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Four reasons: The wampa might not have been alone (remember, the Rebels didn't know much about life on the planet, having only recently arrived, and Luke likely would have had no idea if wampas were solitary or not). He didn't want to find out. In order to be rescued, Luke would have to be found. Being in a cave means he won't easily be found. Luke is ...


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In his earlier conversation with Emperor, he says that either Luke will join us or die. VADER If he could be turned, he would become a powerful ally. EMPEROR Yes. Yes. He would be a great asset. Can it be done? VADER He will join us or die, my master. When Vader asks Luke to join him, he ...


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It's possible Vader did save Luke. When Luke lets go, he doesn't fall straight down: INT. REACTOR SHAFT Suddenly Luke is sucked into an exhaust pipe in the side of the shaft. When Vader sees this, he turns and hurries off the platform. There doesn't seem to be much air movement in the side vent, certainly not the gale-force wind which would be ...


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This is to reflect Luke's own darkness and how he must overcome it. He sees Vader as the face of true evil which is why it is envisioned here as him. Vader never actually appears there, physically. When it is shown that Vader has Luke's face, this is to represent Luke's own fear of becoming as evil as Vader (if this scene occurred a movie later, it would ...


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Lucas explains this on the Empire Strikes Back DVD commentary. Had Luke gone into the cave with no weapons, he would not have met Vader in there. It was a way to teach the person, by showing them what the Dark Side can bring from inside them. Yoda said that what is in there is "only what you take with you" - Luke takes his weapons, he's aggressive - he'...


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I believe he actually said, "Obi-Wan killed your father." I'll go find some proof. From Wikipedia: In the original film, Skywalker is told by Obi-Wan Kenobi that his father, Anakin Skywalker, was betrayed and murdered by Kenobi's own apprentice, Darth Vader. However, in The Empire Strikes Back, Vader himself reveals that he is actually Anakin. ...


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I submit that it appears to be very difficult , perhaps impossible, for a force user to directly affect the physical person of another force user. We see force users strike each other with lightsabers, throwing inanimate objects at each other, and hurling energy bolts at one another. But we don't see for example, Darth Vader force-choking Obi Wan Kenobi. ...


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There are parts of Dagobah that are "strong with the Dark Side." After Emperor Palpatine came into power and there was a purge of the Jedi, the few Jedi remaning alive hid, hoping to be able to do something more in the future. Because Yoda was a powerful Jedi, he hid near a source of darkness that would hide his presence so any Sith looking for him would ...


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A small but important note is the Yoda does not say to go in unarmed he says "Your weapons, you will not need them" Luke was still trusting to physical force and dominance which is a way to the dark side. Had he gone in there trusting the force (even if it had meant his life) then he would have passed the test. It shows how on a knife edge Luke actually ...


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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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I would like to officially disagree with the accepted answer as I think it cheapens what is to me the most interesting story arc of the original trilogy. I would posit that this scene found Darth Vader in a moment of weakness as we are just beginning to see the effect that reconnecting with his (when the movie came out) only child is having on 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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Mark Hamill was picked for the role of the Trickster, because he previously played the Trickster, In the original Flash 1990 CBS Live Action Series. He also voiced the role of the Trickster, in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons (Along side Wally West, the better Flash). He has also had an extensive career as the voice of the Joker, another ...


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I read in one book that the Jedi hid a powerful Sith weapon powered by the dark side on Dagobah in the cave. Yoda the last of the Jedi counsel made Dagobah his home to keep watch over the weapon so that it wouldn't fall back into their hands. This explains why the cave was strong with the dark side, but it wasn't explained in the films. The main plot of ...


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Yes, it was Dave Prowse playing Vader in that scene. He had the prosthetics adhered to the back of his head for the shoot. Here is a rare photo of Dave on set in the meditation chamber - I believe it comes from the recent J. Rinzler 'making of' book.


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Dagobah is hardly lonely. It is filled with layer upon layer of life. Perhaps all that life helps hiding Yoda's powerful force. Yoda does not seem very social to me. He seems to be nearly 100% instructor, even during Jedi council meetings. Also, Yoda does not fit the description of "bad ass". He can certainly kick ass, but he doesn't do it for fun or ...


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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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Well I think that everyone has answered your question except for why these event happen in the cave, and why Yoda sent Luke into the cave. It was a Jedi practice to pass as a padawan to become a Jedi Knight. It works by using the force to create a mental illusion, much like what you can see in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.


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Why would he? He want Luke to willingly became his apprentice. When Luke decide to fall it's a sign that he maybe don't want to do that. So DV assume that he may die in the process of falling. And if not, well, it's not like he will suddenly get better at jediing.


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The Wikipedia article is mistaken. He played Trey Callum, the "the Rebel trench officer who first reports to Echo Base the sighting of AT-ATs during the opening stages of the Battle of Hoth" (Wookieepedia) As to the iconic fight scene, from an interview quoted in the question's Wikipedia article: Vader actor David Prowse explains that he did his own ...


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The is no threat in the cave. remember the dark side is fueled by anger, fear and hate. The imagery of the cave is the darkness within the force sensitives own heart. Luke Skywalker, son of Anakin, has the potential to become as evil and twisted as his father had become. Luke in fact sees many images of this later in the series (for those who have ...


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I do not believe that you'll be able to definitively get an answer without hearing directly from the screenwriters or Lucas. However, that being said - the goofs page at iMDB reveals a few issues they had with the Wampa monster. One states that you can see that the arm appears to be a glove, and you can see the puppeteer wearing it. It may have been easy ...


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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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No. Until the first screening, no one knew what was coming other than George Lucas, Mark Hamil, James Earl Jones, and Irving Kirschner. My father told me that when they saw it in theaters, you could hear the wind sucked out of the room. In the bonus disc for the original trilogy, James Earl Jones said that Lucas had pulled him and Hamil into a room, told ...


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There are many possible answers, as can easily be seen from the many replies here offering many reasonable possibilities. So it's mainly a matter of speculation. I think in the end the "real" answer is simply that that was what the script was asking for. The action, for the script to be successful, had to go the way it went and that's it. A clear ...


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Shortly before entering the cave, Luke asks Yoda: "What's in there?" Yoda replies: "Only what you take with you." Luke begins to strap on his weapons and Yoda says, "Your weapons. You will not need those." Against Yoda's advice, Luke brings his weapons anyway. Yoda was right -- Luke found in there what he took with him: His weapons, and in turn, his ...


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