Headscratchers: A New Hope

  • Why did Luke take charge during the final Trench Run? Biggs and Wedge both have more experience than Luke, and they outrank him as well (its unlikely that Luke was given a high rank for his second mission in the Rebellion).
    • They don't outrank him - they are all regular pilots. And Biggs, at least, knows about Luke's piloting skills. He took charge because he was the best pilot (and because he was ordered to by Red Leader).
    • As already said, the pilots with lower numbers don't outrank Luke. When Red Squadron was originally formed this would have been true, but casualties leave gaps and mess up everything, Red Leader/Red 1 being the only exception. Rebel squadrons in the EU fly in pairs. Judging by dialogue Biggs (Red 3) was Luke's (Red 5) wing-man. By the time Luke made his run on the exhaust port, most of Red Squadron was wiped out. Wedge's wing-man was presumably shot down already, and Biggs was already watching Luke's back while Luke looked for more TIE fighters to blast apart. Hence, Wedge would take up position on Luke's other wing, allowing the trio to share shields. This particular formation is not really used in real life in combat due to being awkward, but here would be a case of reorganization. The Y-Wings of Gold Squadron would presumably be organized in the three-ship formation from the start since they were supposed to be the ones to blow up the Death Star in the original plan. A good chunk of this is fan speculation, but the rest comes from the EU. I hope this helps.
    • Plus, sometimes, during a crisis, it's not always the person with the most seniority or authority-by-position who takes charge, but sometimes someone farther down the chain who seizes the initiative. At this point, most of both squadrons have been blown to pieces, so there's little organization left of any kind. Luke stepped up, so he got to be in charge.

  • Why is Han Solo on Tatooine? When I first saw the film, I assumed he was hiding out on this backwater planet in order to avoid the intergalactic crime lord that he'd pissed off so much he was sending bounty hunters after him. Imagine my surprise, on seeing RotJ, when it turned out that Jabba actually resided on Tatooine. It's not as if Han has gone there to apologise or offer compensation for the cargo he dumped. He's simply whiling away the hours in a dingy cantina. He's not even surprised when Greedo shows up to threaten him, so he obviously knew he was in trouble. It could be likened to someone ripping off the Vegas mob, then coming back to town to play the slots.
    • Tatooine is a whole planet, and Jabba is just one mob boss not some all-seeing overlord. Han probably expected to go unnoticed. As for what he was doing, he was looking for work - a wretched hive of scum and villany probably has need for smugglers, it's also possible that he had recently taken a shipment to Tatooine.
    • It's more like someone ripping off a Vegas mob, then hanging out in Reno.
    • Han was quite capable of making another deal with Jabba in the first movie and the expanded universe suggests that Greedo was more a sign of Jabba's irritation than any real grudgenote .
    • Although Luke calls the planet a backwater, its clearly shown even in the first movie, to be a major hub for the region it is in. Its like say Mombasa (Kenya) or Dakar (Senegal) in our world. Not the center of trade, but a major port in its region. So, its understandable why Han, who runs the galactic equivalent of a trucking business, would be there. To find business.
    • It also is probably a case of Greedo having an already existing feud with Han. It makes complete sense for Jabba to threaten to kill Han if he doesn't pay his debt. That's how mob bosses keep people in line and paying their debts. But unless he has defaulted many, many times and seriously pissed him off, Jabba is much more likely to want Han brought in alive so that he can take the Falcon as compensation and possibly indenture Han further. We can assume that by the time of Empire Jabba has had to go through with his threats.
      • No "probably" about it; Greedo out-and-out says he's been waiting a long time for the chance to shoot Han. Jabba almost certainly sent Greebo to intimidate Han, but due to a pre-existing grudge, Greebo took the opportunity to provoke Han and incite a violent confrontation. (One he obviously hadn't expected to lose.)
    • Based on the extended special editions, minus the fact Greedo shot first (NO!), there is a scene where Jabba is at Han's ship waiting for him. The whole scene leads to some Fridge Brilliance to me. Greedo was set up to die by Jabba. Reasons are not necessary, just the fact that we know (later) that Han is such a Bad Ass and the fact that that scene was so "cordial" leads me to believe that Han might have been there to talk to Jabba specifically... Jabba just surprised him a little by showing up first. He always seemed to have the intent to pay Jabba, things just kind of spiraled out of control and eventually, Jabba just wanted Han dead.
    • This is explained in The Han Solo Trilogy. Han had come to Tatooine specifically to see Jabba, to ask for more time to pay off his debt. He thought he'd have better luck talking to Jabba in person.
    • In all fairness, Jabba isn't the most mobile of individuals, and his palace isn't exactly close to Mos Eisley. And being a Hutt/slug, Jabba might not really like getting out into the direct sunlight of the two suns anymore than absolutely necessary.

  • Why didn't the soldiers fire on the pod despite knowing that there could be droids
    • Presumably they didn't think that if there were droids, they'd be worth shooting at. I doubt the guys at the guns new yet that the Death Star plans had been jettisoned from the blockade runner.
    • The commanding officer specifically told the gunner to let it go as there were no life forms detected and it had probably short-circuited.
    • One would think that that would make it even more eligible for target practice...
      • That'd be like the USS Missouri firing at an empty lifeboat during a combat operation.
      • If you see an empty lifeboat, you can be fairly confident that there aren't invisible sailors on it. But within the context of star wars, they should have known that droids don't show up on life scans. Which raises the question as to why they just scan for life forms instead of droids(assuming that's possible).
      • It may not be. What would you scan for? Electronics? In an escape pod that's filled to the brim with them?

        Honestly, the more sensible reason they didn't fire on it is because if they blew it up, they would never be able to confirm whether or not the plans were there, and that was the mission—to secure the plans.
      • Doesn't C-3PO have a line to the effect that droids aren't allowed in escape pods? Presumably R2's programming to find Ben had over-ridden this but the gunners would have no reason to think it.
    • They do show that they have droid detectors in the Cantina, but aside from that, when your commanding officer tells you not to fire, you obey them. As for why he told them not to fire, who knows. Maybe he has to write a report on each firing incident and didn't want to do the paperwork. Not even being sarcastic, considering that the series seems to have a great deal of bureaucracy involved in every decision made (or not made).
    • Blowing the pod apart wouldn't necessarily be a smart move, whether there were life forms on board or not. They want to find the stolen plans, after all; if they vaporize the pod, they'll have no way of knowing if the plans were inside or if they were smuggled off Leia's ship in some other way.

  • Why didn't the rebel ships fly directly to Death Star's power plant instead of flying through that long trench to reach it?
    • Because flying directly would've exposed them to fire from every turret on that side of the base. The trench provided cover.

  • Why didn't Darth Vader recognize Leia when they were in the cell together?
    • I know the real reason is because the script hadn't been written for RotJ yet (or even really conceived) but what's the in-universe explanation? Vader apparently figured out who Luke was pretty quickly, knowing without a doubt that it was his survived biological child; why wouldn't he have done the same for Leia? Or at least noticed while she was resisting the mind probe torture that she was using the Force, if only instinctively to protect her memories. He would have wanted her guarded even more and possibly it would have made him doubt the Emperor's lies about his dead family at an earlier date.
    • It's instructive to note that Vader only recognizes Luke as his son after Luke Skywalker's name has been made public in-between ANH and TESB as The Hero of Yavin. Vader shows no recognition of Luke on the Death Star anymore than he does Leia, and he did see Luke face-to-face in the hangar bay, and could only pick up 'This one is strong in the Force' as opposed to 'Wait a damn minute, that's my kid!' when sensing Luke's Force presence during the Battle of Yavin. Since Leia is not going around using Anakin's own last name, and is far more "latent" in the Force than Luke is (Luke was already actively using his powers even before he was trained, while flying around on Tatooine — Leia wasn't doing anything similar), the clues that let Vader eventually pick up on Luke aren't going to tip him off about Leia.
      • According to the Death Star novel, Vader started to notice that Leia looked a bit like Padme, but before he finished his thought, he blocked it off and avoided it. Soon afterwards, he thought about it again, but brushed it off as he considered her dead anyways as the order for Leia's execution had already been signed.
    • Their confrontation on the Blockade Runner obviously isn't the first time they've met. It's likely that Vader's encountered Leia before in her role as an senator for Alderaan, detected a very slight affinity for the Force in her, and dismissed it as just another case where a petty sensitive's unconscious knack for reading emotions got them a leg up in politics. If there were still a Jedi Temple, her talent might've been worth testing, but the Sith don't recruit anyone at the weak end of the spectrum, so why bother?
    • He probably didn't know Padme was having twins.
    • Leia stopped him from recognizing her. We know she has latent force ability and could resist torture. She probably had been trained in the use of the Force to protect herself mentally and used that ability to make Vader think she was just a harmless aristocrat. Nothing to see here, move along. This is not the lost daughter you were looking for.
      • And why would Vader/the imperials take notice of her sensitivity (incidentally I don't see any indication that it was "weak"), except perhaps as a small note in her file? Even if they are hunting force sensitives, she is the daughter of a powerful senator, whom they (at least initially) would not want to cross. The cover story for Leia is that she was a war orphan adopted (also in broad strokes her actual story) by the Organas. A family known to be friendly to the order. At worst they think that Leia was a baby saved from the temple? That makes no difference to them, its not like Bail can train her.
As for resemblance to Padme, that is easily explainable. Both were young, idealistic female politicians and Leia was raised in much the same circles as Padme moved in. Not surprising that you would see a resemblance, even if there was no blood relation at all. The Imperials who had no reason to connect Leia with Padme, would not think about that. True, **if **Vader was told that his child survived and was adopted by Padme's friends, Leia would be top of the list of suspects, but sans that knowledge and context, on the Death Star (and earlier) her Force Sensitivity is just an annoying complication. Not a red flag.

  • So what, exactly, happened to the moisture farm? Luke sells off his landspeeder, but there's no indication he sold the farm too. Did all of the droids and vaporators and other equipment just get abandoned for the next sandcrawler full of Jawas to swipe?
    • Presumably all of the droids were destroyed by the Storm Troopers.
    • According to the EU (so you can probably take it with a pinch of salt), the farm lay derelict and abandoned until Luke returned to Tatooine a few years later and sold it on. It eventually ended up in the hands of the Darklighter family, though they were more concerned with owning the land than the homestead itself, which fell into disrepair.

  • Why is it that everyone in the galaxy appears to know the language of everybody else? Think about it — Luke speaks droid (whatever that is), Han speaks fluent Wookish, Huttese, and whatever language Greedo speaks. Where did all these hardworking moisture farmers, starship pilots, and mercenaries find the time to learn three or four languages? And how come everyone they speak to in their own language understands them without having to use a translator?
    • Everyone in the galaxy clearly does not know the language of everyone else. Luke speaking a language of droids that he works with and Han speaking languages of the people he works with don't mean everyone is fluent in everything. If they were, droids like C-3PO (whose main function is translation) wouldn't be needed.
    • Farmers, pilots, etc. knowing several languages isn't all that strange anyway (See immigrants, multilingual countries, and probably other examples on Earth.)
    • People raised in a multilingual environment tend to learn languages quickly at a young age. Owen knows Jawa because inhabitants of Tatooine regularly deal with Jawas, but he doesn't speak Boccee or Vaporator. Han and Lando travel a lot and so probably picked up a lot of different alien languages over the years. In the ancient world it wasn't uncommon for merchants or the educated to understand two or three languages other than their own.

  • If Owen and Beru really didn't want Luke getting involved in anything relating to the Jedi, Rebellion, or anything else, why didn't they raise Luke as their son rather than their nephew? Why did they let him keep the name Luke Skywalker instead of calling him Luke Lars?
    • Prior to the Prequels I always considered that Luke must have been adopted when he was a boy old enough to be aware of what his name and antecedents were. However, ROTS has it that he was an infant when it happened so, yeah, there's no reason for them telling him the truth about his father if they didn't want to. Luke could easily have grown up thinking Beru and Owen were his parents. To their credit, they came clean with him (which must have been a strange conversation, given that they weren't even blood relatives). However, it probably wouldn't have made much difference to the outcome - it would just have been a big surprise when he heard the truth from Kenobi.
    • The reason they didn't claim Luke as their son is they didn't see the need. When Obi-Wan gave Luke to Owen and Beru, it was under the assumption that Anakin was dead. It wasn't until years later that they realized Anakin survived as Vader but by then the Lars' had probably already informed their nephew of his father's life and let him keep his father and grandmother's name. So they thought they were honoring a dead guy when really they were painting a target on Luke's back. Further, claiming Luke as their own might have been difficult since it would have been obvious that Beru wasn't pregnant.
    • It's unlikely to be common knowledge that Vader is Anakin and, in any case, Luke doesn't know his father was a Jedi. He thinks he was a navigator on a spice freighter who never fought in the Clone Wars. Kenobi explicitly says 'That's what your uncle told you.' And it wouldn't be impossible to gloss over Beru not being pregnant when she typically wears shapeless, baggy clothing and lives on a farm in the middle of nowhere. To be honest, it's difficult to know why the Lars' told Luke he wasn't their kid. I think it's a plothole that likely stems from the original backstory being somewhat different, with the twins being older when they were adopted. Otherwise, why would Luke ask Leia, in ROTJ, what she remembers of her real mother?
      • While that is the Doylist answer, the in-universe reasoning could be that Owen and Beru were simply uncomfortable lying. It's one thing to raise your orphaned nephew, it's another to claim him as your own. Especially since Obi-Wan could have removed Luke at anytime in the event of a threat. Maybe they didn't want to get too attached in the event of a separation?
  • Why was there blood when Obi-Wan cut that alien guy's arm off in the cantina? Lightsabers are supposed to cauterize the wounds they inflict.
    • Because George wanted a PG rating and that was how they got it. Or maybe lightsabers don't completely cauterize wounds.

  • Why wasn't Luke more upset about the death of his Aunt and Uncle?
    • People react to tragedy differently. Some break down into tears, some enter Heroic BSOD, and others get really pissed off. Luke was in the "get pissed off" group. Revenge was his motivation to defeat the Empire, until he meets Yoda and learns to be a Jedi.
      • In the Radio version C-3PO implies that Luke is weeping when he returns to Obi-Wan, but it's never stated explicitly.
    • Cynical explanation: Luke hated living with his aunt and uncle. Their deaths left him Conveniently an Orphan, so he was free to go traveling the galaxy with Obi-Wan.
      • Even if he'd hated them both, seeing their burned bodies ought to have at least merited a grimace of visceral revulsion. He was a naive young mechanic on a small farm that didn't appear to include livestock, so he shouldn't have been particularly blase about gore.
    • It was always my impression that he was horrified beyond belief at everything. He probably bottled it all up and had a good cry later after he had a chance to take it all in. Assuming the events take place in the timeline between movies, after the destruction of the Death Star, Luke has three years to come to terms with his emotions about his family, then mourn them, and finally get past it. Or at least live with it.
      • I agree a bit on the above. Luke's simple farm life has taken a massive turn that he clearly wasn't ready for the moment he found Leia's message in R2-D2. What follows is just a series of life changing events with people he knew in his old life quickly dying soon after a small interaction with them. He just it all in stride and something tells me once it was all over and everything is safe for the time being did he finally get the time to truly mourn the losses.
    • He just came from the scene of a Jawa massacre, heaping dead bodies on the fire. That tends to temper your reactions to additional grief.

  • Why does Obi-Wan let Vader kill him so easily? Okay, he becomes a ghost, so he it's not like he's completely gone, but wouldn't it have been better if he'd been around longer as a human to mentor Luke and explain him things? (As a ghost he seems to contact Luke only rarely.) I guess it's possible the lightsaber duel with Vader was such that he couldn't escape it, and he realized Vader was gonna win eventually... But even in that case, couldn't he at least have tried to fight longer to buy the heroes more time before Vader kills him? Now he just puts his saber down and lets Vader hit him. I know the real reason for Obi-Wan's death is that Alec Guinness didn't want to do any more Star Wars movies, but couldn't Lucas at least have written him a death scene that makes more sense?
    • Look where Obi-Wan is, where Luke and the rest are, and what's between them: A couple dozen storm troopers, a big shaft, and Darth freakin' Vader. Obi-Wan couldn't have disengaged from Vader and rejoined Luke and the others without taking up considerably more time, which would risk Luke and the others being captured and killed. He knew that Luke wouldn't leave without him if he was alive, so he made the choice to let himself die so he didn't delay their escape.
    • Sir Alec Guinness was actually pretty pissed when he learned that his character would die. He was definitely looking for a bigger role than "Go to the Dagobah system."
      • I remember hearing a rumor a long time ago about Obi-Wan dying because the actor didn't think that the movies would be successful and came back to play Obi-Wan's Force Ghost when he found out how popular the first one was, guess that wasn't true. Anyway Obi-Wan was clearly in an unwinnable situation given Vader and Stormtroopers being on both sides, and besides Vader would have stopped Obi-Wan if he tried to escape NO ONE was going to prevent him from getting his payback for what happened on Mustafar.
      • Not true: Sir Alec Guinness was about the only person working on the film who believed it would be a success, which is why he negotiated to be paid a percentage of the takings rather than a flat fee. He's said in interviews that it was his idea to kill off Obi-Wan Kenobi (which wasn't in the first version of the script); he said "I just couldn't go on speaking those bloody awful, banal lines. I'd had enough of the mumbo jumbo."
    • He wanted Luke to hate Darth Vader by letting the boy see his mentor die at Vader's hands. This would go along with the general effort to keep Luke from learning of his relationship to Vader, or to keep him from being tempted to join Vader or risk everything on an attempt to redeem him.
      • According to George Lucas, when he split his original story into a trilogy there was simply nothing Obi-Wan could do after fighting Vader without taking over the lead role from Luke. Of course, Lucas then had to invent a new tutor for Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, hence Yoda.
    • He did it to make a distraction so the others could escape (the reason he went to fight Vader in full view of the docking bay in the first place). He decides to let Vader kill him because he knows he's going to die soon anyway and it was a convenient way to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence so he could go on being Luke's mentor as a Force ghost. Of course Luke, being an idiot, ruins his mentor's sacrifice by letting out a Big "NO!" that attracts all of the stormtroopers' attention.
      • It amuses me that an above headscratcher accuses Luke of being a sociopath for not having a Big "NO!" reaction to seeing his aunt and uncle's corpses, while this one is calling him an idiot for having a Big "NO!" reaction to seeing his mentor killed right in front of him.

  • Anyone else bothered with how completely nonchalant Luke is about Vader killing Biggs? He mourns Obi-Wan, a guy he barely knew up until a few hours ago, but they made it pretty clear Biggs was a fairly close friend of Luke yet Luke doesn't even acknowledge his death once he docks back on Yavin ever.
    • Post-battle euphoria, which is extremely common and documented. An enormous amount was riding on that battle, and the fact that not only did Luke survive but he dealt a crippling blow to the Empire in the process, plus the elation of everyone else around him would be enough to sweep him up, at least for a bit. The realistic emotional response to that kind of a victory is intense euphoria, as the soldier in question both comes down off the adrenaline and has the exhiliration of both survivng intense combat and winning a battle and being congratulated by his fellows. He's got time to mourn later.
      • Which I get... if he ever did mourn Biggs. The guy is never, ever brought up again. It makes for greater motivation to despise Vader in Empire Strikes Back but from the end of A New Hope, it's as if Luke's childhood friend and idol never existed.
      • How would Luke have any idea that it was Vader that did it?
      • Why would he be mourning three years later, which is the next time we see him, if he's been part of a Rebellion that's seen death and chaos and violence and death and more death and also death? He mourned him in the intervening three years; it would make no sense for him to be torn up over it three years after he'd died, when countless others have died as well.
      • Well the wikia says "Although deeply saddened by the loss of his friend, Skywalker did not grieve over Darklighter, for he could still feel him through the Force."
      • Also, you only have so much screen time in a movie, and you need to consider the moods you want to create and sustain. Luke's mourning, we may safely presume, did happen, but it was off-screen.
      • This seems to be an incredibly common criticism some people have about mourning in movies... that because every death doesn't sen the good characters into a complete and total Heroic BSOD for months on end, they didn't care at all. Luke looks absolutely horrified when Biggs dies, but then has to focus on saving his own life and finishing the mission. After that he's carried away on the aforementioned euphoria high. Demanding that he constantly be remembering Biggs and bringing him up after that is a little silly, it practically sounds like Homer talking up Poochy. "And when he's not around, the other characters need to be talking about him! 'Where's Biggs?!'".

  • Princess Leia wears a long white dress. She's in a space battle, captured by Imperials, tortured, dragged through a trash compactor, engages in various firefights and escapes from the Death Star, and that beautiful long white dress (not to mention her hair and make-up) remains ''perfect''.
    • See, they just don't show all the times Leia has the men in the group stop so she can do a quick dress change, powder her nose, and fix her hair. Without her, they would have actually been in and out under 10 minutes. Oh, and Obi-Wan wouldn't have died...selfish bitch.
    • If you look at her, though, her hair is definitely not perfect - strands are coming loose and sticking up, and she looks significantly more disheveled. As to why it's not come undone completely? Her hair (as seen in RotJ) is long enough that it can be very snugly coiled around itself and still create those sizable buns; it was probably also hairsprayed and pinned in place, and those sorts of things can make a hairstyle resilient now in the present without futuristic Star Wars technology. Even hair that is simply braided tightly and held with a hairband can stay in place for days, with strands coming loose and sticking up precisely as Leia's hair is doing. She also appears more and more tired as time goes by in the film. As to her dress, there's a chance it's made of a stain-resistant and tear-resistant fabric - we have that technology available today, it's not a stretch to imagine a princess familiar with action and firefights would want a few gowns made out of a similar material.
    • Not related to Leia, but how come Luke gets pulled underwater by the dianoga and comes up soaking wet with his hair plastered to his head, but a couple of scenes later his hair is perfectly dry?
      • The dehumidification systems outside that area are really freaking good. Fridge Brilliance moment: They'd have to be. Something like the Death Star would be a nightmare to operate without top notch humidity controls. There'd be condensation everywhere if there wasn't, especially if there are large sections containing liquid water (which, again, there must be), so there must be incredibly powerful and incredibly sophisticated dehumidification systems to combat that; able to distinguish between wet clothes (and wet wookie hair) and moisture-laden living tissue. They'd almost certainly be operating at maximum just outside the water-laden compartments too.

  • A stormtrooper commander says "All right, men, load your weapons." Uh, what? Their guns are lasers. What would they have to load?
    • Blast weapons in the Star Wars universe use power packs that eventually need to be changed out or charged.
    • When does that line get said, I don't think I've ever heard it.
      • Just before the Millennium Falcon takes off from Mos Eisley.
    • Unless the gun is designed to be plugged into an outlet to recharge, it will need to have something loaded into the weapon to fire - and only an idiot would design a man-portable weapon that can't be reloaded when its power runs out.
    • Because it sounds cooler than "All right, men, safeties off."
    • The answer to "What would they have to load?" is "Batteries." This troper is a regular at Laser Pointer Forums and knows that the correct way to store a diode-based laser is without batteries. You don't want a clueless person to find your laser with batteries in, switch it on without the appropriate safety goggles and fry his/her eyes. In the case of other kinds of lasers (e.g. gas lasers, dye lasers etc.) the question doesn't even apply, because they have to be connected to an electrical outlet to work.
    • It's the equivalent of drivers shifting gears when speeding up, despite already being in a cruise gear. Saying "Lock and load" is a dramatic set dressing for the audience to convey combat readiness and add tension.

  • Why does Luke Skywalker, a simple farmboy, apparently just carry around a grappling hook?
    • He lived in a mountainous area. It's not unlikely he goes climbing now and then. Which grappling hooks are useful for.
      • I always figured the grappling hook came from the stromtrooper belt he was wearing at the time.
      • Because we see so many stormtroopers grappling onto things. However, I do recall one of the earlier "tech/art of Star Wars" books mentioning it being standard Stormtrooper equipment.
      • We never see stormtroopers using combat knives either. Should we therefore assume that stormtroopers never carry one of the most widespread and utilitarian tools ever made? The same tool carried by almost every soldier of every military on the planet Earth?
      • Yes? Without any evidence onscreen, I'd say there's no reason to assume they had knives. However, the grappling hook does make an appearance, and it seems like the most reasonable explanation is that it was from the trooper belt.
      • There's never any onscreen evidence that Luke or the Stormtroopers poop, either, do you assume that either of them don't? Stormtroopers almost certainly carry bladed weapons of some sort, it's just that they never become relevant. If you want some sort of canonical evidence, then in The Old Republic when you kill Imperial troopers one of the potential pieces of grey loot you can get from them is "vibroblade parts".
    • It is from his Stormtrooper belt, if you look you can see that it was on the belt even before Luke stole the armour.
    • Shoot, a grappling hook is a WAYY more reasonable piece of equipment to carry on a ship with artificial gravity. And some of the latest belt-clip knives are so unobtrusive as to be invisible until needed. So they could have been carrying a Ginsu battalion in all those little white belt boxes, we just never saw them get used.

  • As soon as she's captured, Princess Leia tells Darth Vader "I'm a member of the Imperial Senate, on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan." Why would she be on a diplomatic mission to her own home planet? I realize that she is, of course, lying. Still, that must have been her actual cover story. Wouldn't it have made more sense to say that she was on her way back home for a vacation or a family wedding or something?
    • It's not at all unusual to have a senator sent to his/her home state as part of official government business. In fact, they'd be the best person to send.
    • She's not Alderaan's representative. She's a Senator. She's expected to be neutral in Galactic affairs, not pro-Alderaan. As stated above, she'd be the best person to travel from Coruscant to Alderaan on a diplomatic mission. A better question is: How thoroughly is Coruscant penetrated by Rebel spies if they can whip up a full-blown diplomatic mission just to cover a transmission intercept? The only possible advantage that cover would confer over a private flight is diplomatic immunity, which they couldn't possibly have expected to really matter all that much, especially considering they dissolve the Senate entirely two scenes later. With just a casual reference by Tarkin, no less - it wasn't even a big deal then because the Senate was mostly a useless entity after twenty years of Imperial rule. A New Hope even directly states that their only real function was as a bureaucracy to allow the Emperor to exert control over individual systems. When that problem was taken care of by a slight shift in authority, the Senate was swept away, to the surprise of noone. Why, then, did the Rebel Alliance risk a cover that could be so easily checked for a benefit that was merely theoretical anyway?
    • Watching the prequels, I was under the INTENSE belief that Senators are representatives of their homeworlds, like the US Senate has two people representing their state. However, it is possible that in the interim twenty years the Imperial Senate was changed as you said so they'd have to be neutral. By New Hope, the Senate was essentially a giant rubber stamp for the Emperor, the Regional Governors, and the Imperial Navy.
      • I'm with you. I'm pretty sure Senators are supposed to represent their homeworlds/systems. Nowhere is it stated that they have to be neutral. By the time of the empire they are a joke of their former selves, but they still are not neutral, politically speaking. Getting involved with the rebellion is another matter, though.
    • She's saying that she's traveling between the Senate on Coruscant and Alderaan on an official diplomatic mission. Not that she's carrying out diplomacy with Alderaan on behalf of the Senate.

  • The Jedi were all but destroyed, and Obi-Wan only managed to survive because he went into hiding for 20 years. And yet the first time we see him go out in public, he whips out his obviously Jedi weapon to break up a bar fight.
    • Well he was intending to leave Tatooine pretty soon. Maybe he figured by the time he got back from Alderaan, news about his actions in the cantina would have died down. In addition, he's preparing to train Luke so this scene is useful because it shows Luke just what a Jedi can do.
    • The first thing he does is go, "Oh, don't worry about the boy, let's just have a drink on me and forget about it." Then the other guy pulls out his blaster and starts shooting. What the hell else was Obi Wan supposed to do? The other guys forced a confrontation, meaning Obi Wan's choices were to intervene, which at that point required immediate and overt use of his Jedi abilities, or let Luke deal with it and probably get at best mugged, and at worst shot.
    • To be fair, just because Obi-Wan Kenobi was using a lightsaber doesn't automatically mean he's a Jedi himself. As far as the patrons knew, he just found a lightsaber from a dead Jedi's body and decided to keep it.
      • Yes, but either way it marks him. To quote Talon Karrde, who was confronted with the same issue: "You [are] either Luke Skywalker, Jedi, or else someone with a taste for antiques and an insufferable opinion of his own swordsmanship."
    • Yeah, tensions were too high at that point for something like a mind trick, so Obi-wan's options were pretty much bust out the lightsaber (which tells people he might be a Jedi) or overtly use the Force (which tells people he is a Jedi or something very similar). Neither option is great, but the first is marginally better, so it's what he had to go with.
      • Notice that everyone in the cantina gasps and takes a step back. They had to have assumed he was a Jedi. Or, worse, working with the Empire (EU has multiple lightsaber-wielding personal agents of Palpatine, remember). It was just the best option they had available, and they were leaving soon anyway. Note that the Empire does catch on almost immediately when someone basically runs off and tells the nearest stormtrooper that some odd old dude is waving around that there beam sword thing. The stormtroopers then immediately chase them to the Falcon and open fire. They must've known Obi-Wan was a Jedi.
      • Break cover or let a mission critical asset (Luke in this case) be potentially killed. Not much of a choice there. Using a lightsaber and no overt use of the force might let him keep his cover intact as compared to a overt use of the force that would blow his cover completely. (Although at the loss of the lightsaber.)
      • What cover? Sure, Kenobi's attempting to keep things on the down low personally, but Luke was openly wearing the lightsaber. Anyone in that cantina significantly older than he is — say, the very people who pick a fight, or the bartender, or Greedo, or Han — should be old enough to remember the Jedi. Anakin himself recognized a deactivated lightsaber as a child, and canonically several people there were not only his age, they were his acquaintances as children.
      • I don't know, Han, along with quite a few other people, seem to regard concepts like the force with disbelief (That Imperial officer who mocks Vader for following an 'ancient religion' comes to mind). Although that's more of a problem with Star Wars' rather tangled continuity. As for Luke, remember that he was born a few days after the Jedi purges began, and thus looks too young to fit the criteria for a renegade Jedi. Most would probably just figure that he's some junker who got lucky and came across an old lightsaber somewhere. Obi-Wan, on the other hand, fits the age group for a Jedi AND demonstrates that he knows how to use one effectively. That'd cast a lot more suspicion on him than Luke.

  • "She'll make it .5 past lightspeed". On an interstellar scale, that's not very fast, is it?
    • Depends on the rating scale you're using. Could mean anything, really.
    • Discussed already on the archives page. Hyperdrives use a series of classes based on a decreasing scale. .5 is ludicrously fast by this standard. "Lightspeed" is simply slang for hyperspace travel.
    • The way that Han speaks of lightspeed in the original film strongly implies that according to these films' scientific outlook breaking lightspeed will automatically send you into hyperspace, where the ordinary rules no longer apply.
    • Also, Han uses parsecs as a unit of time; I know there are Fanwanks for this, but the obvious explanation is that he never studied physics, and is just full of it. He knows his ship is fast, and makes up numbers that he thinks sound cool.
      • Actually the more obvious explanation is that George Lucas never studied physics and space, but as an in-universe explanation Han just spitting BS makes more sense. Shame the whole "Kessel system has a black hole AND GEORGE ALWAYS MEANT IT TO" explanation has been adopted by the EU.
      • Reading the script for A New Hope (I have a copy of the original script in hardcover), when Han delivers the infamous Kessel Run line, Obi-Wan is supposed to look highly incredulous as he knows that Han is clearly bullshitting. Unfortunately it didn't translate well to screen.
    • Maybe it's referring to how fast light travels in hyperspace. It may also explain why people can go faster than c, like how in Futurama they achieved FTL travel through increasing c.

  • Why did they go directly to the Rebel base? Leia openly stated that they were being followed. So why didn't they fly to a relatively distant planet, make multiple copies of the Death Star plans on different machines and send those machines to different locations. There was no need to lead the Empire to the base so quickly.
    • What makes you think they had the time or resources for that? The Empire is big. Any stop at a place that isn't Rebel controlled runs the risk that some Empire agent is going to be there and catch you. And there's the tracking beacon too, so any time you stop? The Empire is catching up. The most important thing at that point was to get the plans into Rebel hands before anything else could happen to them.
      • They clearly had enough time to get to the base, have a team analyze the plans, have a meeting with all of the pilots present, pay Han, get the fighters ready and intercept the Death Star before it was in range of the moon.
      • Most of which probably only took a few hours altogether. And besides, had they gone anywhere but straight to the rebel base, the Empire would quickly realize their plan's not working and so just recapture them. Leia had a miraculous second chance at delivering the Death Star plans to the Rebellion, and she figured losing the Yavin base would be worth it.
    • Technology Marches On. The film having been made in the 70's, Lucas and the writing team (as well as the audience) were clearly not computer-savvy enough to know that data files can be copied, not just moved. The plans are treated almost as if they were a physical object, even though Vader clearly states that he knows that they "were beamed to this ship (Tantive IV) by Rebel spies". Yes, it would have been logical to make/transmit copies of the plans to other Rebel agents rather than flying straight to their secret base (especially since Leia accurately guessed that they were being tracked). But then the climatic battle would never have happened.
    • More on the tracking beacon: why not dump it into space in orbit around some random uninhabited planet, possibly via the same method that Han dumps his smuggling shipments at the first sign of an Imperial cruiser? Or just disable the thing? After all, it was in a giant box that may as well have read "tracking device" or "bomb", so it's not like they could've missed it. Did the rebels want to lead the Death Star to them, simply to spare themselves the inconvenience of hunting it down after analyzing the plans?
      • ...and why do you think it was a really obvious box with 'tracking device' written on the side?
      • Yeah, I don't know what the hell he's talking about. We never even see the tracking beacon.
      • I suspect he believes the beacon was inside the box the two Imperial technicians carried aboard the Falcon.
      • That was the scanning suite.

  • I don't know if this has already been asked, but... how come Obi-Wan looks so old in this one (and as a Force ghost in the sequels, natch)? According to Wookieepedia, he was 57 when he died, but he looked much older. I know that Sir Alec Guinness was 63 when he played that part, so it's not much of a stretch, but in Phantom Menace you have a 60 year old Qui-Gon, played by a not-yet-50-year-old Liam Neeson, and he ceirtainly looks *a lot* younger than Guinness, so... any guesses? Does the EU address this? Is it explained somewhere?
    • My guess is that Qui-Gon was living at the height of the republic, with Jedi health care and generally good conditions. Obi Wan, however, spent his later years living in a hole in a backwater planet.
      • Stress could also factor into it, I mean just for reference look at the appearance of a U.S President at the beginning of his term and after. You have to consider Obi-Wan's predicament, the entire Jedi Order was destroyed as an organization with only a few scant survivors across the galaxy, his best friend Anakin betrayed him and he was forced to cut him down in battle only for him to survive as a shell of his former self as Vader, and is on the run from the Empire in fear for his life. You try not growing a few gray hairs after an ordeal like that.
      • Challenge Accepted!
      • Keep in mind that he's spent the last twenty or so years living on a desert planet. With that much sun, people (humans, anyway) just don't age very well. Owen was just forty-two at the time of his death, and in my opinion, he looked far older than his years.
      • Even without extra stress, some people just don't age very well. Sometimes it's just genetics.

  • Why is Vader Tarkin's subordinate? Isn't he supposed to be the Emperor's right hand man? And why there isn't another Grand Moff after Tarkin's death?
    • Formally, Vader outranked Tarkin, being Supreme Commander of the Imperial Navy. Tarkin was pushing his luck in talking back to Vader so much; Vader bided his time, because the Empire needed Tarkin just then. Tarkin felt he was a rising star in the Empire, since the Emperor had wholeheartedly adopted his big idea (the Death Star) and his political strategy (crush the slightest sign of resistance with overwhelming force). Maybe Tarkin felt that he was about to become the Emperor's new right-hand man. And Tarkin just had an overconfident personality in general; that's what killed him in the end.
    • According to Wookiepedia, Ardus Kaine took over as Grand Moff of Oversector Outer after Tarkin's death.
    • Also, Tarkin is the Death Star's commander, and the whole project was his baby to begin with. That probably plays a big role in why Vader defers to him so long as they're both on board (though had Tarkin done anything/ordered Vader to do anything that the Emperor really didn't want, Vader certainly wouldn't have gone along with it- and per some sources, Palpatine put him there in the first place to make sure Tarkin didn't let the station's power go to his head and decide to become The Starscream, something that happened in the radio play). Oh, and there were plenty of other Grand Moffs both contemporary with and after Tarkin- he was just the most prominent and important (both politically and to the story).
    • I always took it that Tarkin and Palpatine went back a ways, career wise, and met when they were both young men and found they had similar political philosophies. Tarkin consequently would've been an ardent supporter of Palpatine even before the Empire was created. In short, Vader was Palpatine's right-hand man and apprentice, but Tarkin was his friend, his old college roomie, if you will. Special privileges come with that, including getting to boss around your old political crony's walking iron lung cyborg enforcer dude. ... And then of course Tarkin's backstory and history with Palpatine were emphatically not expanded on in the prequels, completely jossing this personal pet theory.
      • Actually, we do see a Captain Tarkin in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon, and while not an old college roommate, they were both middle-aged men when they met, he does mostly fit the bill you described. It just adds that he also knew Anakin, probably meaning he wasn't bossing Vader around so much as sternly telling Vader to stop killing his underlings to keep up appearances) and Vader agreeing more like someone doing him a favour rather than obeying a command.
    • Because of the Sith "Rule Of Two", it would be insanely idiotic for Palpatine to let Vader have command of the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, since it is after all a Sith imperative that one kill one's own master. Hence, Palpatine puts the station under the command of a muggle, and makes it clear that Vader's fleet authority does not apply on the Death Star. Tarkin could even have standing orders for his hordes of stormtroopers to (try to) kill Vader if he attempted to take over the station. It's too huge for Vader to run by himself, or personally threaten everyone onboard. So he is literally outside of his jurisdiction when he is on the Death Star.
    • Since Tarkin was a Grand Moff, one of the highest positions in the Empire's hierarchy and by far the most important person on board besides Vader, he was also the only one there who Vader respected enough to take his opinion into account. Earlier in the film we see Vader conferring with one of his subordinates and listening to his criticisms, so he's not a total narcissist like the Emperor is and he can be perfectly reasonable. Vader didn't care about Motti and didn't particularly want to kill him, just to intimidate him. Since it makes no difference to him, he just goes along with what Tarkin says in that situation.

  • In Episode III we see that the construction of the Death Star has begun soon after Luke's and Leia's birth. In Episode IV the Death Star is used for the first time, and Luke and Leia are now about 19 or 20 years old. So it took 20 years to finish the Death Star? Okay, it's huge, but couldn't a galactic Empire still have had it made a bit faster?
    • I believe Word of God is that the Death Star seen at the end of Episode III is, in fact, a smaller prototype and not the final product seen in the original film.
      • Wookiepedia seems to disagree with that. Apparently it really did take 20 years for the Empire to build the damn thing.
      • Makes sense. Remember, it wasn't the Empire from the moment Palpatine assumed emergency powers... it was still the Republic. Palpatine could have probably just started ordering the ridiculous amount of materials and personnel he needed to construct the Death Star quickly right away, but it would have made the Senate go "Uh, wait, what?" And in the early months, possibly even years, of his reign Palpatine couldn't necessarily risk the Senate trying to overrule him. It would have taken years for him to consolidate his power to the point that the Senate was, in fact, powerless, during which time the construction would likely proceed quite slowly. And once he just out-and-out converted things to the Empire, he was probably putting a lot of resources into building more Star Destroyers and stamping out the beginnings of rebellions. He could have ramped up production on the Death Star but not to "finish it in a year" levels. So twenty years isn't unreasonable, all things considered.
      • Also they're building a moon-sized space station with a laser that can destroy entire planets. There's a fair bit of R&D involved in all that.
  • At the Battle of Yavin Luke is about to be shot down by Vader when Han comes out of hyperspace and shoots Vader and the other TIE fighters off of Luke's tail. Great, but two other groups of Rebel fighters had made attack runs on the thermal exhaust port before then: the flight of Y-wings from gold group, and then a first flight of X-wings led by Red Leader. So why didn't any of the X-wings from red group try to shoot Vader off of gold group's tails, and why didn't Luke, Biggs, and Wedge try to shoot Vader off of Red Leader's tail? Consider the following exchange:
    Red Leader: Keep your eyes open for those fighters.
    Red 10: There's too much interference. Red 5, can you see them from where you are?
    Luke: No sign of any—wait, coming in .35.
Well, that's great Luke. Now, why don't you try doing something about it? Especially since Luke, Biggs, and Wedge were pretty much just hovering there, doing nothing.
  • In the time it would take them to get to them, it would already be too late, especially considering that there was so much AAA fire in the air that they had to fly down the trench in the first place.
    • How do you know it would have taken too long to get to them? It didn't take Han too long, and they could have at least tried. Also, there's no evidence that there was too much AAA or that it would have taken too long. In the film, when Red Leader is making his attack run, you can see Luke, Wedge, and Biggs just flying along above the trench. If Vader could fly into the trench and catch Red Leader, there shouldn't be any reason that Luke couldn't have flown in and caught Vader.
    • Luke tries to help them—"Turn to point-oh-five, we'll cover for you"—and Red Leader tells him to stay put; he knows that Luke and the others are the last chance should he fail and doesn't want them to possibly blow it helping him.
    • He tries to help after Red Leader had already completed his attack run, missed, and flown out of the trench. Why didn't he fly into the trench after Vader and try to shoot Vader and the other TIE fighters while the attack run was still happening?
    • In fairness to Luke, this is his first battle ever. And he received a standing order from his squadron leader: "Hole up here and wait for my signal to start your run." He probably assumed that Red Leader knew what he was doing, and everything would be fine, until it was too late.

  • How did the Dianoga live in the trash compactor? Wouldn't it get crushed?
    • Did you forget that the reason Luke survives that scene is because Dianoga lets him go and GTFO's from the trash compactor as it starts up? Whatever the thing is, it evidently has enough sense to get out of dodge when the crushinating starts.

  • The boarding of the Tantive IV... Okay, so they are supposedly the elite 501st Stormtrooper squad or somesuch, but seriously. They're coming through a doorway. A narrow doorway which can fit maybe two people side by side. Are you seriously telling me that a couple of dozen people with guns can't just shoot constantly into said doorway and thus murder anything that even thinks of trying to come through? Had they had the mentality of the prequel trilogy, this would probably have set up a scene where after having many troops mown down trying to get through, Vader strolls through with lightsaber in hand casually blocking all the shots and cutting down the defenders. That would have been cool, and would have introduced the "guys with laser swords and magic power" conceptquite nicely.
    • If you pay attention during the fight, you'll notice that most of the Tantive IV's crew recoiled from the blast as the door blew off. The Stormtroopers rushed inside, and then Tantive IV's crew recovered and started firing. By that time the Stormtroopers were already inside and a number of Tantive IV crew had already been killed. The Stormtroopers also had sheer fire superiority and armor that protected them for the most part, whereas the Tantive IV's crew had no armor. Look closely while the battle is raging right then: the blaster bolts are creating fairly intense explosions when they hit the walls, and near-misses are killing the unarmored crewmen whenever they hit via shrapnel. A couple of Stormtroopers were killed, but the majority of the Tantive IV crew holding that position were killed and in the confusion and smoke and noise, they were routed and withdrew. This is actually fairly realistic, as lightly-trained, poorly-armored, and lightly-armed ship crew fighting heavily-armored boarders with heavy weapons and solid discipline will break first. (Yes, I know Stormtrooper armor is shit elsewhere in the movies, but in this scene it actually seems to be working pretty well.) The only Tantive IV crewman to actually retain enough discipline to keep a cool head and return fire effectively is the first one to lean out of cover and drop the first Stormtrooper. Then he dies and the rest are routed by sheer enemy firepower.
    • In the Real Life military, this is called a dynamic entrance, in which you storm through a door with sound and fury. And yes, typically the first man through the door is either wounded or killed if the enemy is prepared, but Stormtrooper standard procedure has always been a form of Zerg Rush anyway.
    • Also, what else are they going to do? Its not like they can just walk in through the Rebel warship's armored hull, not without taking a lot more time (and likely needing heavy engineering equipment). They all fit themselves in through the airlock door because there isn't any choice. This is because the designer of the Rebel warship was an at least reasonably competent defensive architect.

  • I understand that space is a very big place but seriously, how did the Empire manage to build a Death Star without anybody noticing? Unless they were always leaving it at the extreme far end of nowhere that's actually dangerous and they're lucky nobody exited hyperspace inside this moon sized thing that wasn't supposed to be there!
    • As far as I understood it, the Empire moved the Death Star around quite a bit. Any area that it was moved to was probably declared a no-fly zone.
      • Also, space is big. Try to comprehend how big the sun is in comparison to yourself. Stop, because humans can't really manage that. Then try to scale up to an entire galaxy. For reference the Milky Way galaxy might hold between two hundred and four hundred billion stars. The orders have to get written down somewhere so someone might notice a ludicrous amount of building materials, engineers and ships being moved around but actually figuring out where the materials were going and what they were for would be incredibly difficult task on a galactic scale. It's probably more a sign of the sloppiness of the Empire that the rebels managed to find out what the Death Star was before its public debut.
    • According to Wookiepedia, the Death Star sustained several attempts at sabotage before it was ultimately completed. It's a good bet that the location of construction wasn't that well-kept of a secret, for reasons already mentioned.
    • Space isn't just big, it's... well, effectively infinite. Consider that one of the most common hooks to tales of lost treasure in the Star Wars universe is "So this fleet got their navicomputers corrupted and hyperspaced off to god-knows-where..." And this understood to be a perfectly valid and believable backstory for losing entire fleets of ships. The disbelieving scoffing is never "Oh please, we'd find it eventually, it's a fleet of huge starships", it's always "Oh like you could ever find it in all the space it could be in."

  • So the Stormtrooper tracked the droids to the Jawas and from the Jawas to the Lars farm. How did they not know about Luke? Why wouldn't they have left a squad behind to wait for him to go home? They had no clue R2 ran away. As far as they knew, Luke was with them doing his chores and they'd be back for lunch or dinner.
    • They didn't know he was there. It's not like they'd necessarily have records of every inhabitant of an out of the way moisture farm, and Owen and Beru knew he wasn't home, and they weren't going to tell them there's one more person in the farm that they missed.
    • Fun fact! Mercilessly slaughtering the people who own a home doesn't give you instant psychic knowledge of the rest of their family's whereabouts.
    • OK, I'm gonna use the above line for my protagonist when he confronts the villain. xD But yeah, like another troper said, Beru and Owen knew Luke wasn't home, and they weren't about to give up his location or do anything that'd risk sending them Luke's direction.
      • I'm guessing that the OP is wondering, given an inspection of the household would likely inform them there was a third person living there, why they didn't leave troops behind to capture Luke if he came home?
      • They sorta blew any chance of ambushing any remaining family members by practically torching the settlement. How were they supposed to know Luke would be stupid enough to approach a smoking settlement?
      • I think they just lost their temper. Do you really expect anything more from common mooks? Their mindset is likely: Step #1- Find Person. Step #2- Discover Person's Relative(s). Step #3- Interrogate Person's Relative(s). Step #4- If Relative(s) don't talk, kill them all, torch the place, and leave.
      • Given Luke's talk about applying to the Academy, he probably had stuff lying around his room (datafiles, pictures, posters, etc.). Most parents/guardians keep a room for their kid when they leave for college, so it could be that they assumed Luke had shipped out and his room was only used on vacations.

  • It always bothered me that the way Vader is portrayed in this movie is not that of the second in command of the galaxy. Maybe that's just my interpretation of the scenes.
    • Chalk it up to one part Early Installment Weirdness, one part the Death Star being Tarkin's baby and as such he can order around just about anyone he wants short of the Emperor himself if they're on board (and, if you count the EU, one part Palpatine having told Vader to obey Tarkin while also watching him for sings of potential treasonous behaviour).

  • Darth Vader is Anakin Skywalker. So he has Anakin's height by the end of Ep 3. However, in Ep 4, he is a huge bodybuilder type of guy. So how did he grow to his new size?
    • At some point he said "The black suit and scary helmet look is insufficiently imposing! I need lifts!
    • "Huge bodybuilder type of guy"? Um...what?
    • I think you need glasses (this is coming from someone who has had glasses since infancy) if you think Vader is some kind of body builder. He is tall; Anakin was also tall. He's not huge at all, having mostly normal arms. Any real anomolies come from his armored life support suit. Basically, Anakin/Vader didn't grow; he got put in a heavy armored suit that is a bit more bulky than a Jedi's robes. Cape and all I think Vader takes up less space than Anakin does wearing full Jedi robes.
    • Dave Prowse, the man in the Vader suit, was a bodybuilder and weightlifter. He's not huge by Schwarzenegger standards but he's still a pretty big guy.
      • He might be tall, but honestly he just doesn't look like a body builder in that suit (to me, anyway). Some old Star Wars toys I used to have reinforced my view of Vader not being very muscular (robot limbs making that unnecessary). Unlike my other characters Vader's arms showed no muscle tone at all, and I didn't really see any in the films. Maybe I'm not paying attention enough, but Vader and body builder do not seem to go together, especially since he'd never get through airport security the easy way.
    • Hayden Christensen is a bit over six feet. Dave Prowse was about 6'6". The extra six inches could've come with the armour - the height difference between Vader and Palpatine is about the same in both the end of 3 and their last shared scene in Jedi.
      • In the last scene of Revenge of the Sith, that's actually Hayden Christensen in the Vader armor. And yes, they put him on lifts to make him taller. He deliberately didn't practice walking in them because he wanted it to look like Vader himself was still getting used to the extra height/cybernetic legs.
    • With heavy boots on, cybernetic legs which are not necessarily the same length as his organic ones, and a helmet on, it's not inconceivable that Vader could be slightly taller than Anakin. Keep in mind too that Vader seems much taller than some of the other characters because they aren't all that tall themselves - Mark Hamill is 5'9".

  • How did Han and Luke get promoted so fast? Just because he blew up the Death Star, Luke is automatically a Commander? Yeah, it was great and all but he should have gotten a medal for bravery and then work his way up through the ranks. And Han became a general? How is he General material? And what about Chewbacca? Does he have a rank? If not, he should. He did just as much as Han and yet no one refers to him by rank.
    • It's not uncommon at all to promote someone if they pulled off something like that. There's something called the "Forlorn Hope." When a fortress was under siege, and a wall was finally broken, someone has to lead the charge in, and the first platoon charging in is usually slaughtered or at least takes heavy casualties. So if you were either part of this charge or led it (I can't remember off the top of my head which) and survived, you were instantly promoted to an officer rank. Also, three people from the X/Y-Wing Fleet survived the Death Star, and we're shown that Red Leader is not among them. Luke would've been promoted by default.

      As for Han, by the time he's made General (not til toward the end of Return of the Jedi), he's done a hell of a lot for the Rebel Cause too.
    • No, I think Han was a General in ESB as well. Even so, General is still a major leap for someone after only about 3 years of service.
      • No, Han was just a captain in ESB, if he is anything at all. I say captain because that is what he is referred to as by Darth Vader, the only person to refer to him by rank that I remember. Also, the fact that he got sent out on a perimeter patrol would suggest that he is not a senior officer. Luke, while being a squadron leader, could get stuck with the same job because, with his aircraft temporarily grounded, he had very little else to do. And if you go by the logic that since Red Leader was killed on Yavin, Wedge should be Commander, seeing as he had seniority over Luke.
      • Apparently blowing up the Death Star makes up for a lack of seniority.
      • If you look at Red Squadron's roster in the Battle of Yavin, seniority is all over the place, Red Leader being the only call sign that indicated seniority. For example, Red 11 was in charge of one of the subunits, called flights, despite having a high call sign number.
      • Let's simplify this a little: They're a band of plucky rebels, not an official military fighting force. If they want to say "This guy did something really huge for us and he's a hero to everyone who believes in our cause, let's reward him with a nice high rank", they can do that pretty easily. "Join the rebellion, fight under General Solo" sounds a lot more impressive as a recruiting motto than "Join the rebellion, fight in potential viewing range of Captain Solo".
    • But what about poor Chewbacca? He is never addressed by rank but he did as much if not more than Han.
      • There are some hints that the Rebellion, despite its opposition of the Empire, was still a little human-centric, especially at the beginning. The more charitable interpretation is that not that many people other than his circle of friends really talk with Chewie all that much (apparently understanding Wookie isn't that easy) or refer to him since he's not really a solo entity most of the time... he's either Han's sidekick or, when Han's frozen in carbonite, Leia's sidekick, so he just goes where they go. He might have a rank and it's just never referred to, or may have been offered one and turned it down (while Han accepted it for the paycheck).
    • Wait, why would Han be promoted in between ESB and Ro J? He's literally not doing anything during that time period: he is stuck in carbonite. There is nothing he could have possibly done to warrant it. He doesn't successfully participate in any missions, he doesn't do any heroics, he doesn't help make battle plans, he doesn't fix anything, he doesn't so much as make a comment that leads to someone else preforming something worth being promoted for.
  • Luke doesn't automatically become a commander. By the time of ESB, three years have passed, plenty of time to work his way up through the ranks. Keep in mind we also don't know what the rank system of the Rebel Alliance is like and therefore "commander" is a somewhat vague term anyway. In real-world navies, commander is a middle rank and not nearly as high as an admiral. As for Han becoming a general because he volunteers to lead a small band of commandos on Endor... that's a real stretch.

  • Why did Luke and Han leave the droids in that control tower in the Death Star when they went to go rescue the princess? They were carrying vital plans and the whole point of going to Alderaan was to give R2 to Leia. Why would they at least not try to hide them on the Falcon or something?
    • Perhaps, they wanted to have their best hackers at the most important, abandoned control panel nearby where they plug in the system. That they were near a panel is how they got them out of the trash compacter. Though they may not have thought it out that far and just left them there without even figuring out that could pose a problem if they get caught.
    • The whole attempt to rescue the princess was an Indy Ploy (ironically not thought up by Harrison Ford's character) that Luke came up with off the top of his head. It revolved around Luke and Han pretending to be Stormtroopers and delivering a plausible prisoner to the detention level. Having a pair of clearly non-standard droids following them around would have messed that up.
    • Also, the Falcon was under armed guards and being swept for droids by electronic detectors. It was the opposite of a safe hiding place.

  • Why was Leia surprised when Tarkin broke his word considering that he's presumably committed massacres before?
    • There's a big difference between ordering the deaths of, say, 200 people, and 2 billion. An entire planet is an unprecedented order. Hardly anyone would have expected Tarkin would indeed go that far, which he did because he was already planning for a demonstration.
    • Exactly. The closest thing to what Tarkin did was the bombardment of Taris, which had happened 2,000 years ago, still wasn't nearly as destructive as actually blowing up the planet, and even the Sith of the time thought it was going a little far. (There were a couple of similar incidents that happened shortly after, but exactly how close they were to global annihilation and what the death tolls were are a little vague... the writing on KotOR 2 was so rushed and muddled that I think even The Old Republic mostly ignores it.) In fact, it's probably arguable that even Palpatine wasn't really intending to go around blowing up major hub worlds of the Empire with the thing and Tarkin had gone too far... the threat of the Death Star was supposed to keep everyone in line, not actually using it every time someone from some world that was an important part of the Empire stepped out of line.
      • I'm sure Palpatine was planning on using the Death Star on an at least reasonably well populated world. The thing about weapons of this nature is that to be effective threats, you have to use them at least once, both to demonstrate that they do what you claim they do, and that you are willing to use them. Otherwise, the threat is meaningless.

  • Han is leaving the bar when Greedo comes up to him and points a blaster at him. Yeah Han took care of him (by shooting first of course) but why didn't Chewbacca come back when he realized that Han was missing. Or at the very least wait until he came out of the bar with the potentially dangerous people who might be hunting his best friend. This Wookie is supposed to owe a life debt to Han, yet he really discounts security.
    • Because Han sent him out to prepare the ship. So Chewie went out to prepare the ship, not stick around to make sure nobody in all of Mos Eisley wanted to hurt Han. He's not his babysitter.

  • Why weren't the rebels trying to evacuate Yavin while the Death Star was approaching? Yes, they were hoping someone would be able to blow it up, but all of them acknowledged it was a plan that had only a slim chance of working. Rather than sitting around, waiting for the Empire to arrive, shouldn't they have been evacuating their most important personnel and war material in case the starfighter assault failed? The Battle of Hoth shows they can tear down a base in relatively short order, so wouldn't you expect them to be doing the same when they have a planet-killing superweapon on final approach?
    • The only reason the evacuation in Hoth worked was because they had an ion cannon they could use to disable the Imperial ships that would stop them from evacuating. Apparently, Yavin didn't have anything like that. Evacuation would've meant running right into the Empire anyway.
      • Yet the Empire didn't have Star Destroyers or other ships present (if they did, those ships would presumably be blockading the planet to disrupt any attempt at escape and they'd still be there after the Death Star blew up) and the Death Star, when it arrived in-system, was still on the far side of the gas giant. I'm not sure what Imperial ships the Rebels would need an ion cannon to fight against...
    • Maybe they created an evacuation drill, and redesigned their bases to be tear-downable, only after the Battle of Yavin showed the need.
    • They would have to be a pretty bad military to not have an evacuation plan in case the need arose. More likely they had so little time to evacuate that by the time they got offworld they would be cooked by the Death Star anyway. The Battle of Yavin was rather short because the Death Star arrived right after the Falcon did and it was a last-ditch attempt to stop the base from being destroyed. This does run into a problem in that the Rebel technicians must have had enough time to analyze the plans to find the weak spot... how long did that take?

  • Just happened to rewatch the movie and the Obi-Wan Moment in particular. It suddenly came to me, wasn't Kenobi's sacrifice... kinda stupid? There he is, fencing with Vader, and all the stormtroopers abandon their posts at the hatch of the Millenium Falcon and gather round to watch them (and maybe even pass popcorn) - that is, exactly what the heroes need to quietly sneak aboard the Falcon. And then he sees Luke, and allows Vader to kill him, Luke immediately starts shouting and shooting, Stormtroopers return fire, and they only escape because it's Stormtroopers. Wouldn't it make much more sense to keep fighting Vader until everybody is aboard and then give in to Vader, so that they wouldn't wait for him?
    • No, because Obi-Wan feared the heroes would try to save him, and thus lose their chance to get aboard unnoticed. If he's already dead, then they have no need to intervene in the duel.