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What to expect from Episode 4 A New Hope – Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookie and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader!
Episode 4 starts in space, where a Star Destroyer Ship is chasing and shooting at another ship. The Star Destroyer manages to destroy the main generator on the other ship, which caused the ship to sit still, well the Star Destroyer has a hatch on the bottom where smaller ships can fly into, to board the Star Destroyer. Stormtroopers blew open the door to this ship and boarded it quickly killing all that stood in their way!
The crew of Stromtroopers were searching the entire ship in order to find the commander of that ship, and to find out where it was going. R2-D2 and C-3P0 are both aboard this ship, desperately trying to find a way to escape before being blown to pieces! R2-D2 finds a woman and she has R2 record a message, and she also tells R2-D2 how to escape, because she knew she was going to get caught.
So, R2-D2 and C-3P0 find an escape pod and quickly get off of that Stormtrooper infested ship! The woman on the other hand, not so lucky. She did manage to kill a Stormtrooper, but when she tried to flee, another Stromtrooper shot her with some sort of stun gun, which made her pass out and fall to the ground. The woman, is Princess Leia!
Darth Vader’s squad of Stormtroopers bring Princess Leia to him, so that he can interrogate her. Darth Vader is in search of the Death Star plans that were stolen off his ship by the rebels. Darth Vader had tracked the transmissions and it led to this ship, Princess Leia tries to tell Darth Vader that their were no plans on the ship, and told him she was on a bogus journey, in hopes that Vader would free her.
Darth Vader is very angry and could see right through her lies! The Stormtroopers took Princess Leia to a holding cell, per Vader’s orders. Darth Vader’s commanders told him that their was no life form onboard the escape pod, but Vader feels that the Princess may have hidden the Death Star plans onboard that escape pod, Vader tells his commander to send a team down to the pod to see!
C-3P0 and R2-D2 land on a very sandy planet. C-3P0 and R2 end up splitting up, C-3P0 thought he found a transport ship, and R2 gets blasted by a Jawa and gets carried away. Now coincidentally, the transport that C-3P0 thought he found, is actually the same little Jawas that just kidnapped his pal R2-D2! They are now onboard the Jawas Sandcrawler.
The Jawas sold R2-D2 and C-3P0 to Luke Skywalker and his uncle, amidst trying to clean up the droids, C-3P0 tells Luke that R2-D2 is carrying a message for an Obi-Wan Kenobi! Luke knows a gentleman by the name of old Ben Kenobi, but he wasn’t sure if the two were in fact the same. The night Luke and his uncle purchased the droids, R2-D2 left in search of Obi-Wan Kenobi!
The next day, Luke and C-3P0 go out to look for R2, unfortunately however, the sand people, or Tusken Raiders, had knocked out Luke, and were going through his speeder. As the Tusken Raiders were searching Luke’s speeder, a loud noise was heard and scared off the evil scavengers. It was Ben Kenobi, and as he was checking to see if Luke as ok, he heard R2-D2, who was hiding in the canon watching all this happen.
Ben told Luke that they had to leave and get to shelter because the sand people would be back with numbers! The two droids and Luke went with Ben to his shelter, Luke now finds out more about his father from Ben, but Ben doesn’t tell Luke the full truth. He told Luke that his father was killed by Darth Vader, and that his father was lied to.
Well we know from the last Episode that Darth Vader is Luke’s father, but Luke doesn’t yet know himself. Ben had told Luke that he was in fact Obi-Wan Kenobi, and how he had not heard that name since before Luke was born! Obi-Wan shows Luke his fathers light saber, and begins to tell Luke that he and his father were best friends before Vader had killed him.
Full of questions Luke was, but Obi-Wan was not yet ready to give Luke the answers he was looking for. Obi-Wan told Luke that his uncle had lied to him all these years about his father, Obi-Wan then gets R2 to play the full message from Princess Leia. Her message said that the plans for the Death Star were in R2 and she needed Obi-Wans help getting it to he father and the Rebel Forces.
Obi-Wan asks Luke if he will travel to Alderan with him, to hand over the Death Star plans to the Rebels, Luke tells Obi-Wan that he can’t leave. On their travels back to Lukes home, they find the Sandcrawler and Jawas were all killed, the Sandcrawler had blaster holes on it and was blown up. Luke thought that the sand people had killed them but Obi-Wan tells him that it was Imperial Troopers!
Luke figures that if they killed the Jawas that sold them the droids, maybe they went to his home, and he was right. Luke jumped in his speeder and raced to his home only to find smoke coming from it, and he also noticed his aunt and uncle were killed and burned as well. Luke then tells Obi-Wan that he will go with him and he wants to become a jedi like his father was before him!
They traveled to Mos Eisley, and went to the Cantina Bar to find a pilot and a ship that will help them get to Alderan. This is where Chewbacca and Han Solo are introduced to them, they own the Millennium Falcon and come to terms, and agree to take them to Alderan. When Han Solo and Chewbacca were heading to the Millennium Falcon, Jabba the Hutt was their waiting for Han, because Han owes Jabba money.
Han Solo is considered a smuggler, and him and Chewie go out to different planets and smuggle loads of things for Jabba the Hutt! After dealing with Jabba, Han Solo and the gang are forced to leave in a hurry as their was someone following them to the hangar, and they alerted the Imperial Troopers to their presence. The Troopers began firing at them and the Falcon, they were lucky to get away safely!
They were still under fire by a battle cruiser while they were waiting for the Falcon to warm up so to say, so they could go into hyper drive. Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader show Princess Leia the power of their Death Star Battle Station by blowing up the planet Alderan right in front of Princess Leia! Alderan was Princess Leia’s home planet!
Obi-Wan could sense that something had happened, he felt a disturbance in the force, saying that millions of loud screaming lives went silent. Obi-Wan is training Luke on how to use the force, how to become a Jedi, as they make their travel to Alderan. When they come out of light speed, Han believes there is a meteor shower going on, and they can’t see or find Alderan. Obi-Wan tells them that Alderan was blown up by the Empire. Han said that was impossible!
Whoosh, an Imperial shuttle came out of light speed and passed right over Han and the gang. They follow the ship to the nearby Battle Station, they tried to turn around and go the other way, but couldn’t because of the magnetic field around the battle station, pulled them in. Once the Falcon had safely landed, Darth Vader has the Millennium Falcon searched for passengers, and to see if the plans to the Death Star were also onboard. Darth Vader’s troopers reported to him that it was the same freighter that was seen leaving Mos Eisley in a hurry. Vader believes they are there to return the plans to Leia, which is not the case.
Luke and Han managed to get the Stormtroopers to come on board the Falcon, and they knocked the troopers out and stole their trooper outfits, and went to the command center of the Battle Station and took that over too. Obi-Wan leaves Han, Luke, Chewie and the droids, to go see his old friend Darth Vader. R2-D2 and C-3P0 tell Luke that Princess Leia is being held captive on this battle station, and Luke is very adamant about saving the Princess.
Luke tells Han that the reward would be enormous if he helped Luke save her, so the two of them use a pair of handcuffs and put them on Chewie to make it look like they were taking Chewie to a holding cell, but they were really trying to get to the Princess to save her! Han, Luke, and Chewie managed to kill the people guarding the holding cells, Luke finds Leia and tells her their there to rescue her. Vader can feel the presence of Obi-Wan and tells Moff Tarkin that he must face Obi-Wan alone!
Luke, Han, Chewie, and Leia are now trapped, they have a crew of stormtroopers shooting at them. Leia shoots a hole through the grate to the garbage shoot and tells everyone to jump in. What they didn’t know is that the walls compact the trash, and their is definitely something living in their, whatever it is, it grabbed Luke by the leg and dragged him under water. Han is able to help Luke get free from the monster under the water, and then the walls begin to close in on them.
Scared of being squished to death, their desperately trying to wedge something between the walls to prevent it from closing. It wasn’t working, the walls continued to close on them, Luke calls to C-3P0 on his transmitter device and tells him to have R2-D2 shutdown all trash compactors, and they did just that! Luke gets C-3P0 to open a hatch so their able to get out of the garbage compactor.
Obi-Wan is still searching for Vader, sabotaging the huge battle station in the meanwhile! Han Solo, Luke, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia are making their way back to the Millennium Falcon, to escape from Lord Vader, Stormtroopers are chasing them, shooting at them, so they split up, Han and Chewie went one way and Luke and Leia went a different way.
Luke and Leia are trapped with Stormtroopers shooting at them from behind, they quickly open a door and have to stop very quickly as there is no walkway to get across! Stormtroopers that are on a higher level step out and now are shooting at Luke and Leia, they manage to close the door behind them, but knew the troopers on the other side would get it open soon. Luke has a string with a hook on the end of it on his utility belt that he’s wearing, and throws it around a pole, Luke and Leia swing across and land safely!
Obi-Wan has now found Darth Vader! both with their light sabers out, Vader tells Obi-Wan that he is the master now, just like Obi-Wan was the master in their last meeting. Obi-Wan tells Vader that Vader could strike him down and he would become more powerful than Vader would ever be. Fighting with their light sabers attracted the attention of the stromtroopers that were guarding the Falcon. Running to the ship Luke sees Obi-Wan fighting Vader, Obi-Wan lets Vader strike him down, Luke yelled NO! Which caused the troopers to start shooting at them.
They all rush on board the Falcon and escape the battle station, but they weren’t out of trouble yet as their were fighter imperial ships coming. Han and Luke man the cannon blasters to try to shoot them down so they escape. The Millennium Falcon is taking damage, Han reassures Leia that the Falcon will make it! Luke shoots down two of the fighter imperial ships, and Han manages to take down the other two!
Darth Vader put a homing beacon on the Falcon so they could track them to see where they were going. They would lead Vader to the Rebel Base he’s been searching for. Han Solo tells Princess Leia that he just wants to be paid for rescuing her so he can go on his way, he doesn’t want any part in their Rebel Alliance. Princess Leia said that if money is only thing you’re worried about, than take it and leave, angrily storming off.
They make it to the planet Yavin, where the Rebel base is located, and R2-D2 shows them the plans to the Death Star to the Rebel leader and they begin to plan their assault. The plans show how the Death Star can be destroyed, that is what Vader had been searching for. Han Solo has collected his reward for saving the Princess, as Han and Chewie are loading it up, Luke tells him that he can’t believe they aren’t going to stay and help hem destroy the Death Star!
The Rebel X-Wing pilots get ready in their ships to begin their journey to the Death Star to destroy it! The X-Wings are designed to have an R2 unit droid sit just behind the cockpit of this fighter, for extra support so to say. R2-D2 is riding with Luke, as they make their way to outer space they discover the massive Death Star sitting and waiting for their weapon of mass destruction to charge, so they could blow up the Rebels once and for all!
Lord Vader tells Moff Tarkin to have is pilots get to their fighters immediately! Rebel X-Wing fighters are taking out the laser cannons, and now the Imperial fighters as well. Vader gets his two pilots to assist him, those two pilots are Vader’s personal pilots hat travel with him and watch his back. X-Wing pilots are trying to get in range so they can shoot their shots into the pipe that leads to the core of the Death Star. Vader and his two fighters manage to take down two of the X-Wing pilots that were trying to make their way to here that pipe is located.
Both the Rebels, and Darth Vader are running in groups of three for their formation. The second attempt had failed as well, as Vader got behind another trio of X-Wing pilots and shot them all down. The Death Star is close to firing on Yavin, Luke not really having a choice, tries to make the run, to the pipe that they must get their shots into to blow up this huge Battle Station!
One of Luke’s trio was hit and blew up, Biggs the other pilot on Luke’s detail was hit and blew up as well. Vader tells his other two pilots that he has the leader, following Luke, Vader senses that the force is strong with this one. The Death Star is now ready to fire, and Vader has Luke set in his sights, and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, come Han and Chewie! They take out Vader’s detail and send Vader flying weirdly into the deep space, Luke got the shot off and they managed to blow up the Death Star!
Happy and filled with excitement and joy, Luke and Han made their way back to Yavin to see the Princess and celebrate their victory! Luke and Han Solo were awarded medals for saving the entire planet from destruction, from Princess Leia and the Rebel Alliance. R2-D2 had been hit while in battle, but the Rebels were able to repair him, and all is well!
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