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I think you've completely misinterpreted that scene. Vader is not just passively standing there and watching the Emperor torture Luke to death, and far from showing how evil Vader had become, the scene is actually the point at which Vader comes back to the light side. Have another look at the scene (thanks to @Paulie_D for linking it). From the moment the ...


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She is still processing the fact that her life has just been turned upside down and considering that both she, Gen. Solo and the rest of the gang are on the eve of a potentially war ending infiltration mission she is probably strong enough to compartmentalise all of this while the situation is still far from being concluded. To suddenly bombard Han with all ...


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I have always put this down to the fact that the story for episode three changed slightly between 1983 and 2005. In world explanation? Leia's ability with the force has been described as being more empathic allowing her to be a better diplomat. The complete line is "Just...images, really. Feelings." perhaps her early Force abilities helped her to hold onto ...


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This is a rather basic dramatic plot element: a trivial misunderstanding between lovers reveals their pride or strength of character and risks shattering their happiness. You will find it frequently, from kids' films like Shrek to romcoms to serious dramas. In Star Wars the misunderstanding is thankfully not milked for all it's worth. It's a Space Opera ...


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Because, as per Obi-Wan, that is what Anakin looked like when he died. Obi-Wan makes sure to create a distinction between the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and the Sith Darth Vader, going so far as the claim that Darth Vader killed Anakin. In reality, we know that but the creation of this distinction answers your question - Anakin died when he was killed by Darth ...


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While many statements are made during Star Wars that imply the Dark Side "takes hold" of people; it seems to be mostly figurative. It talks about human nature, rather than some mysterious supernatural mind control. You call Vader Anakin, but Obi-Wan Kenobi specifically avoids calling him Anakin after he is known as Darth Vader. Not only does he always ...


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I've always worked on the assumption that Leia didn't know she wasn't an Organa for real. She never knew she had a "real" mother because Breha was her mother. Breha also died while Leia was between 12-16. This is roughly 10-15 years before "New Hope"(my guess). Things happen, and that could be why her memories of her mother are fading. There is, however, ...


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In-universe answer: There are many possible reasons why Leia might be reticent. First, her feelings for Han may not have fully crystallized. Her relationship with Luke has been, well, very friendly. From Episode V: INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - SLEEPING QUARTERS Luke rests on a cot, his injured arm wrapped in a protective cuff. Leia gently wipes ...


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The Empire hires Bounty Hunters to track Luke (and the Rebel band), of which Han is an accessory to: if not a rebel himself. The Rebel band (Han, Chewie, Droids and Leia) seek refuge at Bespin, as its supposed neutrality is supposed to offer them some form of protection (or at least not immediately reporting their presence to the Empire), not to mention ...


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There is no canon source I've ever read that confirms or denies this (or discusses it at all), and I'm pretty sure Lucas wouldn't even entertain the question. Ewoks were roughly (very roughly) based on the Viet Cong and their defeating of the American troops. They are scrappy, camoflaged and deceptively smart. I would find it hard to believe that Lucas ...


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George Lucas was sued by a guy named Dean Preston, who claimed he invented the Ewoks in a script called "Space Pets" that he wrote in 1977 and mailed to Lucas in 1978. Lucas testified in court that he created the Ewoks in his original 1974 draft of "The Star Wars" and came up with the name by reversing the syllables of the character he called Wookie ...


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'You can either profit by this, or be destroyed'. Luke's original message was to seek an audience with Jabba to erm, 'bargin' for Han's life. One would assume this would have probably involved reimbursing Jabba financially for the money he lost following the loss of cargo, plus what ever bounty was paid to Bobo Fett (and, following gifting them as a 'token ...


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As Oliver has pointed out, the shot is not subliminal at all, as most people, (including myself when I first saw the film in 1985 as a 7 year old) clearly notice the extremely brief but overtly visible 'skull', through Vaders mask and helmet. Again, as has been pointed out in the comments section, the Emperors use of force lightning fries Vader to the ...


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Source - Empire Strikes Back FAQ on IMDB "There is another." To whom is Yoda referring? At the time that Empire was written and released, Leia was not meant to be Luke's sister. Luke instead had an unnamed sister, also undergoing Jedi training, on the opposite end of the galaxy. Leia being Luke's sister was only decided when Return of the Jedi was ...


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Luke wasn't exactly in a position to stop Vader from killing Palpatine. Remember, he was being attacked by Force Lightning at the time, and Vader picked up Palpatine and threw him in a shaft in the space of about two seconds. There wouldn't have been time for Luke to recover and react even if he had wanted to. Also, the sequels/prequels constantly show ...


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George Lucas has a history of constantly changing his past works, this is no exception. Most of the changes are just for the sake of change (under guise of "improving" the older films). However, in cases such as this, it serves to add nothing additional to the movie (unlike improving special effects that were already present in the film). In essence, ...


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In the post-prequel special version (Hayden Christianson as the Anakin Force ghost) they are, in this order, Bespin, Tatooine, Naboo, and Coruscant, followed by an extended sequence of footage on Endor('s moon).


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In fact Boba Fett (as well as the other bounty hunters after Han) worked for Jabba, who had put the bounty on Han because he owed him money, as we learn at the beginning of Episode IV and which he (Han) states himself when leaving Hoth: Well, there's a price on my head. If I don't pay off Jabba the Hut, I'm a dead man. Boba Fett has never explicitly ...


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Probably she saw a few family heirloom holograms and photos. Or maybe stories were told to her when she was little and, as the mind tends to do, internalizes them into memories of the original without the storyteller in between.


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In the original trilogy, they didn't meet before Return of the Jedi. And they don't even meet actually. Luke joins the party when all plans were explained and everybody was preparing for the battle. So, even if he saw him, he couldn't know his name. Leia, Han, Chewbacca and Luke leave right after this meeting.


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He's old, out of shape, and half machine. Starting with the battle between Vader and Obi Wan in Episode 4 (which was far worse in quality between two fully trained Jedi), Lucas says: In Episode 4, it was a fight between a very old man, and a man who was only partially a man, mostly a mechanical being, so it wasn't really much of a fight at all. He goes ...


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Yes, it was recovered. We see it in the "celebration on Endor" scene a few minutes later, just after he's cremated his father. Under the circumstances, we can assume that when he "hurled it aside", it simply rolled under the staircase behind the Emperor According to the factbook "Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy: The ...


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No idea when they first appeared but there were two movies that featured Ewoks in them that came out shortly after the movie did. Here are some links. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Also according to wikipedia, In the film, the name "Ewok" is never actually spoken, but it appears in both the script and the closing ...


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I don't think Jedi are trained to see the good in "everyone." Luke spares Vader because he is Luke's father, and Vader is very conflicted between the light and the dark side. So, Luke does feel the good in him. I doubt Luke, or anyone, felt any good within the emperor. Luke momentarily looses his temper during his bout with Vader, but after he cuts off ...


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Vader wanted Luke to have loyality with him, not Palpatine. Darth Vader: Luke. You can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son. Come with me. It is the only way. But for this, he has to turn Luke to the dark side. He had to show the power of hate and anger, that ...


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TL; DR. The OP gives Vader too much credit, and Luke not enough. There is an ongoing drama of Vader plotting against Palpatine from the get-go, but it seems that in order for Vader to survive, he must remain subservient to Palpatine unless it's highly likely that Palpatine can be overthrown. I'm completely unaware of this ongoing drama that's being ...


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I always felt that Vader was constantly plotting against Palpatine after a certain point in their relationship. Consider the films: Vader reaches out to Luke in ESB to join forces with him. This could be (and I think largely has been) interpreted as the classic Sith mantra of betrayal of one another. But I believe Vader likely understood the presence of his ...


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As we know from this meme, it was due to a debt to Jabba. Bobba Fett was just there to collect the bounty. This was made evident in the re-working Lucas did on A New Hope, where a scene with Jabba the Hutt was added to enforce the fact that Han owed him money. For those of us old enough to remember a time when Han shot first, you know Jabba wasn't in the ...


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Leia's identity is part of a lifelong secret, and she intuitively understands this Luke (and the audience) know her identity is a great secret for her protection, as it is explained in the scene on Dagobah when Luke converses with the ghost of Kenobi. BEN: Hmm. To protect you both from the Emperor, you were hidden from your father when you were born. ...


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