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Dagobah is Naboo.Naboo: Swampy? Check. Out of the way backwater? Check. Chock-full of strange animals? Check. Good to go! Admittedly, the Gungans are missing, but knowing Palpatine's racism, it would be just like him to kill them all. And it would be easy to miss Theed-it's not that big of a city.
Luke didn't coincidentally find where Yoda was hanging on Dagobah.Yoda set up camp where he knew Luke would crash.
Lando was trying to get Han to fly away...with a minimum of fuss. Throwing out old insults, basically being a jackass to him, bringing up a mutual old shame (read more about it in Scoundrels and the Han Solo Trilogy!)—and all of it meant to make Han pull a Cartman, tell Lando where to shove it, and fly away. Boom, no Solo, no trouble. Except Boba Fett and Vader were already there and very much in control; they basically point a gun at Lando's head, use Cloud City against him, and say Obey Or Die. And so he begrudginly lets Han in to the city, knowing full damn well what's going to happen to all of them.
Yoda deliberately speaks that way as a teaching method.Yoda constructs his sentences object-subject-verb. Knights of the Old Republic presents Vandar Tokare, a Jedi Master of the same species, who uses normal grammar, so the rearranged sentence structure is not a feature of their species's language. My theory is that Yoda deliberately rearranges his grammar so that anybody listening to him has to break apart and arrange his words correctly. To do so, they have to listen to what he is saying. If they understand what he says, they will understand what he means.
Admiral Ozzel was a Rebel double agent.What Vader saw as Ozzel's incompetence was actually Ozzel deliberately sabotaging the Imperial war effort. When Piett found evidence of the Rebel base on Hoth, Ozzel dismissed it and tried to dissuade Vader from searching because he didn't want the Rebels to be discovered. Then, with Vader breathing down his neck, Ozzel had no way to warn the Rebels of the impending attack other than ordering the fleet to come out of hyperspace close enough to the system that they would be detected.
Admiral Ozzel was also an officer on the first Death Star and sucks at hyperspace.Ozzel was also an officer on the first Death Star and responsible for coming out of hyperspace on the opposite side of the planet, allowing the Rebels time to launch an offensive. He either is a terrible strategist on selecting where to emerge into space, or is completely inept about popping out where ordered. Either way, his last failure was far from his first.
Why did Darth Vader have the Millennium Falcons Hyperdrive repaired but deactivated? Did he actually intend to have them flee from Bespin and give a mock chase to make it seem like they had really gotten away by the skin of their teeth? Was it all according to plan for the upcoming Battle of Endor in the next film?
General Rieekan is an Imperial agent.General Rieekan’s defense did suspiciously little to stop the Empire’s forces, if not for the improvised tow cables the snowspeeders would have been completely useless. Rieekan’s original plan wouldn’t have stopped a single walker! Rebels were discovered on Hoth, Echo Base destroyed, and the rebellion routed – just as planned.
The end sceneIt's been mentioned elsewhere that Lando is wearing Han's clothes at the end of Empire. This troper believes he knows why- Lando didn't have time to pack before the evacuation of Cloud City so the only clean clothes available to him are the ones in Han's quarters on the Millenium Falcon.
The asteroid field is the remains of a planet.There are actually hundreds of those space slugs. They're sort of a species of geological parasite that incubates in the warm cores of planets until they reach full size, and the tectonic plate disruption of their simultaneous maturity is enough to rip the planet to shreds.
Vader's You Have Failed Me tendencies are largely limited to this period.While EU material immediately latched onto Vader acting like a heartless overlord to his underlings all the time, both A New Hope and Return of the Jedi don't really show him acting that bad to Imperial officers. He Force chokes Motti on the Death Star, but that's because he was showing severe disrespect for him and his powers, and Vader's reaction is to powerfully taunt him rather than get angry. Notice how casually he stops when ordered by Tarkin. He's unforgiving and ruthless in ESB is because he's desperate to find Luke and gets angry at anyone who hampers that search. Following Luke's escape into hyperspace Vader simply walks by Piett without a word, demonstrating he doesn't care enough about the Imperial's failure to catch the Falcon to even reprimand him. With Luke already rejecting him, there's not much point to getting upset with any of his officers about it. Chances are Vader's tenure in the Empire probably resembled what it was on the first Death Star. An intimidating figure to be sure, and one not above being remarkably cruel to his enemies, but likely not the Bad Boss killing his own men at the snap of a finger like he was here.
Leia knew she was Luke's sister all along.She only kissed him to make Han jealous. There has never been any sexual tension between the two, ever. It does not exist. There was certainly never any indication they were originally going to become a couple and the Separated at Birth twist was a huge retcon. It was all according to GL's master plan.
The reason the Millennium Falcon was acting weird...It was jealous of Leia.
Han Solo was a Nerf Herder before coming a smuggler.Leia was right he does act like a Nerf Herder since he was one before getting the Falcon.
There is a boggart living in the Dark Side CaveAnd Luke Skywalker had to just say "Ridiculus" when he entered the cave. This would turn "Darth Vader" into Dark Helmet immediately. Yoda was expecting this from Luke.
Luke's training took years... Earth time.Let's think about this. Firstly, there is no way Luke is going to be trained to anywhere near standard in a matter of days. Obviously the training is compressed film time. But what about Han, Leia, Chewie and the droids pottering about the galaxy with no hyperdrive? Distances between stars are literally light-years apart. It would have taken them time to get there, though possibly with the addition of time dilation, it might not seem so long. Only problem is, the timeline only gives a year between the battles of Hoth and Endor. Luke's training could conceivably be only a few months, but the others would surely have took years (relative to Dagobah) to make it to Bespin. The solution? One year in the timeline isn't fixed according to how long our Earth takes to go round our sun, but some other planet around another sun, with a much longer orbital time.
Yoda used to be taller.People get shorter when they get old. Yoda officially lived to be 900. When Yoda was young, he was 6’ 5” and built like Shaquille O'Neal.
Obi-Wan's Jedi Truth was an attempt to kill Vader.After everything that went down, Obi-Wan didn't think Vader was capable of redemption, and/or may have thought it better on the galaxy if he'd just mercy killed Anakin on Mustafar. Obscuring certain details was a calculated attempt to make sure Luke would strike down Vader
Yoda had a defense system placed on DagobahIt just makes landing ships sensors go batty, that's why Luke's X-wing crashed. He turned it off so Luke could leave.