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Let’s get started shall we, so after the rebels have been brutally over powered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.
Star Wars Episode 5 The Empire Strikes Back starts off by showing the Rebels at their base, on the Hoth planet. It’s a very cold and snowy planet, Luke is out on a Tauntaun scouting the perimeter, he radioed to Han Solo, who was back at the base, and told him that he seen a meteorite hit and he was going to check it out and head in. You definitely do not want to be left outside on this planet at night, it gets so cold you could freeze to death.
Luke’s tauntaun, which is a two legged creature that you can ride, was viciously attacked by a wampa! The wampa knocked out Luke and killed his tauntaun, Princess Leia, Han Solo, C-3P0, and R2-D2 are all worried about where Luke is. Han gets ready to go out and look for Luke, Luke was taken by the wampa to its cave, where he’s hanging upside down from the ceiling of the cave. His lightsaber is just out of reach, which he desperately needs so he is not eaten by this wampa.
As the wampa gets closer to Luke, who is using the force to center himself so he can use the force to get his lightsaber and free himself. That is just what he did, he cut himself down and cut off one of the wampa’s arms and managed to escape! Out in blizzard like weather, Luke falls down as I’m sure he needs water, and maybe something to eat too, and to get out of the cold before he freezes to death.
The rebels tell Princess Leia that is too dangerous to leave their door open, and that they must close it. That would mean that if Han Solo found Luke, they would be stuck out there until the morning. Obi-Wan uses the force to talk to Luke, and tells him that he must go to the Dagobah system to train with Master Yoda. Han found Luke! Unfortunately though, Han’s tauntaun had died because of the freezing weather, so Han took Luke’s lightsaber and cut open the tauntaun, and shoved Luke inside while Han set up a tent for the two of them.
The next day, two rebel pilots went out searching for Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, and found them! They escort the two of them safely back to base, where they find out that an imperial droid is nearby, sending transmissions out to Darth Vader. Luke was put into a hot water machine and was just fine. So Han and Chewie go out to see what type of droid was sending the transmissions, and after they shot at it a couple of times, it blows up.
Han suspects that it had a self destruct on it which made it blow up. This means bad news for the Rebels, as this droid was taking photos of the planet and when Darth Vader seen the photos, he seen something that looked familiar to him, it was the shield generator for the Rebels that he is looking for! Darth Vader orders his Generals to travel in light speed to that planet, and then tells them to prepare the troops.
The Rebels are alerted to the Star Destroyers that are incoming, and they prepare for battle! As Vader gets ready for a ground attack with his fleet, the rebels have a plan for safely getting themselves off the Hoth planet, so they may rendezvous at another location. Multiple Imperial Walkers are closing in on their base, Rebels are trying to defend against the large Imperial Walkers. They are using a harpoon that is on their fighter, to tie up the Imperial walkers, around their four legs, which causes them to fall down and blow up.
The Rebels give the order for everyone to evacuate the base, the imperial walker has a lock on the main generator, and ground troops are starting to enter the base. Luke’s fighter was shot down while he was attempting to take down one of the walkers. He manages to escape his fighter in time before being stepped on and crushed to death by one of the walkers. Look uses a grapple tool to get up under the walker, he pulls out his lightsaber and cuts a hole in the bottom of the walker and throws a blaster in the hole and then falls to the ground.
BOOM the imperial walker is blown up! Han and Leia are trying to escape the base, which is under major attack. Darth Vader has now entered the base and is on Han and Leia’s butt trying to capture them. Luckily Chewbacca, Han Solo, C-3P0, and Princess Leia get into the Millennium Falcon, and after a slow start, they manage to escape. But their not away safely yet, Darth Vader’s fleet is waiting for them in outer space.
Luke manages to find his way back to the base and gets in a different fighter with R2-D2, and makes his way to the Dagobah system. Imperial fighters and a huge Star Destroyer are on Han’s tail, shooting at them, as Han tries to make his way to hyper drive to escape, forcing them to have to fix their ship on the run. Han takes them into an asteroid field for some cover and relief from the imperial fighters.
After losing the Imperial fighters, they land on a huge asteroid so Han and Chewbacca can fix the Falcon’s hyper drive. Luke is arriving to the Dagobah system now, it is a very cloudy planet, you can not see a thing flying on this planet. Luke safely crash lands in a swamp, he gets out to take a look around, and when R2 got off the ship he fell into the murky swamp water.
Their was something big in the water that tried to attack poor R2-D2, and whoosh R2 comes flying out of the water. Luke rushes over to stand R2 up and make sure this little droid is okay, and he wonders what he is even going here on Dagobah. Meanwhile Darth Vader’s Admiral informed him that the Falcon was seen flying into an asteroid field, and Vader ordered his Admiral to follow them!
Luke found Master Yoda, and after some persuasion Master Yoda agrees to train Luke. C-3P0, Han Solo, Chewie and Princess Leia are all working on the falcon trying to get it fixed. Darth Vader is still searching the asteroid field for Han and the gang, Vader is forced to take his ship out of the asteroid field, so that he can send a clear transmission to the Emperor.
The Emperor tells Vader that he has felt a disturbance in the force, and he is an offspring of an Anakin Skywalker. Vader is surprised and doesn’t know how that could be because the Emperor told him that Padme had died and never said anything about his baby. Vader tells his master that Luke will either join them on the Dark side or die!
While Leia was waiting for Han, Chewie, and C-3P0 to finish fixing the Falcon, a weird creature Leia seen on the ship! She races to tell Han, so they go outside to see what it was. These large flying creatures starting flying around them so Han and Chewie shot and killed them. Han then shot the ground and it shook like an earthquake! Come to find out they were hiding inside of a very large creature that was sitting in a large hole in an asteroid, with its mouth open, waiting for a meal to come along.
They barely made it out of their alive, Han went into light speed before the mouth of this creature closed on them for good. Luke is training with Master Yoda on Dagobah, learning the ways of the force. Darth Vader has called all the bounty hunters in the galaxy to his aide to help him find the Millennium Falcon! When Han came out of light speed from the creature mouth, as they were exiting the asteroid field, Vader’s Star Destroyer began firing at them.
Han turned the Falcon around and went towards the Star Destroyer like he was going to attack them, he flew right over the Captains Command part of the ship and for what it looks like, Han hung the Millennium Falcon on this super huge Star Destroyer, to hide from them! As Yoda is training Luke, his ship all of a sudden begins to sink into the swamp that he crash landed in.
Luke is frustrated and says they will never get the ship out of the water, Master Yoda tells him nothing is impossible! Do or do not, there is no try, Yoda tells Luke. Luke tries to use the force to lift his ship from waters of this swamp, he says he can’t do it because the ship is too big. Yoda tells Luke more about the force and how it works, you must feel it he says, Luke still not convinced says you want the impossible. So Master Yoda shows Luke that it is not impossible to lift his ship out of the swamp, and he does just that.
Size does not matter when it comes to Jedi, Yoda sat the ship right in front of Luke, on land, Luke was amazed, he couldn’t believe it! Yoda tells him that is why you fail. Darth Vader killed the Captain that lost the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader shows no mercy. Vader’s fleet broke up to find the Millennium Falcon, before the Star Destroyers jumped into light speed they dump all of their garbage, well little did Han Solo know that mixed in with the trash that the Star Destroyer dumped was a ship.
Boba Fett, a bounty hunter was hiding in the garbage and began to follow Han, they went to a planet called Bespin, to find a Lando Calrissian that Han has known for a long time. Lando comes out to meet Han, Chewie and Leia, and he told Han that he would have his people get to work on fixing the Falcon. As Lando Calrissian is taking them all inside, C-3P0 was sidetracked and went into a different room and was blasted to pieces.
Luke is trying to leave Yoda and Dagobah to go and help Han and Leia. Luke can sense their in trouble, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda are trying to keep Luke on Dagobah, they are afraid for Luke because they know that Darth Vader is trying to capture Luke to take him to the Emperor, so that the Emperor can try to turn him to the dark side!
Luke does in fact leave Dagobah and heads to Bespin to face his destiny! Leia doesn’t trust Lando, she told Han. Chewie finds out where C-3P0 went and manages to get all of his pieces to put him back together. Lando comes in to where Han, Leia, and recently Chewie were to invite them to dinner. Lando shows them around a little bit on their way to the dining hall.
When they get to the dining hall and open the door, Darth Vader is there waiting for them. Lando tells Han that the Empire had gotten there just before they did, Han said he’s sorry too. Luke is almost to Bespin now, Chewie is now in a holding cell type room, and he begins to put C-3P0 back together. Darth Vader does a torture test on him for reasons that I have not gathered yet.
Han gets put in the room/cell with Chewie, Leia comes in moments after, she caresses Han’s head and asked him why were they doing this to him, and what did they say. Han told Leia that they never said anything, just ran their torture test on him. Lando comes into the room and tells them that Vader is giving Han to the bounty hunter (Boba Fett), which in turn wve Han over to Jabba the Hutt.
This is Vader’s trap to capture Luke! Their is a freezing chamber on this Cloud City, and to make sure that Luke would survive, so they decide to test it on Han Solo. Boba Fett is worried that Han will not survive the carbon freezing, Vader tells him that the Empire will compensate him if Han does in deed die. They put Han in the chamber and just like that, he comes out a giant block of metal!
His vitals are fine and Han Solo survived the carbon freezing, Vader releases Han to Boba Fett. Han Solo is in perfect hibernation, says Lando. Vader is alerted that Luke is approaching, Vader tells him to let Luke land, and to create a pathway so Luke finds the carbon freezing room, Vader tells the minions to ready the carbon freezing chamber for Luke.
Luke watches Boba Fett walk by with Han in the carbonite, the trap is sprung and Luke is on their trail trying to save them all! Luke now enters the carbon freezing room, the door slams shut behind him! this is a very dark room, nothing is really visible. Vader says the force is strong with you young Skywalker, but you are no Jedi yet!
Luke approaches Vader and draws his lightsaber, the two are in a duel now, Luke displaying what he has learned so far from Master Yoda. Lando had his own trap waiting for the Stormtroopers that were escorting Leia and Chewie to Vader’s ship. Lando had freed them and was trying to go save Han from the bounty hunter, but Chewbacca was strangling Lando and delayed them. They got outside just as Boba Fett was taking off.
Stormtroopers on their butts! Leia and Chewie are under attack now by Stormtroopers that were lurking around. Vader made Luke fall into the carbon freezing chamber, but as Vader turned the machine on, Luke force jumped out. Vader is trying to get Luke to release his anger, which will lead him to the Dark Side. Luke knocks Vader off the ledge into straight darkness. Luke jumps down and follows him, Vader comes out lightsaber drawn, he begins force pulling things off of the wall and throwing them at Luke.
The window get broken as they were in a pressurized room, Luke flies out but manages to grab a ledge and pulls himself back up to safety. Lando, Chewie, and Leia, along with R2D2 a C-3P0 are making their way to the Millennium Falcon so they can escape. Lando announces over the intercom for everyone to leave Cloud City at once, the Empire was invading and taking over!
This caused a panic and made it a little easier them to escape. They all make it aboard the Falcon and escape! Luke now is trying to safely escape without encountering Vader again, Vader jumps out and they are battling again. Vader ends up cutting off Luke’s right hand, and as Luke is trying get away from Vader, Vader tells Luke that he should join him and learn the ways of the Dark Side. Vader asked Luke if Obi-Wan ever told him about his father, Luke said yes you killed him, Vader exclaimed NO, I am your father!
Nooooooo!!!! Luke screamed, Darth Vader was still trying to persuade Luke to join him and Luke decides to let go of what e was holding onto and fell. He ended up in a trash shoot which dropped him out of the bottom of Cloud City. Luke desperately grabs onto the antenna and holds on for dear life, he uses the force to get Leia’s attention to save him. She tells Lando and Chewie they must turn around, that she knows where Luke is.
As they make their way under Cloud City, they spot Luke barely holding on. Lando goes to the top hatch on the Falcon and helps Luke into the Falcon. But wait their not out of trouble yet, there are Tie fighters on their butts shooting at them. Vader had his team disarm the hyper drive, that Lando’s people fixed. So there they are still trying to outrun the Tie fighters, and trying to fix the hyper drive at the same time. R2-D2 is the hero today, he goes to the terminal in the Millennium Falcon and fixes the hyper drive, and they get away safely!
They travel to a really large rebel space station, Luke gets his arm fixed, they attached a mechanical arm to him. They know where Han Solo was taken, and now that they are away from Vader, they will put a plan together to save Han!
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