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The Adventures of The Starkiller: Episode One THE STAR WARS by George Lucas LUCASFILM LIMITED January 28, 1975 "...And in the time of greatest despair there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as: THE SON OF THE SUNS."

Journal of the Whills, 3:127 FADE IN: 1. SPACE A vast sea of stars is broken as the warm, amber surface of the planet, UTAPAU, emerges from a total eclipse. Five small moons slowly drift into view from the far side of the planet. The MAIN TITLE is followed by a ROLL-UP: The REPUBLIC GALACTICA is dead. Ruthless trader barons, driven by greed and the lust for power, have replaced enlightenment with oppression, and "rule by the people" with the FIRST GALACTIC EMPIRE. Until the tragic Holy Rebellion of "06", the respected JEDI BENDU OF ASHLA were the most powerful warriors in the Universe. For a hundred thousand years, generations of Jedi Bendu knights learned the ways of the mysterious FORCE OF OTHERS, and acted as the guardians of peace and justice in the REPUBLIC. Now these legendary warriors are all but extinct. One by one they have been hunted down and destroyed by a ferocious rival sect of mercenary warriors: THE BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE SITH. It is a period of civil wars. The EMPIRE is crumbling into lawless barbarism throughout the million worlds of the galaxy. From the celestial equator to the farthest reaches of the GREAT RIFT, seventy small solar systems have united in a common war against the tyranny of the Empire. Under the command of a mighty Jedi warrior known as THE STARKILLER, the REBEL ALLIANCE has won a crushing victory over the deadly Imperial Star Fleet. The Empire knows that one more such defeat will bring a thousand more solar systems into the rebellion, and Imperial control of the Outlands could be lost forever... A tiny silver space craft races from behind one of the lifeless Utapau moons. The small rebel spacefighter is being chased by four giant Imperial star destroyers. Hundreds of deadly laser bolts streak from the Imperial warships as they dive on the smaller craft. Every few moments, the little rebel ship returns the fire, until one of the Imperial battlewagons explodes, causing it to fall out of formation. The three remaining star destroyers continue the pursuit 2. INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - LASER GUN TURRETThe two elaborate laser gun turrets belch a smoky exhaust as the gun crews, wearing heat-protective suits, goggles and breath masks, cheer and congratulate each other on the direct hit. The gunnery CHIEF finishes speaking into his helmet "com-link", and yells to the crew. CHIEF I don't know what you boys are so cheery about; there are still three more out there. The crews snap-to, and turn back to their giant guns. Several stubby, three-legged ROBOTS scurry to and fro, bringing equipment, and repairing damage to sections of the turrets.

3. INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY The chaos of battle echoes through the narrow, main passageway of the starfighter. An explosion rocks the ship, and two construction robots, ARTOO DETOO (R2-D2) and SEE THREEPIO (C-3PO) struggle to make their way through the shaking, bouncing passageway. Both robots are old and battered. Artoo is a short (36 inches), claw-armed, tri-ped. His face is a mass of computer lights, surrounding a radar eye. Threepio, on the other hand, is a tall, slender robot of human proportions. He has a gleaming bronze-like metallic surface of an "Art Deco" design. THREEPIO Artoo, my friend, this is madness! If this keeps up, we're going to be destroyed. I'm afraid I'm still not accustomed to space travel... What are we to do? The little dwarf robot makes a series of electronic sounds that only a robot could understand. THREEPIO (CONT'D) Relax?!?...What do you mean we're in no immediate danger??! You're faulty, this is madness! Artoo gives his tall companion a sheepish computer blink and starts off down the hallway. . THREEPIO (CONT'D) Artoo Detoo, wait! Wait a minute. Threepio climbs through a hatch and starts after Artoo. 4. EXT. SPACE BATTLEOne of the giant Imperial Star destroyers breaks formation and surges ahead of the others, closing on the tiny rebel space craft. The main battery of laser cannons on the huge Imperial warship directs an overwhelming concentration or laser fire at the main solar fin on the rebel ship. Finally it disintegrates, creating a spectacular heavenly display. 5. INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - POWER SECTION A sudden pressure change sucks equipment and debris through the power section of the spacefighter. Alarms are sounding everywhere. The spaceship shudders under the impact of the Imperial barrage. Artoo and Threepio are blown, slipping and sliding across the hallway floor into a stack of freight canisters. The lanky Threepio becomes lodged under a computer console. THREEPIOI'm dead!...I told you this would happen. Artoo, I can't move. Little Artoo waddles over to his trapped companion. He clears away several mangled canisters and climbs under the sparking and smoking computer. He is chattering away in an elaborate combination of whistles, beeps and clicks. THREEPIO (CONT'D) Oh my, I think something is melting. Artoo Detoo, this is all your fault...I should have known better than to listen to a half-pint thermo-astronic capulary dehousing - assister. You're truly faulty. Artoo counters with a rather angry rebuttal as he struggles to pull the larger robot free from the small leg space under the computer console. Two MEN hurriedly enter the power station and begin checking the damage. The robots can only see the humans' legs as they pass to and fro in front of the desk-like console; but they recognize the voice of their captain: DEAK STARKILLER. THREEPIO (CONT'D) Shhh, it's the captain... The captain's FIRST OFFICER pops his head under the console and sees Artoo straining to free Threepio. The little robot stops. OFFICERWell, Hello! Are you boys all right? THREEPIOYes sir, I'll be out in a minute. No damage that I can tell. Sorry to be of trouble, sir... OFFICERAs you were. Artoo goes back to his pulling and pushing as the officer again becomes a pair of legs, and is joined by the sturdier legs of Captain Starkiller. OFFICER (CONT'D) There's a C-3 unit jammed under the console, but no damage, sir. Artoo uses one of his claw arms to cut away a small metal beam bent around Threepio's shoulder. DEAKThe solar activators are burned out. The shields are down. They'll be boarding in no time. There is a Sith knight among them. I can feel his para-force. Hurry, secure your assault positions. The BOGAN force is strong with the enemy. OFFICERYes sir, the men are ready. The officer bows low and hurries out of the smoldering chamber. Artoo stops his work, and the robots quietly watch Deak's legs as he paces the room. He stands for a few moments in meditation. The two mechanical men suddenly feel as if they are intruding, and every little creak and noise becomes an embarrassment. A VOICE from another part of the ship yells out to the captain, and he rushes out of the room. Threepio breathes a sigh of relief. THREEPIOI think there will be no escape for the captain this time... 6. EXT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER The smoldering silver rebel craft is quickly surrounded by the three giant Imperial warships. One of the huge star destroyers moves into orbit just above the helpless rebel spacefighter. 7. INT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - COCKPIT An awesome array of lighted panels and computer monitors are reflected in the polished black helmets of six Imperial master-pilots. A fifth-ranked General of the Fleet sits in a rotating chair suspended from the cabin ceiling, watching the chief pilot maneuver the huge warship above the tiny rebel spacefighter. CHIEF PILOTThat's as close as I dare take her. CAPTAIN (into intercom) We are in position...stand by. Remember, Lord Vader wants as many of them taken alive as is possible. There will be no slaughter. 8. EXT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - UNDERBELLY The huge gray underbelly of the Imperial warship hovers less than twenty feet above the rebel spacefighter. A small hatch near one of the complex antenna groupings silently slides open. With fascist precision, ten stormtroopers wearing ominous armored spacesuits drop onto the top of the disabled rebel craft. A burly sergeant aims his powerful laser pistol at the silver hull. 9. INT. REBEL STAR FIGHTER - HALLWAY A tremendous blast opens up a hole six feet wide in the side of the main passageway, sucking equipment and debris into the vacuum of space. Three fearsome stormtroopers armed with chrome multi-laser rifles make their way through the smoking debris into the padded hallway. The SERGEANT and four more armored troopers quickly follow. SERGEANTUse your blades! There's too much risk of blaster ricochet in these cramped quarters. The troops sling the rifles over their shoulders and take a small baton from their belts, which instantly ignites into a long glowing laser sword. At the far end of the passageway, a door swings wide revealing a rebel warrior wearing a breath mask and dressed in the distinctive uniform of an AQUILLIAN RANGER. A long, deadly laser sword glows in his right hand, while several chrome ping-pong sized balls magically appear in his left. Tiny antenna project from the chrome balls, and before the stormtroopers can raise their weapons, the balls fly out of the ranger's hand. One of the balls stops in the middle of the troops and explodes. Three other balls shoot through the hole ripped in the side of the ship. 10. EXT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - UNDERBELLY Six armored stormtroopers are assembled on the sleek silver hull of the rebel spacefighter. The three chrome balls fly out of the rebel craft just as several more troops drop from the hatch of the Imperial star destroyer. One or the seeker bombs explodes among the assembled troops, flinging most of them into the vastness of space. The two remaining bombs rocket toward the open hatch of the Imperial warship. One of the surviving stormtroopers, clinging to the rebel craft, yells into his helmet intercom as he aims a laser pistol at the tiny chrome projectiles. TROOPERSeekers! Seekers! Close the hatches!! A blast from the laser pistol hits one of the balls, and it explodes harmlessly outside the star destroyer. The second seeker bomb races into the star destroyer, just as the hatch slides closed. A muffled explosion is heard inside the huge spacecraft. 11. INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - HALLWAY The Aquillian ranger charges what's left of the stormtroopers. He swings his glowing laser sword high over his head; but before he can bring the deadly blade down on a victim, four more troops enter the ship and assail the ranger. He. puts up a good fight, but soon falls under the superior odds. A half dozen more armored stormtroopers enter the damaged ship and cautiously make their way down the narrow hallway. 12. INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT Smoke fills the crowded cockpit of the rebel starship. The pilot struggles to remove a wounded comrade as an exhausted Aquillian RANGER enters and bows before Deak Starkiller. The young captain's face is covered by a small, ornate face mask, but he appears to be about twenty-five years old. He is wearing the loose-fitting robes of a Jedi knight. RANGER The Bogan force is too strong upon us. Our spirit is broken. DEAKYou must rally the men, fight off your despair. The force of others is still with us... RANGERCliegg is dead. They're blasting the lifepods before we can clear the ship. We're trapped... DEAKThen we must make this treachery costly for them. Return to your station. The ranger bows low before the Jedi starcaptain, and rushes out of the cockpit. The pilot has returned to his seat in front of the ship's main control board. DEAK (CONT'D) What's the power now? PILOT (TYREE)It's up to five point nine; but we'll need a lot more to ignite the engines...There just isn't enough time... DEAKKeep at it. I'm going aft. PILOT (TYREE)But what about your father. He must have the KIBER Crystal if Ogana Major is to survive. He won't be able to hold out against the Imperial siege much longer. The risk was too great. We'll never be able to make contact with Luke now. We've lost everything. We should never... DEAKYou're feeling the Bogan's despair. Be strong, Tyree, drive it from your thoughts. Luke is father's only hope...maybe there is still a slim chance we might salvage things. He moves to the computer bank, and speaks into the intercom. DEAK (CONT'D) All R-2 units stand by for new prime directive programming... He turns back to the pilot for a moment. DEAK (CONT'D) What's the R-2 scramble code? Pilot (TYREE)"Tan-takk RS-411". Do you think one of them might get through? DEAK I'm afraid the chances of an R-2 unit finding Luke down there are much better than Luke's chances of getting back to father...R-2 units compute as follows: Scramble code, tan-takk RS-411. Prime directive - contact code "Angel blue". Seek OWEN LARS at or near position: 321-DC-28. Relay the following transcription. 13. INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - MAIN HALLWAY Little Artoo stands ridged in the middle of the smoke-filled passageway. Threepio runs awkwardly toward the tiny robot from a large hatchway at one end of the corridor. Artoo's computer face blinks wildly. THREEPIOWe're cut off. They're coming from that direction. I heard them. Come on, we'll have to go back the way we came. Artoo lets out a long musical whistle, but doesn't move. THREEPIO (CONT'D) Wait!?? They'll be here in moments! I have no intention of getting sent to the spice mines of KESSAL, or smashed into... what?! A new prime directive!??! Oh no! Not at a time like this! How much longer? The muted sounds of grinding and crushing get louder until a dozen Imperial stormtroopers, wearing spooky-looking armor, enter the passageway. They arrange themselves geometrically, their movements synchronized, as they move stealthily through the unusually wide corridor. Threepio grabs his little partner and struggles to drag him into the shadows of an emergency ventilator system. Hard and weary, the troops advance -- their glowing laser swords held at ready. Suddenly, directly in back of the stormtroopers, about ten feet away, the imposing young Jedi, Deak Starkiller, steps from behind the open hatch. His chrome laser pistol still rests in its holster; but his laser sword sparks to life with a sharp hum. One of the troopers senses his presence and turns freezing momentarily. The rest of the troops turn a second later, almost as a reflex action. A slow grim smile creeps across Deak's face, as the troops realize they are outmatched. TROOPER He's a Jedi. Use your blasters! Six troopers who are carrying their chrome laser rifles at the ready start to step forward and raise their weapons. Deak is quicker. In one amazing movement, he spins around, replacing his laser sword to his belt, and draws his deadly laser pistol, blasting out four shots that rip through the soldiers. In a few moments, the entire passageway blazes with laser fire. Laser bolts ricochet in wild random patterns, creating small explosions and finally a small hole in the wall, which sucks debris and stormtroopers into space, until finally it is plugged by a large supply canister. Artoo and Threepio are plummeted by loose equipment and debris. Threepio attempts to cover his head. Artoo pulls a grate off the vent system and starts to enter the dark shaft. Threepio clings to a side rail for dear life as debris and laser bolts fly past him. Artoo beeps to his terrified companion

. THREEPIO No more adventures! I'm not going in there. No! Never! Artoo disappears down the ominous shaft. He leaves his friend with a few parting whistles. THREEPIO (CONT'D) Don't call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease! I simply think you are going the wrong way. Threepio peers into the gloom of the vent shaft. THREEPIO (CONT'D) Hello?!? Artoo?...

14. INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT CORRIDOR Stormtroopers scatter and run down an adjoining passageway; others duck behind storage lockers. Multiple laser fire rips through several stormtroopers who scream and stagger from the smoke, holding shattered arms and faces. Deak and two Aquillian rangers back into a sealed corridor at the far end of the passageway. Deak's gun jams, and the two rangers are cut down behind him. The young Jedi ignites his glowing red laser sword and begins swinging. Stormtroopers are cut down right and left, until they flee the corridor in panic, firing wildly as they stumble over canisters to escape. Suddenly several of the panic-stricken troopers who had fled down a sub-hallway are back into the cockpit area, more afraid of what's down the sub-hallway than the deadly Jedi's blade. Troopers still fleeing the area crash into those returning. TROOPER The Sith Knight...Lord Vader is coming. Go back. Go back! A new courage, or greater fear, seizes the troops and they turn on Deak again and renew the attack. The troops scramble away from the sub-hallway entrance, as something unspeakably evil and terrifying approaches the cabin. 15. INT. REBEL STARFIGHTER - SUB-HALLWAY The tall, gleaming Threepio rushes through several low, narrow corridors, yelling at Artoo, who races along as fast as his stubby mechanical feet will carry him.

THREEPIO Wait! Wait a minute. I'm coming. ...Would you mind telling me where you are off to? Artoo throws a short beep over his shoulder. THREEPIO (CONT'D) Leaving?! Leaving where? Don't be ridiculous, that's desertion! I order you to stop. Did you hear me? Stop! Artoo continues on, countering with a frenzy of electronic whistles and twangs. THREEPIO (CONT'D) What new prime directive? Why didn't I receive it? What's so important that I'm not to be trusted? I don't believe you. I think you're rattled. Artoo stops before the small hatch of an emergency lifepod. He snaps the seal on the main latch and a red warning light begins to flash. The stubby, dwarf-robot works his way into the cramped four-man pod. THREEPIO (CONT'D) Hey! What are you doing? You can't use that!...It's restricted. You're not permitted in there; you'll be de-activated for sure. The situation is not _that_ desperate! Now come out of there before someone sees you. A new explosion, this time very close, sends dust and debris through the narrow sub-hallway. Flames lick at the two robots. After a flurry of electronic swearing from Artoo, the lanky bronze Threepio jumps into the lifepod. THREEPIO (CONT'D) I think I'm going to regret this; but my prime directive IS preservation. The safety door snaps shut, and with the thunder of exploding latches, the tiny lifepod ejects from the disabled starfighter.

16. INT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - COCKPIT                On the main viewscreen, the lifepod carrying the two terrified                  robots speeds away from the stricken rebel spacecraft.                

CHIEF PILOTThere goes another one. Look. CAPTAIN Hold your fire. No life forms. It must have short-circuited. The captain gets a message on his headset. CAPTAIN (CONT'D) Yes...Yes...He's on his way down now...No. Good, excellent. I'll relay it. (he turns to the pilots) The ship is ours! The pilots cheer and an excited murmur rushes throughout the ship. 17. EXT. SKY OVER UTAPAU - LIFEPOD The reddish-yellow mass of Utapau seems to engulf the tiny lifepod containing the two robots. The grouping of star destroyers grows smaller as the pod descends toward the planet. THREEPIOThat's funny, the damage doesn't look as bad from out here. Are you sure this thing is safe?

18. INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT CORRIDOR Deak Starkiller cuts down several troops who make a frenzied, suicidal charge with laser swords. TROOPS The Bogan! The Bogan! They are no match for the incredibly agile young Jedi. For an eerie moment, all is deathly quiet as a huge darker figure appears in the sub-hallway. The remaining stormtroopers bow low toward the doorway. An awesome, seven-foot BLACK KNIGHT OF THE SITH makes his way into the blinding light of the cockpit area. This is LORD DARTH VADER, right hand to the MASTER OF THE SITH. His sinister face is partially obscured by his flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which are in sharp contrast to the fascist white armored suits of the Imperial stormtroopers. The troops instinctively back away from the imposing warrior. Deak Starkiller stands firm; a new look of resolve sweeps across his tired face. The smoky room is deathly quiet, except for the occasional snapping and popping of burning electrical circuits in the cockpit's sophisticated control panel. As the Black Knight enters the corridor, the few surviving troopers scramble into the sub-hallway. Lord Vader speaks in an oddly filtered voice through his complex breathing mask

. VADER At last we meet! DEAK With so much commotion, I expected your master, not merely a servant. Vader is angered by this remark. Taking a deep breath, he raises his arms and every object that isn't bolted down is picked up by an invisible force and hurled at the young Jedi. When the objects reach about two feet of Deak, they are deflected by an invisible shield which surrounds him. DEAK (CONT'D) The Bogan is strong with you; but not nearly strong enough. I'm afraid you’ll have to use your weapon, if you're able! VADERI am Lord Darth Vader, first Knight of the Sith, and right hand to His Eminence Prince Espaa Valorum, the Master of the Bogan. You will not mock me, or my Master; for the Ashla is weak, and the FORCE OF OTHERS cannot save you now... The fearsome dark knight ignites his laser sword and takes a defensive stance. The two galactic warriors stand perfectly still for a few moments, sizing each other up and waiting for the right moment. Deak seems to be under increasing pressure and strain, as if an invisible weight were being placed upon him. He shakes his head and blinking, tries to clear his eyes. VADER (CONT'D) Your powers are weak... Deak makes a sudden lunge at the huge warrior but is checked by a lightning movement of the SITH. A second masterful slash-stroke by Deak is again blocked by his evil opponent. They stand motionless for a few moments, with laser swords locked in mid-air, creating a low buzzing sound. Another of the Jedi's blows is blocked, then countered. Deak stumbles back against a wall. Slowly Deak is forced to his knees as all his energy is drained from his being. Finally, he collapses in a heap. The sinister knight lets out a horrible, shrieking laugh, as stormtroopers rush in with restraining poles, followed by a braided and flashy Imperial commander. Deak's arms and legs are pinned to the wall. He struggles with his bonds.

COMMANDERSo, we got him. Your paraforce is strong indeed. The Emperor will be pleased. Why, he's just a boy! An Imperial officer takes a gold medallion from around the young Jedi's neck. OFFICERThe Starkiller! A murmur of astonishment races throughout the troops. COMMANDERImpossible! He would have to be over three hundred years old. How could this Jedi possibly be the Starkiller? The great Black Knight studies the golden crest, and then stares into the eyes of the fuming Jedi. Vader has a visible dislike of the commander. VADERThis is another of his sons. COMMANDERYour master said he'd killed them all...And why is he wearing his father's crest?

VADERHis father must be dead. The Starkiller would never give this                  up if he were alive...It possesses great power. _This_ boy must                  be the last..
COMMANDER"The son of the suns!" The last of the Starkiller                  line, whom the seer's have said would bring down the Empire.
VADERIt appears we have altered destiny.
COMMANDER                  (to an aide)                 Send word to the Emperor. We've captured their "Savior".                  The rebellion is broken. The Starkiller is dead. Let the attack                  of Ogana Major begin...                The Black Knight takes a restraining pole from one of the guards                  and brutally jabs the young Jedi in the chest. Deak squirms in                  pain but does not cry out. He is struck again. An officer approaches                  the commander.
OFFICERWhy would he chance running the blockade to come out here                  in the middle of nowhere. There is little on this planet...
COMMANDERAn interesting question. Send a platoon of "Tuskens"                  to the planet surface and have them report anything unusual. Maybe                  he has friends we should know about...                  (turning pointedly to Vader)                  or perhaps another brother...               Vader gives the commander an angry stare and suddenly it appears                  as if the commander can't catch his breath. The commander turns                  and rushes out of the cabin in great distress. Vader punches Deak                  one last time.                VADER                 You will come to know such suffering as only the Master of the                  Bogan Force can provide. From you he will learn many secrets...                               Vader throws Deak's head back painfully hard against the wall.                               VADER                 (CONT'D)                  (to the guards)                 Bind him, and take him to my ship.                  (to Deak)                  There is no one to save you now.                His frightening laugh rings throughout the starship.


19. EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - EDGE OF THE DUNE SEA JUNDLAND, or "No Man's Land" where the rugged desert mesas meet the foreboding dune sea. The two helpless astro-robots kick up clouds of dust as they leave the lifepod, and clumsily work their way across the desert coastline. The stubby Artoo struggles desperately to keep up with the long-legged Threepio. Suddenly, Artoo makes a sharp right turn, and starts off in the direction of the rocky desert mesas. Threepio stops and yells at him.

THREEPIOWhere do you think you're going?!?                A stream of electronic noises pour forth from the small robot.
THREEPIO                 (CONT'D)                 ...to find Owen Lars?!? What's that?!? Just because the boss was                  looking for his brother doesn't mean WE have to look for him!                  That WAS the prime directive, but not anymore...Besides, why go                  that way? It's so rocky. Why not go this way? It would be much                  easier. How do you KNOW Owen Lars is that way?                Artoo continues his electronic babbling.
THREEPIO                  (CONT'D)                 Don't get technical with me. I think you're going the wrong way.                  I've had just about enough of you! You pragmatic, nearsighted                  scrap pile. I don't believe this "Angel Blue" even exits,                  but you just go that way. You'll be malfunctioning within a day.                               He picks up the tiny robot and tosses him several feet into a                  large sand dune. Threepio starts off in the direction of the dune                  sea. Artoo struggles to his three, stubby feet and shakes a metallic                  claw arm at his disappearing ex-partner.
THREEPIO                  (CONT'D)                 (over his shoulder)                 ...And don't let me catch you following me begging for help -because                  you won t get it!                Artoo counters with a few short whistles.                THREEPIO                 (CONT'D)                 Don't call ME a traitor. My loyalty is impeccable!...You emotion-brained                  intellectual...               Artoo's reply is a rather rude sound. He turns and trudges off                  in the opposite direction.
20. EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - DUNE SEA                Threepio, hot and tired, struggles up over the ridge of a dune,                  only to find more dunes, which seem to go on for endless miles.                  He looks back in the direction of the now distant rock mesas.
THREEPIOYou little malfunctioning twerp. This is all your fault. You                  tricked me into going this way, but you'll do no better.                He sits in a huff of anger and frustration, knocking the sand                  from his joints. His plight seems hopeless, when a glint of reflected                  light in the distance reveals an object speeding toward him. The                  bronze android waves frantically and yells at the approaching                  transport.
21. EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ROCK MESA                The little Artoo stumbles over several boulders as he struggles                  to reach the crest of a rocky mesa. He reaches the top and scans                  the foreboding desert valley below. Far in the distance, shining                  in the twin suns like an inviting oasis, stands the settlement                  of ANCHORHEAD. The mechanical runt carries on an electronic conversation                  with himself as he searches the rugged ground for something. He                  picks up a large stone in his powerful claw hand, then discards                  it. He finds another stone that he is apparently satisfied with,                  carries it to the edge of the butte, and tosses it over. The stone                  slams down the steep side of the mesa, kicking up dust and creating                  a small avalanche. He makes some quick calculations, then starts                  off down the treacherous slope.
22. EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON                The gargantuan rock formations are shrouded in a strange mist,                  and the ominous sounds of unearthly creatures fill the air. Artoo                  moves cautiously through the creepy rock canyon, inadvertently                  making a loud clicking noise as he goes. He hears a distant, hard                  metallic sound and stops for a moment. He hears nothing. He sees                  nothing moving. Convinced he is alone, he continues on his way.                  In the distance, a pebble tumbles down the steep canyon wall and                  a small dark figure darts into the shadows. A little further up                  the canyon, a slight flicker of light reveals a pair of eyes in                  the dark recesses, only a few feet from the narrow path. The unsuspecting                  robot waddles along the rugged trail until suddenly, out of nowhere,                  a powerful magnetic ray shoots out of the rocks and engulfs him                  in an eerie glow. He manages one short electronic squeak before                  he topples over onto his back. His bright computer lights flicker                  off, then on, then off again. Out of the rocks scurry three MEN,                  no taller than Artoo. They holster strange and complex weapons                  as they cautiously approach the robot. They wear grubby cloaks,                  and their faces are shrouded so that only their yellow eyes can                  be seen. They hiss and make odd guttural sounds as they heave                  the heavy robot to their shoulders, and carry him off down the                  trail. The vile little creatures grunt and groan as they struggle                  with their weighty prize. They smell horribly, attracting small                  insects to the dark areas where their mouths and nostrils should                  be.
23. EXT. ROCK CANYON - SANDCRAWLER                Eight dwarfs, or JAWAS, as they're sometimes called, carry Artoo                  out of the canyon to a huge sandcrawler -- a tank-like vehicle                  the size of a two-story house. They place the robot in a small                  bin on one side of the crawler, and a mechanical arm promptly                  lifts the bin, dumping the unconscious Artoo into the back of                  the giant tractor. The filthy little Jawas scurry like rats up                  small ladders and enter the main cabin of the behemoth transport.                  Several windows light up in the cockpit area toward the front                  of the crawler followed by the loud scream of powerful engines.                  The enormous sandcrawler turns and lumbers off toward the magnificent                  twin suns, now slowly setting over a distant mountain range.                                                24. INT. SANDCRAWLER - HOLD AREA                It is dim and dank inside the hold area of the sandcrawler. Artoo                  lies on a pile of metal scrap, lifepods, rocket parts, and the                  limbs and dismembered parts of robots. Artoo's computer lights                  slowly begin to glow, then they blink on full power. He makes                  a few electronic sounds to himself as he tries to figure out what                  happened, and where he is. He stumbles around on the scrap heap                  until he thinks to turn on the small floodlight on his forehead.                  The narrow beam swings across the rubble and stops on the half-buried                  claw arm of another robot. Artoo moves over to the buried robot                  and calls to it, but gets no response. He pulls on the arm but                  it won't budge. Finally he gives it a good tug and it breaks loose,                  sending him head over heels. He sits dazed, holding the severed                  forearm of a power robot, then lets out a terrifying electronic                  shriek. The little robot scans the rest of the huge chamber with                  his headlights and sees a series of grotesquely twisted and maimed                  astro robots. The narrow beam comes to rest on a battered, but                  otherwise whole "common-labor" robot. The "laborer"                  makes a move to cover his giant electronic eye, which is extended                  on a long tube from his box-like body. Little Artoo jumps back                  in fright.
LABORERShut off that light!                Artoo is still shaken, but manages a short apology and then shuts                  off his light. The laborer robot is barely visible.                LABORER (CONT'D)                 Is there no peace!? This is MY chamber, go find yourself another.                  Go on...go on! Get out!                Artoo stumbles off toward what appears to be a door at the end                  of the chamber. He enters a large room with a very low ceiling                  (about four feet high). In the middle of the scrap heap sit a                  dozen or so robots of various shapes and sizes. Some are engaged                  in electronic conversation, while others simply mill about. In                  the middle of the group sits a strange, little robot with a large                  worklight for a head, which illuminates the odd assemblage of                  mechanical slaves. A blue "astro construction" robot                  -- somewhat similar to Artoo, only a bit fatter -approaches the                  newcomer and beeps an electronic greeting. The two stubby robots                  exchange electronic analysis of the situation as they waddle toward                  the group. A voice of recognition calls out from the gloom.
THREEPIOArtoo! Artoo Detoo! It's you!                A battered and slightly worse-for-wear Threepio scrambles up                  to Artoo on his hands and knees (remember the four foot ceiling)                  and embraces him.
THREEPIO                  (CONT'D)                 ...they've caught you, too. I'm afraid we're doomed! We're doomed!                               The blue robot continues on back to the group as the two old                  companions huddle in a hollow of scrap metal.
THREEPIO                  (CONT'D)                 We've landed on one of the OUTLAND DARK PLANETS! There is no hope                  for us now. These Jawa's aren't traders, they're metalmen. They'll                  melt us down. I'm not useful like you, they'll scrap me for sure.                               Artoo makes a short electronic reply.

THREEPIO(CONT'D) You're right. I should not have ignored your prime directive. But it's a little late now... Wait, we're stopping!

25. EXT. WASTELAND - NIGHT                The monstrous sandcrawler pulls up to a large outcropping of                  rocks in the trail and grinds to a rumbling stop. Several Jawa's                  scramble out of the huge vehicle to inspect the boulders blocking                  the trail. An argument erupts between one Jawa, in a red habit,                  and the other hooded dwarfs. He yells something at the others,                  then walks off to the side of the trail. The rest of the little                  creatures climb back into the giant tank. The crawler starts with                  a low hum, slowly moving forward until a loud scraping noise screams                  from beneath the chassis. The red-cloaked dwarf climbs onto a                  nearby rock and yells at the others to stop. They ignore him.
26. INT. SANDCRAWLER - HOLD AREA                The scraping sound is haunting as well as deafening. The entire                  chamber trembles, creating quite a commotion among the mechanical                  men. At the far end of the long chamber, a bright light suddenly                  appears, followed by a cacophony of electronic shouts and yells.                  The "common labor" robot runs past the confused Artoo                  and Threepio.                LABORERWe're free! We're free!                Amidst the confusion of the fleeing robots, Artoo and Threepio                  carefully make their way toward a break in the side of the crawler.                  Several Jawas appear at the opening with pistols, but before they                  can fire, they are knocked over and trampled by the fleeing mechanical                  men.
27. EXT. WASTELAND - NIGHT                              The sound of yelling Jawas and screaming robots fades in the                  distance as Artoo and Threepio scramble up a narrow ravine away                  from the sandcrawler. They duck into a tiny crevice in the rock                  to avoid several fleeing robots, followed by a dozen armed Jawas.                  After a few moments they peer out, and seeing that the way is                  clear, rush off down the winding path.


DISSOLVE TO:                                28. EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT                A small settlement, consisting of a few run-down blockhouse-type                  buildings, rests against one of the huge rock mesas. The two robots                  study the sleepy little camp from a bluff some distance away.                               THREEPIOI don't like it. What if there are more Jawa scavengers down                  there?                The runt-like Artoo starts off down the side of the rocky bluff.
THREEPIO                 (CONT'D)                 Wait a minute! It's too dangerous. We need a plan...                Threepio chases his little partner down the slope.                                                29. EXT. ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - MAIN STREET                The dozen or so buildings are bleached white by the two Utapau                  suns. A harsh and dusty wind blows through the empty streets of                  the tiny settlement. A rather frightened Threepio follows his                  little companion down the foreboding street toward a low concrete                  structure that is all but covered by the desert sands. The rusted                  hulk of a powerful "landspeeder" (an auto-like transport                  which travels a few feet above the ground on a magnetic field)                  lies half-buried to one side of the building. The two robots cautiously                  approach the dilapidated power station.
THREEPIOI don't like this...                It is quiet, but for the continual wind. A dismantled speeder                  rests in the repair bay of the gas station-like building. There                  is a sharp dripping sound coming from the speeder. It appears                  that no one is around.
THREEPIO                 (CONT'D)                 Greetings!...Greetings. Is anyone home?                 (to Artoo)                 I think you're overheated. There is no one here...                Out of the gloom of the office behind them, a voice cuts through                  the silence:                VOICE (MECHANIC)                What can I do you for? The robots turn around with a start. A                  short, wizened old MECHANIC of sixty or seventy stands before                  them.                MECHANIC                  (CONT'D)                 Who are you with?                THREEPIOGreetings, sir. I'm See Threepio, Human-Cyborg relations.                  This is my counterpart, Artoo Detoo. Your kindness would be greatly                  appreciated...                The old mechanic is a bit suspicious. An evil look fills his                  eye. He rubs his grimy, withered hand over Threepio's smooth metal                  shoulder.
MECHANICYou're in very good shape for these parts...Where is your                  master? You do have a master, don't you?                Artoo beeps a few signals to his bronze friend. The old mechanic                  begins to fiddle with the wrench he is holding, in the most unsettling                  way. Threepio becomes a bit nervous.                THREEPIOI am looking for one Owen Lars. We believe him to be of this                  settlement. Do you know where we might find him?                The mechanic starts dragging a heavy power-pack toward the station.
MECHANICLars! I should have known...He should know better than to                  let you travel alone. He has a place about three measures out                  of town. Due north, you can't miss it. It's the only place out                  there...                Artoo helps the old man with the heavy power pack.
THREEPIOYour kindness is greatly appreciated.                MECHANICAny time I can help Lars, I am at his service. You tell him                  that. Be careful going out there, this ain't good country for                  you two to be running loose in.                THREEPIOYes sir, we appreciate your concern.                The two robots start down the empty street heading north, leaving                  the old mechanic scratching his head. The old man passes a sinister-looking,                  black Imperial speeder half hidden behind a generator as he returns                  to his gloomy office.
30. INT. POWER STATION OFFICE - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT                In the shadows of the dingy little office sits a large, burly                  Imperial "Tusken". His reddish eyes are sunken in a                  larger than normal, dust-covered face. He sits up in his chair.
MECHANICNow there's something "out of the ordinary" for                  you. I wonder what they want with Lars?                The gray Tusken thinks about this for a moment.                TUSKENI'd better make a report.
31. EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - WASTELAND - HOMESTEAD VALLEY                               Several concrete buildings squat in the middle of a desolate                  valley. Threepio hurries after his determined companion as they                  near the low gray structures.

THREEPIO...I don't care; he STILL could have offered us transport. How much further do you suppose. I've got to rest, before I fall apart. My joints are almost frozen. What a forsaken place this is. We seem to be made to suffer, it's our lot in life...

32. EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - COURTYARD                Artoo and Threepio enter the main courtyard of the Lars Homestead                  and find themselves standing in a sparse but sparkling oasis,                  with low concrete walls and great turrets spilling over with foliage                  from rooftop gardens. They stop before an enormous shaded corridor.                               BIGGS AND WINDY STARKILLER, twin boys a little over seven years                  old, run through the long tile walkway to greet the robots. Yelling                  and laughing, their tiny footsteps echo throughout the building.                  They are quickly followed by OWEN LARS, a bearded, sturdy-burly                  man in his early fifties and his plump-jolly wife, BERU.                Their beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter, LEIA, stands shyly                  at the far end of the entry. The twins run around the robots,                  jumping and screaming their excitement. The mechanical men are                  somewhat befuddled by the dynamic duo, and attempt to ignore them.                                 LARSWelcome. May we offer you shelter? Are you lost, or do you                  travel with someone?
THREEPIO                 Greetings. I am See Threepio, Human-Cyborg relations. This is                  my counterpart, Artoo Detoo. We seek the dwelling of Owen Lars.                               LARS                 You have found it, my friends. I am Owen Lars...                  (to the riotous twins)                 Boys, slow down a little and let them speak...
THREEPIOWe have come for the one called "Angel Blue". Owen                  and Beru are startled at the mention of "Angel Blue".                  Leia approaches the group, and eyes the robots suspiciously; she                  turns to her father.                               LEIAFather, I think they're a trap, sent by an evil Jawa trading                  lord, or the dark master of the Bogan, or maybe even the Emperor                  himself.                LARS                 Leia.                LEIAYes, that's it. They've intercepted transmission fragments                  and are now searching the galaxy for the source. They don't know                  the origin, so they have sent these...
BERULeia, please! Let your father handle this.                LARS                 Who speaks for you? From what system do you hail?
THREEPIO                 Deak 331-27-27 of Ogana Major...                Beru's concern at the mention of Deak cannot be contained.                BERUWhat has happened? Where is Deak?                THREEPIOOur master has been attacked. My counterpart brings his message                  for the one called "Angel Blue".                LARSLuke is in the southern ravine. The boys will take you to                  him.                The two boys let out a cheer and run off toward the distant horizon.                               THREEPIOYour kindness is greatly appreciated. We thank you...                  (turning to the boys)                  Wait! Slow down a bit.               The mechanical duo lumber off after the disappearing twins.
33. EXT. DESERT RAVINE                Alone in a wind-swept canyon stands LUKE STARKILLER, a short,                  chubby boy about eighteen years old. He seems frozen in place,                  a humming laser sword held high over his head. The twins stop                  on the ridge overlooking their brother and fall silent. The robots                  soon take up position behind them.                THREEPIOIs that "Angel Blue"?                               Biggs turns and gestures to the tall bronze man to be quiet.                  Suspended at eye level -- about ten feet in front of Luke -a chrome                  baseball covered with antenna hovers slowly in a wide arc. The                  ball floats to one side of the youth, then to the other. Suddenly                  it makes a lightning swift lunge and stops within a few feet of                  Luke's face. Luke doesn't move, and the ball backs off. It slowly                  moves behind the boy, then makes another quick lunge, this time                  emitting a blood red laser beam as it attacks. Luke sparks to                  life. With one amazingly swift move, he turns and swings his laser                  sword, deflecting the beam, and losing his balance, tumbles to                  the desert floor. The ball shoots straight up in the air about                  twenty feet, then drops like a rock firing a second laser bolt,                  which hits the youth square on the seat of his pants. Luke lets                  out a painful yell and attempts to scramble to his feet, but is                  hit several more times before he manages to regain his balance                  and deflect the bolts. The ball ceases firing, and moves back                  to its original position. Luke raises his hand signaling "enough                  for one day". He wearily picks up his things, including the                  chrome ball, then turns and waves to the small group on the ridge.                  The twins run down to greet him. By the time the cumbersome Artoo                  and Threepio make it down the slope, Biggs and Windy are climbing                  all over their big brother.
THREEPIO                 (CONT'D)                 "Angel Blue"?...                LUKE"...the Skywalker"...                The two robots make a short bow before the youth.
THREEPIOSee Threepio, and my counterpart Artoo Detoo. At your service,                  sir.                LUKEYou have word of my brother. What has happened to him?                THREEPIOI'm sorry, sir; but I am unable to explain the absence of                  our master. We only bring his message...                Artoo makes a few electronic beeps and whistles; then after a                  little static, a small (two foot) 3-D hologram of Deak is projected                  from the face of the robot. The image is a rainbow of color as                  it flickers and jiggles in the desert wasteland

. DEAK'S IMAGEWhippersnapper, I didn't make it...I'm sorry. The forces of the Bogan have become strong and deadly...I am lost. Father is in grave danger. He needs you and he needs the KIBER CRYSTAL. You must find a way to get to Ogana Major on your own. He is waiting for you there. Be careful, though. Ogana Major is under siege by the Imperial Legions of Alderaan. You must hurry for the force of the Ashla grows weak, and I don't know how much longer father can hold out. The enemy has constructed a powerful weapon to use against him. Warn Uncle... An Aquillian officer enters the hologram and interrupts Deak. There is a little static, then the transmission is cut short. A grave concern sweeps over Luke as he contemplates the fate of his brother. Biggs and Windy are puzzled. BIGGSWho was that? LUKEThat was your brother Deak. I wish you could see him in person, he is so terrific...I'm afraid you may never see him now. Run to the house. Tell Aunt Beru or Uncle Owen I'm going to be awhile. Go on now...Take them with you. The boys rush off with the robots in tow, leaving Luke sitting silently alone. He picks up some small stones and begins to toss them at a large boulder. A chip in the boulder reveals a small shiny fossil. Luke spots it and goes over to study it. He takes a small camera out of his bag and photographs it, making some accompanying notations in a small book.

34. INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - DINING AREA                Owen Lars and the three boys sit before a table covered with                  steaming bowls of food. Biggs and Windy are eating between giggles                  and horseplay. Luke has barely touched his dinner. Leia enters                  from the kitchen with a flask filled with blue milk. She sits                  near Luke.                OWENWhere's the thanta sauce?                 (yelling into the other room)                 Honey, where's the thanta sauce?               Beru enters carrying a small pitcher. She gives Owen a knowing                  smile as she slides into her place at the table.
BERUI never! I put it right here in front so you'd see it. She                  hands him a dish, and he grunts an embarrassed reply.
BERU                  (CONT'D)                 Luke, you've hardly touched your dinner. Have some bum-bum extract.                  It's very mild.                OWEN                 (to Luke)                  The force of the Bogan is strong, and if you don't feel you can                  make it, you probably won't.


LUKEI've never even been past this planet...and I never thought                  I'd be going alone. Suddenly I feel very small -and well...desperate.                               OWENHow I wish I had the counsel of your father. Ever since your                  mother died, we have fallen on doubtful times...                LUKEDeak is in trouble. I should be helping him...                OWENIf your brother is still alive, they will have taken him to                  the dungeons of ALDERAAN, at the very heart of the Empire. No                  one, not even your father in his prime, could help him there.                               Biggs and Windy have finished eating and are getting restless.                               BIGGSMay we play with the "droids"?
BERUTake your plates out first.                The twins scamper into the kitchen with their dirty dishes.                OWENYour father is getting very old. I fear he needs your help                  more than your brother does, and much more depends on him succeeding.                  If he at last has asked for the Kiber Crystal, his powers must                  be very weak. It is a dangerous thing to have loose in the galaxy                  ...and you need him, for you are not yet with the FORCE OF OTHERS.                  I have taught you the ways of a skilled warrior, but I am not                  a Jedi Bendu. The ways of the spirit you must learn from your                  father.                LUKEBut my catalog on the ancients. I haven't nearly completed                  it...                OWENLuke, you're not a researcher, or a philosopher. You're the                  son of a Jedi. Your brothers accepted their destiny with joy and                  pride. Anyone would. Why can't you?
LUKEI may be a good pilot, but I'm not a warrior. No matter how                  hard I try. It's just not in me.
OWENI know, you'd rather carve a jud stone, or work on your catalog                  of the ancients...I've trained seven of your father's sons and                  it's clear that you are not the most gifted in the disciplines                  -- not in power or speed, at any rate...
LUKEDeak was the best; but that didn't seem to be good enough...                               BERUBut you have the way about you... and wisdom far beyond your                  years...                OWENYou must learn to use such strength and wits as you have.                  Your father has need of the Kiber Crystal. The decision is yours.                  I cannot bear this burden for you, my duty is to the twins. But                  we must do something soon. The enemy is moving, and we are no                  longer safe here.                Leia listens to the discussion with much interest. She watches                  Luke with un-concealed admiration.

BERULuke, if you do decide to go, remember Ogana Major is far across the galaxy. Without Deak to help you, the way will be difficult, and chances of your reaching your father are slim. Don't try it if you think you are going to fail. The power of the Bogan force has grown strong; but if the Kiber Crystal were to fall into the hands of the enemy, all hope would be lost...

OWENSomehow, you will have to manage to find transport in MOS                  EISLEY, and once you do, the way through the Outland Systems will                  be dark and dangerous. The wild things there are queer and savage,                  unlike anything you've experienced here.                Leia is unable to control her concern.
LEIALuke, you don't even know the "grip of tython" or                  "the seven moves". You can't...
OWENLeia...                Leia settles down, but she is clearly worried. There is a long                  silence. Owen sits back in his chair, and lights up his pipe.                  The twins can be heard playing with Artoo and Threepio in the                  other room. The silence becomes uncomfortable.
LUKEI suppose I must go...                Tears begin to roll down Leia's cheeks, and she rushes from the                  room. Beru looks to Owen, who looks to Luke, who looks embarrassed.
BERUThe prayers of all of us go with you.                LUKEThe Empire's vast size and power is its greatest weakness.                  I think I can make it...But I would rather help Deak trapped in                  the heart of the Empire than face this father I don't remember.                               Owen gets up from the table and gently pats Luke on the shoulder.
35. EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - GRAVE SITE - DUSK                Luke sits before a tall smooth stone planted on a burial mound.                  He sits with his head bowed to his knees. Finally he stands up                  and speaks to the stone.
LUKEWell, Mom. I guess this is my last visit...I'm going to finally                  get to meet him...I fear many Jedi have fallen since your death,                  for the Bogan force is now heavy among us. Father asks for the                  Kiber Crystal so there is little hope. I'm sure the boys will                  stay safe with Uncle Owen...I sure miss you...                The twin suns of Utapau rest red on the horizon as Luke leaves                  the grave site and walks the short distance to the main house.

36. INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - MAIN LIVING AREA - DUSK The main living area is a dim, cool room projecting a feeling of time-worn comfort and security. Owen lovingly moves his arm around Beru as they stand before a large window watching the giant twin suns of Utapau slowly disappear behind a distant dune range.

BERUAren't they beautiful?                OWEN"Always and never the same."
BERUMust we leave?                OWENI think with Luke going, we'll be safe here for awhile. We've                  been the happiest here, haven't we...
BERUOwen, he's not ready, is he?... Why don't you stop him? What                  was Deak thinking of to place such an impossible task before his                  brother...                The door opens and Luke enters, collapsing in a large, over-stuffed                  chair near a pot-belly thermal-heater which dominates the room.                  A warm friendly glow radiates from a tiny portal in front of the                  heater. Luke's gaze is fixed on the red embers, but his eyes are                  lit as if by a greater fire from within. Owen and Beru talk quietly                  in the background. She rests her head on his shoulder as the last                  rays of sunlight stream across the floor of the room. A playful                  Biggs and Windy enter with Leia and stand in the doorway. The                  twins are dressed in their night clothes.
BIGGSWhat's going on in here?                Luke returns from his world of dark thoughts and smiles at them.                  The twins rush up to Owen and Beru, give them a kiss, then bounce                  over to Luke, and jump into his lap.                BERUDon't be too late now. Owen and Beru take Leia into the other                  room.
WINDYWhy are you going away?                LUKEBecause our father needs me, as he will need you someday.
BIGGSI thought our father was killed?
LUKEThe time has come for me to tell you of your heritage, as                  Deak told it to me and as his older brother Cliegg told it to                  him. The boys settle down and listen attentively.
LUKE                 (CONT'D)                 In another time, long before the Empire, and before the Republic                  had been formed, a holy man called the Skywalker became aware                  of a powerful energy field which he believed influenced the destiny                  of all living creatures...
BIGGSThe "FORCE OF OTHERS"!                LUKEYes, and after much study, he was able to know the force,                  and it communicated with him. He came to see things in a new way.                  His "aura" and powers grew very strong. The Skywalker                  brought a new life to the people of his system, and became one                  of the founders of the Republic Galactica.
WINDYThe "FORCE OF OTHERS" talked to him!?!
LUKEIn a manner different from the way we talk. As you know, the                  "FORCE OF OTHERS" has two halves: Ashla, the good, and                  Bogan, the paraforce or evil part. Fortunately, Skywalker came                  to know the good half and was able to resist the paraforce; but                  he realized that if he taught others the way of the Ashla, some,                  with less strength, might come to know Bogan, the dark side, and                  bring unthinkable suffering to the Universe. For this reason,                  the Skywalker entrusted the secret of THE FORCE only to his twelve                  children, and they in turn passed on the knowledge only to their                  children, who became known as the Jedi Bendu of the Ashla: "the                  servants of the force". For thousands of years, they brought                  peace and justice to the galaxy. At one time there were several                  hundred Jedi families, but now there are only two or three.
WINDYWhat happened to them?
LUKEAs the Republic spread throughout the galaxy, encompassing                  over a million worlds, the GREAT SENATE grew to such overwhelming                  proportions that it no longer responded to the needs of its citizens.                  After a series of assassinations and elaborately rigged elections,                  the Great Senate became secretly controlled by the Power and Transport                  guilds. When the Jedi discovered the conspiracy and attempted                  to purge the Senate, they were denounced as traitors. Several                  Jedi allowed themselves to be tried and executed, but most of                  them fled into the Outland systems and tried to tell people of                  the conspiracy. But the elders chose to remain behind, and the                  Great Senate diverted them by creating civil disorder. The Senate                  secretly instigated race wars, and aided anti-government terrorists.                  They slowed down the system of justice, which caused the crime                  rate to rise to the point where a totally controlled and oppressive                  police state was welcomed by the systems. The Empire was born.                  The systems were exploited by a new economic policy which raised                  the cost of power and transport to unbelievable heights. Many                  worlds were destroyed this way. Many people starved...                BIGGSWhy didn't the "FORCE OF OTHERS" help the Jedi to                  put things right?
LUKEBecause a terrible thing happened. During one of his lessons                  a young PADAWAN-JEDI, a boy named Darklighter, came to know the                  evil half of the force, and fell victim to the spell of the dreaded                  Bogan. He ran away from his instructor and taught the evil ways                  of the Bogan Force to a clan of Sith pirates, who then spread                  untold misery throughout the systems. They became the personal                  bodyguards of the Emperor. The Jedi were hunted down by these                  deadly Sith knights. With every Jedi death, contact with the Ashla                  grows weaker, and the force of the Bogan grows more powerful.

WINDYWhere are the Jedi now? LUKEThey're hidden; but many are still fighting to free the systems from the grip of the Empire. Our father is a Jedi. He is called "The Starkiller" and is said to be a great and wise man, and tomorrow I am on my way to join him and learn the ways of the "FORCE OF OTHERS". BIGGSCan we go, too? LUKENot yet, Biggs my boy. There is much you must learn from Uncle Owen -- where it is safe. And when you are ready, I will come back for you...I promise.

37. EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - COURTYARD - DAWN                Early morning breaks across the quiet little courtyard as Owen                  and Luke lift supplies into the back of a low, battered, two-man                  landspeeder. Threepio lifts Artoo into a tiny jump-seat, then                  climbs into the passenger compartment. Beru, Leia, and the twins                  stand in the entryway, silently watching. The storage hatch is                  slammed shut with a bang. Owen unfastens his gun-belt and hands                  it to Luke. He slides back a small latch on the belt buckle revealing                  a small diamond-like crystal. Luke carefully examines it.                LUKEThe Kiber Crystal!
OWENThe only one. A Jedi can use it to intensify the Ashla force                  a hundred fold; but, remember it can also be used to intensify                  the power of the Bogan...It must not fall into the hands of the                  Sith... They would do anything to have it.                Luke stands looking at the Crystal for a few moments, then snaps                  the buckle closed and puts on the belt.
OWEN                 (CONT'D)                 The enemy is everywhere, so stay alert. If you keep due south,                  you should make it in two days at the most. I just hope you can                  sell this bucket for enough to get you to the Ogana System...                               For a few awkward moments, Luke stands looking at everyone not                  really wanting to say goodbye.                OWEN                 (CONT'D)                 It's a good day to travel.

The FORCE OF OTHERS is surely with you. We'll be moving on soon. I will send word once we're settled... Luke shakes his hand, and Owen gives him a big hug. The young adventurer then goes to his Aunt Beru and gives her a kiss and a hug.

BERUThe spaceport at Mos Eisley is not a decent place. Be careful                  there.                LUKEI'll watch out, Aunt Beru. Don't worry.                He lovingly roughs up the twins, and starts to give Leia a kiss,                  but thinks better of it and gives her a short polite hug before                  retreating to the speeder. Leia is greatly disappointed.                OWENWish your father well.
BERUMay the FORCE OF OTHERS be with you.                Luke pops open the door of the speeder; but before he can get                  in, Leia runs up and gives him a big kiss. Luke is surprised and                  embarrassed. Beru and Owen smile, as Leia rushes back into the                  house. Luke settles into the speeder and it starts with a crack                  and loud whine. Everyone waves as the speeder roars out of the                  courtyard, and into the desolate Utapau wilderness.

38. EXT. LANDSPEEDER - TRAVELING The sleek landspeeder glides effortlessly through the treacherous rock canyons and out onto the awesome dune sea. The vibrations of the speeder causes Artoo's outer shell to rattle a rhythmic little tune.

LUKEHow long were you with my brother?
THREEPIOI had the pleasure of serving Master Deak for over three years                  ...my counterpart was with him a bit longer.                Artoo chatters to his bronze interpreter.
THREEPIO (CONT'D)                 ...Three years eight months. Master Deak is a man above men. You                  should be proud of him. indeed you should, sir. I'm only a "droid",                  and not much more than an interpreter, and not very good at poetry,                  if you take my meaning -- not at making it up anyway. So I can't                  tell you what he's really like. But a great man he is! Strong...with                  great skill...I hope he's not in peril...what a dilemma! Sometimes                  the logic of human relations escapes me...                Luke thinks about this for a few moments; then rather reluctantly,                  almost afraid, he asks a second question.                LUKEHave you ever met my father?
THREEPIONo, I'm afraid not, sir. I couldn't even tell you what he                  looks like. He's an elusive one. More of a myth than a man, if                  I may say so, sir...But Master Deak always spoke of him with great                  respect...                Luke seems a little disappointed with Threepio's answer.                                                39. EXT. DUNE SEA                The small speeder sits at the bottom of a huge sand dune. Luke,                  with his extremely long-barreled laser rifle slung over his shoulder,                  makes his way to the top of the ridge. He studies the landscape                  with his electro-binoculars, until he spots a small dust twister                  speeding toward them. He quickly slides back down the dune to                  where Threepio is lifting Artoo out of the speeder. The stubby                  little robot struts around stretching his joints between irritated                  whistles.                LUKEYou were right, there is something following us. We'd better                  move on.
THREEPIOWho do you suppose it is? Do you think they're looking for                  us?                LUKEIt's probably nothing. A "jomtrader" most likely;                  but I have a strange feeling about it.
DISSOLVE TO:                40. EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT                               The speeder stops on a bluff overlooking the spaceport at MOS                  EISLEY. It is a haphazard array of low gray concrete structures                  and semi-domes. A harsh gale blows across the bleak canyon floor                  and batters Luke as he lowers his sand goggles and walks to the                  edge of the craggy bluff. A leaden sky presses down on the large                  settlement, which seems to be losing a never-ending battle against                  the shifting sands.                Something in the distance catches his eye, and he instinctively                  grabs his electrobinoculars. He follows a sinister-black "tusken"                  landspeeder as it enters the spaceport. Luke returns to his speeder,                  and his two mechanical companions.
LUKEWell, whoever was following us has gone into Mos Eisley...they                  weren't "jom traders", that's for sure...It was a speeder                  of the Imperial starforce...

41. EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - SLUM DWELLINGS Luke stops the speeder before the remains of a burnt-out spaceship the size of a large jet fighter. Two scruffy figures huddle around a small thermal-heater, attempting to use the spacecraft as shelter against the howling winds. One of the rag-tag figures gets up and ventures over to Luke in the speeder. When the shabby beggar stands up, it is obvious from his pint size that he is a Jawa. Artoo lets out a string of electronic beeps and whistles.

THREEPIOBegging your pardon, sir, but watch out for this guy. The                  wretched little creature moves close to the speeder and begins                  to run his gnarled little hand across it.                LUKEWhere might I find passage on a starship?
JAWANice zoom zoom.                LUKEWhere are the men who fly in the ships?                Saliva dribbles from the dark hole where the Jawa's face should                  be and drops, splat, on the hood of the speeder.                JAWADrink place. Drink place down the street. Nice zoom zoom.                               The Jawa continues to fondle the speeder as Luke starts the magno-system.                  The filthy little creature reluctantly jumps away as the speeder                  takes off and glides down the dismal spaceport street.                                                42. EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - CANTINA                The speeder pulls up in front of a run-down, blockhouse cantina                  on the outskirts of the spaceport. Various strange forms of transport,                  including several unusual beasts of burden, are parked outside                  the bar.
THREEPIOI can't abide those Jawas. Disgusting creatures.
LUKETake care in here. I don't like the looks of this place.                As the trio exit the speeder, an ancient human shrouded in gray                  robes, sitting near the entrance to the cantina calls out to them.                  The man appears to be a blind beggar.                SEERCome to me and the truth shall be known.                Luke reluctantly approaches the old man.                SEER                 (CONT'D)                 I've seen what is to be. I can tell you what you need to know...                               Luke drops several coins in the man's open palm.                LUKECan you tell me where I might find transport to Ogana Major?
SEERYour fate is clouded...but the will of the force has set your                  path. The man you seek you'll find inside; the one who needs you,                  you'll find in time. Fear not, for the "son of the suns"                  will free us all. Take care for the Bogan is heavy upon this system.                  May the FORCE OF OTHERS be with you.                Luke is somewhat puzzled by the old man's dialogue.
THREEPIOA profoundly illogical answer. He's not completely with us,                  if you take my meaning.                                                43. INT. SPACEPORT CANTINA                                The young adventurer and his two mechanical servants enter the                  smoke-filled cantina. The murky, moldy den is filled with a startling                  array of weird and exotic alien creatures and monsters, laughing                  at the long metallic bar. At first, the sight is horrifying. One-eyed,                  thousand-eyed, slimy, furry, scaly tentacles and claws huddle                  over drinks. Luke moves to an empty spot at the bar near a group                  of repulsive but human Corellian pirates. A huge, rough-looking
BARTENDER comes over to Luke and the robots.
BARTENDERWe don't serve "their kind" in here.                Luke, still recovering from the shock of seeing so many outlandish                  creatures in one room, doesn't quite catch the bartender's drift.                               LUKEWhat?               BARTENDERYour "Droids" will have to wait outside. We don't                  serve 'em here.                Luke notices that several of the creatures along the bar are                  giving them a very unfriendly glare.
LUKEYes, of course, I'm so sorry.                  (he turns to Threepio)                  You'd better stay with the speeder. We don't want any trouble...                  I'll bring you something...                THREEPIOI must say, I agree, sir.                               Threepio and his stubby partner go outside, and most of the creatures                  at the bar go back to their drinks. Luke is standing next to HAN                  SOLO, a young Corellian pirate only a few years older than himself.                  He is a burly-bearded but ruggedly handsome boy dressed in a gaudy                  array of flamboyant apparel.
LUKEDo you know of any ship heading toward the Ogana Systems?                  Han Solo eyes him suspiciously.                HANWhat's your business, little one?                Han turns to his companion,

CHEWBACCA, an eight foot tall, savage-looking creature resembling a huge gray bush-baby monkey with fierce "baboon"-like fangs. His large yellow eyes dominate a fur-covered face and soften his otherwise awesome appearance. Over his matted, furry body, he wears two chrome bandoleers, a flak jacket painted in a bizarre camouflage pattern, brown cloth shorts, and little else. He is a two-hundred-year-old "WOOKIEE", and a sight to behold. Han speaks to the Wookiee in his own language, which is little more than a series of grunts. The young pirate points to Luke several times during his conversation and the creature suddenly lets out a horrifying laugh. Han chuckles to himself and turns back to Luke

. HAN (CONT'D) What would you be doing going on such a trip? Ogana Major is part of the Alliance...You wouldn't be one of those rebels, would yuh, little one? He can't control his laughter, and Chewbacca starts in again, also. Luke is getting a little worried. LUKEI just want passage. Han puts his arm around Luke's shoulder and draws him near. HANListen, little one, why don't you go on back to the farm or wherever you come from. Then maybe in a few years you'll grow up to become an important starpilot, like me. He lets out a hearty laugh and turns back to the giant Wookiee. Luke is afraid, but tries not to show it. He quietly sips his drink, looking over the crowd for a more sympathetic ear, or whatever. A large multiple-eyed creature on the other side of Luke gives him a rather rough shove.

CREATURENegola dughi wooldugger?!? The hideous freak is obviously drunk. Luke tries to ignore the creatures and turns back to his drink. A short grubby HUMAN and an even smaller rodent-like beast join the belligerent monstrosity.

HUMANHe doesn't like you.
LUKEI'm sorry.
HUMANI don't like you either.                The big creature is getting agitated, and yells some unintelligible                  gibberish at the now rather nervous young Jedi.
HUMAN                 (CONT'D)                 Don't insult us. You just watch yourself. We're wanted men. I                  have the death sentence on twelve systems.
LUKEI'll be careful then.                HUMANYou'll be dead.                The rodent lets out a loud grunt and everything at the bar moves                  away. Luke tries to remain cool, but it isn't easy. His three                  adversaries ready their weapons. Han Solo, who has been watching                  the chain of events, begins to feel sorry for the young tenderfoot                  and intervenes.                HANThis little one isn't worth the effort. Besides, he's leaving.                  Come, let me buy you something.                A powerful blow from the unpleasant creature sends the young                  Corellian pirate sailing across the room, crashing through tables                  and breaking a large jug filled with a foul-looking liquid. With                  a blood-curdling shriek, the monster draws a wicked chrome laser                  pistol from his belt. The bartender panics!

BARTENDERNo blasters!! No blaster! Please! Little Luke's laser sword sparks to life, and in a flash, an arm lies on the floor. The rodent is cut in two, and the giant, multiple-eyed creature lies doubled, cut from chin to groin. Luke shaking, and somewhat amazed at his reflex powers, replaces his sword in its sheath. The entire fight has lasted only a matter of seconds. The cantina goes back to normal, although Luke is now given a respectable amount of room at the bar. Han, rubbing his bruised head, approaches the "little one" with new awe. The bartender drags the bodies out. HANI could have saved myself a good bump if I had known your skill...

LUKEI thank you for trying to help.                HANThey're lucky they caught me off guard. I would have taken                  more time with them. It's the Bogan force. We've been feeling                  it for several days. It drives those MONDUTHS wild...I'm Han Solo.                  This is my first-mate Chewbacca.                Luke is still giddy, and downs a fresh drink.
HAN                 (CONT'D)                 So you're looking for transport to Ogana...I might be able to                  help, but it's very far -- the cost would be great.                LUKEI can pay. You know of a ship going in that direction?                HANIn these times, one cannot be too careful, you understand                  -going into a rebel zone and all -- but come to my place. We'll                  have some food and talk this over.                Luke is filled with grateful enthusiasm at his new-found "friends"                  and ignores their sinister grins.
44. EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - ALLEYWAY                Han, Chewbacca, Luke and the robots walk along a narrow slum                  alleyway crowded with darkly-clad creatures hawking exotic goods                  in dingy little stalls. Men and monsters crouch in waste-filled                  doorways whispering and hiding from the chilling winds. They enter                  a small doorway in a decaying stone building at the far end of                  the alley.                                                45. INT. SLUM DWELLING - LIVING AREA                The seedy slum dwelling is dark and dingy. Han is greeted by                  a female "Boma" named OEETA. The Boma is a fur-covered                  creature about five feet high and looks like a cross between a                  brown bear and a guinea pig. It is obvious from her figure that                  she is a female. Han embraces Oeeta and gives her a big kiss,                  then checks out the stew-like mess boiling away on a dilapidated                  fusion-burner in the kitchen area.
HANGood, good...We're hungry. Bring my friends some of this.                               She answers in a strange baboon-like call and starts dishing                  up the slop. Threepio and Artoo cautiously dust off a bench in                  the kitchen and sit down. Luke and Chewbacca join Han at a large                  table in the center of the main room.
HAN (CONT'D)                 Now tell me of your adventures. What is on Ogana Major that draws                  you there?                LUKEI am looking to join my father. I have been living with my                  uncle, beyond the Great Dune sea. He has a small moisture ranch                  -not much of an adventure, I'm afraid.                HANAhh, no farmer could cut down three brigands as you did. But,                  as you wish. In time you will grow to trust me...                Oeeta brings them each a steaming bowl of "Boma-mush",                  and a large mug of some heavy brew. Chewbacca and Han dig in with                  great vigor, but Luke is a little hesitant.
HAN                 (CONT'D)                 Eat up, don't let its smell bother you...Now, for the right sum,                  I could take you to Ogana Major myself. But it would be a special                  charter. I have no other business in that area, and the way is                  a little dangerous.
LUKEHow much?                HANAn even million, I think. We will have to somehow sneak past                  the Imperial blockade. It won't be easy.                LUKE                 A million! I haven't that much. I hope to get one fifty for my                  speeder...but that's all I have.
HANWell, I doubt you'll find another ship to take you. Most captains                  rarely venture there. The civil war makes it far too dangerous...                  I was sure a man of your abilities would be worth more. What of                  your two "droids" -you could get at least four or five                  for them...even if you sold them as scrap.                Artoo and Threepio become suddenly attentive and listen closely                  to the conversation in the next room. Artoo begins to beep, but                  Threepio puts his bronze hand over his little companion's mouth.                  Luke thinks about this for a moment.
LUKENo...I need them. What if I were to pay you one fifty now,                  and my father gave you the rest on our arrival? He is an honorable                  man of great influence. I'm sure he would make it worth your while.                               The two robots breathe a sigh of relief. Han's waning interest                  is renewed by the mention of "great influence".                HANYou mean a bonus maybe. Your father must be a man of great                  wealth?

LUKEI'm sure he would reward you. Han thinks about this for a few moments, then turns to Chewbacca and seemingly explains the situation to him. The Wookiee shrugs his shoulders as if to say "Why not?" HANWe've got a deal then. Sell your speeder and I'll meet you at docking port twenty-three. My ship will be ready and waiting for you. We should go right away, I think.

46. EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING PORT 23                Han and his lumbering first-mate Chewbacca hurry along behind                  MONTROSS HOLDAACK, a large, portly man who walks with a stiff,                  awkward gait. They move along a tall gantry overlooking a long,                  complex spacecraft.                HANBut you're my friend, my best and closest partner. Oxus will                  still listen to you! He will, I tell you, I know he will. I really                  have a live one this time. I asked for a million, and he didn't                  even flinch, and the way he fights -- he must belong to one of                  the royal families, I'm just sure of it. This may be worth two                  million, maybe three. You've got to talk to Oxus...You've just                  got to...
MONTROSSLike your information on the AKURIAN spice shipment...After                  that botch, if I WERE crazy enough to suggest another one of your                  plots to him, he'd have us both diced...                HANBut this is different. This is our chance. Are we partners                  or not? Are you going to dream away the rest or your life, or                  are we going to try for the big one?
MONTROSSThe only way Oxus would go along is if you killed him...I'm                  too old, Han. I can't do it, you'll have to find someone else.
HANThere's no time. What kind of talk is this? Where's the old                  Montross that single-handedly destroyed a colony of Banthas and                  rescued me from the very jaws of death?? Montross, the greatest                  science officer in the galaxy, too old?!
MONTROSSYou young fool!                Montross suddenly ignites in a rage and swings his left forearm                  down with a mighty blow across the metal rail of the gantry. The                  old science officer's forearm cracks in two, spewing forth wires,                  and many fine multi-colored electronic components. The artificial                  limb flops lifelessly to Montross Holdaack's side.                MONTROSS                 (CONT'D)                 You know, there is nothing left but my head and right arm... I've                  lost too much, Han...I'm dying...I'm dying this time... I'm losing                  control. Han bows his head in sorrow and embarrassment for one                  of the greatest warriors in the galaxy and a dear friend.                HANTake it easy...I'm sorry. Don't be upset. What am I going                  to do? He's going to be here shortly wanting to go to Ogana! I'll                  just have to talk to Oxus myself. I'll take care of everything.                  We'll get you fixed up, once and for all.
47. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY BAY                The entry bay of the large starship is also the main lounge area                  of the ship. Two gruff and grisly pirates are playing a kind of                  dice game with thin little sticks. The larger and mangiest of                  the two slavering hulks,
JABBA THE HUTT by name, throws his dice                  at Chewbacca.                JABBAI told you not to bring that thing on board again...Where                  have you been anyway...Captain wants the conveyor system extended...and                  I notice you haven't turned around those punch chips yet. What                  are we keeping you on board for anyway?                Chewbacca slinks back outside the starship as Han helps the still                  slightly crazed Montross aboard the craft. Han generally ignores                  Jabba's tirade.                HANWhere is everybody, anyway?

JABBAThey took the shipment of "Covina" to Gordon. But the captain is still here, so get to work or I'll snap you myself. HANWhere is he? JABBAOn the bridge, I think. I wouldn't go looking for trouble, though...He'll sting you good if you bother him. The second pirate notices Montross's arm, as Han sets him on a bench near the door.

PIRATEMontross fall apart again?
JABBAWhat's this ship coming to? We've got a good-for-nothing "cabin                  boy" and a disintegrating science officer.
48. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT                The cockpit of the starship is crowded with a haphazard array                  of computer switches and monitors. Dozing in one of the two pilot                  chairs is CAPTAIN OXUS, a man of the grossest dimensions. His                  scarred face is a grim testimonial to his prowess as a pirate                  and a killer. The young Han Solo enters the cabin and stands staring                  at the evil galactic buccaneer -- the terror of the Outland territories                  -- so peaceful, such an easy prey. Han doesn't know quite what                  to do, so he starts to leave. Oxus opens one eye. He is in a drunken                  stupor.                OXUSWhat have you been up to, boy?? You finished with the conveyor                  system? Bring me some more "Auraspice"!                Han bows low before his master, then moves down the narrow passageway                  to a small closet, where he takes out a cup of silver powder and                  returns to Oxus.
HANYour spice; sir...Ah, sir, may I...                OXUSYou blasted, good-for-nothing. Go fetch my tallock! And be                  quick. Now get out of here!                He takes a mighty swing at the boy, but his inebriated condition                  causes the blow to ricochet off, and slam against a locker panel.                  Han rushes out of the room.                                                49. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY                Han is angry with himself for not being able to tell the captain                  about Luke. He kicks the door to a locker in disgust. Suddenly                  an idea comes to him and he rushes back down the hallway.

50. EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING PORT 23 Luke and the two robots approach the entry bay of the giant starship, and are intercepted by the giant Wookiee, Chewbacca. LUKEGreetings! For such a young captain, your master has a mighty ship. Will you store our bags? Luke hands the huge funny creature his back-pack, but the Wookiee doesn't take it. Instead, Chewbacca refuses to let them pass and carries on about something in his harsh native tongue. Luke doesn't understand.

LUKE (CONT'D)                 I don't get it?? Are we to wait here, or what? Threepio, what's                  he talking about?                The gleaming bronze robot jabbers away in strange animal sounds                  to the towering monster. They carry on an animated argument, until                  it appears Threepio gets in the last word.                THREEPIOWell, master Luke, sir. It appears we must wait out here for                  the captain to ready the ship. I told him we weren't accustomed                  to waiting around on gantries; and if you beg my pardon, sir,                  for the price of this trip they should have picked you up in an                  environment capsule, complete with dancing "Yonnas".                                                                51. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY                Han and Montross are busy prying loose a control panel in a forward                  corridor of the ship. The cover falls to the floor with a loud                  clang, and the young cabin boy looks around to see if anyone heard.                  Montross takes a small metal bar and jams it between two circuits.                  Sparks fly and a small puff of smoke issues from the panel. He                  quickly replaces the cover and Han heads back toward the captain's                  bridge.
52. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT                The cockpit area of the starship is a cacophony of warning alarms                  and flashing lights. The captain clumsily works at the control                  console in a vain attempt to figure out what is going on. Han                  enters carrying a long gray cloak.                HANYour tallock, sir. What's wrong??                Oxus stumbles around in a drunken stupor.                OXUSSomething's fouled up on this blasted board...
HANThe reactor's wild! It's way over a thousand. We'd better                  get out.                OXUSThat's impossible! I may be under the influence, but the reactor                  couldn't have gotten loose...Wait a minute.                A new shrill alarm begins to sound, as Han grabs the groggy old                  pirate and drags him out of the cabin.                                                53. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY BAY                Han and the lumbering pirate captain charge into the entry bay,                  almost knocking down Jabba the Hutt.
JABBAWhat's going on?                HANSabotage! The reactor's have gone wild. Get out. Get out...Wait,                  I forgot about Montross...                Jabba the Hutt and the other pirate stumble over each other,                  racing for the exit. Little Artoo scoots out of the way just as                  the two pirates rush past the group and into the space station                  main building. They are quickly followed by the wobbly captain.                  Luke watches the trio with puzzled amazement as the blast door                  slides closed behind them. Chewbacca gets a message on his belt                  com-link, and gestures to Luke that they should enter the deserted                  starship. Luke and the two robots reluctantly follow the giant                  Wookiee into the entry bay. Chewbacca pushes a button, and the                  main hatch slams shut. The alarms continue to ring.                LUKEWhere's the captain?                Threepio repeats the question in Wookieese and gets a short,                  rather menacing answer from the creature, who points to the high-backed                  seat of the lounge area.                THREEPIOHe wants us to sit down, sir... If we don't mind. The captain                  will be with us shortly.                The alarm signal is suddenly cut short.                                                54. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT                The one armed Montross sits in the pilot seat pushing buttons                  and switches. Han rushes in and sits in the co-pilot seat. He                  is laughing.                HANAlarms secure...ready for takeoff...let's get out of here                  before they figure out what happened.                MONTROSSYes sir, captain.                Montross laughs heartily as he pulls back on the throttle. The                  ship shudders as it lifts off.
55. INT. DOCKING PORT 23 - MAIN BUILDING                Captain Oxus and Jabba the Hutt stand before a large window overlooking                  the docking port. Oxus is furious, ranting and raving. Jabba stands                  dumbfoundedly, with his mouth hanging open. The ship quickly disappears                  into the vastness of the night sky.                                                56. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING                Han sits back in the huge co-pilot's chair and puts his feet                  up on the control console.                HANSometimes I amaze myself...                He chuckles. The surface of Utapau slowly drifts out of view                  of the cockpit windows and is replaced by a sparkling carpet of                  stars.                MONTROSSAre you even a little worried he might hunt you down?
HANWell, Montross my friend, it's a big universe. And after we                  cash in on this young noble, we'll head for Ophichi or one of                  the other southern systems. He'll be a long time coming there!                               MONTROSSSometimes you amaze me, also.                They both laugh. Little Artoo appears momentarily in the doorway,                  makes a few beeping remarks, then scurries away. In a few moments,                  Luke appears at the doorway.
LUKEThis is a terrific ship! How did you ever come by it?                Montross gives Han a sly smile, as Artoo appears timidly behind                  his master.                HANIt's a long story...I suggest you relax. We'll be going into                  a Hyper-skip soon, and should reach Ogana Major by 0300, two para-marks                  from now.                                                57. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA                Han stands nervously waiting for Chewbacca, who is looking through                  Luke's things as the young adventurer sleeps. The huge furry creature                  is very quiet as he moves about the cabin. He picks up Luke's                  gun belt containing the hidden Kiber Crystal. He takes the belt                  and a pouch to his waiting master, and quietly whispers to him.                  Han begins to search the belt.                HANHe must have SOMETHING of value. Are you sure you looked through                  everything? His father had better be loaded.                He drops the belt and pouch in disgust.
58. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING IN SPACE                               Han enters and flops down in the co-pilot's seat. Montross is                  busy studying the solar system with the ship's scanner.                HANWe've been through everything twice. He has nothing with him.                  I guess we'll just have to wait until we get to his father.                Montross looks up from the scanner with a worried look.                MONTROSSI've scanned almost all the way to Ogana Major, and there                  is no blockade! I don't get it. Do you think we should continue?                               HANSure, why not?...but carefully.


59. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA                Luke, Chewbacca and the two robots sit around a lighted table                  covered with many small metal figures. Each side of the table                  has a small computer monitor embedded in it. Chewbacca seems very                  pleased with himself as he rests his lanky fur-covered arms over                  his head. Luke rests his chin in his hands as he ponders a weighty                  problem on the board. Finally the stubby Artoo reaches up and                  moves one of the figures on the board. A sudden frown crosses                  Chewbacca's face and he begins yelling some gibberish at Artoo.                  Threepio intercedes on behalf of his small companion and begins                  to argue with the huge Wookiee.
LUKELet him have it...You're winning anyway...It doesn't make                  any difference.                THREEPIOYes sir, but it's the principle of the thing.                A small tone sounds and the com-link crackles to life.                HAN'S VOICELuke, could you come up here!                LUKEI'm on my way.
60. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING IN SPACE                The cockpit is alive with humming meters and softly buzzing read-outs.                  Montross and Han are busy at the controls.                MONTROSSIt checks out again. There is no mistake about it.                Luke enters; his boyish enthusiasm is working overtime.                LUKEWe must be just about there!                Both Han and Montross are rather grim-faced.
HANWe ARE there...Ogana Major has been destroyed...                LUKEWhat! What are you saying?                Luke moves close and begins to search the viewing monitors.                HANWhat's left of it is contaminated. That's it there...look                  at those radiation read-outs!...and the blockade is gone. Now                  what's going on?                Luke sits down in a state of shock. He stares blankly at the                  monitor read-outs. Han is very angry at this turn of events.
MONTROSSI don't care how large the Imperial fleet has become, it couldn't                  have done this. Half the planet is torn away. It would have taken                  a thousand ships with a lot more fire power than I've ever seen...very                  fascinating.                HANWell, I don't like it. Where is your father?                LUKEHe must be dead...All this way and he's probably dead...                HANWho's going to pay us??                The young pirate captain grabs Luke and holds him high against                  the cockpit wall.                HAN                  (CONT'D)                 I'm beginning not to like you!                Luke clears his throat and snaps out of his depression.                LUKEDeak! Deak would know...my brother.                HANWhat?                LUKEMy brother could help us. He would know what to do.                HANCould he pay us?
LUKEHe might know what happened. He's ...ah...in a bit of a fix.                  I'm sure he would be most grateful if we helped him.                Han puts the boy down and a scheme formulates in Luke's mind.                               LUKE                  (CONT'D)                 If my father is dead, then everything is his...but it's no use.                  We could never get to him...it's impossible.                HANNothing's impossible. Not for me anyway. Tell me where he                  is and we'll go there.                LUKEHe's being held prisoner...You couldn't help him...No one                  could, not even a Jedi Bendu knight could...                HANI could. Where is he?                LUKEAlderaan.                The word hits Han and Montross like a mad bantha; but Han recovers                  nicely, and thinks about it for a moment.                MONTROSSWell, he's right, you can't go there.                HANWhy not? The fact that no one in their right mind would ever                  try might make it easy...You're sure your brother would make it                  worth our while?                LUKEBeyond your wildest dreams...                HANYou have no fear of Alderaan?                LUKEAs you said, the fact that no one would venture there voluntarily                  makes it easy.

MONTROSSYou boys have the space giddies... but calculating the probabilities, you may have something...

HANChart a new course...                LUKEBoy, will Deak be surprised to see us.                Montross gives the two boys a doubtful glance.
61. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA                Han, Chewbacca, Luke, and the robots sit around a large table                  in the lounge area of the starship. Han and Luke are deep in thought.                  Luke sits up.                LUKEI thought starcaptains were supposed to be clever. I thought                  you did this kind of thing all the time...                HANWell, I do, of course. But Alderaan...even I've never been                  there. When I said I'd take you...I thought you already had a                  plan...                Montross enters the lounge area and sits down. He flexes his                  new left arm which was just replaced.

MONTROSSThis new arm is a lot stiffer than the last one. They just don't make these things the way they used to...We've reached the first perimeter of Alderaan. What's the next move? Everyone is lost in deep and perplexing thoughts. He is slightly amused at the young adventurer's dilemma. HANI guess there is only one thing to do, and that is to fly right in there and take over...we can do it.

MONTROSSWhoa there...May I make a suggestion to the captain? There                  is only one way into Alderaan, and N0 way out. It's an island                  city suspended in a sea of cirrus methane. The dungeons have triple                  guards, scramble scanners, gas locks, and every sector is isolated...and                  most important, it's the dwelling place of the Bogan Master: Prince                  Valorum. This venture of yours is sheer madness; but I have calculated                  the probabilities, and there might be a way.                HANHow??                MONTROSSIt is a rather complex plan; but it has the greatest probability                  of working...Go to the library, get all the tapes on Imperial                  procedure...You will have to learn the...                HANWe're going to get in by studying procedures?? I don't like                  it.
MONTROSSAll right then, we'll use your plan.                Han slumps in his seat with a dejected look.                HANAll right, get the tapes.                MONTROSS...and we're going to need the space on all of our scan-shielded                  compartments and lockers.                HANWhat do you want with our scanproof lockers?
62. EXT. SPACE AROUND PLANET ALDERAAN                              The long ornate pirate starship approaches the gray gaseous planet                  of Alderaan. The ship is not propelled, but simply drifts crab-like                  toward the planet. As it approaches the surface, huge billowing                  clouds extend out like menacing tentacles. The peacefulness of                  this nebulous idyll is broken by the increasing wail of ion engines.                  Suddenly, four sleek space fighters from the Imperial third fleet                  burst from the huge cumulus range. The craft are small cylindrical                  power shells dominated by two huge solar fins. They are flying                  in a tight formation; then two bank steeply and head toward the                  drifting starship.
63. INT. IMPERIAL FIGHTER - TRAVELING The Imperial                  fighters are four-man craft crammed with sophisticated electronic                  weaponry. The PILOT and GUNNERY OFFICER sit side by side, surrounded                  by lighted read-outs. They wear the gleaming black uniforms of                  the dungeon guards.                PILOTNo reply on any circuits...She appears to be drifting; but                  you'd better give her a blast anyway.                Two laser bolts scream past the cockpit and explode in front                  of the drifting pirate ship.
PILOT                  (CONT'D)                 Kuro one to AD four. We have what appears to be a drifting TDFI04                  which does not respond to warnings. No life forms appear on the                  scanner...Escape pods four, seven, and Oh three have been jettisoned...Should                  we destroy her or attempt salvage? She looks in good shape. ...Right...Will                  do.
64. EXT. SPACE AROUND PLANET ALDERAAN                The two tiny fighter craft orbit in front of the pirate starship                  as small plates shoot from their fins and attach themselves to                  the larger craft. Lines pull taut and the pirate starship is towed                  among the towering gray clouds by the two little Imperial space                  fighters. The second two space fighters take up position behind                  the starship and follow it in.
65. INT. IMPERIAL FIGHTER - TRAVELING                The pilot is cold and professional as his craft closes in on                  the starship. The positions of the ships are displayed on a read-out.                  The pilot gives the gunner a quick look before he flips his sun                  shield over his eyes.                PILOTIt appears to be a Corellian Gypsy vessel, as close as I can                  make out...Still no life forms, no contamination. Life systems                  still functioning... they simply abandoned her for some reason.                  We'll bring her in through the main forward bay. Is that satisfactory?                               COM-LINKSecurity is standing by. Kuro one, you have clearance.
66. EXT. PLANET ALDERAAN - CLOUD SEA                              The towering white oxide clouds pass, revealing the Imperial                  city of Alderaan. The magnificent domed and gleaming city is perched,                  mushroom-like, on a tall spire which disappears deep into the                  misty surface of the planet. The little procession of spaceships                  speeds toward the city.
67. INT. MAIN FORWARD BAY - SPACEPORT - IMPERIAL CITY OF ALDERAAN                                               The pirate starship rests in a huge hangar bay which dwarfs the                  Corellian craft! Hundreds of troops work their way toward the                  craft under the cover of reflective shields. A battalion commander                  and two guards edge their way toward the main hatch. One of the                  guards aims a long laser rifle at the hatch.                                 A commotion erupts behind the troops, and they turn to see two                  SITH KNIGHTS striding into the huge spaceport hangar. The two                  Sith knights appear slightly amused at the cautious stormtroopers.                  The battalion commander bows before the dark and fearsome Sith                  knights.                FIRST KNIGHTChief, get your men back. Let us check this out. (to the other                  Sith) These MANTHAS troops are getting far too timid.                The Sith knights boldly approach the ship and swing open the                  hatch. They start to enter the ship when a loud clanking sound,                  somewhat like a wrench being dropped down an air shaft, startles                  them and they jump back. The Sith warriors ignite their laser                  swords simultaneously, and take a defensive stance. The hundred                  or so troopers duck behind their chrome shields and direct their                  laser weapons at the open hatch. A few more sounds are heard from                  within the giant starship. The tension becomes almost palpable.                  The gangling, bronze Threepio pops his "Art Deco" head                  out of the hatchway.                THREEPIOHello!               The two Sith knights give each other rather puzzled looks.                THREEPIO                 (CONT'D)                 I'm See Threepio, Human Cyborg relations. It appears my masters                  have departed, leaving me with their abandoned starship. My only                  problem is that the operation of Astro-vehicles is not within                  my capacity...                The first Sith knight turns back to the battalion commander.                               FIRST KNIGHTChief, hold this thing for inspection, and check out the rest                  of the ship. I think you have picked up a piece of drift junk.                  Salvage what you can, and atomize the rest. Next time a little                  more bravery, commander. WAIT before you call us.                The Sith knights leave the hangar as the troops shuffle on board                  the deserted vessel. Threepio seems confused as troops rush around,                  completely ignoring him.
68. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA                The troops search the ship with small hand scanners. The commander                  and his aid enter the lounge. They are approached by a slender,                  weasel-like OFFICER.                OFFICERThere are no other "droids", sir. The ship isn't                  much -- a rag-tag, custom-built job...might be worth some study...                               A TROOPER approaches the group.                TROOPERAll clear, sir. There is a row of supply lockers we couldn't                  get into.                COMMANDERLet the scavenger crews take care of that. Post a guard, and                  send the men back. Keep the "droid" here with the ship;                  we'll let the scavenger crew take care of him, too.                The troops begin to file out of the ship.                                                69. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY                A lone trooper runs through the hallway heading for the exit.                  In a few moments, all is quiet. The muffled sounds of a distant                  officer giving orders finally fade. A sharp tapping can be heard                  very near, and a panel on a row of low cabinets crashes to the                  floor. Han Solo's head pokes out of the hole and looks around                  the hallway. He then pulls himself out of his cramped quarters                  and struts around, stretching his legs. A second locker breaks                  open and Luke emerges. Chewbacca pokes his furry head out of the                  first locker and Han tells him the way is clear.                HANThis is ridiculous. I tell you it's not going to work. Montross                  is crazed half the time...                Luke straightens himself out as Montross appears in his locker.
70. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA                Luke, Han, Montross, Chewbacca, and little Artoo quietly make                  their way down a hallway to the lounge area, where four Imperial                  troopers stand guard. Luke peeks around the doorway, then whispers                  to Han.                LUKEThere are only four. Remember: Quietly, and don't mess up                  the uniforms...                Han repeats this to Chewbacca and they both grin with excited,                  determined looks on their faces. Luke gives the signal as the                  Wookiee and the young Corellian pirate charge past him with their                  laser swords held high, screaming like wild banshees. Luke is                  somewhat confused by the attack. The yelling and the clash of                  swords echo throughout the ship. Montross holds his ears. Artoo                  runs and joins up with the shackled Threepio.                                                71. INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER                In the main control tower, next to the starship, a gantry officer                  looks up from his desk, as if he hears something. He turns to                  an aide who is busy readjusting a monitor.                GANTRY OFFICERDid you hear that?                The aide shakes his head; but the officer, convinced that he                  heard something, leaves the control tower and heads for the pirate                  ship.
72. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA                The gantry officer cautiously enters the pirate starship with                  his laser pistol drawn. Everything is quiet in the lounge area.                  Two guards sit at a table with a third standing over them. The                  fourth guard approaches the gantry officer.                GUARDYou have business here?                The guard is Han Solo. He struggles to hide a large blood stain                  under his right arm.                OFFICERI thought I heard something down here.                HANAre you sure it was from down here? We didn't hear anything...                  The gantry officer shakes his head at the puzzlement.                OFFICER                 Well, I guess not...but keep your eyes open...                The guard standing at the table is Luke; and as he turns to glance                  at the gantry officer, one of the guards sitting at the table                  topples over and lands with his face on the floor. The gantry                  officer raises his pistol and immediately becomes suspicious.                  An embarrassed grin breaks out on Luke and Han's faces. With a                  swiftness rivaling a Jedi prince, Han knocks the gun from the                  gantry officer's hand and decks him. Luke runs over to help Han,                  and Montross, Chewbacca and the robots rush in.                LUKEDon't mess him up!                Han starts to change jackets with the gantry officer.                HANI've just been promoted.                MONTROSSAll right now, you don't have much time. I hope you can remember                  everything.                LUKEWe'll be back before you know it.                HANJust have the ship ready.                Luke binds the huge Chewbacca with electronic cuffs. The Wookiee                  has a worried and slightly frightened look on his face. Han reassures                  him, straightens his jacket and they start off into the giant                  Imperial city of Alderaan. Han and Luke walk on either side of                  the giant Chewbacca and Artoo and Threepio reluctantly follow                  along behind. Montross stays aboard the starship and carefully                  and quietly closes the hatch.                                                73. INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER                A lone aide is quietly working on a monitor when Chewbacca, the                  huge Wookiee, appears in the doorway with a bone-chilling howl.                  A look of surprise, awe, and sheer dread crosses the aide's face                  as he stumbles over his tools. The Wookiee flattens him with one                  blow. Threepio and Artoo waddle into the room, followed by Han                  and Luke guarding the rear.                LUKEMust he howl so? Every Sith in the city will know we're here.                               HANGood! I prefer a straight fight to all this sneaking around.                               Threepio and Artoo look over the control panel, until Artoo finds                  something which gets him excited.                THREEPIOWe've found it, sir. Bless the maker, this control board has                  one.                Han and Luke rush over to the robots. Chewbacca busies himself                  with hanging the control aide by his toes.                LUKEPlug him in. Let's see what we get.                Artoo punches his claw arm into a computer socket, and the vast                  Imperial brain network comes to life, feeding information to the                  little robot. After a few moments, he beeps something to Threepio.                               THREEPIOLevel five, Detention block A-23, cell 2187... He's still                  alive... but his condition is reported as critical.                LUKEAll right, wait for us here... Send feed-back into the control                  sensors in that Detention block only.                Han puts the electronic bonds back on Chewbacca and the trio                  starts out the door.                THREEPIOPardon me for asking, sir...but, ah...what are we to do if                  someone should discover us here?                HANHope they don't have blasters.                THREEPIOThat isn't very reassuring.
74. INT. DETENTION AREA - ELEVATOR TUBE - IMPERIAL CITY OF                  ALDERAAN                 Han and Luke try to look inconspicuous, as they wait for a vacuum                  elevator to arrive. Troops and bureaucrats bustle about ignoring                  the trio completely; only a few give the giant Wookiee a curious                  glance. Finally, a small elevator arrives, and the trio enter.                  A bureaucrat races to get aboard also, but is signaled away by                  Han. The door to the pod-like vehicle slides closed, and it takes                  off through a vacuum tube.                LUKEThis is the PT-27 unit that ceases operation if there is any                  kind of alarm.                He rubs his hand across a series of small holes.                LUKE                  (CONT'D)                 Gas...Montross was definitely right. If they discover us, we'll                  never get out.                Han gives him a skeptical look.                                                75. INT. DETENTION AREA - DUNGEON                The giant Wookiee and his two guards enter the old, gray security                  station. Guards and laser gates are everywhere. Han whispers to                  Luke under his breath.                HANThis isn't going to work.                LUKEWhy didn't you say so before.                HANI think I did. A tall, grim-looking officer approaches the                  trio.                OFFICERWhat code is this?                LUKEI've got it here somewhere... It's SPT 188544. You can check                  it through the...ahh, oh yes, lex-321.                OFFICERIt will take a while -- the big mode is acting up...getting                  feedback from somewhere.                The officer goes back to his console and begins to punch in the                  information. There are only three other troopers in the area.                  Luke and Han survey the situation, checking all of the alarms,                  laser gates and camera eyes. Han unfastens one of Chewbacca's                  electronic cuffs and shrugs to Luke.                LUKEMay THE FORCE OF OTHERS be with us.                Suddenly, Chewbacca throws up his hands and lets out with one                  of his ear-piercing howls. He grabs Han's laser sword and ignites                  it, pushing Han against the wall.                HANLook out! He's loose!                The startled guards are momentarily dumbfounded. Luke and Han                  have already pulled out their laser pistols and are blasting away                  at the terrifying Wookiee. Their barrage of laser fire misses                  Chewbacca, but hits the camera eyes, laser gate controls, and                  the Imperial guards. The officer is the last to fall under the                  laser fire just as he starts to push the alarm system. Luke rushes                  over to the com-link system, which is screeching questions about                  what is going on. Han and Chewbacca disappear down one of the                  sub-hallways.                LUKEA Wookiee broke loose up here, but we've got him under control.                  There is a lot of damage, four casualties. The main door jammed.                  Better keep the rescue squad away from here, we've got some fires...                               He blasts some of the furniture with his laser pistol and it                  bursts into flames, creating a lot of smoke.
76. INT. DUNGEON - CELL ROW                Han and Chewbacca race down the rows of low, stone-cell doors.                  Han stops before cell 2187 and yells something to Chewbacca, who                  covers his face as the young pirate blasts the door away with                  his laser pistol. When the smoke clears, Han looks in the cell                  and an expression of horror crosses his face.                HAN"Holy Maker" No!                Suspended inside the cell by invisible rays, a bloody and mutilated                  Deak Starkiller hangs upside down. A strange yellow glow radiates                  from his eyes. Chewbacca rushes into the cell past the dazed Han.                  The Wookiee yells something and Han comes to, firing his pistol                  at a small control box in the wall. The unconscious Deak drops                  like a rock into the giant Wookiee's arms. Chewbacca slings him                  over his shoulders, and joins Han in the hallway.
77. INT. DETENTION AREA - DUNGEON                Smoke fills the small control center as Luke fiddles with the                  wires on the control board. A series of explosions at the main                  doorway knock a hole in the wall through which several Imperial                  troops begin to emerge. Luke fires his laser pistol at them through                  the smoke and flames. He turns and runs down a sub-hallway, stopping                  only for a moment on the far side of the passageway to lock on                  the laser gate "cutters". He takes a small com-link                  transmitter from his belt and speaks into it.                LUKEC3PO - C3P0 -- switch off emergency communications network.                  We're on our way. Monitor what you can...What was that, I didn't                  copy...                                                 78. INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL T0WER                Threepio paces the control center as little Artoo beeps and whistles                  a blue streak. Threepio yells into the small comlink transmitter.                               THREEPIOI said, all systems have been alerted to your presence, sir.                  I respectfully suggest you return at once...                The transmitter squawks a short reply, and Threepio peeks out                  the tower window at the starship. All is quiet. He then moves                  to the door and it slides open a crack. Several troops rush past,                  yelling and shouting orders. Threepio slams the door shut, and                  pushes the lock lever.                THREEPIO                 (CONT'D)                 Oh no!                                                79. INT. DUNGEON - CELL ROW                Han and Chewbacca rush toward the detention control complex,                  but are met by Luke running toward them.                LUKEThere's no going back that way.                Luke notices his mutilated brother draped over Chewbacca's shoulders.                  His mouth drops open in stunned shock.                HANHe's still with us, but there ain't much left of him. Your                  family must have something the Empire wants awfully bad.                The trio turns and runs down the cell block passageway. They                  reach a small grate in the wall, covering a passage that leads                  down into a deep darkness.                LUKEThis way. It might lead out of the cell block.                Luke and Han pull up the rusty grate, and they disappear into                  the black passageway.                                                80. INT. DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY                Han leads the group down the ever-darkening, narrow passageway.                  Their footsteps echo on the cold stone steps of the winding, descending                  stairway. Han and Luke switch on small lights in their gunbelts.                  The rhythmic marching of stormtroopers is heard behind them. Han                  stops the group before an intersecting hallway. The marching troops                  seem to be getting louder; muffled voices can be heard.                LUKEThey're right behind us. Which way?                HANYour guess is as good as mine. Maybe we'd better keep going                  down until we reach the docking level...                They continue down the eerie, slimy corridor that gets narrower                  and narrower as they descend into the bowels of the city.                                                81. INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER                A loud buzzer sounds throughout the control tower. Threepio rushes                  to the computer console.                THREEPIOAll right, all right, I'm going to answer it...just don't                  blame me if we get caught.                He switches on the control com-link.                COM-LINKThere is a problem on the level five detention area. Double                  alert.                THREEPIOConfirmed, and out.                  (to Artoo)                 Do you think they'll believe that?                                               82. INT. DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY               The passageway has gotten so small that Han, Luke and Chewbacca                  must walk sideways. Suddenly the way opens up to a wide, low ceiling                  corridor that is very dark and dank.                HANWe made it...Hurry!                The group runs along the foul-smelling passageway.                LUKEI think they've stopped following us.                HANI wonder why?...It's sure getting hot down here. Where do                  you think this leads?                LUKEIt's some kind of vent system.                A loud, horrible, inhuman moan works its way up from the far                  end of the passageway and stops the group dead in its tracks.                  They exchange rather worried looks.                HANI think I know why they stopped following us...                LUKEWhich direction is it?                Chewbacca jabbers something to Han.                HANChewbacca says there are legends of the Sith keeping DAI NOGAS                  in the belly of the city...Dai Nogas are not to be trifled with.                               LUKEWhich way should we go?                HANThey are not natural creatures. They are very large; but it                  could be anywhere. There is no hope for us back there, so I guess                  we should push ahead.                They start forward; but the giant Wookiee stops and howls something                  at Han. The young captain talks to the frightened creature and                  eventually calms him down, and they slowly continue forward. Barely                  perceivable, a dim light glimmers at the far end of the hallway.                               LUKELook, a light, head for it!                The group picks up speed as it nears the light. Suddenly, a huge                  form blocks out the light, and Chewbacca lets out a terrified                  howl and begins to back away. Han and Luke stand fast with their                  laser pistols drawn. Han calls back to the Wookiee, who begins                  to cower near one of the damp walls.                HANGuns are no good. Only a Jedi, strong with the FORCE, can                  stop it.                The huge shape, breathing loud and deep, sloshes forward.                LUKEMaybe we could out-flank it?                HANThe passageway is too small...We would have to distract it                  with something.                The two boys begin to slowly walk backwards as the horrible DAI                  NOGA begins its cumbersome advance.                LUKEGet Chewbacca, try to get around it. I'll draw it away.                HANAre you sure?? These things aren't natural.                LUKEI'll listen to your plan...                Han turns and rushes back to Chewbacca, who is huddled against                  the wall, with the unconscious Deak lying by his side. The Wookiee                  is shaking and wailing like a small child. In the thin light provided                  by the small door at the end of the passageway, the faint outline                  of the gruesome Dai Noga can be perceived. Luke, with shaking                  hands, fires directly at the center of the beast. His laser bolt                  passes through the huge creature and explodes against a far wall.                  The light from the blast reveals a little more of the thing, which                  is something like a cross between a huge spider and a giant squid.                  Han has blindfolded Chewbacca, and attempts to lead the Wookiee                  carrying Deak around the terrifying Dai Noga. They edge their                  way along the corridor wall as Luke fires a second blast at the                  slime. The Dai Noga lets out with a horrible moan and lumbers                  towards Luke with a new vigor. Luke backs away firing as he goes.                  Han and Chewbacca make it to the door and watch the Dai Noga move                  after Luke.                HANWe're clear! I'll distract him.                He fires a shot at the monster, but it continues after Luke.                               LUKEShoot above him!                Han fires again, this time above the creature, knocking rocks                  and debris on top of him. He turns to face his new enemy, enabling                  Luke to creep around the Dai Noga and join Han and Chewbacca.                  The spider-like monster lets out a moan and leaps at the two youths.                  Chewbacca has worked loose the iron grate covering the doorway,                  and the group tumbles into a dusty, unused hallway.                                                83. INT. DUNGEON - HALLWAY                The Dai Noga bangs against the opening and a long slimy tentacle                  works its way out of the doorway searching for a victim. Han aims                  his pistol.                LUKENo, wait!! They'll hear...                Han fires at the doorway, creating an avalanche of rubble which                  buries the monster. The noise of the blast echoes relentlessly                  throughout the passageway. Luke simply shakes his head at the                  young captain. They get up and start down the passageway. Han                  is clearly bothered by Luke's low opinion of his actions.                HANI don't care, I want them to find us...I need a good fight...                  I could polish off a whole squad, like that!                He snaps his fingers as Luke gives him a skeptical look.                                                84. INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER                Threepio nervously paces the control room.                THREEPIOYou mean they've calculated that the escape has something                  to do with the ship! Then they'll come up here, too...Oh me! We'll                  all be atomized. Where could they have disappeared to?                                                85. INT. SPACEPORT - PASSAGEWAY                Luke and Han stand before a bay window overlooking the pirate                  starship. They watch as a platoon of Imperial stormtroopers take                  up guard positions outside the craft. An officer attempts to open                  the hatch and enter the ship, but is unsuccessful. He exits the                  docking bay in a hurry.                LUKEHe'll be heading for the control tower. Come on...                The two boys rush down the hallway, followed by the lumbering                  Chewbacca carrying Deak.                                They round a corner and run smack dab into twelve Imperial stormtroopers                  heading toward them. Both groups are taken by surprise, and stop                  in their tracks. Before even thinking, Han draws his laser sword                  and charges the troops, yelling at the top of his lungs. The troops                  are startled by this assault and start to back off.                                 Han manages to cut several down before the rest flee in panic.                  Pleased with his prowess, Han starts after them, yelling back                  to Luke as he goes.                HAN                Get Chewbacca to the ship!                LUKEWait, where are you going? Come back here!                Han has already rounded a corner and does not hear. Luke rushes                  Chewbacca to the doorway at the end of the hallway. He motions                  the Wookiee to go on.
86. INT. SPACEPORT - SUB-HALLWAY                Han chases the ten stormtroopers down a long sub-hallway. He                  is yelling and brandishing his laser sword. The troops reach a                  dead end and are forced to turn and fight. Han stops a few feet                  from them and assumes a defensive position. He is ready to cut                  them down. The troops begin to ignite their laser swords; soon                  all ten troopers are moving into an attack position in front of                  the lone star pirate. Han's determined look begins to fade as                  the troops begin to advance. Luke runs down the sub-hallway in                  a last-ditch attempt to save his bold friend. Suddenly he hears                  the clamor of laser swords and yelling. Around the corner shoots                  Han Solo, pirate extraordinaire, running for his life, followed                  by a host of furious stormtroopers. Luke turns and starts running                  the other way, also. They run around several corners, and the                  troops drop a ways behind. Luke squeezes down a side passage and                  signals for Han to follow.
87. INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE                Luke and Han run down the narrow passageway looking for an exit.                  The stormtroopers can be heard barking orders as they follow the                  duo. An officer at the far end of the hallway spots them and fires                  a laser blast at them, but misses. They reach a complex blast-shield                  door which they attempt to open by pushing a series of buttons                  on a lock switch. The several layers of hatches and locks slowly                  peel away. Han returns the laser fire of the gathered stormtroopers                  at the end of the hallway. The signal on their belt comlinks begins                  to buzz. Luke takes one in hand and gets a jumble of excited Wookiee                  gibberish. He hands the small com-link receiver to Han, who continues                  his barrage of the troopers.                LUKEIt's for you.                Han talks to the Wookiee and seems to be in some kind of an argument.

88. INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN FORWARD BAY Chewbacca is crouched behind some supply canisters near the main entrance to the spaceport bay. Stormtroopers march to and fro in front of the pirate starship. The giant Wookiee whispers into the com-link. Deak lies in a heap at his feet. Chewbacca ducks lower as several troops stop almost on top of him. He puts the com-link back on his belt and draws Deak close to him. 89. INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE Han gives the com-link back to Luke. HANChewbacca can't make it to the ship without help. The final hatch starts to swing open behind them. LUKEThen let's go! They turn and start into the main spaceport causeway. A few feet into the hallway and the boys stop short. Two evil, BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE SITH stride toward them. Luke turns and runs back into the narrow passageway. LUKE (CONT'D) Come on back. We'll not be stopping them... Han jumps back into the narrow passageway and Luke pulls the main blast-shield lock switch. The five layers of door instantly slam shut. HANNow what?? Luke shrugs his shoulders. The stormtroopers renew their assault.

90. INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN CAUSEWAY                The two Sith knights stop before the huge blast-shield door.                  Stormtroopers take up position behind them. One of the knights                  turns to the first officer of the guard.                SITH KNIGHTMove your man back.                The troops scurry out of the way, as the Sith knights raise their                  arms over their heads, creating a powerful force field.                                                91. INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE                The mighty blast-shield door bulges under the pressure of the                  Sith para-force. Luke spots a small waste receptacle on the wall.                  He fires a few shots at the assembled stormtroopers at the far                  end of the corridor, and moves to the garbage chute. He motions                  for Han to follow, but the young starcaptain is sitting in a corner                  staring blankly at the bulging door. Luke runs back to him.                LUKEWhat is it?                HANIt's no use...we're lost.                LUKENo, no, there's a debris chute. It's the Bogan force making                  you feel that way. Don't give up hope...fight it!                HANIt's no use, it's no use.                The giant hinge bolts on the blast-shield door begin to pop as                  the force of the Sith knights grows stronger. Luke fires off a                  rapid series of shots and half-drags Han to the small grate in                  the wall.                LUKEWell, we're going anyway. Think of good things. Drive the                  Bogan from your mind.                Luke blasts the cover off the debris receptacle and shoves Han                  into the small opening. The giant blast door begins to smolder,                  creating a smoky cover for the boys to hide in. Luke frantically                  blasts away at the advancing stormtroopers, then climbs into the                  garbage chute and disappears.
99. INTERIOR SPACEPORT - GARBAGE ROOM                Luke slides through a series of chutes until he winds up in a                  large room full of muck. Han is already stumbling around looking                  for an exit. He finds a small hatchway and struggles to get it                  open.                HANThe blasted thing is vacuum-sealed.                He draws his laser pistol and fires at the hatch. The laser bolt                  ricochets wildly around the small metal room. Both Luke and Han                  dive for cover in the garbage as the bolt explodes almost on top                  of them. Luke climbs out of the garbage with a rather grim look                  on his face.                LUKEI'm glad to see the Bogan is no longer with you, but would                  you put that thing away or you're going to get us both killed.                               HAN                  (sarcastic)                 I'll leave it for you to open then. I'm just afraid we're going                  to have company soon... This is a brilliant escape.                LUKEWell, it could be worse...                Before Han can reply, the walls of the garbage receptacle begin                  to rumble and edge toward the adventurers.                HANNow what?!?                LUKETry to jam it with something.                They place poles and long metal beams between the closing walls;                  but they are simply snapped and bent and the giant trash masher                  rumbles on. The situation doesn't look good.                HANThis isn't working!                LUKEWell then, think of something else!                The room gets smaller and smaller, until it is only three feet                  wide. Garbage is snapping and popping as it is crushed by the                  relentless walls. Luke's com-link begins to buzz, and he pulls                  it off his belt.                THREEPIOBegging your pardon, sir, but we are going to be unable to                  stay here much longer. Could you give us...                LUKE(to Han)                  Threepio! That's it. The R-2 unit is still plugged into the control                  systems...                  (into the com-link)                  Threepio, listen to me. Have Artoo shut down all garbage chutes                  in the immediate connecting bays. I think we're on your level,                  but shut them off on the level above you, also...Quickly, shut                  them off!                The rumbling walls begin to shake the room, and then they halt.                  Han breathes a sigh of relief. Luke goes over to the pressure                  hatch and scrapes some muck off a number.                LUKE                 (CONT'D)                 Open the pressure maintenance hatch on unit 366117891...                In a moment, the door pops open.                LUKE (CONT'D)                 We're out. Disconnect Artoo and go back to the ship...Avoid the                  troops, if possible...                THREEPIOI wish you were here, sir.                LUKEWe'll be with you shortly. Instruct Montross to get the ship                  started.
93. INT. SPACEPORT - GANTRY HALLWAY                Two Imperial officers stand in the hallway leading to the spaceport.                  One of the officers is a fleet admiral. They spot Artoo and Threepio                  waddling towards them and can hardly believe their eyes.                OFFICERThat's them!                Before they can do anything about it, Han and Luke jump the officers                  from behind, and put laser swords to their necks. The robots trundle                  up to them.                THREEPIOThank goodness you're safe, sir. Did you find Master Deak?                               LUKEChewbacca's got him. Now if we can just get by those guards                  before the Sith arrive...                THREEPIOThey won't be here too quickly, I don't think; we shut and                  sealed all alarm doors in the gantry.                HAN                 (to the officer)                 Come on, boys!
94. INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN FORWARD BAY                Han and Luke, dragging their hostages in front of them, enter                  the starship bay. Artoo and Threepio hurry in behind them. The                  twenty or so troops guarding the starship train their weapons                  on the group, but seeing an admiral held as hostage, hesitate.                  Chewbacca jumps out from behind the supply canisters, carrying                  Deak over his shoulder, and joins the group. They slowly make                  their way toward the starship, which is a medley of noises, as                  it prepares for take-off. The main hatch slides open.                OFFICERForget about us -- fire on them.                The troops aim their laser rifles. The admiral panics.                ADMIRALNo, wait! Don't shoot! They'll not get away. They'll not get                  away. Don't shoot!                The group enters the starship and the hatch slams shut.
95. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT                Han slides into the co-pilot seat. Montross gives him a big smile.                               HANGet us out of here!                Montross pulls back on the controls and the ship begins to move.                  The dull thud of laser bolts can be heard bouncing off the outside                  of the ship.                MONTROSSThey aren't going to hurt us with those pea-shooters...                HANThere are Sith out there.                                                96. EXT. IMPERIAL CITY OF ALDERAAN - MAIN STARSHIP BAY                The starship lifts away from the starship bay and moves into                  the cloud sea of Alderaan. Troops continue to fire at the ship                  as it leaves. Too late, four Sith knights arrive.                SITH KNIGHTThey'll not get far.                                                97. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING                Han picks up the com-link.                HANLuke, jettison the hostages and get to one of the gun ports.                               MONTROSSYou'd better get back there, too.                Four TIE ships coming in at six o'clock. He points out the cockpit                  window to four small Imperial fighters banking in on their right                  side.                HANWas this trip really necessary?                MONTROSSThere's another bunch at two o'clock. We're into our power                  reserves, so take your time. Sing out if they get below us and                  I'll kick her around ...Now get going!
98. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - GUN PORTS - AFT SECTION - TRAVELING                                  Luke is busy checking out one of the two main laser cannons mounted                  in large rotating bubble turrets. He adjusts his head-phones,                  and searches his electronic tracking screen for the Imperial fighters.                               MONTROSS                 (over head-phones)                 Here they come.                Han jumps into the turret opposite Luke, and begins to strap                  himself in. The pirate starship shudders as the Imperial fighters                  open fire. Luke's turret swings around and he begins to return                  the fire. Moments later, Han lowers his glare reflector and with                  a burst of smoke and electrical charge also opens up on the enemy                  craft. One of the Imperial fighters is hit by a concentrated barrage                  and begins spinning out of control, until it finally explodes.                  Han gives Luke a victory wave, which Luke gleefully returns. Imperial                  fighters buzz about everywhere. The constant flashing of deflected                  laser bolts reflect in the interior of the turret bubble. Chewbacca                  sits in an aft turret, blazing away at the enemy craft. A huge                  explosion rocks the pirate ship and throws Artoo and Threepio                  crashing against a passageway wall.                THREEPIOHere we go again. How did we get ourselves into this? We never                  seem to be in the right place.                Over the com-link, Montross gives instructions as to the enemy                  formations. Several more Imperial ships explode and disappear                  from view. The pirate starship undergoes a great deal of punishment                  as the battle rages.                HAN(into the com-link)                  We're beginning to come apart back here...the ship will not take                  much more of this...                Several of the Imperial fighters concentrate their fire on a                  weakened port antenna and finally it explodes, opening a hole                  in one of the compartments and everything that isn't bolted down                  is sucked into outer space. Threepio and Artoo struggle to push                  a large cabinet in front of the hole.
99. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING                The cockpit is alive with warning lights and buzzers, but Montross                  manages to keep things under control. He speaks into the com-link.                               MONTROSSYou're doing great, boys. There are only three or four of                  them left; but maybe it's time we showed them this isn't your                  regulation type F-888 cargo-trawler. Stand by for hyper-skip...and                  hope she holds together.                               Montross pulls back on several of the levers before him, and                  the ship surges away from the tiny fighters. The pirate starship                  races through the galaxy at an incredible speed; but it isn't                  long before the Imperial fighters catch up.                MONTROSS                 (CONT'D)                 Take them now, boys. They shouldn't be maneuverable at this speed.
100. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - GUN PORTS - AFT SECTION - TRAVELING                                  Luke, Han and Chewbacca fire away at the now stationary Imperial                  craft. One explodes, then another, and before long, they are all                  congratulating each other on their victory.                                                DISSOLVE TO:

101. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA Luke kneels over what's left of his brother. Han stands in the doorway watching as Threepio applies some medication to the Jedi's gaping wounds. THREEPIOI don't know much more we can do for him, sir. These are spiritual wounds. The Bogan arts often run contrary to the ways of science... and logic. I can't help him. Only a Jedi can save him. LUKEHe's been trying to talk...He knows I'm here. He knows it's me. Han simply shakes his head at the situation. HANHe must have something of great value for them to do that to him. A lost spice mine, maybe? Well, whatever it is, he'd better regain consciousness 'cause I'm due my share...and I'm going to be very unhappy if he joins THE FORCE OF OTHERS before I get it... Han turns and leaves Luke and Threepio alone with Deak. LUKEYou've done well, Threepio...you have served both of us well beyond your programming. Leave me with him for awhile, would you? THREEPIOThank you, sir. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. That is, the compliment of compliments...But sir, you too ought to be getting some rest...What with that tempest we stirred up back there, I'm sure we aren't through this yet. LUKEI'll be along shortly. Threepio turns and leaves, locking the cabin door behind him. LUKE (CONT'D) I guess you couldn't have known, but Ogana Major is gone, destroyed by something -- I can't imagine what...I don t know about father -whether he's dead or alive -- or where to find him if he is alive. I didn't know what to do, so I came for you...You can't die, you just can't...What am I going to do? Just tell me what to do...Oh, Deak! Luke slumps over his brother and begins to weep quietly. Suddenly he remembers the Kiber Crystal hidden in his belt. He takes off his belt and fumbles to open the secret compartment. The buckle snaps open and a powerful clear light fills the darkened room. The Kiber Crystal's glow is almost blinding. Luke takes the supernatural gem and places it in his injured brother's hand. Luke suddenly sits bolt upright. A thought seems to come to him and he dashes out of the cabin.

102. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA Luke bursts into the lounge area where Chewbacca and Han are sprawled across the chairs, sound asleep. They wake with a start. Chewbacca draws his laser sword. LUKEYavin's fourth moon. HANWhat's wrong? LUKEMy father's on the fourth moon of Yavin. We must go there immediately. HANWait a minute. Is your brother conscious? LUKENo... HANThen how do you know your father is on Yavin? I've had it with your adventures... Chewbacca blurts out a long line of gibberish to Han. HAN (CONT'D) Yeah, you're going to get us all killed! LUKEMy father is on the fourth moon of Yavin. Your only reward is there, also. Han thinks about this for a few moments, then throws up his hands. HANWell, we're already headed that way anyway. DISSOLVE TO:

103. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT                Montross is upset and starts yelling at Han and Luke.                MONTROSS...It's a wasteland. That system is way beyond the rim of                  the galaxy.                LUKEBut we HAVE enough power to get there.                Luke slams a connector panel on the computer console.                HANJust relax for a second!                MONTROSS(getting more excited)                 We have MORE than enough power to get there...But we don't have                  enough to get back, and there is no place to get power out there...                  We'd never get back. It's madness...                Montross starts to bring his arm down across the computer console                  to make his point, but Han grabs it in time to keep it from being                  dashed to bits.                LUKEIt's not a wasteland. There is an outpost, I tell you...                A sing-song alarm goes off on the scanner console. Threepio,                  who has been quietly sitting in the co-pilot's seat all through                  the argument, interrupts his master.                THREEPIOExcuse me, sir -- but we seem to be approaching another ship                  of some kind.                Montross looks into the scanner display.                MONTROSSI don't think that's a ship, although it moves like one...                  it's much too large. It's as big as a small moon.                HANA station of some kind?                MONTROSSI don't know. It's moving, but not very fast, and it's traveling                  in the same direction we are.                HANMove off, let's go around it. We don't need any more trouble.                               MONTROSSI'd sure like to see what it is...                HANWell, whatever it is, it means there must be some kind of                  a power depot out here, so we'll continue...                                                DISSOLVE TO:
104. EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN                The sleek pirate starship drifts into orbit around the emerald                  green, fourth moon of YAVIN.                                                105. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING                Montross and Han are at the controls, as Luke rushes into the                  cockpit.                MONTROSSWe pick up no significant life form concentrations down there.                  Certainly there's no outpost...                LUKEIt could be shielded, could be anything.                HANCould be nothing.                LUKEMove into latitude sixty-one...                A light begins to flash on the computer board.                HANWhat's that?                MONTROSSA signal beacon. Something is sending us coordinates...                LUKEThat's it! Lock onto it! We made it...We made it!                MONTROSSThere'll be no landing a ship this size on that terrain. We'll                  have to use the auxiliary units.                LUKEGood. I'll help Chewbacca with Deak.                Luke rushes out of the cockpit.                MONTROSSThat moon or station -- or whatever it is -- is back on the                  scope. It's either following us here or was already coming here                  on its own. I'd better stay with the ship.                HANYeah, I think you'd better. I don't like this. Track us if                  you can...                                                106. EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN                Two small lifepods jettison away from the starship, and slowly                  drift toward the awesome, deep green surface of the moon. Retro-rockets                  automatically kick in and slow the pods. The two tiny craft break                  through some light cloud cover and land in the dense, steaming                  jungles of Yavin's fourth moon.

107. EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - VINE JUNGLE One of the lifepods has come to rest in the middle of a bog. Han, Chewbacca, and Threepio emerge from the battered capsule as it slowly sinks into the murky swamp. HANMontross was sure right about this not being a fit place to land. We could have gotten KILLED coming through those trees...Well, let's find Luke... THREEPIOThey landed further south, I think. This is dangerous country. If you don't mind my saying so, I think we had better stay together. Chewbacca inspects a huge laser weapon and straps several power packs to his bandoleers. The group ventures into a forest of gargantuan trees shrouded in an eerie mist. The air is heavy with the fantastic cries of unimaginable creatures.

108. EXT. VINE JUNGLE Luke's lifepod is caught in the limbs of a huge tree. The fragile craft has been ripped in half by the crash landing. A glass-enclosed mummy case containing the wounded Deak Starkiller is securely strapped in what remains of the tiny lifepod. But his unconscious brother, Luke, hangs half out of the damaged craft. A two-foot high insect-like creature scoots down a branch and onto the back of the dormant warrior. The insect lets out a chilling hissing sound, and a slimy tube emerges from its hairy mouth, waking Luke. He opens his eyes, but doesn't move. He is immediately aware of the insect. Suddenly, with one quick blow, he knocks the creature against the side of the lifepod, and it is squashed lifeless. Luke is a little groggy, but he manages to climb out of the wreckage. He hears a frantic whistle, pathetic in its desperation. Luke looks around and spots Artoo hanging upside down, one of his three feet caught in a vine. Luke lifts the stubby robot out of his predicament and places him securely on a wide limb. Luke then attaches a thin cable from his utility belt to the tree trunk, and slides to the ground. Han and Threepio are waiting for him at the base of the huge tree. HANAre you all right? LUKEYeah, I think so. I'm going to need some help getting Deak down from there. Chewbacca emerges from the dense foliage and tells Han something. He tells Chewbacca to climb the tree and get Deak. HANHe says we're about a league off the coordinates. The going will be slow in this mess... LUKEThen we best get on with it.

109. EXT. VINE JUNGLE RIDGE                Gruesome and unnatural sounds permeate this ghostly wasteland.                  The jungle is a strange and eerie, fog-laden purgatory. The group                  stops on a ridge overlooking the rebel outpost of MASASSI. All                  that can be seen of the fortress is a lone guard standing on a                  small pedestal jutting out above the dense jungle. Suddenly, three                  Aquillian rangers break out of the dark foliage and approach the                  group. Han and Chewbacca raise their weapons.                HANHold! Who are you? Whom do you serve?                One of the rangers strides forward, ignoring Han's laser pistol.                  He is a tall man; on his helmet is the crest of AQUILLAE. He advances                  until he is standing a few feet from Luke's weapon.                ANTILLESI am Bail Antilles...I serve THE FORCE OF OTHERS...We are                  agents of the Starkiller...He has been expecting you...                Han looks a little puzzled, but lowers his weapon and tells Chewbacca                  to do likewise. About two dozen rangers emerge from the brush                  and take up positions around the group. One of them speaks to                  Chewbacca in his own tongue, and the giant Wookiee lowers Deak                  onto a stretcher they have placed before him.                ANTILLES                  (CONT'D)                 Which of you is young Luke?                LUKEI am. This is my friend and a great starcaptain, Han Solo...                  His first mate is called Chewbacca.                Antilles bows low before Luke. The young adventurer is embarrassed                  and doesn't know how to respond. Finally the ranger rises.                ANTILLESWe must move swiftly, my lord. For you have arrived with all                  of the force of the Bogan at your heels. The Death Star has found                  us once again, and a deadly battle lies before us. There is little                  time. Hurry!
110. EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST                Luke, Han, Chewbacca, the robots and Aquillian rangers ride on                  top of a low, gray armored transport speeder. They swing past                  a long line of gleaming spacefighters sitting along the edge or                  the vast jungle runway. The several different types of two-man                  fighter craft have a wide variety of markings. Several of the                  ships have bizarre and colorful designs painted across their large                  deflector fins, which transforms the crafts into huge and grotesque                  creatures, while others create beautiful and unique mosaic patterns.                  Ground crews rush about servicing the craft. Activity is at a                  fever pitch as Luke, Han and Antilles disembark the speeder and                  enter a low metal building to one side of the runway.                                                111. INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM                The war room is a mass of glass enclosures, electronic wall displays,                  monitors and computer stations. Officers and aides rush to and                  fro, ignoring Luke and Han as they follow Major Antilles to a                  large, dimly lit conference room dominated by a huge galactic                  display board. A briefing is in progress. Several dozen officers                  sit around a long table as a young astro-general named DODANA                  is describing an attack plan to the others. Antilles stops Han                  just outside the door as two braided guards approach them.                ANTILLESYou'll have to wait here.                Han gives Luke a look of betrayal and anger.                LUKEI'll be back, and you'll be paid.                Luke follows Antilles into the conference room and a glass door                  slides silently closed behind them.                                112. INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - CONFERENCE ROOM                Antilles and Luke sit in chairs at the back of the room. Several                  officers at the table glance at Luke, but for the most part their                  attention remains riveted on General Dodana.                DODANA...and although the digital analysis doesn't confirm it, he                  feels there is a weak point...                Several large projections of a huge, armored space station appear                  behind Dodana. One angle shows the north pole of the complex globe.                  Six black towers dominate the detailed portion of the sphere.                  Antilles whispers something to Luke who answers with a question.                  Antilles points to a dark corner of the room near Dodana. Luke                  strains to see something in the corner. His hand fingers his belt                  buckle and he turns to Antilles and nods yes.                DODANA                  (CONT'D)                 ...Here, near the north pole someplace. In an area somewhere below                  their generating towers, he predicts you'll find a small thermal                  exhaust port. It is an unshielded shaft that runs directly into                  the reactor system. A direct hit straight into the shaft would                  set up a chain reaction that would destroy the Death Star.                A large, sallow-eyed General named AAY ZAVOR fiddles nervously                  with a small hand computer.                ZAVORThe greatest concentration of fire power is at the poles.                  I doubt a ship could get in there to find the exhaust port, let                  alone fire a direct hit down the shaft...                A flight officer with a patch over one eye rises.                FLIGHT OFFICERThere is an impossible magnetic field around those towers.                  Maneuverability in that sector is less than point three...                The GRANDE MOUFF TARKIN, a thin, bird-like commander of the outland                  Kesselian Dragoons, stands, and Dodana sits down, revealing behind                  and to one side of him a wizened old man with long silver hair                  -- THE STARKILLER. He is apparently asleep; but as the Grande                  Mouff rises, the Starkiller's crystal-clear eyes open knowingly.                  An aura of power radiates from the ancient Jedi that almost knocks                  Tarkin over. The Starkiller is a large man, but shriveled and                  bent by an incalculable number of years. His face, cracked and                  weathered by exotic climates, is set off by a long silver beard                  and penetrating gray-blue eyes. Luke stares at him in awe. He's                  at once proud, moved and slightly frightened.                TARKINWith all due respect, sir, the time has come for it to be                  said...                There is a long pause, as most of the officers on the Grande                  Mouff's side of the table look down at their fidgeting hands or                  nervously look away.                TARKIN                  (CONT'D)                 After our crushing defeat, and the destruction of Ogana Major                  by this Death Star...the Council has voted to trust the cybormitic                  analysis for future attack and planning procedures. Your contact                  with THE FORCE OF OTHERS is weak to the point where it can no                  longer be trusted. This new attack formula is contrary to the                  cyborg plan and depends too much on faith...a faith that deserted                  us at Ogana Major. Our blind, unwavering faith in you and the                  Ashla has led to our doom...                The Starkiller sits unmoved, unresponding. Zavor jumps to his                  feet in great anger and despair.                ZAVORYour strategy destroyed us on Ogana Major! THE FORCE OF OTHERS                  is no longer with us. The Bogan is too strong. This Death Star                  is too strong!                Finally Antilles can stand it no longer.                ANTILLESThe Bogan is already beginning to work on you...Will you flee                  like frightened children again, only to be hunted down again,                  until there is no place to hide.                ZAVORWe were overwhelmed; his plan was hopeless as this new plan                  of his is hopeless...                ANTILLESYou would trust a machine's logic over THE FORCE OF OTHERS?                  His son brings us new faith...                TARKINHis son brought us the Death Star... He has betrayed us!                ANTILLESHe's brought us the Kiber Crystal!                The room falls silent. The bent and broken Starkiller rises and                  Tarkin and Zavor immediately sit down. He motions for Luke to                  join him at the head of the table. Luke hurries to his father's                  side and hands him the Kiber Crystal. The Starkiller holds up                  the powerful stone and it radiates a brilliant light throughout                  the room. Years seem to drop from the old man as the Kiber's force                  moves into his body.                THE STARKILLERWith the Crystal, I can hold off the force of the Bogan...but                  when its presence is revealed, the enemy will stop at nothing                  to acquire it. ...You will have to win the battle or lose everything...there                  will be no retreat, no place to hide if the Sith gain possession                  of the Crystal ...finding the exhaust port is your only chance.                  You must have faith...THE FORCE OF OTHERS is with you.                One of the younger officers stands up.                OFFICERWe'll find the port.                Several other officers stand, also.                SECOND OFFICER                 I think my boys could get in there -- they can hit it.                More officers and Generals join in until even Zavor and Tarkin                  are standing.                TARKIN                 It will be to the finish, then. This time, victory!
113. INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - LIBRARY                Luke is embraced by his father in the cool, dim quiet of the                  outpost electronic library.                THE STARKILLERYou've done well, my son -- but I'm afraid your trial has                  just begun. I had hoped we would have more time, time enough for                  you to learn the ways of the Force. But you'll have to face the                  enemy as a warrior rather than a Jedi. When the Death Star is                  destroyed, there will be time enough for training.                Artoo and Threepio enter the room and bow low before their master                  and his father.                THE STARKILLER                  (CONT'D)                 I trust your replacement parts are satisfactory?                THREEPIOMost certainly, and your kindness is greatly appreciated.                  I feel my capacities have doubled, and if I do say so, Artoo is                  a new unit. I'd hardly know him.                THE STARKILLERYou have served us well, and I am releasing you from further                  service. You may rest and enjoy your remaining years in tranquillity...                               THREEPIOIf it's at all possible, sir and if it's all the same to you...no                  disrespect intended...we'd rather continue to serve Master Luke.                               THE STARKILLERThe choice is yours. Luke is truly fortunate. Now go and have                  them bring us this starcaptain who was so helpful to you.                THREEPIOBegging your pardon, sir, but might I inquire after Master                  Deak?                THE STARKILLERDeak is doing fine, but the Bogan is still heavy with him                  and it will be some time before he is himself again. Now be off                  with you.                They bow low and leave the room. Antilles ushers Han into the                  office. Antilles bows low before the Starkiller and his son. Han                  feels quite awkward standing before the legendary galactic hero.                  He gives the old man a short bow, then gives Luke a slight nod.                               THE STARKILLER                  (CONT'D)                 You have been of great service to us. We offer you this in gratitude.                  Luke tells me you have a great desire for such things.                He hands the young starcaptain a small box containing many neatly                  minted chrome bars. Han's mouth drops open in amazement.                HANThis must be at least seven or eight million!                THE STARKILLERI wish that I could give you more. We sorely need a man of                  your ability.                HANI'm afraid my calling is elsewhere. Sorry, Luke, but I'm not                  a part of this.                Luke bows his head and is clearly disappointed. He steps forward                  and gives Han a gray gunbelt with a chrome laser sword attached.                               LUKEHan, I want you to take this. It was fashioned by the _Bomerwrights                  of Sullest_. It is a special blade with great power that will                  never fail you. Take care, my friend.                He gives Han a hug, and the young starcaptain leaves.                THE STARKILLERNow, my son, tell me of Owen, Beru, and the twins, and of                  course, little Leia.
114. EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN                A small silver rebel ship edges close to the pirate starship,                  until the two craft link up.
115. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA                Han and Chewbacca enter the starship and are greeted by Montross.                  Han gives him the box of chrome bars.                HANEight million! Eight million and we got it legal. Can you                  beat that? If only Captain Oxus could see us now. He never had                  a haul this big!                MONTROSSYou didn't stay long. Could you have tried for more?                HANThat station we spotted is what destroyed Ogana Major. They're                  going to try to stop it.                MONTROSSThen I'd better get us going.                HANYeah, do that. Han has a wistful look in his eyes as Montross                  heads back to the cockpit.                                                116. INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST - READY ROOM                                  Chaos. Red scramble lights are flashing. Alert horns and attack                  buzzers create an unbelievable cacophony. Starpilots in a variety                  of different style spacesuits scramble out of the low concrete                  ready room, grabbing helmets and space packs as they race out                  the doors.                                                117. EXT. MASASSI OUTPOST - ATTACK RUNWAY                                Pilots and navigators dash in unison to a long line of waiting                  two-man starship fighters. Around it, crews scurry here and there                  loading last minute armament and unlocking power couplings. Luke,                  closely followed by Artoo and Threepio, meet Antilles in front                  of one of the sleek starships.                ANTILLESThis one's ours. May THE FORCE OF OTHERS be with us.                On a balcony overlooking the runway appears the dazzling figure                  of the Starkiller. His long silver hair and beard cascade over                  his flowing white robes. The Kiber Crystal glitters in his right                  hand. The pilots and crews stop what they are doing and bow low                  toward the honored Jedi. Luke and the robots join the others in                  the tribute. The air warriors are a wide mix of humans and other                  creatures from the many systems in the Alliance.                THE STARKILLERYour next journey is marked by your given word. Do not falter,                  for there is no retreat from this battle. The power of the Bogan                  is strong on the Death Star. The Sith are many, but we hold the                  one power mightier than they: the Kiber Crystal. It is your captain                  and your banner. Do not fear to go where it leads. THE FORCE IS                  WITH YOU.                The pilots and crews bow and hurry to their starships. Luke helps                  Threepio lift Artoo into the ship. PILOT LEADER, a rugged, handsome                  man in his forties, gives his ground crew the signal that he is                  starting his ion engine. He has a winning smile and a distinctive                  scar along the side of his face. His crew chief pats him on the                  back.                CHIEFKnock them all the way back to Alderaan.                The canopy is closed and the powerful starship moves onto the                  runway. Luke and Antilles settle into their craft as their crew                  looks down the armament housing.                CREWMANI've got you about a thousand pounds lighter. It should help.                                              He hangs a small good-luck charm inside the cockpit as the main                  canopy starts to slide closed. Luke and Antilles wave back to                  him. Other crewmen say goodbye to their pilots, some grinning,                  some kidding -- all with a great deal of hidden emotion. The din                  of retro-rockets cuts through the uproar, and six silver starships                  leave the runway and disappear into the morning cloud cover.                               118. INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM                The Starkiller sits quietly before a giant computer display of                  the Yavin system. It shows the planet, moons and approaching Death                  Star. The Grande Mouff Tarkin stands behind the Jedi with several                  other Generals.                TARKINThey're all away, sir. For the first time since the take-over,                  I feel real hope.                THE STARKILLERPut their com-links through the main system. Let everyone                  hear it.                General Dodana approaches the group and leans over to the Starkiller.                               DODANAThey've made contact, sir.
119. EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN                A small bright speck orbiting the huge green moon of Yavin sparkles                  in the light of the distant sun. Six rebel star ships settle ominously                  into the foreground, moving swiftly toward the orbiting speck.                  As the starships move closer, the awesome size of the gargantuan                  Imperial space fortress is revealed. Explosions create blinding                  flashes on the planet's surface as the Imperial fortress bombards                  the moon with a fusillade of laser bolts.
120. INT. LEAD STARSHIP - TRAVELING                Pilot Leader, in the first ship, signals to his navigator who                  sits in a small isolated glass bubble to the rear of the craft.                  The many monitors are filled with various computer read-outs and                  displays. Over the com-link one of the other starpilots reports                  to Pilot Leader.                BOMA SIX(INTERCOM)                 Look at the size of that thing!                PILOT LEADERCut off, Boma Six. Stand by. Bantha pack cover to the south.                  We'll try for the exhaust port. Settle in. Here we go.
121. INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - TRAVELING                Luke adjusts the controls of the tiny starfighter and lowers                  the sunshade on his goggles. Antilles and Threepio rotate around                  in the gun-pod.                LUKEDoes that glare bother you?                ANTILLESI've got it blocked. I'm all right. I wish they'd let us try                  for that exhaust port.                                                122. EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE                                Fuel pods are jettisoned. The starship fighters break off into                  a power-dive attack on the space fortress. A barrage of laser                  fire from the huge fortress creates a wall of death, through which                  most of the rebel craft miraculously emerge, undamaged. Multiple                  laser bolts streak from the starship fighters, creating small                  explosions on the complex surface of the fort. Antilles directs                  his fire at one of the prime power terminals. It explodes, generating                  weird electronic arcs that leap off the station's surface.
123. INT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS - MAIN STATION                               Walls buckle and cave in, sucking debris and personnel into the                  vacuum of space. Alarm sirens scream as soldiers scramble to large                  turbo-powered laser gun emplacements. Officers yell orders through                  the smoke and confusion. Men and robots of various shapes and                  sizes run to their battle stations. Standing in the middle of                  the chaos, a vision of calm and foreboding, is the evil Sith knight:                  Darth Vader. Several astro-officers run up to him, still putting                  on the helmets and equipment.                VADERGet to your ships. I'll take the lead myself.                                                124. INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM                               Generals and troops listen silently to the action of the starships                  over the com-link. The Starkiller seems to be asleep, but no one                  attempts to waken him.                PILOT LEADER (V.O.)                 Boma One to Masassi Base, we're nearing the north pole transmitter                  area. The magnetic concussion is getting very rough. We're starting                  our run. Tighten it up. Boma Two, tighten it up. Watch those towers.                               BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)(V.O.)                 Heavy fire, Boss. Twenty-three degrees.                PILOT LEADER (V.O.)                 I see it. Pull in. Pull in. We're picking up some interference.                               BOMA SIX (V.O.)                 Wow, I've never seen such fire power.                PILOT LEADER (V.O.)                 Pull in, Boma Two. Pull in. Chewie, do you read me? Chewie?                BOMA TWO (V.O.)                 I'm all right, Boss. I've got a target. I'm going in to check                  it out.                BOMA SIX (V.O.)                 There is too much action, Chewie. Get out!                PILOT LEADER (V.O.)                 Break off, Chewie. Acknowledge. We've hit too much interference.                  Boma Six, can you see Boma Two?                The Starkiller's eyes open as the tension mounts. He has not                  been asleep.                BOMA SIX (V.O.)                 I've lost him. There's a heavy fire zone on this side. My scanner's                  jammed.                BOMA FIVE (V.O.)                 He's gone. No, wait. There he is. Fin damage, but he's all right.                               A sigh of relief sweeps across the war room. The computers flash                  off and then on again as the whole room shakes under the Death                  Star's bombardment of a nearby ridge.                DEVIL FOUR (V.O.)                 Watch your back, Boss. Watch your back!                A TIE squad above you, coming in -- about six ships.                                                125. EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE - REBEL                  FIGHTERS (BOMA GROUP)                Six fin winged Imperial fighters dive on Pilot Leader, but he                  does a quick spiral turn and eludes them.                BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)(V.O.)                 I found the exhaust port, Boss. Relay target six degrees south                  by three mark two. It's not very big -- a direct hit is going                  to be tough.                PILOT LEADERI copy, Boma Two, but we have other problems right now.                                Pilot Leader and Boma Four dive in unison through a forest of                  radar domes, antennae and gun towers. They are followed by four                  Imperial TIE fighters. The two rebel ships make a sharp turn and                  come around behind the Imperial ships. Boma Four and Pilot Leader                  fire into the TIE fighters as the six ships criss-cross the surface                  of the fortress.                Suddenly, a dense barrage of laser fire erupts from a protruding                  tower, catching Boma Four broadside. The rebel spacecraft bursts                  into a million flaming pieces. Pilot Leader reacts to the loss                  of his wing man with a renewed attack on the Imperial ships --                  one of which falls away and hits a prime power terminal, creating                  an arching spectacle. A chain reaction is set off, creating a                  series of explosions leaping across the surface of the fortress                  from terminal to terminal.
126. INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - TRAVELING                Luke and three other speedy little fighters dart back and forth                  across the soft underbelly of the fortress, leaving a trail of                  destruction behind them. Artoo is sitting on the seat-back above                  Threepio's shoulders. He is beeping and whistling frantically.                  Threepio swings his gun pod around and begins firing at an approaching                  Imperial TIE ship.                THREEPIOI see it. I see it. Don't confuse me, or we'll be killed.                  See those? They break up in little pieces, just like a GS unit                  under pressure.                ANTILLESLuke, TIE fighters below us.                LUKEI see them. Hang on!                The rebel craft dives on the Imperial ships, all guns blasting                  away. Two of the TIE craft go down in flames.                                                127. INT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS - MAIN CONTROL CENTER                Constant explosions rock the interior of the fortress. Troops                  scurry for safety in the panic-ridden control center. A Sith knight                  speaks to Lord Vader on the com-link.                SITH KNIGHTYes, my Lord, the Ashla Force is strong upon us. I can't hold                  the panic. How could it be?                VADERI feel the influence of the Kiber Crystal. Perhaps the Starkiller                  is still alive. They must have brought it out of hiding at last.                  We must strain -- counter the force. Their attack is organized;                  they're going for the poles. Concentrate there.
128. EXT. REBEL STARSHIPS - BATTLE                Boma Two (Chewie), a young hot-shot of about sixteen years, miraculously                  dives his ship through a virtual sea of laser fire and blasts                  the Imperial fighters into dust. Chewie signals to his navigator,                  who lets out a whooping cheer as the craft veers into a victory                  roll.                PILOT LEADERGreat moves, Chewie. Regroup at point two-four. Let's go in                  for that exhaust port. Coincide, Boma Six.                Boma Five and Boma Three bob and weave in formation toward a                  group of giant towers at the north pole.                PILOT LEADER (CONT'D)                 I see it. It looks good.                BOMA THREEI've got it. We're hit! We're hit!                PILOT LEADEREject...Eject. Boma Three, do you read?                BOMA THREEI'm all right. I can hold it. Give me a little room, Boma                  Five. Watch it! Watch it!                Boma Three wobbles a little, then drops away sharply, plowing                  into a huge laser gun emplacement, causing a hideous series of                  chain reaction explosions. The four remaining starships of the                  Boma group fly in a tight formation and dive between the tall                  towers near the exhaust port.                PILOT LEADERMasassi Base, we're in position and starting for the target.                  Chewie, hold your fire until we're within point zero five four.                  Make it count.                Several ack-ack lasers begin to open fire on the approaching                  spacecraft. The rebel ships direct their fire at a small, glowing                  blue hole at the base of one of the towers. Boma Five explodes,                  quickly followed by Boma Four.                BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)                 I'm on it.                Boma Two dives directly at the small target, is unable to pull                  out and crashes into the base of one of the towers. Pilot Leader                  dives between the towers, firing away, but is unable to hit the                  small hole.                PILOT LEADERIt's too small. It's impossible. All ships hit. Send in Bantha                  group. I'll try to make it.                One of the two large engines on Pilot Leader's fighter explodes.                  He careens wildly, leaving an erratic trail of smoke before eventually                  crashing into a solar panel.
129. INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM                               On the large computer display board, several of the markers indicating                  rebel fighters go dark. General Dodana approaches the Starkiller                  in a hurry.                DODONAEighty-five percent of our craft have been destroyed. The                  probability projection shows little hope. Retreat is possible                  at this time, but not for long.                Zavor steps forward in a panic.                ZAVORIt's just like Ogana Major. Twice we have listened to this                  old man, and twice it has led to our ruin. We must surrender before                  we're all destroyed, while there is still time.                The Starkiller gives Zavor a hard look and the cowardly General                  shakes as if a cold wind had chilled him to his heart.                THE STARKILLERThere will be no surrender. There will be no retreat. This                  was settled. The force is still with us.                The General's eyes turn back to the big board as two more symbols                  disappear. The four that are left are flying in formation toward                  the north pole exhaust port.                DODONAThere are only four left.                                                130. EXT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - BATTLE                Luke swings the small craft around the many outcroppings of laser                  towers and transmitters.                LUKEWe'll follow you in Banta One.                BANTA ONEShip response through here is gone. Don't try anything fancy.                               LUKEAntilles, Threepio, as soon as you've got the target, open                  up.                The fortress gun emplacements fire away, hitting Banta Three.                  It disintegrates, leaving a trail of flaming particles. The three                  remaining craft continue the assault. Luke and Antilles watch                  the remains of Banta Three disappear.                BANTA ONEThis is it. Make it count.                 The rebel craft blast away at the exhaust port, but all miss.               THREEPIOSir, I think if you pitched the ship about twelve degrees                  on the final approach, we could clear the port rim. It seems to                  be diagonal, which is why we're off target.                ANTILLESI think you're right. Luke, tell Banta One when we make our                  next pass.                LUKEBanta One, this is Banta Two...
131. EXT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS                Lord Vader and two other Imperial ships wait for the rebel craft                  to emerge from the smoke and confusion of the exhaust port area.                               VADER                We'll take what's left when they start their second run. Prepare                  the scan ships for low altitude survey. The Kiber Crystal will                  be ours if it's still down there. Stand by...Here they come.
132. EXT. BATTLE                The three rebel starships bank and prepare for a second attack                  on the exhaust port. Suddenly, streaking down from above them,                  the Imperial TIE craft blaze away with all their laser cannons.                                Banta Four instantly bursts into flames, then disintegrates.                  Banta One's tail section is hit, and the ship pinwheels toward                  the planet. Blood covers Antilles' face. Luke struggles to keep                  control of the ship. Artoo is whistling wildly as Threepio swings                  the gun turret around to fire at the enemy craft.                LUKEAntilles!                ANTILLESThe turret's shattered. But both hatches are sealed. I can                  hold out. Just get us back down there.                LUKEWell, it looks like we're it.                The tiny rebel fighter dives toward the exhaust port, but is                  cut off and forced to turn away from Vader's ship.                VADERThis is the last one. Here's where the rebellion ends.                The three Imperial craft dive on the lone rebel starfighter.                  Laser bolts streak past the small craft on all sides. Vader moves                  close in behind Luke's ship.                THREEPIOWhere did he go? I can't see him.                ANTILLESHe's back there somewhere. Luke, bank a little...See him now?                               Vader signals his wing men to back off.                VADERI've got him. Return to base.                Suddenly, Vader's wing man explodes into a shower of burning                  fragments. Vader is surprised and looks around for the cause of                  his wing man's misfortune.                VADER (CONT'D)                 SR-2, do you see anything? What did he hit?                Before SR-2 can answer, he too is blasted out of orbit. Vader                  quickly veers off and takes defensive maneuvers. Above and behind                  the Imperial fighters the old familiar pirate starship descends                  into view.
133. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING                Han grins at Montross and speaks into the com-link.                HANI heard you were having some problems, Banta Two.                LUKE (V.O.)                 I don't know what brought you back, but I'm sure glad you're here.                               HANI'll cover you. If you're going in there after something,                  you'd better get going.

134. EXT. BATTLE Luke dives the tiny ship once again into the wall of laser fire around the exhaust port. The pirate ship follows a short distance behind, but begins to bounce about as it nears the generating tower. MONTROSSThere is a terrible magnetic crossfield down here. This thing's too big. We'll never make it. LUKEHold tight. We're almost there. Vader's starship swoops down on the battered pirate ship, unleashing a heavy barrage of laser bolts. Chewbacca in the rear gun turret blazes away at the Sith starship. One of Vader's huge solar fins breaks up, but the Black Knight manages to keep the disabled craft on course and crash dives into the pirate craft, exploding on impact. HANWe're hit. You're on your own, Luke.

135. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP Han and Montross work their way through the damaged ship, looking for a usable life pod. Chewbacca appears at the end of a hallway and yells at Han to follow him. 136. INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP Luke dives past the towers and approaches the exhaust port. LUKEI'm starting the bank. Let her have it. The ship skims the surface of the Death Star, blasting a thin path across its surface. As they pass the exhaust port, both Threepio and Antilles get several shots directly down the exhaust shaft. THREEPIOWe hit it. We hit it; perfect, if I do say so myself. ANTILLESPull out of here, Luke. 137. EXT. BATTLE The small craft veers sharply away from the Death Star as ominous rumbles and explosions can be heard coming from within the huge super fortress. The rebel ship speeds past the small lifepod from the pirate ship as it slowly drifts toward the green calm of Yavin's Fourth Moon. Han, Montross and the furry Chewbacca watch the ominous fortress grow smaller as they drift further and further away. Suddenly, a great flash replaces the fortress and rubble streaks past the lifepod and lone rebel starship. Several giant explosions follow, until there is only a smoke cloud where the mighty fortress once orbited Yavin's Fourth Moon.

DISSOLVE TO:                138. EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST                Luke climbs out of the starship as a ground crew help the wounded                  Antilles from the shattered gun turret. Artoo is helped down by                  Threepio. Antilles gives Luke a big grin. Luke slaps Threepio                  on the back. He then spots Han, Montross and Chewbacca riding                  up in a transport speeder. Luke runs up and hugs the Corellian                  pirates. They all laugh and cheer. The white-robed Starkiller                  approaches the group, followed by a hundred aides, troops, ground                  crews, and Generals. Antilles and the robots join Han, Luke and                  the others. As the Starkiller approaches, they all bow low, including                  Chewbacca and the robots.                THE STARKILLERYour achievement will be sung through the ages. The Kiber                  Crystal has stopped the onslaught of the Bogan forces so that                  brave warriors can once again show their merit...The revolution                  has begun.                                                A ROLL-UP TITLE appears:                ...And a thousand new systems joined the rebellion, causing                  a significant crack in the great wall of the powerful Galactic                  Empire. The Starkiller would once again spark fear in the hearts                  of the Sith knights, but not before his sons were put to many                  tests...the most daring of which was the kidnapping of the Lars                  family, and the perilous search for:               "The Princess of Ondos."                FADE OUT:                END CREDITS.                THE END


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