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The Empire Strikes Back – First Draft by Leigh Brackett (Transcript)

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STAR WARS sequel

Screenplay

by

LEIGH BRACKETT

 

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Leigh Brackett – feb 17, 1978

FADE IN

1  EXT PLAIN OF ICE PLANET – DAY

A sweeping dramatic shot of LUKE SKYWALKER, mounted on a white snow-lizard, racing across a white snowy landscape.  Luke’s scarlet cloak flies in the wind.  Curving plumes of snow rise from beneath the speeding paws of the lizard.  All about in the distance, snow-wraiths blow on the wind across a cruel and beautiful landscape, in the light of a strange sun.

2  EXT LOW RIDGE – DAY

The low ridge rises from the plain like a long-backed dune of snow.  Luke gallops up the slope into CLOSE SHOT and reins his lizard to a halt.  Luke’s face is protected by a masking helmet and goggles, but now he pushes up the goggles so that we can see that it is indeed Luke.  He looks keenly about at the land beyond the ridge.  He carries a blaster on his right hip and his light-saber on the left.

3  LUKE’S POV

More of the lovely, cruel, white country, apparently deserted except for the blown veils of snow.  Dimly there appears through these veils a formation of rocks or perhaps ice of exceptional beauty, catching points of fire from the sun.

4  BACK TO LUKE

He smiles and activates his helmet radio.

LUKE

Han.  Come in, Han Solo.

CUT TO

5  EXT PLAIN – DAY            HAN SOLO

Han is also mounted on a white snow lizard.  He is galloping along on another part of the plain, distinguished perhaps by some tumbled rock ice formations.  He pulls up.

6  HAN SOLO

He speaks into his helmet radio.

HAN

Yeah, Luke.  What is it?

7  LUKE

LUKE

(into radio)

Nothing. No sign of life.  I’m at the north ridge.  How about you?

8  HAN SOLO

HAN

(into radio)

I’m at the cliffs.  I haven’t seen anything either.  I guess the survey was right – the planet’s clean.  We might as well go back to Base.  I’ll wait for you.

9  LUKE

LUKE

(into radio, looking o.s.)

No, you go on…no use freezing to death.  There’s a real pretty ice formation on the other side of the ridge…want to get a closer look at it.  I’ll Follow you in a few minutes.

10  HAN

HAN

(into radio, big-brother style)

Now wait a minute, Luke.  Orders said just to the ridge.  Don’t take any chances…

The helmet radio makes some angry squawking noises that cause Han to wince.

HAN

Okay, okay, break your fool neck.  I was just asking you if you were….

The mike makes one final snarl and goes dead.

HAN

(shrugs)

…All right.  I guess he’s all right.

(to lizard)

Come on, my animated ice-berg, let’s get back where it’s warm.  Or at least, warmer.

He prods the lizard into motion and races away, cloak flying.

11  EXT RIDGE – DAY          LUKE

Luke readjusts his helmet and goggles, looks off at the alluring ice-formation, and starts jauntily off along the farther slope of the low ridge, angling his mount in a graceful curve.  The scene is one of sheer beauty, both in motion and setting.

12  CLOSER ANGLE

A veil of snow blows across the slope…no different from any of the others.  It momentarily obscures Luke and his mount…and suddenly, without warning, a gigantic form explodes out of the snow almost under the feet of the lizard, which screams and rears, throwing Luke.  The monstrous shape…white on white against the snow-cloud, we do not see it clearly except that it is huge and menacing…utters a weird and bestial groaning like rocks boulders grinding together in the bowels of a mountain.  It strikes the lizard dead with one horrendous blow, breaking its neck.  Half stunned by the fall, Luke staggers up and attempts to draw the light-saber blaster holstered at his hip.  The snowman fetches him a blow across the face that would have taken part of his head off if it had not been for the helmet.  Luke falls.  Loses blaster.  He also has his light-saber.

13  LUKE

He lies motionless in the snow, bleeding, his helmet torn, goggles gone, one side of his face a mass of blood.  Above him, obscure in the snow-cloud, the white monster looks down at him, then bends and grasps him by one ankle and drags him away.

CUT TO

14  EXT ICE CASTLE AND APPROACHES – DAY

The ice castle is a natural structure of great beauty with fantastic domes and spires, much akin to the one that lured Luke into trouble only larger.  No banners fly from its “battlements”.  There are no visible sentries and the wind-scoured ice of the approaches shows no tracks.  Yet Han Solo gallops his snow-lizard confidently toward the blank glittering wall of the structure.  In upper natural caves hollowed out there are hooded gun emplacements and radar installations all constructed to be invisible from above.

15  THE ICE CASTLE – DAY

As Han approaches the seemingly blank wall, a section of the ice slides open and he disappears inside, the wall closing behind him.

16  INT ICE CASTLE – DAY OUTER COURT

Inside, the ice has been hollowed out into a series of chambers and halls.  In this, the outer court, Han dismounts and gives his lizard to an attendant.  Stripping off helmet and goggles, he hurries on toward an inner door.  Here he is stopped by a SOLDIER JUNIOR OFFICER on duty with several SOLDIERS.

HAN

Han Solo, with a report for the.…Princess.

OFFICER

Captain Solo, the Princess Leia wishes you to report to her immediately.

HAN

Well, that’s what I just….

17  INT INNER HALL – DAY           AT DOOR

OFFICER

She’s in the War Room on the Third Level.  Soldier, escort Captain…

HAN

I know the way.

He turns and strides impatiently across the inner hall, which is large and busy, with people and robots going back and forth on errands.  There are corridors opening off the hall, and a bank of lifts.  Han Solo steps into one of these and is taken down.  The officer meanwhile turns to an intercom.

18  INT THIRD LEVEL – DAY

This level has been blasted out of solid rock ice and is huge in extent.  Stretching away on either side, as Han steps out of the lift, we see a hangar deck with rebel ships ranked in line.  An X-wing fighter is being towed into place.  Mechanics and mech-robots work among the ships.  In other places are banks of indicators with flashing lights showing the status of various life-support systems.  Men, women, and robots monitor these indicators.  Huge pipes snake across the roof overhead.  The scene is one of great activity, planned and orderly.

Han Solo crosses toward a door that says WAR ROOM Authorized Personnel Only.  He hesitates briefly, then strides on past along the hangar deck.

19  INT HANGAR DECK – THIRD LEVEL – DAY

Han approaches the battered, unorthodox shape of the MILENNIUM FALCON, looking out of place among the sleek war-craft.  He runs up the gangway.

HAN

Chewie…?

20  INT FALCON – DAY

CHEWBACCA, the Wookie, answers with growling pleasure from the control cabin as Han enters the main cabin.  Chewie comes in wiping his paws on oily waste and talking a blue streak.  Han laughs and pats his huge chest.

HAN

You’re not any more bored than I am, Chewie.  I never thought I’d go for a sojer, and I doubt if it’ll last long I can put up with it much longer.  You just keep the old Falcon in….

They both break off as a heavy BOOMING SOUND interrupts, and the ground shakes.  Chewbacca roars.

HAN

Calm down…they’re just blasting more space to put more ships as they come in.  You just keep the old Falcon in top shape, Chewie.  Never know when we may want to jump.

(moving his shoulders uneasily)

I’ve got that funny old itch again, just like when the hot breath of the law was puffing down the back of my neck.

Chewie growls understandingly.

21  INT WAR ROOM – DAY

 

FEATURING a huge map or three-dimensional galactic model occupying one entire wall of a good-sized room.  The model shows the heavily-clustered stars at the central core, thinning out along the outflung spiral arms.

20  (cont.)

Chewie growls a question and Han shrugs, shaking his head.

HAN

How should I know?  Nobody’s likely to find us in this forsaken hole.  I doubt if even God remembers where He hung this star.

21  INT WAR ROOM – DAY            THE PLOTTING TANK

At first we think we’re in space looking down from above at the entire galaxy…the burning core of stars at the center, the outflung spiral arms.  It is dizzying.  Then a single point of light brightens…green light…and a man’s voice speaks OVER.

MAN’S VOICE

We are here…the second fourth planet of this detached system at the edge of the Granida Cluster.

The green light is indeed close to a great hive of suns, burning with many colors.

22 INT WAR ROOM – DAY             FULL SHOT

We see now that the galaxy is a three-dimensional model occupying a huge tank in the center of a rock hewn great ice chamber.  Men and women stand or move about on a catwalk that surrounds it.  Lining the walls are control panels, indicator panels, computers, and communicators.

The man who has spoken, COMMANDER WILLARD, stands on the walk with PRINCESS LEIA, GENERAL DODONNA, and some other brass, looking down at the plotting tank.

WILLARD

It is to be We hoped that the massive energy output of the cluster will mask hide our comings and goings from the Empire radar sweeps, which we know will eventually quarter the entire galaxy.  See Threepio….

23  INT WAR ROOM – DAY

At one of the control panels, C3PO stands ready, with R2D2 beside him.

THREEPIO

Yes, Commander.

WILLARD

Let us have the display, based on our latest calculations.

THREEPIO

Right away, sir.  (officiously to Artoo)  Artoo, you have your orders.

Artoo whistles derisively and does things to the panel.

24  THE TANK

Princess Leia, Willard, and others in f.g. looking down.  The galaxy model now shifts color.  Part of it, the largest part, is engulfed in red.

WILLARD

That is the Empire.

Other areas begin to glow green, first a small well-defined center and then scattered patches or single lights.

WILLARD

Since we destroyed the Empire’s Death Star, many more systems have found courage to join the rebellion.  At the last count, one thousand and twenty-six.  But as you see, we’re widely scattered and still vastly inferior in ships and men.  This base, if we can establish and hold it, is strategically placed for….

He breaks off and looks up, as they all do, as Han Solo flings the door open and enters.

WILLARD

Captain Solo, I believe you were ordered to report at once.  Where have you been? Something more important delayed you no doubt.

Han reddens. Princess Leia puts a hand on Willard’s arm.

LEIA

I’ll handle this.  Please continue, gentlemen.  Han—

24  (cont.)

She walks quickly to Han, whose mouth is open on an angry retort.  He shuts it as she smiles at him.

LEIA

Let’s go outside.

They go

25  THREEPIO AND ARTOO

They have watched this; they see Han and Leia go out, and Threepio gives the robotic equivalent of a chuckle.

THREEPIO

For a moment I really thought Captain Solo was going to simply fuse all his circuits.  He’s as undisciplined as you, Artoo.

Artoo makes a rude noise and continues to manage the board as men’s voices continue behind them at the plotting tank.

THREEPIO

(serious now)

I have to admit I’m worried.  What the commander says is true.  The Empire is so powerful even without the Death Star, and we’re taking an awful chance with this base…putting all our eggs in one basket, as it were.

Artoo makes a series of whistling sounds.

THREEPIO

We don’t have haven’t got enough eggs for two baskets?  That’s a profound remark, Artoo.  I’ll treasure it.

26  EXT DOCKING BAY – DAY

Leia has drawn is leading Han into a quiet area of the hangar.  Han has recovered his good humor and is bending over Leia with a smile.  But her small face is serious and intent.

LEIA

So you saw no signs of any inhabitants.

HAN

(Shaking his head)

Hostile or otherwise.  Leia…

LEIA

Where’s Luke?

26  (cont.)

HAN

He’ll be along.  He had to go look at something pretty on the other side of the ridge.

(halts)

Leia, I’ve been meaning to…

She holds up her hand imperiously, every inch a princess.

LEIA

Han.  I want you to Listen to me.  And you’re not going to like what I have to say.

(a beat)

We’ve been in touch with your stepfather.

Han’s face changes, hardens.  He steps back from her.

HAN

He’s not my stepfather.

LEIA

Well, whatever he is.  He was fond of you once…of all the people in the galaxy, you’re the only one he might listen to.

HAN

No.  And anyway, he won’t

LEIA

He’s agreed to talk to you.

HAN

He has.  Well, that’s fine.  I don’t want to talk to him.

LEIA

I don’t know why you quarreled with him and ran away from him.  I don’t care.  All that matters is that Ovan Marekal is the most powerful man in the galaxy next to the Emperor himself…and Darth Vader.  Through the his Transport Guild he controls…

HAN

(impatiently)

he controls all the pilots and navigators in commercial space, and wars aren’t won entirely with weapons.  I know that.  I also know that Ovan Marekal goes with the winning side, and that’s the Empire.  He doesn’t exactly love it, but that’s where the power is.

26  (cont.)

27  INT ICE CORRIDOR – DAY

Han and Leia have stopped now in an unfinished side corridor away from the noise and activity of the docking area.  The corridor stretches away into dimness beyond where the light strip ends.  Leia is looking up at Han, and he at her neither of them see what might be vague shadowy motion, white-on-white, at the far dim end of the corridor.

LEIA

You might change his mind.

HAN

I might.  And all this ice might melt and become a tropical garden.  Leia…

LEIA

(ignoring his tone)

When If the Emperor crushes the rebellion and comes to full power, how long does Ovan Marekal think his precious Guild will last?  Han, we must have him on our side.  You must try to win him for us.

Han puts his hands gently on either side of the (sic) Leia’s face, turning her lips toward his his (sic).  He bends over her.

HAN

Leia…for you…I’d try even that…

LEIA

You would?  For me?

She smiles.  Now his arms go around her.  He pulls her closer to him and for a moment it seems that she is melting in his arms, ready for his kiss.  In the background, unnoticed, the dim white shapes move and watch.  At the very last minute, Leia slaps Han’s face with a resounding crack and he starts back, letting her go, thoroughly startled.  Coldly angry, she faces him.

LEIA

Captain Solo, a great war is raging.  What you would do for me, or I for you, are matters of no consequence.  The mission is vital.  The success or failure of the Rebel Alliance may depend on it.  As an officer of that Alliance, do you will you or will you not accept the mission?

HAN

(rigidly)

I’ll think about it.  Your Highness.

27  (cont.)

She turns and stalks away and he follows her.  Behind them at the end of the corridor the white-on-white shadows seem also to have departed.

DISSOLVE TO

28  INT SNOWMAN CAVE – DAY NIGHT

Luke Skywalker lies on the floor of an ice cave, alone.  Somewhere in the recesses of the cave we can hear voices; the deep growling unhuman voices like the grinding of rocks together of rocks, the cadence very slow, the rise and fall of tones very limited.  We can understand no single word; perhaps there are no words.  Yet there is menace in the voices, chillingly alien and incomprehensible.

Luke stirs.  The cave is suffused with a strange light, as of starlight but much brighter.  Luke’s face is covered in dried or frozen blood on one side.  He sits up, touching himself to discover the extent of his injuries, looking about him, listening to the muttering voices.  His light-saber is still holstered at his side.  He can see no one.  Gathering himself, moving unsteadily, he steals toward what appears to be the cave mouth.

He has almost reached it when, through glittering shapes of ice at one side, a gigantic white form emerges and bars the way.  It reaches for Luke with huge amorphous paws, grating and grumbling, and for a moment Luke stands appalled…and then a voice seems to speak to him very softly and quietly, a remembered voice a familiar and well-loved voice.

BEN’S VOICE (over)

Remember the Force, boy.  Let the Force be with you.  Open your mind to it, open your heart…

LUKE

Ben…Ben!

Stepping back from the monstrous form, only half glimpsed in the starlight, Luke seems to grow taller, to take on stature, his weakness leaving him.  He draws the light-saber, and when the beast lunges at him he moves expertly, slashing with the beam…and the beast with one strange cry vanishes in a burst of vapor back into the icy formations.

Luke runs out of the cave.

29  EXT ICE PLANET PLAIN – NIGHT

Luke runs across the snowy plain under a night sky of incredible magnificence, with the great star cluster burning overhead.  At the mouth of the cave behind him there are groanings and grumblings and moving shapes but the

29  (cont.)

creatures do not attempt to follow.

30  EXT ICE PLANET PLAIN – NIGHT

Luke runs on, a small figure in the vastness of snow and cluster-light.  His pace begins to slow and his track weaves from side to side.  He stumbles, goes to his hands and knees.

LUKE

Ben…help me.  I can’t control…The Force.  It’s gone.

There is no help.  Luke drags himself erect.  And stagger

LUKE

Please help me, Ben.  Please help…

He staggers on, toward the foot of a long slope of snow.  He essays the ascent, falls again, and lies still for a moment, then begins painfully to crawl upward.

31  HAN SOLO, LEIA, AND OTHERS

A search party pulls up mounted on snow-lizards pulls up at to (sic) top of the slope some distance away and Han points to the still figure of Luke lying in the snow.

HAN

There he is!

LEIA

Thank God.

They race down the slope toward Luke.

DISSOLVE TO

32  INT BASE SICK BAYDAY NIGHT

Threepio and Artoo hurry together down a long corridor cut from the ice of the base.

THREEPIO

Poor Master Luke!  If I’d been with him, this might never have happened.

Artoo beeps and whistles.

THREEPIO

Certainly my joints would have frozen, but not at once, and I might have been able to -what is it now?

CONTINUED

32  (cont.)

Passing the mouth of a side corridor, Artoo has halted and turned, apparently caught by something he sees or senses in the side corridor.  He takes a few tentative steps into the side corridor, beeping uncertainly.

THREEPIO

What do you mean, you saw something?  It’s only storage space, and not even finished yet.

He follows Artoo into the corridor.

33  INT SIDE CORRIDOR – NIGHT

At the end of the corridor, where the light does not reach, there is a suggestion of movement, white-on-white.  Artoo begins making urgent noises, halting abruptly.  Threepio peers into the dimness.

THREEPIO

Nonsense, you silly collection of spare parts!  Your sensors are You’d better have your sensors checked…the cold here seems to be affecting them.  Come along now…

(but Artoo is way ahead of him, scooting back into the main corridor)

Artoo!  Wait for me!

34  INT MAIN CORRIDOR – NIGHT

But Artoo is waiting for no man, nor robot.  Beeping furiously, he hurries on, with Threepio lumbering in his wake.

THREEPIO

Artoo!  Wait..!

35  INT BASE SICK BAY – NIGHT

Luke lies in a bunk in the small sick bay, his face roughly bandaged.  Leia hovers sits on the side of the bunk, holding his hand, her face showing her concern.  Han Solo, standing at the foot of the bunk, does not miss this.  Commander Willard is also there.

LUKE

I don’t know what they are.  I couldn’t get a good look at them, even at the one I killed or drove away.  It just…vanished.  I only know they’re big huge and white, and coldthey seem to live in the snow and ice the way sharks do in waterAnd they’re just about as friendly.

CONTINUED

35 (cont.)

WILLARD

Could you make any estimate as to their number? Were there many of them?

LUKE

NoI don’t know.  I heard strange voices.

An inner door of the bay opens and a DOCTOR and NURSE enter.

DOCTOR

Your Highness…Commander.  This man has lost an awful lot of blood, and his wounds need attention.  I must ask you….

WILLARD

One moment, Doctor.  This is vital.  Skywalker…do you believe that these snow-creatures pose any threat to the base?

LUKE

I can’t…

He is interrupted by a beeping and whistling o.s. outside.  The outer door opens.  Artoo and Threepio enter.

LUKE

Artoo!  Threepio!

THREEPIO

Master Luke.  Oh, Master Luke!  If I’d only been there to help…

LUKE

The Force helped me.

HAN

(derisively)

The Force!

LUKE

Yes.  I heard old Ben…or I thought I did…telling me to open my mind to the Force, and I must have because suddenly I was strong and able to fight kill the thing fight.  That’s how I got away.

HAN

You only got one of them.  Why didn’t the others follow you?

LUKE

Maybe they’re afraid of the night sky, the cluster of [unreadable] the Force. The Force held them. But after that I lost it. But after I lost it, I couldn’t get it back.  If you hadn’t found me, I…

(he shakes his head, then starts up in alarm)

My sabre.  My father’s light-sabre.  Where is it?

CONTINUED

35  (cont.)

THREEPIO

Right here, Master Luke.

The saber lies on a table nearby.  Luke reaches out for it and Threepio picks it up…fumbles it…grasps the hilt…

36  CLOSE SHOT

On Threepio’s hands with the light sabre.  As he grips the hilt awkwardly there is a sharp click and something crystalline and shiny pops out of a hidden recess in the hilt.

THREEPIO

Oh dear.

36  BACK TO SCENE

THREEPIO

Oh, dear, what have I done?  I’ve broken it, Master Luke

HAN

No, wait a minute, wait a minute, calm down.

He takes the sabre from Threepio and studies it.

HAN

Stupid contraptionYou’d do better to throw the thing away and get yourself a good blaster.  It’s a miracle he could do anything with this antique.  Let’s see – There’s a little stud here hidden here.  It activates a spring and….

LUKE

(almost feverishly)

Let me have it…

DOCTOR

Skywalker, if you want….

LUKE

Let me have it, Han!

The Doctor shrugs and Han gives Luke the saber.  Luke looks at the crystal projecting from the hilt.  He works it gently with his fingers, and it comes free.

LUKE

Yes.  It belongs there.  It fits.  But what is it?

Artoo, who has kept up a steady, if subdued, beeping, now gives a shriller whistling.

THREEPIO

I could have told him that, Artoo.

36  (cont.)

LUKE

A memory cell…like from a computer?

LEIA

Luke…put it away now and let the doctor….

But Artoo, having finally managed to get people’s attention, goes into a renewed burst of urgent noises.

HAN

What is he babbling about?  He hasn’t shut up once since he came in here.

THREEPIO

He claims he saw something big and white moving at the end of a corridor.  Sheer nonsense, of course, and I’ve told him to have his sensors…..

Threepio suddenly becomes aware of the frozen stares he is getting from everyone in the room.

THREEPIO

It is nonsense…isn’t it?

WILLARD

Princess…I think we’d better continue this the discussion outside and let the doctor get on with his work.

DOCTOR

That would be niceI’d appreciate it.

LUKE

Leia…if those things are in the base….

LEIA

We’ll be careful.  Don’t worry.

She kisses him quickly on his unbandaged cheek.  They all go out, Artoo giving one final triumphant beep.  Doctor and nurse approach Luke’s bed.  He is still holding the saber and the crystal.  Staring at the crystal, he starts to replace it in the sabre-hilt, fumbling a bit from weakness.

DOCTOR

Perhaps you’d better let me do that.

LUKE

No.  I’ll manage.

Fascinated, he stares at the enigmatic crystal.  CAMERA MOVES IN TO A CLOSE on the glittery thing and

DISSOLVES TO

37  CLOSE SHOT

A moving beam of light reflects splintered radiance from knobs and spikes of ice on a rough ice wall.

WILLARD’S VOICE

(over)

No sign of anything here now.

38  INT SIDE CORRIDOR – NIGHT

Willard, holding a torch in one hand and a blaster in the other, Han and Leia each armed with a blaster, stand in a wary group of with Threepio and Artoo.

HAN

It’s possible Artoo was mistaken.

Artoo makes a noise like Hmph! They start to move back into the main corridor.

WILLARD

I’m afraid we have to believe that…Artoo…assume that –

He breaks off and they all pause a moment as the dull booming shock of an explosion somewhere reaches them from somewhere in the base.

LEIA

I’ll be glad when they stop that.

WILLARD

We all will.

39  INT MAIN CORRIDOR – NIGHT

As they come back into the main corridor.

WILLARD

We have to assume that Artoo saw exactly what he said he did.

LEIA

But how in the world could these creatures get into the base?

WILLARD

There’s no rock around us – just ice.  They could tunnel.

HAN

And What could they do, anyway?  They sound very primitive…just animals.

WILLARD

Nevertheless, until we know a little more about it I’m going to

39 (cont.)

Suddenly alarm hooters begin to SOUND all through the base and mechanical voices speak through boom through speakers mounted in the corridor.

VOICE FROM SPEAKER

Red alert!  Red alert!  Security squads Six and Eight to Sector K-12 on the double!  All other personnel evacuate the area immediately.  I repeat, Red Alert.  All personnel report to assigned stations.

WILLARD

K-12…that’s where they’ve been blasting.

He starts to run.  Leia and Han follow.  The mechanical voice and the hooting continue as a blurred background as they go.  Threepio and Artoo hesitate.

THREEPIO

Report to assigned stations.  Thank heaven ours is nowhere near K-12!  Come on, Artoo!  We’re needed.

They take off in along the corridor.

40  INT SECTOR K-12 – NIGHT

Several A number of bodies are sprawled around like dolls hurled and broken by giant children.  Heavy equipment is smashed.  The security people are standing around looking baffled, with nothing to shoot at.  Willard, Leia, and Han are looking at the death and destruction, their faces grim.  At one side a WOMAN in uniform coveralls stands weeping, a security man beside her.

WILLARD

(to Han)

You were asking what they could do.

(Han nods)

Corporal, Bring the sergeant her over here.

The security man brings the weeping woman to Willard.  He looks at her shoulder patches.

WILLARD

SergeantTechnician, First Class.

The woman straightens up and controls herself.

WOMAN SERGEANT WOMAN

Yes, sir.  Monitoring the blasting excavation procedures.  I’m sorry, sir.  It’s just that I saw them…great white things.  All of a sudden they were here, and this all happened…in seconds.  So fast!

40 (cont.)

WILLARD

And how did they get away?

SERGEANT WOMAN

They seemed to just…disappeared.

WILLARD

I see.  Thank you.  Dismissed.

(the woman goes; Willard looks at Han)

You were asking what these primitive animals could do.

Han nods.  He and Leia and Willard leave the area as clean-up operations begin and paramedics arrive.

41  INT BASE – NIGHT

Leia, Han, and Willard walking across the main hangar.

WILLARD

I’m putting the base on a 24-hour Red Alert…maximum precautions, everyone to go armed at all times –

LEIA

Can we control these creatures?  Do we dare to take the risk?

They halt, and Willard looks around at the ships, a haggard and tired man.

WILLARD

Princess, we don’t do not dare not to take the risk.  If we move, searching for another base…with all this to do over again…there’s no chance we’d get away with it.  This base is our best hope.  We’ve got to hold onto it.  At least here, so far, we’re safe from the Empire.

(turns to look at Han)

Has Captain Solo granted us a decision yet on whether he will he’ll undertake the mission to Ovan Marekal?

HAN

Why don’t you just order me to go, Commander?

CONTINUED

41  (cont.)

WILLARD

Because I have Princess Leia’s orders not to do that.

LEIA

Either you go of your own free will, Han, or there’s no point in your going at all.  Good night, gentlemen.  If you need me, Commander, I’ll be in the sickbay.

HAN

Where are you going?

LEIA

Back to the sickbay, to make sure Luke’s all right.

She strides away, her back straight and uncompromising.  Han looks after her with a peculiar expression.

Secretly, tired as he is, Willard smiles.

DISSOLVE TO

42  EXT TON MUUND – DAY  ESTABLISHING

View of an enormous city, covering all we can see of a planet.  CAPTION:  TON MUUND, THE CITY-PLANET, ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER OF THE EMPIRE.

43  EXT BUILDING – DAY

(Ton Muund should have an odd sort of daylight; perhaps a blue star)

One of a complex of mighty, squat, towering buildings with a look of cold efficiency about them, totally devoid of beauty.

44  INT DARTH VADER’S QUARTERS – TON MUUND – DAY

The office room is large, Spartan in its furnishings, with a bank of communicators and computer terminals indicating that it is an office devoted to the business of the Empire.

DARTH VADER, huge, black-clad and caped cloaked, his face hidden by the black breathing mask, stands in watching as two of his minions interview an alien ALIEN…a very alien-looking alien who speaks in quick chittering bursts, glancing uneasily at Vader’s menacing height.  One of the minions is an INTERPRETER, who listens to the alien speech and then relays the translation to Vader and the other minion, who is recording it the conversation.

44  (cont.)

INTERPRETER

This individual is a native of one of says it is a small trader the worlds of the Granida Cluster makes occasional small trader voyages into the Granida Cluster, where he has several contacts…

VADER

Thief, smuggler, and slaver.  No one else goes into the Granida.  Continue.

There is another brief exchange of chittering and squeaking.

INTERPRETER

As the individual was approaching he was leaving the Cluster, still at light speed normal velocity, he it saw a number of ships drop out of hyper-space and head away from the clusterHe It counted twenty-three, all most of these bearing rebel insignia.  Because of the intense glare of the cluster, they did not see himHe It did not dare to follow them, but he it was able to get a fix on the direction of flight –

VADER

The coordinates, man!  Give me the coordinates!

More chittering and squeaking.  The interpreter looks unhappy.

INTERPRETER

Lord Vader, the individual believes that this information is of considerable value to the Empire.  It desires a reward…

VADER

Naturally.  Whatever it requests. The Empire is gracious to its friends.  Give me the coordinates.  Or the name of the solar system.  Anything.

More chittering.  The interpreter writes down a series of numbers.  Vader gestures to him to hand the paper to the second man.

VADER

Put it on the screen.

The second man sets up a pattern on a keyboard.  A huge screen lights up, showing the lower segment of the Granida Cluster.  A light-pointer appears in the area where the rebel ships were sighted.  It begins to move, away from the cluster.  The picture moves with it, leaving the cluster farther behind.  Vader watches tensely.  A spot of light appears…a star…planets.  The pointer zeroes in on the solar system, and stops.  Vader’s great gauntleted hand crashes down on a table-top in triumph.

44  (cont.)

VADER

(to interpreter)

Remove this unpleasant lump of protoplasm from my sight.  Give it whatever its heart desires, if it has a heart…but see that it’s kept under lock and key until we’re sure it’s the information is accurate.

And he sweeps out of the office, striding like a man with a mighty purpose.

DISSOLVE TO

45  INT SICKBAY – THE REBEL BASE – DAY

Luke is up and around the sickbay, convalescent.  He still looks a bit shaky and his face shows some scarring.  Leia is with him.  They speak are in the midst of a tentative, and very tender love scene.

LUKE

You must have spent a lot of time here, Leia LeiaIt seemed to me that whenever every time I woke up you I could see you, sitting beside the bed.

LEIA

All the time I could spare.  You very nearly didn’t make it.  The doctor said if it hadn’t been for your helmet…

(she shivers)

You were lucky.

LUKE

And those snow-things are inside the base.

LEIA

There hasn’t been another attack since that night.  Perhaps they’ve been scared off.

LUKE

Leia, I wish you’d go somewhere safe.

LEIA

There isn’t any safe place for me, you know that.  Not as long as Darth Vader and the Empire….

LUKE

Leia….

45  (cont.)

He takes her in his arms and kisses

 

LUKE (cont.)

I love you.  I want to keep you safe.

He kisses her and she returns it…a sweet and tender kiss.  Then she pushes him gently away.

LEIA

Dear Luke.  Please Try to understand.  Whether I will it or not, I’m the Princess Leia Organa, a leader of the rebel forces…

LUKE

(sadly)

And I’m just the farmboy from Tatooine.

LEIA

You’re Luke Skywalker, the fighter pilot who destroyed the Death Star.  You have duties, Luke, just as I have.  …much greater ones than we can could possibly have owe to each other.  It isn’t that I couldn’t love youthere isn’t any place for love – not now.

LUKE

(tries to take her in his arms again)

Do you, Leia?  Say itMight there be – later?

LEIA

(unhappily, backing off)

Luke…I wish…

She is interrupted by a brisk knock on the door.

LEIA

Yes…come in.

Han Solo enters, looking very brisk, brash, and pleased with himself.  Leia seems relieved to see him.  Luke is somehow, subtly, relegated to the background.

LEIA

Oh…hello, Han.

HAN

I was looking for you, Hello, Leia.  They told me I’d find you up here.  How’s it going, Luke?  You’re looking great.

LUKE

I’m Fine, thanks.

HAN

Good.  We thought for a while there you were going to leave us.

CONTINUED

45  (cont.)

HAN

You’re looking great, kidI’m Glad to see hear it.  Leia, I wanted to tell you…

LEIA

You’ve decided to undertake the mission.

HAN

How did you…?

LEIA

(smiling)

I know you better than you know yourself.

HAN

(wincing)

A man always hates to hear a woman tell him that.  It might just be true, and what a catastrophe that would be!

LEIA LUKE

(eagerly)

Can I go with you, Han?  I’m strong enough now.

HAN

No, I can’t take anyone, Luke.  Just me and Chewbacca.  Chewie’s been there before, and anyway, Wookiees don’t get involved much with politics.  See, Ovan Marekal knows he’s a prime target for assassination or kidnapping.  I’m one of the very few people in the galaxy who knows where to find him. I’m one of the few people in the galaxy who knows where to find him.  He lives a very private life.

LUKE

But he’s head of the Transport Guild.  He must….

HAN

A face on the vidscreen.  He even attends board meetings by remote control.  I’m one of the very few people in the galaxy who know where to find him.  Anyway, those were his orders.  Chewie and me, alone.  I’m sorry, Luke.  I’d really like to have you along.  But it’s not going to be any pleasure jaunt.

45 (cont.)

LEIA

It’s going to be very extremely dangerous.  That’s another reason I couldn’t order you to go.  I’m very grateful, too.  When do you plan to leave?

HAN

I’ve got a list of stores we’ll need.  As soon as we get them loaded….

LEIA

Come on.  I’ll see that the requisitions are put through right away.  Luke, why don’t you get some rest?

HAN

Chewie and I’ll be up to see you before we go.

She smiles at him and goes out arm in arm with Han Solo.

Leia and Han go out together.

46  LUKE

He looks after them, dejected.

LUKE

If I were a Jedi knight, she’d she’dlook at me the way she looks at him.

Full of anger and hurt pride, he goes to where the saber lies and picks it up, as if it holds the answer to all his problems if only he can find it.

LUKE

Why can’t I learn to control the Force?  If only old Ben had waited a little longer….

BEN’S VOICE

(very softly)

But I’d waited long enough, Luke.  It’s your time now.

LUKE

Ben!  Ben, tell me what to do.

He has not noticed that the door has opened and the nurse is watching him.

NURSE

I’ll tell you what to do, young man.  You climb right back into that bed, where you while I go and call the doctor.  You’re hallucinating again, hearing voi…

She breaks off, her jaw dropping, as Luke abruptly turns toward her, adopting an almost ritual pose with the light-saber [Missing]

46  (cont.)

She makes a brave attempt to stand her ground.

NURSE

Now, you stop.  Stop right there, Luke.  Luke…  You stay –

Luke is neither seeing nor hearing her.  His face is remote and strange.

NURSE

Luke, you can’t… The doctor… Doctor!  Doctor…!

She is running down the corridor, calling for the doctor.  Luke leaves the room, paying no attention.

CUT TO

47  INT BASE – DAY A DESERTED AREA – DAY

In a Threepio and Artoo are hurrying rather furtively along a corridor.  Threepio looks about nervously.

THREEPIO

You don’t sense anything, do you, Artoo?  I haven’t felt safe for one minute since….

He breaks off as Artoo beeps, stops and looks at him in horror.

THREEPIO

You do sense something?  Oh, my..!

He is turning around, on the verge of running, when Artoo beeps some more, impatiently.  Threepio calms down at once.

THREEPIO

Well, why didn’t you say so, instead of frightening the titanium out of me?

They go round a bend in the corridor and find Luke waiting in a kind of recess.

THREEPIO

We came as soon as we could, Master Luke.  I think they’re looking for you.

LUKE

I know they are.

He presses the stud in the hilt of his sabre and lifts out the crystal.

CONTINUED

47  (cont.)

LUKE

Artoo, you said this was a memory cell.  Can you read it?

Artoo beeps.

THREEPIO

He says he’ll try.  Insert it there, Master Luke.

He points to a slot that Artoo has opened on his front.  Luke inserts the crystal.  Artoo stands quietly humming for a moment, digesting.  Then he beeps and whistles.

THREEPIO

He says it appears to contain the coordinates of a star-system in the north-west quadrant a distant remote part of the galaxyVery far away, and neither of us is familiar with it.

Luke removes the crystal and stares at it.

LUKE

Perhaps it’s where my father was trained.  Perhaps if I went there…

{cut this down}

THREEPIO

But Master Luke…even if it were, there are no more Jedi knights.  Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi, or Ben as you call him, was the last.

Artoo beeps and whistles.

THREEPIO

All right, yes, I know.  Darth Vader is a is really the last Jedi knight, but Master Luke can hardly go to him for lessons!

(to Luke)

There’s no one left to teach you now.  Besides, we can’t leave our posts now here.

Luke sighs and replaces the crystal in the hilt.

LUKE

I suppose you’re right.  I’ll just have to…

A distant rumbling shock interrupts him; he stops until it has passed.

LUKE

…do the best I can myself.

47  (cont.)

Threepio follows him with Artoo.  As they go away, CAMERA PANS to show white shadows in the far depths of the corridor.  Faintly, like a menacing whisper, comes the SOUND of deep, grinding, grumbling voices.

DISSOLVE TO

48  EXT SPACE IN SPACE

The An Empire fleet moves swiftly through space in the cluster light.

49  INT DARTH VADER’S SHIP – THE BRIDGE

Darth Vader stands with a high-ranking OFFICER looking out the forward port.  Others are present in b.g.; the PILOT, NAVIGATOR, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER.

NAVIGATOR

If the coordinates are accurate, Lord Vader, we should make star-fall in approximately two-and-a-half time units.

OFFICER

But then we still won’t know which planet the rebels have occupied… and you can be sure they’re well hidden.

DARTH VADER

I’ll know.  Already I can sense a disturbance in the Force.

OFFICER

Luke Skywalker?

DARTH VADER

Obi-Wan’s protégée apprentice knight who disabled my ship and sent me spinning off into space, to drift for days until I was rescued just before he blew up the Death Star.

(Vader laughs)

I should be grateful to him, at that.  He saved me from my life.  Perhaps I can find a suitable way to repay him.

 

The Officer look at him sidelong, uncomfortable.

49  (cont.)

DARTH VADER

(half to himself)

Obi-Wan’s fledgling.  He {Rewrite – Han did this.} disabled my fighter and sent me spinning off into space with all systems dead, even the radio…but I knew.  I knew when he destroyed the Death Star, using the Force to find the target.  I had much time to consider Master Skywalker while I was waiting to be rescued.  He’s too much like his father…

Darth Vader pauses, remembering old betrayals.  The Officer glances sidelong at him, uneasily; he does not break the silence.

DARTH VADER

His control is still rudimentary, but his potential is strong.  It must not be allowed to develop into a weapon for the rebels.

DISSOLVE TO

50  INT BASE – THE HANGAR – DAY

By the Millenium (sic) Falcon.  Chewie and some others a couple of WORK MEN are finishing a loading operation.  A little distance away, Han Solo is shaking hands talking with Willard, while Luke and Leia look on.  Luke has the light-saber holstered at his side.

WILLARD

I don’t need to stress again the importance of this mission.

HAN SOLO

But you’re doing it anyway.  Don’t you trust me?

WILLARD

I have to, Captain Solo.  Good luck.

He goes.  Han goes to Leia.

HAN

Leia…

LEIA

(smiling at him)

I know you’llHe’ll listen to you.  I know he –

A distant but very powerful explosion BOOMS.  Things shake and fall.  Everyone reacts, startled.

CONTINUED

50  (cont.)

HAN

If they’re not careful they’ll have the whole place down around our ears.

Chewie and the men start working again.  Han turns again to Leia.  And the lights go out.  There is a moment of intense quiet.

LUKE

The air-duct fans have stopped, too.

One of the workmen switches on a flashlight hand lamp.

LEIA

They’ll have the emergency generators on in a moment.

The second workman turns on a flashlight his hand lamp, making two wavering beams of light in the intense darkness.  From elsewhere in the base come sudden shouts and cries and the sound of blasters.

51  THE HANGAR DECK – FULL SHOT

HAN

Sounds like an attack in force.  Chewie, turn on the…

But Chewie growls an urgent warning.  It is answered by deep, grinding voices.

LEIA

There…over there!  Something moving!

51  THE HANGAR

The wavering swinging flashlight beams show huge, dim white shadows moving in the darkness, sliding swiftly just beyond the edges of the light.  Suddenly one of the workmen who has moved incautiously away from the Falcon in the effort to see, goes flying with a scream, broken by a huge paw.  He drops his His flashlight goes too.  Chewie fires his blaster.

LUKE

Leia!  Get inside the ship!

He draws his light-saber and activates it.  The blade sheds its strange radiance.  Everybody else is pulling blasters.  The white shapes move very swiftly, elusive targets.  The fighter The ship next to the Falcon in the bay goes over with a crash.  The Falcon itself begins to shake.  Chewie runs forward, firing at a white shape by the stern.  A flying piece of wreckage knocks the blaster from his hand.  Roaring, he grapples with the beast.  {Fight with Chewie/beast} Han seems to have killed one of the thingsMore wreckage and containers are hurled.  Leia is firing.  The second workman is killed.  Han runs toward Chewie and the beast; Chewie is huge himself, but he looks child-sized by

CONTINUED

51  (cont.)

comparison with his adversary.  He is also becoming covered with frost where the snow-creature touches him.  A human would have been dead by now; Wookiees are made of tougher stuff, but Chewie is not long for the world.  Han runs toward him for a close shot at the creature.  As he does so, another one of the creatures attacks Luke.  Luke wields the light-saber.  The beast easily eludes it and knocks Luke spinning, a glancing blow.  It rears over him for the death-blow.  Leia screams.

LEIA

Luke!

She runs toward him, firing, but misses as she is knocked down by a piece of debris hurled by the third creature.  Han perforce turns aside to help Luke.  The snow creature attacks him but he fires turns to attack him but he fires and the creature vanishes back into the darkness, whether hit or not.  Han hauls the half-stunned Luke to his knees, snarling.

HAN

The Force is not with you today, kid.  Get out of this.

He runs back toward Chewie.  Leia, unhurt, is now firing coolly from a kneeling position.

LEIA

Over here, Luke.  I’ll cover you.

But Luke, crushed and humiliated, stays where he is, the shining saber lying on the ice beside him.  Han runs in and gets off a close shot into the dim white body of the snow-creature.  There is a sound like an avalanche of boulders.  Both Chewie and Han go flying.  When they look up the creature has vanished and everything around them is quiet, though there are still sounds of turmoil in the distance.

HAN

I don’t believe those things.  Just one of them shook the Falcon…?!  And yet they’re like phantoms.

He scrambles up and goes to Chewie, who is picking himself up growling, wincing, and saying bad things in Wookie.  Leia goes to Luke picks up the saber and gets unsteadily to his feet.  Leia comes to him.

LEIA

Luke, are you hurt?

Luke is staring at the saber and does not look at her.

LUKE

No, I’m fine.

51  (cont.)

Luke turns and starts away.  Leia looks worried.  Han has been brushing the frost from Chewie’s fur.

HAN

A little moth-eaten, but I guess you’ll do.

(Chewie growls)

Get the lights on and we’ll check for damage.  Hey, Luke, where are you going?  Wait a minute.

Chewie climbs into the Falcon.  Han catches up with Luke.

52  LUKE, HAN, AND LEIA

HAN

Listen, I’m sorry I was so rough.  I didn’t mean it.  It’s just that…Luke, those light-sabers were ceremonial weapons, even for the Jedi knights.  They’re deadly, sure they are, but only at close quarters, hand to hand, and that snow-creature was just too fast for you.

LEIA

Luke hasn’t recovered yet, Han.  He’s still weak.

LUKE

You don’t have to defend me, Leia.  He’s right.  I almost got all three of you killed.

HAN

The point is, you’re going to get yourself killed.  I know old Ben got you all excited about the knights and the Force and all that stuff.  But you’ve got to stop daydreaming, kid.  You’re not a Jedi knight, and you never will be.

The Falcon’s landing lights come on, illuminating a part of the hangar deck.  Leia, sorry for Luke’s distress and anxious to break up the talk, interrupts.

LEIA

Well, that’s better.

WILLARD’S VOICE (o.s.)

Princess Leia!

Willard, with a hand-lamp, now comes running into the deck area from the war-room, calling.

WILLARD

CONTINUED

52  (cont.)

LEIA

I’m here, Commander.

WILLARD

Thank Heaven.  I’ll take you You’ll be safer in the war room…if there’s any safety anywhere.

Luke deactivates the saber, watching the light die.

LEIA

(to Willard)

What’s happening?

WILLARD

Everything.

(starts to lead her away)

HAN

I’ve got (sic) check out the Falcon.

He goes and Leia motions Willard to stop.  She looks at Luke.

LEIA

Come on, Luke.

Her gentle sympathy is more humiliating to Luke than a slap in the face blow.  It is the ultimate wound.  He holsters the saber.  Willard and Leia start on again and he trails after them, looking as if he had been whipped.

DISSOLVE TO

51  (cont.)

LEIA

(as Han goes)

Come on, Luke.

Her gentle sympathy and pity is more painful is more humiliating to Luke than a blow.  It is the ultimate wound.  He holsters the deactivates the sabre, watching the light die.  Holstering the weapon, he follows Leia, looking as if he had been whipped.

 

DISSOLVE TO

52 53 IN SPACE

The Empire fleet, approaching the system of the ice-planet.

53 54 INT DARTH VADER’S SHIP – THE BRIDGE

Darth Vader and the officer are stand on the bridge, looking through the forward port.

OFFICER

There is the system, Lord Vader.  There are four planets.  Which one?

Vader’s black gauntlet rises and points like the hammer of doom.

VADER

The outermost…there!

CAMERA ZOOMS in on the port, on the little icy ball glittering in the light of its primary.

OFF SCREEN VOICE

Attention all fleet units.  Assume attack formation.  Attack formation.

DISSOLVE TO

54  INT WAR ROOM – THE BASE

54  INT BASE

55  INT BASE – SERIES OF SHOTS

In dark corridors, men and women with handlamps run, the wildly-tossing beams glittering off the icy walls.  There is a confusion of voices, shouts, cries, screams, the deep grinding grumbling voices of the snow-creatures. A white-on-white spectre emerges from a side-corridor and tosses a man screaming to the roof of the corridor down which he has been running.  Men clatter down emergency ladders.  The sound of shots echo echoes irregularly from o.s.

56  BASE – THE GENERATOR LEVEL

Bodies lie about amid wrecked equipment and debris.  There is a portal completely blocked with fallen ice; from this ice-fall a pair of boots protrudes stiffly.  Above the portal a sign hangs drunkenly: GENERATOR ROOM.  An Several engineering-maintenance technicians CAPS run about, through other doorways, blasters in hand.  An ENGINEER speaks into a portable, self-powered radio unit.  He is understandably in shock.

ENGINEER

Chief Engineer, Squad Three, Generator Level.  I have a damage report…

57  INT BASE – THE WAR ROOM

Lighted by handlamps, the war-room resembles the catatonic ward of a mental hospital.  Technicians with nothing to do stand to (sic) beside their blacked-out panels.  Everything is dead.  Threepio and Artoo stand quietly.  Various officers and orderlies stand by, along with Princess Leia.  Luke looks on.  Willard is speaking into one of the self-contained walkie-talkie units.

WILLARD

Commander Willard here.  Go on.

INTERCUT with Engineer on Generator Level.

ENGINEER

Sir, the main generators…there isn’t even a generator room left.  Relays are burnt out right across the board…cables fused…power surge of some kind…probably what blew the

WILLARD

Let’s skip the technical speculations for the moment.  Have you checked the emergency generators?  They should cut in automatically.

ENGINEER

My men are doing that now.

 

57  (cont.)

ENGINEER

Haven’t had time yet.  It’s cold here.  Getting colder.

WILLARD

Engineer…we need those air pumps going again.  Check out those generators.  Jury rig anything you have to but get those air pumps going again.

ENGINEER

Sir…The main pumps…they’re wrecked.

He is looking through another portal at a mass of twisted metal.

WILLARD

The back-up system, then, get on it, man.  We’re going to run out of breathable air pretty quick now.

ENGINEER

Yes, sir.

58  INT BASE – GENERATOR LEVEL

The engineer

ENGINEER

Yes, sir.

He beckons to his squad and they hurry after him into an adjoining chamber and begin into an adjoining corridor.

59  INT BASE – GENERATOR LEVEL

The engineer and his squad enter a chamber containing the emergency generators and a bank of pumps.  They walk around quickly, inspecting the equipment.  The engineer speaks into his radio.

ENGINEER

It looks all right, sir.  Power packs intact.  Pumps haven’t been damaged.  We’ll have to start the generators manually…

Suddenly there are ghostly white shapes all around and a man screams, and the deep grinding voices blot out human speech.

60  INT BASE – GENERATOR LEVEL

Running for his life, a man comes out of the generator room.  As he runs, an overhead pipe bursts suddenly, drenching the man with water which instantly freezes, encasing him in ice.  The water itself freezes into a gigantic icicle.

61  WAR ROOM

In utter silence, everyone listens horrified to the sounds issuing from Willard’s radio…screams, the deep grinding voices, then another explosion.  The radio goes dead.

DODONNA

WILLARD

That explains This is why the creatures have been so quiet since that first attack.  They were making planning a concerted effort to drive us off their world completely.

WILLARD

Well, it They’ve succeeded very wellWithout power and an air supplyWith no power and no air, we won’t survive long.

People are running past the room outside, onto the hangar deck.  A MAN runs in.  the vanguard of people fleeing the terror below.  A MAN comes in unceremoniously, shouting panicky.

MAN

The water pipes are bursting.  The water’s freezing everything…people freezing right where they stand.  water freezing everything..people The lower levels are filling up with ice.  And those creatures…they’re everywhere.

WILLARD

Get on to your evacuation area.

(to OFFICER)

Pass the order…immediate evacuation.  clear the base, immediately.

He turns to Dodonna and Leia and the senior officers.

WILLARD

Now we have to make a decision.  Do we evacuate to the surface and try to find some way of combating these beasts …these…I don’t know what to call them, mere beasts would be incapable of doing what they’ve done, and they’re certainly not human…or shall we bow to them and abandon the base entirely?

Luke, who has been sitting quietly in his corner, with an increasingly strange look on his face as if he listens to something far away, now speaks up.

LUKE

Leia.  Leia, tell them to go.  Now.

They stare at him, and Leia puts her hand out to him.

LEIA

Why, Luke?  What is it?

61  (cont.)

LUKE

I can’t explain it.  I just feel…danger.  Dark.  Reaching…

DODONNA

(not unkindly)

I’m afraid This is too big a decision to be made on the basis of a hunch.  We….

The radio comes alive abruptly, a man’s voice sharp with panic.

MAN’S VOICE

(on radio)

Condition Red!  Condition Red!  Does anyone read me?

WILLARD

(into radio)

Commander Willard here.

62  INT BASE – UPPER RADAR INSTALLATION

In one of the hollowed-out ice towers of the castle, two RADAR TECHNICIANS stare at a screen.  The screen shows a large number of unmistakable blips.  One of the men has the radio.

RADAR MAN

Sir, this is Radar Installation Six.  Operating on power-pack.  Our screen shows ships approaching…attack formation…a whole fleet, heading straight for us.

63  THE WAR ROOM INTERCUT with Willard in the war room.

A wave of shock has gone around the room as this news penetrates.  White-faced, Willard asks a question.

WILLARD

How long do we have?

RADAR MAN

Estimate…no more than contact in twenty minutes before contact.

63  INT WAR ROOM

Leia looks at Luke, who shakes his head as if not quite believing it.  Willard puts down the radio.  Dodonna is already barking orders to subordinates.

DODONNA

Find out how many guns we’ve got operative up there.  Tell the crews to hold We’ll hold out as long as we can to cover the evacuation.  And get those people moving!

An OFFICER comes up.

OFFICER

Sir, shall I scramble the fighters?

DODONNA

No.  We can’t stop to pick them up.  And there’s no point in wasting good men.  We’re going to lose enough as it is.

Willard has gone to Leia.

WILLARD

Princess, you must go now, at once.

LEIA

Wait a minute.  Luke…in case of evacuation, you and Artoo and Threepio were supposed to go with Han, weren’t you.

LUKE

Yeah…we were all kind of extra personnel.

LEIA

Well, you can’t now do that now.

WILLARD

And I’m afraid some of the ‘droids will have to be left behind.

A shudder goes through Threepio, and Artoo whistles plaintively.

LUKE

(fiercely)

Not these two.  Unless you want to leave me with them.

LEIA

My spacer will hold five if Artoo doesn’t mind being crowded a little.

Artoo indicates that he won’t mind it at all.  Threepio all but faints.

THREEPIO

[Missing]

63  (cont.)

LEIA

(looks around)

Sedge!

A PILOT in a flying suit shoulders his way to Leia, and salutes.

LEIA

Oh, there you are.  Let’s go.  I’ve got to warn Han…he must get away.

They all move out of the war room, into the increasing tumult and confusion beyond.

64  INT BASE – THIRD LEVEL

The group hurrying toward the hangar deck.

LEIA

Luke, how did you know that You couldn’t have known the fleet was coming.

LUKE

I didn’t.  It’s crazy…what I felt was like the Force, but…The dark side of the Force.  That’s what Ben called it.

LEIA

Darth Vader.

LUKE

Could be.  We knew he’d been picked Could be.  We know he was picked up by an Imperial ship after the Death Star blew upI guess Hey, you’ve got to get away.  If he takes you again…

LEIA

Han’s more important than I am right now, and…look there!

65  INT BASE – THE HANGAR DECK

In the distance the Falcon stands in the bright pool of its lights.  Han and Chewbacca, with welding equipment, are working on one of the after lifting vanes.  Leia runs

CONTINUED

65  (cont.)

toward the Falcon.

LUKE

(to Threepio)

Help Sedge get Artoo into the spacer.

(starts after Leia)

SEDGE

I can manage.  There’s a magnetic lift hoist right over there.  But there’s no power to open bays.  See if you can operate the manual controls.

The Falcon Leia’s spacer, much smaller than the Falcon, is in another bay, across from the Falcon one where the Falcon is.  Men are already straining to open the doors of the Falcon’s bay these doors.  Reluctantly, Luke looks after Leia and goes with Threepio in the opposite direction.  The two of them begin to heave on the manual controls wheel, which resists.

66  INT BASE – SERIES OF QUICK SHOTS

Men with battery-powered loud-hailers run along the corridors.

MEN WITH LOUD-HAILERS

Condition Red!  All personnel to evacuation areas!  Move!

And the people are moving.  running through the corridors, swarming up ladders.  Bodies lie about here and there.

MAN WITH LOUD-HAILER

Get to your evacuation areas!

He turns a corner and skids to a halt, staring in horror.  The people in the corridor ahead are frozen, encased in ice.  Huge icicles depend from the pipes.  The man turns to run.  The pipe overhead ruptures and he too is frozen.

67  THE HANGAR DECK

At the Falcon.  Han and Leia are shouting at each other.

HAN

Imperial fleet or not, we can’t fly until we get this fixed.

LEIA

Well, hurry up!

67  EXT BASE – DAY

On the snow-plain in front of the ice-castle, Imperial ships land.  The transports disgorge great tank-type crawlers and armored troopers.  Gun-emplacements in the upper castle open up.  The tank guns fire back.  Troops and tanks attack the ice-castle.

68  INT BASE – THE HANGAR

The rumblings and shocks of heavy gunfire are transmitted from above.  Men and women pour into the hangar deck, into the ships.  Loud-hailers bellow.

69  THE FALCON

Leia, hugging herself with cold and impatience, watches Han and Chewie.

LEIA

Aren’t you finished yet.  I could do better with a needle and thread.

70  LUKE AND THREEPIO

In the opposite bay.  They’re still wrenching at the wheel, the bay doors have begun to open.  Luke is looking nervously at the Falcon.  The pilot, Sedge, has just finished lifting Artoo into the spacer with a magnetic hoist.

LUKE

THREEPIO

Is it very cold here, Master Luke? This mechanism appears to be partly frozen.

LUKE

No wonder.  So am I. It’s cold.  There…I think it’ll go now.  Threepio, go and get the Princess Leia.

Threepio sets off.  The pilot begins to back the hoist away.  Luke heaves on the door, looking after Threepio, who disappears into the crowd.

71  EXT BASE – DAY

Imperial troops and tanks hammer at the ice castle.  Tank guns and castle guns carry out a vicious duel.  Casualties mount on both sides.  Part of the ice castle collapses, shattered by cannon-fire.

72  INT BASE

Quick SHOTS of corridors collapsing, people running to escape.

73  THE HANGAR DECK

At the Falcon.  Threepio runs up to Leia.  Chunks of ice begin to fall from the roof.  People are struck, injured, killed.

THREEPIO

Princess Leia!  Master Luke says to come now.

LEIA

Just a minute!

(to Han and Chewie)

Hurry!

HAN

We’re doing our best.  Why don’t you just get out?

Threepio tries to protect Leia from falling ice.  Water

74  THE HANGAR DECK

74  THE ROOF

CAMERA ponders for a moment on the network of pipes.

75  SEDGE

In another part of the bay, he has parked the lift out of the way and is climbing down to return to the spacer when a pipe overhead bursts and he is frozen in the act.  of

76 LUKE

He sees this, horrified.  The bay is open now.

LUKE

Sedge…

He begins to run toward the Falcon.  As he

 

76 77

Luke fights his way toward the Falcon.  He sees Han and Chewie jump down at last, their repairs completed.  He runs toward them, They and Leia and Threepio.

LEIA

LUKE

Leia!

Another overhead pipe lets go, spurting water in a curtain between him and the Falcon.  Some people are caught and frozen.  Han snatches Leia out of the way, but Threepio is frozen in a thin casing of ice by the edge of the spray.

CONTINUED

77  (cont.)

Luke halts, cut off.  Dimly he can see Han thrust Leia up the steps into the Falcon.  Chewie picks up the rigid Threepio and carries him after.  The hatch slams shut.

78  EXT BASE – DAY

The battle continues.  Imperial troops are forcing an entrance.

79  THE HANGAR DECK

The Falcon takes off through the bay doors.  Luke runs for Leia’s spacer, as more of the ceiling falls in.

80  INT COCKPIT – SPACER

Luke Artoo is beeping wildly as Luke straps himself into the pilot’s seat and scans the controls.

LUKE

Chewie took him Threepio into the Falcon.  I think he’ll be all right.  Quiet down.  I’ve got to figure these controls.

He figures them quickly and starts punching buttons.

81  THE HANGAR DECK

The spacer takes off.

82  INT SPACER – IN SPACE

Luke is dropping the ice-planet behind him as fast as he can…which is very fast indeed.

LUKE

(into helmet mike)

Han Falcon, do you read me?

83  INT. FALCON – IN SPACE

Han and Chewbacca at the controls.  Leia looks out of a port.  The frozen Threepio reposes stiffly where Chewie put him.  He is beginning to drip.

HAN

Yeah, Luke.  You okay?

LUKE

Off like a skyrocket.  This thing really [Missing]

83  (cont,)

HAN

All healthy.

LUKE’S VOICE

(on radio)

Threepio?

HAN

He’ll be all right when he thaws.  He (sic) already beginning to drip.

LEIA

Now that’s all settled, we’d better move.  Look there.

84  HER POV

Imperial ships are rising from the planet, pursuing the ships which are taking off, including the Falcon.

85  INT FALCON

Han and Chewie see the ships and Chewie growls.

HAN

(into radio)

‘Ware ships, kid.  How’ll we find you again?

86  INT SPACER – IN SPACE

LUKE

Never mind that now…just go!  Out.

He cracks on more speed.

87  INT FALCON – IN SPACE

HAN

Hang on!

He pours on the coal.  Leia, hanging on, watches the distant ships through the port.

LEIA

Can’t you go into hyper-space?

HAN

Not till we get farther out.  There’s a thing called gravity.  There’s also a thing called [Missing]

87  (cont.)

LEIA

Well, there’s also a thing called an Imperial destroyer, and it seems to be coming our way.

88  INT SPACER – DAY

Luke is nursing every last ounce of speed out of the fighter.  Artoo beeps a questioning note.

LUKE

If you’re asking where we’re going, little friend, I don’t know yet.  At least we don’t seem to have anybody on our tail.

89  IN SPACE

The spacer screams (figuratively) streaking through space at tremendous speed.

90  INT BASE

Darth Vader stands amid the shambles of the base, speaking to an unhappy-looking officer.

OFFICER

We haven’t found him among the prisoners, Lord Vader.  Unless he’s buried in one of the tunnels…

DARTH VADER

No.  He lives.  Leave me, you incompetent idiot.

The officer is glad to scuttle away.  Darth Vader stands and the pattern of his breathing changes.

DARTH VADER

(very softly)

Luke Skywalker.

91  INT SPACER – IN SPACE

Luke shakes his head.  It is suddenly difficult for him to breathe.

LUKE

What’s the matter?  I can’t breathe…

(checks the oxygen system)

Continued

91  (cont.)

He checks the oxygen system.

LUKE

(cont.)

No malfunction…

(his face changes; realization, horror)

No.  No, I won’t.  I won’t…!

But inexorably he is losing consciousness.  With the last of his strength he unholsters the light saber; desperately he releases the crystal.

LUKE

Artoo…

He sags in the harness, unconscious…or dead?  Artoo extends an auxiliary arm and picks up the crystal, beeping and whistling the while in a general tone of, “Why does everything happen to me?” and, “Humans are the oddest contraptions.”  Placing the crystal in the slot, he punches out some coordinates on the little navigational computer and then flips a toggle.

92  IN SPACE

The spacer vanishes, into hyper-space, leaving only a brief flicker behind.

93  INT BASE –

Darth Vader relaxes.

DARTH VADER

Good bye, Luke Skywalker.

He turns and stalks from the room.

DISSOLVE TO

94  IN SPACE

The Falcon racing through space.  Some distance behind it, a much larger ship is closing fast.

95  INT FALCON – IN SPACE

LEIA

There’s an Imperial destroyer closing on us.

The Falcon lurches as a shot from the destroyer bursts astern.

HAN

[Missing]

87  (sic) (cont.)

LEIA

Can’t you go into hyper-space?

Another blast rocks the ship.  Han takes evasive action.

HAN

Need a destination.  Can’t jump blind, and They must have I can’t take you to Ovan Marekal.  Marekal’s out unless you want to stay Weren’t you given a rendezvous point for your group?  I can drop you there and go on.

Leia pulls a cord from around her neck; a small metal cylinder container like a locket depends from it.

LEIA

Yes.  Just a minute.  These things have to be opened right the right way –

HAN

I know.  They’re anti-personnel bombs in case they get into the wrong hands.

(taking evasive action as the destroyer closes in)

Don’t blow it but don’t fiddle around, either.

LEIA

Here it is.

She extracts a metal strip chip to and She starts to give it to (sic) Han when a near miss, or a glancing hit, almost throws the Falcon over.  Red lights glow on the panel.

HAN

Just a second too late, Princess.  That one shook the teeth {Some corrections} out of our overdrive generator.  Keep her going, Chewie!  I’ll see what I can do.

He crowds back past Leia toward the generator hatch, passing Threepio on the way; he is the ‘droid is still encased in ice but visibly dripping.  Muffled sounds come from Threepio’s voice box, but Han ignores them.  He disappears down the through the hatch while the Falcon dances and leaps wildly.  Leia clings close to Chewbacca, who is outdoing himself as a pilot.

88  IN SPACE – RUNNING BATTLE – FALCON AND DESTROYER

The Falcon darts and swerves as the larger and faster destroyer inexorably overhauls it.  Bolts of energy from the destroyer’s guns burst brightly.

89  INT FALCON – LEIA AND CHEWBACCA

LEIA

What’s he doing down there?

Chewbacca makes a series of grunts and growls growling noises, as if wishing that Han would get the lead out of his spanners.  On the other hand, if the damage is too severe…

LEIA

What if he can’t fix it?

Again the Falcon leaps and yaws.  Chewie grunts.

LEIA

Even I can understand that.

90  IN SPACE – RUNNING BATTLE – FALCON AND DESTROYER

The destroyer pressing hard after the Falcon.  Her time is running out.

91  INT FALCON

Threepio is moaning and muttering through the ice, unintelligibly, as his still partially-rigid body is thrown about.  Leia is still with Chewie.  There is a particularly violent lurch, and Chewie’s grumblings indicate that accompanied by an anxious look around at the fabric of the ship, mean that the ship won’t hold together too much longer.  Suddenly, on the board panel, the red lights go off.  Chewie growls insistently at turns demandingly to Leia, talking a blue streak, holding out one paw urgently.  She hesitates, then hands him the metal strip metal chip.  He thrusts it into the computer.  Han emerges from the hatch just as Chewie slams in the overdrive.

HAN

Okay, let’s go!

Chewie slams in the overdrive.  The blazing stars become streaks of light as they go into hyperspace the Falcon makes the jump into hyperspace.  It’s suddenly quiet.

HAN

Chewie…just supposing that that had been a false reading on the panel, and I hadn’t really finished the repairs?

Chewie gives the Wookie equivalent of a shrug.

HAN

Yeah.  I guess you’re right.

continued

 

91  (cont.)

Shaken by the suddenness swiftness and violence of everything that has happened, and the abrupt cessation, for the moment anyway, of danger, everybody relaxes undergoes a reaction.  Han sinks down in the pilot chair.

HAN

(to Chewie)

Nice going.

Leia sinks down in the cabin.

LEIA

Nice going for both of you.  For a while there, I didn’t think…What is it, Threepio?

He is still making muffled noises.  Leia goes to him and with her fingers cracks the mask of ice covering his face.

THREEPIO

Oh, that’s much better.  Thank you, Princess Leia.  Do you think it would be too great an annoyance if I were to ask for some a little bit of oil, before my joints rust to prevent my joints rusting?

FADE OUT

FADE IN

92  EXT BOG PLANET – DAY

This is an eerie place, full of drifting mists and the distorted shapes of trees and undergrowth clawing upward out of mud and stagnant stagnant water.  There are pools, lakes, bogs.  Bubbles of marsh gas rise and burst with plopping noises.  Things slither and gubble (sic) through the mud, flap with weird screamings through the murky air.

An object appears in the sky.

93  EXT BOG PLANET – SKY AND LAKE POND

In the sky above a fair sized pond, or lake, an object appears, moving swiftly…Leia’s spacer.

94  INT SPACER – DAY

Luke is still comatose.  Artoo is flying the spacer, making noises both irritable and doubtful; this is not his job, and he’s making a botch of it.  Obviously he’s coming in too fast.

95  EXT BOG PLANET POND – DAY

The spacer comes in for a crash landing in the pond.  There is a mighty splash.

96  INT SPACER – DAY

Luke starts up, still dazed but roused by the shock.  The spacer is volplaning (sic) forward on momentum, sinking as it goes.

LUKE

What the…What’re you doing, Artoo?

Artoo beeps and whistles furiously.  The spacer, scudding forward, piles onto a muddy beach and comes to a jarring halt.  It settles comes to a jarring halt with its nose buried in a mudbank.  It settles gently into the water, remaining in its upper half remaining clear.  Artoo cuts the power.

LUKE

That was a great landing.  What happened to me?  Where are we?

Artoo beeps and produces the crystal.  Luke takes it.

LUKE

You brought me hereAnd I’ve been out ever since.  Artoo, I owe you an apology.  Hadn’t been for you

He gropes about for the light saber.

96  (cont.)

LUKE

Doesn’t look like much.  Let’s go see.

He rises and staggers back to the hatch.

97  EXT BOG PLANET SPACER AND POND – DAY

The hatch opens.  Luke falls into the water and starts to flounders ashore.  Artoo appears in the hatch.  He beeps, then steps forward and disappears with a splash into the water.

LUKE

Artoo!

He starts to go back.  But a small periscope appears above the water, turns till it gets a fix on him, then moves steadily through the water.  as the submerged Artoo trundles toward him we watch the periscope

98  ARTOO

We watch the periscope as the submerged ‘droid trundles toward the muddy beach.  Artoo emerges, retracting the periscope.  He swivels stands besides Luke’s prostrate form looks around for Luke, then moves to stand beside a prostrate body; Luke has passed out again.  Artoo bubbles electronic profanity and ejects a stream of muddy water.

DISSOLVE TO

99  CLOSE SHOT – DAY LUKE

On Luke’s face as he lies on the muddy ground.  There is a shadow across it.  He stirs and opens his eyes, blinks upwards.

100  LUKE’S POV

A darkish blur is hanging over him…something watching him.

101  LUKE

LUKE

Artoo?

He strives for a clearer focus.

102  LUKE’S POV

The dark blur wavers, then begins to clear.  A strange face peers down

102  (cont.)

peers down at him…wizened, froglike, totally unhuman, with with eyes that show a curious bright, intent eyes that show a curious mixture of intelligence and what could be madness.  Luke yells.  CAMERA PULLS BACK TO A WIDER ANGLE as he flounders away from the creature in fear.

LUKE

Artoo!

Artoo is nearby.  He beeps placidly irritably and the froglike creature, which is quite small and has a shiny slippery-looking skin, laughs at him.

MINCH

Skywalker.  Skywalker.  And why do you walk my sky do you come to walk my sky, with the sword of a Jedi knight?

LUKE

(astounded)

How do you know my…?  How is it you speak my…  Who are you?

MINCH

My name, or part of it, is Minch.  As for the language, I’ve always been ugly by your standards, but I haven’t always been old.  I’ve travelled the starways in my time.  And your name…that was easy.

He points to Luke’s communications belt.

LUKE

My communications belt.  ID.  All right, Minch.  What do you know about the Jedi knights?

MINCH

I knew them.

LUKE

(brightening)

You served them?

MINCH

(with an odd smile)

Yes, I served them.  I served them well.  I remember another Skywalker.

LUKE

My father.  Did you know Ben…Obi-Wan Kenobi…

(a wave of weakness comes over him; he finishes [Missing]

102  (cont.)

MINCH

You need food…and a certain [unreadable] restoratives.  You’ve had a close brush with the Force…the wrong side of it.

(he hops away)

LUKE

Wait!  Why do you say that?

MINCH

I can smell it.

He disappears into the muddy, misty swamp-growth.

LUKE

(to Artoo)

I remember now.  Just before I passed out, I felt…but this is weird.  He couldn’t know.  He’s just guessing, or making it up, trying to impress me.

Artoo makes a sour comment.  He doesn’t like Minch.

DISSOLVE TO

103  CLOSE SHOT – DAY

On a wooden bowl in Luke’s hands.  There is a wooden spoon.  The bowl is filled with a highly unappetizing-looking mess.

LUKE’S VOICE

What is this glop?

MINCH’S VOICE

Better eat it, Skywalker.

104  LUKE, MINCH, ARTOO

LUKE

If I do, it’ll come right up again.

MINCH

It’s all there is on this world.  So unless you mean to fly away…

(Luke looks sadly at the half-sunk spacer.  Minch laughs)

Obi-Wan Kenobi ate it…he and all the other boys young ones who came here to learn to be knights.

LUKE

Then this was a training center!  Is anyone left?  Anyone who can [Missing]

104  (cont.)

MINCH

(with mocking amusement)

Eat, Skywalker.  Eat, and dream.  And when you feel strong enough, you’d better wade out and find an oil-can for your bad-tempered friend.  This climate eats ‘droids.

Artoo makes a rude noise.  Minch hops away, laughing.

LUKE

Crazy little…  Well, how can you blame him, living in a place like this?

(looks at the bowl and steels himself)

I wonder if Ben was ever really here?

He raises a spoonful to his mouth, hesitates, shuts his eyes, forces the stuff in, and swallows.

LUKE

It’s not too bad, really, if you just don’t look at it.

DISSOLVE TO

105  IN SPACE INT FALCON – IN HYPERSPACE

Chewie is in the cockpit.  In the cabin, Han Solo and Leia are playing the three-dimensional chess game, or what you prefer.  Threepio sits quietly in the background.  Han is watching Leia closely; she seems distracted, occupied with thoughts of her own which she is finding disturbing.  She makes a misplay, and Han shakes his head.

HAN

Your mind’s not on it, Princess.

LEIA

I guess it isn’t.  We’re almost there, aren’t we?

(she rises and moves around the cabin)

HAN

Yeah.  We’ll have you at your rendezvous point and among friends in no time.  You don’t seem too happy about it.

LEIA

Perhaps it’s a mistake to have an interlude of peace and quiet like this.  You lose your fighting pitch…begin to think about other things…

105  (cont.)

HAN

Worried about Luke?

LEIA

Naturally.

THREEPIO

I, too, Mr. Solo.  And Artoo.  I do hope they’re all right.

HAN

(to Leia)

But that’s not the whole story, is it?

Chewie barks from the cockpit.

LEIA

I think Chewbacca wants you.

HAN

Mm.  Time to go sublight.

(rising, he puts his hand gently on her shoulder)

Leia…if you think I’m going to enjoy leaving you behind, not knowing if I’ll ever see you again, you’re wrong.

He goes into the cockpit.  Leia looks after him briefly, then looks down at her hands locked very tightly in her lap.

DISSOLVE TO

106  IN SPACE

The blackness of space, the glory of stars.  There is a wink and a shimmer as the spatial fabric is disturbed and Falcon drops out of hyper-space.

107  INT FALCON – IN SPACE

Han and Chewie in the cockpit.  Leia is close behind them still sits in the cabin, with Threepio.

HAN

Deflector screens up.  Good.  Okay, Chewie, that’s it.  Now we get a Get me a fix on the star.

THREEPIO

CONTINUED

107  (cont.)

Chewbacca growls suddenly and points to the tracking screen.

THREEPIO

No matter how many times I do it, going in and out of jump makes all my circuits simply leap with shock.

HAN

(looking into screen)

You want a really good shock?

Leia rouses up, the warrior princess again, and joins Han.

LEIA

What?

HAN

Look there.

LEIA

Empire ships?

HAN

Do we have a fleet in this area?

LEIA

No.  But how did they find out…?

An imperious voice suddenly speaks over the cockpit radio.

VOICE

Imperial cruiser Darkason.  Identify yourself.

HAN

(improvising swiftly)

Deep-space trader Verrill, out of Terrix, Empire Sector Seven.

VOICE

Maintain constant speed, Verrill.  Prepare for boarding.  We’re coming alongside.

HAN

Yes, sir.

Motioning the others to caution, Han yanks a locket identical to Leia’s from his neck and gingerly opens it.

LEIA

(whispering)

What are you doing?

HAN

Continued

107 (cont.)

HAN

We need a new destination, real quick.  They gave me a rendezvous point, too, before this Marekal mission came up.  See what it is.

He extracts the metal chip, places it in the nav computer, and looks disgusted.

HAN

Same as yours.

Chewie grunts and indicates the radar screen.

108  IN SPACE

An Imperial cruiser, a great ominous shape against the stars, approaches the much-smaller Falcon, still some distance away.

109  INT FALCON – IN SPACE

VOICE ON RADIO

Screens down, Verrill.

HAN

Yes, sir.  Right away.

(to others)

Well, here we go again.  Hang on.

He punches hits the control board and Falcon takes off in a screaming (figuratively speaking) streaking curve away from the cruiser.

110  IN SPACE

As Falcon speeds away.  In a moment Much more slowly, the cruiser alters course to pursue, and begins firing.

111  INT FALCON – IN SPACE

Han is taking evasive action, the Falcon bouncing and swerving as bolts from the cruiser burst nearby.  Leia and Threepio are hanging on.  Chewbacca is operating a scanner, grumbling.

HAN

(plaintively, to Leia)

I remember how peaceful things used to be when I was just a low-down rotten smuggler, involved with people like Jabba the Hut, who might try to kill me, but it was on a kind of person-

(cont.)

111  (cont.)

HAN (cont.)

to-person level.  I could handle it.  But since I’ve been treading the straight-and-narrow…

(a particularly violent shock interrupts him)

I mean.  Entire fleets thrown at me?  I’m giving away too much weight!

112  IN SPACE – THE CRUISER

From open bays, fighters are being launched from the cruiser.  They outspeed the larger ship in pursuit of the Falcon.

113  INT FALCON – IN SPACE

LEIA

They’re dropping fighters now.

Chewie says something, pointing to the scanner.  Han looks.

HAN

What would I do without you, my hairy friend?

Again he hits the controls, and Falcon darts away on a new course.

HAN

(to Leia)

An asteroid swarm.  Must be a million of ‘em.  Try and find a place to hide.

LEIA

Isn’t that dangerous?

HAN

You think it’s safe out here?

Change of course and a very near miss dump Leia on the deck, to make his point very thoroughly.

114  IN SPACE – THE ASTEROID SWARM THE RADAR SCREEN

A swarm of glittering points of light.

115  THE ASTEROID SWARM

The shattered fragments of some nameless world lighted by a distant sun (the one the Falcon was [unreadable]), still travelling in company, bound by gravitational attraction.  Some are the size of pebbles rocks, some of large buildings, some as large great as little planets.  They range in size from rocks to big planetoids.  The Falcon plunges toward the swarm, out- [Missing]

116  INT FALCON – IN SPACE

Leia is manning the turret gun, firing in erratic bursts.

HAN

Getting Hitting anything, Princess?

LEIA

No, they’re still too far away.  But maybe I’m slowing them down a little.

HAN

We’ll be inside the swarm in a minute.  That’ll make their radars useless.

LEIA

But they can still pick up the heat and ionization stream from our drive.

HAN

That’s why I have to find a place to roost…and quick.

The edge of the asteroid swarm rushes past the forward port.

HAN

All right, Chewie.  Here we go.

Chewie roars.

117  THE ASTEROID SWARM

The Falcon threads its way into the swarm.  Deflector screens ward off the small ones.  Pilot skill evades the large ones.  It is a very hairy trip.

Imperial fighters follow.

118  INT FALCON

Leia has left the gun and is watching speechless as asteroids blunder by, them seeming to miss the Falcon by a hair’s breadth.  Astern, doggedly, a couple of fighters still follow.  One of them is struck collides with a LEIA small asteroid and there is an annihilating burst of flame.  A thing the size of the Empire State Building bears down on Falcon; Chewie sees it and roars.  Han evades by a cat’s whisker; beyond the large asteroid a second burst of flame is seen as the other fighter collides.

THREEPIO

I do think Artoo will miss me, don’t you?

DISSOLVE TO

119  EXT BOG PLANET – DAY

Luke, with Artoo giving unintelligible advice, is setting up a light but very strong collapsible hoist on the mudbank where by the spacer; it is complete with cable, a small motor and powerpack.  Minch hovers about, watching.  Luke is quite himself again physically, but very bitter and downcast with disappointment.

LUKE

Found this in the ship.  I guess it’s standard emergency equipment for spacers of this class.

MINCH

In a hurry to leave, Skywalker?

LUKE

(bitterly)

As soon as I can.

MINCH

Haven’t I fed you, brought you back to health?

LUKE

You have, and I thank you.  But there’s nothing for me here.  Ben was the last of the Jedi knights.  There’s no one left to teach.

MINCH

Suppose I told you that I taught Obi-Wan Kenobi?

LUKE

I’d say that you were lonesome and wanted trying to con me so you can have someone to talk to.  Don’t you have any people?  All right, Artoo.  Start the motor.

He has made the grapple fast on the nose of the spacer.  Artoo starts the motor.  The winch drum turns, taking up the slack.

MINCH

We’re a solitary folk.  Probably why we haven’t killed each other off.  Not coming, is she?

She isn’t.  She’s stuck, hard and fast.

LUKE

You really did a good job, Artoo.  We may be here for the rest of our lives.  Try again.  Gently…don’t snap the cable!

CONTINUED

119  (cont.)

The spacer remains firmly stuck.

MINCH

Why don’t you use the Force to help you?

LUKE

The Force!  I’ll never learn to use it now.

MINCH

Won’t hurt you to try.  Open your mind to it, boy…

LUKE

(startled)

You sounded almost like old Ben.  All right, I’ll try.  But it won’t work.

He faces the spacer and concentrates.  Minch has dropped behind him.

120  MINCH

He watches Luke, his strange face both cunning and abstracted.  His eyes glow.  He seems to grow in stature.

121  THE SPACER

Reluctantly, it sucks free of the mud, rises, and slides onto the bank, the winch chugging merrily.  Luke walks over and stares at it while Artoo whistles triumphantly and kills the motor.

LUKE

It did work!  It did!

Minch, having regained his normal appearance, hops up and peers at the spacer.

MINCH

Told you it was worth trying.  Trouble with you, Skywalker, you’re too impatient and too easily discouraged.  Both diseases of faith.  From the looks of that hull, you’re you’ll going to be around here for a while yet.

LUKE

Mm.  Okay, Artoo.  Let’s see how much damage we’ve got.

They converge on the spacer while Minch watches, grinning.

DISSOLVE TO

122  IN SPACE – THE ASTEROID SWARM

Moving through space, lighted by the distant sun as they turn.  Everything seems peaceful…except for the cruiser hovering above.

123  PLANETOID

One of the larger masses.  What appears to be a shadow on its surface becomes a cave as we move in closer.

124  INT PLANETOID CAVE – IN SPACE

The Millennium Falcon nestles comfortably in the wide, flat cave, gun-ports closed so that no light escapes.  It is invisible, as is the cave, except at very close range.

125  INT FALCON

Lights are on Cabin lighting is at a minimum.  Falcon is like a sub hiding on the bottom, powered down.  Only the life-support system is functioning, and a small worklight in the cockpit where Chewie is working on some of the electronic gear.  Threepio is with him, but is looking into the cabin.  Typical old gossip, he nudges Chewie in the ribs with his elbow and points.  Chewie turns to look.  In the cabin, Han and Leia are in a close embrace.

126  HAN AND LEIA

He holds her tight, kissing her.  She is reciprocates.  Then, as if coming to her senses, she pulls back and half raises her hand.

HAN

You’re not going to do that again, Princess!

(she turns from him)

(he studies her)

Are you in love with Luke?

LEIA

I’m not in love with anybody, and I don’t want to be!  You’re forgetting something.  Since we don’t know where the other secret rendezvous points are, we have to think of somewhere we can go…

HAN

We’re not going anywhere as long as that cruiser’s up there.  In the meantime…

127  THE CRUISER – IN SPACE

The bays open, the fighters drop and flash in toward the asteroid swarm.

128  INT FALCON

Han has moved in on Leia again.

HAN

We’re two people, alone in the immensity of space…

(stops, shakes his head)

No, no, hold it.  That’s too much even for me.

Leia suddenly doubles up with laughter.

LEIA

It’s a great line, Han, and well-polished with use.

HAN

No.  Matter of fact, you’re the only woman who’s ever flown in Falcon.  Trouble is, I can’t make seem to make anything sound convincing.  Leia…

129  THE ASTEROID SWARM

The fighters dart and wheel among the asteroids; more cautiously this time since they’re not pursuing.  Methodically they fire and drop bombs shining pellets that explode with considerable violence against the larger asteroids…silently, of course.

130  INT FALCON

There is no outside atmosphere to carry sound, but the Falcon shudders and the air inside picks up a dull booming.  Things rattle and quake.

HAN

They’re still just quartering, trying to shake us out.

(he and Leia sit down)

Mind if I hold your hand?

LEIA

Why?  Are you frightened?

CONTINUED

130  (cont.)

HAN

You bet I am.  Aren’t you?

They sit together, holding hands, while the booming and shaking go on.  Chewie gives a disgusted grunt and returns to his work.  Threepio sighs audibly.

131  THE ASTEROID SWARM

The fighters move on in their charted path, pounding away.

DISSOLVE TO

132  EXT BOG PLANET – DAY

Artoo The spacer is partly suspended by the hoist.  Artoo works away at repairing the hull.  From time to time he looks around at Luke and Minch, and beeps softly but sarcastically.

Luke is practicing with the light-saber.  Minch capers nearby in an about, jeering at him.

MINCH

Skywalker!  Farmboy!  That’s not an axe to chop your wood with.

LUKE

There was precious little wood on Tattooine to chop.

MINCH

Nor it’s not a sickle, either, to reap your grain.  Lightness, Skywalker!  Grace.  Speed.  Skill.  That was how the Jedi knights used the saber.  not like a

Artoo practically snorts.  He moves farther in under the hull.

LUKE

I suppose you had a lot of chance to watch them.

MINCH

Yes, I did.  I did indeed.

LUKE

You know, Minch, I’m going to be so glad…

Whatever he was going to say is cut short by a sudden burst of shrill whistling from Artoo.  The note of urgency spins Luke around.  The hull has shifted and Artoo is in trouble, pinned beneath.  Luke deactivates the saber and puts it down on a [Missing]

132  (cont.)

Minch goes to the stump, looks at the saber with strange pride and affection.  He puts out a tentative hand.

Luke starts the hoist motor and lifts the spacer a bit higher.  He manages to tilt the hull a bit enough to free Artoo, who comes waddling out from under doing the ‘droid equivalent of breathing hard.

LUKE

You all right?

Artoo lets go a string of sounds that might mean, “I think so.  Checking circuitry now.”

LUKE

Well, be more careful, will you?

He turns and sees Minch.  Minch has the saber now, activated, and is flourishing it.  Luke yells.

LUKE

Hey!  Put that down!

He runs back to Minch to take the saber away from him, but Minch holds him off with it, and Luke is afraid of being killed.

MINCH

You want to watch the swordplay of the Jedi knights?  Very well, young Skywalker.  Stand and I’ll show you.

He moves quickly away from Luke.  In a voice quite unlike his usual one, a voice of dignity and power, he calls out.

MINCH

In the name of the Force By the Force I call you!

Luke gasps.  Suddenly Ben is there…Obi-Wan Kenobi, with a saber in his hand.  He is there, but not quite; the swamp woods are partially visible through him.

LUKE

Ben!  Is it really…

BEN

It is.  Stand clear, Luke, and watch.

He brings the saber to the formal salute.  So does Minch.  They begin a fencing match which develops into a thing of breathtaking skill and beauty…and Minch is clearly the superior.  His skill with the light-blade is dazzling.  Luke watches, still not quite believing.  At last Ben breaks off,

CONTINUED

132 (cont.)

brings his saber again to the salute and deactivates it.  He bows to Minch.

BEN

The victor, as always.

Minch smiles, salutes, and deactivates his saber.

BEN

(to Luke)

Minch was my teacher.  He was a Jedi knight, one of the best of them.  We came from many worlds, each with our special talents.

LUKE

And you did this because otherwise I’d never have believed him.

(ashamed)

I’m sorry.  Ben, there are so many things I want to ask you questions

BEN

When you’re able to call me here yourself, I’ll come and talk to you.  But I must warn you of one thing, Luke.  Darth Vader believes you dead.  But as you learn to control use the Force and use it, he’ll find you again.  And he’ll do his best to destroy you.

LUKE

But…why?  I’m nobody.

BEN

He senses in you the same potential I did…though from the other side.

LUKE

I don’t understand.

BEN

Be careful, Luke.

LUKE

Ben!

But Ben has gone.  Minch comes up to him and salutes with the hilt of the deactivated saber, then holds it out to Luke.

MINCH

Your saber, young Jedi.

(he produces his own from a hiding place nearby and activates it)

Now shall we get to work?

133  IN THE ASTEROID SWARM

The fighters are pursuing their methodical shake-down bombing and strafing.

134  INT FALCON

Again the shaking, rattling, and muffled booming.

LEIA

One accidental hit and we’re done.  I don’t know how much more of this I can take….

HAN

They’ll get tired of it; figure we’re dead, or somehow managed to slip away.  As soon as they quit, we’ll go.

LEIA

Yes, but where?

HAN

I’ll think of someplace.  Don’t worry.

Over in the far corner of the cabin, a game forgotten between them, Chewie and Threepio sweat through the attack and watch Han and Leia.  Han takes her in his arms.

LEIA HAN

Leia…

LEIA

You’re trying to make me say what I don’t want to say.  Han, if we live through this, there’ll still be your mission, and mine.  We may never see each other again.

HAN

Will not saying that you love me make that any easier?

LEIA

(after a moment)

I guess not.

HAN

Then why waste what little time we have?  You do, don’t you?

Leia sighs…what’s the use of denying it?  It shows, unmistakably.  She kisses him.  The kiss is interrupted by a large hairy paw shaking Han.

CONTINUED

134 (cont.)

HAN

What is it, Chewie?

Chewie growls and rumbles, gesticulating.

HAN

All right.  All right.  You’re bored with this, you don’t want to hang around while I…

(to Leia)

Wookie is sometimes difficult to translate.

(to Chewie)

I will think, Chewie.  I will think very hard, of a place we can go to be safe from the Empire.  And any time we haven’t had a raid for two days, we’ll get going.  Okay?

Chewie nods and goes grumbling back to Threepio.  Leia laughs.

LEIA

He makes a great chaperone.

HAN

Oh, forget him.

(listens)

I think they’ve gone on.

They kiss again.  Over in the corner Chewie and Threepio watch.

THREEPIO

I’ve never been able to understand the pleasure human beings get from placing their mouths together.

LEIA

O, Han…

She begins to weep, hugging him closer, burying her face against him.

THREEPIO

They And they seem to get so much an equal amount of sorrow from it as well.  {very confusing}  Sometimes I’m thankful that I’m not a human, or… being or an

(looks at Chewie, who is daring him to say it)

Well, that I am what I am.  Your move, I believe?

DISSOLVE TO

135  EXT MINCH’S HOUSE – THE BOG PLANET – DAY

The house, scaled to Minch’s size, sits on a hummock on the swamp.  It’s a small gem, beautifully constructed of reeds rather in the fashion of the Marsh Arabs.

136  INT MINCH’S HOUSE – DAY

It is spotlessly clean.  The floor is covered with reed mats.  Various exotic items hang on the walls, mementos of Minch’s years as a Jedi.  Luke sits on the floor…even so, the roof is close over his head…listening to Minch, who crouches on a small bed.

MINCH

For the novice, the body must be comfortable, neither hungry not overfed, neither hot nor cold.  You must not be sleepy or tired, and your mind must be clear.

(Luke nods; Minch assumes a posture of intense concentration)

Very well.  Close Shut your eyes if you like.  Let your mind go free.  I’ll help you as much as I can. Reach out with it.  Reach for the Force…the Force that runs between the stars, between the galaxies.  The Force that lights the suns, and sparks the life in all of us…tree and fish, bird and animal, man and creatures such as I surrounds all living things.  Reach for it, Luke.  Reach…

LUKE

(whispers)

I’m trying.

CUT TO

137  EXT DARTH VADER’S CASTLE

A grim castle of black iron that squats on a rock in the midst of a crimson sea.

138  INT DARTH VADER’S CASTLE

In a tower room, grim and darkling, lighted by the red glow outside.  Vader is at home, at ease.  He has companions; several small gargoyles that perch or caper on the massive furniture.  He is feeding them tid-bits from a golden bowl, enjoying their ugliness and their greed.  Abruptly he stiffens.  He sweeps the gargoyles aside and stands up, his fists on the table.  The gargoyles skitter away, fightened (sic).

139  INT MINCH’S HOUSE – DAY

Minch and Luke.  Luke’s face glistens with sweat.  Minch is staring at him in amazement.

LUKE

I think…  I think…

140  INT DARTH VADER’S CASTLE

Darth Vader, feeling the disturbance in the Force, knowing it can only derive from one source, hurls his own dark power against Luke.

141  INT MINCH’S HOUSE – DAY

Luke, in semi-trance, shows signs of distress.

LUKE

Dark.  Dark.

Minch is instantly alert.

MINCH

Come back, Luke.

But Luke straightens and something unfamiliar comes into his face.  When he speaks his voice is harsh and deep, and he is not speaking to Minch but to someone far away.

LUKE

No!  Fight.  Dark…with dark!

Minch, frightened, bends all his efforts to bring Luke

142  INT DARTH VADER’S CASTLE

The gargoyles cower.  Darth Vader recoils as if from a blow.  And then he laughs, AS IF HE HAS DISCOVERED something that bodes no good for Luke.

143  INT MINCH’S HOUSE – DAY

Minch, frightened, bends every effort to call Luke back.

MINCH

Luke!

Luke’s eyes open and he looks dazedly around at Minch.

LUKE

Darth Vader knows Touched me struck at me.  And I felt…power.  I struck back.

MINCH

The dark side of the Force.  You must never use it, Luke.

143  (cont.)

LUKE

Why not?

MINCH

It’ll destroy you, as it destroyed Darth Vader.  Luke, you’re in greater danger than I realized.  Even untrained, you’re far more powerful than I, more far more powerful than Obi-Wan.  I was trying to show you the way, and you outran me.  You don’t just touch the Force, you rend it.  You tear it.  No wonder Darth Vader knew.

LUKE

(taking this in)

But why should that be dangerous?  I mean, to be strong?

MINCH

The more strength, the greater the temptation.  Skywalker, if your ship could fly, I’d order you off my world right now.  You’re too great a burden.

144  INT DARTH VADER’S CASTLE

Darth Vader has sat down, lost in thought, and the small gargoyles are taking courage, coming back to him.  Abruptly a communications device shrills a summons.  He rises and goes to it, flips a switch.  The screen comes to life.  The man revealed is draped and hooded in cloth-of-gold, so that we cannot see his face, but the figure is instinct (sic) with power and Darth Vadar (sic) bows before it.

DARTH VADER

Your Imperial Majesty Highness.

The voice that speaks is silken and deadly as a strangler’s cord.

EMPEROR

You are aware of the disturbance in the Force?

DARTH VADER

I am.

EMPEROR

Then you know that Skywalker is not dead.  And he is more dangerous than [unreadable] I had realized.  Remove him this time, Lord Vader…  Or I shall remove you.

Darth Vader bows.  The screen goes blank.  Vader turns away.  From his posture and the rhythm of his breathing, he is in a rage because he is afraid of the Emperor.

CONTINUED

144 (cont.)

angry because of his fear of the emperor.  He knocks the golden bowl off the table with a mighty clang, and once more the gargoyles cower.

DISSOLVE TO

145  INT FALCON THE ASTEROID SWARM

It looks peaceful and deserted.

146  INT FALCON

Han is pacing up and down the cabin, deep in thought, while the others watch.

HAN

Trouble is, the places I know are just not suitable for leaving Princesses in.  If nothing else, they’re full of people characters who’d sell you to the Empire for the price of a drink.  Need a place that’s safe for you, somebody dependable to…

(scowls)

Hey, Maybe I’ve got it.  Chewie, you remember Lando Kadar?

(Chewie does)

We used to be friends years ago.  I think his family were refugees from the Clone Wars.  Anyway, he was kicking around and we flew some…well, trips together.

LEIA

You mean he was a smuggler?

HAN

But an honest one.  And the last time I saw him, he’d gone respectable on a world gone called Hoth.  Chewie and I visited him dropped in on him once.  Lando’s all right.  Lando’s the man.

LEIA

How does he stand on the Empire?

HAN

Never had any more politics than a frog.

 

Han goes to the cockpit and consults the computer.

HAN

Hoth.  Hoth.  What are Need the coordinates for Hoth.

He waits for the readout, then begins to set it up on the console.  Chewie and Leia join him.

145 (cont.)

LEIA

Are we going now?

HAN

I said, when we had two clear days with nobody shooting at us.

(Chewie says something)

I know they may be sitting out there standing off, waiting for us to do just this.  But we can’t sit here forever, wondering.

He begins to flip switches.  Chewie slips into the copilot’s seat.  Leia goes back to the cabin, looking apprehensive.  Threepio somehow manages to display extreme nervousness.  The Falcon throbs to life.

HAN

Okay.  Here we go!

146  EXT THE FALCON

As it lifts and moves out of the asteroid cave.

147  THE FALCON

Threading its way as swiftly as possible through the swarm.

148  THE ASTEROID SWARM AND ADJACENT SPACE

Falcon comes clear of the swarm and speeds away. Immediately, Imperial fighters which have been stooging (sic) around the swarm hoping for something to come out of it, begin to converge.

149  SHOTS OF FIGHTERS

Still at a distance, but having sighted their quarry, closing in.  The cruiser hovers at a in b.g.

150  INT FALCON – IN SPACE

Han and Chewie pouring on the coal.

HAN

Yep…there they are.  Figured if they stopped making a noise we’d poke our heads out.

(makes an insolent gesture at the enemy)

Sorry, friends, but this time we really are in a hurry.  Chewie…!

151  IN SPACE

The asteroid swarm is has already far been left behind.  As the fighters dive in on Falcon, there is a ripple and flicker in the fabric of space, and Falcon vanishes.

DISSOLVE TO

152  EXT BOG WORLD – NIGHT

In the ghostly, glimmering night we see the spacer, repaired and positioned for take-off, ready to go.

153  EXT MINCH’S HOUSE – NIGHT

Pale light spilling from the doorway shows Artoo standing vigil.

154  INT MINCH’S HOUSE – NIGHT

By the light of a dim lamp, Luke and Minch face each other as before; Luke seems indefinably older, more sober, intent.  Minch is restless, not entirely happy.

MINCH

It would have been easier to teach you if you’d started younger, like Obi-Wan.  You’re going too far, too fast.

LUKE

But I’m beginning to understand, Minch.  Beginning to get control.

A plaited basket holds strange fruit.  Luke holds out his hand and one of the things levitates into it.

MINCH

Before you can truly control the Force, you have to be able to control yourself.  And that you haven’t learned yet.  I know you think you have, but…

LUKE

You think I won’t be able to hold out against Darth Vader.

(he wills the fruit back into the basket making it do [unreadable] on the way; Minch watches sourly)

Yet you tell me I’m stronger than Obi-Wan…and he held out.

154  (cont.)

MINCH

Obi-Wan had already won his battle.

LUKE

With the dark side of the Force.  You’ve never told me exactly what that is, Minch.

MINCH

It’s the dark side of you.

(a pause while Luke grapples with this)

It’s The dark side in all of us.  That’s what makes the temptation so great.  It’s not an external thing.  The Force is power.  It’s up to the individual how he uses it that power.  Most of the Jedi knights were honorable men, faithful to their vows.  But sometimes…

LUKE

What happened to the bad ones?

MINCH

There were none during my long service, until Darth Vader.  I think they’d the knights had forgotten and grown careless.

LUKE

How soon will I be able to call Ben from…wherever he is?

MINCH

You’ve still got a few lessons yet to go ahead of you.

Resignedly, Luke settles into his student posture.

155  EXT MINCH’S HOUSE – NIGHT

Artoo makes a small, sad, lonely beeping.

DISSOLVE TO

156  INT FALCON – IN HYPERSPACE

In the cabin, Han and Leia have their heads together, talking quietly as lovers do.  In the cockpit, Chewbacca is grumpily minding the store, with Threepio, who is not above peeping.

THREEPIO

They do make a handsome couple.

Chewie growls, rather nastily, Threepio looks at him.

156 (cont.)

THREEPIO

Chewbacca!  Are you jealous?

(he growls again)

Afraid the Princess may lure your friend into domesticity and away from your rather…how shall I say it? …raffish adventurings?

Chewbacca rises, slowly and awesomely, turning toward Threepio, who retreats hastily into the other seat.

THREEPIO

I’m sorry, Chewbacca.  Truly I am.  I didn’t mean…

Chewbacca sounds as if he might be saying, “Well, keep your smart mouth shut, then.”  But he sits down again.  Threepio quivers.  Han and Leia have noticed none of this.

DISSOLVE TO

156  IN SPACE – THE FALCON

SHOT of the Falcon, back in normal space and sweeping in toward a planet shrouded in clouds.  The primary burns in b.g.

157  INT FALCON – IN SPACE

Han is showing Leia the planet through the forward port.

HAN

That’s Hoth.  I think the name means “Cloud”, and that’s sensible appropriate.  Never see the sun, but otherwise it’s a pretty world.  Very old native cultures, ruined cities everywhere.

DISSOLVE TO

158  IN CLOUDS – THE FALCON

The Falcon whipping down descending through layers of curling, whipping clouds.

159  EXT INT FALCON – HOTH – DAY

The Falcon, moving slowly now, drops below the cloud layer.  Ahead, through the port, there is an expanse of green landscape with a ruined city, alien and picturesque.

HAN

CONTINUED

159  (cont.)

HAN

Lando fixed up one of the old buildings here and built a big trader’s compound.  The natives Gets along fine with the natives because he treats them right

LEIA

I don’t see any compound.

Chewie rumbles agreement, and Han is now staring at the city.

HAN

Neither do I.  Set her down, Chewie.  Let’s have a look.

160  EXT RUINED CITY – HOTH – DAY

The Falcon lands at the edge of the city.  Han, Leia, and Chewbacca emerge from the craft;  Threepio remains in the hatch.  They look around.  Everything is silent and deserted, including what has obviously been a not too long ago abandoned dwelling and a compound.

LEIA

How long as (sic) it been since you were here?

HAN

Oh, it’s only been…  Well, a while.

They start forward toward the city.  Threepio, looking upward, gives a sudden shrill cry of warning.

THREEPIO

Look up there!

161  EXT RUINED CITY – DAY

Out of the clouds a strange group materializes; tall noble-looking warriors who carry a pneumatic dart weapon.  They are ride white-skinned and white-haired.  They ride through the sky on creatures that resemble pale giant manta-rays.  They swoop toward the Falcon, weapons leveled.  Han has his small blaster holstered at his hip.  Chewbacca carries his big one.

HAN

Chewie!  Give ‘em a warning blast…don’t hit anybody.

(grabs Leia)

Back in the ship.

Han and Leia run up the steps.  The warriors sheer off from Chewie’s blast, fired straight up.  Chewie follows into the ship.  The landing stair folds upward, the hatch slams.  The leader of

161  (cont.)

he takes a communications device from his belt and speaks into it.  the warriors (sic) motions his people back; the manta-rays circle.  The warriors watch the Falcon take off into the clouds.  Then they too disappear back into the clouds.

162  INT FALCON – HOTH – DAY

The Falcon flying through the clouds rises swiftly into the cloud layer.

LEIA

Well, I guess that settles what the question of what happened to your friend.  The natives aren’t exactly friendly.

HAN

(shakes his head)

No.  They’re a peaceable people, and Lando got on fine with ‘em.  The old chief practically adopted him.  I don’t get it.

LEIA

What do we do now?

HAN

Give me a minute to think!

163  EXT THE CLOUD LAYER – HOTH – DAY

Falcon emerges from a vast bank of cloud into a clear space among other towering clouds…and is surrounded by scout craft.

164  INT FALCON – DAY

The occupants see the scout craft as the radio comes to life.

VOICE ON RADIO

Hold your fire!  We’re friends.  Are you the Milennium (sic) Falcon, Han Solo, captain?

HAN

That’s right.

VOICE ON RADIO

Follow us, please.  We’ll escort you to your landing area.

Han and Chewie look at each other.  The scout craft are fast and well-armed.  They shrug.

HAN

Thank you.  We’ll follow.

165  THE CLOUD LAYER – HOTH – DAY

The scout craft and the Falcon disappear into the clouds.

DISSOLVE TO

166  THE CLOUD LAYER – HOTH – DAY

Something is moving, slowly, majestically, a huge mass through the clouds.  It is huge, and as it shows is seen more clearly through thinning vapour, it shows windows, lights, symmetry, a soaring beauty.

167  INT FALCON – THE CLOUDS – HOTH – DAY

The occupants watch amazed as the apparition swings toward them.

LEIA

Look at that!

HAN

An orbital city.  That wasn’t here before.

VOICE FROM RADIO

You will pick up your landing beam in five seconds.  Mark.  Five, four, three, two, one.

(a flat whining SOUND clicks in and holds)

Follow it in.

HAN

(making flipping some switches)

Locked on.

Chewie growls uneasily.

168  EXT ORBITAL CITY – HOTH – DAY

The scout craft stand off and watch as Falcon approaches the city.

169  EXT ORBITAL CITY – DAY

The grand concourse, with a landing area and above it a wide terrace reached by a flight of steps.  A number of people stand on the terrace watching as the Falcon lands.  They include A number of them are natives, tall folk in long robes.  Others swoop overhead on their flying mounts.

170  INT FSLCON – DAY

Han and Chewie are switching off the engines.  Leia and Threepio look anxiously out the port.

HAN

Looks like quite a reception.

LEIA

Well, We might as well go face it.

Chewie goes to open the hatch.  Han catches Leia by the arm.

HAN

Remember, you never heard of the Princess Leia Organa.  You’re Ethania…uh…uh, what did I say your last name was?

LEIA

Ardith.

HAN

No.  It was Erith.

THREEPIO

Excuse me, sir.  It was Eredith.

HAN

I don’t care what it is was, but let’s make up our minds!

LEIA

If

172  EXT CONCOURSE – ORBITAL CITY – DAY

Han and Leia, Chewbacca and Threepio disembark and walk toward the steps.  Han pauses at the bottom, looking up, and  a man steps forward on the balcony, flings out his arms, and comes running down.

LANDO KADAR

Han!

(embraces him)

And Chewbacca.

He gives the Wookie a hearty slap on the shoulder, and turns to look at Leia.  Lando Kadar is no particular age, though he looks younger than he is.  He is richly dressed in impeccable taste, and incredibly handsome; so handsome that, like Rudolph Valentino, he seems not quite real.  Yet when Han introduces Leia, his smile is warm and his welcome seems genuine.

HAN

Ethania Eredith, a young lady from I found her stranded I met in my travels on a very unpleasant world…her father was in my line of work and came

172  (cont.)

HAN

Ethania, this is Lando Kadar.  Ethania Eredith.

(they exchange acknowledgements)

I found her stranded on a really unpleasant world.  Her father was in my line of work, and came to grief.  I promised to bring her back to civilization.

LANDO

If this can qualify as civilization, you are most welcome.

LEIA

Thank you.

LANDO

And this Travelling with your own ‘droid now, Han?

HAN

(laughs)

Haven’t reached those levels yet!  He’s far too valuable for the work he was doing, but his owner didn’t know it.  Picked him up cheap.  Reckon I can sell him at a good profit.

LANDO

Perhaps I can use him.

Threepio goes rigid with shock.  Lando doesn’t see this.  He and Han have started up the stairs.

HAN

You’ve certainly come up in the world, Lando.  Literally.

LEIA

(touches Threepio reassuringly)

Come on, Threepio.

She and Chewie and Threepio follow.  Leia is obviously not taken with Lando.

 

173  ON THE TERRACE

LANDO

(lightly)

Baron Kadar now, if you please. Yes, I’ve been very lucky the last few years.  Han, you remember my old friend Bahiri, chief of the White Bird clan of the Cloud People?

CONTINUED

173  (cont.)

A particularly noble-looking elder steps forward to greet Han.

HAN

Of course I do.  Hello, Bahiri.

BAHIRI

Han Solo…Chewbacca…

(bows to them and to Leia)

My people meant you no harm.  Since the compound has gone They merely wished to know why you were there.  Since the compound has gone, people sometimes come to rob the ancient cities.

HAN

No harm done.

LANDO

Well, shall we go inside?

He courteously ushers them through an imposing doorway.  Threepio toddles along behind them, looking nervously about.

THREEPIO

(as the doorway swallows him)

Oh, dear.  I wonder if Artoo will ever be able to find me.

DISSOLVE TO

174  EXT BOG WORLD – DAY

Threepio Artoo, standing disconsolately apart from Luke and Minch in the clearing by the pond, seems to be wondering the same thing.  Minch has also retired to the background.  Luke, with a new strength and authority in his voice and manner, calls out.

LUKE

Ben.  Obi-Wan.  By the Force, I call you.

For a moment nothing happens, and Luke wonders if he has failed.  Then, as before, Ben materializes in a ghostly fashion out of the mist.

BEN

And I am here.

LUKE

Ben…I’m so glad to see you!  Are you real…or are you a ghost?

BEN

CONTINUED

174  (cont.)

BEN

(laughs)

I’m as real as you are, only my ‘reality’ has changed a little.  There are no ghosts.  Those are only names we put to things we can’t understand.

LUKE

Then Darth Vader didn’t kill you.

BEN

It was my time to move on.

LUKE

To move on where?

BEN

To a different part of the universe.  It’s all one, if you know the way.  Or rather, if you understand the laws that govern the way.  Physical laws.  One day you’ll understand, Luke you willYou’ll be able to glimpse, as I have, the beautiful symmetry of the perfection of this creation we all belong to… Luke, I’ve brought someone with me.

Another half-ghostly form emerges from the mists; a tall fine-looking man who approaches Luke slowly, looking at him.

BEN
Your father.

LUKE

My father.

Even with his new-found maturity, Luke finds this an awesome, not to say shattering, moment.  They look at each other.

SKYWALKER

You’ve grown well, Luke.  I’m proud of you.

(Luke, not knowing what to say, says nothing)

Proud, and afraid for you.  You’re going into battle untried.  Did your uncle ever speak to you about Nellith? your sister?

LUKE

Nellith?  No.  Who is she?

SKYWALKER

Your sister.

 

174  (cont.)

LUKE

My sister?  I have a sister?  But why didn’t Uncle Owen….

SKYWALKER

It was my request.  When I saw the Empire closing in, I sent you both away for your own safety, far apart from each other.

LUKE

Where is she?  What’s her name?

SKYWALKER

If I were to tell you, Darth Vader could get that information from your mind and use her as a hostage.  Not yet, Luke.  When it’s time…

(he looks gravely at his son)

Luke.  Will you take, from me, the oath of a Jedi knight?

Slowly, proudly, Luke draws his light saber and activates it, bringing it to the salute.  Skywalker does the same.  Ben and Minch also raise their sabers, standing by as witnesses.

SKYWALKER

I, Luke Skywalker…

(Luke repeats after him at suitable intervals)

do swear on my honor, and on the faith of the brotherhood of knights, to use the Force only for good, denying turning always from the Dark Side; dealing in all matters with justice and compassion, to dedicate my life to the cause of freedom, and justice.  If I should fail of this vow, my life shall be forfeit, here and hereafter.

The four sabers touch, a kind of ceremonial amen.  Then Ben and Skywalker fade back into the mists.  Ben’s voice sounds softly, almost as an echo.

SKYWALKER

That is the only armor I can give you, son.  The rest is yours to do.

BEN

Good bye, Luke.

Ben and Skywalker fade back into the mists.  Luke looks after them, his face at once ennobled and fearful.

MINCH

Your test is yet to come, and Darth Vader will do the testing.  At that time, you may regret your vow that vow.

174  (cont.)

MINCH

Your real test is yet to come, and Darth Vader will do the testing.

LUKE

What’s he waiting for?

MINCH

You.  Because you were afraid, you’ve kept your mind closed to the dark side.  But sooner or later you must open it, and he’ll know.  You may wish you hadn’t taken that vow.

DISSOLVE TO

175  THE ORBITAL CITY – HOTH – DAY

The city moves majestically through the cloudy layers.

176  INT MACHINE SHOP REPAIR DOCK – THE CITY

Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and Threepio stand with Lando in the dock where men are swarming over the Falcon with tools and testing equipment.  Some of her outer panels have been removed, showing her ribs.  Chewbacca does not look happy.

LANDO

You took a little more structural damage than you realised (sic), Han.  When are you going to In fact, it’s a miracle you got here.  When are you going to settle down and get rich make an honest living?

HAN

Ask me again in twenty years!  Come on, Chewie, they’ve got the heavy equipment, let ‘em do it.

LEIA

What’s beyond there?

She’s pointing at heavy steel doors.  Lando shrugs.

LANDO

More docks.  Warehouses.  Supply and maintenance areas.  Nothing of interest.  Ever been in one of these orbital cities before?

HAN

No.

LANDO

Then I have something of interest to show you that I think will interest you.

He ushers them on, toward a lift.

LEIA

Do you trade much with the Empire, Baron Kadar?

LANDO

I trade with anyone.

The lift door closes behind them.

177  THE REACTOR SHAFT

Looking down a tremendous vertical shaft with various apertures in its sides.  Far down, the bottom of the shaft is closed by a dome of some opaque material.

LANDO

This is the shaft that goes At the bottom of this shaft is the reactor that powers the city and keeps us in orbit.

178  MAINTENANCE AND CONTROL AREA

At the top of the shaft At the center is a railing, where the humans are standing looking down, Threepio staying back.  Around the circumference of the walls are instrument panels, indicators, a communications panel, and racks of varied equipment.  This is literally the heart of the city, and the area is spacious.  Various ‘droids preside over the panels.  A roaring draft sucks down the shaft, which continues upward for some distance.  Just the edge of it blows their hair and garments and the roar makes conversation difficult.

LANDO

The shaft itself is part of the ventilating system.  The We use specialist ‘droids here because instead of humans because of the constant noise; their auditory sensors can be adjusted.

LEIA

Mine are giving way.

All, especially Chewbacca, are uncomfortable.  The Wookie growls.  Lando nods and leads them away.

LANDO

Perhaps a stroll in one of the gardens.

179  EXT GARDEN – ORBITAL CITY – DAY

The garden is a kind of balcony, open to the cloudy sky, on the outer circumference of the city.  It is filled with exotic flowers and fruit trees, which Chewbacca is enjoying with childlike pleasure; Wookies like growing things.  Leia is hugging herself, finding the air at this altitude rather chilly.

LEIA

Do you own this city, Baron?

LANDO

CONTINUED

179  (cont.)

LANDO

Hardly!  It belongs to a shipping conglomerate.  They decided that my business had outgrown the compound and required better facilities.  Hoth, you see, is…  But my dear, you’re shivering.  Shall we go in?

LEIA

No, it’s nice here.  Threepio, would you fetch me a wrap?  from the

THREEPIO

Of course, Miss Eredith.

(he goes)

He goes

LANDO

As I started to say, Hoth is very strategically situated with regard to trade routes.  I’ve been able to develop it into a center of distribution…..

180  INT ORBITAL CITY

Threepio hurries along through a maze of corridors, complaining to himself.

THREEPIO

Well, we have come down in the world, haven’t we?  From protocol ‘droid at galactic embassies to ladies’ maid, and the further prospect of being sold off to that…that what?  Why do my sensor relays positively crinkle when I get close to him?

(halts, bewildered)

Oh, dear, I’m afraid I’ve lost my way; all these corridors look alike.  What shall I do?

(draws himself up)

Now then, See Threepio…no panic.  Think.  Visualize the door to the suite.  It can’t be very far from here.  Yes, I have it.

He starts off along a corridor, looking for the doorway.  A couple of twists and turns, and he sees it…or thinks he does.

THREEPIO

Ah!  There it is!

He hurries on to the doorway, made distinctive by mouldings, etc.,

CONTINUED

180  (cont.)

and believing the suite to be unoccupied, he flings the door open.  We cannot see past him into the room beyond, but he freezes instantly.

THREEPIO

I beg your pardon.  I seem to be lost.  Please forgive the intrusion.

He turns and starts to run back the way he came.

181  EXT GARDEN – DAY

LEIA

(shivering)

I’m going to have to go in.  I can’t imagine what’s happened to Threepio.

DISSOLVE TO

182  EXT BOG WORLD – NIGHT

Luke and Artoo walk toward Minch’s house, where Minch is waiting.  Artoo crackles a steady stream of what sounds like protest.

MINCH

Doesn’t it ever shut up?

LUKE

 

Artoo turns on Minch and his terminals fairly smoke.

LUKE

Artoo!  I have to do this.  Then we’ll go.

MINCH

Don’t tell me you can really understand him it that gibberish.

LUKE

Not the words, no.  But it’s pretty obvious that he doesn’t like it here this place, that he blames you for keeping me here…

(blast from Artoo)

And I believe he thinks you’re a danger to me.

(another corroboratory beep from Artoo)

MINCH

Unfortunately, he’s right.

Minch goes inside.  Luke speaks to Artoo.

Continued

182  (cont.)

LUKE

Please, little friend.  Be patient.

Artoo waddles aside, disconsolate, beeping softly.  Luke enters Minch’s house.

183  INT MINCH’S HOUSE – NIGHT

Luke sits down.  Minch is already on the bunk, head and shoulders bowed by the importance and the danger of the occasion.

MINCH

There’s nothing more I can tell you.  No way I can help you.  This you must do yourself.

LUKE

Suppose I go on the way I am…keeping my mind closed.

MINCH

Nobody ever conquered a thing by ignoring it.  You’ll only It’s there, and part of you.  It’ll only wait until you’re off guard, and then

(Luke nods)

LUKE

All right.  I guess I’m as ready as I ever will be.

He shuts his eyes and leans back against the wall.

MINCH

Open your mind, Luke, to the dark side of the Force.

184  EXT MINCH’S HOUSE – NIGHT

The clearing in the swamp, wreathed by with the ever-present mist.  Artoo stands at one side of the house.  Abruptly, his metal housing begins to twitch with a kind of eerie brush discharge.  Beeping, he looks around, and falls silent.  A tall shape of darkness, much taller than a man and having no visible features, yet still giving an impression of Darth Vader’s shape and form, towers in the clearing, outlined in little flickering tongues of force flames darts of energy.  Phantom-like, there seems to be an echo of heavy breathing.  Presently, much smaller, a second form manifests itself.  This too is featureless but suggests Luke; it is light in color, almost white, but the flickering flames energy that outline it are much less strong is weaker than Vader’s.  Strange ghostly voices speak now.

 

Continued

184  (cont.)

DARTH VADER

You’re still afraid.

LUKE

You tried twice to kill me.

DARTH VADER

That was before I knew your strength.  Now I’d prefer to have you as an ally.

LUKE

Ally!

DARTH VADER

Look.

The swamp clearing has vanished.  They seem to stand now in interstellar space, with glory all around them, stars, nebulae, the shining spirals of distant galaxies.  The great companies of stars that march forever stride the paths of the galaxy.  Nebulae dark and bright.  There are novas and distant nebulae.  The Darth Vader figure reaches out a huge shadowy hand as if to grasp a star-field; the stars seem to run through his fingers like sand.

DARTH VADER

I can no longer go as a man among men.  What is left of my body survives only because of the life-support system that sustains it.  But my brain lives, and my will lives, and power lives.  Have you never wanted power, Luke?  Power to strike back at your enemies, to avenge wrongs, to keep those you love safe from harm?  Of course you have.  You think the  You’ve been  that the dark side of the Force is evil.  What about the Princess Leia?

LUKE

I’ve sworn an oath.

DARTH VADER

Other men’s words, other men’s shackles.  Will you be a child all your life?

LUKE

I’ve sworn an oath.

But the lightness of the smaller form seems to be darkening, the flickers of energy getting stronger.

DARTH VADER

You’re in love with Leia.  You don’t want to lose her to Han Solo…and but you will, if you lack the courage to use the strength that’s in you.  A

(cont.) CONTINUED

184  (cont.)

DARTH VADER (cont.)

strength as great as mine, Luke.  If you join with me, nothing can stand against us.

LUKE

What about the Empire?

DARTH VADER

The Empire is a passing phase.  Not even We would rule instead.  You and I.  The Emperor is a harsh master.  You would not be.  You could restore the republic peace, put a stop to the killing.  How much good you could do, Luke!  Don’t be afraid.  Reach out and Grasp the stars.  They’re yours for the taking.

Tentatively, the Luke image reaches a cloudy hand toward the starfield.  The image has gone quite dark now; the pulse of energy around it is very bright.  The cloudy fingers gather up seem to gather up stars.  There is a whisper of a laugh…which turns suddenly into a wailing cry.

LUKE

They burn.  And I’ve sworn an oath.

The cloudy hand is snatched back, the Luke image dwindles and fades, pursued by the booming laughter of Darth Vader.

DARTH VADER

Run, then, Luke!  But you’ll come back.  The dark side in you won’t let you rest.

185  INT MINCH’S HOUSE – NIGHT

Luke is hugging himself, shivering, half sobbing.

LUKE

I ran, Minch.  I ran away.  I couldn’t fight him.

(he looks at his hand with in a kind of horror)

Because I wanted.  I wanted.

Minch looks at him sombrely (sic), unsurprised.

186  EXT MINCH’S HOUSE – NIGHT

Artoo, still standing outside, surveys the deserted clearing and gives a heartfelt beep of relief.

DISSOLVE TO

187  INT CORRI SUITE LIVING ROOM – THE ORBITAL CITY – HOTH – DAY

CLOSE SHOT on a large container containing Threepio holding the remains of Threepio; all the pieces are there, but dismembered, with the head piled carefully on top, mute and reproachful.  Han, Leia, and Chewie are looking at the wreckage mournfully.  Lando explains.

LANDO

He was found jammed in the gears of a recycling chute.  He must have opened the wrong panel.

Chewie rumbles and touches the head.  Leia is close to tears.  Han puts a comforting arm around her.

HAN

I’m sorry.

LEIA

(to Lando)

But you can rebuild him.  Surely you With all the ‘droids you I’ve seen around, you must have the facilities.

LANDO

I’m sorry.  I’m afraid My workshops are already running overtime now, with orders and repairs.  Perhaps in a week or two…

LEIA

I see.  And what How about the Falcon?  How is that job coming?

LANDO

Han and Chewbacca are keeping a close eye on it.  Falcon should be spaceworthy very shortly now.  May I expect you all for lunch? Well…I must go.  See you all later.

Lando goes.  Han looks at Leia.

HAN

I see Little Ethania Eredith hasn’t forgotten how to bristle like the crack the whip like the Princess Leia.  Why all the hostility? What was all that about?

LEIA

If you trust your friend so much, why must do we have this ridiculous masquerade?

In b.g. Chewbacca is hunkered down by the container, gently handling the pieces of Threepio.

CONTINUED

187  (cont.)

HAN

I’ve already told you, it’s because I don’t know the people around him and the less temptation…

LEIA

Is he a clone?

HAN

Is he a what?

LEIA

You said his people family were refugees from the Clone Wars.  Is he a clone?

HAN

I don’t know, he never told me, I never thought about it.  What is all this anyway?

LEIA

I think your friend is lying.  I think Threepio was smashed deliberately.

LEIA HAN

Why would anybody want to do that?

LEIA

How do I know?  Perhaps he saw something he wasn’t supposed to see.  But the Baron could get him repaired if he wanted to, and don’t tell me he couldn’t.  And don’t tell me they’re not dragging their feet on the Falcon, and don’t tell me he couldn’t find me a passage out on one of his trading ships.

HAN

Just what are you trying to say?

LEIA

I’m not trying to say it, I’m saying it.  We’re being kept here, and the Baron is up to something.

HAN

Leia.  Leia, please listen to me.  I know you’re all upset, but please listen.  I’ve known Lando for years…

LEIA

You knew a young man.  But you never knew the Baron Kadar.

CONTINUED

187 (cont.)

HAN

Ah, that’s just hair-splitting.  You’re letting your imagination run away with you.

(Chewie interrupts)

What is it, Chewie?

(Chewie talks)

Hey, did you hear that?  Chewbacca thinks he might be able to put Threepio back together again.  All the pieces are here. He’s going to try.

(together he and Chewie pick up the box)

Wookies are very good with electronics.  You’ll see.  Everything will be all right.

 

Han is glad to escape. As Han and Chewie carry the box into an adjoining room, Threepio’s head watches looks back with blank mournfulness.  Leia turns away in mingled sadness and anger Angry at Han’s refusal to listen She Leia goes into her room and slams the door.

DISSOLVE TO

188  EXT BOG WORLD – DAY

By the pond.  The spacer is ready for take-off.  Artoo is inside, standing in the hatch, impatient for Luke to come aboard.  But Luke is saying goodbye to Minch.

LUKE

I ran away, Minch…not because I was afraid of Darth Vader, but because I couldn’t trust myself.  What will I do next time?

MINCH

Remember you’re a Jedi knight!

He draws his saber and activates it, bringing it to the salute.  Luke does the same activates his saber, speaking softly.

LUKE

And if I am foresworn of this oath, may my life be forfeit, here and hereafter.

He brings the saber to the salute.  He and Minch look at each other.  Then Luke deactivates the saber and climbs quickly into the spacer.  Minch, still holding his saber, watches the spacer take off and disappear into the misty sky.  He lets the saber drop.  The light dies out of it, and Minch’s face is he turns away into his misty foggy swamp.

DISSOLVE TO

189  INT CHEWBACCA’S QUARTERS – THE ORBITAL CITY – HOTH – NIGHT

On an improvised workbench, with a multitude of small tools scattered about, Chewbacca has Threepio’s head remounted on a partial assembly of Threepio’s upperworks, just the head and shoulders.  He is working carefully to complete a connection.  There is a rap on the door.

HAN’S VOICE (o.s.)

Chewie!

Chewie growls and ignores the summons.  The door opens.

HAN

Everybody’s waiting.  Time to go to dinner.

Chewie growls and indicates his work.

HAN

That’s great, Chewie, but you can finish him it after dinner.  Come on.

Reluctantly, Chewie drops his tools and follows Han, grumbling.

190  INT SUITE LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

Lando and Leia are waiting; all are dressed for dinner, and Chewie pauses by a pier-glass to slick down his hair.

HAN

Chewie says he can have Threepio talking with a couple more connections.

LANDO

Splendid.  I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help to you.

He seems perfectly unruffled and at ease as he stands back for Leia at the door into the corridor.

LANDO

Miss Eredith.  I suppose Han has told you that the Falcon is repaired ready to fly…

191  INT CORRIDOR – THE ORBITAL CITY – NIGHT

They all come into the corridor, and they walk along it the corridorThe doorway into the suite is identical with the one 3PO opened by mistake.

LEIA

Yes.

CONTINUED

191  (cont.)

LANDO

And I have a ship going into the general sector And in a few days I’ll be able to find you passage out to the sector where you wished to go.

HAN

You see?  I told you everything would work out.

Leia can’t very well dispute this, yet she seems unconvinced.  As they walk along the corridor, she watches Lando.  He smiles.

LANDO

You’re wondering, Miss Eredith.  You’re too polite to ask, but still you wonder.  So I’ll tell you.  Yes.  I am I’m a clone.  Of the Ashardi family.  My great-grandfather wanted many sons and he produced them from the cells of his own body.  His sister, a remarkable woman, produced many daughters by the same means.  Thus we keep the blood pure.  But since the wars, there are not many of us left, and we try not to attract attention.

(a sadness comes into his voice, a remembering)

It did not didn’t seem strange to us to see our own faces endlessly repeated in the streets of our cities.  It gave us a sense of oneness, of belonging.  I Now, when every face is that of a stranger new and unknown different…I feel truly alone.

They are approaching a large and imposing doorway, which is closed.

LEIA

I’m sorry, Baron Kadar.  I didn’t mean to…

He brushes her protestations aside with a light hand.

LANDO

No matter.  Oh…I should tell you that we have a guest this evening.  I believe you all know him.

Lando throws open the door with a flourish.

192  INT DINING SALON – NIGHT

As Leia, Han, and Chewbacca, ushered in by Lando, stop to stare in shock at the dinner guest, rising in black enormous menace from the seat at the head of the table.

LANDO

The Princess Leia Organa…Lord Darth Vader.

DARTH VADER

(bowing)

Princess.

Han, stammering with fury, turns on Lando.

HAN

You…you…you sold us out!

He is about to go for Lando’s throat, but Chewie grabs and holds him by main force, growling.  He indicates a couple of Imperial troopers standing unobtrusively, but armed and ready.

HAN

I guess you’re right.

DISSOLVE TO

193  INT DINING SALON – NIGHT

Everyone is at table, Darth Vader presiding at the head; he is neither eating nor drinking.  Lando eats with a good appetite.  The others Chewbacca sits quiet, not touching anything.  Han and Leia have lost their appetites but both…and especially Han…are drinking wine.  Looking at Lando and contemplating murder.

LANDO

You see, Han, I had no choice.  I knew who the Princess was the moment you landed, I knew that the Empire wanted you both…and the Empire is important to me.  I suppose that I really owe my comfortable existence here to the Empire, though I’m not a part of it, and I continue to trade with both sides.  So I really had no choice.

HAN

I hope you were well paid.  You know what’s going to happen to us.

CONTINUED

193  (cont.)

LANDO

Lord Vader assured me that nothing would happen to any of you.

LEIA

Ha!  I’ve enjoyed Lord Vader’s hospitality before.  What’s the matter, Lord Vader?  Have you gone so far beyond humanity that you no longer need to eat, or drink?

DARTH VADER

I have had to forego those simple pleasures, like an along with many others; but there are compensations I survive.  And you’re forgetting something, Princess.  When we entertained you aboard the Death Star, you had information that we needed.  Now you have nothing.

LEIA

Then…I don’t understand.

DARTH VADER

Luke Skywalker.

HAN

Luke!

LEIA

What about him? But I don’t know where he is…or even if he’s still alive.

DARTH VADER

He’s alive.  And he’ll find you, because he loves you.

HAN

That’s ridiculous.  He could search for….

DARTH VADER

He’ll find her.  And until then, we wait.  I would advise you against any rash moves.  I’ve set a guard on the Falcon so there’s no escape that way.  I shan’t lock your doors unless you make it necessary.

LEIA

It’s impossible.  Luke hasn’t the faintest idea where we are.  You must be out of your mind.

DARTH VADER

Then there’s no need to worry, is there?

193  (cont.)

LEIA

Anytime the Empire is around, I worry.

She rises and strides out, not excusing herself or looking back.

HAN

Guess I’ll go, too.  The air’s bad in here.  Coming, Chewie Chewbacca?

Chewie growls.  They go out.  Darth Vader looks after them.  Lando glances at him uneasily, then goes on with his meal.  But he too seems to have lost his appetite.

DISSOLVE TO

194  INT CHEWIE’S QUARTERS – NIGHT

On Threepio’s head; remounted on his shoulders, is propped up on Chewie’s workbench.  Chewie, Han, and Leia stand round listening.

THREEPIO

That’s what I saw, when I opened the wrong door.  Imperial troopers.  I tried to get away to warn you…oh, dear, what a headache!  …but they caught me and…well, you see what they didI can’t bear to think of it.

LEIA

That’s why Lando wouldn’t have him repaired.  So he couldn’t talk.

HAN

I don’t know what to say, Leia.  Except that I should have listened to you.

She puts her hand out to him, he takes her in his arms.

LEIA

That doesn’t matter now.  Darth Vader’s setting up some kind of a trap for Luke, with me as the bait.

HAN

But that’s foolish. He couldn’t Luke can’t possibly find you.  Vader couldn’t possibly have found you if Lando hadn’t….

LEIA

Darth Vader’s a lot of things, but he’s no fool.  I’m worried frightened, Han.

 

They go out, Han’s arm comfortingly around her.

194  (cont.)

HAN

But I don’t see how Luke can find us.

LEIA

It doesn’t matter if whether we can see.  If Darth Vader says he can do it, he can do it.

Arguing, they go out of Chewie’s quarters.

195  INT SUITE – NIGHT

HAN

Luke’s just a kid!  Why would he… Vader want –

LEIA

Luke dropped the bomb down the slot that blew up the Death World.  Maybe that’s it, just revenge, or maybe it’s something more, something we don’t know about.   But I’m frightened, Han.

Han puts his arms around her, draws her to him.

196  INT CHEWBACCA’S QUARTERS – NIGHT

Threepio speaks to Chewbacca, who’s working with more wiring in Threepio’s torso.

THREEPIO

My friend.  My.  friend, you will help me? Put me back together again?

Chewie pats Threepio awkwardly on his metal head, and growls softly.

DISSOLVE TO

197  IN SPACE

Luke’s spacer speeding through a star-shot void.

198  INT SPACER

Artoo flies the ship while Luke exercises his mind powers, sitting remote and still in his chair.  Artoo watches him.  From time to time, Artoo beeps interrogatively questioningly.

LUKE

Wait Patience, little friend, It’s a long search.

Artoo waits, not patiently.  Eventually, Luke smiles.

198  (cont.)

LUKE

I know where she is now.  A world called Hoth. But there’s something else, a dark shadow…  Darth Vader.  Darth Vader He’s there too.  And he knows that that because of Leia I have to come to him.

Artoo starts twittering furiously,  Luke silences him.

LUKE

I wondered what would happen next time we met.  Might as well go and find out.  Prepare for jump. Set the coordinates for Hoth.

He begins to set up coordinates on the computer while Artoo makes doleful noises. Luke begins to push switches preparatory to jump, while Artoo consults the computer, making doleful noises.

DISSOLVE TO

199  INT CORRIDOR – THE ORBITAL CITY – DAY

On Lando Kadar walks toward the doorway which Threepio mistook for the one to Leia’s suite.  It is partly ajar and a rumble of men’s voices comes from inside.  Lando hesitates, then gives a perfunctory knock and enters.

200  INT DARTH VADER’S COMMAND HQ – DAY

A number of Imperial troopers stand guard.  Lando is inspected briefly…which does not please him…and he is then waved on to where Darth Vader discusses plans with two or three officers, bending over a table whereon is are spread schematic diagrams of the orbital city.  Lando waits a reasonable interval, then speaks.

LANDO

I believe you wished to see me, Lord Vader.

Darth Vader turns toward him, brusque and impatient.

DARTH VADER

I am sealing off the city.  Access will be through the main portal only.  Instruct your patrols to keep a five-mile radius clear of all this native clutter…

LANDO

These are my people.  They come and go as they will.

CONTINUED

200 (cont.)

DARTH VADER

Inform your ‘people’ that any who approach the city on any other path without my authorization will be summarily shot.

(as Lando reacts angrily)

You have your orders, Baron.

Lando looks back angrily at Darth Vader and the cold arrogant faces of the officers; he has not missed the hint of threat in the title Vader has flicked him with…the Empire giveth, and the Empire taketh away.  His own face becomes impassive.  He turns on his heel and stalks out.  The others return to their diagrams.

201  IN SPACE

There is a blink and a quiver in the fabric of space, and Luke’s spacer drops out of jump.

202  INT SPACER

Luke looks out of the port at the tiny distant ball of Hoth, glittering brightly.  He is frowning, concentrating hard.  He checks various instruments and scanners.

LUKE

If Imperial ships are waiting for us, they’re waiting very quietly.  We’ll head for the planet’s shadow, come in on the night side.

203  IN SPACE – HOTH

The cloudy planet casts a cone-shaped shadow, thrown by its sun.  The bright speck of Luke’s spacer vanishes into the it.

204  INT SPACER – IN PLANETARY SHADOW AND CLOUD

The cock spacer is dark, showing no neither running lights nor interior cabin lights except for the dim glow of the instrument panels.  Luke’s face, as he flies the ship, is intent and withdrawn.

LUKE

Darth Vader is and Leia are not on the planet.  Somewhere above it.  In a ship….?  No.  Larger than a ship.

Artoo beeps, point indicating one of the scanners.  Luke leans over.  The scanner shows the bulk of the planet with one bright spot just passing [unreadable] its upper limb.  Luke adjusts the scanner for long focus; the city springs into view, glittering with lights.

204  (cont.)

LUKE

An orbiting city.  All right.  We’ll keep well clear of it, drop down to the surface.  See if we can find someone to talk to, before we go barging in.

205  THE NIGHT SURFACE EXT HOTH – NIGHT

A dark landscape.  Something passes overhead with a whoosh and a soft groan, down below the cloud layer.

206  INT SPACER – NIGHT

Luke flies on, peering into the darkness, while Artoo watches the indicators.

LUKE

We’re awfully low.  Keep your eye out for molehills.

Artoo beeps.  Luke peers forward.

LUKE

Not very thickly populated.  Haven’t seen a sign of…  Wait a minute.  Artoo…are those lights up ahead?

Artoo peer clicks knowledgeably, swiveling his headpiece, then begins to twitter excitedly.

207  EXT RUINED CITY – NIGHT

As the spacer lands in the open space where the Falcon landed before.  A fair number of torches burn Many torches burn in the city, indicating that the clans have gathered.

208  THE SPACER

The engines shut off.  In a moment the hatch opens and the stairs are run down.  Luke stands in the doorway, looking out.

209  EXT CITY AND SPACER – NIGHT LUKE

He reacts to what he sees o.s.

210  HIS POV

White-haired warriors of the Cloud People are drawn up in stern ranks, with their pneumatic-dart weapons ready.  There is a sudden murmur as they react to the sight of Luke; a sharp word of command; and they fire.

211  LUKE

In the door hatchway, with Artoo behind him.  His face is set but not alarmed.  The darts rattle like hail against an invisible barrier and fall to the ground.

212  THE SPACER, THE NATIVES

The natives clap their hands over their mouths in astonishment.  Luke raises his own hand in the gesture of peace.  He descends the steps and walks toward a (sic) old man who has stepped forward…Bahiri.  The Cloud People, though awed by Luke’s power, are still hostile.

LUKE

I come in peace.  Why did you order your people to fire on me?

BAHIRI

Off-worlders are not welcome here now.  And you carry at your hip the strange weapon as the black giant who has taken over the city Imperial chief who has taken over the city.

LUKE

And I hope to destroy him with it.  Tell your men to put down their weapons; I’m on your side.

(Bahiri eyes him, unconvinced)

I’m looking for friends.  I think they’re captives in the city.  A man named Han Solo.  A girl with brown hair.  A very tall person named Chewbacca.  And a ‘droid man-shaped.  I want to get them free.

Bahiri motions to his warriors, who let their weapons relax from the firing position.

BAHIRI

Come with me.

He turns and Luke follows him into the city.

213  THE SPACER

Artoo stands grumbling in the hatchway, debating whether or not to try the steps, which are not suited to his build.

DISSOLVE TO

214  EXT RUINED CITY – NIGHT

Amid the ruins, torches burn and the Cloud People are about their cooking fires.  Luke and Bahiri sit beside a small fire, talking earnestly.

BAHIRI

You’re determined to walk into this trap.

LUKE

I have to.

BAHIRI

You’re a powerful shaman.  Perhaps you’ll survive.  In any case, we can help each other.

LUKE

How?

BAHIRI

As I told you, the city is sealed except for the single path, and twice now I have been forbidden to enter.  My foster-son Lando is also a prisoner of sorts captive there, being forced to do things that are without honor.  I want to talk to him honor.  If I could only talk to him, there I might be something I could do able to help…but three times now I’ve been forbidden to enter.

LUKE

If you brought me as a captive, though, they’d have to let you in?

Bahiri looks at Luke and nods.  Luke smiles.

DISSOLVE TO

215  INT CHEWBACCA’S QUARTERS – THE ORBITAL CITY – DAY

Chewie now has Threepio’s upper torso pretty well reassembled.  He works away on more wires and circuits.  Threepio talks.

215  (cont.)

THREEPIO

You’re doing that all wrong!  How many times have I told you, those are the negative terminals…  Oh!  You’re shorting You’ll short all my circuits, you hairy idiot.  I can’t stand it…Agh!

Chewie has begun to growl ominously.  Abruptly he reaches out and does something to Threepio’s neck which brings instant silence.

216  EXT GARDEN BALCONY – DAY

Han and Leia stand close together on the garden balcony, looking at the cloudy sky.

LEIA

What’s going to happen, Han?  I can’t quite see Darth Vader letting us go, no matter what he says.

HAN

I don’t know.  But I’ll tell you, if I ever get my hands on Lando Kadar’s throat…!

LEIA

Save some for me.

(sees something o.s.)

Han!

217  THEIR POV

A flight of snowy mantas appears out of the clouds, heading for the city.

LEIA  (over)

I thought the natives were forbidden…

HAN  (over)

They must have had clearance.  They’re heading straight down the slot.

218  IN THE SKY

The flight of Mantas, bearing natives including Bahiri.  Luke rides on one, and two of the Cloud People carry Artoo in a net between their mounts.

219  THE BALCONY

Han and Leia are now able to recognize Luke and Artoo.

HAN

It’s Luke…

LEIA

And Artoo.  Come on.  We have to warn them.

She and Han turn and run for the doorway, only to be met by several troopers.  Han tries to fight them and gets a blaster barrel under his jaw for his pains; Leia picks up a tub with an ornamental plant in it and throws it at the troopers, but one of them simply grabs her and carries her off.

220  INT CORRIDOR – ORBITAL CITY – DAY

The troopers, rough-handling Han and Leia, approach the doorway of their suite and toss them unceremoniously inside.  One of the troopers bends to lock the door.

221  INT SUITE – DAY

Han tries the door, shakes it.

HAN

They’ve locked us in.

(pounds on the door)

Hey, you…!  Open up!

Chewie comes running in from his quarters.  Taking in the situation at a glance, he stretches his arms over his head and approaches to batter the door down.  Leia stops him.

LEIA

No, not yet!  There are too many of them.  They won’t leave that many on guard…give them time to go.

Chewie looks at Han, who nods.

HAN

She’s right, as usual.

Chewie nods and hurries back into his quarters.

222  INT CHEWIE’S QUARTERS – DAY

Quickly Chewie picks up Threepio’s upper portion and puts it back in the box with the legs, etc.

223  EXT ORBITAL CITY – DAY

The main landing area.  The Mantas settle down.  Luke and Bahiri go toward Lando, who waits for them, with Artoo tagging behind.  Luke notes there are some of the city’s security men Luke notes the troopers drawn up around the area.

BAHIRI

This is my foster-son, Lando.  Lando, this is Han Solo’s friend, Luke Skywalker.

LUKE

Princess Leia and Han…are they safe?

LANDO

Yes.  Come.  I’ll take you to them.

BAHIRI

Lando.  I wish to speak to you.

LANDO

Father Bahiri…friend…please go.  I know you want to help me but there is no help.  Please, because I love you…go.

Lando has been speaking very softly.  Now he turns with Luke and goes in through the portal.  A couple of troopers fall in behind them.  Bahiri looks after them.  He makes his decision; he attempts to follow with his principal men, but troopers bar the way.  Roughly.  The old man looks at them contemptuously.

BAHIRI

We are free men.  We take no orders from the Empire.

Pneumatic weapons appear from beneath the flowing robes of the Cloud People.  They are largely futile against the troopers’ armour (sic).  Blasters fire.  A number of the natives go down, Bahiri among them.

224  INT CORRIDOR – DAY

Hearing the blasters, Lando turns and breaks back, looking out the door at the crumpled bodies beyond.

LANDO

No!  They’ve killed Bahiri.  He was an old man.  How could he have hurt them?

The troopers catch up with him and one of them rams a blaster into his middle.  Lando turns docilely enough and rejoins Luke.  But his face is the face of a stricken man.  He looks at Luke.

 

Continued

224  (cont.)

LANDO

I’m not taking you to your friends.

LUKE

I know.  You’re taking me to Darth Vader.

225  INT CORRIDOR – DOORWAY OF SUITE – DAY

A single trooper stands guarding the door, his back to it, his blaster across his arm.

226  INT SUITE – DAY

Han and Leia stand close to the door, but clear of it so as not to get in Chewie’s way.  Also nearby is the box containing Threepio.  Chewie listens carefully, his ear to the door.  He nods to the others and steps back to get a good run, his huge arms lifted.

227  INT CORRIDOR – DAY

The locked door of the suite suddenly bursts outward.  It knocks the guard flat and falls on top of him, followed instantly by the Wookie, Who pounds the guard into insensibility.  Han scoops up the blaster.  He starts off along the corridor with Leia, but Chewie runs back in and picks up the box with Threepio in it; it’s no light load even for Chewie, and Han looks at him as if he’s about to say something.

LEIA

We can’t just leave him.

HAN

Let’s go find Luke.

They hurry along the corridor, into another corridor, searching.

228  INT CORRIDORS – DAY

Luke, Lando, and troopers, with Artoo following.  They reach an intersection of corridors and Lando indicates a door at the far end of one.

LANDO

He’s waiting for you there.

Luke looks at the ominous door.  But suddenly there is a distraction; Leia, Han, and Chewie, with Threepio, come running along a side corridor.

CONTINUED

228  (cont.)

The group begins to turn into the corridor with the ominous door at the end…but Lando whirls abruptly, whipping a small weapon from beneath his coat.  Quiet bolts leap from it.  The troopers, taken by surprise, fall down.

LANDO

But we’re not going there.

He scoops up the blasters, hands one to Luke, pockets the small weapon.

LANDO

An extremely powerful shocker, only good at short range, but quite useful on occasion.  Come on.  We’ll get Han and the Princess.

They hurry on.  But at another intersection of corridors they see Han and Leia, and Chewie with his box, running toward them.  Instantly they halt and Han lifts his weapon to cover Lando.

HAN

Lando!  Stop right there.  Drop the blaster.  Luke, it’s all a trap.  He’s working for Darth Vader.

LUKE

He was, but he just changed sides.

HAN

Oh?

LANDO

They killed Bahiri.  I didn’t like what I was doing, and I’m not doing it any more.

Chewie has put down the box.  Artoo has seen it.  With an outburst of beeping and whistling, indicative of shock, Artoo scuttles to the box and begins to mourn over Threepio.

LANDO

There are guards on the Falcon, but I think we can get through them.

229  EXT CORRIDOR – DARTH VADER’S DOOR

The door opens and a number of troopers run out.  They run past the two fallen ones at the end of the corridor, then go after Luke and Lando.

230  LUKE, LANDO, AND GROUP

LANDO

There are guards on the Falcon, but I think we can get around them.

HAN

(taking Luke’s shoulder)

Come on, kid.  We’ll find a way.

LUKE

You’ll find a way.

Luke shoves the blaster into Chewie’s hands and glances at Threepio.

LUKE

Poor Threepio.

LEIA

He’ll be all right if we can get him away.  But Luke, you must come with us.  Darth Vader…

Luke kisses her.

LUKE

That’s why I have to stay.  Go now and don’t wait for me.  As soon as you’re aboard, take off.

LEIA

But Luke…

Luke, walking away, does not look back.

HAN

Ah, the kid’s out of his mind.

But he’s not happy.  He starts after Luke.  And suddenly the troopers appear at the intersection of the corridors.  Luke is between them and the fugitives, but they have a and they know that Luke is not to be killed.  But they have a clear field of fire past him and there’s no place for the others to duck.

TROOPER

Lay down your arms or we kill the Princess Leia.

Luke continues to move toward them, unarmed except for the sword sabre.  The others watch him, frozen.

LEIA

Luke..!

LUKE

(to himself)

May the Force be with me.

230  (cont.)

Suddenly the saber is out and blazing, and Luke’s face is no longer that of the farmboy from Tattoine (sic).  An ancient and powerful wisdom dwells there.  The light saber dances, slashes, flickers like lightning.  The troopers fire, but they seem bemused dazed and their shots go wild.  One By ones and twos they fall.

231  HAN, LANDO, AND GROUP

They stare in amazement.

HAN

What happened to the kid?

LANDO

Never mind that now.  Follow me.

He leads them away, Chewie shouldering his box and Artoo scuttling along beside, beeping plaintively.

232  LUKE

Saber in hand, he passes the fallen troopers and goes toward the door.  He flings it open.

233  INT DARTH VADER’S APARTMENT – DAY

Darth Vader, alone now, stands facing Luke as he enters, huge and menacing, the his own light saber in his hand.

DARTH VADER

Your friends are wasting their time.

(Luke shrugs)

Once more.  Luke.  Will you join with me?  Together we could rule the galaxy.

LUKE

No.

DARTH VADER

Then I have no choice.

He brings the sabre to the salute.  So does Luke.  They begin to fence.  Darth Vader is much larger and stronger, and twenty years more experienced.  But Luke is young and agile…and he has studied with Minch.  They fight, a breathtaking and deadly passage of arms, which takes them out of the room and into the corridors.  Darth Vader Luke holds his own, but just barely.

234  INT LITTLE-USED STAIRWAY – DAY

Lando leads the others down a stairway that obviously is only there for emergencies.  They go quietly, helping Artoo along, pausing often to listen.  Leia is agitated, Han is unhappy but realistic.  They speak in hurried whispers.

LEIA

We can’t go off without Luke!

HAN

He Those were his orders, Leia, and I think he knew what he was doing.  You’ve got to understand, Leia.  He’s not the same Luke we knew.

Lando motions them to silence, halts to listen, then moves on again.

235  LUKE AND DARTH VADER

They are fighting down a broad staircase now.  Luke, growing angrier, is on the defensive.  He stumbles.  Vader moves in.  But Luke sees a piece of statuary above, at one side.  By the power of the Force, he hurls it at Vader, who steps aside deflects it laughing, and hurls it at Luke, who narrowly evades itBut it gives Luke a respite. They stand for a moment, looking at each other, the anger deepening in Luke’s face, changing it.

 

VADER

You’re forgetting, little Jedi, that I’m 20 years older and stronger in the use of the Force than you and 20 years ago your father was helpless against me.

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235  LUKE AND DARTH VADER

They are fighting down a broad staircase now.  Luke is on the defensive.  He stumbles.  Vader moves in.  Luke sees a piece of statuary above, at one side.  By the power of the Force, he hurls it at Vader, who deflects it, laughing.  But it gives Luke a respite.  They stand for a moment, looking at each other.

VADER

You’re very good, Luke.  But I’m twenty years older and stronger than you in the use of the Force.  You haven’t a chance with me…any more than your father had.

The anger deepens in Luke’s face, changing it.  Vader laughs softly and as Luke furiously attacks again.

236  INT LITTLE –USED STAIRWAY – DAY

Lando and the group have now reached the landing on the stairway which has a door that says HANGAR DECK – EMERGENCY ONLY.  They check their weapons, tensing themselves for the fray.

237  THE HANGAR DECK

The Falcon sits waiting patiently, with a guard of troopers drawn up around it.  The troopers are facing away from the emergency door.

238  INT EMERGENCY STAIRWELL – DAY

Lando pushes at the door.  Nothing happens.

HAN

What’s the matter?

LANDO

Against all orders, regulations, it’s locked.

238  (cont.)

 

Han brings up his blaster but Lando stops him.

 

LANDO

No…wait!

 

He motions them to silence and quickly remounts the stairs.  Leia looks after him doubtfully, but it (sic) sees they must trust him.

238  (cont.)

Han brings up his blaster to blow the door open, but Lando stops him.

LANDO

No, wait!  Let me try.

He motions them to silence and quickly runs back up the stair.  Leia looks doubtful, but they have no choice but to trust him.

239  LUKE AND VADER

 

They have fought their way deeper into the bowels of the city.  Luke is a brilliant swordsman, yet it is apparent that Vader is somewhat better.  He seems to be almost playing with Luke, driving him into corners where Luke must use some trick of the Force to get free.  He erects barriers, such as he used against the Cloud People; Vader smashes them contemptuously.  They are in a maintenace (sic) area far below the living quarters.  With increasing fury, Luke hurls things at Vader.  His face is dark and contorted.  He wants to kill Vader, to kill him for his own selfish ends, for revenge.  Vader seems ro (sic) be well pleased.

239  LUKE AND VADER

They have fought their way deeper into the bowels of the ciy (sic).  Luke is a brilliant swordsman, and it seems now that his youth and agility may be telling just a bit on Vader, and Luke drives him mercilessly.  But he can’t quite corner him.  He hurls things at Vader by mind-poer (sic), but somehow Vader always evades…and Vader sends objects hurtling back at Luke, almost braining him.  Luke fights with increasing ferocity, his one blind objective to destroy Darth Vader, but something has come into his face, something dark and unfamiar (sic).

240  INT HANGAR DECK

Lando, coming from the main entrance to the deck, approaches the guard around the Falcon.

LANDO

Lord Vaders orders.  The prisoners have escaped and may make an attempt on the ship.  They may already be hiding somewhere on the hangar deck.  I want four of you to go and search.  The rest of (sic) remain here while I check the doors.

(the men hesitate)

Would you care for me to inform Lord Vader?

Four of the troopers move away into the hangar.  Lando goes to the emergency door mot (sic) far away.

TROOPER

It’s locked, sir.

LANDO

Is it indeed!

He pulls it open.  Han and Chewie come out shooting.  Lando retrieves his blaster.  A fierce gun-battle breaks out, the troopers fall or run for cover.  Dragging the box with Threepio, the party makes a run for the Falcon.

240  (cont.)

But through another doorway farther along, fresh troopers pour in.  The gun battle cpntinues (sic), growing hotter.  Cursing at the aswkard (sic) box, with Artoo doing all he can to push, the party gains the Falcon with all hands including Threepio, and the hatch slams hut (sic) with a bang.  Shots continue to ricochet from the hull.

241  INT FALCON – THE HANGAR DECK

Han and Chewie bolt for the cockpit.  Leia looks out the cabin port.  Artoo, hovers over Threepio’s box.

LEIA

The troopers are bringing up some kind of a small weapon…look like rocket launches.

HAN

Armor piercing.  We’ve got to get out of here.

LANDO

The bay door opens on the right responds to the right frequency.  Where’s your transmitter?

He begins to punch out a signal.

ARTOO activates Threepio, who looks at him.

THREEPIO

Artoo…my little friend!  You came to me!  Where are we?  What’s happening?

Artoo goes off into a stream of beeps and whistles.

Up in the cockpit, the men see the bay doors begin to open.

HAN

Full power…

Abruptly then an inner set of doors, the blast doors, much heavier, snap shut with a booming crash.

LANDO

They’ve closed the crash blast doors.

The Falcon lurches wildly, slewing around to avoid collision.  Shots rattle on her hull.

THREEPIO

Oh, no.  I can’t stand any more.  I’ve been through too much. Good bye, Artoo.  Good bye, world.

He reaches up his own hand and deactivates himself.

242  LUKE AND VADER

They are in a large space in the lower pendulum of the city, where the great roaring ventilator shaft runs down to the reactor.  Vader now pours on the coal, and it is obvious that Luke is tired and losing, no matter how he uses the dark Force. Suddenly the scene changes as it did before in the clearing by Minch’s house; we see the blackness of space roiled and dusted with stars burning with stars and we see the large black shadow of Darth Vader towering against the starfields.  The smaller form of Luke is there as well, but and this time the shadow it casts is almost as dark a (sic) Vader’s.

VADER

You see, my little Jedi, you’re beaten.  You have used the dark side of the Force against me, as I knew you would…and powerfully.  Very powerfully, Luke.  With training, you could be as strong as I.

He reaches out for a handful stars (sic) and plays with them idly.

VADER

But you’ve had no training in the dark side, Luke.  You simply felt more power in it, and you used it for revenge, for hate, for the sake of being able to say that you, Luke Skywalker, had destroyed the great Darth Vader.

LUKE

(looking down at himself)

But I didn’t realize…

VADER

Of course you didn’t.  I simply led you along so that at each point you had a choice to make, and you always made the right one…or the wrong one.

He tosses a handful of stars over Luke’s shadowy form, where they run over him like sparks.

VADER

So, once more, little Jedi.  Or Will you join with me, and let me teach you the uses of the dark side of the force…or will you at the last minute remember your oath and die?

LUKE

I think I would prefer to die.

Continued

242  (cont.)

Luke stands silent, watching the stars trickle away and vanish.  His shadowy form is growing intangibly lighter.

LUKE

I’ve wasted and thrown away all the careful teaching I was given.  I betrayed my trust, I broke my oath.  I would prefer to die.

VADER

You’re a fool, Luke.  Nevertheless, it can be arranged.

The illusion dissolves back in to the maintenance area around them around the shaft.  Luke, himself again, stands facing Vader with his light saber.  Vader, some distance away, laughs softly.

VADER

You’re weak, little Jedi, without the dark side.  But I warn you that if you use it once more, you are lost…forfeit in this world and the next.

He lunges forward and the battle is on again.

243  INT FALCON

Sounds of weaponry outside.  Lando has manned one of the Falcon’s guns and is holding off the attak (sic) as best he can.  In the cockpit, Han and Chewie are conferring furiously.

HAN

All right, everybody, Down on the deck.  I’m going to try to…..

LEIA

We can’t go without Luke!

HAN

Can you give me any practical ideas on how to find hm (sic) and bring him here?  Besides, weren’t you the one who told me that the mission to Marekal was more important that (sic) any individual?

Defeated, Leia turns away.

HAN

Continued

243  (cont.)

HAN

We’re going to try to We’re going to try to blow out these blast doors with the Falcon’s main jets.  Don’t know if it’ll work or not, but it’ll make the devil of a bang.  Hang on now.

(They all get down, except Artoo, who stays protectively by Threepio)

Full brakes, Chewie.  Reverse forward thrusters.  Okay, here we go.

He thrusts down on a main lever.

244  INT HANGAR

The Falcon, slewed with her main tail tubes facing the blast door, lets go her jets at maximin (sic) power.  The roar is stunning.  Smoke and flame billow.  Troopers are bowled over by the concussion; they drop their weapons, they roll on the floor deafened and half stunned; those who can, run.

245  THE BLAST DOORS

They buckle, crumple, and go flying out into the sky outward.

246  INT FALCON

Wild cries of triumph and thanksgiving.

HAN

Swing her around, Chewie!  Let’s go!

247  INT HANGAR

The Falcon begins to turn turns swiftly to face the open doors.  It takes off.

248  LUKE AND VADER

They continue their fight in the maintenance area.  Luke, now eschewing the dark side of the Force, is fighting with amazing power, but Darth Vader is more than holding his own.  Little by little, Luke is forced back to the railing that protects the terrible shaft.

249  EXT CITY – THE FALCON

The Falcon is free of the city, but not of trouble.  Scout boats are closing in from their patrol positions.  This is not an immediate menace.  But Vader’s men have mounted heavy gun emplacements on the balconies of the city and the fire is hot.

250  INT FALCON – DAY

Lando has taken over the rear stern gun, and is firing away.

LANDO

Down below the curve of the city.  They can’t reach us there.

251  EXT CITY – THE FALCON

It dives down under the top-shaped bulge of the city, screened at least from the gun emplacements.

252  LUKE AND VADER

Forcing Luke steadily back, Vader gets him p9nned (sic) agains (sic) the rail.  Fighting valiantly but without hope, Luke glances down the shaft.

253  HIS POV

The dreadful shaft, sucking its torrent of air.  Here and there the blowholes are visible, air vents, and here and there a (sic) stout metal bars thrust out from the sides, probably for maintenance work in the vent-holes.  At the far bottom, the dim glare of the reactor glows beneath its shielding.  It is altogether a heart stopping sight.

254  LUKE AND VADER

Luke turns bakc (sic) to the fight to see that Vader is rushing at him to deal the death-stroke.  Valiantly Luke lifts his saber to parry; then as Vader’s blade comes streaking down, Luke deactivates his sabre and darts aside.  Thrown momentarily off balance because the unexpected ruse and the lack of opposition to his blade, Vader is overbalanced.  Luke leaps aside and over the railing into the shaft.

255  VADER

He is hanging in an effort not to follow Luke, staring down.

266  VADER’S POV LUKE IN TUNNEL

256  LUKE IN SHAFT

He catches one of the protruding steel bars.  He is almost torn loose, but he manages to swing his body into one of the vent holes.  He disappears.

256 (sic)  LUKE IN VENT HOLE

Being carried along at dizzying speed.  At the end there is a steel grating to catch larger pieces of debris.  Luke is a large piece of debris.  He takes out his saber He lies there a moment hugging the grate, wondering what to do next…and he sees the Falcon approaching on a path that will bring it close to and under the mount of the tube.  Frantically he hauls out his sabre and activates it, begins o (sic) cut the mesh, kicking at it to loosen at it, yelling perfectly useless pleas to the Falcon to slow down, watch, wait, etc.  Inexorably, the Falcon comes closer.

257  EXT CITY – THE FALCON

It is now passing close to and a little below the vent.  The mesh is red hot but still holding.  A series of wild kicks from inside kocks (sic) it loose enough so that Luke can wriggle through.  He doesn’t hesitate, but leaps for the back of the Falcon landing by the upper hatch and clinging for dear life.

258  INT FALCON – DAY

HAN

What’s that?

LANDO

Something hit us.

HAN

Chewie.  Take a look.

Chewie picks up his blaster and mounts the ladder.  He opens it a crack, sticking the blaster through.

259  EXT FALCON – DAY

Luke peers in to to crach (sic) with the blaster and Chewies fierce eyes.

LUKE

Chewie, let me in.  It’s Luke.

260  Int FALCON

As Luke is being hauled bodily inside.  He is greeted by a babble of questions, exclamations of joy, etc.

HAN

Bat Dog down that hatch, Chewie!  All the rest of it can wait.  We’ve got to If we don’t get out of here or we’re all goners.  I’ll think of a place to jump to.

LEIA

You will not…not this time!  I’ll think of a place to jump to.

Artoo has activated Threepio.

THREEPIO

Master Luke!  Master Luke!  I can’t begin to tell you what terrible things I’ve been through.  Did you beat Darth Vader?

LUKE

No (sic) this time, Threepio.  But perhaps there is a the next time, if there is one.

Leia has gone forward and bending over Han by the computer.

HAN

I hope you know what you’re doing.  Prepare for jump!

The stars become streaks of brilliant light through the port.

260 (sic)  THE ORBITAL CITY

Left behind, wheeling on its way around the planet Hoth.

DISSOLVE TO

262  INT FALCON – IN JUMP

Han, Leia, and Luke are deep in conversation.  Threepio Artoo has all of Threepio’s component parts spread out on the deck, in the order they belong and is working to assemble them.  Threepio is awake and talkative.  Chewie in the cockpit.

HAN

Continued

263 (sic) (cont.)

HAN LUKE

I almost beat him at that, but the wrong way…the more I was winning, the more I was losing.  I was so full of hate, and rage, and the desire for revenge.  I was using the dark side of the force without even realizing it, and he was making me destroy myself.

LEIA

But you didn’t.

LUKE

No (sic) quite.  He asked me again to join with him…he said that together we could rule the galaxy.  I said no, so he came in for the kill.  I’ve got an awful lot to learn yet.

They are interrupted by an angry outbrust (sic) angry gowling (sic) mingled with furious beepings and twittering.  Chewie has come from the cockpit to stand over Threepio.  After all, he’s done a lot of work on the ‘droid and has certain proprietary rights.

THREEPIO

Oh, no.  Not his tender ministrations again!

Artoo is warning Chewie off.  He attacks the big Wooky (sic), running up as if he intends to bite him on the knees, like an irate small dog.  He can’t bite, of course, but his under pinnings are heavy when he treads on Chewie’s feet.  The others laugh.

HAN

Better let him alone, Chewie.  After all, he’s a ‘droid and he probably knows more about repairing one than you do.

Grumbling, Chewie retreats, and Artoo commences to work on Threepio.

264  VIEW OF THE PLANET BESSPIN KAALIEDA FROM SPACE

An extremely beautiful planet revolves jewl-like (sic) in space.

265  EXT GARDEN – BESSPIN KAALIDA – NIGHT

Brilliant moons illuminate beautiful gardens.  In one of them, with the Falcon visible in b.g., our people are saying their farewells.  Han and Leia stand alone, Chewie waiting in the background.  Threepio, now fully restored, and Artoo, stand together at one side.  Luke is by himself, his face set but quiet and controlled.  Lando is nearby.

266  HAN AND LEIA

Lovers; close together.

LEIA

Come back to me, Han.

HAN

As soon as I’ve won over persuaded Ovan Marekal to join us.

LEIA

Even if you don’t persuade him.

They kiss, and Han turns toward the ship, waving a farewell salute to Luke stopping to shake hands with Luke.

HAN

Take care of her, Luke.  And yourself.

Luke waves acknowledgement.  Lria (sic) runs to Chewie and throws her arms around him.  He rumbles, patting her awkwardly, and then Threepio comes up, with Artoo.

THREEPIO

I really deserve to have my vocal apparatus rusted shut for a year.  You were doing you (sic) best, trying so hard, and I…well, I’m ashamed.

Chewie rumbles and pats Threepio on the shoulder.  But when Artoo starts to beep, Chewie growls and stamps on Artoo’s underpinnings…which only hurts Chewie’s foot and sends him on his way grumbling.

Han stops to shake Lando’s hand.

HAN

Hadn’t been for you, Lando, none of us would have been here.

The men shake hands.  Han and Chewie go on toward the ship.  In a moment the others turn and enter a nearby building.

267  INT CORRIDOR – BUILDING

A lift opens.  Leia, Luke, Lando, Threepio, and Artoo get out and walk out onto a garden balcony rich with flowers.  They stand waiting.  The Falcon takes off, rising into the starry sky on a plume of flame.  They watch it diminishing in against the starry sky.  We see their faces.  The ‘droids.  Leia, with all her heart and soul in her eyes, watching the man she loves vanish into unknown dangers.  And Luke…older, wiser, and more humble about his shortcomings, still loving Leia but in a different way.  Abruptly he unsheathes the light-sabre and activates, holding it in a position of salute for the departing Falcon.

THE END

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The Empire Strikes Back – Shooting Script/Fourth Draft

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Written by Lawrence Kasdan.
435 Scenes

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
SHOOTING SCRIPT
FOURTH DRAFT
BY
LAWRENCE KASDAN
October 24, 1978
Lucasfilm Ltd.

1. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – HELICOPTER SHOT – DAY

A white snowscape races toward camera… the MAIN TITLE quickly recedes, followed by a roll-up.

Episode V:
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK…
After the destruction of its most feared battle station,
the Empire has declared martial law throughout the galaxy.

A thousand worlds have felt the oppressive hand of the Emperor
as He attempts to crush the growing rebellion.

As the Imperial grip of tyranny tightens, Princess Leia and the small band of
freedom fighters search for a more secure base of operations…

The roll-up disappears into the bleak horizon.
2. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – HELICOPTER SHOT – DAY

The camera tilts down bringing into view a small figure galloping across the windswept ice slope.
3. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – DAY

A closer panning shot reveals a bundled rider on a large gray snow lizard, called a TAUNTAUN. Curving plumes of snow rise from beneath the speeding paws of the two-legged beast.
4. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – SLOPE – DAY

The rider gallops up a slope and reins his lizard to a stop.
5. EXT PLAINS OF HOTH – SLOPE – DAY

He pulls off his protective goggles. It is LUKE SKYWALKER. He notices something in the sky and takes a pair of electro-binoculars from his utility belt.
6. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – LUKE’S POV – DAY

From LUKE’S POV, we follow a bright object as it falls to the ground. On the distant horizon, an explosion marks the point of impact.
7. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – SLOPE – DAY

The wind whips at Luke’s fur-lined cap as he activates a com-link transmitter. His lizard is nervous.

LUKE
(to the Tauntaun)
Easy girl, it’s just another meteorite.
(into com-link)
Han… Han ol’ buddy, do you read me?

After a little static a familiar voice is heard.

HAN (OS)
(filtered)
Loud and clear, kid. What’s up?

LUKE
I’ve finished my circle and I haven’t picked up any life readings.

HAN (OS)
(filtered)
There isn’t enough life on this ice cube to fill a space cruiser. My sentry markers are placed. I’m heading back to the base.

LUKE
I’ll see you shortly. A meteorite just hit the ground near here and I want to check it out… Won’t be long.
8. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – SLOPE – DAY

Luke clicks off his transmitter and reins back on his lizard, which seems frightened. Luke pats the beast on the head to calm it.
LUKE
Weeho, girl! What’s the matter… you smell something? There’s nothing out there. I’ll check again…

Luke takes a small device from his belt and starts to adjust it when suddenly a large shadow falls over him from behind, followed by a monstrous HOWL. Luke turns and looks up at an eleven foot high shape towering over him.

LUKE
Son of a jumping…!!!

He grabs for his pistol, but is HIT flat in the face by a huge, white claw, knocking him into the snow, bloody and unconscious.
9. CLOSE-UP LUKE

Luke falls unconscious into the snow. The terrified screams of the Tauntaun are cut short by the horrible snap of a neck being broken.
10. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – SLOPE – DAY

The WAMPA ICE MONSTER grabs Luke by one ankle and drags him away.
11. EXT METEORITE CRATER – SNOW PLAIN – DAY

A WEIRD MECHANICAL SOUND is heard over the whining of the wind. A strange PROBE ROBOT, with several extended sensors, emerges from the smoke-shrouded crater. The ominous robot FLOATS across the snow plain, and disappears into the distance.
12. EXT ICE CAVES – REBEL BASE ENTRANCE – DAY

A stalwart figure rides his Tauntaun up to the entrance of an enormous ice cave.
13. INT MAIN HANGAR DECK – REBEL BASE

Rebel troopers are rushing about unloading supplies and otherwise securing their new base. The rider swings rakishly off his lizard and pulls away his goggles: HAN SOLO. He walks briskly into the main
hangar deck toward the MILLENNIUM FALCON, which is parked among several fighters. Mechanics, R-2 units and various other droids hurry about. Han stops at the Millennium Falcon. His Wookiee co-pilot is welding on the back of a central lifter. Now he stops work and lifts his face shield; CHEWIE growls a greeting to his boss.

HAN
Cold isn’t the word for it, Chewie. I’ll take a good fight any day over all this hidin’ and freezin’!… How you coming with those lifters?

The Wookiee GRUMBLES a reply.

HAN
All right. I’ll go report then I’ll give you a hand with them. Soon as those lifters are fixed, we’re out of here.

Chewbacca lets out with a joyful CHUCKLE and returns to his work as Han leaves.
14. INT COMMAND CENTER – ICE CAVE

A makeshift command center has been set up in a blaster area of thick ice. The low-ceilinged room is a beehive of activity. Controllers, troopers, and droids move about setting up electronic equipment and monitoring radar signals. GENERAL RIEEKAN straightens up from a console as Han approaches.

RIEEKAN
Captain Solo. What’s the situation?

HAN
There isn’t a hint of life in the area. But all the perimeter markers are set, so you’ll know if anyone comes calling.

RIEEKAN
Good, and Commander Skywalker?

HAN
He’s checking out a meteorite that hit near him. He’ll be in soon.
RIEEKAN
(indicates radar screen)
With all the meteor activity in this system, it’s going to be difficult to spot approaching ships.

HAN
The Empire won’t look for you out here. I’d say you’re all set… which means it’s time for me to get going.

LEIA (OS)
You’re leaving?

The two men turn to see PRINCESS LEIA, dressed in a short white combat jacket and pants. She is upset by Han’s news. Her hair is braided and tied across her head in a “30’s” Nordic fashion…

HAN
That’s right.

RIEEKAN
You’re an extraordinary fighter. I hate to lose you.

HAN
Thank you, General. But there’s a price on my head. If I don’t pay off Jabba the Hutt, I’m a walking dead man.

RIEEKAN
I understand. A death mark is not an easy thing to live with… Until our paths cross again, may the force be with you.

Rieekan touches Han and moves away. Han turns to Leia.

HAN
(with feeling)
I guess this is it, Your Highness.

Leia is angry. Han sees she has no warmth to offer him. He shakes his head and adopts a cooler tone.

HAN
Well, don’t get all mushy on me. So long, Princess.
Han walks away. Leia stews a moment, then follows him.
15. INT ICE CORRIDOR – REBEL BASE – HOTH

Han strides down a corridor carved from the ice. Leia follows quickly, agitated. Behind them, unnoticed, an appendage of a Wampa Ice Monster suddenly detaches from a seemingly solid section of ice wall.

LEIA
Han!

Han stops in the quiet corridor and turns to face Leia.

HAN
Yes, Your Highness?

LEIA
You said you were going to stay. What happened?

HAN
That bounty hunter we ran into on Ord Mantell changed my mind.

LEIA
Does Luke know?

HAN
He’ll know when he gets back… Don’t give me that look. Every day more bounty hunters are searching for me. If I don’t pay off Jabba soon, there’ll be too many to stop… Remotes, Gank killers, and who knows what else. I’ve got to get that price off my head while I still have a head.

LEIA
Han, we need you here.

HAN
We?

LEIA
Yes.

HAN
Not you?
LEIA
(mystified)
Me? I don’t know what you mean.

HAN
(shakes his head, fed-up)
You probably don’t. How could you? You’re so terrified of your own emotions…

LEIA
And what are they, pray tell?

HAN
You want me to stay because of the way you feel about me.

LEIA
I respect you. You’re a bold fighter, maybe not the brightest, but…

HAN
No, your worship.. That’s not what I’m talking about.

Leia stares at him, understands, then laughs.

LEIA
You’re imagining things.

Han has had it with this broad. He steps closer. Leia is almost against the wall. Han puts a hand against the wall to cut off any retreat.

HAN
Am I? I say you came running after me because you were afraid I was leaving you without even a kiss.

LEIA
I’d just as soon kiss a wookiee.
HAN
There’s no accounting for taste. Believe me, you could use a good kiss.
(warming to the subject)
You’ve spent so much time doing your duty and giving orders you’ve never learned how to be a woman. It’s a shame, because you’ve got all the makings for one. I could have helped you plenty in that department… if you’d have let go for a minute. But it’s too late now, sweetheart. Your big opportunity is flying out of here.
LEIA
We are fighting for a cause much…

HAN
Spare me please! Don’t tell me about the Rebellion again. I’ve had it with your noble mission. All you let yourself think about is the Rebellion. The result is you’re as cold as this planet.

LEIA
And you think you’re the one to apply some heat?

HAN
Sure… If I were interested. But I don’t think it’d be much fun.

He steps away from her, takes a last cool appraisal.

HAN (Continued)
We’ll meet again. Maybe you’ll have grown up a little by then.

LEIA
You have all the breeding of a Bantha, but not as much class… Enjoy your trip, hot shot!

Leia walks away.
16. EXT ICE PLAIN OF HOTH – DAY

Track with the sinister, probe robot as it moves across the vast frozen wilderness. One of its extended sensors detects something and the robot stops, turns and heads off in another direction, at high speed.
17. EXT MOUND OF SNOW – ICE PLAIN – HOTH – DAY

The robot stops before a large mound of snow about twenty feet long and six feet high. It circles the mound, then shoots a thin laser bolt at the snow drift.
18. CLOSE-UP MOUND OF SNOW

The mound shakes a little bit and two large eyes appear at one end, staring directly at the robot. A primeval BELLOW issues forth from the mound.
19. EXT MOUND OF SNOW – ICE PLAIN – HOTH – DAY

The robot backs off a few feet, then blasts the mound with a heavy laser bolt that disintegrates the snow-covered creature in a cloud of smoke and flame.
20. EXT ICE PLAIN – HOTH – DAY

The evil robot moves off toward the horizon.
21. EXT ICE GORGE – HOTH – DUSK

The jagged face of a huge ice wall sits gloomily in the dim twilight of a Hoth day. Luke hangs spreadeagle upside down, ankles tied by hide thongs to ice stalactites, his extended arms within a meter of the snow floor. His face is covered in dried frozen blood on one side. He opens his eyes as a chilling MOAN of the hideous ice creature echoes off the gorge walls.
22. EXT ICE GORGE – MED SHOT LUKE – DUSK

Luke pulls himself up, grabs hold of his ankles, and futilely tries to unfasten the thongs. Exhausted, he drops back into the hanging position.

LUKE
(to himself)
Relax. Relax.

Luke spies his laser sword lying near a pile of his discarded gear about three feet out of reach. Reverberating through the gorge, the growling and crunching sounds of the approaching ice monster can be heard. Luke desperately strains for his sword. Quietly, almost a whisper, Luke hears old BEN’S CALM VOICE.

BEN (Voice Over)
Luke, think the saber in your hand.
Luke focuses on the saber as the huge monster’s feet crunch closer. Luke’s hand strains toward the weapon, his eyes squeeze tight in concentration.

LUKE
Gotta relax, relax…

BEN (Voice Over)
Let The Force flow, Luke.

Just as the ice monster looms over Luke, the light saber suddenly jumps three feet into Luke’s hand. The young warrior instantly ignites the sword, swings up and cuts both of his bindings. He drops to the snow in a heap. The startled ice monster moves back, his giant yellow eyes blinking. The most that can be discerned of the creature is a shape, and those two perplexed eyes. Luke scrambles to his feet. He swings his light saber and the monster screams in pain.
23. EXT ENTRANCE TO ICE GORGE – HOTH – DUSK

Luke staggers out of the gorge and stumbles down a snow bank.
24. INT MAIN HANGAR DECK – MILLENNIUM FALCON – DUSK

The hangar is full of activity. We hear a familiar stream of beeps and whistles a moment before catching sight of ARTOO and THREEPIO, who appear from a corridor and move along an ice wall toward the Millennium Falcon. Behind them, in the ice, two large yellow eyes blink open.

THREEPIO
It is not my fault, you malfunctioning twerp. I merely commented that it was freezing in her chamber. But it’s supposed to be freezing. I did not ask you to turn on the thermal heater. I don’t know how we’ll get all her things dried out… Ah. Here we are.

The two robots stop at Han Solo’s space freighter. Han and Chewie are still struggling with their central lifters.
THREEPIO
Captain Solo, sir. Might I have a word with you?

HAN
What is it?

THREEPIO
Mistress Leia has been trying to reach you on the communicator, but either you have it turned off, or it is malfunctioning… if it’s damaged, Artoo, could fix it, if you like.

HAN
I shut it off. What’s her royal holiness want?

THREEPIO
She is looking for Master Luke, and assumed he would be here with you. No one seems to know…

Han glances at the fading light at the entrance of the ice cave as night slowly begins to fall on the planet.

HAN
(concerned)
Luke’s not back yet? It’s almost night out there!

Han jumps down off the lift.

HAN
Bolt it down, Chewie…
(yelling)
Deck Sergeant!
(into com-link)
Control, has Commander Skywalker reported in yet?

He gets a negative reply as the DECK SERGEANT and an AIDE rush up to Han.

DECK SERGEANT
Yes sir!

HAN
Sergeant, is Commander Skywalker back yet?
DECK SERGEANT
I haven’t seen him. He probably came in through the south entrance.

HAN
Probably isn’t good enough, Sergeant. Check on it!

The Deck Sergeant and his aide turn and rush off. Artoo lets out a confused whistle.

THREEPIO
I don’t know, Artoo.
(to Han)
Sir, might I inquire what’s going on?

HAN
Go tell your precious Princess… Luke is dead unless he shows up soon.

Artoo lets out with a hysterical whistle.

THREEPIO
Oh no!
25. INT MAIN HANGAR DECK – TAUNTAUN CORRAL – NEAR ENTRANCE – DUSK

The Deck Sergeant and several Troopers inspect the mangled remains of three dead Tauntauns. Some of the hardware nearby has also been brutally pulled out of shape. Several surviving Tauntauns shuffle nervously nearby. Outside the light is slowly fading.

TROOPER
(to Deck Sergeant)
… I can’t imagine, sir. Their necks are broken.

The Deck Sergeant nods, then notices Han running up and steps out of the group to meet him.

DECK SERGEANT
Commander Skywalker hasn’t come through the south entrance, sir. Maybe he slipped by without checking in.
HAN
Not likely! Where are the speeders?

DECK SERGEANT
We haven’t got them adapted to this cold yet…

HAN
We’ll have to go out on Tauntauns.

DECK SERGEANT
The temperature is dropping too fast.

HAN
You bet it is… and Luke’s out in it.

Han pushes through the troops and mounts a snow lizard. Huge monster feet move into the shadows of one of the X wing bays.

DECK SERGEANT
The night storms will start before you can reach the first marker.

HAN
Then I’ll see you in Hell.
26. EXT SNOW CAVE ENTRANCE – REBEL BASE – DUSK
The small, lone figure riding a snow lizard races off into the hostile vastness of snow and cold. The slightest hint of wind blows up the snow behind the Tauntaun.
27. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – DUSK

The dark, evil probe robot moves across the frozen floor of the Hoth plain. The wind is beginning to pick up, and snow starts to cake on the front of the robot. It stops, hovers, then drops to the ground. Several probes emerge from its metal hull and a dome shaped force field around the robot begins to glow. Eventually, the force field becomes a solid shape and is quickly covered with the blowing snow.
28. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – DUSK

Han rides across the plain on his Tauntaun.
29. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – CLOSE-UP HAN – DUSK

He reigns his mount to a stop, looks around and listens. It’s almost as if he hears something. He turns and looks in one direction, then spurs his lizard in that direction.
30. EXT PLAIN OF HOTH – DUSK

Han rides off across the plain on his Tauntaun.
31. EXT SNOW DRIFT – HOTH – DUSK

The wind is blowing quite strong now. Luke struggles to stay upright, but a blast of freezing snow knocks him over. He struggles to get up, but can’t. The young warrior from Tatooine drags himself a couple of feet and then collapses.

LUKE
I can’t…

BEN
You must. Luke, look at me!

Luke looks up and sees old BEN KENOBI standing not ten feet away. Luke strains to lift himself up. He is speechless.

BEN
You must survive, Luke.

LUKE
I’m cold… so cold…

BEN
You must go to the Dagobah System… There you will learn from one who taught me: Yoda, the Jedi Master.

LUKE
(reaches out weakly)
Ben… Ben…

BEN
Luke… you are the only hope.
The image of Ben fades, revealing a lone rider on a Tauntaun in the windswept horizon.

LUKE
Ben!?

Luke drops into unconsciousness.
32. EXT SNOW DRIFT – HOTH – DUSK

Han pulls up, leaps off his lizard. He goes to his snow-covered friend and cradles him in his arms. Han’s Tauntaun lets out a low, pitiful bellow. There is real fear in Han’s face as he shakes Luke.

HAN
Come on, buddy, you aren’t dead yet. Give me a sign here.

Luke doesn’t respond. Han begins frantically rubbing Luke’s wounded face. Soon he is slapping him.

HAN
Don’t do this, Luke, it’s not your time…

Luke responds to a slap. Han is joyous.

HAN
All right! I knew you wouldn’t leave me out here all alone!

Han glances over toward his Tauntaun with concern as he starts to lift Luke.

HAN
(to Luke)
We’ve got to get you out of here before our transportation freezes.
33. EXT SNOW DRIFT BY TAUNTAUN – HOTH – DUSK

Han has carried Luke almost to the lizard when the Tauntaun dies with a moan. Han checks the lizard.

HAN
Blast! Deader than a Triton moon. We haven’t got much time.
Han ignites Luke’s light saber and cuts the beast from head to toe. He quickly shovels the steaming innards of the beast into the snow. Then he lifts Luke’s inert form and stuffs him inside the carcass.

HAN
I know this doesn’t smell so good, Luke, but it’ll keep you from freezing. I’m sure this Tauntaun wouldn’t hesitate if it were the other way around.
(Han gets an awful whiff of the insides) Whew! It’s just as well you’re out, pal.

Han starts pulling things out of a pack on the dead lizard’s back.

HAN
(into com-link)
Base one, do you copy?… This com-link is useless.

The wind has picked up considerably and Han is beginning to find it difficult to move. He struggles with the shelter container, opens it and starts constructing it.

HAN
If I don’t get this shelter up fast, Jabba the Hutt won’t need those bounty hunters.
34. SNOW DRIFT – HOTH – DUSK

A veil of icy snow flows across the snow drift obscuring the doomed warriors.
35. INT MAIN HANGAR DECK – ENTRANCE – NIGHT

Princess Leia and her two robots stand before the dark entrance to the rebel base, waiting for a sign of the two rebel heroes. Leia shivers as the cold wind blows in on her. Artoo beeps a mournful tone. Chewie is sitting nearby with his head in his hands.

THREEPIO
Artoo can pick up no signals, although he feels his range is probably too limited to give up hope.
Leia nods an acknowledgement, but she is lost in thought that is only broken when General Rieekan approaches.

RIEEKAN
Nothing more can be done tonight. The shield doors must be closed. I can’t wait any longer. I’m sorry.

LEIA
(resigned)
I understand.

Chewie lets out a long, mournful howl, somewhat like a coyote.

RIEEKAN
The speeders should be ready in the morning. They’ll make the search easier.

LEIA
Is there any chance of them surviving out there?

RIEEKAN
Slim, but yes, there’s a chance. They have a shelter. It’s not much, but…

Artoo lets out with a complex series of efficient beeps.

THREEPIO
Beggin’ your pardon, ma’am, but Artoo says the chances of survival are one thousand, seven hundred twenty-seven to one.
(to Artoo)
Actually, I don’t think we needed to know that.

Leia stands praying to herself as the huge metal doors slam across the entrance of the ice cave. The loud BOOMS echo through the huge cavern. Chewie lets out another howl.
36. EXT ICE PLAIN – HOTH – DAWN

The huge dim sun of Hoth crawls lazily over the horizon in the North as a spurt of snow shoots skyward revealing the dark probe robot. The sinister object pulls in several of its extended arms, hovers for a few moments, then starts off across the bleak Hoth plain.
37. EXT SNOWDRIFT – HOTH – DAY

A small, snub-nosed, armored landspeeder races across the white landscape.
38. INT ARMORED SNOWSPEEDER – HOTH SNOWDRIFTS – DAY

There is only one PILOT, ZEV, in the enclosed two-man craft. He concentrates on the scopes which ring his cockpit. A low beep can be heard.

ZEV
(excited)
I’ve got something! Not much but it could be a life form FTC 2321 by TRX 1173. I’m closing in…
39. EXT ARMORED SNOWSPEEDER – HOTH SNOWDRIFTS – DAY

The small craft banks and makes a slow arc racing off in a new direction.
40. INT ARMORED SNOWSPEEDER – HOTH SNOWDRIFTS – DAY

The pilot switches over to a new transmitter.

ZEV
This is S-122 calling Captain Solo, Commander Skywalker. Do you copy? This is S-122…

There is a sharp crackle of static then a faint voice.

HAN (OS)
(filtered)
Nice of you guys to drop by. Hope we didn’t get you up too early.

ZEV
(switching transmitters)
Base One, I found them, Repeat, I found them…
41. EXT SNOWDRIFT – HOTH – DAY

The small shelter is covered with snow on the windward side. Han has made a makeshift antenna which rests gingerly on top of the snowdrift. The small armored speeder can be seen approaching in the distance as Han waves frantically in the foreground.
42. INT MEDICAL CENTER – REBEL BASE

Strange ROBOT SURGEONS adjust a mass of electronic equipment. A switch is thrown and a sudden blinding flash obscures Luke in a chamber filled with a thick, gelatinous red slime. Luke begins to thrash about, raving in his delirium.
43. INT MEDICAL CENTER OBSERVATION ROOM – REBEL BASE

Leia, Threepio, and Chewbacca are watching from a glassed-off room next door, where Han is resting on a cushioned medical table. They can hear the mechanical surgeons working and Luke’s ravings on a speaker in the room.

LUKE
Watch out… snow creatures… dangerous… Yoda… go to Yoda… only hope… must survive…

Han raises himself on the table, listening to Luke. Chewbacca makes him lie back down, then BARKS a comment in reference to Luke.

HAN
He doesn’t make sense to me either, Chewie.

THREEPIO
I do hope he’s all there… if you take my meaning. I would hate to see Master Luke develop a short circuit…

HAN
The kid ran into something mean, and it wasn’t the cold.

LEIA
Those creatures he keeps talking about… we’d better double the security… Han, I don’t know how…

HAN
Forget it.

TOO-ONEBEE (2-1B), a surgeon droid, enters the room.

TOO-ONEBEE
He had gone into dormo-shock, almost hibernation. But he’s responding to the Bacta. We’ll bring him through.
Leia breathes a sigh of relief. Chewie lets out a long GRUNT of approval.

LEIA
Now all we’ve got to worry about is what attacked him.

HAN
No kidding. If this snowball’s got nasty natives, they could be anywhere.

Chewie WHINES, looks around.

HAN
That’s right, Chewie, inside the base.
44. INT CORRIDOR – REBEL BASE

The drip, drip, drip of melting ice echoes throughout the long eerie corridor. A trooper walks by, followed at a short distance by Artoo, who rolls along whistling to himself. Behind him, a Wampa Ice Monster suddenly appears from out of the wall and begins following the little droid. Up ahead Artoo sees several troopers begin to act rather strangely, pointing at him and yelling. This puzzles Artoo, and he stops for a moment to figure it out. Far in the distance, alarms begin to go off.

Artoo comes to a conclusion, spins his head around and sees the Ice Monster staring down at him. The droid lets out a screech and races down the hall at full tilt ahead of the advancing monster.

A small troop of soldiers has gathered at the end of the hallway with weapons. Artoo races through the armed gathering as the creature screams and charges the troopers, laser bolts exploding around him. Artoo peeks from around a corner in time to see several troopers hurled against the walls like rag dolls. Two soldiers fire a laser bazooka at the monster and it is obscured by an enormous explosion.

The smoke clears. The silence is spooky. The Ice Monster stands seemingly dumbstruck. Artoo gives a short, worried beep. The creature topples over in a dead heap. A cheer goes up from Artoo and the troopers as they converge to inspect the fallen creature. A young CORPORAL pulls his com-link off his belt and speaks into it.
CORPORAL
We got it, sir, but there may be more.
45. INT COMMAND CENTER – REBEL BASE

Alarms buzz softly in the background. The entire command center is on full alert. General Rieekan is conferring with the HEAD CONTROLLER as Han and Leia enter the room. Threepio and Chewie follow.

LEIA
Have they analyzed the one that was killed?

RIEEKAN
Not yet. They’re working on it now.

Another alarm goes off at a console behind them and the SENSOR CONTROLLER at that spot calls across the room.

SENSOR CONTROLLER
General!

Rieekan leaves the group as they continue…

HEAD CONTROLLER
It won’t be long before our sensors will be able to track them.

THREEPIO
It figures Artoo would be in the middle of this.

HAN
It’s going to be a little tricky around here until we know where they’re coming form.
46. INT COMMAND CENTER BY CONSOLE – REBEL BASE

Rieekan looks up grimly from the console in the background. He calls over to Leia and Han.

RIEEKAN
We have a visitor.

The group hurries over to Rieekan.
RIEEKAN
We’ve picked up something outside the base in zone one, moving East.

LEIA
What is it?

SENSOR CONTROLLER
Can’t tell yet… Metal.

HAN
Then it’s not one of those creatures.

LEIA
Could it be one of ours? A speeder?

SENSOR CONTROLLER
I’m getting no signal. Wait, something very weak.

Threepio steps up to the control panel and listens to the strange signal intensely.

THREEPIO
I must say, sir, I’m fluent in over six million forms of communication, but this is something new… must be in code or…

A new VOICE comes over the com-link.

TROOPER VOICE
This is station five and we have your object on our scopes… It’s just over the ridge, we should have visual contact in about… What the?… Oh no!

The transmission ends in static.

HAN
Whatever it is, it isn’t friendly. I’m going to have a look. Come on, Chewie.

RIEEKAN
Wait. I’ll send a patrol with you.

HAN
(over his shoulder)
Fine. But they’ll have to take care of themselves.
47. EXT SNOW PLAIN – OVER REBEL BASE – HOTH – DAY

The dark probe robot moves past the smoldering ruins of the station fire and down a ridge toward the rebel base.
48. EXT SNOW PLAIN – SPEEDER – OVER REBEL BASE – HOTH – DAY

The robot stops when it sees in the distance a tiny speeder racing toward it followed by several other speeders. A large antenna projects skyward from the robot’s top and it begins to send out a PIERCING SIGNAL.
49. EXT SNOW DUNE – SPEEDER – HOTH – DAY

The speeder disappears behind a snow dune.
50. EXT SNOW PLAIN – OVER REBEL BASE – HOTH – DAY

The sinister robot continues to send out its high pitched signal while frantically searching the landscape for the rebel speeders.
51. EXT SNOW PLAIN – OVER REBEL BASE – HOTH – DAY

Shortly, Chewbacca pops his head over a snow bank not thirty feet away. The robot swings around, its deadly ray ready to fire. But before it can get a shot off, it is hit from behind by a laser bolt, and explodes in a million pieces.
52. EXT SNOW PLAIN – OVER REBEL BASE – HOTH – DAY

Han Solo rises from the direction of the deadly bolt and walks over to the spot where the robot was a moment before, taking out his com-link.
53. INT COMMAND CENTER – REBEL BASE

Princess Leia and Rieekan listen to Han on the com-link.

HAN (OS)
(filtered)
… I’m afraid there’s not much left.

LEIA
What was it?
HAN (OS)
(filtered)
Droid of some kind. I didn’t hit it that hard. It must have had a self-destruct…

LEIA
An Imperial probe droid.

HAN (OS)
(filtered)
Now don’t panic. We don’t know that.

RIEEKAN
But, we don’t know it wasn’t.
54. SPACE – IMPERIAL FLEET

Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer, larger and stranger than the five Imperial Star Destroyers that surround it, sits in the vastness of space. The six huge ships are surrounded by a convoy of smaller spacecraft. Tie fighters dart to and fro.
55. INT BRIDGE – MAIN CONTROL DECK – VADER’S STAR DESTROYER

Controllers working the vast complex of electronic controls hear ominous, approaching footsteps and look up from their controls. The squat, evil-looking ADMIRAL OZZEL and the young, powerfully-built GENERAL VEERS, who have been conferring near the front, also feel the approaching presence and turn that way. DARTH VADER, Lord of the Sith, enters like a chill wind. As he moves across the wide bridge, CAPTAIN PIETT hurries up to Ozzel.

PIETT
I think we’ve found them, Admiral.

OZZEL
Are you sure, Captain?

PIETT
Well, the report we have is only a fragment, from a probe droid in the Hoth System, but it’s the best lead we’ve had in…
OZZEL
(angry)
We have millions of probe droids searching the galaxy… I want proof, not leads. I don’t intend to continue to chase around from one side…

VADER
(looming over the group)
The Hoth System?

PIETT
Yes, Sir… we have visuals… the System is supposed to be devoid of human forms…

On a large screen, an image of the rebel snow base appears surrounded by complicated computer readouts. The rebel speeders can be seen approaching in the distance. Vader studies the image.

VADER
That’s it. That’s the one.

OZZEL
My Lord, how do you know it’s them? There are so many uncharted settlements. It could be smugglers…

VADER
I know. And I know young Skywalker is with them. Bring in the patrol ships, Admiral, and set your course for the Hoth System. General Veers prepare your men…
56. INT ICE CORRIDOR – REBEL BASE – HOTH

Artoo and Threepio are moving by a steel door on which an X had been painted. From behind it come intermittent THUMPS and ROARS.

THREEPIO
… It seems the snow creatures are attracted to a high-pitched whistle. That’s how they’re being drawn to this trap.

Artoo WHISTLES his understanding as he stands before the door. Immediately the THUMPING on the door picks up. Artoo beeps a question.
THREEPIO
See your whistles upset them. No, I told you they can’t get out! Now will you hurry up? I don’t know why I bother…

Threepio moves around a corner. Artoo stares at the door another moment, then proceeds to tell the Ice Monsters off in a burst of beeps and whistles. The THUMPING picks up as Artoo moves casually away.
57. INT MEDICAL CENTER – REBEL BASE

Luke is out of the chamber, lying on the bed previously occupied by Han. Leia is at his side. She brushes the hair out of his eyes and runs her fingers along the scar on his face.

LEIA
The Bacta are growing well. The scars should be gone in a day or so. Does it still hurt?

LUKE
I’m fine. Really. Leia… when I was out there and it looked pretty bad… well, it made me think about things.

LEIA
Me too. I was afraid.

Their eyes meet. Luke touches her cheek with his hand.

LUKE
I don’t really know how to say this… I never have before… Leia, you know how I feel about you…

She does and it’s confusing. Their lips are very close. About to kiss. The door opens noisily and Threepio enters with Artoo. Leia pulls back, startled. Luke realizes the moment has been lost. His mind races for a way to regain it as Leia takes on her more formal manner. The droids are a bothersome distraction; Luke’s concentration is on Leia. Artoo beeps a cheerful greeting.

THREEPIO
Master Luke, it’s so good to see you functional again.
LUKE
Thanks, Threepio. Leia…

Artoo beeps and whistles.

THREEPIO
Artoo expresses his relief also.

LUKE
Good. Thanks, Artoo.

LEIA
(about to leave)
You rest now.

THREEPIO
So much has happened during the period of your indisposition, sir.

LEIA
I’ll be back later.

LUKE
(anxious to keep her)
Leia… What would you think if I went away for a while?

LEIA
What did you say?!

Leia’s reaction is so much bigger and more vociferous than Luke expected, it starts what is to become a growing snowball of confusion for him.

LEIA
Where are you going?

LUKE
I have this… feeling. I’m not sure, really…

LEIA
That’s just great. Why doesn’t everyone just take off?

LUKE
What are you talking about?

LEIA
First Han, now you. When am I going to learn not to count on anyone but myself?…
LUKE
Han’s leaving?

LEIA
… I was getting along just fine before I met you two moon jockeys.

LUKE
Calm down, will ya? Tell me about Han.

LEIA
He wants to pay off that criminal he’s in hock to.

LUKE
Jabba the Hutt?

LEIA
(back to her tirade)
I could get more loyalty if I went down the hall and recruited some of those snow creatures.

LUKE
Snow creatures… they’re here?!

THREEPIO
Yes, sir. But they’re being trapped quite cleverly.

Artoo beeps and whistles proudly.

THREEPIO
(to Artoo)
What do you mean, you took care of that? I would hardly call your part in that matter great…

Luke’s head is spinning as Han and Chewie make a vigorous entrance. The Wookiee GROWLS a greeting.

HAN
Hi kid, you look strong enough to wrestle a Gundark.

LUKE
Thanks to you.

HAN
That’s two you owe me, junior.
Han turns to Leia with a big, devilish grin.

HAN
Well, your worship, it looks like you arranged to keep me close by for a while longer.

LEIA
I had nothing to do with it. General Rieekan thinks it’s dangerous for any ships to leave the system until we know where that probe came from.

LUKE
Probe? What probe?

HAN
That makes a good story. But I think you just can’t bear to let me out of your sight.

LEIA
I don’t know where you get your delusions, laser brains.

Chewie is amused; he LAUGHS in his manner. Han is enjoying this. He regards Chewie good-humoredly.

HAN
Laugh it up, fuzz ball. You didn’t see her alone with me in the south passage.

Luke sparks to this; he looks at Leia.

LEIA
(to Luke)
I don’t know what he’s talking about.

HAN
Ooops! I guess you haven’t told Luke about that yet.

LUKE
About what?

HAN
Now don’t get the wrong idea, pal. She was just trying to express her true feelings for me.
LEIA
(to Han)
You must have gone completely out of your feeble mind.

HAN
Come on, your highness, are you telling me you haven’t been thinking about that kiss?

Leia is flushed, eyes darting between Luke And Han.

LEIA
Why you low-down, stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder.

HAN
Who’s scruffy-looking?
(a big grin)
I tell ya’ sweetheart, I must’ve hit pretty close to the mark to get you hoppin’ like this. Doesn’t it look that way to you, Luke?

LUKE
(staring at Leia)
Yeah… it does… kind of.

Leia looks vulnerable for a moment, then the mask again, focusing on Luke.

LEIA
Oh it does, does it? Well, I guess you don’t understand everything about women yet… do you, sonny?

With that Leia leans over and kisses Luke on the lips. Then she stands and walks out. Everyone is dumbstruck. The door closes behind Leia and they all look at each other in silence.

In the distance, the muffled sound of an alarm is heard.
58. SPACE – IMPERIAL FLEET

Six huge star destroyers rest in the Hoth System.
59. INT STAR DESTROYER – VADER’S CHAMBER

A dark cubicle is illuminated by a single shaft of light from above. The brooding Dark Lord sits on a raised meditation cube. General Veers enters the room and approaches Vader. Vader doesn’t move. Veers, although seemingly very sure of himself, is still not bold enough to interrupt the meditating Lord. The young general stands quietly at attention until the evil presence speaks.

VADER
What is it, Veers?

VEERS
My Lord, the fleet has moved out of light speed. Com-Scan has detected an energy field protecting an area on the sixth planet in the Hoth System. The field is strong enough to deflect any bombardment.

VADER
(angry)
The rebel scum is alerted to our presence. I told Admiral Ozzel not to go out of light speed so close to the system.

VEERS
He felt surprise was a wiser…

VADER
He’s as clumsy as he is stupid. A clean bombardment is impossible with that energy shield up. Prepare your troops for a surface attack.

Veers turns smartly and leaves as Vader activates a large view-screen showing the bridge of the mighty space cruiser. Admiral Ozzel appears, with Captain Piett in the background.

OZZEL
Lord Vader, the fleet has moved out of light…

VADER
Captain Piett!

The Captain steps forward, as the Admiral moves away slightly confused, touching his throat as it begins to constrict.
PIETT
Yes, My Lord.

VADER
Make ready to land General Veers’ assault troops on the surface. Then deploy the fleet so that nothing can get off that system. You’re in command now, Admiral Piett.

Piett is as pleased as he is surprised. Admiral Ozzel has been struggling to breathe in the background and now with a final choke, he dies.
60. INT MAIN HANGAR DECK – REBEL BASE

Alarms sound. Troops, ground crews and droids rush to their alert stations. Armored landspeeders are lined up in attack formation near the main entrance. Leia is briefing a group of pilots gathered in the center of the hangar. Beyond them Han can be seen doing some frantic welding on the lifters of the Millennium Falcon.

LEIA
… the large transport ships will leave as soon as they’ve loaded. Only two fighter escorts per ship. The energy shield can only be opened for a split second at a time, so you’ll have to stay very close to the transports.

PILOT
What about those Imperial ships out there?

LEIA
The ion cannon will fire two blasts which will destroy any enemy ships in your flight path. Then proceed to the rendezvous point. Good luck.

The pilots hurry away.
61. INT MAIN HANGAR DECK – MILLENNIUM FALCON – REBEL BASE

Han finishes his work and hops down to the hangar floor. He pulls out his com-link, all the time eyeing the lifters.
HAN
(into com-link)
All right, Chewie, give it a try.

Leia passes, giving Han a dirty look. A mechanism on the pirate’s ship makes a noise and the lifters begin to rise. Suddenly there is a malfunction and the right lifter breaks partially loose, swinging down with a crash. Han winces. Leia, across the hangar, turns at the sound and shoots Han a “What a screw-up!” look, then goes out.

HAN
(into com-link)
Hold it, Chewie.
62. INT COMMAND CENTER – REBEL BASE – HOTH

The command center is quiet but tense, a marked contrast to the rushing about on the hangar deck. Only the buzz of complicated electronic equipment overrides the silence. General Rieekan watches over the shoulder of a RADARMAN as hundreds of small dots dance across a scope readout. Leia joins him.

RADARMAN
Imperial assault craft have landed on the far side.

RIEEKAN
If they reach the power generators, that will be the end of our energy shield.

LEIA
We must hold them off until all our ships are safely away.

CONTROLLER
The first transport is ready… Stand by to fire the ion cannon.
63. EXT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER – SPACE

FULL SHOT – A huge Imperial Star Destroyer rests against a sea of stars with the white surface of the planet Hoth far below in the left part of the frame.
64. INT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER NO. 1 BRIDGE

FULL SHOT – Interior Imperial Star Destroyer. Out window stars and the white planet on the left side of the frame.
CONTROLLER
Sir… rebel ship coming into our sector.

CAPTAIN
Good, our first catch of the day. Close in…
65. COMMAND CENTER – REBEL BASE

The long line of rebel controllers are tense, as are Princess Leia and General Rieekan, although they try not to show it. R-2 scoots by in the background followed by Threepio; they leave the room.

CONTROLLER
Our transport is approaching the shield.

RADARMAN
Open the shield and fire.
66. EXT ION CANNON – REBEL BASE ICE COVE

FULL SHOT – Giant ball-shaped ion cannon as it rotates into position and blasts two red energy beams skyward.
67. SPACE – HOTH REBEL TRANSPORT

FULL SHOT – SPACE – The planet Hoth covers two-thirds of the frame, left and lower. A medium rebel transport races away from the planet, followed by the two red energy beams. All race over camera.
68. SPACE – IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER – REBEL TRANSPORT

FULL SHOT TRUCKING as the rebel transport races over the camera toward the waiting Imperial Star Destroyer, followed, then overtaken by the two red energy bolts. The Imperial Star Destroyer is hit in the conning tower by the bolts, causing great explosions.
69. SPACE – IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER – REBEL TRANSPORT

FULL SHOT – Imperial Star Destroyer as a series of explosions rock the ship causing it to veer, then spin wildly out of control. SIDE VIEW of Star Destroyer right to left as it careens into deep space, and the rebel transport moves across the screen left to right. PAN with the rebel ship as it races away to safety.
70. MAIN HANGAR DECK – REBEL BASE – HOTH

Pilots, gunners and R-2 units hurry about. Luke, pulling on his heavy weather gear, is headed toward a row of armored speeders. He stops at the back of the Millennium Falcon, where Han and Chewie are trying to repair the right lifter with even more haste than before. Luke speaks up to them.
LUKE
Looks like this’ll be it for awhile. Chewie, take care of yourself… and watch over this guy, will ya.

Chewie BARKS a farewell and returns to his work. Han and Luke exchange warm looks.

LUKE
I hope you make your peace with Jabba.

HAN
Don’t worry. You haven’t seen the last of us.

Han swings down by one arm like a monkey and clasps Luke’s hand. They hold for a long moment, then break. Luke nods and moves away. Han watches him go.

HAN
Give ‘em hell, kid.

He goes back to work. Everyone cheers at the announcement which echoes through the hangar.

ANNOUNCER (OVER PA)
First transport is clear and away.

Luke hurries up to his landspeeder. His gunner, DACK, a fresh-faced, eager kid, is glad to see him. They climb in.

DACK
Are you feeling all right, sir?

LUKE
Like new, Dack. How ’bout you? Ready to try some real fighting?

DACK
Yes, sir! Right now I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself. You know what I mean, Commander?

LUKE
(quietly, strapping in)
Yeah, I know… I know.

Leia’s voice comes over the PA system.
LEIA (OVER PA)
Speeder pilots… Your fighters are being towed to the south slope. They should be safe there. You’ll get a signal when the evacuation is complete.
71. ICE CORRIDOR – REBEL BASE – HOTH

Threepio and Artoo stand in the middle of the corridor as troops and aides rush past them.

THREEPIO
Why is it when things seem to get settled, everything falls apart. Well, I guess it’s goodbye then… Take good care of Master Luke… and take good care of yourself, too. Until we meet again…

Artoo replies with a whistle and a toot, turns and speeds down the hallway. Threepio waves, then turns and moves off in the opposite direction.
72. EXT ICE CAVE (MATTE)

With gun tower in the foreground, men rush about getting ready for the battle. The giant gun swings around pointing to camera slightly left to right.
73. EXT ICE PLAIN – SNOW TRENCH – HOTH

MED SHOT – Rebel troops carry heavy bazooka-type weapons into position along a snow trench. Men rush about as officers yell orders and brace themselves against the rhythmic gusts of wind.
74. EXT ICE PLAIN – GUN TOWERS

MED SHOT – Rebel troops load power packs into a gun turret and swing its guns into position.
75. EXT ICE PLAIN – POWER GENERATORS – GUN TOWERS

MED SHOT – Rebel troops move a dish-like ray gun into position. The huge power generator can be seen in background against the ice cliffs.
76. EXT ICE PLAIN – POWER GENERATORS – GUN TOWERS

MED SHOT of generator, as men scurry about in the foreground carrying equipment. The loud buzz and popping of the generator is deafening. Long fingers of energy fly off the huge cores every so often. One trooper moves into the foreground as he hears something but can’t quite make out what it is.
77. EXT ICE PLAIN – POWER GENERATORS – GUN TOWERS

MED CLOSE-UP – An officer in the trench hears the sound also. He turns toward the ice plain horizon. All work stops as the men listen to the distant, thump, thump, thump sound. The officer squints to see something.
78. EXT ICE PLAIN – HOTH – POV

WIDE SHOT – A thin horizon line cuts across the bleak landscape. Small dot-sized objects begin to appear on the horizon: the wind begins to pick up.
79. EXT ICE PLAIN – HOTH

EXTREME CLOSE-UP – The giant foot of an Imperial snow walker crashes thru frame, kicking up snow and ice. It rises out of frame.
80. EXT ICE PLAIN POWER GENERATOR – GUN TOWERS

MED SHOT – The rebel officer lifts a pair of electrobinoculars to his eyes.
81. EXT ICE PLAIN – HOTH – POV

ELECTRO-BINOCULAR POV of very close view on a giant walker, the view ZOOMS back to reveal a full shot of three approaching walkers. Small flashes appear around the guns of the lumbering monsters.
82. EXT ICE PLAINS – POWER GENERATORS – GUN TOWERS

MED SHOT – The officer drops his binoculars as the regular rhythmic pounding begins to vibrate the ground. It grows louder, with a high-pitched, metallic rattling. He speaks into a com-link.
LIEUTENANT
Incoming! Open up… they’re point 03, Commander Skywalker

LUKE
We’re on our way.

The ice and snow explode around the officer and his men.
83. EXT ICE PLAIN – POWER GENERATORS – GUN TOWERS

MED SIDE ANGLE – The rebel troops aim their weapons at the horizon as explosions erupt all around them. They are nervous, and tighten their weapons from the cold or fear. Behind the troops a dozen speeders race screen left to right.
84. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED FULL SHOT – Four speeders race over camera at full throttle. Slight left to right angle.
85. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

HIGH ANGLE – Trucking with speeders as they accelerate away from camera toward the distant walkers.
86. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED CLOSE-UP – Walker head fires at speeders. Second walker in background. Moving right to left.
87. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED FULL SHOT – Two speeders going left to right across ice plain. The one in the foreground explodes in a ball of flames. Camera trucking with ships.
88. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

INT SPEEDER OVER-SHOULDER – Pilot (Luke) works his controls as he fires at the approaching walkers. The monstrous machines fire back, shaking the speeder in a hail of flack.
89. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED SHOT – Side view looking forward along head of walker as two speeders race toward it, split and fly past. One speeder on the far side of the head, the other to camera.
90. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT – Two speeders going away, race over camera past walker and bank to the right. Camera trucks in at slower speed toward flank of walker during shot.
91. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

INT PILOT POV – Speeder cockpit. Speeder turns, approaching walker number one, and flys through the legs of the monstrous machine. The horizon twists as the speeder banks through the legs. Second walker in background.

LUKE
Rogue Leader to Rogue Three.

WEDGE
Copy, Rogue Leader.
92. INT LUKE’S SNOW SPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

CLOSE-UP LUKE – Looking back to the speeder cockpit. The horizon twists and shakes behind Luke’s head as he swings the tiny craft around for another run.

LUKE
Wedge, split your squad into pairs…
93. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT – Pan through foreground legs of walker as speeder banks and turns away. Two other speeders pass the first speeder going in the opposite direction.
94. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED FULL SHOT – Three walkers marching right to left firing all cannons.
95. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

CLOSE-UP LUKE – Luke speeds towards approaching snow walkers.
96. INT WALKER NO. 3 COCKPIT

Two pilots watch the distant gun emplacements as they maneuver their war machine forward.

PILOT
On the right!

Luke’s speeder banks in from the side and heads straight for the viewport, blasting away. A huge explosion hits the window and dissipates. The speeder roars over the window.
97. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT – Moving across the top of the walker as Luke’s speeder skims across it. Trucking with the speeder then it flys overhead.
98. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

CLOSE-UP LUKE LOOKING BACK as the walker grows small in the distance.

LUKE
That armor is too strong for blasters.
99. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

OVERHEAD TWISTING FULL SHOT WALKER – Luke’s speeder banks up toward camera and turns.
100. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

SIDE VIEW CLOSE-UP LUKE – On the horizon a walker moves up past the cockpit window twisting as Luke banks and starts another run.

LUKE
Rogue Group use your harpoons and tow cables. Go for the legs. It’s our only hope of stopping them. Hobbie, are you still with me?
101. INT HOBBIE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE FOUR

CLOSE-UP FRONT HOBBIE as the horizon twists then rights itself in the background. Hobbie, a tanned-skin vet of many battles, expertly works his controls.

HOBBIE
Yes, sir.

LUKE (VO)
Well stick close now.
102. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL OVERHEAD TRUCKING – Luke’s speeder races into the frame from the left in full bank, then straightens out. Hobbie’s ship comes in from the left and moves in next to Luke’s ship in a tight formation. They bank in unison and drop closer to the ice surface.
103. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

SIDE CLOSE-UP DACK – Struggles with his harpoon gun as he bounces around in the tumbling ship.

DACK
Whoea! Luke, I can’t seem to find my restraints…

Explosions flash outside the window. As the ship moves left to right they pass a walker in the distance.
104. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

INT PILOT’S POV – Over the shoulder of Luke as he swings the speeder around and aims it at the oncoming walker. Laser bolts and flack create a deadly wall the speeder must pass through.

LUKE
Just hang on Dack, and get ready to fire that tow cable…

A huge explosion engulfs Luke’s speeder, the battered craft wobbles a bit.
105. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

FRONT CLOSE-UP LUKE – As the speeder shudders under the impact of the explosion, but he manages to regain control of the craft. The horizon twists in the background.
LUKE
Stand by, Dack, we’re almost there. Are you okay, Dack?
106. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL LOW ANGLE – The speeders fly in a tight formation toward the camera as explosions burst all around the craft. The speeders fly right over the camera.
107. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

SIDE CLOSE-UP LUKE – Interior speeder as Luke struggles to turn around to see if Dack is alright. In the background the giant legs of the walker pass by as Luke banks under the monstrous machine.

LUKE
Dack!
108. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

CLOSE-UP DACK FROM LUKE’S POV – Dack is lost, blood streams down his forehead which rests on his smoldering controls. Out the back window the receding walker can be seen in the distance.
109. EXT ICE PLAIN – POWER GENERATORS – GUN TOWERS

MED SHOT – Rebel troops fire their strange weapons at the oncoming walker. Explosions burst all around them. A gun turret explodes in the foreground.
110. EXT ICE PLAIN – POWER GENERATORS – GUN TOWERS

MED SHOT – Rebel troops fire at camera with the generator visible in the distance. Explosions erupt in the foreground.
111. EXT ICE PLAIN – POWER GENERATORS – GUN TOWERS

MED SHOT – The rebel officer we had seen earlier is hit by laser fire. Troops rush to his aid.
112. EXT ICE PLAIN – POWER GENERATORS – GUN TOWERS

MED SHOT – Rebel troops fire the dish-like ray gun. The generator is seen in the background.
113. EXT ICE PLAIN – BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT – Two walkers (one near, one far) lumber on toward camera as a speeder between them explodes in a ball of flames going left to right.
114. INT MAIN HANGAR DECK – HOTH

Muffled explosions create ear-shattering cracks in the ice roof of the hangar. Han and Chewie look up from their frantic welding to see the gap in the ceiling grow wider. Han makes a final weld.

HAN
First chance we get, we’re giving this crate a complete overhaul… That’s tight enough. Let’s get out of here before we become permanent residents.
115. COMMAND CENTER – REBEL BASE – HOTH

Large chunks of snow tumble into the command center. Leia seeks shelter.

LEIA
Two transports at a time is awfully risky.

RIEEKAN
We have no choice. Send them up… and start clearing everyone out.
116. INT IMPERIAL WALKER NO. 1

COCKPIT – Over the shoulder of the pilots to the power generator in the distance. Explosions all around. Two speeders race by right to left. The pilots fire at the gnat-like attackers. General Veers moves in between the pilots.

VEERS
What’s the range to the power generators?
PILOT
Six twenty one… still too far out of range, but it won’t be long.
117. INT IMPERIAL WALKER NO. 1 COCKPIT

CLOSE-UP VEERS – As he bounces along, he pulls down an electro-telescope and studies the rebel positions.

VEERS
We have that line of gun emplacements to get through…

PILOT
No problem…

Suddenly, the huge vehicle rocks violently. The pilots scramble over their controls to level the crafts.

VEERS
What’s that?
118. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

HIGH SHOT – Side view of a speeder going left to right as it banks sharply and dives away from camera toward the fast rushing surface.
119. INT WEDGE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE THREE

CLOSE-UP FRONT – Wedge lets out a rebel yell, the horizon twisting behind him.
120. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT TRUCKING – Panning with the speeder as it turns around and races under camera. Starts going left to right, turns to go overhead.
121. INT WEDGE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE THREE

OVER THE SHOULDER POV of Wedge as he heads toward Walker No. 3, going almost to where it passes between the legs.
122. INT WEDGE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE THREE

CLOSE-UP SIDE SHOT of the gunner as he passes the legs. He reaches for the firing switch.

WEDGE
Activate harpoon.
123. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED FULL SHOT of the speeder racing to camera through the legs of Walker No. 3.
124. INT WEDGE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE THREE

CLOSE-UP HAND pushes button that fires harpoon.
125. INT WEDGE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE THREE

BACK POV from gunner as the harpoon flashes and fires at the receding legs.

ROGUE THREE GUNNER
Cable out! Let her go…
126. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED SHOT of the harpoon going right to left and embedding itself in one of the legs of Walker No. 3.
127. INT WEDGE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE THREE

CLOSE-UP SIDE WEDGE as he checks his controls, and banks around the walker’s front. Left to right.
128. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT SPEEDER as it races left to right around one of the giant walker feet, trailing the cable behind it. The speeder continues around the back foot going right to left. Truck with the Walker No. 3.
129. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

HIGH OVERHEAD MOVING SHOT of speeder as it circles the walker moving around the tail end. A second speeder passes in the foreground with the cable in tow.
130. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL PANNING SHOT of speeder moving left to right in front of the giant legs of the walker towing the cable.
131. INT WEDGE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE THREE

CLOSE-UP OF WEDGE as he swings the speeder between the legs of the giant walker.
132. INT WEDGE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE THREE

PILOT’S POV of walkers legs as the speeder races along the side close to the lumbering machine.

ROGUE THREE GUNNER
Cable out!
133. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT panning with the speeder as it zooms behind the legs moving right to left.
134. INT WEDGE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE THREE

CLOSE-UP HAND pushes button on cable release inside speeder cockpit.
135. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

CLOSE-UP CABLE RELEASE on back of the speeder as it snaps loose and the cable drops away.
136. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT OF THE SPEEDER zooming over camera and away into the distance moving slightly right to left. Low angle, no horizon.
137. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED SHOT of the tangled legs and feet of Walker No. 3 coming to camera. The monster begins to stumble.
138. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

EXTREME LONG SHOT OF WALKER NO. 3 through the legs of a foreground walker. The giant Imperial assault machine stumbles and starts to fall to the ground. Side angle moving right to left.
139. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

CLOSE FULL SHOT of Walker No. 3 coming to camera crashing into the snow which flies in all directions.
140. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

CLOSE-UP LUKE FRONT with twisting horizon background.

WEDGE (VO)
Rogue Leader… One down, Luke.

LUKE
I see it Wedge… good work.
141. EXT ICE PLAIN – SNOW TRENCH – GUN TOWERS

MED SHOT OF TROOPS in the trenches cheering at the fallen walker. A damaged gun turret smolders in the background. An officer gives a signal in the foreground and the rebel troops charge the fallen walker moving left to right.
142. EXT ICE PLAIN – POWER GENERATORS – GUN TOWERS

FULL SHOT of the troops jumping out of the trenches running to camera. The main power generator can be seen in the distance.
143. EXT EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SIDE TRUCKING SHOT of rebel troops running left to right as two speeders race overhead going in the same direction.
144. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT of downed Walker No. 3 as Imperial Snow Stormtroopers climb out of the smoldering walker and start firing at the coming rebels. The rebel troops run over the camera toward the Imperial forces, followed by two rebel speeders flying low overhead.
145. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

CLOSER ANGLE – Troops rush and fire at the fallen walker as a speeder banks low overhead, blasting away, causing great explosions around the walker.
146. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT of Luke and Rogue Two’s speeder flying in formation, banking from right to left and flying overhead. Low angle, no horizon. Flak bursts all around them.
147. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

CLOSE-UP OF LUKE from the front. He looks over to Rogue Two on his left. The horizon levels out behind him. The ship shudders as flack bursts all around his speeder.

LUKE
Steady, Rogue Two, I’ll cover for you.
148. INT ZEV’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE TWO

SIDE CLOSE-UP ANGLE on Rogue Two. Luke’s speeder can be seen in the background. The speeders are moving left to right. Rogue Two is wounded in the face.

ROGUE TWO (ZEV)
It’s no good, I can’t see.

LUKE (VO)
Steady, just keep it steady.

The ship bounces under the constant impact of flack.
149. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

LUKE’S POV OUT THE SPEEDER window at the distant oncoming walker as flack bursts on all sides. Laser bolts streak past.

LUKE
I’ll lead you in.
150. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

CLOSE-UP FRONT LUKE works his controls, as the ship shudders under the impact. He keeps looking screen left to Rogue Two.

LUKE
Is your gunner alright?

ROGUE TWO GUNNER (VO)
I’m O.K., sir.

LUKE
Just keep it steady. Don’t try to…

Luke’s speeder is rocked by a huge explosion, and a loud metal scream drowns out Luke’s sentence. He struggles with the controls as a look of terror crosses his face. Smoke pours out the back and the horizon twists.
151. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT of oncoming walkers in distance as Luke’s speeder races over camera moving left to right trailing smoke and flames. The speeder crashes into the snow a few yards in front of the walker.
152. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

INT CLOSE-UP inside Luke’s cockpit as he struggles to get out. He gets desperate as he looks out the cockpit window.
153. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

LUKE’S POV out cockpit window of giant walker feet crunching even closer. The ship shudders under the impact of the huge metal feet pounding the ice plain.
154. INT ZEV’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE TWO

CLOSE-UP FRONT Rogue Two, blood streaming down his face, struggles with his controls. The flack is murder.

ROGUE TWO (ZEV)
Luke… What happened, I can’t…

The cockpit explodes in a ball of flames.
155. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SIDE SHOT of Rogue Two’s speeder in a ball of flames going left to right.
156. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – ROGUE LEADER

SIDE ANGLE CLOSE-UP from inside the cockpit as Luke manages to get the hatch open and pulls himself out. The ship shakes from the approaching walker.
157. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

EXTREME CLOSE-UP of giant walking foot as it comes crashing to the ground, sending snow in all directions.
158. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED FULL SHOT (looking back at Luke, away from walker) as Luke climbs out of the speeder and starts to run forward. The ominous shadow of the huge Walker No. 2 falls over him as he looks up at the approaching monster. The ground shakes under the impact of the pounding feet. Luke gets an idea and runs back to the speeder, reaching inside the cockpit for something.
159. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

EXTREME CLOSE-UP of the giant walker’s foot as it comes crashing to the ground, sending snow in all directions.
160. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED CLOSE-UP as Luke rummages through the smoldering speeder and comes up with a climbing gun. Luke looks up, and ducks as the front foot of the walker comes crashing down right behind him, shaking the speeder violently. He reaches back in the cockpit for something else, glancing up with a worried look.
161. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

LUKE’S POV of the moving underbelly of the huge Walker No. 2 as it passes over his head.
162. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

CLOSE-UP of Luke outside the speeder as he searches the cockpit, straining to reach inside.
163. INT LUKE’S SNOWSPEEDER – INSERT

CLOSE-UP Luke’s arm inside the speeder. He grabs a hold of a large landmine-type bomb and pulls it out of the speeder cockpit.
164. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED FULL SIDE VIEW as Luke pulls the landmine out of the cockpit and leaps away just as the huge black foot of Walker No. 2 comes crashing down on the tiny speeder. The rebel vehicle is crushed flat by the powerful walker.
165. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED CLOSE-UP of Luke as he stumbles up out of the snow and runs toward camera slightly left to right chasing after the lumbering walker. He hooks the landmine around his neck.
166. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

CLOSE-UP LUKE as walker foot raises in background.
167. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED PAN PAST the back legs of Walker No. 2 following Luke as he runs under the monstrous machine and fires the gun at the underbelly of the walker, directly above him. A thin cable follows the projectile from the gun. Another walker can be seen in the background moving left to right.
168. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

CLOSE-UP OF MAGNETIC head and cable attaching itself on the underbelly of Walker No. 2. The cable is pulled tight as Luke tests it.
169. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED SHOT of Luke running and climbing up the cable. The second walker can be seen left to right in the background.
170. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

EXTREME LONG SHOT of Luke dangling from the underbelly of Walker No. 2, moving right to left. The giant legs of a second walker move through the foreground.
171. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED CLOSE-UP of Luke climbing the cable to the underbelly of Walker No. 2 going right to left. The two rebel speeders pass in the background. Flack burst in the distance.
172. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

HIGH ANGLE LOOKING down at Luke as he climbs the cable into a close shot. The walker’s giant feet are seen pounding across the moving snow. Stray laser bolts pass him as he swings.
173. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED SIDE SHOT of Luke as he reaches the hull of Walker No. 2, next to a small hatch. Luke, hanging precariously, cuts the solid metal hatch with his lasersword.
174. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

CLOSE SIDE ANGLE of Luke taking the landmine from around his neck and placing it inside the Imperial machine. He closes the hatch and starts sown the cable, fast.
175. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

LOW ANGLE looking up at Walker No. 2 as Luke slides down the cable, then drops past camera.
176. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

SIDE MED SHOT of Luke falling, then drops out of the frame.
177. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

3/4 REAR LOW ANGLE SHOT of the giant Walker No. 2. It stops in mid-step. A muffled explosion is heard, then the insides of the giant walker come blasting out every conceivable opening. It sits dead in its tracks, smoking like a locomotive on stilts.
178. COMMAND CENTER – REBEL BASE

The command center is a shambles. The continual explosions outside have caused a massive cave-in. A lone controller works at the remaining computer board, while Leia, Threepio and another controller attempt to move a cake of ice off of General Rieekan. Finally, the ice tumbles to one side and Leia goes to the General, but it’s too late. Threepio inspects the General’s pulse.

THREEPIO
I’m afraid he’s no longer functioning.

Leia is truly sorrowful. She holds the General’s hand a moment and regards him reflectively.

CONTROLLER
(urgent)
The last transport is waiting.

Another explosion rocks the area.

THREEPIO
Beg your pardon, ma’am, but our possible avenues of exit are being rapidly reduced.

Leia nods, stands, and speaks to the controller with renewed authority.

LEIA
Tell the ship we’re on our way, and signal the troops in the field to retreat to their fighters.
179. INT ICE CORRIDOR – REBEL BASE – HOTH

Apart from the distant thunder of laser blasts, the corridor is strangely quiet and empty. Running footsteps echo through the freezing hallway, then Han appears. He hurries toward the Control Center just as Leia, Threepio and the two controllers exit the room. Leia is surprised to see him. Han is greatly relieved to see her.

HAN
… I heard on the com-link the command station was destroyed. You all right?

Leia nods, still a little confused.
LEIA
General Rieekan’s dead.

Han grimaces at the news, then looks them over.

HAN
This all that’s left of your unit? You’d better hurry, the transport’s waiting for you.

180. INT ICE CORRIDOR – REBEL BASE – HOTH

With 3PO trailing behind, they race down the corridor to where it ends in a T and round the corner only to find it blocked with ice and snow. They start back the other way when Han stops at a door with a big cross on it.

HAN
That way is going to take too long. Let’s go through these storage rooms.

He starts for the door and hears a faint banging.

HAN
Hey! Someone’s still in here.

LEIA
Wait, don’t open it… that’s one of the traps for the ice creatures.

The pounding increases.

THREEPIO
Oh my, there must be a hundred of them in there.

They race down the corridor.
181. INT COCKPIT – REBEL TRANSPORT

The pilots are getting nervous, the captain leans over one.

CAPTAIN
I don’t know if there’s anyone left alive in there. Give it one more try.
PILOT
Control unit 33, this is transport XJ… we can’t wait any longer…
182. INT ICE CORRIDOR

Han pulls his com-link out and talks as he runs.

HAN
Hello, XJ! They’re coming now…

Suddenly there is an explosion, a loud crack. Han turns, grabs the Princess and pulls her to the wall as a giant cave-in smothers the two controllers.

Han grabs his com-link as Leia helps Threepio dig himself out of the snow.

HAN
Transport XJ. get out of here. Go!

THREEPIO
The energy shield is down. We’ll be stuck here forever.
183. EXT REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT – HOTH

The icy wind picks up as the battle rages. Rebel and Imperial troops are firing at each other at point blank range.
184. EXT SNOW BY REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT – HOTH

A walker steps on several rebel troops as they attempt to flee.
185. EXT REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT

A rebel officer puts his hand to his helmet earphone in an attempt to hear his com-link.

COM-LINK
Disengage – Disengage – Ships away. Begin retreat action.

The officer flips a switch on his com-link and a loud whistle is heard. He signals his men to retreat.
186. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT of Walker No. 1 as it advances at camera, going slightly right to left. The smoldering walker that Luke just blasted stands dead in its tracks in the background.
187. INT IMPERIAL WALKER NO. 1 – COCKPIT

CLOSE over the shoulder of walker pilot. POV of rebel troops and power generators. Veers steps into the frame.
188. INT IMPERIAL WALKER NO. 1 – COCKPIT

REVERSE CLOSE-UP of Veers as he studies various readouts.

PILOT
All resistance is fading.

VEERS
Good, we have them now. Prepare to target the main generator.
189. EST REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT – HOTH

MED SHOT – Rebel troops retreat under the onslaught.
190. EXT REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT – HOTH

ANOTHER ANGLE – Rebel troops retreat as a walker looms in the background. Pan down to troops as an explosion hits.
191. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

HIGH ANGLE of troops fleeing and firing back toward camera.
192. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

LOW ANGLE FULL SHOT of three of the giant walkers advancing to camera, firing lasers, with troops in foreground running toward and over camera as the snow erupts all around them. A lone rebel speeder is in the background.
193. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

BACK CLOSE-UP of guns on walker-head, firing.
194. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

MED BEHIND TROOPS fleeing over camera, the ground explodes around them.
195. INT WALKER NO. 1 – COCKPIT

CLOSE-UP VEERS inside Walker No. 1 cockpit. He speaks over the com-link as he studies various readouts.

VEERS
… yes, Lord Vader. I’ve reached the main power generators and I’m destroying them now. The shield will be down in moments. You may start your landing…

PILOT
Look out!

Veers looks out the cockpit window.
196. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT of Hobbie’s speeder, Rogue Four, as it races over camera right at the head of the oncoming walker.
197. INT WALKER NO. 1 – COCKPIT

OVER THE SHOULDER of Veers and his pilots as the speeder crashes into the front window.

PILOT
He’s going to…

Impact, huge explosion.
198. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT of Walker No. 1 with head exploding and frying into a million pieces.
199. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

FULL SHOT Walker No. 1. After a few moments the headless walker topples over on its side in a cloud of snow.
200. EXT BATTLEFIELD – HOTH

The clamor of battle is heard in the distance. Stray laser bolts whiz past. Debris and rubble are scattered everywhere. Nearby stands the burned-out hulk of No. 2 Walker Luke destroyed, hatches and metal parts clanking in the chilly Hoth wind.
201. EXT BATTLEFIELD – SNOWDRIFT – HOTH

Luke pops his head out of a hole in the snow. Still a little shaken, he tries to stand up, but can’t. His com-link whistles.

COM-LINK
… ships away. Begin retreat action. All troops begin retreat action.

Luke musters all his strength and starts off through the snow toward a distant ice formation.
202. INT MAIN HANGAR – REBEL BASE – HOTH

A distant, huge explosion rocks the hangar deck. Ice cakes come crashing down on the Millennium Falcon. Chewie is pacing under the safety of the ship’s landing gear. The giant Wookiee pats the underbelly of his beloved ship and barks a few reassuring words. Chewie searches in vain for his captain. Something catches the Wookiee’s eye and he lets out a loud SHRIEK.

It is Han and Leia running toward the ship. Chewie runs out into the falling ice, lets out another SHRIEK, then runs up the ship’s ramp. Han and Leia run up the ramp after Chewie. Threepio is not far behind.
203. INT MILLENNIUM FALCON COCKPIT – INT ICE CAVE

Ice batters the cockpit windows as Chewie works at the controls. Han rushes in and sits in the pilot’s seat. Chewie barks a blue streak at his friend.
HAN
I couldn’t get back any faster. It’s pretty shaky out there.

Chewie starts chattering a mile a minute about something and points to one of the gauges. Han looks worried.

HAN
I know… I know. It’s not good. But cheer up… one way or another it will be over soon
204. SCENE MOVED
204X. INT ICE CORRIDOR – REBEL BASE – HOTH

Imperial troops appear pushing through an ice blockage. Vader is revealed.
204Y. INT COMMAND CENTER – REBEL BASE – HOTH

Imperial troops come rushing through. Vader surveys the place. A huge ice chunk falls, almost hitting him. He continues around it.
205. INT MAIN HOLD MILLENNIUM FALCON – MAIN HANGAR – HOTH.

Han standing before a control panel, is busy flipping switches as Chewie watches the troublesome gauge. Leia worriedly watches their efforts.

HAN
How’s that, Chewie?

The Wookiee barks a negative reply.

LEIA
Would it help if I got out and pushed?

HAN
Don’t worry, your holiness, I’ll get her started.

Threepio clanks into the hold.

THREEPIO
Sir, I was wondering if I might…
[Han gives the gold robot a devastating look.]

THREEPIO (Continued)
It can wait

Threepio turns and makes a hasty retreat.

LEIA
This bucket of bolts is never going to get us past that blockade.

HAN
This baby’s got a few surprises left in her.

LEIA
I’ll be surprised if we ever start moving.

Chewie lets out a loud WHELP as laser bolts begin to hit the cockpit window.
206. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – MAIN HANGAR – HOTH.

SIDE VIEW – Han and Chewie look out the window and see a squad of stormtroopers rushing into the hangar deck, firing. Han makes a final panel adjustment.

HAN
Well, I’ve tried everything, Chewie… You’ll just have to switch over, and hope for the best.

Chewie pulls back on the controls and the first stage of engine fire can be heard. Han flashes a big grin at Leia as he swings past her into the pilot’s seat.

Leia straps herself into one of the navigator’s chairs.

LEIA
Someday you’re going to be wrong, and I just hope I’m there to see it.

Han sets himself, looks at Chewie.

HAN
Punch it!

The roar of the Falcon’s main engines blast out everything as the ice cave wall rushes by outside the cockpit window, moving right to left.
HAN
(shouts)
Chewie!

Han straps himself into the seat. Leia gets into the navigator’s chair.
206W. INT MAIN HANGAR DECK – HOTH

Stormtroopers are setting up a large Bazooka-like weapon. Behind them the giant hangar doors are opening.
206X. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – MAIN HANGAR – HOTH

A laser gun appears and swings around.
206Y. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – MAIN HANGAR – HOTH

Long shot main hangar. Angle behind Stormtroopers with Millennium Falcon in background.

The Stormtroopers are preparing to fire their Bazooka cannon when they are hit by the gun on the Millennium Falcon. They are thrown about in all directions.
206Z. INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – MAIN HANGAR – HOTH

Chewie comes dashing into the cockpit.

HAN
We’ll just have to switch over, and hope for the best.

A laser hits the window near Chewie as he is settling into his chair. He lets out a loud WHELP. Chewie pulls back on the controls and the first stage of engine fire can be heard. Han flashes a big grin at Leia.

LEIA
Someday you’re going to be wrong, and I just hope I’m there to see it.

Han looks at Chewie.

HAN
Punch it!

The roar of the Falcon’s main engines blast out everything as the ice cave wall rushes by outside the cockpit window, moving right to left.
207. OMIT
207X. INT MAIN HANGAR – HOTH

Stormtroopers run into hangar. Vader comes out of an ice corridor. The roar of the Millennium Falcon engines is very loud. He stops.
207Y. POV VADER – INT MAIN HANGAR – HOTH

Shooting toward the main hangar doors as the Millennium Falcon (which is now through the door) lifts up and disappears.
208. EXT ICE SLOPE – MILLENNIUM FALCON – HOTH

FULL SHOT of Luke and two other pilots looking up in the snowstorm as the Millennium Falcon races from the distance and over the camera. The ship is flying very close to the ground.
209. EXT SKY OVER ICE SLOPE – HOTH

Luke’s POV Millennium Falcon racing skyward.
210. EXT ICE SLOPE – X WING – HOTH

Luke, Wedge, and the pilot trudge onward toward the outline of an X wing fighter.

LUKE
There goes the Falcon. At least Han got away. Wedge, that looks like yours over there.

WEDGE
Right. Good luck, Luke.

The pilots split up. Luke waves as the others disappear in the windblown snow. He walks on, and hears a familiar whistle coming from the vague silhouette of a fighter.

LUKE
Artoo, is that you?!

Artoo chirps an excited acknowledgement as Luke climbs aboard the snow-covered spacecraft. Artoo beeps his relief. The roar of the departing X wings can be heard in the distance.

LUKE
Don’t worry, we’ll be airborne in a second. Open the cockpit and activate the power.
211. INT MAIN HANGAR DECK – REBEL BASE – HOTH

Darth Vader strides through the remains of the rebel fortress. Two stormtroopers struggle to keep up with the giant presence. Admiral Piett catches up with the Dark Lord.

PIETT
Seventeen ships destroyed, we don’t know how many got away.

VADER
Anything on the Millennium Falcon?

PIETT
It won’t get through the blockade.

VADER
I want that ship.
212. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTER – STAR DESTROYER – SPACE

FULL SHOT, SPACE, with the white planet of Hoth in the lower part of the frame. The Millennium Falcon speeds away from the planet and over camera, closely followed by one huge Star Destroyer and six tiny Tie fighters which also race past camera. The slow moving Star Destroyer fills the frame as it plows ever forward.
213. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS – STAR DESTROYER – SPACE

FULL SHOT, SPACE. The Falcon races low over camera toward two very bright star-sized objects. The six Tie fighters zoom overhead in pursuit followed by a huge Imperial Star Destroyer.
214. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

OVERSHOULDER HAN AND CHEWIE. Inside the cockpit Chewie lets out a loud howl. Han checks the deflectors as the ship begins to get buffeted by exploding flak. He appears to be doing six things at once.

HAN
(harried)
I know, I know, I see them…

LEIA
See what?

HAN
Two more Star Destroyers heading right at us.

LEIA
I’m glad you said there was going to be no problem, or I’d be worried.

Threepio bumps and bangs his way into the cockpit.

THREEPIO
Sir, I was wondering…

HAN
Sit down, and shut up!

THREEPIO
It can wait.
215. INT COCKPIT MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

FULL SHOT INT MILLENNIUM FALCON. POV out window at two approaching Star Destroyers as they grow larger. Small flashes of light on the oncoming Star Destroyers turn into large flak bursts which rock the Falcon. The Star Destroyers grow larger as they get ever closer.

HAN
Chewie, how’s the deflector shield holding up?

Chewie barks a reply as he readjusts an overhead switch.

HAN
Good… at sub-light, they may be faster, but we can still outmaneuver them. Hold on!
216. INT COCKPIT MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

CLOSE POV – out the Falcon cockpit window as the stars and looming Star Destroyers suddenly shift radically, rising through the top of the cockpit window as the Millennium Falcon starts into a steep dive. Everyone’s stomach is in their throat as Han makes a ninety degree dive straight down.
217. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – STAR DESTROYERS – SPACE

FULL SHOT underneath one of the huge oncoming Star Destroyers as the Millennium Falcon races toward it. Suddenly the Falcon starts into a steep dive straight down toward camera. The Falcon races over camera followed by four Tie fighters. The bottom side of the Star Destroyer continues on a collision course.
218. EXT STAR DESTROYERS – SPACE

A huge Star Destroyer in the foreground heads right at two oncoming Star Destroyers and slowly starts to veer to the left.
219. INT STAR DESTROYER NO. 2 BRIDGE – SPACE

INT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER – Out the front window the two oncoming Star Destroyers can be seen veering to the left.

Alarms, panic. Pilots are abandoning their posts as the Imperial Star Destroyers on the view-scanner get closer. The Captain tries to keep control of the situation.

CAPTAIN NEEDA
Turn it! Turn it!
220. EXT SPACE – MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS

FULL SHOT, SPACE – The Millennium Falcon races to camera followed by four Tie fighters with laser bolts.
221. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

Things have calmed down a bit, but the race isn’t over yet. Chewie barks at Han. Leia is still trying to find her stomach. The ship is buffeted by laser blasts.

HAN
That slowed them down a bit. Chewie stand by to make the jump to light speed.

The buffeting of the lasers becomes louder and stronger.

LEIA
They’re getting awfully close…

With a gleam in his eye.

HAN
Oh yeah… Watch this.
222. INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – COCKPIT

REVERSE POV over shoulder out cockpit window as stars DO NOT go into hyperspace, but just sit there.
223. INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – COCKPIT

Han and Chewie look at each other and are thrown into an acute state of concern.

LEIA
Watch what?

Han tries again… nothing.

HAN
I think we’re in trouble.

THREEPIO
If I may say so, Sir, I noticed earlier that the entire main paralight system seems to be damaged.

HAN
We’re in trouble!

The explosions become heavier.
224. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS – STAR DESTROYER SPACE

FULL SHOT – The Falcon races over camera into the starry vastness followed by six Imperial Tie Fighters and an Imperial Star Destroyer.
225. EXT SPACE LUKE’S X WING – HOTH

FULL SHOT, HOTH – Luke’s fighter speeds away from the tiny planet, wings closed.
226. EXT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE

FULL SHOT – Luke’s fighter over camera, wings closed disappears into stars.
227. INT COCKPIT – LUKE’S X WING – SPACE

CLOSE SHOT Luke’s interior fighter, very small planet in background. He makes a decision and flips several switches.
228. INT COCKPIT – LUKE’S X WING – SPACE

LUKE’S POV – Stars shift right to left as Luke banks his fighter into a steep turn.
229. EXT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE

FULL SHOT – Fighter comes to camera, banks sharply to left. PAN with ship flying away in a new direction.
230. EXT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE

OVER ARTOO looking forward as the stars continue to move right to left, then stop as the fighter pulls out of its bank.
231. INT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE

INT CLOSE-UP LUKE, stars in background slowly moving from the bottom of the frame to the top.

The monitor screen on Luke’s control panel prints out R-2’s question.
LUKE
There’s nothing wrong, Artoo. I’m just setting a new course…
(Artoo beeps)
No, we’re not going to regroup with the others.
232. EXT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE

SIDE VIEW of Artoo as he begins his protest. Artoo whistles an unbelieving: “What?”
233. INT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE

Luke reads Artoo’s exclamation on his control panel.

LUKE
We’re going to the Dagobah System.
(Artoo beeps)
We have enough power.
(Artoo sing-songs a bit of chatter)
They don’t need us there.
(Artoo beeps)
I’m countermanding the order… I’m a commander, remember.

Luke checks his readouts and makes a few adjustments. He rides along with only the soft hum of the instruments to break the silence. Finally, Artoo chirps up.

LUKE
Yes, Artoo.

Artoo answers with a soft carefully-put phrase of whistles.

LUKE
Yes, Artoo, I know the Dagobah System doesn’t appear on any of our navigational charts. But, don’t worry, it’s there.
(Artoo beeps a worried beep)
I’m very sure… trust me.

Artoo lets out a limp little sigh. The little droid is silent for a moment, as though thinking. Then another beep.
LUKE
Yes, Artoo?
(a carefully-put sentence of whistles)
No… no headache, I feel fine… Why?
(Artoo chirps an innocent phrase)
No dizziness, no drowsiness, the scars are even gone…
(Artoo whistles a question)
No, that’s all right, Artoo, I’d rather keep it on manual control for awhile.

Artoo lets out a defeated whimper. Luke just smiles at his worried little friend.

LUKE
Trust me, Artoo. I know where I’m going and I’ll get us there safely… it’s not far.
234. EXT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER – TIE SHIPS – MILLENNIUM FALCON

The Falcon races to camera followed by four Tie fighters. The Falcon flies under camera, the Tie fighters fly over camera followed by Star Destroyer No. 2 in the distance.
235. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

SIDE VIEW INT COCKPIT right to left. Stars race by left to right as flak bursts outside the window.
236. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

Han works furiously at his controls while giving various orders to Chewie.

HAN
Horizontal booster…
(Chewie barks)
Alluvial damper…
(Chewie barks)
I don’t know how we’re going to get out of this one.

He gives Leia a glance, then a double take.
LEIA
I didn’t say anything…

Suddenly, a loud thump hits the side of the Falcon, causing it to lurch radically. Chewie barks louder.

HAN
That was no laser blast… something hit us…

LEIA
Or you ran into something…
237. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON

POV out front cockpit window as asteroids race by right to left.
238. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID BELT

Han continues to work his ship controls as a chunk of rock crosses in front of the ship.

HAN
Asteroids! Chewie, bank left, let’s find out where they’re coming from…

LEIA
Probably an asteroid field…

HAN
Let’s hope so… it’s just the chance we need.

LEIA
To get killed… you’re not seriously going into an asteroid field?

HAN
Aren’t I? Hang on, sweetheart. We’re gonna do some flyin’.

Another asteroid thumps against the ship. Leia winces.
LEIA You don’t have to do this to impress me.

THREEPIO
If I might remind you, sir, the probability of successfully navigating through an asteroid field is approximately 365,000 to one… a graceful surrender might not be…

Chewie turns and barks at Threepio, who immediately shuts up.
239. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID BELT

OVER SHOULDER POV as stars move right to left as the Falcon turns into the asteroid storm. Once the stars stop moving right to left and the ship completes its turn, asteroids start coming toward the cockpit window from the distance.
240. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS – ASTEROID BELT.

CLOSE-UP of asteroid as it tumbles away from the camera a fast speed. When about 40 per cent of the screen is filled with the asteroid, several smaller asteroids crash into it from the side, creating small explosions on the surface. Other asteroids in many sizes pass by in all directions, some colliding and creating explosions. When the big asteroid is 20 per cent of the screen, the tiny Millennium Falcon appears from behind it, veers around the right side and races past camera on the left side through the rain of rocks, followed by the four Tie fighters, bobbing and weaving around the asteroids.
241. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS – ASTEROID BELT.

FULL SIDE VIEW, TRUCKING with the Falcon as it dodges an asteroid. Several smaller asteroids explode as they collide with the hamburger-shaped ship. PAN with the ship as it banks away from the camera. Four Tie fighters follow, one of which connects with an asteroid and explodes. The other Tie Fighters are pelted with smaller explosions.
242. EXT. SPACE – IMPERIAL STAR FLEET

FULL SHOT – Vader’s Star Destroyer and two others flanked by several smaller Imperial warships move out of Hoth’s orbit and over camera.
243. OMIT
244. INT VADER’S STAR DESTROYER – VADER’S CHAMBER

ADMIRAL PIETT hesitates in the entryway to Vader’s private cubicle.

ADMIRAL PIETT
My lord.

VADER (OS)
Come in, Admiral.

Admiral Piett steps into the room and pauses at the sight of…

Darth Vader, his back turned, is silhouetted in the gloom on the far side of the chamber. A black, insectlooking droid attends him. Among the various apparatus surrounding them, a respirator tube now retracts from Vader’s uncovered head. The head is bald with a mass of ugly scar tissue covering it. The black droid then lowers Vader’s mask and helmet onto his head. When it is in place, he turns.

ADMIRAL PIETT
Our pursuit ships have sighted the Millennium Falcon, My Lord. It has entered an asteroid field.

VADER
Asteroids don’t concern me, Admiral. I want that ship, not excuses. How long until you can have Skywalker and the others in the Millennium Falcon before me?

ADMIRAL PIETT
(worried)
Soon, Lord Vader.

VADER
(ominous)
Yes, Admiral… soon.
245. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS – ASTEROID BELT.

FULL SHOT of two huge asteroids tumbling toward camera as the Millennium Falcon banks around both of them and over camera as a third asteroid barely misses the ship as the three Tie fighters follow in hot pursuit. One Tie fighter scrapes an asteroid and tumbles over camera out of control.
246. EXT STAR DESTROYER NO. 2 – ASTEROID BELT

FULL SHOT Star Destroyer coming to camera blasting oncoming asteroids as it goes. Smaller asteroids explode across its massive surface.
247. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS – ASTEROID BELT.

FULL TWISTING SHOT of the Falcon on its side as it races under camera and around an oncoming asteroid tumbling over camera, revealing the Falcon still twisting and ending right side up. Two Ties follow in the distance, coming from either side.
248. INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID FIELD

Asteroids race by the cockpit window as Han pilots his trusty craft through the dangerous field.
249. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID BELT

INT POV out cockpit window as a big asteroid drops past the window, narrowly missing the Falcon.
250. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID BELT

Chewie barks in terror as a small asteroid comes especially close… too close… and bounces off the Falcon with a loud crunch. Threepio’s hands cover his eyes. He manages a short peek at the cockpit window. Princess Leia sits stone-faced, staring at the action. Han gives her a quick look.

HAN
Well, you said you wanted to be there when I was wrong.

LEIA
I take it back.

HAN
That Star Destroyer is slowing down.

LEIA
Good.
251. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID

SIDE VIEW INT FULL SHOT of group as asteroids race by outside the window.
HAN
But we’re going to get pulverized if we stay out here much longer.

LEIA
I’m against that.

HAN
We’ve got to get out of this shower.

LEIA
Now you’re making sense.

HAN
Right. I’m going to get in closer to one of these big ones…

THREEPIO
Closer?!

LEIA
Closer?!

Chewbacca BARKS the same word, only louder.
252. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID BELT

INT OVER THE SHOULDER POV of the dense asteroid field as a giant asteroid comes right at the Falcon and it banks sharply around it.
253. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS – ASTEROID BELT.

FULL MOVING SHOT as the Millennium Falcon dives away from camera toward the surface of one of the moonsized asteroids. There is a continued display of explosions across the surface as smaller asteroids collide with the larger chunks of rock. Two Ties follow the Falcon to the surface.
254. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – GIANT ASTEROID

FULL OVERHEAD VIEW as the Falcon moving right to left skims the surface of the giant asteroid. Small asteroids explode on the surface of the ship.
255. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS – GIANT ASTEROID.

LOW TRUCKING across surface as the Falcon and Ties race to camera and zoom overhead under a hail of asteroids.
256. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS – GIANT ASTEROID.

REVERSE LOW TRUCKING as the Falcon and the two Tie fighters race over camera and into the distance.
257. INT COCKPIT – TIE FIGHTER – GIANT ASTEROID

Stars whip by in the background. Pilot looks up screen left.
PILOT Look out.
258. INT COCKPIT – TIE FIGHTER – GIANT ASTEROID

POV of giant asteroid racing to camera from out of the starry sky, slightly left to right.
259. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TIE FIGHTERS – GIANT ASTEROID.

LOW TRUCKING SHOT of the Falcon as it races toward camera and past. The Tie fighters approach in the distance, but as the Falcon passes, a giant asteroid intersects the frame in front of the Tie fighters creating a silhouetted explosion. As the asteroid continues on its way, it leaves the remains of two explosions.
260. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

Han notices something on his main scope and nudges his faithful Wookiee, pointing.

HAN
There, there. Chewie get a reading on that. Looks pretty good.

LEIA
What is it?

HAN
That should do nicely.
261. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – GIANT ASTEROID
POV OVER THE SHOULDER out cockpit window, skimming the surface of the asteroid as a large crater approaches.
262. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – GIANT ASTEROID

FULL SHOT of the Millennium Falcon as it dives into the huge crater and disappears.
263. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID SURFACE AND CRATER

FULL SHOT of Falcon racing over camera and down into crater. The walls are barely visible as the camera TRUCKS with the Falcon, but at a slower speed. A small cave appears on one side of the crater in the distance. The Falcon turns, slows and scoots into the smaller cave.
264. EXT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE

FULL SHOT X WING over camera and away toward the cloud cover of Dagobah. Half the planet is seen.
265. EXT LUKE’S X WING – ARTOO – SPACE

CLOSE SIDE VIEW of R-2 as he rides on the back of the X wing.
266. INT COCKPIT – LUKE’S X WING – SPACE – DAGOBAH

CLOSE-UP LUKE FRONT with stars moving right to left in background.

Luke watches Artoo’s words translated on the computer scope.

LUKE
Yes, that’s Dagobah, Artoo… looks a little grim doesn’t it…
(Artoo beeps)
… No, I don’t want to change my mind about this… I’m not picking up any cities or technology…
(a little nervous)
… Massive life form readings though. There’s something alive down there…
(Artoo beeps a worried query)
… Yes, I’m sure it’s perfectly safe for droids. Will you take it easy?… I guess I imagined that landing beacon. We’ll just have to go in and see what happens.
(Artoo whimpers)
Don’t worry!
267. EXT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE – PLANET DAGOBAH

X wing to camera flying through twilight between space and planet.
268. EXT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE – PLANET DAGOBAH

CLOSER VIEW as the X wing races over camera and dives into the cloud cover and disappears.
269. INT COCKPIT LUKE’S X WING – CLOUDS

SIDE VIEW LUKE as the clouds race by in the background, bottom to top.
270. INT COCKPIT LUKE’S X WING – CLOUDS

Luke works desperately at his controls. The cloud cover had completely obscured his vision. An alarm buzzes in the background. Artoo beeps and whistles frantically.

LUKE
I know, I know! All the scopes are dead! I can’t see a thing… Hang on, I’m going to start the landing cycle… Let’s just hope there’s something underneath us…

The blast of the retro rockets is deafening. Artoo’s squeals are barely heard. Suddenly, there is a CRACKING sound as if limbs were being broken off trees and then a tremendous splashing jolt as the spacecraft hits the surface. Luke is considerably shaken, but all right. Artoo lets out a rattled little beep which shows up on the view screen.

LUKE
Yeah, I’m all right… You still in one piece?
(CLOSE-UP Artoo beeps affirmative.
Good. Come on, I think we’re sinking.

Luke pulls a switch and his canopy pops open.
271. EXT BOG – SWAMP – DUSK – DAGOBAH

The mist-shrouded X wing fighter is barely visible, half buried in the murky swamp. Luke climbs out onto the long nose of the spacecraft as Artoo pops out of his cubbyhole on the back. The young warrior surveys his hostile new environment. Huge, twisted trees covered with vines and moss outline the misty landscape.

LUKE
Artoo, I wonder if that water is safe?

Artoo lets out a short beep, then steps forward, loses his balance and disappears with a splash into the water.

LUKE
Artoo!
272. EXT SWAMP – DUSK

Luke dives in near the spot where Artoo fell. He surfaces and scans the water frantically until he sees a small periscope pop up. The periscope turns until it gets a fix on Luke, then lets out a bubbling beep, and starts through the water toward the muddy beach. Luke follows.
273. EXT SWAMP – DUSK

We see the POINT OF VIEW of an underwater swimming “thing” as it watches R-2 and his young master struggling toward shore. R-2 is powered by two bubbling jets.
274. EXT SWAMP – DUSK

A dark, ominously finned back breaks the surface. Luke stops swimming for a second and sees the disturbing shape swimming toward him. Luke swims for his life, racing past Artoo and finally scrambling up on shore.

LUKE
Hurry, Artoo!
275. EXT SWAMP – DUSK

The thing swims up behind the little droid and dives, creating a loud clunk. Artoo’s periscope disappears as he lets out a pathetic electronic scream. Luke wades a few feet into the murky pool looking for any sign of his little friend. The black surface is as still as death itself… a few bubbles begin to appear, then PHHEEWAATT! The runt-sized robot is spit out of the water, makes a graceful arc and comes crashing down in a patch of moss.
LUKE
Artoo, are you okay?

Artoo responds with a series of feeble whistles and tones.

LUKE
If you said you thought coming here was a bad idea, I’m beginning to agree with you.
276. EXT SWAMP – BEACH – DUSK

Luke is shivering cold as the fog begins to close in. He helps little Artoo upright and starts to clean him off. All is quiet except for an eerie and inhuman cry every once in awhile in the distance. Both the robot and the boy glance around at the spooky swamp-jungle that surrounds them. Sinister shadows move among the trees, as Luke notices a tiny, but vicious pair of eyes wink out and disappear in a scutter of feet.

LUKE
I’m sorry Artoo, I can’t explain the urge that made me come here. It was part of a dream… or… maybe I’m just going crazy.
277. EXT SWAMP – POV – DUSK

Luke looks back at the slowly sinking spacecraft.
278. EXT SWAMP – BEACH – DUSK

Artoo bubbles electronic profanity and ejects a stream of muddy water from one of the ports in his head.

LUKE
How are we going to get that thing flying again? What am I doing here?

Artoo beeps a short, “Got me boss.”
279. EXT IMPERIAL FLEET – SPACE – ASTEROID FIELD

FULL SHOT – Fleet around Vader’s ship in the asteroid storm. Asteroids big and small begin to pelt the huge surface of the ships. One of the smaller Imperial vessels in the foreground gets hit by a huge asteroid and explodes.
280. INT BRIDGE – VADER’S STAR DESTROYER – MAIN CONTROL DECK

INT FULL SHOT – Asteroids collide, creating fireworks display out bridge window.

Darth Vader stands in the hologram cage above the control deck. Before him are the hologram images of twenty Battleship Commanders. One of these images, the Commander of the ship just exploded, is fading quickly away at this moment. Another image, in the center and a little apart from the others, is faded and continually disrupted by static. It is the Captain Needa of the Star Destroyer which was most hotly on the tail of the Millennium Falcon. Admiral Piett and an aide stand behind the Dark Lord.

CAPTAIN NEEDA (IN HOLOGRAM)
… which was the last time they appeared in any of our scopes. Considering the amount of damage we’ve sustained, they must have been destroyed…

VADER
They’re alive, Captain. I know it and I want every ship available to sweep the asteroid field until they’re found.

The Imperial Star Captains fade off one by one as Vader turns to Admiral Piett.

VADER
Now what’s so important it couldn’t wait, Admiral? Speak up!

The Admiral is scared white as a sheet. He’s shaking.

ADMIRAL
It was… the Emperor…

VADER
The Emperor?

ADMIRAL
Yes, he commands you make contact with him…

VADER
Move this ship out of the asteroid field and into a position where we can send a clear transmission.

ADMIRAL
Yes, My Lord.
VADER
And code the signal to my private chamber.
281. EST MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID CAVE

The pirate starship rests in a dark, dripping asteroid cave. It is so dark, the exact dimensions are impossible to determine.
282. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CAVE

Han and Chewie are busy shutting down the engine and the electronic systems. Threepio and Leia watch worriedly as all the service lights go out. Han glances from the dimming lights to Leia with a quick grin.

HAN
Getting kinda romantic in here.

Chewie suggests with a GROWL that Han pay attention to the business at hand. Han returns to work.

HAN
(to Chewie)
What are you so grouchy about?

THREEPIO
Sir, I’m almost afraid to ask, but does shutting down all but emergency power systems include me?

Chewie BARKS yes, but Han think otherwise.

HAN
No, we’re going to need you to talk to the ship and find out what happened to our hyperdrive… How good are you with a macrofuser, Your Holiness?

Suddenly the ship lurches, causing all the loose items in the cockpit to go flying. Chewie HOWLS.

LEIA
A tremor!

THREEPIO
(to Han)
Sir, it’s very possible this asteroid is not stable.
HAN
I’m glad you’re here to tell us these things…

The ship begins a violent motion. Chewie HOWLS.

HAN
Hang on! Watch out.

The jolting movement throws Leia across the cabin into Han’s arms. The motion stops as suddenly as it started. Han and Leia realize they are in each others arms. The pirate grins down at the girl. Chewie watches the embrace with inscrutable interest.

HAN
Why, Princess, this is so sudden.

LEIA
Very funny. You can let go now… I’m getting angry.

HAN
You don’t look angry.

LEIA
How do I look?

HAN
(with feeling)
Beautiful.

Leia flushes, averts her eyes. She’s not exactly fighting to get free. But, of course, Han blows it…

HAN
And excited.

The anger rises in Leia.

LEIA
Sorry, Captain, being held by you isn’t enough to get me excited.

HAN
Well, I hope you don’t expect more.

LEIA
I don’t expect anything, except to be left alone.

HAN
Fine with me. But I’m afraid you’ll have to let go.
Han has lifted his arms lightly away, which makes it very clear that Leia has, in fact, been returning his embrace. Leia realizes this and steps back, embarrassed and angry. Her words are measured.

LEIA
Don’t you think it’s time we got to work on your ship…

She turns and leaves the cockpit. Han turns to his faithful Wookiee, who’s been watching all this with Threepio.

HAN
Come on, Chewie, let’s tear into this flying short circuit before we get hit with another tremor.

Chewie BARKS and starts out of the cockpit with Han.

HAN
You, too, golden rod.

THREEPIO
I must admit there are times I don’t understand human behavior.
283. EXT BOG CLEARING – DUSK

The mist has disappeared a bit, but it is still a gloomy looking swamp. The X wing fighter has stopped sinking and is now only about one third above water. A transfer cable has been rigged between the starfighter and the shore. Artoo is on the back of the fighter sending a power case to Luke on the edge of the swamp.

LUKE
I think that will do it, Artoo. Come on back.

Luke hears a loud snapping crash in the dense jungle right behind him. It is too dark to see anything, but Luke already has his light saber in his hand, waiting to be ignited. Nothing emerges from the obscure foliage so Luke clips his weapon back to his utility belt and continues to unpack the gear. Meanwhile, Artoo has hooked a pulley from his midsection to the transport cable and is whizzing toward his master. The stubby little droid lands with a beep.

LUKE
You ready for some power?
Luke has ignited a little fusion furnace which throws off a warm glow. He warms his hands, then plugs a power cable into Artoo’s nose. The droid whistles his appreciation. Luke opens a container of processed food and sits before the thermal heater.

LUKE
Now all I have to do is find this Yoda… if he even exists.

Artoo beeps and Luke nervously looks around at the foreboding jungle. He grimaces as he forces down the ill-tasting food.

LUKE
This seems like a strange place to find a Jedi master… Gives me the creeps.
(Artoo beeps “I’m with you”)
… There’s something familiar about this place… I feel like…

STRANGE VOICE
You feel like what?

Luke jumps out of his skin. Artoo screeches in terror. The young warrior grabs for his light saber as he spins around, looking for the speaker. Mysteriously, standing right in front of Luke is a strange, blue creature, not more than two feet tall. The wizened little thing is dressed in rags. It motions toward Luke’s sword.

LUKE
(looking at creature)
… Like we’re being watched.

CREATURE
Away put your weapon. I mean you no harm.

After some hesitation, Luke puts away his weapon, although he really doesn’t understand why. Artoo watches with interest.

CREATURE (Continued)
I’m wondering… why are you here?

LUKE
I’m looking for someone.
CREATURE
Looking? Looking? You’ve found someone I’d say. Heh? Yes!

LUKE
(trying to keep from smiling)
Yeah…

CREATURE
Help you I can… yes… yes.

LUKE
I’m looking for a great warrior.

CREATURE
A great warrior?
(shakes his head)
Not many on those. Wars don’t make one great.

Yoda jumps and lands on one of the cases of supplies. He begins to rummage around.

LUKE
Get away from there.

Artoo moves to the edge of the case (almost eye level to the creature who is carelessly handling the supplies) and squeaks his disapproval.

The creature picks up the container of food Luke was eating from and takes a bite.

LUKE
Hey, that’s my dinner!

The creature spits out the bite he has taken. He makes a face.

CREATURE
Peewh! Awful, awful. Thank you, no. How get you so big eating food of this kind?

He flips the container in Luke’s direction and reaches into one of Luke’s supply cases.

LUKE
Listen, friend, we didn’t mean to land here, and if I could get my fighter out of this puddle I would, but I can’t. So…

CREATURE
Can’t get your ship out? Have you tried? Have you tried?
The creature spots something of interest in Luke’s case; Luke loses patience and grabs the case away. The creature retains his prize… a tiny power lamp. The creature examines it with delight.

LUKE
Give me that!

CREATURE
(retreating with it)
Mine! Mine! Or I’ll help you not.

Clutching the lamp, the creature backs away from Luke right into Artoo, who the creature barely recognizes as animate. But as the following exchange takes place, one of Artoo’s little arms slowly moves out toward the power lamp, completely unnoticed by the creature.

LUKE
I don’t want your help. I want my lamp back. I’ll need it in this slimy mudhole.

CREATURE
Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is.

Artoo grabs hold of the lamp and the two little figures are immediately engaged in a tug-of-war over it.

ARTOO
Beeps a few “gimme thats.”

CREATURE
Mine, mine. Give it back.

The creature lets go with one hand and pokes Artoo lightly with one finger.

Artoo reacts big with a squeal, and lets go.

CREATURE
Mine, mine.

LUKE
(fed up)
Okay, Artoo, let him have it. Now get out of here, little fellow, we’ve got things to do.
CREATURE
No, no! I’ll stay and help you find your friend.

LUKE
I’m not looking for a friend. I’m looking for a Jedi Master.

CREATURE
Oh, a Jedi Master. Different altogether. Yoda you seek, Yoda.

LUKE
(surprised and skeptical)
You know the Jedi Master?

CREATURE
Of course, yes. But now eat we must. Good food, I have good food. Come, come.

With that, the creature scurries out of the clearing and down a path which is suddenly more apparent than before. Luke looks after him, thinking, then starts that way.

ARTOO
(quite upset)
Whistles a blue streak.

LUKE
(to Artoo)
You’d better stay here and watch over the camp.

ARTOO
Beeps even more frantically.

Luke is almost out of sight. He yells back.

LUKE
Artoo, now settle down… I can take care of myself… I’ll be safe… okay?

The little droid grows quiet as Luke disappears from view.
284. EXT BOG TRAIL – DUSK – DAGOBAH

Down the misty trail, the creature moves along alone.

CREATURE
Heh… safe… heh… quite safe
(laughs)
… yes, of course.
285. EXT VADER’S STAR DESTROYER – SPACE

FULL SHOT – Vader’s Imperial Star Destroyer floats against a vast sea of stars.
286. INT VADER’S STAR DESTROYER – VADER’S CHAMBER

Darth Vader stands before a shimmering holographic image which slowly comes into focus. The image is that of SATE PESTAGE, Grand Vizier to His Eminence, Emperor.

VADER
Sate Pestage, I would see the Emperor. He commands it.

PESTAGE
I must warn you, Lord Vader, The Emperor is in a foul mood. He bids you wait. Have you any progress to report?

VADER
The rebel base on Hoth has been destroyed. I am tracking down the survivors.

PESTAGE
The Emperor will be with you in time.

VADER
I wait at his convenience.
287. EXT IMPERIAL CRUISER – ASTEROID BELT – SPACE

FULL SHOT – Looking down on two medium-sized Imperial cruisers moving across the surface, dropping bombs which create powerful shock waves centered around blue explosions.
288. EXT IMPERIAL CRUISERS – CRATER – GIANT ASTEROID – SPACE

The ships move over the crater in which the Millennium Falcon is hiding. A faint ball of light emerges from the crater as a bomb hits bottom.
289. INT MAIN HOLD AREA – MILLENNIUM FALCON

The ship rattles and vibrates. Threepio is sitting at the main control panel. The flooring and part of the ceiling have been removed revealing a section of the complex powertrain. Chewie’s head pops upside-down out of a bundle of wires in the ceiling. He BARKS. Han looks up from where he’s working in one of the floor compartments. Princess Leia, who is welding something nearby, also stops working and looks up at Chewie.

HAN
That was no earthquake.

LEIA
Felt like a hydro concussion… an Imperial Cruiser.

THREEPIO
Oh my, they’ve found us.

Everyone is quiet for a moment, waiting for a second blast. A very slight vibration is felt.

LEIA
They’re moving away.

HAN
They’re just trying to see if they can stir something up… we’re safe.

LEIA
Where have I heard that before?

Han ignores her sarcasm and moves past her, rubbing against her in the tight quarters, to continue his work. She watches him for a moment, then goes back to her welding. Threepio whistles and beeps into the control panel in front of him and the control panel whistles back.
THREEPIO
Where is Artoo when I need him? I don’t know where your ship learned to communicate, but its dialect leaves something to be desired. It says the power coupling on the negative axis has been polarized. You’ll have to replace it, I’m afraid.

CHEWIE
Barks his understanding and returns to his wires.

Leia finishes welding the valve she’s been working on. She attempts to reengage the system by pulling on a lever attached to the valve. It doesn’t budge. Han notices her struggle, and moves to help her. She rebuffs him.

HAN
Easy, your worship. Only trying to help.

LEIA
(still struggling)
Would you please stop calling me that?

Han hears a new tone in her voice. He watches her pull on the lever.

HAN
Sure. I guess I make it difficult sometimes.

LEIA
Yes, you do.

HAN
You could be a touch warmer, though.
(he watches her reaction)
Admit it, against your better judgment you think I’m all right.

She lets go of the lever and rubs her sore hand.

LEIA
(a little smile, haltingly)
Sometimes, maybe… occasionally, when you aren’t acting like a scoundrel.
HAN
(laughs)
That’s quite a compliment.

With that, Han takes her hand, turns it over and presses his lips into her palm.

LEIA
Stop that.

HAN
Why?

Leia is flushed, confused.

LEIA
My hands are dirty.

Han kisses her hand again. Leia yanks it away and steps back. She can only move a few feet in the cramped space, but Han does not follow her.

HAN
What are you afraid of?

LEIA
Afraid of? Certainly not you Captain Solo… or any other man in this galaxy.

Han looks at her with a piercing look. He’s never looked handsomer, more dashing, more confident. He reaches out slowly and takes Leia’s hand again from where it is resting on a console. He draws it toward him.

HAN
Then why are you trembling?

Then, with an irresistible combination of physical strength and emotional power, the space pirate begins to draw Leia toward him… very slowly.

HAN
You know what I think? I think you like me because I’m a scoundrel. I think you haven’t run into enough scoundrels in your life.

Leia is now very close and the following exchange takes place as their faces draw even nearer. Leia’s voice is and excited whisper, in complete opposition to what she’s saying.
LEIA
Don’t count on it. I happen to like nice men.

HAN
Sure, they’re safer. You always know what they’re going to do. Trouble is, it gets a little dull.

LEIA
There’s nothing dull about a man I can depend on to be civilized.

HAN
You mean a man you can control.

LEIA
I do not!

HAN
Try and control this…

He kisses her now, with slow hot lips. He takes his time, as though he had forever, bending her body backward. She has never been kissed like this before, and it almost makes her faint. When he stops, she regains her breath and tries to work up some indignation, but finds it hard to talk.

LEIA
You’re wrong… This isn’t what…
(he begins to kiss her again)
… not what I… want…

His mouth stops her. A swimming giddiness spins her around until, before she knows it, she is kissing him back. Finally, Han breaks the kiss and looks at her. They stand there for a moment looking at each other. Leia is totally, frantically confused by her feelings. First with her eyes, then with her body, she withdraws, detaches from Han. She slips from his arms and hurries from the cabin.

Han stares after her thoughtfully, then turns his attention to the stuck lever. He gives it a confident, mighty pull. It doesn’t budge.

HAN
Chewie! Gimme a hand with this.
290. EXT BOG – EDGE OF SWAMP CAMP – DUSK
A slight breeze moves the fog around in swirls. Artoo is all alone. The swamp had become even more foreboding. A light slapping sound can be heard across the water. The tiny droid’s head zips around looking for danger in every direction. He feels very alone, and attempts to warm several of his utility arms in front of the thermal heater. He whimpers a nervous little whistle.
291. EXT BOG MEADOW – CREATURE’S HOUSE – DUSK
The gnarled trees thin out around a small moss-covered knoll where a strange, baroque mud house is built. The small, gnomish structure radiates a warm glow from its thick-glassed windows.
292. INT CREATURE HOUSE

The inside of the house is very plain, but cozy. Everything is in the same scale as the creature. The only thing out of place in the miniature room is Luke, who is cramped by the four foot ceiling. He sits crossedlegged on the floor of the living room.

The creature is in an adjoining area, which serves as the kitchen, cooking up some incredible meal. The stove is a steaming hodgepodge of pots and pans. The wizened little creature scurries about chopping this, shredding that and showering everything with exotic herbs and spices. He rushes back and forth putting platters on the table in front of Luke, who watches the creature impatiently.

LUKE
… I told you, I’m not hungry.

CREATURE
Patience. It’s time to eat.

LUKE
Look, it smells good. I’m sure it’s delicious But I don’t know why we can’t see Yoda now.

CREATURE
It’s the Jedi’s time to eat, too.

LUKE
Will it take long to get there? How far away is he?
CREATURE
Not far, not far. Be patient. Soon you will see him. Why wish you become a Jedi?

LUKE
Because of my father, I guess.

CREATURE
(placing food on the table)
Oh, your father… a powerful Jedi was he, powerful Jedi.

LUKE
(a little angry)
How could you know my father? You don’t even know who I am.
(fed-up)
Can’t we get on with this already?

The creature turns away from Luke and speaks to a third party.

CREATURE
(irritated)
No good is this. This will not do. I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience!

Luke’s head spins in that direction. He is startled to see the shimmering image of Ben Kenobi.

LUKE
Ben!

Ben is focused on the creature. They ignore Luke for the moment. The boy is bewildered, but over the next few exchanges it dawns on him that the little creature is YODA, the Jedi Master.

BEN
He will learn patience.

YODA
Much anger in him, like in his father.

BEN
We’ve discussed this before.

LUKE
I can be a Jedi. I’m ready.
Yoda sits across the table from Luke.

YODA
Ready are you? What know you of ready? I have trained Jedi for 800 years. My own counsel I’ll keep on who is to be trained.

LUKE
Why not me?

YODA
To become a Jedi takes the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.

BEN
He can do it.

YODA
(to Ben, indicating Luke)
This one I have watched a long time. All his life has he looked away… to the horizon, to the sky, to the future. Never his mind on where he was, on what he was doing. Adventure, excitement…
(turning to Luke)
A Jedi craves not these things!

Luke looks down, knows it’s true.

LUKE
I have followed my feelings.

YODA
You are reckless!

BEN
He’ll learn.

YODA
He’s too old. Yes. Too old to start the training.

Luke thinks he hears a tiny softening.

LUKE
But it hasn’t been wasted time. I’ve learned much already.

Yoda turns his piercing gaze on Luke, as though the Jedi Master’s huge eyes could somehow determine how much the boy has learned. After a long moment, the little creature turns toward Ben, who meets his look evenly and seems almost to nod.
YODA
Will he finish what he begins?

BEN
We’ve come this far… He is our only hope.

Yoda concedes with a resigned look and Ben’s image fades away. Yoda continues to stare at the spot for a long time.

LUKE
I will not fail you. I’m not afraid.

YODA
(turns slowly toward him)
You will be, my young one. Heh. You will be.
293. EXT VADER’S STAR DESTROYER – SPACE

FULL SHOT – Vader’s Imperial Star Destroyer floats against a vast sea of stars.
294. INT VADER’S STAR DESTROYER – VADER’S CHAMBER

The Dark Lord, Darth Vader, is alone in his chamber. A STRANGE SOUND is heard and light begins to play across Vader’s black figure. He looks up and bows quickly.

A twelve foot hologram of the GALACTIC EMPEROR materializes before Vader. The Emperor’s face cannot be seen, for it is shrouded in dark robes with a monk’s hood, reminiscent of the cloak worn by old Ben Kenobi. His voice is even deeper and more frightening than Vader’s.

EMPEROR
You may rise, my servant.

Vader rises, but he is afraid of his master and continually looks at his feet.

VADER
What is thy bidding, My Master?

EMPEROR
There is a grave disturbance in The Force.

VADER
I have felt it.
EMPEROR
Our situation is most precarious. We have a new enemy who could bring about our destruction.

VADER
Our destruction? Who?

EMPEROR
The son of Skywalker. You must destroy him… or he will be our undoing.

VADER
He’s not a Jedi, he’s just a boy. Obi-wan could not have taught him so much that…

EMPEROR
You are weak! I have seen it. The Force is strong with him. He must be destroyed.

VADER
But, if he could be turned, he would be a powerful ally.

EMPEROR
(a long pause)
Yes… yes. That would be a great asset.

VADER
He will join us or die, My Master.

Vader kneels. The supreme Emperor passes a hand over the crouched Lord of the Sith and fades away.
295. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID CAVE

The pirate starship rests in a dark, dripping asteroid cave. It is so dark, the exact dimensions are impossible to determine.
296. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON

The cockpit is quiet and lit only by the indicator lights on the control panel. Princess Leia is sitting alone in the pilot’s seat. She runs her hand across the control panel as she thinks of Han, and the confusion he’s created within her.
Something catches her eye outside the cockpit window. With the reflection of the dash lights, it’s hard to make out what it is. She moves closer to the glass and peers into the gloom. Suddenly, there are two large yellow eyes staring back at her. Leia is startled and jumps back into her seat, her heart pounding. There is a SCURRY of feet and a loud SCREECH, the eyes are gone.

The young Princess catches her breath, jumps out of her chair and races from the cockpit.
297. INT MAIN HOLD AREA

The lights go bright for a second, then go out again. Threepio turns to Chewbacca who is looking over his shoulder at the control panel. Han finishes with some wires.

THREEPIO
Everything checks out here. If I might say so, I believe that should do it.

The Wookiee BARKS and turns as Leia rushes into the cabin. Han drops the final floor panel into place.

LEIA
There’s something out there!

HAN
Where?

LEIA
Outside, in the cave.

There’s a sharp BANGING on the hull. Chewie looks up and BARKS.

THREEPIO
It sounds like it’s trying to get in.

HAN
I’m going to see what it is.

LEIA
Are you crazy!

HAN
Look, we just got this bucket going again. I’m not about to let some varmint tear it apart…
He grabs a breath mask off a rack and the Wookiee does likewise. Leia follows.

LEIA
If there’s more than one, you’re going to need help.

Threepio looks around and sees that he’s been deserted.

THREEPIO
But that leaves me here all alone!
298. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID CAVE
It is very dark and dank inside the huge asteroid cave. Too dark to see what is tearing apart the ship. Chewie BARKS through his face mask, and points over the jutting cockpit. A five foot shape can be seen moving across the top of the Falcon. The leathery creature lets out a screech as Han blasts it with a laser bolt. The black shape stumbles, then tumbles off the spaceship and lands at the feet of the Princess. She leans over and studies the thing.

LEIA
Looks like some kind of Mynock.

HAN
(looking around)
There will be more of them. They always travel in groups. And there’s nothing they like better than to attach themselves to ships. Just what we need right now.

Leia stamps her foot on the floor of the cave.

LEIA
This asteroid has the strangest consistency… Look at the ground, it’s not like rock at all.

Han kneels and studies the ground, then attempts to study the outline of the cave. There is a Mynock screech in the distance.

HAN
There’s an awful lot of moisture in here.

Han unholsters his blaster and fires at the far side of the huge cave. Moments later the cavern begins to shake and the ground begins to buckle.
HAN
I was afraid of that…

Chew BARKS and starts for the ship. Leia and Han follow quickly.
299. INT MILLENNIUM FALCON ENTRY – HOLD AREA

As soon as Han and Leia are on board, Chewie closes the main hatch. The ship continues to shake and heave.

HAN
Chewie, fire her up! We’re getting out of here.

Threepio and the Wookiee head for the cockpit as Han rushes to the control panel in the hold area and checks the scopes. Leia follows.

LEIA
It’s just another tremor the Empire is still out there. I don’t think it’s safe to.

Han rushes past her and heads for the cockpit.

HAN
There’s no time to discuss this in committee.

And with that he’s gone. The main engines of the Falcon begin to whine. She races after him, bouncing around in the shaking ship.

LEIA
(angry)
I am not a committee!
300. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CAVE
Han is already in the pilot’s seat pulling back on the throttle. The earthquake begins to stop. Leia enters.

LEIA
Those Star Destroyers will spot us long before you can get into light speed. You can’t make the jump in this asteroid field.

HAN
Strap yourself in, sweetheart, we’re taking off!
LEIA
But the tremors have stopped.

The ship begins to move forward, the sides of the cave move away. Chewie barks as he notices something out the window ahead.
301. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CAVE – POV

INT MILLENNIUM FALCON COCKPIT, POV out window of row of jagged white stalagmites and stalactites surrounding the entrance. The entrance of the cave is growing smaller.
302. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CAVE

Han pulls hard on the throttle as the ship surges forward.

HAN
I see it Chewie, hang on.

LEIA
The entrance is collapsing!

THREEPIO
We’re doomed. Goodbye, Mistress Leia. Goodbye, Captain…

HAN
Not collapsing, honey. It’s closing! This is no cave…

LEIA
What??

THREEPIO
Oh my, no!

Leia’s mouth drops open as the rocks of the cave entrance are revealed to be giant teeth quickly closing around the tiny ship. Chewie HOWLS.

HAN
Bank, Chewie!
303. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – INT MONSTER MOUTH

FULL SHOT inside monster’s mouth as the Millennium Falcon rolls on its side and barely makes it between two of the monster’s teeth before the huge jaw slams closed.
304. EXT CAVE ENTRANCE – ASTEROID CRATER

FULL SHOT – The monstrous slug-type creature moves its head out of the cave as the Falcon flies out of its mouth into relative safety. The monster tilts its head as it watches the starship fly away.
305. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – GIANT ASTEROID

FULL SHOT – The Falcon races out of the asteroid crater into the deadly rain of the asteroid storm. From monster’s POV.
306. EXT YODA’S BOG (MONTAGE) – DAY – DAGOBAH

Yoda is sitting on a branch high in one of the bog’s weird trees. His legs straddle the branch and clasped in his webbed feet is Luke’s laser sword. On the ground below, Luke sets himself up and jumps toward Yoda. He jumps incredibly well for a human, but it doesn’t bring him close to his object.
306X. EXT BOG CLEARING – SWAMP – DUSK – DAGOBAH
(formerly part 310)

Luke runs through the dense jungle on the last leg of what must have been quite a marathon. Yoda rides in a pouch on Luke’s back. The young apprentice is sweaty and exhausted. He stumbles into the clearing where Artoo has been patiently waiting. As Luke is about to collapse, Yoda throws a small metal bar in front of him. Luke ignites his laser sword and swings at it. He missed and the bar falls to the ground. Luke does too.

LUKE
(breathless)
I can’t… Too tired.

YODA
It would be in seven pieces, were you a Jedi.

LUKE
(gasping)
I thought I was in good shape.

YODA
Yes, but by what standard, ask I? Forget your old measures. Unlearn, heh, unlearn.
307X. EXT YODA’S BOG (MONTAGE) – DAY – DAGOBAH
(formerly 308)

At the edge of a wide pond, Yoda sits on a log. In his mouth is a Gimer Stick, a short twig with three little branches at the far end. Luke is nowhere in sight, but now we begin to hear the sound of someone crashing through the foliage. Suddenly Luke appears on the far side of the pond at a run and leaps out toward Yoda. It’s an extraordinary leap, but he falls short by six feet, creating a huge splash, which drenches Yoda and his Gimer Stick.
308X. EXT YODA’S BOG (MONTAGE) – DAY – DAGOBAH
(formerly 307)

In the bog clearing, Yoda and Luke sit facing two bowling ball-size rocks. Artoo observes from the side. Luke stares at the rocks, Yoda stares at Luke. Slowly, one of the rocks lifts from the ground and floats up to rest on the other. Luke smiles with satisfaction and turns to Yoda for approval. The floating rock tumbles off. Artoo beeps his review.
309X. EXT YODA’S BOG (MONTAGE) – DAY – DAGOBAH
(formerly 309 and part 310)

Luke’s face is upside-down and showing enormous strain. Soon we see why. He is standing on his hands and Yoda is perched up on Luke’s feet. Yoda taps Luke’s leg. Luke focusing and quickly removes one hand. His body wavers, but he maintains his balance.

Artoo races up to his master whistling and beeping like mad. Luke is trying to maintain his balance, desperately and finally collapses. Yoda jumps clear.

LUKE
(a little annoyed)
Oh, Artoo, what is it?
310X. EXT BOG CLEARING – SWAMP – DUSK – DAGOBAH
(formerly part 310)

Artoo runs around in circles, chirping frantically, then scoots over to the edge of the swamp where the X wing fighter has sunk almost from sight. Luke rushes to the water’s edge.
LUKE
Oh no. We’ll never get it out now.

Yoda stamps his foot in irritation.

YODA
So sure are you? Tried have you? Always with you it can’t be done. Hear you nothing that I say?

Luke looks uncertainly out at the ship.

LUKE
Master, moving rocks is one thing, but this is a little different.
YODA
(irritated)
No! No different! The differences are in your mind. Throw them out! No longer of use are they to you.

LUKE
(focusing, quietly)
Okay. I’ll give it a try.

YODA
No. Try not. Do, do. Or do not. There is no try.

Luke closes his eyes and tries to think the ship out.
311. EXT SWAMP – X WING FIGHTER – DUSK

The fighter begins to shake a little, but doesn’t rise.
312. EXT BOG CLEARING – SWAMP – DUSK

Luke tries as hard as he can.

LUKE
I can’t. It’s too big.

YODA
Size has no meaning. It matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size do you?

Luke shakes his head no.

YODA
And well you shouldn’t. For my ally is The Force. And a powerful ally it is. All of life feeds it and makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we…
(Yoda pinches Luke’s skin)
… not this crude matter.
(a sweeping gesture)
Feel it you must. Feel the flow. Feel The Force around you…
(gesturing)
… Here, between you and I and that tree and that rock…

Yoda indicates the vicinity of Artoo, whose head spins around looking for The Force.
YODA
… Yes, everywhere, waiting to be felt and used… Yes, even between this land and that ship!
313. EXT SWAMP – BEACH – X WING FIGHTER – DUSK

With that, Yoda, Jedi master, raises his arm. The huge X wing fighter moves magically out of the muddy swamp and lands gently on the shore.
314. EXT BOG CLEARING – SWAMP – DUSK

Artoo runs behind some barrels in terror. Luke is amazed.

LUKE
I don’t believe it.

YODA
That is why you fail.
315. EXT VADER’S STAR DESTROYER – SPACE

FULL SHOT – Vader’s Imperial Star Destroyer in space with Tie Fighters buzzing around.
316. INT VADER’S STAR DESTROYER – BRIDGE – SPACE

INT BRIDGE – Starfield, Tie fighters in background.

Vader stands in the back control area of the bridge with a motley group of men and creatures. Admiral Piett and one of his star captains stand at the front of the bridge and watch the group with scorn.

ADMIRAL PIETT
Bounty hunters! Why should he bring them into this? The rebels won’t escape us…

A CONTROLLER interrupts.

CONTROLLER
Sir, we have a priority signal from the Star Destroyer Vengeful.

The group standing before Vader is a bizarre array of galactic fortune hunters: there is BOSSK, a slimy, tentacled monster with two huge, bloodshot eyes in a soft baggy face; TUCKUSS and DENGAR, two battle-scarred, mangy human types; IG-88, a battered, tarnished chrome war droid; and BOBA FETT, a man in a weapon-covered armored space suit.
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 proof… no disintegrations.

At that moment, Admiral Piett approaches Vader in a rush of excitement.

ADMIRAL PIETT
My Lord, we have them!
317. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – STAR DESTROYER – ASTEROID BELT

FULL SHOT, asteroid field, of the Millennium Falcon followed by a firing Imperial Star Destroyer, head to camera. A large asteroid about the same size as the Falcon tumbles over camera and toward the Falcon, covering it from view. The tiny starship banks to miss the giant asteroid as smaller rocks pelt its surface and it roars under camera. The asteroid grows small in the distance as it explodes harmlessly on the Star Destroyer.
318. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID BELT

INT COCKPIT, OVER THE SHOULDER, of the asteroid storm and flak.
319. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – ASTEROID FIELD

The ship shudders as flak explodes near the cockpit window. Threepio is watching a tracking scope of the side control panel. Leia watches tensely out the window.

THREEPIO
I can see the edge of the asteroid field, sir.

HAN
Good. Soon as we’re clear, we’ll kick this baby into hyperdrive.
320. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – STAR DESTROYER – SPACE

FULL SHOT – The Millennium Falcon races past camera, right to left, followed by the Star Destroyer, firing away.
321. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

Chewie BARKS excitedly as the rain of asteroids begins to subside. A bolt from the Star Destroyer creates a huge explosion on the back side of the Millennium Falcon. The ship lurches to one side.
322. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – STAR DESTROYER – SPACE

FULL SHOT – The Falcon going from camera is hit by a bolt from the Star Destroyer, creating a huge explosion on the back side of the Falcon. The ship lurches to one side, then rights itself. End asteroid storm.
323. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

Han corrects the attitude of the ship. Chewie WHINES.

HAN
I’m with you, Chewie. Let’s vacate the area. Stand-by for light speed. This time they get the surprise. Hang on…
324. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

INT COCKPIT, OVER THE SHOULDER – Han pulls back on the hyperspace throttle and nothing happens. Flak bursts continue outside.
325. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

Han is frantic.

HAN
This isn’t fair!

Chewie is very angry and starts to GROWL and BARK at his friend and captain. Han desperately pulls back on the throttle again.

HAN
(sheepish on the defensive)
Couldn’t be, I checked the transfer circuits, just like you said!

HAN (Continued)
(Chewie barks)
I tell you this time it’s not my fault. I’m sure I checked it.

LEIA
(almost expecting it)
No lightspeed?

HAN
It’s not my fault. I can’t understand it!

THREEPIO
Sir, we’ve lost the rear deflector shield. One more direct hit on the back quarter and we’re done for.

LEIA
Well, what now?

Han thinks for a moment, makes a decision and pulls back on a lever.

HAN
Sharp bank, Chewie. Let’s turn this bucket around.
(Chewie puzzled, barks)
You heard me, turn around! Full power on the front shield.

LEIA
You’re going to attack them?!!!

THREEPIO
Sir, if I might point out, the odds of surviving a direct assault on an Imperial Star Destroyer are…

Chewie BARKS and the golden droid shuts up.
326. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – POV – SPACE

INT COCKPIT, POV of flak, banking as the Falcon makes a steep turn.
327. EXT SPACE – MILLENNIUM FALCON – STAR DESTROYER

FULL SHOT – The Falcon races past camera, right to left. Pan as the starship does a twisting turn and heads back over camera.
328. EXT SPACE – MILLENNIUM FALCON – STAR DESTROYER

FULL SHOT – Moving toward the Star Destroyer as the Falcon races over camera and away, becoming very small against the massive surface of the Star Destroyer. Flak.
329. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – STAR DESTROYER SURFACE – SPACE

FULL SHOT – TRUCKING with the Falcon across the surface of the Star Destroyer as it is bobbing and weaving to avoid the numerous flak bursts. The Falcon flies over camera.
330. INT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER NO. 2 BRIDGE

INT STAR DESTROYER BRIDGE, POV of stars as tiny Falcon heads at camera, stars and window in foreground.
Lots of excitement on the bridge of the Star Destroyer as the tiny spaceship races low across the hull headed directly at the huge windows of the bridge area. Alarms go off everywhere.

DECK OFFICER
He’s coming in too low to hit!

TRACKING OFFICER
We’re going to collide!

CAPTAIN NEEDA
Shields up? He’s insane!

DECK OFFICER
Look out!
331. INT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER NO. 2 – BRIDGE – ANOTHER ANGLE

INT BRIDGE, window with the Falcon racing at the window as the officers duck. At the last minute, the Falcon veers off and out of sight. Stars, all is quiet.

CAPTAIN NEEDA
Track them, they may come around for another pass.

TRACKING OFFICER
That’s strange.

CAPTAIN NEEDA
What is it?
TRACKING OFFICER
The ship doesn’t appear on any of our scopes.

CAPTAIN NEEDA
It couldn’t have disappeared… Could a ship that small have a cloaking device?

DECK OFFICER
No, sir… Maybe they went into light speed at the last minute.

CAPTAIN NEEDA
Then why did they attack? They could have gone into hyperspace when they cleared the asteroid field.

TRACKING OFFICER
Well, there’s no trace of them, sir, no matter how they did it. The only logical explanation is that they went into lightspeed…

DECK OFFICER
Sir, Lord Vader demands an update on the pursuit… What should he be told?

The captain looks at his aide with a resigned expression.

CAPTAIN NEEDA
I am responsible for this. Get the shuttle ready. When we rendezvous with Lord Vader, I will apologize to him myself… Turn around and scan the area one more time.
332. EXT SWAMP – BOG – DUSK

Luke lies motionless in the mud with Artoo leaning over him. Two glowing balls about the size of baseballs hover above them like mosquitoes and occasionally the angry Artoo swats at them; they move just out of the stubby droid’s reach. Artoo whistles to his master several times, but gets no response. Artoo turns toward Yoda, who is sitting quietly nearby chewing on his Gimer Stick, and begins to furiously beep and scold the little Jedi Master.
Artoo turns back to Luke. A small metal electrode projects out of Artoo and rests on Luke’s chest. There is a concerned whistle from the droid, a short electronic yap, and Luke jumps awake with a start. The young Jedi shakes his head clear and rubs his shoulder. He is very angry; his glare moves between Yoda and the two glowing balls.

YODA
(jovial)
Concentration. Heh? Concentration.

LUKE
(pissed)
I thought those seekers were set for stun!

YODA
That they are.

LUKE
They’re a lot stronger than I’m used to.

YODA
That would matter not were The Force flowing through you. Higher you’d jump! Faster you’d move! Open yourself to The Force you must.

Artoo scoots away as the fed-up Luke grabs his laser sword from the mud, ignites it and jumps up.

LUKE
I’m open to it now! I feel it. Come on you little flying blasters!

As he moves toward the hovering balls with a poised saber and ferocious look, they draw away, retreating to the area around Yoda’s head.

YODA
No, no. This will not do. Anger is what you feel.

LUKE
But I feel The Force flowing!

YODA
Anger, fear, aggression! The dark side of The Force are they. Easily they flow… quick to join you in a fight. Beware, beware, beware of them. A heavy price is paid for the power they bring.
Luke lowers his light saber, confused.

LUKE
Price? What do you mean?

YODA
The dark side beckons. But if once start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will… as it did Obi-wan’s apprentice.

LUKE
Lord Vader… Is the dark side stronger?

YODA
No, no. Easier, quicker, more seductive.

LUKE
But how am I to know the good side from the dark?

YODA
You will know. When you are at peace… calm… passive. A Jedi uses The Force for knowledge and defense. Never for attack.

LUKE
But tell me why…

YODA
No! Nothing more will I tell you now. Clear your mind of questions… Quiet now be… at peace…

Luke stops protesting, relaxes his body.

YODA
… Yes… calm…

Luke closes his eyes, tries to clear his thoughts.

YODA
(soothing)
… passive… Let yourself go…

After a long moment, Yoda makes the tiniest little gesture and the two glowing balls near his head race toward Luke, firing stun bolts. Luke immediately springs to life, but in a lovely, graceful way. He moves incredibly fast, deflecting bolts thrown at him from all directions, jumping incredibly high.
The seeker attack stops as suddenly as it started and the two balls retreat to either side of Yoda’s head. Artoo lets out a sigh and shakes his head. Luke grins proudly at Yoda who continues to chew away.

YODA
Much progress do you make, young one. Stronger do you grow.

Luke is bursting with his achievement as two more glowing seekers float into view from behind Yoda’s back, making a poised line of four above Yoda. Luke’s grin melts away.
333. EXT VADER’S STAR DESTROYER – SPACE

FULL SHOT – Fleet around Vader’s Star Destroyer with second Star Destroyer in the foreground.
334. INT VADER’S STAR DESTROYER BRIDGE – CONTROL DECK

The dead body of Captain Needa lies at the feet of Darth Vader. Two stormtroopers pick it up and carry it quickly away as Admiral Piett and two of his captains hurry up to the Dark Lord.

ADMIRAL PIETT
Lord Vader, our ships have completed their scan of the area and found nothing. The Millennium Falcon definitely went into lightspeed. It’s probably on the other side of the galaxy by now.

VADER
Alert all commands. Calculate every possible destination along their last known trajectory and disburse the fleet to search for them. Don’t fail me again, Admiral, I’ve had quite enough!

ADMIRAL PIETT
Yes, My Lord. We’ll find them.

The Admiral turns to and aide, a little more worried than when he arrived.
ADMIRAL PIETT
Deploy the fleet.
335. EXT IMPERIAL FLEET – SPACE

FULL SHOT – Imperial fleet as Vader’s ship moves away with the smaller ships. Into the foreground, from the bottom, comes a huge Star Destroyer which moves into the distance.
336. EXT STAR DESTROYER SURFACE – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

MED SHOT of Star Destroyer bridge as camera trucks into the Millennium Falcon, clinging to the side of the ship.
337. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

INT FALCON COCKPIT, stars moving slowly.

Everyone is hanging in their chairs sideways. Threepio is shut down. Leia glances at him.

LEIA
You could have warned him before you shut him off.

HAN
Oh, so sorry! Didn’t mean to offend your droid. You think braking and shutting down in that amount of time is easy?

LEIA
I’m still not sure what you’ve accomplished.

HAN
Chewie, check the manual release on the landing claws.

Chewie BARKS, struggles from his seat, and climbs out of the cabin.

LEIA
What’d you have in mind for your next move?

HAN
(pointing out window)
The fleet is finally breaking up. I’m hoping they’ll follow standard Imperial procedure and dump their garbage before they go into light speed.
Leia gets it after a moment. She smiles and pats Han like a puppy.

LEIA
Not bad, hot shot, not bad. Then what?

HAN
Then we have to find a safe port around here. Got any ideas?

LEIA
That depends. Where are we?

HAN
Here… near the Anoat system.

Han points to a configuration of small light points on a computer map screen on the control panel. Leia slips out of her chair and moves next to the handsome pilot. Several systems flash by on the computer screen.

HAN
Funny, I have the feeling I’ve been in this area before. Let me check my logs.

LEIA
You keep logs? My, how organized.

HAN
Well, sometimes… Ah-hah, I knew it! Lando Calrissian.

LEIA
Never heard of that system.

HAN
Lando’s not a system, he’s a man. A gambler, con-artist… allaround scoundrel…
(winks at Leia)
… your kind of guy. The system is called Bespin. It’s a ways from here, but reachable.

LEIA
(reading from the computer)
A mining colony.
HAN
A Tibanna gas mine. Lando won it in a sabacc match, or so he claims. Lando and I go way back.

LEIA
Can you trust him?

HAN
No. But he has no love for the Empire, that much I know…

Chewie BARKS something on the intercom. Han quickly changes his readouts and stretches to look out the cockpit window.

HAN
I see it, Chewie, I see it… Prepare the manual release.
(turns to Leia)
Here goes nothing, sweetheart.

Han leans back in his chair and gives her an inviting smile. She thinks for a moment, shakes her head; a grin creeps across her face and she gives him a quick kiss.

LEIA
You do have your moments… Not many, but you do have them.

HAN
Let ‘er go, Chewie.
338. EXT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER – SPACE

FULL SHOT – Space and Star Destroyer moving slowly away from camera. Junk begins to trail out of the ship and float over camera as the Falcon tumbles by. The Star Destroyer roars and zooms into hyperspace.
339. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – JUNK – BOBA FETT SHIP – SPACE.

FULL SHOT – Junk over camera. Going away, the Falcon starts engines and races off into the distance. The junk slowly drifts away. Boba Fett’s ship appears in the foreground and moves after the Falcon.
340. EXT BOG TRAIL – DUSK

Luke runs through the Bog, jumping incredibly high over roots, doing amazing double flips across mud holes, racing in and out of the heavy ground fog. Yoda again rides on Luke’s neck.
Yoda tosses a silver bar high above Luke, but behind him. The young warrior instantly turns and cuts the bar into four pieces. Yoda is pleased, but Luke is suddenly distracted, wary.

YODA
Four this time! The Force you feel.

LUKE
Yes… I also feel danger… death. Something’s not right.

Luke turns to see a huge, tangled, dead black tree. It’s base is surrounded by a few feet of water. Giant, twisted roots form a dark and sinister cave near one side. Luke lets Yoda down to the ground. He stares at the tree, breathing hard.

LUKE
You brought me here purposely.

Yoda sits on a large root, pulls out his chew stick.

LUKE
I feel cold.

YODA
This tree is strong with the dark side of The Force. A servant of evil it is. Into it you must go.

LUKE
What’s in there?

YODA
Only what you take with you.

Luke looks warily between the tree and Yoda. He ignites his light saber and steps into the water.

YODA
Your weapon… you won’t need it.

Luke gives the tree a long look, then shakes his head “no.” Yoda shrugs. Luke wades across the water and steps into the darkness of the cave.
341. INT TREE CAVE – DAGOBAH

Luke moves into almost total darkness. It’s wet and slimy. The young Jedi can barely make out the edge of the passage. Suddenly, he is enveloped by a thick spider web-like membrane. He thrashes to clear himself and cuts through it with his laser sword. When he is free of it, he holds the saber out before him. Five inches from his face, a beetle the size of Luke’s hand scurries up the wall to join its mates. Luke draws back only a moment, then pushes deeper into the cave.

The space widens around him, but he can feel that rather than see it. His sword casts the only light. Luke peers into the darkness. It has become very quiet here. There is a long, long beat.

A loud HISS! Darth Vader appears across the blackness, illuminated by his just-ignited laser sword. Immediately, he charges Luke, saber before him. He is upon him in seconds, but Luke sidesteps perfectly and slashes at Vader with his sword.

Vader is decapitated. His head and helmet fly from his shoulders as his body disappears into the darkness. The metallic BANGING of the helmet fills the cave as Vader’s head spins and bounces, smashes on the floor and stops. For one instant it sits whole on the floor. Then it cracks vertically. The black helmet and breath mask fall away to reveal… Luke’s head.

Across the space, the standing Luke gasps at the sight, wide-eyed in terror.

The decapitated head fades away, as in a vision.
342. EXT OUTSIDE THE TREE – DUSK

Yoda sits on the root, calmly chewing on his Gimer Stick.
343. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – BESPIN SYSTEM

FULL SHOT – The powerful pirate starship over camera as it heads toward the soft pink planet of Bespin. Planet is about 25 per cent of frame – moons.
344. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – BESPIN SURFACE

FULL SHOT, TRUCKING – Bespin’s surface. It is dawn on the gaseous planet. Huge billowing clouds form a canyon as the ship banks around them and past camera.
345. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TWIN CARS – CLOUDS – BESPIN
TRUCKING, FULL SHOT of Falcon moving right to left in distance as a twin pod cloud car races over camera and toward the Falcon.
346. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – TWIN CAR – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

FULL SHOT, TRUCKING with the Falcon coming to camera as the cloud car banks in from the right and pulls along side on the left. Falcon slowly gains on camera and goes overhead.
347. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUDS – BESPIN SIDE ANGLE

INT SIDE VIEW from Falcon cockpit of clouds and cloud car outside, clouds move left to right. Wookiee in foreground. FLAK rocks ships. Chewie barks his concern.

HAN (O.S.)
No… I do not have a landing permit… my registration is…
(static)…
348. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUDS – BESPIN

Flak bursts outside the cockpit window and rattles the ship’s interior. Leia looks worried.

INTERCOM (O.S. Voice)
Standing by… any aggressive move will bring about your destruction.

THREEPIO
Rather touchy, aren’t they.

LEIA
I thought you knew this person.

HAN
Well, it’s been awhile.

CHEWIE
Barks and growls at his boss.

HAN
That was a long time ago. I’m sure he’s forgotten all about it, and so should you.
INTERCOM (O.S.)
Permission granted to land on platform 327… any deviation of flight pattern will bring about your…

Han snaps off intercom. He is angry. The giant Wookiee turns to Han and grunts. Han turns to the worried Princess and her droid.

HAN
He’ll help us… We go way back… really. Don’t worry.
Leia doesn’t look convinced.

LEIA
Who’s worried?
349. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CAR – CLOUD CITY

FULL SHOT – Camera moves through clouds to reveal the city in a long shot. We see the ball at the bottom as it bobs in and out of the cloud surface. The cloud car and the Falcon pass over camera and head for the city.
350. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CAR – CLOUD CITY – PANNING SHOT

FULL SHOT – Ships come to camera, PAN as they pass on left to closer view of city as ships grow small.
351. EXT LANDING PLATFORM – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CITY

HIGH ANGLE – With cloud car near camera and Falcon dives into the distance, landing on one of the tiny city platforms. Several ships in background.
352. INT CORRIDOR – CLOUD CITY – DAY – BESPIN

LANDO CALRISSIAN, a suave, dashing black man in his thirties leads a group of aides and bodyguards toward the landing platform. The group, like the other citizens of the city, is a motley collection of aliens, blacks, humanoids, whites and Orientals. Lando has a grim expression on his face as he exits onto the landing platform.
353. EXT LANDING PLATFORM – DOOR OF MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

Han and Leia stand at the open door, armed. Behind them stands Chewie, also armed. They survey the scene warily. A dawn wind whips at Lando and his troops as they march across the narrow bridge leading to the landing platform.

LEIA
(to Han, low)
I don’t like this.

HAN
(uncertain)
It’ll be all right. Trust me.
(pause)
And keep your eyes open. You wait here.

Han walks down the ramp, followed by Chewie. Lando has a pleased, proprietory look on his face as he gazes at the ship, which fades to a neutral look as he stops ten feet from Han. The two men eye each other carefully. Lando just shakes his head.

LANDO
Why you slimy, double-crossing no-good swindler… am I glad to see you.

HAN
(skeptical)
No hard feelings?

LANDO
Are you kidding?

HAN
I always said you were a gentleman.

LANDO
I’ll bet.

The two old friends embrace, laughing and chuckling.

LANDO
How you doing, Chewbacca? Still wasting your time with this clown, eh?

CHEWIE
Growls a reserved greeting.
LANDO
(not understanding)
Right.

Leia starts down the ramp, followed by Threepio. Lando glances up at her and does a slow take.

LANDO
Hello! What have we here? Welcome, I am Baron Lando Calrissian, Administrator of this facility… and who might you be?

LEIA
You may call me Leia.

Lando bows before Leia and kisses her hand.

THREEPIO
And I am See-Threepio, human-cyborg relations, at your…

Before Threepio can finish his introduction, Han has put his arm around Lando and steered away from Leia, back toward the city.

HAN
She’s traveling with me, Lando and I don’t intend to gamble her away, so you might as well forget she exists.

Lando glances longingly over his shoulder at Leia who is following behind the two old friends.

LANDO
That won’t be easy, my friend… What brings you here, anyway?

HAN
Repairs…

LANDO
(mock panic)
What have you done to my ship?

Han smiles, explains over his shoulder to Leia.

HAN
Lando used to own the Falcon. And he sometimes forgets that he lost it fair and square.
Lando concedes this with a little gesture, speaks to Leia.

LANDO
That ship saved my life a few times. It’s the fastest hunk of machinery in the galaxy.
(to Han)
What’s wrong with her?

HAN
Hyperdrive.

LANDO
I’ll have my people get to work on it right away. Hate the thought of the Millennium Falcon without her heart.
354. INT CORRIDOR – CLOUD CITY

The group has crossed the narrow bridge and entered the city. They walk down the lovely art-deco passageway, rounding several corners and passing many small plazas as they go. Threepio legs a bit behind.

HAN
How’s your mining operation going?

LANDO
Not as well as I’d like. We’re a small outpost and not very selfsufficient. I’ve had supply problems of every kind and…
(catches Han grinning at him)
What’s so funny?

HAN
Nothing. I never would have guessed that underneath that wild schemer I knew was a responsible leader and businessman… But you wear it well.

Lando is reflective, he looks at Han a moment.

LANDO
Seeing you sure brings back a few things…
(shakes his head)
Yeah, I’m responsible these days. It’s the price of success. And you know what, Han, you were right all along. It’s over-rated.
Han and Lando laugh together. As the lagging Threepio passes a doorway, he hears the muffled beeping and whistling of an R-2 unit.
355. INT SIDE CORRIDOR – CLOUD CITY

Threepio enters the off-shoot corridor.

THREEPIO
Oh, an R-2 unit, I’d almost forgotten what they sound like…

As Threepio is about to reach another doorway, the door to the main passage closes behind him. He looks into the room.

THREEPIO
Oh my!… Those look like…

A laserbolt to Threepio’s chest sends him flying in twenty directions. Smoldering mechanical arms and legs bounce off the walls.
356. INT CORRIDOR – CLOUD CITY

Lando, Han and Leia continue down the corridor unaware of Threepio’s demise. Chewbacca glances around, sniffs the air, but shrugs his shoulders and follows the group.
357. EXT YODA’S BOG (MONTAGE)

Again Yoda sits on the high branch with Luke’s laser sword clasped in his webbed feet. Far below, Luke sets, then jumps. This time he not only grabs the sword but soars an extra couple feet, high enough to flash a quick grin at Yoda, eye to eye.
358. EXT YODA’S BOG (MONTAGE)

Luke is standing on one hand again, with Yoda perched up on his feet. But now Luke’s face shows less strain, more concentration. Suddenly, Luke holds his four fingers off the ground. He is balancing on his thumb.
359. EXT BOG – SWAMP – DUSK – DAGOBAH

Artoo is busy washing down the X wing fighter. A powerful stream of water sprays from a nozzle in the droid’s side, while a hose from his other side trails off into the watery swamp. Luke and Yoda are sitting in the camp facing each other. The young warrior’s eyes are closed.

YODA
Be calm. Through The Force, things you will see: other places, other thoughts, the future, the past, old friends long gone.

BEN’S VOICE
How’s the boy doing?

YODA
A most gifted apprentice… if concentrate he would!

Luke turns to see the image of Ben fade away.

LUKE
Ben? Ben?

YODA
Free your mind and return he will.

LUKE
My mind fills with so many images.

YODA
Control, control you must learn of what you see. Not easy, not fast.

LUKE
I see a city in the clouds.

YODA
Bespin. I see it too… Friends you have there, heh? Concentrate and see them you will.

LUKE
I see them!… They’re in pain… they’re suffering.

YODA
It is the future you see.
As Luke moans, Artoo stops his work and rushes over to his master and starts beeping angrily at Yoda, crowding him.

LUKE
Will they die?

YODA Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future… Back away, little machine!

Yoda lifts his hand towards the pushing droid and Artoo lets out a quick shriek of shock and moves away, mumbling and looking back at Yoda. Luke has started to gather up his things.

LUKE
They’re my friends.

YODA
Foreknowledge is helpful, but painful sometimes and dangerous too. You have far to go in your training.

Luke is stopped cold by Yoda’s words. Gloom shrouds him as he plops down and Artoo comes over to comfort him.
359X. INT JUNK ROOM – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

A room piled high with broken or discarded parts. Chewie is poking around… seems to find a piece that pleases him… tosses another part away. Moves around a large piece, which partially obscures him – he lets out a savage growl at what he sees.
360. INT LIVING QUARTERS – CLOUD CITY – DAY – BESPIN

Sunlight pours through the skylight in a large art-deco living area onto which four apartments open. Han slouches in a lounge chair with his feet on a table. He aims his blaster at a glow globe and makes a firing sound with his tongue. He turns to see Leia standing in the doorway to her apartment.
Han is knocked out by the sight. He holsters his blaster distractedly as he ogles the radiant Leia. She has changed from her cold weather pants and jacket to a lovely dress. Her hair is up, tied with ribbons.
LEIA What are you staring at?

HAN
(ga-ga)
Who’s staring?

LEIA
You look silly.

HAN
You look great.

LEIA
(embarrassed)
Has Threepio turned up yet?

HAN
Huh? Oh. Your droid’s been gone too long just to be lost. He may have gotten into some trouble. Chewie went to look for him.
(he pats a spot on his lounge)
Come over here. I want to check this out.

Leia thinks it over a moment, then walks over and settles next to Han, who’s overjoyed with her apparent pliancy. he’s about to envelop her when she throws on the ice water…

LEIA
I hope Luke made it to the fleet all right.

HAN
Luke! I’m sure he’s fine. Probably sitting around wondering what we’re doing right now.

Han puts his arm around her. They are ready to kiss. The door zaps open. Chewbacca walks in carrying a packing case of Threepio, arms and legs hanging over the edge. He drops the box on the table.

CHEWIE
Barks at his master.

LEIA
What happened?

HAN
He found him in a junk pile…
LEIA
Something’s wrong here. Your friend Lando is very charming, but I don’t trust him.

HAN
Well, I do trust him. Lando’s an old friend. Must have been an accident.
LEIA
Chewie, do you think you can repair him?

The giant Wookiee has been studying the array of robot parts. He looks at the Princess.

CHEWIE
Howls and shrugs his shoulders.

HAN
Why don’t we just turn him over to Lando to fix?

LEIA
No thanks.

HAN
Look, sweetheart, I’m not going to have you accusing my friend of…

There is a BUZZ and the door slides open revealing Lando and a pair of body guards.

LANDO
Sorry, am I interrupting anything?

LEIA
Not really.

LANDO
I must say, your beauty is unparalleled. Truly you belong here with us among the clouds.

LEIA
(icy)
Thanks.

LANDO
Would you care to join me for a little refreshment?

Han looks at Lando suspiciously.

CHEWIE
Barks at the mention of food. Licks his lips.

LANDO
Everyone’s invited, of course.

Leia takes Lando’s proffered arm and the group turns to go. Lando spots Threepio’s remains.
LANDO
Having problems with you droid?

Han and Leia exchange a quick glance.

HAN
An accident. Nothing we can’t handle.

The door slides closed behind them, leaving the battered droid on the table.
361. INT CORRIDOR – CLOUD CITY – DAY

Leia walks between Han and Lando as Chewie and the two bodyguards follow a short distance behind. Long shafts of light pour across the corridor between tall columns.

LANDO
… We are a free station and do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Empire.

LEIA
You’re part of the mining guild then?

LANDO
Not actually… Our operation is small enough not to be noticed, so you might say we’re enterprisers. Most of our trade is, well… unofficial.
362. EXT VERANDA – CLOUD CITY – DAY

The corridor opens onto a veranda which overlooks the spiraled top of the city.

City Plaza – as Lando and group pass. City in background with several cloud cars flying around.

LEIA
It’s a lovely outpost.

LANDO
Yes, we keep pollution down by having the power reactor far below the city. It’s connected by a transfer shaft.
363. INT CORRIDOR – CLOUD CITY – DAY

They re-enter the corridor and head for a huge doorway at the far end. Chewie begins to sniff something.

CHEWIE
Barks at Han.

HAN
Not now, Chewie. Lando, aren’t you afraid the Empire might discover this little operation and shut you down?

LANDO
That’s always been the danger. It’s loomed like a shadow over everything we’ve built here. But circumstances have developed which will insure security. You see, I’ve just made a deal that will keep the Empire out of here forever…
364. INT DINING ROOM – CLOUD CITY – DAY

The mighty doors to the dining room slide open and the group enters the elegant room. At the far end of a huge banquet table sits, Darth Vader. At his side and slightly behind him is standing Bobo Fett, the bounty hunter. Han gives Lando a mean look.

LANDO
Sorry friend, I had no choice. They arrived right before you did.

HAN
I’m sorry too.

Faster than the wink of an eye, Han has drawn his blaster and popped off a couple of quick shots directly at Vader. The Dark Lord quickly raises his hand, deflecting the bolts into one of the side walls, where they explode harmlessly. Just as quickly, Han’s weapon zips out of his grip and mysteriously flies across the room into Vader’s hand. The evil presence calmly places the gun on the table in front of him.

VADER
I’m glad you could join us. Have some nourishment, for it will be your last meal.
365. EXT YODA’S BOG (MONTAGE) – DAGOBAH

In the bog clearing, Yoda watches as Luke stares at two equipment cases from the supplies of his fighter. Artoo watches from nearby. Now the two cases lift into the air and exchange places. Luke smiles to himself feeling strong and playful. Now he lifts the two equipment cases again, plus a bewildered, beeping Artoo, who is roughly the same size.
366. EXT YODA’S HOUSE (MONTAGE) – DAGOBAH

Luke is squatting before Yoda’s little stove, working over a chaos of steaming pots, chopping, stirring and sprinkling in a manner strongly reminiscent of Yoda, who, by the way, is not around. Suddenly a painful vision fills Luke’s mind; he winces and stops his cooking for a few moments. It passes away, Luke shakes it off and goes back to his cooking. After a few long beats, behind Luke’s back and unseen by him, three of Yoda’s glowing-ball seekers float quietly into view. They pause, then race toward Luke firing stun bolts. The young Jedi instantly twists to face them, deflecting all the bolts with the pot lid in his left hand and the spoon in his right.
367. EXT YODA’S HOUSE – DUSK – DAGOBAH

It is almost dark… in the woods a tiny light moves towards us… finally we see it is Artoo… he stops within sight of Yoda’s house. A warm light pours out of the house illuminating Luke who is asleep on the ground. A blanket lies half-off Luke; Artoo carefully pulls it up to fully cover Luke. As Artoo moves away Luke begins reacting to a nightmare. He moans… opens his eyes wide and sits up. Yoda comes to the doorway and looks out.

LUKE
(to Yoda)
I can’t keep the vision out of my head… My friends… they’re in trouble… I feel that…

Suddenly the shimmering image of Ben Kenobi appears before Luke.

BEN
… Luke, you must not go.

LUKE
But Han and Leia will surely die.
BEN
You don’t know that. Even I cannot see their fate.

LUKE
I can help them!

BEN
You’re not ready yet. You still have much to learn.

LUKE
I feel The Force.

BEN
But you cannot control it. This is a dangerous time for you, Luke. You are now most susceptible to the temptations of the dark side.

YODA
Yes, yes. To Obi-wan you listen young one. The tree. Remember your failure at the tree! Heh?

LUKE
I’ve learned so much since then. And I’ll return to finish… I promise that, master.

BEN
Will you? You underestimate The Emperor. It is you he wants… that is why your friends suffer.

LUKE
And that is why I must go.

BEN
Luke, I will not lose you to the Emperor, as I lost Vader.

LUKE
You won’t.

BEN
Only a fully trained Jedi Knight, with The Force as his ally, will conquer Vader and his Emperor. If you end your training now, if you choose the quick and easy path… as Vader did… you will become an agent of evil… and the galaxy will be plunged deeper into the abyss of hate, despair and pain that you feel your friends suffering now.
YODA
Stopped they must be. Do you hear? On this all depends.

BEN
You are the last Jedi, Luke. You are our only hope. Be patient.

LUKE
And sacrifice Han and Leia?

YODA
If it must be. Yes.

Luke is in great anguish. He struggles with the dilemma, a battle raging in his head. But then there is a clearing in his expression, a choice made.

LUKE
I cannot. Ben, I must go. Now that I can see their suffering, I must help…

Luke looks for a long moment at Ben and Yoda. Then he turns and starts toward his ship followed by his faithful droid. Yoda looks at Ben with a certain irritation, but Ben is focusing on Luke. The old man’s expression is resigned.
367X. EXT X WING FIGHTER – EDGE OF WATER – DUSK – DAGOBAH

The fighter’s lights come on. Luke is in the process of hoisting a heavy case into the belly of the ship by a cable. Artoo is on top of the ship settling down into his place. Luke stops what he is doing as Ben appears. Yoda steps into the light.

BEN
I cannot protect you, Luke. If you choose to face Vader, you will do it alone. Once you’ve made this decision, I cannot interfere.

Artoo unfastens power couplings on the ship.
LUKE I understand.
(to Yoda)
I’ll be back, Master Yoda. I will finish what I have begun I give you my word. Artoo, fire up the power converters.

ARTOO
Whistles a happy reply.

BEN
Luke, use The Force only for knowledge and for defense, not as a weapon. Don’t give in to hate or anger or fear… they lead the way to the dark side…

Luke nods and climbs back into his ship.

YODA
Strong is Vader. Clouded is your fate. Mind what you have learned… Notice everything, everything! It can save you.

LUKE
I will, master, I will!

Artoo closes the cockpit. Ben and Yoda stand watching as the roar of the engines and the wind engulfs them.

YODA
Told you, I did. Reckless is he… Now things are going to worse.

BEN
The boy is our last hope.

YODA
No… there is another.
368. EXT PLANET DAGOBAH – SPACE

FULL SHOT – Luke’s tiny X wing rockets to camera, left to right, away from the green planet of Dagobah.
369. EXT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE

FULL SHOT – X wing, over camera and into space.
370. INT LARGE CELL – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

Chewie, huffing and puffing, paces the cell in anger. He puts his ear to the wall, hears nothing and goes back to an area where there are four beds. A disassembled Threepio rests on one of the beds. The Wookiee picks up the golden droid’s head and meditates on it a few moments.
CHEWIE
Barks a few remarks of a philosophical nature.

Chewie sticks the robot’s head on its torso and starts adjusting wires and circuits. Suddenly, the lights in Threepio’s eyes spark to life as Chewie touches two connectors together. Threepio immediately begins to speak, but his voice is so slow and so low as to be unintelligible.

THREEPIO
Immmm-peer-eee-alll-storrr-mmmm-trooo…

Chewie looks at Threepio in bewilderment, then scratches his furry head, gets and idea and adjusts some connections. Threepio immediately begins speaking normally.

THREEPIO
Stormtroopers! Help! Oh, my head… Where am I?

Chewie barks with glee at the robot’s return to life.

THREEPIO
Chewbacca! Watch out, there are Imperial Stormtroopers hidden in… Oh no, I’ve been shot!
371. INT PRISON AREA – CLOUD CITY

The door to another cell slides open and the muffled yells of Han Solo become sharp, piercing screams of agony and pain. Darth Vader exits the cell and is approached by Lando, Lando’s aide, and Boba Fett.

VADER
Bounty hunter, if you are waiting for your reward, you will wait until I have Skywalker.

BOBA
(a very tough customer)
I am in no hurry, Lord Vader. My concern is that Captain Solo not be damaged. The reward from Jabba the Hutt pays double if he’s alive.

VADER
His pain is considerable, bounty hunter, but he will not be harmed.
LANDO
What about Leia and the Wookiee?

VADER
You will find them well enough. But they must never again leave this city.

LANDO
That was never mentioned. Neither was this bounty hunter taking Han. I hope you haven’t forgotten our bargain.

VADER
I forget nothing, Calrissian. Perhaps you think you’re being treated unfairly.

LANDO
(glances at his aide)
No.

VADER
Good. It would be most unfortunate if I had to leave a permanent garrison here.

Vader turns and sweeps into the elevator with Boba Fett. Lando turns with his aide and walks swiftly down another corridor.

LANDO
This deal’s getting worse all the time.

AIDE
Maybe you should have argued with him.

Lando gives his aide a look that speaks volumes, then walks a few steps in silence, thinking.

LANDO
(finally)
I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
372. INT LARGE CELL

Chewie now has a little more of Threepio back together. One arm is connected, but his legs have yet to be attached. There is one small problem, however; it appears the Wookiee has managed to put the droid’s head on backwards.
THREEPIO
Well, something’s not right because now I can’t see.
(Chewie barks and adjusts a wire)
There now, that’s better, wait… Oh, my. What have you done? I’m backwards! You flea-bitten furball! Only an overgrown mophead like you would be stupid enough to put my head…

Threepio is cut off in mid-sentence as Chewie deactivates a circuit and the droid shuts down. The Wookiee smells something and sits up. The door to the chamber slides open and a ragged Han Solo is helped into the room by two Stormtroopers. The huge Wookiee gives him a hug as the Stormtroopers leave. Han is very pale, with dark circles under his eyes.

CHEWIE
Barks his concern.

HAN
No, I’m alright. I’m alright.

Chewie BARKS again as the door slides open revealing Leia. She looks a little worse for war also. The troopers shove her into the cell, and the door slides closed. Chewie helps her up and over to Han. The two lovers embrace, kiss.

HAN
I was worried about you.

LEIA
I’m worried about all of us. I can’t figure out what they’re up to.

HAN
Me either. They had me howling on the scan grid, but they never asked me any questions.

The cell door slides open. Lando and two Bespin troops enter.

HAN
Get out of here, Lando!
LANDO
Shut up a minute and listen. I’m doing what I can to make this easier for you.

HAN
This ought to be good.

LANDO
Vader agreed to turn Leia and Chewie over to me. They’ll have to stay here, but at least they’ll be safe.

LEIA
What about Han?

LANDO
(to Han)
I didn’t know you had a price on your head. Vader has given you to the bounty hunter.

Leia looks with concern to Han.

HAN
You don’t know much about much if you think Vader won’t want us dead before this is over.

LANDO
He doesn’t want you at all. He’s after someone named Skywalker.

HAN
Luke? I don’t get it.

Leia’s mind is racing.

LANDO
Lord Vader has set a trap for him and…

LEIA
… we’re the bait.

HAN
All this just to get the kid? What’s so important about him?

LANDO
Don’t ask me, but he’s on his way.
LEIA
Luke’s coming here?

Lando nods. Han’s rage peaks.

HAN
You fixed us all pretty good…
(spits it out)
… friend!

Han hauls off and punches Lando. The two friends are instantly engaged in a frantic close quarters fight. The guards hit Han with their rifle butts and he flies across the room. Chewie GROWLS and starts for the guards. They point their laser weapons at the Giant Wookiee, but Lando stops them.

LANDO
Don’t shoot! I’ve done what I can for you. I’m sorry it’s not better, but I’ve got my own problems.
(turns to leave)
I’ve already stuck my neck out further than I should…

HAN
Yeah, you’re a real hero.

Lando and the guards leave. Han wipes the blood from his chin as Leia and Chewie help him onto one of the bunks.

LEIA
(dabs at his wound)
You certainly have a way with people.
373. EXT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE – BESPIN SYSTEM

FULL SHOT – X wing, past camera toward Bespin in the distance.
374. INT COCKPIT LUKE’S X WING – SPACE – BESPIN SYSTEM
374
Luke is grim-faced as he pilots his course to Bespin. Artoo beeps and whistles to Luke which reads out on the scope.
LUKE
Yes, I’m sure Threepio is with them.
(Artoo whistles excitedly)
Just hold on, we’ll be there soon.
375. EXT LUKE’S X WING – BESPIN SYSTEM – ARTOO – SPACE

CLOSE-UP side R-2, stars left to right.
376. INT CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

Armor-suited Stormtroopers rush about the large chamber, which is filled with pipes and chemical tanks. In the middle of the room is a square pit housing a hydraulic platform. Darth Vader and Lando stand near the platform.

VADER
The facility is crude, but it should suit our needs.

An Aide appears.

AIDE
We have a ship approaching of the X wing class.

VADER
Good. Monitor Skywalker’s progress and allow him to land. We’ll have the chamber ready for him shortly.

LANDO
We only use this chamber for carbon freezing. If you put him in there, it’ll kill him.

VADER
I think not. But I don’t wish my prize to be damaged. We’ll test it first.
(to a Stormtrooper)
Bring in Captain Solo.

Lando’s face registers his dismay.
377. EXT LUKE’S X WING – CLOUD CITY – SPACE

FULL SHOT – X wing, through clouds, side-trucking PAN as ship approaches city.
378. INT COCKPIT LUKE’S X WING – BESPIN SYSTEM – SPACE

Luke scans his display panels with concern.

LUKE
(to Artoo)
You haven’t picked up any patrol ships?

ARTOO
Beeps a “negative” which prints out on a panel.
379. INT CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

With Boba Fett in the lead, a squad of Stormtroopers bring in Han, Leia and Chewie. Strapped to Chewie’s back, with only his head, torso and one arm assembled is Threepio. Threepio’s head faces the opposite direction from Chewie’s and the droid is constantly twisting around in a vain effort to see what’s happening. His one attached arm is animate and expressive, intermittently pointing, gesturing and covering his eyes. The remaining pieces of his body are roughly bundled. to the Wookiee’s back. His legs and other arm stick out at odd angles from the pack.

Vader turns to Boba Fett.

VADER
I’ll make your goods easier for you to transport. Put Captain Solo in the zero-cold chamber.

BOBA
But the chamber is for power goods. What if he doesn’t survive? This slime is worth a lot to me…

VADER
The Empire will pay for the loss. Bring him forward!

LEIA
No!

Chewie lets out a wild HOWL and attacks the Stormtroopers surrounding Han. Within seconds many Imperial reinforcements have joined the scuffle. The giant Wookiee is clubbed with laser weapons. From the instant of Chewie’s first move, Threepio is screaming in panic while he tries to protect himself with his one arm…
THREEPIO
Wait! What are you doing?… Oh, no… Don’t hit me! No! He doesn’t mean it!… Calm down, you hairy fool!… Ouch! I didn’t do anything…

The Stormtroopers are about to bash Chewie in the face.

HAN
Chewie, no! Stop it, Chewbacca!

Han breaks away from his captors. Vader nods to the guards to let him go and the pirate breaks up the fight.

THREEPIO
Oh, yes… stop, stop. Thank heavens…

Han gives the Wookiee a stern look, then a big hug.

HAN
Save your strength for another time, Chewie, when the odds are better.

Han winks at the Wookiee.

CHEWIE
Barks a doleful farewell.

HAN
I’m sure I’ll see you again, too. Keep well.
(turns to guard)
You’d better chain him until it’s over.

In a flash the guards have slipped binders on Chewbacca, who is too distraught to protest. Han gives his furry friend a final hug and turns to Princess Leia. He takes her in his arms and she gives him a passionate kiss.

LEIA
… I love you. I couldn’t tell you before, but it’s true.

HAN
… just remember that, ’cause I’ll be back…
He sheds his cocky smile and gives her a soft kiss on the forehead. Tears roll down Leia’s face as she watches the dashing pirate walk to the hydraulic platform. Lando, too, watches with anguish.

Imperial guards position Han on the platform and quickly bind his arms and legs. They step back. Han looks one final time at his friends and suddenly the platform drops. Han disappears into the steaming vat of sub-zero cold. Chewie HOWLS. Leia turns away in agony. Lando winces in sorrow; it makes a life-changing impression on him.

Instantly, a ladle of fiery liquid moves over the vat, tilts and pours, creating a shower of sparks and fluid as great as any steel furnace. Chewie has half turned away from the sight, giving Threepio a view of the procedure.

THREEPIO
They’re encasing him in carbonite. It’s high quality alloy. Much better than my own. He should be quite well protected… if he survived the freezing process.

Chewie is in no mood for technical discussions; he gives the droid an angry glance.

A huge mechanical tong lifts the metal encased space pirate out of the vat and places him before Vader, Boba Fett and Lando. Technicians inspect the metal mummy with various electronic probes, drilling holes and attaching hoses.

TECHNICIAN
He’s alive and in perfect hibernation.

VADER
He’s all yours, bounty hunter. Reset the chamber for Skywalker.

AIDE
He’s just landed, My Lord.

VADER
See to it that he finds his way here.

LANDO
I’ll take what’s mine now.
VADER
Take them, but I’m keeping a detachment of troops here to watch over them.

LANDO
That wasn’t the bargain. You said the Empire wouldn’t interfere in –

VADER
I’m altering the bargain. Pray I don’t alter it any further.

Lando’s hand instinctively goes to his throat as he turns back to Leia, Chewie and Threepio.
380. INT CORRIDOR – CLOUD CITY

Luke and Artoo move carefully down the deserted corridor. Luke stops as he hears a group of people coming down a side hallway. Artoo lets out an excited series of beeps and whistles. Luke glares at the tiny droid, who stops in his tracks with a feeble squeak.

Boba Fett enters from a side hallway followed by two guards carrying the encased body of Han Solo and two Stormtroopers, who immediately start firing on the young warrior. Luke draws his weapon and blasts the two stormtroopers before they can get off a second shot. The two guards whisk Han into another hallway as Boba lowers his arm and fires a deadly laser at Luke, which explodes to one side.
381. INT SIDE HALLWAY – CLOUD CITY – DAY

By the time Luke reaches the side hallway, Boba, Han and the guards are gone. A thick metal door blocks the passage. Luke turns to see Leia, Chewie, Threepio, and Lando being herded away by several other Stormtroopers down a second hallway.

LUKE
Leia!

LEIA
Luke, no! It’s a trap.

Before she can finish, the group turns a corner and is gone. Luke races after them, leaving little Artoo trailing behind.
382. INT CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

Luke runs into the zero-cold chamber and stops for a second to get his bearings. Leia and the others are nowhere in sight. Behind Luke, Artoo is whistling down the corridor to the chamber when a giant metal door comes slamming down with a loud CLANG (seemingly on top of the stubby droid), cutting off Luke’s exit. Several more doors CLANG shut, echoing through the chamber.
383. INT HALLWAY LEADING TO CHAMBER – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

Artoo is standing with his nose up against the giant metal door. He whistles a long sigh of relief and, a little dazed, wanders off in the other direction.
384. INT CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

Luke searches the complex chamber for any sign of an enemy. There is nothing. He walks forward toward the hydraulic platform, then stops, holstering his gun.

LUKE
I know you’re with me, Lord Vader, I can feel your presence. Show yourself, or do you fear me?

Vader steps into view behind Luke. the young Jedi turns instantly to face his opponent.

VADER
The Force is with you young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.
385. INT CORRIDOR – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN – DAY

Leia, Lando, Chewie and Threepio march along between four Stormtroopers. They reach an intersection where a dozen of Lando’s guards are standing at attention. Lando stops before the sergeant of the guard.

LANDO
Code force seven.

The guards immediately aim their weapons at the startled Stormtroopers. The sergeant takes the Stormtroopers weapons from them, handing one to Lando, the others to Chewie and Leia. They release Chewie’s binders.
LANDO Hold them in the north tower. Quietly! No one must know.

Lando’s guards march the Stormtroopers away.

LEIA
What’s going on?

LANDO
I’m coming over to your side, that’s what. And I have a feeling I’m making a big mistake.

LEIA
And when do you betray us again?

Lando has to take another look at this broad. She doesn’t seem very appreciative.

LANDO
Look, I stand to lose everything by this.

LEIA
We have no use for your kind.

LANDO
This is no time to be choosy, honey. What do you say we debate this later? There’s still a chance I can get you out of here.

CHEWIE
Barks a blue streak.

LANDO
What’s wrong with him?

THREEPIO
(Very worried)
Oh my. Oh no. He’s not interested in escape. He wants to go after Captain Solo… Artoo!!

In the distance, down a long hallway in the direction that Threepio is facing, a familiar whistling can be heard. Artoo appears and zips up toward the group. Chewie turns to see the stubby droid, causing Threepio to be spun away from his little friend.

THREEPIO
Wait! Where’d he go? Turn around, you woolly… Ah, Artoo!
Artoo has managed to get under Threepio.

ARTOO
Beeps a wild series of exclamations about his friend’s condition.

THREEPIO
Don’t ask.

LEIA
Chewie’s right. We must try to save Han.

LANDO
(thinking fast)
There’s not much chance, but the bounty hunter’s ship is on the East Landing Platform.

Lando leads the others quickly down a hall.

ARTOO
Beeps wildly.

THREEPIO
I’m afraid Lord Vader has Master Luke. There’s no hope of saving him.
386. INT CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

Vader ignites his powerful light saber. Luke takes a step back and one foot rests on the cold chamber platform. He lights his laser sword and sets himself to face the Dark Lord.

VADER
The fear does not reach you. You have learned more than I anticipated.

LUKE
You’ll find I’m full of surprises.

VADER
And I too.

Vader brings his mighty sword down on Luke, who deftly blocks the attack, but moves another step back in the process. He is now standing squarely on the hydraulic platform.
VADER
Your future lies with us, Skywalker. Now you will embrace the dark side. Obi-wan knew this to be true.

LUKE
No!

VADER
There is much Obi-wan did not tell you. Come, The Emperor will complete your training.

LUKE
I’ll die first.

VADER
That won’t be necessary.

With that, there is a slight rumble and the hydraulic platform disappears into the vat of freezing steam, which rises to obscure Vader’s vision. He looks down into the steam.

VADER
All too easy. Perhaps you are not as strong as The Emperor thought.

LUKE (OS)
Time will tell.

Vader looks up in surprise to see that Luke has leapt fifteen feet straight up and is now hanging from some of the hoses on the carbonite ladle. Luke yanks one of the hoses loose and swings to safety on the far side of the platform. Vader moves toward Luke with overwhelming menace, his laser sword flaring.

VADER
Your agility is impressive. Let’s see what other skills you’ve learned.

A section of pipe tears loose from the wall and flies toward Luke. Luke cuts it into five pieces, which bounce around the chamber.

VADER
I feel it now… your fear, your anger. Good. Let The Force flow. Hate me. I’m the one who destroyed your family.
Cases, tools, bits of pipe begin to fly at Luke. He cuts down or deflects them, but is driven back by their onslaught.

VADER
Attack. Take your revenge. Destroy me.

Luke looks around for a means of escape. There is only one… a round tunnel with pipes and conduit running through it. He makes his way for it as Vader continues to hurtle objects at him.

VADER
There is no escape. You will use the dark side of The Force… or perish. Let your hate flow and save yourself.

Luke backs into the tunnel followed by Vader.
387. EXT BOBA’S SHIP – EAST LANDING PLATFORM

Imperial Stormtroopers slide Han’s encased body into an opening in the side of the bounty hunter’s ship. Boba climbs aboard on a ladder next to the side opening.

BOBA
Seal it.
388. EXT EAST LANDING PLATFORM – SIDE BAY

An elevator slides open and Lando, Leia and Chewbacca race for a large bay overlooking the East Landing Platform.
389. EXT EAST LANDING PLATFORM – CLOUD CITY

FULL SHOT, INT EAST LANDING PLATFORM – Boba Fett’s ship takes off against cloud sky at sunset.
390. EXT EAST LANDING PLATFORM – SIDE BAY

Chewie HOWLS and starts firing at the ship.

LANDO
It’s no use, they’re out of range.

THREEPIO
Oh my, no!
A laser bolt explodes near the Princess and everyone turns to see what Threepio has already spotted coming from the other direction: a squad of Stormtroopers running toward them. Artoo peeks out from the elevator.

LANDO
Come on, let’s move!

Leia and Chewbacca start firing at the troopers as Lando makes a break for the elevator. Laser bolts continue to explode around the Princess and the Wookiee, but they refuse to budge. Lando sticks his head out of the elevator and motions for the pair to run. But they barely notice. They seem possessed, transported, as all the frustration of captivity and anger of loss pour out through their death-dealing weapons. Threepio, at the center of all this, is frantic.

THREEPIO
Artoo, help me! How did I get into this?… What a fate worse than death is to be strapped to the back of a Wookiee!

LANDO
Get in here! Now! Both of you, hurry up!

Reluctantly, Leia and Chewbacca move through the rain of laserfire toward the elevator. Once they’re inside, the door slams shut and the Stormtroopers race forward.
391. INT ELEVATOR – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN

Leia is out of breath as the levels slowly pass outside the translucent windows. Lando watches the display panel.

LANDO
You’re nuts!

THREEPIO
With all respect, I’m tempted to agree…

LEIA
We should have stayed and finished them off.

CHEWIE
Barks his agreement.

LANDO
You two almost signed off out there.
THREEPIO
Three! I count three of us…

LEIA
I don’t care. It would’ve been worth it… for Han.

CHEWIE
Barks his “right on!”

LANDO
Very noble. Not smart, but noble.

LEIA
You’ve probably never done an honorable thing in your life.

LANDO
Sure I did… once. It turned out lousy.

LEIA
What chance have we got in here? What are we going to do when they cut…

Suddenly, the elevator stops with a jolt and the main lights go out, leaving only the running lights.

LEIA
… the power?

CHEWIE
Howls.

ARTOO
Whistles.
392. INT REACTOR CONTROL STATION

Vader’s powerful thrust and parry continues as Luke is forced back into the cluttered control area of the monstrous reactor that powers the city. Luke is obviously outmatched by the powerful Dark Lord of the Sith; he must struggle to avoid Vader’s slashing sword. The laser weapon cuts through pipes and wires, causing steam, fluid and sparks to fly everywhere.
Luke moves behind a tall storage case, which is neatly cut in two by one of Vader’s blows. Several electronic tools sitting on the control panel fly at Luke. He manages to deflect the projectiles and, at the same time, hold off his awesome opponent. But he is battered cut in several places, tired and somewhat dazed. He stumbles and can’t catch his breath.

VADER
You are beaten. It is useless to resist.

Luke lunges at Vader and attempts to put the Dark Lord on the defensive. He succeeds in nicking the giant warrior on the shoulder. Vader reacts, but is quite unhurt.

VADER
Don’t let yourself be destroyed as Obi-wan did.

Luke is breathing hard but the mention of Ben has a curious effect on him. He stands motionless for a moment, thinking. He closes his eyes.

LUKE
(to himself)
Knowledge and defense.

A calm comes over Luke, as Vader raises his sword and starts another attack. Using The Force, Vader hurtles large objects at Luke, but the boy deflects them with the good side of The Force.

Luke is backed up against a large round window. It over-looks a narrow scaffold and, beyond, an awesome abyss that drops away to the glowing reactor many miles below.

VADER
You will join me, or you will join Obi-wan in death!

A large tool case rises and speeds toward Luke. He deflects it slightly, and it smashes through the window creating a massive rush of air. The gust knocks Luke off balance and sends him flying out the window after the tool case.
393. INT ELEVATOR SHAFT

Lando climbs into the dimly lit elevator shaft from a door in the top of the elevator. There is no cable, but a great deal of mechanical and electronic gadgetry. Leia and Chewie can be seen inside the elevator looking at him. Lando fiddles with several large braking devices and then starts banging one with his weapon.
LEIA
You’d better know what you’re doing, or this is going to get very messy.

LANDO
(completely dumbfounded)
Don’t worry about a thing. I’ll get us going.
394. INT ELEVATOR

Artoo has found a computer outlet in the side of the elevator control panel. Beeping and whistling madly, he inserts his control arm in the socket.

THREEPIO
Artoo can release the brakes through the central controls.

Lando pops his head in as a loud clanking echoes through the shaft.

LANDO
Then do it! They’re breaking in!

ARTOO
Beeps a snappy okay.

With a jolt, the brakes release and the elevator rockets into oblivion. Leia, Chewie and Threepio are smashed to the ceiling.
395. INT ELEVATOR SHAFT

Elevator races away from camera with Lando hanging on the back.

LANDO
Reverse! Stop it! Stop!
396. INT ELEVATOR

Artoo whistles madly, but the elevator doesn’t stop.

THREEPIO
Oh my, he’s lost contact.
397. INT ELEVATOR SHAFT

Lando manages to hang on with one hand and fire his laser pistol at the huge brake with the other. A direct hit and the brake snaps closed, stopping the elevator instantly with a loud, horrible SCREECH.
398. INT GANTRY OUTSIDE CONTROL ROOM – REACTOR SHAFT

The shaft is noisy with wind. Then, the wind stops and all that can be heard is the echoing footsteps of the Dark Lord. A haggard Luke is dangling over the abyss, struggling to climb back on to the gantry before Vader arrives. He still holds his light saber as he hoists himself back onto the metal walkway.

Vader brings his sword down before Luke can stand, but the young Jedi manages to block the blow. He scrambles backwards down the ramp, with Vader following, slashing at the youth. In the distance, the muted roar of the wind blast can be heard getting ever closer, until the two warriors are engulfed in blast of wind that almost knocks them off the gantry. Luke manages to stand in the wind and return Vader’s powerful blows. The two battle furiously along the gantry. Vader cuts away part of the railing that Luke is holding. Luke notices with awe as the railing is lifted by the wind. He lets go and the metal floats away.

The wind stops and the fighting becomes even more intense. The deadly buzz of the laser swords reverberates through the vast power shaft. An alarm sounds and the public address system inside the control room crackles.

ADDRESS SYSTEM
Fugitives heading for transport Platform Southwest-One. Secure all transport.

VADER
Your friends may escape, but you are doomed.

LUKE
Not yet.

Luke slashes at Vader again, renewing the fight. Luke’s sword whistles past Vader and the young warrior is thrown off balance, his guard down. Vader’s light saber flashes out with deadly skill and cuts Luke, almost forcing him over the edge. He can barely stand. He wipes the tears from his eyes, but still can barely focus on his massive opponent.
399. INT CORRIDOR LEADING TO LANDING PLATFORM – BESPIN

The Millennium Falcon can be seen for a moment before the main door leading to the landing platform slams shut. Leia, Lando, Chewie and the droids round a corner. They duck into the alcove at the main door just as Stormtroopers arrive at both ends of the hall and start firing. The band of rebels squeeze into the little alcove as a rain of laser bolts stream past and explode around them. Chewie blasts away at the Stormtroopers. Leia punches buttons on the door’s control panel.

LEIA
We’ve got to find Luke.

LANDO
His fate is sealed. You’ll be lucky to get out yourself. All systems are on alert. everything’s locked.

THREEPIO
Artoo! The control panel. You can override the alert system.

Threepio points to a computer socket on the control panel. Little Artoo beeps and scoots over to the panel and sticks his computer arm into the socket.

ARTOO
A short beep turns into a wild scream!

Artoo’s circuits light up, his head spins around wildly and he begins to smoke. Lando pulls him away.

ARTOO
(cooling away)
Lets out a few wilted beeps.

THREEPIO
Well, next time you pay more attention. I’m not supposed to know power sockets from computer feeds, I’m an interpreter…

LEIA
(firing at the Stormtroopers)
Anybody else got any ideas?
400. INT GANTRY OUTSIDE CONTROL ROOM – REACTOR SHAFT – BESPIN

The guard rail has been cut to ribbons. Luke has been driven to the edge of the jutting platform; he is ready to collapse under Vader’s powerful blows. A continual rain of sparks showers down on the young warrior from a severed power cable on the instrument stand. The noise of clashing laser swords is now covered by the roar of wind working its way up the shaft. Luke almost loses his balance and goes over the edge, but the wind props him up enough for him to regain his balance. He attacks Vader again, with a vengeance, using his last reserves of strength. The wind fades away again.

VADER
The Force runs strong in the Skywalker line. You will achieve great power… Come, join with me! Together we will be the most powerful… even stronger than The Emperor.

(INSERT B – DIALOGUE ADDED HERE)

LUKE
No!… Never…

Luke starts backing away from Vader, his strength gone at last.

VADER
There is no escape. You must join me or die. Don’t make me destroy you here… The Emperor is strong with The Force. But if you join me, together we could overthrow Him. Do not resist. It is our destiny!

LUKE
Never.

Luke lunges for Vader with his laser sword, but misses. He stumbles to the other side of the platform. In the distance, the wind can be heard working its way up the long shaft. Luke is out of breath, exhausted, bleeding. He hears the wind rising and gives Vader a long, hard look.

LUKE
Never!

Luke staggers to the edge of the platform and jumps off into the endless abyss. Vader rages in disbelief.

VADER
No!
The Dark Lord looks over the platform and sees Luke falling far below. The wind begins to blow at Vader’s cape and the torrent finally forces him back, away from the edge. He looks out and sees Luke floating upward past him with the force of the wind.

Spread-eagle, skydiver-style, Luke attempts to maneuver himself closer to the side of the shaft. He has hooked his laser sword to his belt. The wind begins to fade and the wounded Jedi begins to fall fast, unable to grab onto anything.
401. INT – SHAFT – SMALL EXHAUST PIPE

Suddenly, Luke is sucked into a small exhaust pipe in the side of the shaft. Vader sees this. He turns and hurries off the platform.
402. INT EXHAUST PIPE

TRUCKING FULL SHOT as Luke tumbles through the exhaust pipe.
403. EXT BOTTOM OF CITY – EXHAUST PIPE – DUSK

Luke is spit out of the exhaust pipe on the underside of the city. He manages to grab a protruding weather vane at the exterior mouth of the pipe.
404. EXT BOTTOM OF CITY – EXHAUST PIPE – DUSK

FULL SHOT – Luke hanging on weather vane on bottom of the city.

Dangling helplessly above the awesome cloud sea hundreds of miles below, he struggles in vain to pull himself to safety. Finally, he closes his eyes and begins to concentrate.

LUKE
Leia, Leia… Leia, I need you.

Luke swings in the gentle breeze of the cloud planet.
405. INT CORRIDOR LEADING TO LANDING PLATFORM

Artoo has dismantled the control panel next to the service door and is working with the wires. His work has enabled Lando to hook into the public address system. Now he yells into a microphone over the din of the continuing battle with the Stormtroopers.

LANDO
This is Baron Calrissian. The Empire is taking control of the city. Evacuate immediately. Leave before more Imperial troops arrive.

An explosion hits nearby. Artoo touches two wires together and the door slides open. Artoo whistles. Lando, Chewie, Leia and Threepio are ecstatically surprised.

THREEPIO
Artoo, you did it! I never doubted you for a second…

LEIA
Let’s go.

Artoo lays down a cloud of fog, obscuring everything, as the group dashes outside.
406. EXT LANDING PLATFORM – CLOUD CITY – DUSK

The group races for the Millennium Falcon as Stormtroopers reach the main door. Lando and Leia hold off the troops as Chewie and the droids get on board. Chewie starts up the ship. As the giant engines start to whine, Lando and Leia jump on board.
407. EXT BOTTOM OF CITY – EXHAUST PIPE – DUSK

MED SHOT – Luke hanging on weather vane on bottom of the city. He has attained a better position on the weather vane and managed to hook one of his legs around the fragile instrument.

LUKE
Leia… Leia…

There is an ominous CRACKING sound from the base of the weather vane and a piece breaks off, falling into the clouds far below. A rush of air is constantly blowing from the pipe.
408. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CITY – DUSK

Chewie pulls back on the controls as Leia and Lando make their way into the cabin. Lando sits in the co-pilot’s seat. Leia sits next to one of the control panels. Suddenly, Leia seems to hear something. She turns to Lando with a quizzical look.

LEIA
What’d you say?

LANDO
I didn’t say anything.

Leia shrugs and turns back to Chewie.
409. EXT LANDING PLATFORM – CLOUD CITY – DUSK

The Millennium Falcon lifts gracefully into the twilight sky as the squad of Stormtroopers vainly fires away.
STORMTROOPER Save your fire, the patrol ships will get them.
410. EXT LANDING PLATFORM – CLOUD CITY – HIGH ANGLE – DUSK

FULL SHOT – Looking down on the landing platform as Falcon roars up and away past camera at dusk.
411. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CANYON

INT COCKPIT, SIDE as Falcon moves through cloud canyon.
412. EXT BOTTOM OF CITY EXHAUST PIPE – DUSK

MED SHOT of Luke dangling from weather vane.
The weather vane makes another terrifying CRACK and lurches a little more to one side. Luke is so weary and in such pain, he almost doesn’t notice. He is concentrating on The Force.

LUKE
Leia, help. Please, Leia. Hear me.
413. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUDS – POV

OVER THE SHOULDER POV of cloud through cockpit window in Millennium Falcon.
414. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CITY – DUSK

Leia seems to be lost in a fog, her expression troubled. Everyone else is busy operating the ship.

LANDO
I knew that set-up was too good to last… I’m going to miss it.

LEIA
Luke!

LANDO
What?

LEIA
Luke needs help. We must go back.

CHEWIE
Barks his consternation.

LEIA
Chewie, head for the bottom of the city.

LANDO
Three patrol ships are heading our way.

CHEWIE
Barks an argument and shakes his head.

LEIA
No argument, just do it. That’s a command!

LANDO
Wait a minute. We’re not going back there.

CHEWIE
Turns on Lando, the newcomer, with an ominous growl.

LANDO
Okay, okay.
415. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CITY – BESPIN – DUSK

FULL SHOT TRUCKING of the Falcon making a graceful banking turn over camera. Clouds at dusk.
416. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – UNDERSIDE CLOUD CITY – DUSK

FULL SHOT as Falcon dives to the underside of the floating city.
417. INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – HOLD

Artoo is busy trying to re-assemble his friend Threepio. He adjusts the connections to the golden droid’s second arm.

ARTOO
Beeps some news.

THREEPIO
Turning around? Oh, no! I knew we’d never escape…
418. EXT BOTTOM OF CITY – EXHAUST PIPE – DUSK

FULL SHOT – Luke on weather vane. He is almost unconscious, but he hears the familiar whine of the approaching Millennium Falcon. As his body shifts, the weather vane breaks, sending Luke tumbling.
419. INT COCKPIT – CLOUD CITY UNDERSIDE – DUSK

Leia tries to remain calm in the midst of everyone’s amazement.

LANDO
Someone’s falling.

LEIA
It’s Luke. Get under him. Slow down. Easy Chewie. Line up your tracking system. Lando, open the hatch.
420. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – POV

POV out Falcon cockpit window as Luke falls into the clouds in the distance.
421. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CITY

Leia watches anxiously.

LEIA
Slower, Chewie, slower.
422. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CITY – POV

CLOSER POV out cockpit window of Luke getting bigger as the Falcon closes on him, until his falling body skims the cockpit window and lands with a thud on the outside hull of the ship.
423. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON HULL – CLOUD CITY – DUSK

The hatch pops open with a hiss of pressure. Lando reaches out to help the battered warrior inside the ship. Suddenly, there is a huge explosion near the ship causing it to lurch wildly. Luke is almost thrown overboard, but Lando grabs his hand in time.
424. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CITY – POV

OVER THE SHOULDER POV – Clouds and flak bursts as the Falcon banks away from the city. Dusk.
425. EXT UNDERSIDE OF CLOUD CITY – DUSK

Three Imperial Patrol ships are firing on the Falcon as they speed into pursuit.
426. INT COCKPIT MILLENNIUM FALCON – CLOUD CITY – DUSK

Explosions begin to erupt all around the cockpit, buffeting the ship wildly. Chewie HOWLS as he frantically tries to control the ship.

LEIA
The hatch is closed. Full speed. Two more ships are closing.

Leia reaches over and speaks into the com-link.

LEIA
Lando, is he alright?… Lando? Are you there? How’s Luke?

LUKE (OS)
He’ll survive.

Leia and Chewie turn to see the bloody and battered Jedi, supported by Lando in the cockpit entry. Lando has wrapped a blanket around him. Leia jumps up and gives him a giant hug.

CHEWIE
Howls.
LANDO
(climbs into the co-pilot’s seat)
We’re not out of this yet.

A huge flak burst rocks the ship.
427. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE – PLANET BESPIN

FULL SHOT – The Falcon speeds away from the planet and over camera followed by two Imperial ships.
428. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

FULL SHOT – The Falcon away from camera and into space, followed by two Imperial ships.
429. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

Lights flash and muted alarm BUZZERS sound. Threepio leaves the cockpit. Luke is strapped into the seat across from Leia.

LANDO
The deflector shields are gone.

LEIA
(to Chewie)
Are the coordinates set?

Chewie nods. Leia looks at the control panel warily.

LEIA
This hyperdrive had better work.

LUKE
I’ve never seen it fail.

Leia and Chewie exchange a look.

LANDO
I’m sure my men fixed it. We’ve got nothing to worry about.

LEIA
That sounds familiar.

Another explosion rocks the ship.

LEIA
Okay, Chewie, it’s now or never.
CHEWIE
Barks his agreement.

The Wookiee shrugs and pulls back on the lightspeed throttle.
430. INT COCKPIT – MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE – POV

FULL SHOT, OVER THE SHOULDER POV out cockpit window, stars that streak and go into hyperspace.
431. EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON – SPACE

FULL SHOT, SPACE – The Falcon speeds away from camera and disappears into nothingness.
432. EXT SPACE – REMAINS OF REBEL FLEET – STAR CRUISER

FULL SHOT – Motley rebel fleet in space. The Millennium Falcon is attached to a huge rebel cruiser by a docking tube. A large star is nearby.
433. INT BRIDGE AREA – STAR CRUISER

The bridge area of the Star Cruiser is relatively quiet. Most of the crew is busy working at their control panels.
Several Generals are gathered around Lando and Chewie and one by one bow before them. Luke and Leia are standing nearby.

Leia bows before Lando and Chewie, then gives the large Wookiee a big bear hug. Luke shakes Lando’s hand and pats him on the shoulder. He then moves to Chewie and starts scratching his chest vigorously; which the Wookiee loves. He BARKS his enjoyment.

Lando and Chewie start to leave the bridge, stopping only when little Artoo races up and tugs at the furry giant with one of his claw arms and whistles. Chewie turns and is hugged by Threepio. The Wookiee is embarrassed, but manages a friendly pat on the droid’s back and another on little Artoo’s dome head. the robots wave as the two adventurers leave the bridge.
434. INT STAR CRUISER BY VIEW PORT

Luke and Leia stand alone before a giant view port – stars and distant suns move through window. Luke smiles and gives Leia a kiss on the forehead as she puts her arm around him.

LUKE
I want to go with them, but I have a promise to keep. They’ll find Han. I know they will…

The tall, golden robot, and the stubby Artoo-droid join the young Jedi and the Princess. They gaze out the view port as the Millennium Falcon pulls gracefully away.
435. INT BRIDGE – STAR CRUISER – VIEW PORT – POV – SPACE

POV of distant sun. The Falcon does a spectacular flip and fly-by, and banks off into the stars.
ROLL UP

END CREDITS

THE END

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