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Darth Vader: What is it, General?
General Maximilian Veers: My Lord, the Fleet has moved out of lightspeed. Com-scan has detected an energy field protecting an area of the sixth planet of the Hoth system. The field is strong enough to deflect any bombardment.
Vader: The rebels are alerted to our presence. Admiral Ozzel came out of lightspeed too close to the system.
Vader: He is as clumsy as he is stupid. General, prepare your troops for a surface attack.
Veers: Yes, my Lord.
(Veers leaves the chamber; Vader's chair revolves to face a viewscreen with two Imperial Navy officers)
Admiral Kendel Ozzel: Lord Vader. The fleet has moved out of lightspeed and we're preparing to—ah!
Vader: You Have Failed Me for the last time, Admiral. Captain Piett?
Captain Firmus Piett: (steps forward) Yes, my Lord?
Vader: Make ready to land our troops beyond their energy field and deploy the fleet, so that nothing gets off the system. (meanwhile, Ozzel finally dies from Vader's Force choke) You Are in Command Now, Admiral Piett.
Piett: ...thank you, Lord Vader!
(The two technicians notice Ozzel's corpse while Piett signals the guards to dispose of the body)

Leia Organa: Sigh... you make it so difficult sometimes.
Han Solo: I do, I really do. You could be a little nicer, though. Come on, admit it—sometimes you think I'm alright.
Leia: Occasionally, maybe, when you aren't acting like a scoundrel.
(Leia tries to tend to a hurt finger, then Han takes her hand and massages the bruised joint)
Han: Scoundrel? Scoundrel? I like the sound of that.
Leia: Stop that.
Han: Stop what?
Leia: Stop that, my hands are dirty!
Han: My hands are dirty too, what are you afraid of?
Leia: Afraid?
Han:'re trembling.
Han: You like me because I'm a scoundrel. There aren't enough scoundrels in your life.
Leia: I happen to like nice men.
Han: I'm "nice men."
Leia: No, you're not. You're—
C-3PO: Sir, sir! I've isolated the reverse power flux coupling!
Vader: What is thy bidding, my Master?
Emperor Sheev Palpatine: There is a great disturbance in the Force.
Vader: I have felt it.
Palpatine: We have a new enemy, Luke Skywalker.note 
Vader: Yes, my Masternote 
Palpatine: He could destroy us. note 
Vader: He's just a boy. Obi-Wan can no longer help him.
Palpatine: The Force is strong with him. The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.
Vader: If he could be turned, he would become a powerful ally.
Palpatine: ...yes. He would be a great asset. Can it be done?
Vader: He will join us or die, Master.

Odd Gremlin Creature: Why must you become Jedi, hmm?
Luke Skywalker: Mostly because of my father, I guess.
Gremlin: Oh, father? Powerful Jedi was he. Hee, hee. Hmmm... Powerful Jedi, hmmm...
Luke: Oh, come on, how could you know my father, you don't even know who I am! Agh, I don't even know what I'm doing here! We're wasting our time!
Gremlin: (heavy sigh) I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience.
Obi-Wan Kenobi's Force Spirit: He will learn patience.
Gremlin: Hmmm... (looks at Luke) Much anger in him... Like his father.
Obi-Wan: Was I any different when you taught me?
Gremlin: Hm. He is not ready.
Luke: (wide-eyed as he realises the little alien has been testing him and found him wanting) Yoda?
Luke: (looking wildly for some sign of Kenobi) I am ready! I - Ben! I - I can be a Jedi! Ben tell him I'm re - (tries to stand in Yoda's hut and bangs his head against the low ceiling)
Yoda: (long ears twitching in amusement) Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own council will I keep, on who is to be trained... A Jedi must have the deepest commitment. Hm? The most serious mind. (to Kenobi, talking about Luke) This one. A long time have I watched. All his life as he looked away. To the future, to the horizon... Never his mind on where he was! Hm? (while jabbing Luke with his walking stick) What - he - was doing! Hm, adventure. Huh, excitement. Heh, a Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless!
Obi-Wan: So was I, if you remember.
Yoda: He is too old. Yes, too old, to begin the training.
Luke: But I've learned so much.
Yoda: (a heavier sigh now, adressing Kenobi) ... Will he finish what he begins?
Luke: I won't fail you. I'm not afraid.
Yoda: (sinister, almost mocking) Ohhh? You will be... You will be.

"Bounty hunters. We don't need their scum."
Admiral Firmus Piett

Darth Vader: There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary but I want them alive. (putting particular emphasis on the last word as he stops in front of the notorious mercenary Boba Fett) No disintegrations.
Boba Fett: As you wish...

Luke Skywalker: (fails to telekinetically lift his X-wing fighter from one of Dagobah's swampy lakes, sits down, exhausted) I can't... It's too big.
Master Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me! Judge me by my size, do you? Mmm? Hm... and well you should not. For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. (reverent) Life creates it. Makes it grow. Its energy — surrounds us... And binds us... Luminous beings are we! Not this (pokes Luke in the shoulder) crude mater! You must feel the Force around you! Here. Between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere. Yes, even between the land — and the ship...
Luke: (in awe, then despondant, he stands) You want the impossible. (retreats to his camp to contemplate his inadequacy)
Yoda: (lifts a wizened, tiny hand, closes his eyes, utterly at one with the Force. The waters bubble and Luke's ship is lifted aloft covered in weeds and algae. Artoo beeps frantically, calling his master and Luke comes back to the shore to witness his ship glide through the air without propellant or anti-grav of any kind and rest lightly on the loamy ground)
Luke: (touching the craft as if to make sure it's really there, he sees his Jedi Mentor and rushes to him) I don't — I don't believe it.
Yoda: (nods) That - is why you fail.

(Back at the asteroid field, the Imperial Star Destroyer Avenger flies over the Executor. A TIE shuttle departs, carrying the ship's captain, Lorth Needa, to the flagship so that he can personally deliver his report to Lord Vader. We then cut to see that Needa has already fallen to his knees, wheezing almost silently. He tries to rise, a vein beating at his temple, eyes rolling, and with that same sickening sound of a trachea being ground shut, he collapses onto his back, right at Lord Vader's feet)
Darth Vader: Apology accepted, Captain Needa.
(Vader signals to a pair of navy troopers, who dart forward to remove the body. A group of technicians and NCOs, who were watching the spectacle, immediately scatter as Vader approaches Admiral Piett at the communications station)
Admiral Firmus Piett: Lord Vader, our ships have completed their scans of the area and found nothing. If the Millennium Falcon went into lightspeed, it would be on the other side of the galaxy by now.
Vader: Alert all commands. Calculate every possible destination along their last known trajectory.
Piett: Yes, my Lord. We'll find them.
Vader: Don't fail me again... (enunciating the next three sylables with a finger wag of doom) Ad-mi-ral.
(Vader sweeps from the bridge, leaving Piett sweating but still dutiful)
Piett: (to his senior staff) Alert all commands. Deploy the fleet.

Lando Calrissian: Lord Vader -
Darth Vader: (ignores him, looms over Fett) You may take Captain Solo to Jabba the Hutt after I have Skywalker.
Boba Fett: He's no good to me dead.
Vader: (with Han's harrowing screams in the background) He will not be permenantly damaged.
Lando: Lord Vader! What about Leia and the Wookiee?
Lando: That was never a condition of our agreement, nor was giving Han to this bounty hunter!
Vader: Perhaps you think you're being treated unfairly...?
Lando: (beat) No.
Vader: Good! It would be unfortunate if I had to leave a garrison here. (closes lift doors in Lando's face)
Lando: (furious) This deal is getting worse all the time...

Princess Leia: I love you!
Han Solo: I know.

"LUKE! Luke, don't, it's a trap! IT'S A TRAP!"
Princess Leia Organa, saying that line before our favourite Mon Calamari.

Darth Vader: Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
Luke Skywalker: I'll never join you!
Vader: If you only knew the power of The Dark Side! Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
Vader: No. I am your father.
Luke: (horrified) that's not true! That's impossible!
Vader: Search your feelings. You know it to be true.
Vader: Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.


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