Plenty of stuff about the Special Edition has been complained about ad nauseam, but I'd like to throw in that the scene of the people on Coruscant celebrating the end of the Empire is just plain wrong. While it's understandable for Lucas to want to show everyone a Happily Ever After ending, the truth is that there's absolutely no way that the capital of the freaking Empire would behave that way. There would be an absolute lockdown by the Imperial troops at best, massive disruption and riots at the very worst. The time period between the Emperor's death and the takeover of power by the Rebellion would be one of chaos, not partying.
Plus there's no way in heck news could travel *that fast* to the Galactic core from a world out in the middle of nowhere, even with the technology used in the SW universe.
EU-Canonically, that's pretty much what happened. The happy partying was more rioty in other areas we didn't see, and practically the moment we stopped seeing the Coruscant Uprising, Stormtroopers and other Imperial forces moved in and brutally put down the celebrations and riots.
Specifically, in the X-Wing Series this is Castin Donn's greatest failure. His Rebel cell, on receiving the signal broadcast of the events of Endor, immediately hacked public viewscreens and displayed it. It was a counter to the propaganda and coverups they knew would happen immediately. The public went insane, and in one plaza the crowd pulled down a statue of the Emperor... and almost immediately stormtroopers came and fired into the crowd. Castin saved a baby whose mother had been shot before he could be trampled.
In response to the orignal poster's issue with the capital of the Empire behaving that way, they aren't happy about being that. They were the capital of the far nicer Republic less than a lifetime ago.
For a Real Life comparison, think Berlin 1990 rather than Berlin 1945.
3PO, R2, and Luke have to knock on the huge door, get past the guards and the Major Domo to talk to Jabba. But Leia (as the bounty hunter) and Chewie on a Chain come in the side door, with a freakin' THERMAL DETONATOR?! And Jabba doesn't wonder how they got in there?
Bounty hunters and the like are Jabba's major clientele, so it's not surprising at all that a bounty hunter could get in. She might have been impersonating a regular at the place. Jabba doesn't wonder "how they got in there" because bounty hunters go in and out.
Also, Leia was bringing in Chewie- in other words, someone Jabba had placed a major bounty on. Of course Jabba's going to want to see her, so that probably smoothed things over considerably.
And apparently Jabba doesn't really mind that people come into his presence armed... he's expecting that, partly because he works with bounty hunters so much (who not only would take forever to disarm, but most likely wouldn't want to... do you want to be the guard that tells Boba Fett to leave his armor in a locker?), but partly because he thinks he's thoroughly protected. No one scanned "Bossk" for explosives because they just assumed he had explosives on him... the surprise was in the audacity of using them to threaten the mighty Jabba in the middle of his own palace.
The elite rebel commando unit headed by Han is making their way across the forest moon of Endor. They're going quietly in their camouflage gear. With an uncamouflaged bright, shiny gold robot. Smart.
One has to wonder how R2-D2 managed to get around. He's not exactly an all-terrain vehicle.
In ''Heir to the Empire" Luke remarks that you'd be surprised how far that little droid can get on his own.
They probably weren't actually expecting to meet much resistance until they got closer to the shield bunker. They were probably planning to have Threepio wait for them somewhere at some point, it's just that things came to a head earlier than that.
Why did Vader pick up Palpatine instead of breaking his neck with his one good hand? If he had enough time to pick him up then he had enough time to get a good grip around his neck and snap it. The Emperor dies and Vader gets to live.
Not enough time, maybe? Plus, the prophecy stated "Balance to the Force" which to the Jedi meant no Sith. Vader was a Sith, ergo he had to kill himself as well. It's Redemption Equals Death.
Word Of God and other materials confirm that Vader was trying to throw himself down the shaft and grabbed Palatine in a Taking You with Me ploy but didn't quite have the strength to make it over than railing.
His son was being fried in front of his eyes, so he had to make a decision right then and there. He didn't have time to think things through, so he chose and chose poorly.
Considering that the emperor explodes causing huge amounts of energy waves to run up and down the shaft, merely snapping his neck might not be enough.
The Emperor says that the plans to the second death star were leaked intentionally, to lure the rebels in a Batman-Gambit and crush them. But in the end, Lando manages to destroy it without problems. If the plans were leaked intentionally, why didn't he leaked forged plans ? What kind of an idiot would show their opponent their true weakness when they can just as well lure them into attacking the strong points?
The Emperor was clearly overconfident, and thought that the Rebels would never actually get a shot at the Death Star. The plan entailed never letting the shield go down after all.
The "plans" that were leaked weren't the schematics for the Death Star, it was the location and the fact the the Emperor himself would be there.
Eh, even if the plans were forged it's not like the Rebels weren't going to not be able to work out the basic method of 'fly into open core, shoot core."
Yeah, but it would have taken them a while to find a convenient shaft on a station the size of a moon if they didn't know exactly where they were.
The superstructure was mostly open. Probably any shaft would have sufficed. And the second Death Star was basically a ballooned up version of the first, the plans for which the Rebels already had.
Shouldn't the presence of the Executor have tipped the Tydirium crew off that the Empire was waiting for them? It was only the biggest, most powerful thing in the Imperial fleet that could still get away with being called a ship, and it's being there doesn't put any crimp in their plans?
Pay attention to the briefing. One of the reasons they give for why this is the perfect time to strike is because they know the Emperor himself is going to be there. And the Executor is the Emperor's flagship. Of course it's going to be there.
Eh, the Executor's nothing special. (And it's Vader's flagship, not the Emperor's.) "There're a lot of command ships." Yes, General Solo, there are.
That's even more confusing. Wouldn't it follow that the Emperor would bring substantial backup to protect a supposedly incomplete battle station? I mean, he did, but it never occurred to the Rebels that he'd secretly be rollin' deep?
The LOCATION is secret, and the new Death Star is almost complete; also you have Vader in the introductory scene making Jarjarrod shit his pants by casually mentioning they are behind schedule AND that the Emperor is coming to oversee the final stages personally.
Plus, Palpatine is springing a trap; when the actual battle starts it is safe to assume the vast majority of the Imperial Starfleet is joining; but only with instructions to contain the rebel fleet and making sure they stay in the killbox; the Death Star is possibly already operational at full capacity even from the start of the movie, it's just not mobile yet. The Emperor does state that the battle station is FULLY operational when he taunts Luke. This means, all of its defense mechanisms are in plaec and working, their only "weak" point is the incomplete surface that would allow to navigate the super structure. Spreading the rumor that the Death Star is not yet completed IS the actual trap, and the bait is having the Emperor being there in person.
Secret projects don't usually have the entire sector fleet called in to protect them.
But the Emperor's whole plan revolved around it not being secret for very long. I can sort of buy the Rebels being desperate to strike a fatal blow, but without a single "This is too good to be true"? Where was the "That's impossible, even for a computer" guy? Oh, wait...that was Wedge?!
Now you're confusing me. You'd prefer that the rebels found out about the secret project by finding out that the entire sector fleet was protecting it, making it unassailable? What's the point there?
Not at all; I'm just saying it's weird that the Rebels didn't even consider that it might be a trap, given the Empire's track record of deception, and that they considered the Executor and it's accompanying squadron, plus a nigh-impenetrable energy shield, "relatively unguarded."
Perhaps the Rebels believed that, for even a secret project, the Executor and its escorts would be considered sufficient protection by Imperial Command. After all, Imperial doctrine says that even a single Star Destroyer is enough to subject an entire star system. Also, at this time, there were four other Super Star Destroyers in active service.
It's not like the Rebels only sent a couple of squadrons on this one like they did at Yavin. They mustered together what was, until the Emperor sprung his trap, the largest fleet of ships we had seen in the entire series. The plan was to jump in, send in Lando's team to dive into the Death Star's core before the Imperials could react to the shield being down, and then wail on the Executor and her escorts. The plan was for the whole op to be done and them on the way out before reinforcements could arrive, assuming that the Imperials based their strategy around the assumption that any attacking force would be delayed by the shield.
The entire movie would have been a lot shorter if the Emperor had remembered that if you are deliberately leaking the access code to the enemy, you can just write down which code you gave them and make sure nobody else is using it, so that the enemy will be automatically identified when they show up. As for the logistics of doing this without risking the Rebels figuring it out? We saw in the movie that the Rebels had no idea whether or not their code was still good until they actually tried it out, so, one bunch of alphanumeric squiggles looks much like another. Also, the bridge crew of the Executor would not need to be told anything about the plot; merely leave a notation in their logbook that "If this particular ID code shows up, call Lord Vader at once. Yes, even if its the middle of the night. Trust me, however afraid you are he'll kill you if you wake him up is nowhere near as slowly and horribly you'll die if you don't. Signed, The Emperor. PS: Don't lower the shield until and unless you are personally told to by either Lord Vader or me."
The trap was to lure the entirety of the Rebel fleet over there, and he suceeded. Go watch the code checking scene again and the Flight Operator does consult with an officer stating that the code is old but that it checks out; it's not on screen but how do you know they allowed them to go through since such an old code would be reported as leaked? Vader sensed Luke anyways and it was in his best interest to let him through to capture him and sway him to the dark side. The objective of the trap was to lure the rebel fleet; if they had destroyed the shuttle or captured it the shuttle passengers could have warned Rebel command about it and the whole point of the trap would be moot.
Oh, right. Vader did figure out Luke was onboard that shuttle, even without using this tactic. And yet the shuttle was still allowed to land, instead of just being tractored into the Executor's hangar bay. Look, if you want the Death Star blown up that bad, Anakin, just get in your TIE fighter and go do it yourself.
I expect the Rebels made arrangements along the lines of the fleet only departing to attack the Death Star once the away team contacted them and confirmed that they had successfully landed. Palpatine probably guessed this and wanted to let the strike team through so the Rebel fleet would attack and he could wipe out all his enemies at once.
There was no check-in signal in canon; we know this from the part where Lando had no idea whether the shield was successfully taken down or not until after the Rebel fleet arrived in the Endor system. Also, no check-in signal could be credibly expected; the Rebel ground team couldn't even use comlinks for fear that Imperial signals intelligence would pick up their signal, how the heck are they supposed to operate an interstellar transmitter?
Lando and his crew had access to a frequency for the shield, they were actively looking for it; you can assume the Empire knew this too and just switched the Shield frequency to something else while still jamming the Rebels; go watch the scene again. Lando's copilot is not entirely convinced it would be that easy, allowing Lando through questioning to infer they were being deceived. It is when the Rebel Fleet pulls out that the Empire Fleet arrives.
There's also that the Emperor's plan cannot assume that the sabotage team has a means of contacting the Rebel fleet; if you go on the assumption that they do, the entire Imperial plan is impossible. Nothing short of shooting the shuttle down by surprise could kill the entire sabotage team quickly enough that the last survivor couldn't gasp a quick warning into the radio, and doing that first option means they miss check-in anyway. Ergo, any line of speculation that has the Emperor worrying about the sabotage team having radio check-ins is one where the ROTJ movie doesn't even happen.
It IS possible the the commando team was able to send transmissions from the shuttle, but not from anywhere near the shield generator itself for fear of interception. In fact, consider that in order for Han's scheme to work at all someone must have had to take the shuttle Tydirium and actually deliver some supplies to the base on the moon after dropping the commandos some distance away - otherwise it would be obvious after just a few hours that the Executor had cleared a shuttle that had never arrived, and the alarm would be raised. This skeleton shuttle crew would then have been able to return and deliver the message that the plan had worked so far, but perhaps the commandos themselves didn't have the equipment to send a signal after insertion (I can't recall - is Tydirium ever shown on Endor after the insertion?). Knowing this, Palpatine would have needed to allow them to insert safely, with the plan to curb stomp them when they got to the actual generator. What doesn't make much sense is keeping that part of the plan secret from Piett, since he could have accidentally scrubbed the plan by being more suspicious about the old code.
That's why he has Vader stationed on the command ship, just in case Piette gets too twitchy Vader can override him and make sure the plan goes through despite any suspicions.
They mention that it's an old code. I just assumed that some imperial pilot a while ago defected and told them everything he knew including the code.
The rebels are supposed to get through. Remember the Emperor is overconfidant and isn't just trying for military victory: he's a sadist. It's not enough that the rebels lose, they have to suffer. Letting them think they're winning and then pulling the rug out from under them is much more fun than simply crushing them outright.
Everyone is missing the simple explanation - the Emperor only claims to have leaked the location and status of the Death Star and the shield generator. He never claims to have leaked the security code or allowed the Alliance to capture a shuttle. The code and the shuttle really were stolen by covert ops of the Rebels.
Why did Luke walk into Jabba's lair unarmed, instead entrusting his light saber to R2-D2 in a convoluted Gambit Roulette? It's not like they were gonna frisk him on the way in, and if they tried there was always the mind trick. Not only could he have made short work of the rancor, but in fact the poor beast would have been spared entirely as Luke would have had Jabba looking down the wrong end of a most lethal weapon immediately.
He didn't want to have to use lethal force, or even the threat thereof, unless it became absolutely necessary. There's a huge difference between the vague (paraphrased) "You're screwed if you don't free us" and "If you don't free us, I will stick this burny death-beam into your eye", morally speaking. He probably wasn't planning on the rancor or anything like it — and in any case, he managed just fine.
The Gambit is so convoluted, I have never been able to work out which part of what transpired was as Luke planned it and which part he had to improvise. The nods and what-nots on the sand barge seem to indicate that ending up above the big maul in the desert was always The Plan, but that seems rather implausible. Can anyone work out what plan Luke hatched before going in?
It wasn't so much a gambit as Xanatos Speed Chess. Plan A was, obviously, to just negotiate with Jabba and get Han and the others out; if that fell through, having R2 inside with his lightsaber is the clear Plan B—but R2 isn't present when Luke first confronts Jabba, so he has to improvise. There wasn't a "gambit" going on at the barge, the nods were just along the lines of, "Good, you're here, I see you, we'll figure something out."
Luke's plan actually wasn't that bad: Lando is the inside man, the first one in and is there to look after the rest of the operatives as they arrive and make sure no harm comes to them. 3PO and R2 go in next, because R2 is holding Luke's lightsaber since Luke could never get in there armed anyway. Leia, posing as Boushh brings in Chewie as a pretense for gaining access to the palace as well as Jabba's favor so she can hang out there for awhile, waiting for the right time to bust out Han, after which Lando will get Chewie and the droids out. Luke himself is the ace in the hole, if for any reason any part of the plan goes awry (as it obviously does onscreen) he comes in to negotiate for the prisoner's release. Should Jabba refuse then they move into "aggressive negotiations."
So the reason that the rebel fleet's desperate frontal assault on the Executor worked because no one had ever thought to actually fight a Star Destroyer head-on? I mean, sure, the rebels don't exactly have the resources to toss around to go on balls-to-the-wall assaults, but what, did everyone else just give up when they saw a Star Destroyer? "Welp, Star Destroyer's here. Everyone pack up, we're surrendering."
Possibly so, since hardly anybody has the firepower to go toe-to-toe with one, and those that do (basically just the main Rebel fleet) are more bent on fleet preservation. When you're badly outnumbered in a war, you can't afford to fight an even battle of attrition, so the Rebellion was all about Fabian strategies or raiding efforts. When they were finally forced to go head-on, the rebel ships turned out to be much more effective than expected - remember that Star Destroyers, powerful as they were, possibly hadn't ever had to face a significant threat from other capitol ships in the past 2+ decades of the Empire. There's even some Real Life parallels in the way that from the building of HMS Dreadnought up through the end of World War II, there was actually very little fighting between opposing battleships, and on many occasions they performed poorly against lesser ships when put to the test (Denmark Strait, Cape Matapan, 1st Guadalcanal, Surigao Strait, and especially Samar).
It's not that they hadn't tried before; go look at the scene in question. Once they discover the Death star is operational Lando proposes Akbar to go engage the Executor at point blank range. Akbar retorts that "they won't last long against a Super star Destroyer at that range" not that they CANT win the engagement. Akbar also doesn't state that their ships are weak, as the spectator can infer from the visuals that they CAN take on normal Star Destroyers at point blank.
He said "At that close range, we won't last long against those Star Destroyers", meaning the entire Imperial Fleet that was there. They weren't confident about their chances at all.
Akbar first calls for a retreat since they can't repel the Death Star laser with their shields; Lando then proposes to engage at point blank presumably to keep the DS from firing on their own ships and buy some time "We might take some of them with us".
And they DID last longer with this strategy and were even able to disable the Executioner's shield generator; they downed it on a lucky shot since they had a ship accidentally crash INSIDE the command deck.
The Executor isn't a Star Destroyer. It's a Super Star Destroyer; it's more than 10 times the size of the regular Star Destroyers, and it's the Emperor's flagship. So, yes, when they saw it on the battlefield, it was shorthand for "you are so fucked right now."
Especially when the Death Star revealed that it was quite operational and capable of firing the death ray. That's why Ackbar was all "RETREAT! RETREAT! RETREAT!" He knew how fucked they all were and rightfully assumed that this attack would spell their complete and utter doom.
Entertainingly enough, that's exactly how it worked in the X-Wing game. You had until the Star Destroyer arrived to finish your mission. Once they showed up and began to spew forth wave after wave of TIE Fighters, it was time to finish up and get the hell out of there.
Besides all that, Ackbar probably meant on a one-to-one basis. If they had superior numbers, the Rebels might be bolder, but it's not made clear whether or not the rebels even had equal numbers with the Imperials.
Indeed. The Rebel fleet is clearly based on speed and agility while the Imperials use brute force and raw power. While not always the best source in most computer games only the Mon Calimari cruisers can go toe to toe with a Star Destroyer and stand much of a chance.
And that's only because of their fighter compliment.
It may have worked because it was a completely suicidal attack - the Rebels probably incurred more losses in the process of taking out the Executor than any admiral would consider an acceptable trade in a normal battle. The Battle of Endor was simply too desperate for retreat or surrender, and it probably also involved a larger enemy force than any Super Star Destroyer had ever faced.
Although I'd say taking out the Executor meant that the battle was an acceptable trade. That thing is worth a half-dozen of any other ship type out there fighting.
The attack on the Star Destroyers wasn't meant to be a brilliant strategy, it was simply the lesser of two evils at that point, as the Death Star wouldn't be able to fire on their ships anymore without hitting the Star Destroyers in the process.
Why were there any speeders on Endor? Endor is the last place you want fast moving, lightly armored vehicles. It's so heavily covered in forest that it's known as the forest moon. We even see why it's a stupid idea in the movie, several Scout troopers die because they crashed into trees. Speeders make sense on moons and planets with large open areas to drive (or hover) on, large tough vehicles that can smash through obstacles make sense on Endor.
Speeders prove they can fly above the tree line when Leia does just that to take down the scout trooper on her own. The question is why don't they do that as a matter of course.
But Endor is a moon known specifically for its dense forests. What would the use be of going above the tree line if you can't see anything going on below it?
Why is something that's bigger, louder, and going to require tons more maintenance (knocking over trees isn't exactly easy on the equipment) preferable? Believe it or not, "completely wreck everything about the planet we're on," isn't necessarily the best idea. Those crashes happen because they're in a fight and someone pushed them into crashing.
Leia never goes above the tree line, at least not in the movie (does the novelization say otherwise)? She only flew up and out of the scout's line of sight. Flying up into the foliage of a densely-packed forest, amid the overlapping branches and leaves, would be more suicidal than flying between the tree trunks.
Small hover bikes would probably be a decent mode of transportation through a forest under normal circumstances. They don't need to go at full speed all the time.
The "they're trying not to unnecessarily wreck up the place" is actually supported by the EU. Palpatine is apparently something of an amateur naturalist... he likes collecting rare, endangered, and often extremely deadly creatures. Darksaber had him make a point of saving a particularly voracious species of beetle from Dantooine because he thought they were going to blow it up. Anyway, as the others said, they probably went a fair bit slower on the speeders in normal circumstances, but "I'm outnumbered a dozen to one and these guys look pissed" is not normal circumstances so the one Stormtrooper took off like a bat out of Hell.
Early on in the movie we see Jabba and co. asleep in roughly the same area. Why didn't Leia just throw her detonator at them then? It would have had the same ultimate effect and wouldn't have been as unintelligent as trying to sneak Solo out.
She'd be caught in the blast radius?
You're talking about the part where Luke shows up and that's AFTER Leia is already captured and disarmed. Also it's the middle of the day and he's just having a nap, not full-on sleeping.
Why did the Rebel Fleet bring the medical frigate with them to the Battle of Endor? As meat shield? As cannon fodder? It's a (relatively) tiny ship with few weapons and no fighter complement, so its offensive value is virtually nil against an Imperial vessel. Its ability to function as a hospital ship would also be hindered by the running battle: any casualties or injuries incurred in the midst of combat (on the Endor surface or aboard Rebel starships) that required immediate medical attention would have to be treated on site, as ferrying them to and from the frigate would put even more personnel at risk. And injured Rebels that didn't require immediate care could wait until the end of the battle, when the moon's orbit was secure, and then have the Fleet summon as many hospital ships as it wanted. But the ship's presence there only forced the Rebel fighters to waste time protecting it, and in the end, the related materials say that it was eventually sunk by the Death Star anyway. So was there a point of having it there beyond giving the Imperials something else to shoot at? Because even that's debatable: surely the Empire would realize the frigate's minimal tactical value and would focus instead on juicier targets like Home-One.
The original plan for the battle hadn't called for prolonged fighting. The Rebel ships would swoop in, and the fighters would attack the Death Star while the capital ships, with some fighters who stayed back, ran interference to keep the ships inside from being attacked. The medical frigate would be an asset in that case since a pilot who has ejected from his fighter would be able to be recovered by a shuttle from the medical frigate quickly, since this was going to be the equivalent of a 'smash-and-grab' run. However, since the shield was still up, that's when the frigate became a liability, as the lack of defenses meant that it wouldn't be capable of surviving the pitched battle that they got stuck in.
I don't know if the medical frigate lost anything by being a hospital ship, but in the game Tie Fighter those frigates are far from defenseless. Besides carrying at least a squadron of fighters, frigates of the type shown in the film have some scary point defenses. The ships aren't good against Star Destroyers, but I wouldn't volunteer to strafe one in a TIE fighter, that's for sure. The frigate, in the original plan, was probably supposed to provide some anti-fighter support, not trade turbolaser volleys with a Star Destroyer.
What if it's a converted medical frigate just like many of the star cruisers are converted luxury liners? FWIW, if you look carefully and use freeze-frame, the Rebels have at least two of these frigates in the battle.
It IS a conversion. The ship is a Nebulon-B escort frigate, a number of which defected to the Alliance.
All right. You're a feared, experienced bounty hunter, with a variety of long-range weapons including a huge Hand Cannon carbine that you're very good at using. You're in a very advantageous position (the shaded deck of Jabba's barge) and your target is on lower ground (the deck of a sand skiff,) out in the open, distracted by scores of other guardsmen, and doesn't even know you're there. His weapon, while powerful, is limited to a range of maybe two meters. And while he may claim to be a Jedi, he's only using basic melee attacks to defend himself and his friends, so staying away from him is still the better option. You have every possible advantage you could ever want to blast him to smithereens. Why would you ever fly from your position to land almost on top of your enemy, immediately alerting him to your presence and intentions, and then draw your carbine at point-blank range to his face where he can chop it in half before you can blink?
Factoring in the Prequel movies, Boba saw his 'father' take down at least one Jedi via Five Rounds Rapid and the element of surprise during the Battle of Geonosis. Probably figured dropping right in front of one who was already distracted by the Mooks would give him a decent chance. As for the point-blank range: if Boba had missed, then Luke would know where he was attacking from. Point blank means less chances of missing and less time for Luke to react.
That answer is contradictory. If he misses a distant shot, and alerts Luke to his presence, the latter still can't react against him (e.g. use the Force, or take his time to leap and climb onto the barge to engage in melee) because of all the Mooks distracting him. OTOH, Luke saw Fett coming in even before the hunter touched down on the skiff, so taking care of him when he pulled his gun took only a split second.
Plus Boba is a bounty hunter, not an assassin. The bounty for Luke is SPECIFICALLY stated that he has to be alive. Boba figured he could snatch a nice imperial bounty on him. He's not there to kill Luke, he tried to capture and subdue him after all.
What bounty? The movie makes no mention of it. And if the novelization does, then wouldn't it still be safer, and smarter, for Fett to set his carbine on stunnote if Imperial blasters can have this setting, surely a bounty hunter's weapon does too and snipe at Luke from the vantage point of the barge, instead of shooting at Luke's face from two inches away?
If Luke was needed alive, then blasting him from afar would be useless anyway; the Mooks would kill him stun or not. Boba has to show up in person to show that he wants to bring Luke in himself, holding back the Mooks. So if you have to do that, using the surprise close range tactic you saw your father pull off successfully is actually the best bet.
You can't "snipe" with the stun setting on blasters in the Star Wars universe. Stun beams are extremely inaccurate, the one time in the movies they're shown being used is in a confined space at near point-blank range. That's why hardly anyone uses them, in either the movies or the EU, you're more likely to get the same results by just running up to someone and slugging them in the head. Also there's a line in, I believe Empire Strikes Back, that all of the prominent rebel leaders have bounties on their heads. The fact that Luke's would specify alive is pretty much basic logic... Vader says repeatedly "I want him alive" when talking about Luke, so saying that any bounty on him wouldn't specify 'Alive Only, No Money Dead' or somesuch wouldn't make sense.
When the Emperor was trying to taunt Luke into attacking him, he appeared to have no means of defending himself against a lightsaber swing. If Luke had gone ahead and attacked, wouldn't that have ended with the Emperor lying dead after being cut in half? (Yeah, the EU talks about clone bodies and such, but that's not mentioned in the film, ever.) And don't get me started on the taunting. Every time Luke comes close to attacking, the Emperor opens his mouth and Luke thinks better of it. (Unless the whole "if you'll attack me you'll magically turn Evil" thing was Reverse Psychology, but that doesn't make sense either.)
I think the whole point of that was to pit Luke against Darth Vader, to see if Luke would make a worthy successor. Remember, the Emperor's taunting succeeds and Luke does try to hack down the Emperor, only for Darth Vader to intercede.
I believe this was posted elsewhere, but I shall post it here in hopes that it helps: the Emperor was taunting Luke in order to ensure that Luke fell to the Dark Side. Luke would be able to find ways to justify murdering the Emperor (needs of the many, kill the head and the body dies, etc.) but those are righteous thoughts compared to stabbing an old man in anger and cold blood, and this would be Luke's first step to the Dark Side. Once Vader stepped in, Palpatine kept up the onslaught of taunts to ensure that Luke would not only fall, but would enter the Emperor's service just like his father did. Seeing how well the strategy of pushing a man when he is hovering just above his own personal Moral Event Horizon worked with Anakin, it's a valid theory that the same thing might work on his son.
Why did Vader protect The Emperor anyway?
Either to keep Luke from turning to the Dark Side or because he knows that if he doesn't protect the Emperor and the Emperor survives, he'll have the Emperor and Luke to worry about.
It's been driven into him. A properly-trained Sith apprentice both loves and hates his Master in equal measure, and will protect him from all threats until the day when he rises up to kill him. Palpatine pulled that off almost perfectly... he both took everything Anakin had and gave Vader everything he has. Even when Vader is trying to turn Luke, he says "Join me, and together we will depose the Emperor and rule the galaxy", not "Off the Emperor on your own, we'll work it out afterwards".
So what would have happened if, against all odds, Jabba felt generous on the day Threepio and Artoo showed up and actually accepted Luke's plea for Han? He could've accepted the droids that Luke sent him in good faith, tossed a blind and crippled man out into the desert to fend for himself, and gone on with his business. But then Luke is out of two loyal, priceless droids and his brand new lightsaber. Of courseLuke knew Jabba would never accept it (and thus planted Chewie and R2 inside the court so they'd help him break Han out,) but what if he had?
He could always make another lightsaber. As for the droids, well, they're just droids. As far as Han is concerned, Luke didn't know Han would be blind or even that he'd still be frozen when he formed the plan. If he'd just booted Han out of the palace, he presumably would be expected to be fine on his own till Luke could catch up with him.
Don't forget that Lando was there before R2 and Threepio showed up. Odds are, he was inserted in case of that eventuality. If Jabba had felt generous, then Lando would have probably snuck away and helped Han get away, at which point Luke would have probably have snuck in at night and spirited the droids away.
The droids probably could have left on their own, without needing Luke to come get them. Artoo would have gotten Threepio and convinced him to leave, hacked any systems he needed to get out a door, and in the eventuality of a purely mechanical door could have said "Hey, goldenrod, take this and slice us a hole, okay?" Which would have been pretty hilarious to see, Threepio actually wielding a lightsaber, however awkwardly.
It's the delivery, not the three banal words, that people respond to.
It's actually not even that. The meme itself started when someone posted an animated gif of... well, let's just say that the first frame, and thus the preview image, looked like an attractive woman. Someone who had opened the gif and seen what happened when it panned down posted a picture of Ackbar and the text "IT'S A TRAP!" This was considered pretty hilarious. Thus, since the original incident involved Ackbar, Ackbar is credited for the meme.
The Rebel Fleet can't attack the second Death Star because it is protected by a shield. Even fighters can't get through. Why wasn't this an issue in A New Hope?
That Death Star was mobile, while the second Death Star in orbit around Endor and had its shield being projected from there. The first Death Star had no shield during the final battle because it was deep in enemy space with no other Empire stronghold around. Had it been attacked near an Imperial world, it likely would have had one and the Rebels would have had an even tougher battle.
The shield on the Death Star II was being projected by a station on Endor. Or, the shield on the DSII exists specifically because the failures on the DSI. Alternatively, the Death Star novel gives an interesting explanation: they comment about how it's easy (relatively speaking) to build a weapon that can destroy a planet, and it's easy to build a shield to protect it. What's hard is doing both at the same time. As a result, the Empire decided to rely more on the immense amounts of firepower the DSI was capable of to kill anything that got near and shield only a relative fraction of it.
The empire didn't view anything as small as a fighter as a threat to the first Death Star—they expected, if anything, huge capital ships to attack, so that's what they designed it to defend against. It was an elephant and expected to be attacked by lions or hyenas, not mosquitoes. The shield in Return of the Jedi was a deliberate response to what happened in the first one—they were forcibly made aware of the weakness and made an effort to compensate for it.
Not such a big deal, but doesn't anybody find it odd how big the moon of Endor is? In A New Hope, Luke and Han mistake the original Death Star for a small moon, and it is stated that the second Death Star is just as big as the first. When the briefing occurs and a hologram is shown, the Death Star is DWARFED by the moon. How big is this moon? I know it's potentially possible for a natural satellite to be that big, but still. And how big must that planet be?
Wookiepedia says that the planet Endor is a gas giant 148,000 km in diameter and the Forest Moon of Endor is 4,900 km in diameter, while the first Death Star was 160 km. (For comparison, Jupiter is 139,822 km and its largest moon, Ganymede, is 5,262 km. Earth is 12,742 km, Earth's moon is 3,474 km, and the two moons of Mars are both less than 30 km.)
Why did the ewoks refuse to obey their "god" when he told them to free his friends, it wasn't until he started flying around above them that they did what he ordered, why would they disobey the one they worship and then not take his warning seriously?
There are different kinds of gods. Threepio's translation is partly guesswork, remember, he doesn't know the exact language they're using, he's just putting it together from everything he knows about languages. The actual word they use might be more comparable to, say, "house spirit", or "oracle", or something like that. They might be intending to honor him, ask him for advice, have him bless babies and whatnot but not actually let him run the joint. When he apparently starts displaying actual powers they're all "Oh holy crap he's that kind of god, do what he says before he smites us!"
Also, the Ewoks may have believed Threepio was testing them to see how loyal they were. They may have believed this god prefers sacrifice over mercy, especially the sacrifice of one who tried to attack the god (Solo). We really know nothing of Ewok culture and beliefs at this point in the series.
Palpatines corruption of Anakin was slow and well put together, he spent years gaining his trust, praising his powers and gradualy turning him against the Jedi while using his fear for his family to finally get him on his side. Why then did he think he could do the same to Luke in just five minutes, Luke already knows hes an evil Sith lord and has reason enough to never want to join him and all Palpatines methods seem to amount to to is him going "watch your friends die hahahahaha soon you will be begging to be on my team" how is pissing someone off going to make them like you? and after beating Vader wouldn't it be more likely that he would then attack the emperor rather than go "hey you know what, i really want to join you now"
For one, Palpatine had access to Anakin since he was a small child and thus had plenty of time and opportunity for the slow path of corruption. He didn't with Luke. Thus his attempts are a bit more blunt through necessity. But that also implies that Palpatine hasn't been doing what he can to tempt and corrupt Luke, partly simply by giving him ample cause to go into battle, which is one of those things that always puts Jedi at risk.
Minor one, but when Luke cuts off Vader's hand it's later shown to be robotic. Yet Vader still yells like a real hand was cut off, why?
The robotic hands still feel pain.
If the Rebellion lost the Battle of Endor, how would it automatically mark the death of the Rebellion? Couldn't the Rebellion just reorganize itself, and try to attack the Empire again, maybe after the second Death Star was completed by looking for small thermal exhaust port on it that they could torpedo away, after the second Death Star is away from its shield on Endor?
First off, the second Death Star wasn't designed with that design flaw, and even then the original was defeated by a guy with superhuman capabilities. I think the only way the second Death Star could be beaten would be by infiltration and sabotage. However, by then the Empire would have the ability to reproduce the Death Stars with relative impunity (relative because a Death Star is a goddamn huge money sink even with a million systems backing it). Secondly, while new rebellions might pop up, the "Alliance to Restore the Republic" would have been crushed, and as the most successful rebellion against the Empire, it would probably damage morale something fierce especially with a potential fleet of Death Stars backing the Empire up. I'm thinking the Empire would be relatively secure for the next few decades, at least until Palpatine dies from old age/Dark Side Corruption/getting murdered by his successor.