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Why did Vader passively accept being killed and replaced at Palpatine's command?

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 ...
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Why did Leia not want to tell Han the truth about Luke and herself?

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 ...
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Why did Leia not want to tell Han the truth about Luke and herself?

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, ...
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Why was the Force Ghost scene altered in the 2004 DVD version of Return of the Jedi?

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 ...
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Why did Vader passively accept being killed and replaced at Palpatine's command?

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 ...
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Why did Leia not want to tell Han the truth about Luke and herself?

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....
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Did the Ewoks eat the stormtroopers?

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 ...
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What was Luke's plan to save Leia and Han from Jabba's palace?

'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 ...
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Why does Luke let Darth Vader kill the Emperor?

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 ...
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Why was the Force Ghost scene altered in the 2004 DVD version of Return of the Jedi?

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 ...
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Purpose of subliminal skull in Return of the Jedi?

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 ...
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What planets/systems are shown at the end of Return of the Jedi?

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 ...
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Why is Vader defeated so easily?

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, ...
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Why didn't Admiral Ackbar recognize Luke Skywalker's name in Return of the Jedi

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. ...
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Why does Luke let Darth Vader kill the Emperor?

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 ...
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Was Luke's lightsaber recovered after the final battle with Vader?

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 "...
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Why did Vader passively accept being killed and replaced at Palpatine's command?

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 ...
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Why does Vader stop Luke when he tries to kill the Emperor?

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 ...
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Why is Vader defeated so easily?

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 ...
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Why did Leia not want to tell Han the truth about Luke and herself?

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 ...
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Did Jabba the Hutt force himself on the captured Leia?

Sexual assault is an act in which a person intentionally sexually touches another person without that person's consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their ...
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How could Princess Leia remember her "real mother" a "little bit," when Padmé Amidala died in childbirth?

IMHO "what we have here is a failure to communicate". It is possible that Leia had three mothers during her life, that Luke knew of the first two and Leia knew of the second two. My theory is that ...
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How is Boba Fett alive?

As I remember, C3PO translated something whch Jabba said as meaning that people fed to the sarlacc would be slowly digested over a thousand years. So Jabba claimed that victims of the sarlacc would ...
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How is Boba Fett alive?

In the Bounty Hunter series of books from the EU, Boba Fett blows up the Sarlacc, and Dengar nurses him back to health. In The Book of Boba Fett, we are shown Fett using his flamethrower to burn ...
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Why did Leia not want to tell Han the truth about Luke and herself?

She does not yet know whether it is safe to reveal this secret. All that she knows at that time is that the Death Star II and much of the imperial fleet has been destroyed. That in itself is much of ...
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Why is Vader defeated so easily?

Because, to quote Darth Vader: You underestimate the power of the dark side. Luke is powered by hate and anger. Feelings that Vader doesn't have towards Luke or doesn't have at all. As Palpatine says ...
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Why did Vader passively accept being killed and replaced at Palpatine's command?

I've decided to add my own. It contains references to some things pointed by others and a few more I haven't seen anyone pointing - specifically, the Windu event (which mirrors this scene, and I think ...
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Why is Vader defeated so easily?

The following may only be marginally helpful answer, since it takes place during the post Revenge of the Sith time period, but it may provide some insight or proof that Darth Vader still struggled ...
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