skywalker asks Leia what she remembers of her real mother. She tells that she only remembers a little bit about her ,as a kind ...
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Does Princess Leia ever learn that Darth Vader is her father?

Luke learns that he is Vader's son privately and finds out Leia is his sister in a separate revelation. Are these 2 points ever revealed to Leia, and what is her reaction to learning that the person ...
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What is the function of Darth Vader's helmet?

He's only seen without it on two occasions. The first is in TESB, very briefly, from behind, when he's in his quarters apparently undergoing some sort of medical procedure, possibly a regular ...
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What's the purpose of Aurra Sing appearing in Star Wars Episode One?

In Star Wars Episode One, the bounty hunter Aurra Sing can be seen for a few seconds watching the pod race on Tatooine. She never reappears again in this episode or any other episodes, though later ...
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Who REALLY shot first, revision by revision: Han or Greedo?

There has been numerous debates about who shot first in Star Wars Episode IV: Han or Greedo. It's also been rumored that who shoots first has changed between each subsequent release of Star Wars. ...
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Does Rey speak Shyriiwook?

Fairly early on in The Force Awakens, Finn and Rey run into Han Solo and Chewbacca. One of the running gags in the Star Wars films is that very few people actually understand Chewie's language ...
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Why did the Senate stick around?

From the beginning of the "I find your lack of faith disturbing" scene in "A New Hope": The rebellion will continue to get support in the Imperial Senate. The Imperial Senate will no longer ...
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What powers a lightsaber?

Jedi use lightsabers, some use them a lot! However you never see a lighsaber being plugged in, on charge or running out of battery. What powers a lightsaber and does it run indefinitely?
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Who had “turbo lasers” first, Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica?

Most recently in Star Wars VII, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they mention "turbo laser" turrets, but wasn't the idea of turbo lasers in Battlestar Galactica first? Given that a laser being turbo is ...
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Why is technology so advanced in the Star Wars prequels?

Why is technology so advanced in the Star Wars prequels? The obvious answer is that the prequels were made in the 90s - 00s while the first films were made in the 70s and 80s, therefore real world ...
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Was Star Wars (intended to be) a children's movie franchise?

I have seen in various places that Lucas himself expected the movie to be a children's movie in the beginning. He also said that characters like the Ewok and Jar Jar Binks were added to specifically ...
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When was the Star Wars Chasm Fail edited out?

I saw Star Wars the weekend it was released in L.A. I distinctly remember Luke trying to rope the scaffolding and missing when crossing the chasm with Leia. Leia gives him a kiss and says, "For Luck" ...
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Did the Ewoks eat the stormtroopers?

I read a cracked article today that implied that perhaps offscreen, the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi feasted on the bodies of the stormtroopers killed/captured, as they were about to do to Han Solo ...
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Why does the First Order essentially just make a bigger Death Star?

So I watched The Force Awakens in December and absolutely loved it, but there was one thing I didn't quite get: There was a moment when the rebels were showing Han the schematics of the First Order's ...
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Why was the princess rescued in the first place?

In the 1977 movie release of Star Wars Episode IV, why was the princess rescued in the first place? As the required information was with the droid and a lot of time had passed since she was captured, ...
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In the Star Wars franchise what causes the Sith to always have red light sabres?

I understand visually that this is a great way to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys, but what in the vast Star Wars lore causes the Sith to almost exclusively use red light sabres? I am ...
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Who is Rey’s family?

Throughout much of the movie, Rey losing her family and waiting for their return on Jakku is a great motivating force for her character. Her romanticizing the Resistance and her eagerness and ...
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Technique of shooting scenes inverted?

I read in a recent article on moviefone that there is a common technique of shooting scenes inverted (left is right and vice versa). Apparently this was used in Star Wars to shoot a scene including ...
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Was the famous “Wilhelm Scream” used in “The Force Awakens?”

The “Wilhelm Scream” is a stock sound-effect that has been used in hundreds of films over the years as an inside-joke/homage among filmmakers. It was first heard in the 1951 film Distant Drums but is ...
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Why is Leia, the twin of Luke, not a Jedi?

Why is Leia, the twin of Luke, not a Jedi? Is she not supposed to be the "one other" to whom Yoda refers in Star Wars Episode V?
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Why was the Force Ghost scene altered in the 2004 DVD version of Return of the Jedi?

In the 2004 DVD edition of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Sebastian Shaw is replaced by Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker's Force Ghost. But why? The other Force Ghosts appear to be ...
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Erroneous scene with the studio's parking lot in the original Star Wars release

A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away...) I saw a show on TV. It was sort of like one of those "Hollywood Extra" type shows. This is going back to the early 80's for sure. Anyway, on the show ...
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Who is the father of Darth Vader?

In 'The Phantom Menace', Anakin's mother says: There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth to him. I can't explain what happened. So who was his father? Was it Darth Plagueis; because ...
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What made Lord Vader stay with Palpatine after he'd killed Padme?

In the 3rd episode of the series ("The Revenge of the Sith"), in the ending we see that Anakin kills Padme. Then he fights Obi Wan, loses and the Emperor saves him. When Vader asks if Padme's alright, ...
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What prompted R2-D2 to wake up at this point in “The Force Awakens?”

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after the Resistance returned to their base from destroying Starkiller Base, R2-D2 suddenly wakes up with the wonderful news that he contains an additional piece of ...
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Why was princess Leia not executed?

In the 1977 movie, Star Wars Episode IV, orders to excecute the princess are given several times. Once an order to execute her "immediately" but still she was not executed and was later rescued. Why ...
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Did Yoda appear in Star Wars The Force awakens?

Yoda is my son's favorite character. He said if Yoda is not there, he does not want to watch. Is Yoda going to be in The Force Awakens? If yes, will he be one of the main characters?
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What language does BB-8 speak?

Does BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens speak some kind of binary (Morse-like) language? If so, how can people understand it (such as Rey)? Do we know the structure of it?
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Why did the original Star Wars: A New Hope posters portray Luke and Leia as a couple?

In 1977 and 1978, Star Wars posters were plastered in almost every movie theatre that had a big screen. The posters implied that Luke and Leia were a romantic couple. See this example and this one. ...
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Where does the name “Ewoks” come from?

Everyone knows that the cute, fuzzy critters from Return of the Jedi are called the Ewoks... but how does everyone know that? If you watch the movie carefully, you'll notice that they never use the ...