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"THE STAR WARS"

From The

Adventures of Luke Starkiller

by

George Lucas


Third Draft Lucasfilm Limited
August 1, 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



"THE STAR WARS"

FADE IN:

EXT. SPACE

A vast sea of star serves as the backdrop for the MAIN TITLE,
which 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.

For over a thousand years, generations of JEDI
KNIGHTS were the guardians of peace and justice in
the galaxy. Now these legendary warriors are all
but extinct. One by one they have been hunted down
and destroyed by the sinister agents of the Emperor:
the DARK LORDS OF THE SITH.

It is a period of civil wars. Rebel Armies, striking
from fortresses hidden deep within the Great rift,
have won a crushing victory over the powerful
Imperial Starfleet. The Emperor knows that one
more such defeat will bring a thousand more solar
systems into the rebellion, and Imperial control
of the Outland systems could be lost forever. To
crush the rebellion once and for all, the Emperor
has sent one of his most ferocious Dark Lords to
find the secret rebel strongholds and destroy
them...

The awesome yellow planet of Utapau emerges from total
eclipse. A tiny silver spacecraft races into view, followed
by a giant Imperial stardestroyer. Hundreds of deadly laser
bolts streak from the Imperial warship as it dives on the
smaller craft. The overwhelming concentration of laser fire
causes the main solar fin of the rebel craft to disintegrate,
creating a spectacular heavenly display. The smoldering rebel
ship is quickly overtaken by the giant Imperial warship.

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY

The chaos of battle echoes through the narrow, main corridor
of the starfighter.

An explosion rocks the ship as 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
Did you hear that? They've shut down
the main reactor. We'll be destroyed
for sure. This is madness!

The little dwarf robot makes a series of electronic sounds
that only another robot could understand. Rebel troops rush
past the robots, and take up positions in the main passageway.
Everything is suddenly still and quiet. Tension mounts as
the rebels wait for the pending attack. Loud metallic
footsteps are heard moving around on the outside the hull of
the ship. The scraping screams of heavy equipment being
dragged across the metal skin of the starship run chills up
Threepio's bronze spine. He huddles in a small alcove with
little Artoo watching the passageway ceiling.

THREEPIO
There is no escape for the Captain
this time...

A tremendous blast opens up a hole six feet wide in the side
of the main passageway and a score of fearsome stormtroopers,
armed with powerful multi-laser rifles, make their way into
the smoking corridor. The rebel warriors draw their chrome,
laser pistols, and blast out several shots that rip through
the Imperial stormtroopers.

In a few moments, the entire passageway blazes with laser
fire. The deadly bolts ricochet in wild random patterns,
creating small explosions. Stormtroopers scatter and duck
behind storage lockers. Laser bolts hit several stormtroopers
who scream and stagger through the smoke, holding shattered
arms and faces.

In the confusion, Artoo and Threepio are blown slipping and
sliding into a power canister, but rushing gas from a broken
pipe keeps knocking them over. The lanky Threepio becomes
entangled in the mass of dangling wires, which spark and pop
every time he attempts to move. Artoo clings to a pipe for
dear life.

THREEPIO
Help me! I think something is
melting... This is all your fault!
I should have known better than to
trust the logic of a half-sized
thermocapsulary dehousing-assister...

Artoo counters with an angry rebuttal as he struggles to
free the larger robot. The battle rages around the two hapless
robots. Suddenly, there is a slight lull in the fighting,
then a deathly quiet sweeps over the passageway as an awesome,
seven-foot tall DARK LORD OF THE SITH makes his way into the
blinding light of the main passageway. This is DARTH VADER,
right hand of the Emperor. His face is obscured by his flowing
black robes and grotesque breath mask which stands out next
to the fascist white armored suits of the Imperial
stormtroopers. Everyone instinctively backs away from the
imposing warrior.

Vader raises his arms and objects that aren't bolted down,
including the rebel warriors, are picked up by an invisible
force and hurled to the end of the passageway. In the
excitement, Artoo and Threepio have fled down a sub-hallway.

EXT. UTAPAU - DESERT WASTELAND - DAY

A death white wasteland stretches from horizon to horizon.
The tremendous heat of two huge twin suns settles on a lone
figure, LUKE STARKILLER, a farm-boy with heroic aspirations;
who looks much younger than his twenty years. His short hair
and baggy tunic give him the air of a simple-minded, but
lovable lout with a prize-winning smile. His face is partially
covered by a breath mask and goggles.

A light wind whips at him as he adjusts several valves on a
large chrome pipe, which sticks out of the desert floor much
like and oil-rig christmas tree. He is aided by a small,
very beat-up tread-robot with six claw arms. The little robot
appears to be barely functioning, and moves with jerky
motions. A bright sparkle in the morning sky catches Luke's
eye, and he instinctively grabs a pair of electrobinoculars
from his utility belt.

LUKE
Holy maker.

He stands transfixed for a few moments, studying the heavens,
then dashes toward his dented, crudely repaired Landspeeder
(an auto-like transport that travels a few feet above the
ground on a magnetic field).

He motions to the tiny robot, who is scooting around in a
tight circle, to follow him.

LUKE
Hurry up! Come with me.

The robot stops short and smoke begins to pour out of every
joint. Luke throws up his arms in disgust.

LUKE
Great, just great!

He gives the dwarf robot a swift kick in the side, which
doesn't seem to make much difference. The young farm boy
rushes to his landspeeder and zooms off leaving the smoldering
robot to hum madly.

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - SUB-HALLWAY

A series of explosions echo throughout the ship as the tall,
gleaming Threepio rushes through the narrow sub-hallway
yelling at Artoo, who is racing along on a small set of wheels
under his center foot.

THREEPIO
They're heading in this direction!
We'll be sent to the spice mines of
KESSEL or smashed into who-knows-
what!

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
Hey! You're not permitted in there.
It's restricted. You'll be deactivated
for sure. Now come out before someone
sees you. Come on!

Artoo whistles something at his reluctant friend.

THREEPIO
I'm not getting in there. No more
adventures. It's too dangerous. I'm
not that desperate.

Artoo isn't happy with Threepio's stubbornness and he beeps
and twangs angrily.

THREEPIO
Don't call me a mindless philosopher,
you overweight glob of grease...

A new explosion, this time very close, sends dust and debris
through the narrow sub-hallway. Flames lick at Threepio, and
after a flurry of electronic swearing from Artoo, the lanky
robot jumps into the lifepod.

THREEPIO
I'm going to regret this.

The safety door snaps shut, and with the thunder of exploding
latches, the tiny lifepod ejects from the disabled
starfighter.

INT. IMPERIAL STARDESTROYER - COCKPIT

On the main viewscreen, the lifepod carrying the two terrified
robots speeds away from the stricken rebel spacecraft.

CHIEF PILOT
There goes another one.

CAPTAIN
Hold you fire. No life forms. It
must have short-circuited. Don't
waste your power...

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT CORRIDOR

Darth Vader, the black knight, takes a short restraining
pole from one of the guards and brutally jabs a captured
rebel officer in the chest.

VADER
Where is she? Where is it?

The rebel cries out as the spooky looking Sith Lord begins
to twist his arm, creating a gruesome snapping and popping
of broken bones.

EXT. SKY OVER UTAPAU - LIFEPOD

The reddish-yellow mass of Utapau seems to engulf the tiny
lifepod containing the two robots. The grouping of starships
grows smaller as the pod descends toward the planet.

THREEPIO
That's funny. The damage doesn't
look as bad from out here. Are you
sure this thing is safe?

EXT. ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - POWER STATION - DAY

A small settlement, consisting of a few rundown blockhouse
type buildings, rests against one of the huge rock mesas.
Heat waves radiate from the dozen or so bleached white
buildings. Luke pilots his landspeeder through the dusty,
empty street of the tiny settlement. An old WOMAN runs to
get out of the way of the speeding vehicle, shaking her fist
at Luke as he flies past.

WOMAN
I've told you kids to slow down!

Luke pulls up behind a low concrete service station that is
all but covered by the shifting desert sands. The rusted
hulk of a landspeeder lies half-buried to one side of the
building. Luke jumps out of the speeder and runs into the
dilapidated power station.

INT. POWER STATION - DAY

A dismantled speeder rests in the repair bay of the station.
Inside the station's "office" sits THE FIXER, rugged-looking,
about thirty years old, with a big moustache. On his lap
sits CAMIE, a sexy, disheveled girl about eighteen. Her cloak
is pulled up and one of the Chief's hands rests on her
beautiful thigh. They are both sound asleep. In a small room
behind the office DEAK and WINDY, two tough boys about the
same age as Luke, are playing a computer pool-like game with
BIGGS, a tall, handsome startrooper cadet. His flashy uniform
is a sharp contrast to the loose-fitting tunic of farm boys.
A robot repairs some equipment in the background.

Luke bounces in yelling excitedly, waking The Fixer and Camie.
The others come in from the other room, and Camie jumps off
The Fixer's lap, pulling her dress down in a sexy manner.
Luke is surprised at the appearance of Biggs.

LUKE
Biggs, you're back! You graduated
from the academy, you're in the
Starforce.

Biggs has an air of cool that seems slightly phony.

BIGGS
Of course, where you been kid?

LUKE
You look great! The uniform and
everything!

Biggs snaps to attention.

BIGGS
Startrooper Biggs Darklighter,
guardian of the Bendu. At your
service...

The dazzling spectacle of his uniformed friend is almost too
much for Luke. His eyes glaze over. Suddenly he snaps out of
it.

LUKE
I almost forgot. There's a battle
going on! Right here in our system.
Come and look!

EXT. ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - POWER STATION - DAY

The group stumbles out into the stifling desert sun. Deak
and The Fixer complain, and are forced to shade their eyes.
Luke has his binoculars out, scanning the heavens.

LUKE
There they are!

Biggs takes the binoculars from Luke, as the others strain
to see something with the naked eye. Through the binoculars
Biggs sees two small silver specks.

BIGGS
That's no battle, kid... They're
just sitting there!

LUKE
But there was a lot of firing
earlier...

Camie grabs the binoculars away from Biggs, banging them
against the building in the process. Luke reaches for them.

LUKE
Hey, easy with those...

CAMIE
Don't worry about it, Wormie.

Fixer gives Luke a hard look, and the young farm boy shrugs
his shoulders in resignation.

BIGGS
You're dreaming, kid. I don't think
the Empire wants to control this
system. Believe me, this place is a
big hunk of nothing...

Luke agrees, although it's obvious he isn't sure why. The
group stumbles back into the power station, grumbling about
Luke's ineptitude,

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - NARROW SUB-HALLWAY

A beautiful young girl about sixteen years old huddles in a
small alcove as the stormtroopers search through the ship.
She is LEIA ORGANA, a rebel princess. The fear in her eyes
slowly gives way to anger as the muted crushing sounds of
the approaching stormtroopers grows louder. She steps from
her hiding place and blasts two troopers with her laser
pistol, but she is greatly outnumbered and quickly captured.

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - HALLWAY - CABIN

Princess Leia is led down a low-ceilinged hallway by a squad
of armored stormtroopers. Her hands are bound with brass
bracelets, and she is brutally shoved when she is unable to
keep up with the briskly marching troops. They enter a small
gloomy chamber where Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith,
is sitting. Vader speaks in an oddly filtered voice through
his complex breathing mask.

VADER
Did you find anything?

OFFICER
Nothing, sir.

VADER
It must be on board somewhere. Destroy
the ship and everything on it.

OFFICER
What if they sent a signal?

VADER
We would have picked it up... Nothing
got through... It's on the ship.

The Officer bows and leaves the chamber.

LEIA
I'm a member of the senate. You can't
hold me... Organa Major is a
neutral...

Vader raises his arm and as a sudden pain grips Leia, she
doubles up unable to continue. Vader raises his arm and a
flask on the table mysteriously jumps into his open hand. He
casually drinks from the flask.

VADER
Enough! I already know about the
data you've intercepted, but its'
too late. Whatever information you've
gathered will be destroyed... You
will come to know such suffering as
only the Master of the Bogan Force
can provide...

LEIA
You'll get no information from me.
You have no authority... the council
can't hold me!

VADER
It appears your ship had an accident.
I will see to it that your death is
duly reported. There will be no one
to save you this time.

His frightening laugh rings throughout the ship.

EXT. 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.

THREEPIO
What a forsaken place this is. We
seem to be made to suffer. It's our
lot in life. I've got to rest before
I fall apart. My joints are almost
frozen.

Suddenly Artoo makes a sharp right turn and starts off in
the direction of the rocky desert mesas. Threepio stops and
yells at him.

THREEPIO
Where do you think you're going?!?

A stream of electronic noises pour forth from the small robot.

THREEPIO
Well, I'm not going that way. It's
too rocky. This way is much easier.
What makes you think there are
settlements that way?

Artoo counters with a long whistle.

THREEPIO
Don't get technical with me. I've
had just about enough of you. Go
that way, go on! You'll be
malfunctioning within a day, you
near-sighted scrap pile!

He shoves Artoo and the tiny robot tumbles down a small dune.
Threepio starts off in the direction of the vast dune sea as
little Artoo struggles to his feet and shakes a metallic
claw at his ex-partner.

THREEPIO
...and don't let me catch you
following me, begging for help...
because you won't get it!

Artoo's reply is a rather rude sound. He turns and trudges
off in the direction of the towering mesas.

EXT. UTAPAU - DUNE SEA

Threepio, hot tired, struggles up over the ridge of a dune,
only to find more dunes, which seems to go on for endless
miles. He looks back in the direction of the now distant
rock mesas.

THREEPIO
You 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 moving
toward him. The bronze android waves frantically and yells
at the approaching transport.

INT. POWER STATION - DAY

Luke and Biggs are sitting in a corner of the now empty power
station. Biggs has had a little too much to drink and sloppily
leans close to Luke.

BIGGS
I'll tell you, Luke, and this is
between you and me. The star force
isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Frankly, it's a bore, and it's going
to stay that way as long as this
system is neutral...

LUKE
But you always said things were so
great at the academy... What happened?

BIGGS
The academy is fantastic... Of course,
they won't teach you anything about
flying you don't already know. Most
of the instructors are very
conservative pilots. You can fly
circles around them... but there is
a lot on the scientific side that is
downright amazing, and you get a lot
of discipline... but after you
graduate, don't join the star force --
go freelance. It's the only way to
get into the action... I can't wait
until my hitch is up.

LUKE
At least you're doing something...
I'd give anything to be in your
position.

BIGGS
Just be warned, that things aren't
always as they seem... especially
the starforce recruiting posters.

They quietly sit in the dim coolness of the station having
run out of things to say. Luke finishes his drink and stands
up.

LUKE
It's getting late. I've got to get
back or my uncle's going to kill me.

EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON

The gargantuan rock formations are shrouded in a strange
foreboding 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. 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.

EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON - SANDCRAWLER - SUNSET

The eight dwarves, or JAWAS as they're sometimes called,
carry Artoo out of the canyon to a huge tank-like vehicle
the size of a two-story house. They place the robot under a
large tube on the side of the vehicle, and the little robot
is sucked into the giant machine.

The filthy little Jawas scurry like rats up small ladders
and enter the main cabin of the behemoth transport.

INT. SAND CRAWLER - HOLD AREA

It is dim inside the hold area of the sand crawler. Artoo
switches on a small floodlight on his forehead and stumbles
around the scrap heap. The narrow beam swings across rusty
metal rocket parts and an array of grotesquely twisted and
maimed astro-robots. He lets out a pathetic electronic whimper
and stumbles off toward what appears to be a door at the end
of the chamber.

INT. SAND CRAWLER - PRISON AREA

Artoo enters a wide room with a four-foot ceiling. 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. A voice of recognition calls
out from the gloom.

THREEPIO
Artoo Detoo! It's you!

A battered Threepio scrambles up to Artoo and embraces him.

EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON - SAND CRAWLER - SUNSET

The enormous sand crawler lumbers off toward the magnificent
twin suns, which are slowly setting over a distant mountain
ridge.

INT. ALDERAAN - PRISON CORRIDOR AND CELL

Two stormtroopers open an electronic cell door and allow a
group of Imperial guards to enter. Princess Leia's face is
filled with defiance, which slowly gives way to fear as Darth
Vader enters with a giant black torture robot.

VADER
Now you will tell me what you did
with the data you gathered. Even if
that information should find its way
to Mouff Tarkin's legions, it will
do them no good. Your plight is truly
hopeless.

Leia stares at the evil lord with determination.

VADER
(continuing)
You will tell me the location of
your hidden bases, and you will tell
me what happened to the data you
stole.

The door slides shut. The long cell block hallway appears
peaceful with armored stormtroopers marching back and forth.
The muffled sounds of the princess' screaming are barely
heard.

EXT. SAND CRAWLER - DESERT WASTELAND - DAY

A harsh gale blows across the bleak gray surface of the
endless desert wasteland. The morning sky presses down on
the huge sand crawler as it slowly climbs one of the massive
sand dunes, then disappears down the other side.

INT. SAND CRAWLER - PRISON AREA

Threepio and Artoo noisily bounce along inside the cramped
prison chamber. Artoo appears to be shut off.

THREEPIO
Will this never end?

Suddenly the trembling and bouncing of the sand crawler stops,
creating quite a commotion among the mechanical men. Threepio
shakes Artoo, and his computer lights pop on.

THREEPIO
Wake up! Wake up! We've stopped!!
We're doomed! This is the end... Do
you think they'll melt us down?

At the far end of the long chamber a hatch opens, filling
the chamber with blinding white light. A dozen or so Jawas
make their way through the odd assortment of robots, placing
a small chrome ring to the wrists of the ones they select.
Artoo and Threepio are among the chosen, and are herded
outside with several other unfortunates.

EXT. UTAPAU - LAR'S HOMESTEAD - AFTERNOON

Five battered robots, including Artoo and Threepio, are lined
up in front of the enormous sand crawler, which is parked
beside a small homestead consisting of three rundown block
houses.

The Jawas scurry around fussing over the robots, straightening
them up, or brushing some dust from a dented metallic elbow.
The shrouded little creatures smell horribly, attracting
small insects to the dark areas where their mouths and
nostrils should be.

Out of the shadows of a dingy side-building limps OWEN LARS,
a large burly man in his mid-fifties. His reddish eyes are
sunken in a dust-covered face. As the weather-beaten farmer
carefully inspects each of the robots, he is closely followed
by his slump-shouldered nephew, Luke Starkiller. One of the
vile little Jawas walks ahead of the farmer spouting an
animated sales pitch in a queer unintelligible language.

Owen picks out a small astro-robot similar to Artoo, and it
waddles along behind the group. The limping farmer stops in
front of Threepio and studies him carefully.

OWEN
Do you speak 'Bocce'?

THREEPIO
Yes, sir, I'm See Threepio, Human-
Cyborg relations. I have a full T-6
capacity, and...

OWEN
That's enough. Luke, take them to
the garage and I want you to have
both of them cleaned up by dinner.

As the Jawas start to lead the three remaining robots back
into the sand crawler, Artoo lets out a pathetic little beep
and starts after his old friend Threepio, but is restrained
by a slimy little Jawa, who zaps him with a little control
box. Owen is negotiating with the head Jawa, when Luke notices
something on the R-2 unit.

LUKE
Uncle Owen, this R-2 unit has a bad
motivator, look!

He lifts the R-2 unit's claw arm and it drops lifelessly to
the robot's side. Owen argues with the Jawas for a few
moments; then with a little reluctance the scruffy dwarf
trades the damaged astro-robot for Artoo Detoo. Owen pays
off the whining Jawa as Luke and the two robots trudge off
toward a grimy and decaying building on the far side of the
homestead. Several large rodents scatter as they pass.

INT. LAR'S HOMESTEAD - GARAGE AREA - LATE AFTERNOON

The garage is cluttered and worn, but a friendly, peaceful
atmosphere permeates the low gray chamber. In the center of
the room Threepio lowers himself into a large tub filled
with warm oil. Near the battered "landspeeder" little Artoo
rests on a large battery with a cord attached to his face.

THREEPIO
Thanks the maker! This is going to
feel sooo good. I've got such a bad
case of dust contamination, I can
barely move.

Artoo beeps a muffled reply. Luke is slouched in the corner
with his feet up on a bench, watching a magazine sized TV
set. A woman's voice calls out from the other room.

BERU
Luke!

Luke jumps to his feet, turns off the TV set and starts
dusting little Artoo with an oily rag.

LUKE
Yes, Aunt Beru... I'm in here.

BERU
Come to dinner.

Luke drops the rag and dashes out of the garage.

INT. LAR'S HOMESTEAD - LIVING AREA - LATE AFTERNOON

Luke and his uncle Owen sit before a table covered with
steaming bowls of food. AUNT BERU, a plump, gray-haired
matron, carries in a pitcher of blue milk. Luke is in a good
mood, and gobbles down his food.

LUKE
Well, I'm sure glad we finally bought
those extra 'droids.' I'm sending my
application to the academy first
thing in the morning.

Luke's Uncle Owen has a scowl on his face and appears to be
in a very grumpy mood.

OWEN
First thing tomorrow morning you're
going to check those condensing units
on the south ridge.

LUKE
I will, but I'll have enough time to
transmit my application first.

OWEN
You'll check the condensing unit
first... and you're not going to bed
until those 'droids' are completely
cleaned up...

LUKE
But you promised! I've saved enough
money and now you have the extra
help... you promised!

OWEN
I said we'd see.
(pauses for a moment)
And as it is, I was forced to borrow
your academy savings to buy the new
'droids.' When you've saved it up
again, I'll let you go.

LUKE
You used my savings! You stole my
savings. If my father were here...

OWEN
Your father's dead. Don't ever forget
who's taking care of you, giving you
food, giving you shelter, and giving
you the allowance in the first place.
If you plan to work at the academy
the way you work around here, you
won't last very long. I don't want
another word. Finish your dinner,
then finish cleaning those 'droids.'

Luke pushes his half-eaten plate of food aside and rushes
out of the room. Owen mechanically finishes his dinner afraid
to look at his quietly sympathetic wife.

BERU
Owen, you know it means so much to
him. Couldn't you have been a little
easier with him?

OWEN
The academy won't treat him any
differently. If he's going to become
a cadet, he'll have to get used to
it.

EXT. UTAPAU - LAR'S HOMESTEAD - GARAGE AREA - DUSK

The giant twin suns of Utapau slowly disappear behind a
distant dune range. Luke stands watching them for a few
moments, then reluctantly enters the dimly lit garage.

INT. LAR'S HOMESTEAD - GARAGE AREA - DUSK

Threepio is wiping the oil from his glistening bronze body
and little Artoo is still plugged into the power unit. Luke
is very angry and slams a wrench across the workbench.

LUKE
It just isn't fair!

Threepio timidly approaches the fuming youth.

THREEPIO
I beg your pardon, sir, but you appear
to be quite distraught. Is there
anything I might do to help?

Luke glances at the battered robot and a bit of his anger
drains and a tiny smile creeps across his face.

LUKE
Not unless you could get me into the
military academy at Anchorhead.

THREEPIO
I'm sorry, sir, I'm only a 'droid,'
and not very knowledgeable of such
things... not on this system anyway.
As a matter of fact, I'm not even
sure which system we're on.

LUKE
That's all right. There is nothing
anyone can do about it. You can call
me Luke.

THREEPIO
Thank you, sir. I'm See Threepio,
Human Cyborg relations, and this is
my counterpart, Artoo Detoo.

Luke unplugs Artoo and begins to scrape several connectors
on the robot's head with a chrome pick. Threepio continues
to dry himself.

LUKE
There's a lot of carbon scoring here.
It looks like you boys have seen a
lot of action...

THREEPIO
Indeed, sir, sometimes I'm amazed
we're in as good shape as we are,
what with the rebellion and all...

Luke sparks to life at the mention of rebellion.

LUKE
You've been in the Counter Wars?...
Against the Empire?

THREEPIO
That's how we came to be in your
service, if you take my meaning...

LUKE
Tell me where you've been. I am going
to become a startrooper and fight in
the wars. My father was a Jedi! Were
you in many battles?

THREEPIO
Several, I think. There is not much
to tell. I'm not much more than an
interpreter, and not very good at
telling stories, not at making them
interesting anyway...

Luke struggles to remove a small metal fragment from Artoo's
neck joint. He uses a larger pick.

LUKE
Well, my little friend, you've got
something jammed in here real good...
Were you on a starcruiser or a...

The fragment breaks loose with a snap, sending Luke tumbling
head over heels. He sits up and sees a small (15 inch) 3-D
hologram of Leia Organa, the rebel princess, being projected
from the face of little Artoo. The image is a rainbow of
colors as it flickers and jiggles in the dimly lit garage.
Luke's mouth hangs open in awe.

LEIA
Whoever finds this message, I beg
you see this R-2 unit delivered safely
to the authorities on Organa Major.
It is of the most vital importance
to all free systems. I guarantee in
the name of the United Assembly that
you will be richly rewarded for your
efforts... My Commanders, use fix
Arra Code... X loc tan too nine, I
am lost. The Sith Lord will surely
take me to Alderaan. You must continue
alone...

There is a little static, then the transmission is cut short.
A grave concern sweeps over Luke, and he runs out of the
garage.

LUKE
Uncle Owen! Aunt Beru!

INT. LAR'S HOMESTEAD - KITCHEN AREA - NIGHT

Now that night has fallen, the interior of the homestead is
filled with a warm glow. Luke rushes in as his Aunt Beru is
putting the last of the dinner plates away.

LUKE
Aunt Beru!

BERU
What is is, dear?

Luke is out of breath and takes a few moments to compose
himself. A realization crosses his mind and he suddenly seems
much calmer.

LUKE
Ahh... I... I'm finished with the
droids and I wondered if I could...
ahhh... work on my speeder before I
turn in...

BERU
I'm sure that would be all right.
But not too late, dear.

Luke gives his aunt a big hug. He seems suddenly very
sentimental and serious.

LUKE
I love you, Aunt Beru. I really do.

He gives her a little kiss on the cheek and leaves.

BERU
(to herself)
Now what's gotten into that boy?

EXT. UTAPAU - LAR'S HOMESTEAD - COURTYARD - MORNING

Morning slowly creeps into the sparse, but sparkling oasis
of the open courtyard. The idyll is broken by the yelling of
Uncle Owen, his voice echoing throughout the building.

OWEN
Luke! Luke! Where could he be loafing
now?

Owen enters the courtyard in a huff, scattering the large
gopher-like rodents. He opens the garage and notices the
battered old landspeeder is missing.

OWEN
Beru! Come here!

INT. LAR'S HOMESTEAD - GARAGE AREA - MORNING

Owen enters the garage and looks around. He picks up a
magazine-like video slate sitting propped up on the bench.
It generates a soft glow, as if it had been left on "hold."
Beru hurries into the garage.

BERU
What is it?

As Owen picks up the video-slate, it turns itself on and
Luke's image appears.

LUKE
Aunt Beru, Uncle Owen, I don't mean
to hurt you and I know you've been
good to me, but I'm leaving. There
are important things I must do. I've
taken my speeder and the 'droids'
which you bought with my savings.
I've also taken my father's
lightsaber. You can keep everything
else. I am grateful for all you've
done. I'll miss you, Aunt Beru. I
love you both...

The image fades and the old couple stare at one another.
Beru's face is filled with a great loss. Finally she turns
and leaves the garage, and Owen in disbelief.

OWEN
That boy is going to get himself
killed... He's just like his father.

INT. LUKE'S SPEEDER - DESERT WASTELAND (TRAVELING) - DAY

The rock and sand of the desert floor are a blur as Threepio
pilots the sleek landspeeder gracefully across the vast
wasteland. Luke rides precariously on the back trunk of the
vehicle adjusting something in the motor compartment.

LUKE
(yelling)
How's that?

Threepio signals that it is fine, and Luke climbs back into
the wind-whipped cockpit and slides the canopy shut.

LUKE
I've never been this far beyond the
dune sea before. Biggs said the wild
things out here were weird and savage,
but it doesn't look like there is
much out here to me. I think we should
be there soon. General Kenobi was my
father's commander, and he is probably
the greatest of all the Jedi
knights... or at least my father
thought so. He will certainly know
what to do.

EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK MESA - DUNE SEA - COASTLINE - DAY

From high on a rock mesa, the tiny landspeeder can be seen
gliding across the desert floor. Suddenly in the foreground
two weather-beaten Tusken Raiders, shrouded in their grimy
desert cloaks, peer over the edge of the rock mesa. One of
the marginally human creatures raises a long ominous laser-
rifle, and points it at the speeder, but the second creature
grabs the gun before it can be fired.

The Tusken Raiders speak in a coarse barbaric language as
they begin to get into an animated argument.

The second Tusken seems to get in the final word and the
nomads scurry over the rocky terrain to where two large
BANTHAS are standing tied to a rock. The monsterous bear-
like creatures are as large as elephants, with huge red eyes,
tremendous looped horns, and long furry dinosaur-like tails.
The raiders mount saddles strapped to the huge creature's
shaggy backs and ride off down the rugged bluff.

EXT. UTAPAU - SAND DUNE - DAY

The battered landspeeder is parked on the top of a huge sand
dune. Luke, with his long-barreled laser-rifle slung over
his shoulder, makes his way past the bleached bones of a
dinosaur-like beast. When he reaches the top of the ridge,
he searches the landscape with his electrobinoculars. Threepio
lifts Artoo out of the speeder and the stubby little robot
struts around stretching his joints between irritated
whistles. Luke is depressed as he returns to the speeder.

LUKE
According to my father's tapes, this
is the spot where General Kenobi
lives, but the instruments just don't
match up with the landscape... There
is no doubt about it, we're lost...

THREEPIO
If you don't mind my saying so, sir,
I don't see how anyone could live in
this forsaken place.

LUKE
Well, I don't know what to do now.
We'll just have to head inland and
see if we can't find a settlement.

INT. LUKE'S LANDSPEEDER - ROCK CANYON FLOOR (TRAVELING) -
DAY

Threepio maneuvers the powerful landspeeder around several
massive boulders in the narrow canyon, as Luke intently
studies the pulsing radar scope.

LUKE
Something is definitely in the next
canyon. There are two or three of
them, maybe more. I don't like the
looks of it. It could be Tusken
Raiders or... anything. You'd better
stop and I'll try to get a look at
them.

EXT. UTAPAU - CANYON RIDGE - DAY

Luke carefully makes his way to the top of a rocky ridge and
scans the canyon with his electrobinoculars, until he spots
the two riderless Banthas. Threepio struggles up behind the
young adventurer.

LUKE
I think we'd better go another way.
There are two Banthas down there. I
don't see any... wait a minute.
They're Tusken Raiders all right! I
see one of them...

Luke watches the distant Tusken Raider through his
electrobinoculars. Suddenly something huge moves in front of
his field of view. Before Luke or Threepio can react, a
large gruesome Tusken Raider looms over them. Threepio is
startled and backs away, right off the side of the cliff. He
can be heard for several moments as he clangs, bangs and
rattles down the side of the mountain.

The towering creature brings down his glowing red laser-sword,
but Luke manages to block the blow with his laserrifle, which
is neatly cut in half. The terrified farm boy scrambles
backward until he is able to ignite his own laser-sword and
defend himself. In a flurry of blows Luke is forced to the
edge of a deep crevice. Luke stumbles under the mighty blows
of the fearsome creature, drops his sword and almost tumbles
over the cliff to his death. He hangs on for dear life as
his feet dangle over the abyss. The sinister Raider stands
over him and lets out a horrible shrieking laugh that echoes
throughout the canyon.

EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON FLOOR - DAY

Artoo forces himself into the shadows of a small alcove in
the rocks as the vicious Tuskens walk past carrying armloads
of supplies from the battered landspeeder. As they disappear,
Artoo squirms out of his hiding place and waddles into the
clearing where the speeder is parked.

The vehicle has been ransacked, and Luke is hanging in a
state of bewilderment about ten feet in the air. Large gold
bracelets with small antenna are attached to his wrists and
ankles. He is spread-eagle and slowly rotating. Artoo stands
above his master and beeps a few words of astonishment.

LUKE
Well, don't just sit there. Get
something to get me down!

Artoo starts searching for something in the speeder that he
might use to get his master down. He pulls a long length of
wire out of the engine compartment and ties it into a lasso.
As Luke slowly rotates around, Artoo swings the rope and
catches the boy around the foot. The line goes taut but rather
than pulling Luke down, little Artoo is pulled up as if he
had roped a windmill. The stubby robot lets out an electronic
shriek and drops to the ground with a crash.

LUKE
We'll have to short circuit these
things somehow...

At that moment footsteps are heard coming through the narrow
canyon. Artoo scampers back into his hiding place. Luke's
face is a roadmap of agony as the footsteps get louder.

A huge menacing shadow on the canyon wall gives way to a
shabby old desert rat of a man, who appears to be at least
seventy years old. His ancient leathery face, cracked and
weathered by exotic climates, is set off by dark, penetrating
eyes, and a scraggly white beard. BEN KENOBI squints his
eyes as he scrutinizes Luke in his predicament.

BEN
Good morning!

LUKE
What do you mean, 'good morning'? Do
you mean that it is a good morning
for you, or do you wish me a good
morning, although it is obvious I'm
not having one, or do you find that
mornings in general are good?

BEN
All of them altogether. You seem to
have gotten yourself into a fine
mess! What happened?

The wizened old man begins to giggle like a child, putting
his frail hand to his mouth in a vain attempt to contain
himself. Luke becomes annoyed.

LUKE
Tusken Raiders caught me off guard...
Well, kill me or cut me down, but
don't just leave me here, 'cause I'm
about to go out off my mind.

Much to Luke's surprise, the old codger draws his laser-pistol
and blasts Luke point blank. The young farmer disappears in
a cloud of smoke and drops to the ground. The old man leans
over the boy as he rolls over with a loud groan.

BEN
Sorry, but that was the only way to
get you down.

LUKE
Couldn't we have tried to think of
something else first!

BEN
You're lucky those Tuskens didn't
boil you before they hung you out to
dry. They're not the friendly sort.
You'd best be moving on before they
come back.

Luke staggers to his feet as Artoo waddles up behind him and
lets out a pathetic little beep.

LUKE
Threepio!

Luke hobbles off toward the canyon bluff.

EXT. UTAPAU - GRAVEL PIT - ROCK MESA - DAY

Little Artoo stops at the edge of a large gravel pit and
begins to chatter away in electronic whistles and beeps.
Luke slides down to where a very dented and tangled Threepio
lies half buried in the gravel.

He tries to revive the inert robot by shaking him, and then
flips a hidden switch on his back several times until finally
the mechanical man's systems turn on.

THREEPIO
What happened? I'm sorry, sir, I
must have taken a bad step...

LUKE
Can you stand? We've got to get out
of here before those Tuskens come
back.

THREEPIO
I can't make it. You go on, master
Luke. It doesn't make sense for you
to risk yourself on my account. I'm
done for.

LUKE
No, you're not. What kind of talk is
that...

The young farmer helps the battered robot to his feet. Old
Ben and little Artoo watch from the top of the pit.

EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON FLOOR - DAY

Luke and Old Ben struggle to help Threepio into the low-slung
speeder. Artoo follows them, carrying a clawful of tiny parts
which have dropped of his friend.

BEN
What brings a young boy like you way
out here?

Luke bristles at the use of "boy."

LUKE
I'm Luke Starkiller, guardian of the
Bendu.

BEN
Oh, so you're a warrior then?

LUKE
Of course. I'm a Bendu officer.

Ben studies the young farmer through narrowed eyes. He
suppresses a smile.

LUKE
Did you take me for a trapper of a
farmer? Good! Then my disguise is
all right. I was afraid I might not
look authentic.

Luke notices the old man is impressed with his story, and
begins to feel expansive.

LUKE
You can never be too careful in these
times. A Bendu officer never gives
himself away. I'm actually on a
dangerous mission that's of the
gravest importance to the...

Luke suddenly realizes the old man might be an Imperial spy
and a worried look crosses his face. Ben laughs heartily.

BEN
You're right! I could be an Imperial
spy. For a Bendu officer, you're
quite a fool.

Luke is embarrassed and concentrates on making Threepio
comfortable.

LUKE
Who are you anyway?

BEN
You might say I'm part of the
landscape here. They call me Ben
Kenobi.

Luke is dumbstruck. Then with a combination of awe and
excitement he finds his voice.

LUKE
You're General Kenobi?!? The Jedi
knight! The commander of the White
Legions?

BEN
I'm afraid it's been a long time
since the White Legions roamed the
stars. But I have the memories.

Luke drops to his knees and bows before the old Jedi.

LUKE
I should have recognized you.

The old man rubs his beard in wonder.

BEN
I don't see why. I don't believe
we've ever met.

LUKE
I am the son of Annikin Starkiller.

The scruffy old Jedi smiles at the kneeling boy.

BEN
I know who you are. Stand up so that
we can talk properly. You're
embarrassing me. I'm not that
important.

LUKE
But you are... I know your 'Diary of
the Clone Wars' by heart. My father...

A sudden thought crosses Luke's mind and his enthusiasm turns
to embarrassed silence.

LUKE
I... I'm not a Bendu Officer. I'm
not even a startrooper.

BEN
I know that.

LUKE
You saw through me?

BEN
You could put it that way.

LUKE
I assure you my intentions weren't
bad.

BEN
I know your intentions. I probably
know much more about you than you
realize. In many ways you're a lot
like your father. He was an indulgent
man, but a clever warrior. Now what
brings you out here?

LUKE
My father told me many stories about
you. He said if I was ever in trouble,
to come here... I need your help.

INT. CAVE DWELLING - MAIN LIVING AREA - NIGHT

The clean but spartan cave dwelling radiates an air of time
worn comfort and security. The image of the beautiful rebel
princess is projected from Artoo's face.

LEIA
...that you will be richly rewarded
for your efforts... My commanders
use fix Arra code... X loc tan too
nine. I am lost. The Sith lords will
surely take me to Alderaan. You must
continue alone.

There is a little static and the transmission is cut short.
The old man leans back and scratches his head. He silently
puffs on a tarnished chrome water pipe.

BEN
I'm afraid I've gotten too old for
this sort of thing.

LUKE
But you must! I can't do it alone.
I'm not at all like my father. I'd
never make it.

BEN
I already know you think you're
worthless. I recommend you learn to
think of yourself in a better light,
for what you believe you are is what
you become. I haven't been involved
in anything like this for many years.

LUKE
But the Sith Lords are involved!
Whatever information this R-2 unit
is carrying, it must be awfully
important. They're probably looking
for him... I'm no match for the Sith.
This is a Jedi's work. This is your
responsibility!

BEN
Not any more!

The old man suddenly ignites in a rage and swings his left
forearm down across the solid metal table with a mighty blow.
His arm cracks in two, spewing forth wires and electronic
components.

BEN
I'm not the same. I'm too old. I've
lost too much. You don't seem to
realize I've become an outlaw, to be
hunted... and killed.

Luke bows his head in sorrow for one of the greatest warriors
in the galaxy and a fallen idol. Ben is embarrassed and makes
a needless adjustment on the pot belly thermal heater, which
radiates a warm glow throughout the room. Little Artoo begins
to pick up the pieces of the old man's arm and reassemble
them. The badly dented Threepio breaks the awkward silence
by noisily standing up.

THREEPIO
If you'll not be needing me any more,
I think I'll shut down for awhile.

Luke nods his head. Old Ben leans back in his chair.

BEN
Son, I'm sorry I lost control. Perhaps
we should talk about this in the
morning.

INT. CAVE DWELLING - SLEEPING AREA - NIGHT

Luke tosses and turns in his sleep. Threepio sleeps
peacefully. Luke keeps hearing the voice of Princess Leia
calling out for help. Suddenly he sits up with a start. He
hears Leia's voice coming from the main living area. Luke
climbs out of bed and quietly makes his way through the
darkened dwelling. He stops at the entrance to the main room.

INT. CAVE SWELLING - MAIN LIVING AREA - NIGHT

Ben is sitting before the flickering hologram image of
Princess Leia. The old man rests his head in his one good
arm. His back is to Luke, but he senses the boy's presence.

BEN
Luke, come here... sit down.

Luke walks over and sits across from the old man.

BEN
You were right. It is my
responsibility. The Force of Others
brought the message to you and then
it brought you to me.

LUKE
My father used to talk about the
Force of Others. But he never told
me what it was...

BEN
Let's just say the Force is something
a Jedi Warrior deals with. It is an
energy field in oneself, a power
that controls ones acts, yet obeys
ones commands. It is nothing, yet it
makes marvels appear before your
very eyes. All living things generate
this Force field, even you.

LUKE
(amazed)
You mean I generate an energy field?

BEN
It surrounds you and radiates from
you. A Jedi can feel it flowing from
him...
(patting his stomach)
...from here!

LUKE
Could I learn to feel it?

The old man leans back and scratches his head smiling
slightly.

BEN
That is not a human decision, not
your or mine.

LUKE
What do you mean?

BEN
It means you'd better get some rest.
We'll be leaving for Mos Eisley first
thing in the morning. The trip will
be difficult and dangerous, but it's
the only spaceport with ships large
enough to get us to Organa Major.
Now go on!

Luke reluctantly stands and heads for the bedroom.

EXT. UTAPAU - ENTRANCE TO CAVE DWELLING - MORNING

Artoo and Threepio carry supplies out of the cave dwelling
to where Luke loads them into the landspeeder. Old Ben emerges
into the sunlight and stretches his new arm.

BEN
It looks like a good day for travel.
The Force is with us.

Ben walks over to the speeder and puts his hand on Luke's
shoulder.

BEN
Luke, I'm coming along to do what I
can, but I'm tired and I'm depending
on you to get us through.

LUKE
But you're still a powerful Jedi.
You don't need my help.

BEN
A Jedi's power is measured by the
amount of the Force that is stored
within him, and I have little of the
Force left in me.

LUKE
How can you store an energy field
within you?

BEN
When a creature dies, the force it
generated remains. The Force is all
around us. It can be collected and
transmitted through the use of a
Kiber crystal. It's the only way to
amplify the power of the Force within
you.

LUKE
Don't you have a Kiber crystal?

BEN
I had one, but it was taken at the
battle of Condawn...

LUKE
That's where my father was killed.

BEN
Yes. It was a black day. One of my
disciple's took the crystal and became
a Sith Lord. It was a black day. The
few crystals that remain are in the
possession of the Sith Lords on
Alderaan. That's how they've become
so powerful.

LUKE
Do the Sith know the ways of the
Force?

BEN
They use the Bogan Force.

LUKE
Like Bogan weather, or bogan times.
I thought that was just a saying.

BEN
There are two halves of the Force of
Others. One is positive and will
help you if you learn how to use it.
But the others half will kill you if
you aren't careful. This negative
side of the Force is called the Bogan,
which is where the expression came
from, and it is the part that is
used by the Dark Lords to destroy
their opponents. Both halves are
always present. The Force is on your
right, the Bogan is on your left.
The Kiber Crystal can amplify either
one. The Crystal Darth stole was the
last one in the possession of the
Jedi. When he joined the Sith, the
power of the Dark Lords was completed.

Artoo and Threepio are already in the speeder, as Luke and
old Ben climb in. The speeder starts with a low hum.

INT. ALDERAAN - CRYSTAL CHAMBER

Three SITH LORDS are on their knees praying before a shining
crystal placed on a tall altar. They mumble a strange
electronic chant.

1ST SITH
Darth, did you feel that?

Darth stands and stares at the crystal.

2ND SITH
Was it an omen? What is it?

VADER
Something old has been awakened. The
Force has suddenly grown stronger.
We must travel future paths with
caution.

They file out of the chamber.

EXT. UTAPAU - BLUFF OVERLOOKING MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DAY

The speeder zooms across the desert wasteland and eventually
stops on a bluff overlooking the spaceport at MOS EISLEY. It
is a haphazard array of low gray con- crete structures and
semi-domes. A harsh gale blows across the stark canyon floor.
Luke adjusts his goggles and walks to the edge of the craggy
bluff, where Ben is standing.

BEN
Well, there it is, Mos Eisley. A
more wretched hive of scum and
villainy can't be found this side of
the empire...

EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - SLUM DWELLING - DAY

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
decaying building as shelter against the howling winds. One
of the rag-tag figures ventures over to the group in the
speeder. It is obvious from his pint size that he is a Jawa.
Artoo lets out a string of electronic beeps and whistles.

THREEPIO
I begging your pardon, sir, but watch
out for this thing.

The wretched little creature moves close to the speeder and
begins to run his gnarled hand across it.

JAWA
Clinga fouf. Zoom zoom. Chiq?

LUKE
Where 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.
Threepio repeats the question in the Jawa's language, and
the vile creature points to the far end of the street and
mumbles something.

THREEPIO
He says there's an inn down the
street. Lots of fliers there. But I
wouldn't take his word for it.

The Jawa continues to fondle the speeder as Luke starts the
magno-system. The filthy creature reluctantly jumps away as
the speeder takes off and glides down the dingy spaceport
street. A giant lizard scurries out of the wretched spaceship
chased by a stubby Jawa.

EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - CANTINA - DAY

The speeder pulls up in front of a rundown, blockhouse cantina
on the outskirts of the spaceport. Various strange forms of
transport, including several unusual beasts of burden, are
parked outside the bar.

THREEPIO
I can't abide those Jawas. Disgusting
creatures.

BEN
Take care in here. I don't like the
looks of this place.

Luke, Ben and the two robots climb out of the speeder, and
brace themselves against the constant shipping wind.

INT. MOS EISLEY CANTINA - DAY

The young adventurer and his two mechanical servants follow
Ben Kenobi into 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. Ben and Luke move 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.

BARTENDER
We don't serve 'their kind' in here.

Luke, still recovering from the shock of seeing so many
outlandish creatures, doesn't quite catch the Bartender's
drift.

LUKE
What?

BARTENDER
Your 'droids' will have to wait
outside. We don't serve 'em here.

Luke looks to Old Ben who is busy talking to one of the
Corellian pirates. He notices that several of the gruesome
creatures along the bar are giving him a very unfriendly
glare.

LUKE
Yes, of course. I'm so sorry.
(turns to Threepio)
You'd better stay with the speeder.
We don't want any trouble. I'll...
ahh... bring you something.

Threepio and his stubby partner go outside and most of the
creatures at the bar go back to their drinks. Ben is standing
next to CHEWBACCA, an eight foot tall, savage-looking creature
resembling a huge gray bushbaby-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 bandoliers, 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. Ben speaks to the Wookiee in his own
language, which is a little more than a series of grunts.
The old man points to Luke several times during the
conversation and the huge creature suddenly lets out a
horrifying laugh. Luke is more than a little bit disconcerted,
and pretends not to hear the conversation between Ben and
the Giant Wookiee. He is terrified, 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 gives Luke a rough shove.

CREATURE
Negola dewaghi wooldugger?!?

The hideous freak is obviously drunk. Luke tries to ignore
the Creature and turns back to his drink. A short, grubby
HUMAN and an even smaller RODENT-like beast join the
belligerent monstrosity.

HUMAN
He doesn't like you.

LUKE
I'm sorry.

HUMAN
I don't like you either.

The big Creature is getting agitated and yells some
unintelligible gibberish at the now rather nervous young
adventurer.

HUMAN
Don't insult us. You just watch
yourself. We're wanted men. I have
the death sentence on twelve systems.

LUKE
I'll be careful then.

HUMAN
You'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. Old Ben moves in
behind Luke.

BEN
This little one isn't worth the
effort. Come let me buy you
something...

A powerful blow from the unpleasant Creature sends the young
would-be Jedi 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 and levels it at Old Ben.
The Bartender panics.

BARTENDER
No blasters! No blasters!

With an astounding agility, Old Ben'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. Ben carefully and precisely turns
off his laser-sword and replaces it on his utility belt.
Luke, shaking and totally amazed at the old man's abilities,
attempts to stand. The entire fight has lasted only a matter
of seconds. The cantina goes back to normal, although Ben is
given a respectable amount of room at the bar. Luke, rubbing
his bruised head, approaches the old man with new awe.

BEN
Chewbacca here is first-mate on a
ship that might suit our needs.

Luke is still giddy, and downs a fresh drink.

EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - ALLEYWAY - DUSK

Luke, Ben and the two lumbering robots follow the giant
Wookiee along a narrow slum alleyway crowded with darkly-
clad creatures hawking exotic goods in dingy little stalls.
Men, monsters and robots crouch in waste-filled doorways
whispering and hiding from the hot winds. The group enters a
small doorway in a decaying stone building at the far end of
the alley. Several robots guide a small herd of anteaters
down the street.

INT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING AREA

Chewbacca leads the group along a tall gantry overlooking a
long Rube Goldburg-pieced together contraption, which can
only be loosely called a spaceship. Luke gives Old Ben a
skeptical look. Old Ben just smiles. As they approach the
ship, it looks even more homemade and shabby than it did at
a distance. The Wookiee calls out to someone inside the ship,
but there is no reply.

LUKE
What a piece of junk. This ship isn't
going to get us anywhere!

A tall figure steps out of the shadows of the imposing
spacecraft.

This is HAN SOLO, a tough James Dean style starpilot about
twenty-five years old. A cowboy in a starship -- simple,
sentimental and cocksure of himself.

HAN
This ship has been to Terminus and
back. There isn't anyplace she can't
go. She may not look like much, but
she's special. I built her myself,
and there is nothing faster... What
can I do for you?

Chewbacca steps forward and explains who the strangers are
and what they want.

HAN
I'm Han Solo, Captain of this vessel.
Who's in charge then?

BEN
I'm Ben Kenobi. Luke Starkiller here
is leading our expedition.

Luke is taken by surprise, thinking that Ben was going to
take care of things. Han turns to Luke.

HAN
Organa Major is a rebel system. There
will be quite a few starfleet patrols
between here and there... It could
be a little tricky if you want to
avoid them... ten thousand.

LUKE
That's pretty steep. We'd like to
talk it over first.

Ben and Luke step to one side.

LUKE
We don't have that kind of money.
How much do you think I can get for
the speeder?

BEN
Five, maybe. Let me handle it.

Ben turns back to the young starcaptain.

BEN
Five thousand now and five thousand
on arrival.

Han thinks about this for a second.

HAN
You got yourself a ship. We can leave
as soon as you're ready.

LUKE
We have a little business to take
care of first, but it shouldn't take
long. We'll be back shortly.

Artoo and Threepio follow Luke and Ben as they hurry out of
the starship hangar.

LUKE
What if we can't get five thousand?

Ben glances back at Threepio.

BEN
We may have to sell one the droids.

A great worry sweeps across Luke's face as he looks back at
the two unaware robots faithfully following after them.

Han Solo grins and slaps the monsterous wookiee across the
back.

HAN
Well, old buddy, we're free, and
it's an easy charter at that.

Chewbacca doesn't share Han's enthusiasm, and makes a couple
of worrisome grunts.

HAN
Yeah, yeah, I know we still have a
problem, but maybe we'll be gone by
the time H2 gets back.

A commotion filters down from the entry gantry and Chewbacca
whines pessimistic comment. A dozen or so gruff and grisly
pirates approach the ship. The grossest of the slavering
hulks is JABBA THE HUTT. His scarred face is a grim
testimonial to his prowess as a vicious killer.

HAN
You're back early.

JABBA
A shipment of Covina just took off
for Gordon. I thought we might reroute
it back here.

He laughs maniacally. Han is not amused.

HAN
You'll have to get yourself another
boy, Jabba. I've got a charter.

JABBA
Forget it. We settled this before,
remember? There's no getting out.
Now get this 'can' started...

It's a moment of great tension. Han glances at the four
pirates standing near them. Two of the greasy brigands have
their weapons pointed at him. The young starcaptain stands
firm for a few moments with his hand resting on his utility
belt only inches from his blaster. Chewbacca sways back and
forth as he adjusts his weight from one foot to the other.

JABBA
Well??

Han turns and reluctantly boards the ship. Jabba walks
alongside Han and puts his arm around him.

JABBA
Han, after all we've been through,
I'm disappointed we're not closer.
You're getting soft now that the
ship's finished. You may have built
this bucket, but never forget who
paid for it, 'cause if you try to
take her out again, I won't be so
understanding.

INT. MOS EISLEY - USED SPEEDER LOT - GARAGE OFFICE - NIGHT

Ben, Luke and the robots are standing in a sleazy used speeder
lot, talking with a tall, grotesque, insect-like used speeder
dealer. Only Threepio can understand the creature's weird
buzzing dialogue. Strange exotic bodies and spindly legged
beasts pass by outside. Once in a while a large lizard or
strange animal scurries across the junk-strewn floor.

THREEPIO
He says it's the best he can do.
Since the XP-21 came out, they just
aren't in demand any more.

Luke scratches his head and ponders the situation.

LUKE
Four thousand isn't going to do it...

He looks at Ben, then Artoo, and finally Threepio.

LUKE
(to Ben)
I think we're going to need them.
Blast it!

THREEPIO
Sir, I have a couple of extra
circuits. Perhaps they might bring
something.

LUKE
Well, ask him. Tell him we need five
thousand.

Threepio buzzes to the salesman, who shakes his head.

THREEPIO
Forty-seven hundred, no more.

BEN
He's bluffing. He'll pay five. Let's
go.

They turn and start out of the rundown showroom.

LUKE
This is the last place. Shouldn't we
just take what we can get and think
of something else?

BEN
He's bluffing...

Ben helps Artoo into the speeder as Luke climbs in the pilot's
seat. The speeder starts up with a loud hum, but before Luke
can back out of the garage area, the insect stops them.

THREEPIO
Five thousand!

Luke breaks out in a big smile and Ben manages a slight grin.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - MAIN PASSAGEWAY

As Han and the huge Wookiee work their way past the sinister
Jabba the Hutt, the pirate hands the young starcaptain a
bulky cloak.

JABBA
Take this back with you, boy.

Han doesn't mask his hatred for the loathsome pirate very
well, but takes the cloak and follows the Chewbacca toward
the back of the ship. He stops by a small control panel,
knocking it loose with his foot. The cover falls to the floor
with a muted clang and the young mechanic looks around to
see if anyone heard.

HAN
This is it. If this doesn't work,
we're diced!

He takes a small metal bar and jams it between two circuits,
causing sparks to fly. He quickly replaces the cover and Han
casually heads back toward the cockpit.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

A short greasy looking pirate sits at the complex controls
of the ship.

PIRATE PILOT
We're on our way...

He pulls back on the power lever and the ship erupts into a
cacophony of warning alarms and flashing lights. Smoke begins
to issue from the panels. The pilot is startled and begins
flipping switches wildly.

PIRATE PILOT
I think... ahh, I have a problem
here... one of the reactor's gone
wild. Captain, I have a reading way
over a thousand.

Han rushes into the cockpit with a look of mock surprise on
his face.

HAN
What's going on?

PIRATE PILOT
You tell me! You built it.

Han works at the control console in a vain attempt to figure
out what's going on.

HAN
I don't understand it. Look at that
gauge. We should have all been blown
to microdust by now... Did I remember
to...

Before Han can finish, the pilot has fled.

EXT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY RAMP - NIGHT

Jabba the Hutt and his crew scramble over one another trying
to flee the starship before it goes supernova.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - MAIN PASSAGEWAY

The alarm system is suddenly cut short. Han quickly replaces
the control panel and turns to see a foul-looking pirate
named MONTROSS standing over him.

MONTROSS
So, you've solved the problem, or
maybe you are the problem. Get up.
I'm taking you to the captain. He'll
sting you good...

HAN
Not this time!

Montross reaches for his laser-pistol, but Han is faster and
gets the drop on him.

HAN
Drop it, Montross. I always said you
were slow. You clumsy oaf, a club is
more your style.

Han struggles to his feet and leads the pirate to the escape
hatch.

EXT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY RAMP

Chewbacca appears at the main hatch holding a hidden gun on
Montross as Ben, Luke and the robots saunter up to the
starship. The huge Wookiee lets out with a loud wail that
startles Luke.

BEN
We're coming! We're coming.

Han rushes toward the cockpit as Chewbacca helps Ben aboard
the starship. The Wookiee shoves Montross out the hatch just
as it slams shut.

HAN
We're a little rushed, so if you'll
settle in, we'll be off.

Luke is a little puzzled by all the smoke and confusion.

EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - ALLEYWAY - NIGHT

A lumbering Jabba the Hutt and the remains of his terrified
crew stop in the street and try to collect themselves.

JABBA
What happened? Han? Montross, where's
Han? Montross? Where is everybody?

A strange assortment of alien creatures and robots watch
Jabba from their cool alcoves along the edge of the street.
The ground trembles and the pirates turn to see the mighty
pirate starship riding above the dingy slum dwellings. The
pirates stand dumbfounded, as the starship quickly disappears.

JABBA
He took the ship. He took the ship!!

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

Han sits back in the huge pilot's chair and puts his feet up
on the control panel. Chewbacca, crowded into the copilot's
seat, mutters his amazement.

HAN
I know. Sometimes I amaze myself.

He chuckles as the surface of Utapau slowly drifts out of
view of the cockpit windows and is replaced by a sparkling
carpet of stars.

Chewbacca barks a few words of caution.

HAN
That's the price of freedom. But
then again, they may never find us.
Once we cash in on this little venture
we'll head for the southern systems.
He'll be a long time coming there.

Little Artoo appears momentarily in the doorway, makes a few
beeping remarks, then scurries away.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA

Threepio helps Ben and Luke put away their gear in the cramped
bunk area of the starship.

LUKE
When we get Artoo's message to them,
you think they'll try to rescue the
princess?

BEN
I doubt it. It would be foolish for
the rebel forces to come out of
hiding. I know your feelings. You'd
best forget them. It's for your own
good. There will be no saving her
from the prisons of Alderaan. It's
the heart of the Sith. The Bogan
Force is the most heavy there.

LUKE
But she's a member of The Twelve
Families. How can they hold her?

BEN
These are doubtful times. The Empire
has grown bold in its disregard of
the...

Suddenly Ben grabs his head and slowly collapses to the floor.
Luke rushes to him.

LUKE
What's wrong? What's happening?

BEN
Keep away, I'm fine, I'm fine.

The old man lapses into unconsciousness for several moments.
Luke doesn't know what to do. Finally he goes to Old Ben and
lifts his head. The battered old Jedi shudders all over,
then regains consciousness.

LUKE
Are you all right?

BEN
Yes... the Force... something horrible
has happened. I couldn't see what it
was, or where it was, but it was
terrible... terrible beyond
description... the cry of millions
dying at once.

Luke helps Ben to his bunk. He's still shaking from the
experience.

INT. ALDERAAN - PRISON CELL

Princess Leia is awakened by the blinding light of the hallway
as the cell door silently slides open and Darth Vader enters
the cell.

VADER
It is unfortunate you are able to
resist my mind probe. You are going
through so much needless suffering.

Leia watches her captor impassionately.

VADER
The 'Death Star' has become
operational. There is no force in
the universe that can stop us now.

LEIA
They'll find its weakness.

VADER
It's too late... We already tested
it on Organa Major. It appears your
data never got through.

Leia tries not to reveal the shock and pain, but she is
stunned.

LEIA
No!...

VADER
It would be much easier if you were
to tell us where the outposts are...
Otherwise we'll be forced to destroy
every suspicious system... What a
waste...

Vader starts to leave.

LEIA
You'll never stop them... No matter
how many machines you build.

The door slides closed behind Vader, leaving Leia alone in
the darkness.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - MAIN HOLD AREA

Han enters the cramped but comfortable main hold area of the
starship and begins checking charts and various computer
readouts.

LUKE
Who's the pilot?

HAN
It's automatic.

Chewbacca and the two robots sit around a lighted table
covered with many small hologram figures. Each side of the
table has a small computer monitor embedded in it.

Luke and Old Ben are sitting in the corner, the old man
apparently asleep as Luke cleans a chrome laser-pistol. he
acts like it's brand new. he seems very proud of it.

Chewbacca seems very pleased with himself as he rests his
lanky fur-covered arms over his head. Artoo immediately
reaches up and taps the computer with his stubby claw hand,
causing one of the hologram figures to walk to a new square.
A sudden frown crosses Chewbacca's face and he begins yelling
gibberish at the tiny robot. Threepio intercedes on behalf
of his small companion and begins to argue with the huge
Wookiee.

LUKE
(to Threepio)
Let him have it. You're winning
anyway. It doesn't make any
difference.

THREEPIO
I know, sir, but it's the principle
of the thing.

Luke sights down the barrel of his new pistol. Old Ben opens
his eyes. It's obvious he wasn't asleep.

LUKE
(to Ben)
Are you sure you don't need it?

BEN
I rarely use it any more. I have the
Force. The Force is more powerful
than any pistol. You shouldn't put
too much faith in that weapon. Work
on becoming aware of the Force...
learn to feel its presence within
you. Try to sense what it's telling
you. It's the only thing you can
rely on.

LUKE
What do I do?

BEN
All you have to do is lose your
thinking self. Don't focus on
anything. Let your body do your
thinking... You have to learn to act
on what you feel, not what you
think... If I had the crystal, it
would be much easier. You could feel
the Force immediately... but for
now, let yourself go. You'll pick it
up... and someday you'll have no
need for that pistol either.

Han has been overhearing what Ben has been telling Luke and
obviously has a low opinion of the Force of Others.

HAN
I'd keep that thing close just in
case, if I were you... I've been
around from one end of the galaxy to
the other and believe me this Force
of Others stuff may make for good
religion, but there is no substitute
for a good weapon at your side.

LUKE
You don't believe in the Force?

HAN
Sorcery! I believe in myself... I
determine my destiny, not some
mystical energy field.

BEN
Well, we'll see...

HAN
You might get your stuff together.
We'll be coming up on Organa Major
soon.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

The cockpit is alive with humming meters and softly buzzing
readouts. Han is busy at the controls as Luke looks on in
wonder.

HAN
It checks out again. There is no
mistake...

Old Ben enters the crowded cockpit.

BEN
What is it?

LUKE
He can't find Organa Major.

Han is rather grim-faced.

HAN
I found it... It's just not there.

LUKE
What are you saying?

BEN
Organa Major has been destroyed.

Ben moves in and studies the monitors.

HAN
What's left of it is contaminated.
That's it there. Look at those
radiation readouts! It's impossible.
I've never seen anything like it.
What's going on?

Luke sits back and stares blankly at the monitors.

BEN
The Empire must have gotten here
first.

HAN
The planet has been totally blown
away! It would have taken a thousand
ships with a lot more fire power
than I've ever seen... If the Empire
had a new weapon that could do this...
I would have heard something... I'd
know about it.

BEN
Well, now you know... The enemy is
on the move. We haven't much time.

HAN
Well, I've brought you here. What
now?

BEN
We have to find he rebels... What
we're carrying belongs to them.

HAN
Their bases are very well hidden.
All the power of the Empire can't
find them... Do you know where they
are?

Ben shakes his head sadly.

BEN
No, not anymore.

HAN
I'm not taking you on an impossible
search across the galaxy... I was
only paid to get you here and now
you're here. I'll take my other five
thousand and you're on your own...
I'll leave you on the nearest system.

LUKE
You can't! We've come this far. We
must find them...

HAN
Why?

BEN
Well, for one reason, we don't have
your other five thousand.

HAN
Who's going to pay me then?

BEN
I think there are some things we
should talk about.

HAN
I'm beginning not to like you.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - MAIN HOLD AREA

Little Artoo is standing on the gaming table projecting the
princess into the middle of the group. Han has a perplexed
look on his face as he ponders the hologram. Ben leans back
in his chair quietly waiting, while Luke watches the princess
with a wistful, smile, far-away look. Finally the hologram
ends.

HAN
How much do you think she's talking
about?

BEN
A million at least... If this robot
has information related to the
destruction of Organa Major, you'll
be able to name the reward...

HAN
Anything I want! Now that's
interesting.

He thinks about this for a few moments. Luke begins to get a
little edgy.

LUKE
Maybe you should just drop us off.
I'm sure we can find someone willing
to take the risk.

HAN
All right, all right! You've got a
ship! But where do we go from here?
They probably took her to find the
hidden bases... I don't see how we
can find the rebels before she breaks.
The Empire has already beat us out.

BEN
She's part of the royal family. They
won't get any information from her...
She knows the art of mind control...
She's a swan sensana.

Ben gets lost in his thoughts for a few moments.

BEN
But she is the only link between us
and the hidden bases.

LUKE
You mean we should go after her!...

BEN
I didn't say that, but it appears to
be a logical alternative.

HAN
Now wait a minute. She's in Alderaan!

Ben is thinking and doesn't hear Han's protest. He turns to
Luke.

HAN
No, it's impossible... No one, and I
mean no one would venture anywhere
near the Alderaan system... I'm a
free booter, not revolutionary. You're
aboard the wrong ship, son!

LUKE
Maybe the fact that no one would go
there voluntarily could help us.
They probably don't think anyone
would dare try.

HAN
Don't you believe it.

BEN
Luke's got a point... Fear is their
greatest defense... I doubt if the
actual security there is much greater
than on Aquilae or Sullust, and what
there is is most likely directed
toward large-scale assault.

HAN
This isn't a game, you know.

LUKE
How many more systems have to get
blown away before you have no place
to hide and are forced to fight...
Don't you realize what's going on?

Han is slightly embarrassed by Luke.

HAN
Kid, you take the glory and the good
intentions and I'll take the reward.

BEN
Fear is their greatest weapon.

HAN
I'm not afraid of anything...

Everyone looks at Han, and he instantly regrets what he has
said.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - APPROACHING ALDERAAN

The cockpit is a quiet hum of computers as Han works
diligently on a complex calculation. Chewbacca enters the
cabin just as the ship begins to shudder violently. After a
few moments the buffeting stops.

HAN
We've just passed into the first
perimeter. It won't be long now.

Chewbacca grunts an acknowledgement and points to a very
large and bright star out the front window bay.

HAN
There it is! Alderaan, the prison
system. Take over. I'm going to go
back and see if they have come up
with a plan, or if we're just going
to cruise on in until they
disintegrate us.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - MAIN HOLD AREA

Luke stands in the middle of the small hold area. He seems
frozen in place, a humming laser-sword held high over his
head. Ben watches him from the corner, studying his movements.
Han enters and watches with a bit of smugness.

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. The seeker
shuts off and lands on the floor.

Ben is pleased, and Han is quite impressed.

BEN
You have your father's style. You've
done very well.

HAN
Not bad.

Luke is sort of embarrassed with all the attention.

LUKE
Well, I practice a lot...

HAN
You're good with 'remotes,' but how
are you against something living?

LUKE
I don't know... I've never fought
anyone.

Han smiles knowingly.

BEN
Enough. Now try it without thinking.
It's no good talking about the Force.
You must learn to feel it. Wear this.

Ben places a large helmet on Luke's head which covers his
eyes.

LUKE
I can't see! How can I fight?

BEN
Try to feel it. Use the Force...

LUKE
I can't do it. I'll get hit.

BEN
Stop thinking, and start feeling.
Let yourself go.

Han skeptically shakes his head as Ben throws the seeker
into the air. The ball shoots straight up in the air, then
drops like a rock. Luke swings the laser-sword around blindly
missing the seeker, which fires off a laser bolt, which hits
Luke square on the seat of his pants. He lets out a painful
yell and attempts to hit the seeker, coming amazingly close,
but he is hit several more times before he manages to finally
deflect one of the bolts. The ball ceases firing and moves
back to its original position. Luke removes the helmet and
is a sweaty, exhausted mess.

BEN
See, once you let yourself go you
can do it. You'll get it.

LUKE
I don't get it, but I guess I did
block it.

HAN
I'd call it a lucky move.

Han in a split second draws his laser-pistol and blasts the
seeker. The ship begins to shudder, then a distant warning
signal goes off.

HAN
We're into the second perimeter.
They'll be coming out to blast us
shortly. I was wondering if you had
some kind of a plan or are we going
to try to blast our way in?

BEN
Check your data banks for all the
information you have on Imperial
procedures. Both of you will have to
learn...

HAN
We're going to get in by studying
Imperial procedures? I don't like
it.

BEN
All right then, we'll use your plan.

Han slumps in his seat with a dejected look.

HAN
I'll get the information.

BEN
...and I want you to start cleaning
the equipment out of the scan-
shielded compartments.

HAN
What do you want with our scan-proof
lockers?

INT. ALDERAAN - CONTROL ROOM

A CONTROLLER sits in a huge complex control room with massive
screens projecting maps of various star systems. An Imperial
COMMANDER sits next to him.

CONTROLLER
No reply on any circuits... It's
drifting on a point twenty-seven
skew. It's not close enough to
identify.

COMMANDER
Alert squad five, but hold them until
we know what it is.

CONTROLLER
Should we alert the Sith Lords?

COMMANDER
I'll make a report later.

CONTROLLER
As close as we can make out, it
appears to be a Corellian gypsy
vessel... It's not under power.

COMMANDER
Send one squad up.

INT. ALDERAAN - READY ROOM

Chaos. Red scramble lights are flashing. Alert horns and
attack buzzers create an unbelievable cacophony. Imperial
starpilots in black armored spacesuits grab their helmets
and space packs as they scramble out the door.

INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY

Pilots dash in unison to a line of small auxiliary corridors
that lead to Imperial "tie" fighters. Technical crews scurry
here and there loading last minute armament and unlocking
power cables.

EXT. SPACE AROUND PLANET ALDERAAN

The long ornate pirate starship approached 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
spacefighters 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.

INT. IMPERIAL FIGHTER - COCKPIT

The Imperial fighters are one-man craft crammed with
sophisticated electronic weaponry.

The pilot is cold and professional as his craft closes in on
the drifting starship.

PILOT
No life forms appear on the scanner.
Escape pods four, seven and oh-three
have been jettisoned. Life systems
are still functioning. It appears to
be in good shape... Should we destroy
it, or attempt salvage?... Do you
copy?

INT. ALDERAAN - CONTROL ROOM

The controller looks to the Commander for instructions.

COMMANDER
We don't get many visitors. Let's
take a look at it.

CONTROLLER
(into intercom)
Send out a boarding party. Full
assault gear.

EXT. ALDERAAN - CLOUD SEA

Several of the tiny Imperial fighters drift in orbit around
the pirate starship as a block-like boarding vessel attaches
itself to the underside of the disabled starship.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAYS

Entering through an escape hatch, several heavily armed
Imperial stormtroopers cautiously work their way down the
main corridor of the pirate starship. As they are about to
enter the cockpit area, they hear a loud clanking movement.
The ferocious stormtroopers freeze and simultaneously direct
their awesome weapons at the cockpit hatchway. Two of the
troopers start to edge their way toward the cockpit. The
tension becomes almost palpable, until finally the gangling,
bronze Threepio pops his "Art Deco" head out of the hatchway.

THREEPIO
Greetings! I'm See Threepio, Human
Cyborg relations. I'm glad you
arrived. I've been lost for some
time. My master and the crew departed
after we passed through a solar plague
zone. I've been drifting ever since.
The operation of astrovehicles is
not within my capacity...

The OFFICER talks to his commander on his head phones.

OFFICER
Apparently a plague scare... no
contamination.... We found a droid...
proceeding to check out the rest of
the ship.

The Officer indicates that Threepio should move out of the
cockpit. Two guards grab the puzzled robot.

OFFICER
(to guard)
Hold this thing for inspection.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

The Officer enters the cockpit. Threepio is completely
confused as the stormtroopers rush around completely ignoring
him. The troops search the ship with small hand scanners.
The Officer sits in the pilot's seat of the deserted ship
and begins to feed information into the computer. He opens a
com-line to the main base.

OFFICER
Base one, this is Kuro four. The aft
generator systems are out, but most
everything else seems to be in
order... I think I can bring it in
on its own power.

A TROOPER enters the cockpit.

TROOPER
All clean, sir. We couldn't get into
some of the supply lockers. Should
we blast them open.

OFFICER
Let the scavenger crews take care of
it.

EXT. 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 Imperial "tie" fighters follows the larger
pirate ship toward the city. The Imperial Officer guides the
ship toward one of the numerous huge open bays that ring the
spectacular city.

INT. ALDERAAN - PRISON CELL CORRIDOR

A cell door silently slides open revealing the unconscious
body of the princess slumped on a table-like bed. Vader and
two OFFICERS exit the cell and the door silently slides shut
again.

VADER
We'll get nothing more out of her.

1ST OFFICER
The hidden bases have to be somewhere
in the southwest. That's something...
I'll start a search operation.

VADER
Start a destroy operation... Wipe
out every system in that sector if
you have to.

The Commander approaches the Dark Lord and bows.

COMMANDER
We've picked up a Corellian ship
which was hit by plague. It's been
sterilized and we're bringing it in.

VADER
Don't worry about that. Alert all
commands to prepare the death star.
We're going into the southwest.

The Commander exits. The Officer points back to Leia's cell.

1ST OFFICER
What about her?

VADER
Terminate her... but make it slow.
We might still get some information.

INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY

The pirate starship rests in a huge hangar bay. Thirty or so
guards march up to the craft as a ramp lowers and the boarding
troops disembark.

BOARDING OFFICER
It's just a piece of drift junk. It
has some interesting innovations
though. Send in a research team before
you start the salvage operation.
Post your guards.

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. Threepio sneaks
down the hallway, pulls on a latch, and a panel on a row of
low cabinets crashes to the floor. Han Solo's head pokes out
of the hold 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.

HAN
This is ridiculous. I tell you it's
not going to work. We're never going
to get out alive.

Ben Kenobi sticks his head out of one of the lockers.

BEN
Darth Vader is on this system. I can
feel him. I can feel the Kiber
Crystal.

HAN
Is that good or bad?

BEN
It's not good... unless I could find
the Crystal. Then it could be very
good.

LUKE
What about the princess?

BEN
You go after the princess. I am an
old man and would be of little help.
I must try to find the Crystal.

LUKE
I'm not going alone!

Luke is suddenly seized with panic. He turns to Han.

HAN
Don't look at me. I'm just a pilot.
I got you here... You've got to do
the rest.

BEN
There is a greater risk in staying
here, you know. If you don't find
the princess, then the whole trip
was for nothing... wasn't it?

HAN
I'm not going out there.

He slams a panel to the deck and immediately regrets it.
Everyone looks around as if an alarm had gone off.

INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY

Two GUARDS stand on either side of the ramp leading to the
pirate starship. One of the guards hears something inside
the spacecraft. The second guard hears it also and speaks
into the headphone in his helmet.

SECOND GUARD
We've picked up a disturbance inside
the starship. Proceeding to
investigate.

The two Guards enter the spacecraft.

INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

In a small control tower above the starship a GANTRY OFFICER
speaks into his intercom.

GANTRY OFFICER
What is it?

SECOND GUARD (V.O.)
I don't hear it now... It must have
been the droid... Wait... what?

The transmission goes dead. The Gantry Officer switches to
another channel. The Officer's aide looks up from his desk.

GANTRY OFFICER
T-4, come in, T-4... Do you copy?
Are you all right?

There is a bit of static and a heavily filtered voice comes
on.

LUKE'S VOICE
We're fine... Com-link jammed.

GANTRY OFFICER
Find anything?

LUKE
Nothing...

The Gantry Officer gives his aide a puzzled look, then speaks
into the com-link.

GANTRY OFFICER
T-4, you sound a little funny... T-
4, what's your operating code?... T-
4, are you there?

The only thing that comes over the com-link is static. The
Gantry Officer gets up and heads for the door.

GANTRY OFFICER
Take over. It could just be another
bad transmitter, but I'd better check.

As the Officer approaches the door, it slides open revealing
the towering Chewbacca. The Gantry Officer is in a momentary
state of shock, as he stumbles backward. With a bone-chilling
howl, the giant Wookiee flattens the Officer with one blow.
The aide immediately reaches for his pistol, but is blasted
by Han, which sets off a series of small explosions on the
control panel. Han and Luke enter the room dressed as Imperial
stormtroopers.

LUKE
Between his howling and your blasting
everything in sight, the entire city
is going to know we're here.

HAN
Good! I prefer a straight fight to
all this sneaking around.

Ben feeds some information into the computer, and a map of
the city appears on the monitor. He begins to inspect it
carefully. Threepio and Artoo look over the control panel.
Artoo finds something that makes him whistle wildly.

THREEPIO
We'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 Gantry Officer by his toes.

LUKE
Plug him in. Let's see what we get.

Artoo punches his claw arm into the 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.

THREEPIO
Level five, Detention block A-23,
cell 2187. She's still alive...

LUKE
Send feed-back into the control
sensors in that Detention block.

BEN
That's straight through the central
core... up toward the top of the
city... Once you've got her, avoid
the main transports, they'll shut
down immediately. Your only chance
is through the service shafts. There
are no sensors there... All right
now, get going, you don't have time.
I hope you can remember everything.

HAN
We'll be back before you are, old
man.

BEN
May the Force be with you.

Old Ben slips out of the control bay and disappears down a
long gray hallway. Han whistles for Chewbacca to join them.
Luke binds the huge Wookiee with electronic cuffs. The Wookiee
has a worried and slightly frightened look on his face. Han
reassures him and straightens his jacket.

THREEPIO
Luke, sir! Pardon me for asking...
but, ah... what are we to do if
someone should discover us here?

HAN
Hope they don't have blasters.

THREEPIO
That isn't very reassuring.

Luke and Han put on their armored helmets and start off into
the giant Imperial city of Alderaan.

INT. ALDERAAN - DETENTION AREA - ELEVATOR TUBE

Han and Luke try to look inconspicuous in their armored suits
as they wait for a vacuum elevator to arrive. Troops,
bureaucrats and robots 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. Han rubs his hand across
a series of small holes.

HAN
Gas... Old Ben was definitely right.
If they discover us, we'll never get
out this way.

He gives Luke a skeptical look.

INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY AND SUB-HALLWAY

Old Ben walks very quietly behind two Imperial officers who
don't seem to be aware of his presence. They pass several
stormtroopers and a robot similar to Threepio but no one
appears to notice Ben. The old man deftly slips down a sub-
hallway and hides in a shallow alcove as a patrol of twenty
guards passes. He rushes down an ever smaller hallway and
disappears.

INT. ALDERAAN - 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.

HAN
This isn't going to work.

LUKE
Why didn't you say so before.

HAN
I think I did.

A tall, grim-looking OFFICER approaches the trio.

OFFICER
What code is this?

LUKE
I've got it here somewhere... It's
SPT 188544. You can check it through
the... ahh, oh yes, lex-321.

OFFICER
It will take a while -- the cross
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.

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.

HAN
Look 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 of the guards to fall under the laser fire, just as he
is about 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.

LUKE
A Wookiee broke loose up here, but
we've subdued him... There is a lot
of damage, and three, no four,
casualties...

INTERCOM VOICE
We'll send a squad up.

LUKE
No need, everything's under control.

INTERCOM VOICE
With four casualties?!

LUKE
The... ah door's jammed. Give us a
few minutes to get it fixed.

INTERCOM VOICE
Who is this? What's your operating...

Luke cuts off the com-link and yells down the cell row to
Han.

LUKE
Hurry up. I think we're going to
have company.

INT. ALDERAAN - PRISON CORRIDOR - CELL

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 Leia Organa hangs upside down. A strange yellow
glow radiates from her 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 princess drops like a rock into the giant
Wookiee's arms. Chewbacca slings her over his shoulder and
joins Han in the hallway.

HAN
Luke, we've got her, let's go...

INT. ALDERAAN - DETENTION AREA - DUNGEON - HALLWAY

A series of explosions 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 the cell hallway. He takes a small com-link
transmitter from his belt.

LUKE
See Threepio -- See Threepio -- Jam
the emergency communications network.
Monitor what you can... What was
that? I didn't copy...

INT. ALDERAAN - SUB-HALLWAY

Han pulls up the rusty grate leading to a service passageway
and helps Chewbacca lift the inert princess into the black
tunnel.

INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

Threepio paces the control center as little Artoo beeps and
whistles a blue streak. Threepio yells into the small com-
link transmitter.

THREEPIO
I 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 order. Threepio slams the door
shut and pushes the lock lever. Someone begins banging on
the door.

THREEPIO
Oh, no!

INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY LEADING TO CRYSTAL CHAMBER

Ben starts into the hallway leading to the crystal chamber,
just as two Sith Lords are leaving. The old man ducks into
the nearest doorway which opens and swallows him up.

INT. ALDERAAN - CLASSROOM

Ben finds himself in a small conference room filled with
about a dozen or so bureaucrats listening to an instructor
who is explaining a type of technical philosophy. The class
turns and stares at the old man. Ben raises his hands and
all the bureaucrats, including the instructor, begin coughing
and grabbing at their throats. They are unable to breather
and eventually collapse on the floor.

INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY LEADING TO THE CRYSTAL CHAMBER

One of the Sith Lords stops in the hallway opposite the
classroom door.

1ST LORD
What is it?

2ND LORD
Do you feel that?

1ST LORD
I don't feel anything.

2ND LORD
Maybe you're too young. It's the
Force... If I didn't know better I'd
say we were in the presence of a
Jedi knight.

The first Sith Lord puts his hand to his ear as a message
comes through on his helmet intercom.

1ST LORD
They're calling for us again on the
prison level.

The two Dark Lords hurry off down the hallway and Old Ben
silently exits the classroom.

INT. ALDERAAN - DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY

Luke leads Han and the Wookiee down the ever-darkening, narrow
passageway. Han and Luke switch on small lights in their
gunbelts. The rhythmic marching of stormtroopers seem to be
getting louder. Muffled voices can be heard. Luke stops before
an intersecting hallway.

HAN
They're right behind us. Which way?

Luke grabs his belt com-link and attempts to contact Threepio.

LUKE
See Threepio, do you read me? Compute
our position... See Threepio?...

Static and no reply.

LUKE
Something has happened to them.
Let's try this way...

HAN
Let's try this way! Holy Maker.

LUKE
See Threepio, come in, See Threepio.
I wonder where they are?? See
Threepio...

As they descend into the bowels of the city, the eerie, slimy
corridor becomes narrower and filled ankle-deep with water
and ooze.

INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

A soft buzzer and the muted voice of Luke calling out for
See Threepio can be heard on Threepio's hand com-link which
is sitting on the deserted computer console. Artoo and
Threepio are nowhere in sight. Suddenly there is a great
explosion and the door to the control tower flies across the
floor. Four armed stormtroopers enter the chamber. A muffled
voice can be heard coming from one of the supply cabinets.

THREEPIO
Help! Help! Let us out.

The troops inspect the dead bodies and release Threepio from
the supply cabinets. Artoo is shut down and does not move.

THREEPIO
They're madman! They are heading for
the prison level. If you hurry, you
might catch them... they just left.

The troops hustle off down the hallway, leaving two guards
to watch over the control room.

Threepio takes a round disk-like object and attaches it to
Artoo's head, which lifts him a foot off the ground and moves
him toward the door.

THREEPIO
All this excitement has burned out
my counterpart. If you don't mind, I
have to take him down to maintenance.

The guard nods and Threepio with little Artoo in tow hurries
out the door.

INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY

Artoo sparks to life and the two robots scurry off down the
empty hallway.

THREEPIO
That was too close. Now we'll have
to find another control socket an
plug you back in or everything is
lost.

INT. ALDERAAN - CRYSTAL CHAMBER

Old Ben carefully approaches the pedestal on which the Kiber
Crystal is resting. He gracefully sidesteps a series of
invisible beams. It looks as if he is doing a strange dance.
Ben stops about five feet in front of the Crystal. His eyes
light up, and it appears he is renewed with a new inner
strength.

Ben lifts his arms and slowly the Crystal begins to rise off
the pedestal and move toward the old Jedi. The intense glow
of the magical stone increases as it passes through an
invisible protective death ray. Just before it reaches Ben's
hand, it passes through a blue beam that sets off an alarm
which instantaneously slams the door shut and the room glows
a bright red.

INT. ALDERAAN - DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY

The passageway has gotten so small that Han, Luke and
Chewbacca must walk sideways. The princess is standing between
Luke and the Wookiee and is semi-conscious.

LUKE
I think she's going to be all right.

HAN
Not if this tunnel deadends.

Suddenly the way opens up to a wide, low-ceilinged corridor
that is filled with water about waist high. At the far end
of the tunnel is a small light. Chewbacca puts the princess
back over his shoulder.

HAN
I see a light. We may get out of
this yet.

The princess wakes up and is thoroughly confused by her
surroundings.

LEIA
What is it? What's going on? Where
are we?

LUKE
You're safe. We've come to get you
out of here... Just relax.

The two boys wade into the submerged corridor, but Chewbacca
won't enter. He frantically begins sniffing the air and
jabbers something to Han.

HAN
There is no choice. The troops are
right behind us. Come on.

Chewbacca won't budge. He seems terribly afraid of something
in the water. Han wades back and pulls the huge Wookiee
carrying the princess into the water.

LUKE
Is he afraid of the water?

HAN
No, he smells something... but we
haven't time to worry about it now.

The group moves forward through the dark corridor, unaware
of the ominous ripples on the water's surface.

The giant Wookiee stops and howls something to Han. The young
starcaptain talks to the frightened creature and eventually
calms him down. The dim light at the end of the corridor
glimmers and becomes stronger.

A loud, horrible, inhuman moan works its way up from the
murky depths followed by a huge jellyfish-like form, which
shoots out of the water and towers above the petrified group.
Chewbacca lets out a terrified howl and begins to back away.
Han and Luke stand fast with their laser-pistols drawn. The
Wookiee is cowering near one of the walls with the groggy
princess on his shoulder.

Han 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 Dia Nogu, which is transparent with long slimy tentacles.

HAN
It's not a natural creature... our
weapons are no good against it.

The huge shape, breathing loud and deep, submerges again and
the telltale ripples head toward Luke.

HAN
Watch it! Move back.

LUKE
Get Chewbacca. Try to get around it.
I'll draw it away.

Han turns and wades back to Chewbacca, who is huddled against
the wall. 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 Dia Nogu can
be seen as it swims by Luke.

LUKE
It just passed me. Maybe it's
harmless. I'm gong to try for that
opening.

Suddenly Luke is yanked underwater. Han has blindfolded
Chewbacca and is attempting to lead the Wookiee and the
princess toward the lighted opening at the far end of the
tunnel.

HAN
Luke! Where are you? What happened?

Luke surfaces with a gasp of air and thrashing of limbs with
a membrane tentacle wrapped around his throat.

LUKE
Get gong! I'll keep it busy.

Luke is dragged under again. Han grabs the princess and makes
his way around the treacherous creature to the small opening
at the end of the passageway. Luke bobs to the surface with
a severed tentacle dangling around his neck.

LUKE
It's only light that doesn't affect
it. Solid things, like rocks, can
hurt it! Fire above him!

HAN
Move out of the way!

Luke tries to swim away, but is grabbed by the creature. Han
fires his laser-pistol into the ceiling above the creature,
knocking rocks and debris on top of it. The Dia Nogu thrashes
about for a few moments, then the water's calm, and all is
quiet. There is no sign of Luke. Han bows his head as the
hope drains from his face. Chewbacca lifts the princess
through the small opening in the wall, then struggles to
squeeze himself through also. Han starts to turn back toward
the escape hole, when Luke pops out of the water with a gasp
and starts swimming like mad toward the starcaptain.

LUKE
It's still alive. It's gone crazy.
Get out of here!

The boys rush up to the small escape port only to find
Chewbacca stuck. Luke begins pushing the Wookiee as Han turns
and fires off another blast at the ceiling. A rush of rock
and debris temporarily holds off the charging Dia Nogu. Han
helps Luke push Chewbacca through the hole. Then the two
boys scamper to safety just before the fearsome creature
begins another charge.

INT. ALDERAAN - UNUSED HALLWAY

The group is standing in a dusty unused hallway. The Dia
Nogu bangs against the opening and a long slimy tentacle
works its way out of the doorway searching for a victim. Han
aims his pistol. The princess is groggy, but conscious. She
takes command of the situation.

LEIA
No, 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
empty passageway. Luke simply shakes his head in disgust.

LEIA
Listen, blockhead, I don't know where
you came from, and I'm grateful, but
from now on you do as I tell you.

Han is stunned at the command of the petite young girl. Luke
bows before the princess.

LUKE
I am Luke Starkiller at your service.

LEIA
There'll be time for that later. Now
let's get out of here.

The group moves swiftly down the deserted corridor. The
awkward silence is broken by Han, who's about had it with
the princess.

HAN
I don't care if the entire city heard
me. All this sneaking around is going
to get us killed. I'd rather fight
my way out.

INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL

Troops carry the two unconscious guards from the pirate
starship and march past Threepio and little Artoo, who are
hidden near a tiny service panel. Artoo removes the panel
and sticks his claw arm into the socket. The little robot's
circuits immediately light up and one of his antenna begins
to spin wildly. Smoke begins to pour from him before Threepio
can pull him loose. Artoo lets out with a few wilted beeps
as he cools off.

THREEPIO
Well, next time pay more attention.
You could have been fried... Are
there any other sockets around
here?... You must get back into the
system right away... or Master Luke
will be caught for sure.

Artoo whistles a mournful reply and trudges off behind some
canisters to look for another socket.

INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY LEADING TO CRYSTAL CHAMBER

A half dozen troops are milling around outside the crystal
chamber. An Imperial COMMANDER approaches, and they all snap
to attention.

COMMANDER
What are you waiting for? Open it
up!

No one moves. Finally a SERGEANT speaks up.

SERGEANT
We were told to wait for the Sith
Lords to arrive.

COMMANDER
They're all up on the prison level.
The alarms short circuited again. A
relay feedback probably tripped it.
I think we can handle it. Unlock the
door.

The troops lower their weapons as the heavy door is unlocked.
The door swings open to reveal the withered old Jedi, standing
with his laser-sword drawn. For a brief moment the Commander
and his men are stunned.

COMMANDER
Shoot him down!

Before the troops can fire their weapons Old Ben has moved
through them swinging his deadly blade, cutting the troops
to ribbons. The old man flees down the hallway with what's
left of the troops vainly attempting to blast him.

INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY

Luke, Han, Chewbacca and Princess Leia run down an empty
hallway and stop before a bay window overlooking the pirate
starship. Luke takes out his pocket com-link.

LUKE
See Threepio... do you copy?

THREEPIO
I read you sir.

LUKE
You're back. What happened? Never
mind. What's going on?

THREEPIO
I'm afraid we're not plugged in at
the moment, sir. We've had some
problems.

LUKE
Are you safe?

THREEPIO
For the moment. We're in the main
hangar. Artoo is trying to plug into
the system now.

LUKE
Good. We're right above you. Stand
by.

Han is watching the dozen or so troops moving in and out of
the starship.

HAN
It's going to take a little doing to
get back to the ship. It looks like
I'm going to get a fight after all.

The two boys rush down the hallway, followed by the lumbering
Chewbacca and Princess Leia. They round a corner and run
smack dab into twenty Imperial stormtroopers heading towards
them. Both groups are taken by surprise and stop in their
tracks. Before even thinking, Han draws his laser-pistol 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 to the ship!

LUKE
Come back here... Where are you going?

Han has already rounded a corner and does not hear. Chewbacca,
quite upset at his master's disappearance, lets out a mighty
howl and chases after him.

LUKE
Holy Maker!

Luke is furious but doesn't have time to think about it, for
muted alarms begin to go off down on the hangar deck. Luke
and the princess start off toward the starship hangar.

INT. ALDERAAN - SUB-HALLWAY

Han chases the ten stormtroopers down a long sub-hallway.
He is yelling and brandishing his laser-pistol. The troops
reach a deadend 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 raise their laser
guns. Soon all ten troopers are moving into an attack position
in front of the lone starpirate. Han's determined look begins
to fade as the troops begin to advance.

INT. ALDERAAN - SUB-HALLWAY

Chewbacca runs down the sub-hallway in a last-ditch attempt
to save his bold captain. Suddenly he hears the firing of
laser guns and yelling. Around the corner shoots Han Solo,
pirate extraordinaire, running for his life, followed by a
host of furious stormtroopers. Chewbacca turns and starts
running the other way also. They run around several corners
and the troops drop behind.

INT. ALDERAAN - NARROW PASSAGEWAY

Old Ben hides in the shadows of a narrow passageway as twenty
or thirty stormtroopers rush past him in the main hallway.
He checks to make sure they're gone, then runs down the
hallway in the opposite direction.

INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL

Little Artoo carefully plugs his claw arm into a new wall
socket, and a complex array of electronic sounds spew from
the tiny robot.

THREEPIO
Wait a minute, slow down!... That's
better. They're where? They what?
They are? Oh, no! We're going to be
mashed into conduit before this is
over...

LUKE
See Threepio! Do you copy?

INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY - BLAST SHIELD DOOR

Luke and the princess run down a hallway and reach a complex
blast shield door. Luke is talking into his com-link.

LUKE
Are you hooked into the system?...
Good. Open the shield door...
11054B... hurry...

Han and Chewbacca come lumbering around the corner and rush
up to Luke and the princess.

HAN
Can you get it open?

A multi-layered series of doors begin to open behind them,
just as the squad of stormtroopers that are chasing Han and
Chewbacca round the corner and start firing on the rebels.
Han returns the fire and the hallway quickly fills up with
smoke and confusion as the final hatch swings open.

They turn and start into the main spaceport causeway. A few
steps into the causeway the group stops short. Two Dark Lords
of the Sith, leading about thirty stormtroopers, stride toward
them. Luke and Han let loose with their blasters, then follow
the princess and the Wookiee back into the first hallway.
Luke takes out his com-link.

LUKE
See Threepio... Close the shield
door! Close the shield door quickly...
lock it tight!

The five layers of the door instantly slam shut. Laser bolts
continued to ricochet around them.

HAN
Now what!?!

Luke shrugs his shoulders. The stormtroopers continue their
assault, filling the hallway with smoke and debris.

LEIA
This way, hurry!

She rushes over to a large slit in the wall somewhat like a
storm drain. She jumps through the narrow opening as Han and
Chewbacca look on in amazement. Chewbacca says something.

HAN
Go on! You big furry oaf.

He shoves the Wookiee into the tiny opening and the Wookiee
disappears into the darkness followed quickly by Han. Luke
fires off a couple of quick blasts, creating a smoky cover,
then slides into the garbage chute and is gone. When the
smoke clears, the troops advance.

SERGEANT
Get this shield door open!

INT. ALDERAAN - SPACEPORT - GARBAGE ROOM

Luke tumbles into a large room filled with garbage and muck.
Han and Chewbacca are already stumbling around looking for
an exit. He finds a small hatchway and struggles to get it
open. It won't budge.

HAN
(sarcastic)
The garbage chute wasn't a bad idea,
your highness, but unfortunately
these trash rooms are vacuum sealed.

He draws his laser-pistol and fires at the hatch. The laser
bolt ricochets wildly around the small metal room. Everyone
dives for cover in the garbage as the bolt explodes almost
on top of them. Leia climbs out of the garbage with a rather
grim look on her face.

LEIA
Put that thing away or you're going
to get us all killed.

HAN
(sarcastic)
Yes, your highness. I'll let you
open it then. It won't be too long
before they figure out what happened
to us. This has turned into a
brilliant escape!

LEIA
It could be worse...

Luke and the princess go over to help Chewbacca, who is
straining to open the emergency latch. Han moves about in
the muck. Suddenly the walls of the garbage receptacle shudder
and move in a couple of inches. Then everything is deathly
quiet.

HAN
I've got a very bad feeling about
all this.

Before anyone can say anything the walls begin to rumble and
edge toward the rebels.

LEIA
Don't just stand there. Try to brace
it with something.

They place poles and long metal beams between the closing
walls, but they are simply snapped and bent as the giant
trash masher rumbles on. The situation doesn't look good.

HAN
This isn't working, your highness.

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.

LUKE
Holy Maker, Threepio. I forgot...

THREEPIO
Are you there, sir? We're going...

LUKE
Threepio! Shut down all garbage
mashers on your level... Do you copy??
Threepio, shut down all garbage...

The rumbling walls continue. It looks hopeless, and then
they stop. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief. Luke goes
over to the pressure hatch and scrapes some muck off a number.

LUKE
Open the pressure maintenance hatch
on unit 366117891...

INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY - BLAST SHIELD DOOR

The huge blast shield door slides open and the stormtroopers
on either side almost shoot each other, but quickly realize
they have been tricked. The Sith Lords point to the garbage
chute.

INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY LEADING TO MAIN FORWARD BAY

Old Ben hurries along one of the tunnels leading to the
starship hangar. Just before he is about to reach the hangar,
Darth Vader steps into view at the end of the tunnel not
more than ten feet away.

VADER
I've been waiting... At least we
meet again... It could only have
been you...

BEN
The Force of the Bogan has grown
strong with you. I expected your
master...

VADER
You were once my master, but I am
the master now... the Crystal will
be of little use to you...

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. Old Ben 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
Your powers are weak... Old man, you
should never have come back.

Ben makes a sudden lunge at the huge warrior but is checked
by a lightning movement of the Sith. A masterful slash-stroke
by Vader is blocked by the old Jedi. Another of the Jedi's
blows is blocked, then countered. Ben moves around the Dark
Lord and starts backing into the massive starship hangar.
The two powerful warriors stand motionless for a few moments
with laser-swords locked in mid-air, creating a low buzzing
sound.

INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY - STARSHIP

Threepio looks up and sees Ben emerging from the hallway.

THREEPIO
There's the general! Where are the
others?... Oh, no!

Threepio ducks out of sight as the seven stormtroopers who
were guarding the starship rush past them heading toward Ben
and the Sith knight. When the robot ventures another peek,
he spots Han, Luke, Chewbacca and the princess running out
of a tunnel on the other side of the starship and heading
toward them. He pulls on Artoo.

THREEPIO
Unplug yourself. We're going!

Ben sees the troops charging toward him and realizes that he
is trapped. Vader takes advantage of Ben's momentary
distraction and brings his mighty laser-sword down on the
old man. But Ben manages to deflect the blow, swiftly turning
around, cutting a safety lock on the blast door. Vader is
standing in the access tunnel, while Ben is in the huge
hangar, and the heavy blast door slams down between them,
trapping Vader in the tunnel.

Ben instantly turns toward the troops. They stop in their
tracks and start to raise their weapons. Before they can
fire a shot, a laser bolt explodes in the middle of them,
creating havoc. The troops turn around to see Luke and Han
firing on them from the ramp of the starship. Threepio and
Artoo run up the ramp and disappear inside the ship. Chewbacca
appears at the door of the pirate ship and throws a dead
stormtrooper onto the hangar floor. Luke turns to Han.

LUKE
Get the ship started!

As Han starts up the ramp, Leia grabs the laser-pistol out
of his hand. Han starts to grab it back, then thinks better
of it and rushes into the starship. Ben charges into the
troops, cutting them down as he goes. Luke is forced to stop
firing and runs to the old man's aid with his laser-sword
drawn. Several of the troops flee in panic, but the two that
remain fire their laser-pistols point blank at the old man.
Ben deflects the bolt, but it explodes near him and he slumps
to the floor in a heap. Luke cuts down the remaining troops
and rushes to the old Jedi's side.

Ben is still alive, but badly hurt. A fresh squad of
stormtroopers appear at a second tunnel, and Leia fires off
a blast that makes them duck for cover.

LEIA
Luke, quickly! There are more coming!

Luke struggles to drag the old man toward the ship under the
constant fire of the Imperial troops. Luke fires back whenever
possible and manages to keep the troops at bay. The princess
takes careful aim and hits the safety lock on the blast door,
causing it to slam shut, leaving only three troops left in
the hangar. The princess runs down the ramp and helps Luke
drag the old man aboard. Luke puts away his laser-pistol and
takes out his com-link.

LUKE
Han, close the main hatch and get
this thing moving!

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

Han pulls back on the controls and the ship begins to move.
The dull thud of laser bolts can be heard bouncing of the
outside of the ship. The princess enters the cockpit with a
worried look on her face.

HAN
Don't worry. They aren't going to
hurt us with those peashooters...
This ship is fully shielded.

INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY - STARSHIP

The pirate starship lifts away from the starship bay and
quickly disappears into the cloud sea of Alderaan. The three
troops continue to fire at the retreating ship.

The blast doors quickly slide open revealing Darth Vader, an
Imperial commander and many troops. The Dark Lord casually
enters the hangar bay and speaks to the commander.

VADER
Very good. It worked. Slow them down,
but don't stop them. Alert all the
tracking stations. We should soon
know the location of at least one of
their hidden bases. Alert the Death
Star.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

Chewbacca enters the crowded cockpit and jabbers away to
Han. The young starcaptain jumps up while speaking into the
com-link.

HAN
Luke, you'd better get to on of the
gun ports. We've got four tie ships
coming in on grid five.

Chewbacca squeezes into the pilot's chair next to the
princess. Han notices the skeptical look on Leia's face.

HAN
With your permission I will go and
assist young Luke. Don't worry.
Chewbacca's a better pilot than I
am.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - GUN PORTS - AFT SECTION - TRAVELING

Luke is firing one of the two main laser cannons mounted in
large rotating bubble turrets. He adjusts his headphones and
searches his electronic tracking screen for the Imperial
fighters.

LEIA (V.O.)
(over headphones)
Here come six more... grid two!

HAN
Was this trip really necessary?

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 as he
continues to return the fire. Moments later Han lowers his
glare reflector and with a burst of smoke and electrical
charge 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.

EXT. SPACE AROUND ARLDEAAN

Imperial fighters buzz about everywhere. The constant flashing
of deflected laser bolts reflect in the interior of the turret
bubble.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA

The robots secure the wounded Ben Kenobi in a bunk. A huge
explosion throws Artoo and Threepio crashing against the
passageway wall.

THREEPIO
Here we go again. How did we manage
to get into this mess again?

Over the com-link the princess 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.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

The cockpit is alive with warning lights and buzzers, but
Chewbacca manages to keep things under control.

LEIA
There are only three or four left.

HAN
(over intercom)
Chewbacca, it's time we showed them
this isn't the regulation F8-88 Cargo
Trawler.

Chewbacca 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.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - GUN PORTS - AFT SECTION - TRAVELING

Luke and Han continue to fire at the Imperial fighters.

HAN
At this speed they aren't very
maneuverable...

One explodes, then another.

LEIA
(over intercom)
They're dropping away... We made it.

Luke and Han congratulate each other on their victory.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY - SLEEP AREA

Leia follows little Artoo into the sleep area where Threepio
and Luke are trying to make Old Ben comfortable. Han finishes
putting away some medical supplies as the princess enters.

LEIA
All the data banks in Artoo are still
secure.

HAN
Then I think we're due the reward
you offered... and it had better be
substantial after what we've been
through.

LEIA
When Artoo has been safely delivered
to my forces, you get your reward.
You have my guarantee.

HAN
What's that little 'droid' carrying
that's so blasted important?

LEIA
The plans and specifications to a
battle station with enough fire power
to destroy an entire system... Our
only hope in destroying it is to
find its weakness, which we will
determine from the data I stored in
Artoo. We captured the plans in a
raid on the Imperial shipyards, but
we fell under attack before I could
get the data to safety, so I hid it
in this Artoo unit and sent him off.

HAN
Where are you taking us now anyway?

LEIA
The fourth moon of Yavin. I've given
the coordinates to Chewbacca.

HAN
I'd better go see how he's doing.

Han exits as Old Ben painfully lifts himself on one elbow.

BEN
They let us go... They're tracking
us. They want to find your hidden
bases. They'll destroy the system.

LEIA
I know they'll follow... and they'll
bring the Death Star, but our only
hope is to destroy it before it
destroys us. Hiding is useless now.
With the Death Star they will continue
to destroy systems until they have
found us. We have no alternative but
to process the information and use
it while there is still time.

Threepio helps the old man lie back.

LUKE
Are there medical facilities on Yavin?

LEIA
He'll be well cared for.

EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

The battered pirate starship drifts into orbit around the
emerald green fourth moon of Yavin.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Han and Chewbacca are at the controls as Luke hurries into
the cockpit.

HAN
I don't pick up any life form
concentration down there. She'd better
be right.

LUKE
They must be shielded somehow. I'm
sure the base is there.

HAN
Well, if it's not, we'll be facing
that Death Star all by our lonesome.

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 the light cloud cover and
disappear in the dense, steaming jungles of Yavin's fourth
moon.

EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - VINE JUNGLE

One of the lifepods has come to rest in the middle of a small
clearing. Han, Luke and Threepio emerge from the capsule
into a forest of gargantuan trees shrouded in an eerie mist.
The air is heavy with the fantastic cries of unimaginable
creatures.

LUKE
I don't see how we got through those
trees in one piece.

A loud crashing sound is heard coming through the jungle.
Han instantly draws his laser-pistol and then relaxes when
he sees that it is Chewbacca leading Leia and little Artoo
into the clearing.

HAN
I don't see how we're going to find
anything out here. This terrain is
hopeless.

LEIA
Did it occur to you they might find
us?

The princess has a knowing smile on her face as Han looks
around in the nearby jungle and realizes they are surrounded
by twenty rebel Aquillian rangers. The rebel soldiers break
out of the dark foliage and approach the group. The princess
meets them a short way from the group and gives out a series
of animated orders. The soldiers begin to rush about. Four
of them attach a lifting disk on Artoo and easily carry him
off. Two other rangers help Luke lift Old Ben out of the
landing pod and onto a stretcher. The princess rejoins the
group.

LEIA
We must hurry to the base. We have
little time before the Death Star
arrives.

HAN
I'd like to get paid before that
eventually. I don't plan to stick
around for the fireworks.

Luke is surprised at Han's desire to leave and is clearly
disappointed.

EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST

An ancient temple rots in the dense jungle.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

In the bowels of the temple a massive and sophisticated war
room has been constructed. The princess stands before a large
electronic wall display surrounded by a half dozen field
commanders. Luke, Han, Chewbacca and Threepio are milling
around just outside the war room. An OFFICER enters and hooks
up a headphone to the display board. Artoo is standing near
the princess with his arm plugged into a computer panel.

OFFICER
The analysis is coming through now.

Everyone turns to the big board where various schematics of
a large round space station are displayed.

OFFICER
The cross analysis confirms a weak
point here, near the north axis...

The display flashes a close angle of the north pole of the
complex globe.

OFFICER
In an area somewhere below the
generating towers there is a small
thermal exhaust port. It is an
unshielded shaft that runs directly
into the reactor system.

A large, sallow-eyed general named AAY ZAVOS fiddles nervously
with a small hand computer.

ZAVOS
The greatest concentration of fire
power is at the poles... That exhaust
port looks too small to hit from the
air... We'll have to land an assault
force and use delayed link-weapons.

The GRAND MOUFF TARKIN, the thin commander of the outland
Kesselian Dagoons, stands.

TARKIN
An assault force is too big. Their
lateral defenses are too strong for
that type of landing. With all due
respect, I suggest an attack with
our smallest, most maneuverable ships.
If we can get close enough, I think
we can target it.

LEIA
Correlate the plan into the master
logic system. If there is any kind
of probability ratio at all, we'll
go ahead with it. Send out the
alert... We haven't much time.

Most of the commanders hurry out of the room. Two of the
generals stay with the princess and go over the Death Star
readout. Han and Luke watch as the commanders rush out of
the war room. Han is getting impatient and before Luke can
stop him, he has pushed past the guards and approached the
princess.

HAN
What about us? Are we to wait forever?
Is our reward to be blown to bits on
this forsaken system, while your
fleet mounts some suicidal attack on
that Death Star? Part of my reward
is that I be around to spend it.

LEIA
I have little time for your mercenary
concerns, but I am grateful for the
service you have given to our cause.
What is your price?

A grin slides across Han's face.

HAN
Ten million.

The two rebel generals look at one another almost not
believing their ears. Luke starts to say something, but the
princess turns to an officer.

LEIA
See that he gets it and quickly.

The princess then turns to Luke. She is very cold and
businesslike.

LEIA
And you?

LUKE
I... I don't know. I guess I never
thought about it... I just want to
help. I want to be in on the attack.
I want my own ship.

LEIA
If you're as good a pilot as you are
a swordsman... We're the ones who
have been rewarded.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - MEDICAL CHAMBER

Old Ben rests in the cool, dim quiet of an electronic medical
chamber. Luke and Han are by his side.

HAN
Goodbye, Ben, goodbye, Luke. This is
a charter I won't soon forget. And I
thought it would be a snap.

He shakes his head. Luke extends his hand.

LUKE
You're a good pilot... I've learned
a lot from you... I wish you...

HAN
I know, but the chances for survival
here just aren't great enough in my
book. I've got what I came for. Now
I've got to get back to my ship.

They shake hands. Han starts to leave, then turns and winks.

HAN
May the Force be with you.

Chewbacca is waiting for him outside the room, and they hurry
off down the hallway. Luke turns back to Ben.

BEN
I want you to take this.

He pulls the Kiber Crystal out of his tunic and it radiates
a warm glow through out the small room. Luke takes it.

LUKE
The Kiber Crystal.

BEN
Keep it with you always. You'll have
more need of it than I. It will bring
the Force to you. You've already
learned to feel it... Now you must
learn to use it.

Luke lowers his head in a kind of meditation.

BEN
You'd better hurry if you're going
to get to that briefing.

Luke stands up as Threepio and Artoo enter.

LUKE
You'd better be up and around by the
time I get back. Threepio, take good
care of him.

Luke pats the lanky robot on the back.

LUKE
You've done well, Threepio. You have
both served us well beyond your
programming. When I return, I'll
have both you and Artoo retired, if
you like.

Artoo lets out with a couple of soft beeps.

THREEPIO
Thank you, sir. Your kindness is
greatly appreciated, but if it's at
all possible, Artoo and I would like
to remain in your service.

LUKE
I'd consider it an honor.

He turns and starts out the door.

LUKE
Come on, Artoo. We've got some work
to do.

The stubby little droid waddles out of the room after his
master.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - BRIEFING ROOM

The Grand Mouff Tarkin stands before a large projection of
the north pole of the Death Star. Four squad commanders (BLUE
LEADER, RED LEADER, etc.) sit to one side of the giant
readout. The low ceilinged room is filled with starpilots,
navigators, and a sprinkling of Artoo-type robots. Everyone
is listening intently to what Tarkin is saying.

TARKIN
...You'll have to come straight in,
then at the last possible moment
level off and skim the surface to
this point. The target is a four by
four thermal exhaust port that runs
directly into the reactor system. A
direct hit straight into the shaft
should set up a chain reaction that
will destroy the station... the post
is ray-shielded, so you'll have to
use your torpedoes.

Luke is sitting next to CHEWIE ANTILLES, a hot-shot pilot
about sixteen years old. Artoo is sitting next to a little R-
2 robot, who lets out a long whistle of hopelessness and
skepticism.

CHEWIE (BLUE TWO)
A four by four target at maximum
speed with a torpedo yet! That's
going to be a neat trick.

LUKE
It's not so bad. We used to bullseye
womprats in my T-16 back home.

CHEWIE
This will take a little more than a
barnyard marksmanship, believe me.

Red Leader, a roguish looking man in his early thirties,
stands and addresses the pilots.

RED LEADER
Take a special note of these
emplacements. There is a heavy
concentration of fire power on the
lateral axis... also their generating
towers will probably create a strong
magnetic field. It is calculated
that maneuverability in this sector
will be less than point three.

TARKIN
We must have a direct hit. Yellow
squadron will cover for red on the
first run. Then green will cover for
blue on the second. Any questions?

A muted buzz moves throughout the room, but there are no
questions.

TARKIN
Then man your ships and may the Force
be with you.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - MAIN HANGAR DECK

Luke and little Artoo enter a huge spaceship hangar carved
out of the interior of the crumbling temple and hurry along
a long line of gleaming spacefighters.

Flight crews rush here and there loading last minute armament
and unlocking power couplings. Luke is stopped by Blue Leader,
a rugged, handsome man in his forties. He has the confident
smile of a born leader.

BLUE LEADER
You're Starkiller?

LUKE
Yes, sir.

BLUE LEADER
Have you been checked out?

LUKE
Yes, sir. I was considered one of
the best bush pilots on Sullust.
I've also had six hours on the T-2.

Blue Leader has a skeptical look on his face.

BLUE LEADER
Six hours, huh? Well, that's your
ship there. You're blue five. You
stay glued to me. I don't want any
independent operations out there.
Personally I think it's foolish for
them to be sending fresh kids out on
a job like this. This is no joy ride
we're going on.

LUKE
Yes, sir.

A warning buzzer sounds and Blue Leader smiles.

BLUE LEADER
May the Force be with you.

Luke makes a short bow from the waist as Blue Leader hurries
to his ship. Luke's ground crew has hoisted little Artoo
into a socket on the back of the one-man starship fighter.
Luke climbs aboard the sleek, deadly spacecraft. Blue Leader
gives his ground crew the signal that he is starting his ion
engines. Luke's CREW CHIEF pats him on the helmet and has to
yell to be heard over the ion engines.

CHIEF
That R-2 unit of yours seems a little
beat-up. Do you want a new one?

Luke shakes his head no.

CHIEF
Knock them all the way back to
Alderaan.

The canopy is closed and the powerful starship moves into a
deep runway shaft that leads to the outside. Luke checks out
the computer readouts as his crew locks down the armament.

LUKE
Artoo, are you secure?

The little droid, who is now part of the exterior shell of
the starship, beeps that he is fine, which reads out over
the computer monitor. One of the crewman climbs up to the
cockpit.

CREWMAN
I've removed the lateral casings,
which should make you about a thousand
pounds lighter.

He hangs a small good luck charm inside the cockpit as the
canopy starts to slide closed. Luke signals to the crewmen
that everything is okay. Other crewmen say goodbye to their
pilots, some serious, some kidding -- all with a great deal
of hidden emotion.

EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST - JUNGLE

All that can be seen of the fortress is a lone guard standing
on a small pedestal jutting out above the dense jungle. The
muted, gruesome crying sounds that naturally permeate this
eerie purgatory are overwhelmed by the thundering din of ion
rockets as four silver starships catapult from the foliage
in a tight formation and disappear into the morning cloud
cover.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

The princess sits quietly before the giant display showing
the planet of Yavin and her four moons. The red dot that
represents the Death Star moves ever closer to the system. A
series of green dots appear around the fourth moon. The Grand
Mouff Tarkin stands behind the princess with several other
field commanders.

TARKIN
They're all away. For the first time
since the take-over, I feel real
hope.

Everyone turns as Threepio enters with Old Ben who is walking
with a chrome cane. The old man smiles at the young princess.

LEIA
Switch them to the main com-link
system. Let everyone hear it.

The voices of the starpilots are broadcast into the room.

BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Masassi Base, we have visual contact.

EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

A small bright speck orbiting the huge red planet of Yavin
sparkles in the light of the distant sun. Eight rebel
starships 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.

INT. BLUE LEADER STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Blue Leader, in the first ship, signals to the other pilots
in his wing group. The many monitors are filled with various
computer readouts and displays. Over the com-link one of the
other starpilots (BLUE SIX) reports to Blue Leader.

BLUE SIX (V.O.)
(intercom)
Look at the size of that thing!

BLUE LEADER
Cut off, Blue Six. Stand by. Blue
group, move in to cover the south.
Red group, try for the exhaust port.
Settle in. Here we go.

INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Luke adjusts the controls of the tiny starfighter and lowers
the sunshade on his goggles.

BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Blue Five, does that glare bother
you?

LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
I've got it blocked. I'm all right.

EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE

Fuel pods are jettisoned. The starship fighters extend their
dart-like wings and 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. Luke directs
his fire at one of the prime power terminals. It explodes,
generating weird electronic arcs that leap off the station's
surface.

INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN STATION 143-

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. Man 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.

VADER
Get to your ships. I'll take the
lead myself. We finally have them
where we want them.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

The princess and her generals listen silently to the action
of the starships over the com-link. The aides and troops
move about very quietly listening to the battle as they work.

BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Blue One to Masassi Base, we're
nearing the south pole transmitter
area. The magnetic concussion is
getting very rough. We're starting
our run. Tighten it up. Blue Two,
tighten it up. Watch those towers.

CHEWIE (BLUE TWO)(V.O.)
Heavy fire, boss. Twenty-three
degrees.

BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
I see it. Pull in. Pull in. We're
picking up some interference.

BLUE SIX (V.O.)
Wow, I've never seen such fire power.

BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Pull in, Blue Two. Pull in. Chewie,
do you read me? Chewie?

CHEWIE (V.O.)
I'm all right, boss. I've got a
target. I'm going in to check it
out.

BLUE SIX (V.O.)
There is too much action, Chewie.
Get out!

BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Break off, Chewie. Acknowledge. We've
hit to much interference. Blue Six,
can you see Blue Two?

BLUE SIX (V.O.)
I've lost him. There's a heavy fire
zone on this side. My scanner's
jammed. Blue Five?

LUKE (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.

BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Watch your back, Luke. Watch your
back! Squad above you, Blue Five!
Coming in -- about six ships.

EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE - REBEL
FIGHTERS

Two fin-winged Imperial fighters dive on Luke, but he does a
quick spiral turn and eludes them.

RED LEADER
Blue Leader, this is Red Leader...
We've marked the target and are
starting our attack run.

BLUE LEADER
I copy, Red Leader. We'll try to
keep them busy on this end. Blue
Five, stay close now...

Blue Leader and Luke (Blue Five) and Blue Four dive in unison
through a forest of radar domes, antenna 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. Blue Four and Blue Leader fire into the tie
fighters as the six ships crisscross the surface of the
fortress.

Suddenly a dense barrage of laser fire erupts from a
protruding tower, catching Blue Four broadside. The rebel
spacecraft bursts into a million flaming pieces. Luke has a
sudden realization of the danger he is in, but it quickly
fades as another Imperial fighter moves onto his tail and
begins firing. Luke rolls away from the enemy ship.

Blue 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.

INT. Y WING REBEL STARFIGHTER - RED LEADER COCKPIT

A blazing and out of control Red Leader dives toward the
Death Star surface followed by Darth Vader in a small, spider-
like Imperial fighter.

RED LEADER
Blue Leader, this is Red Leader.
They hit us before we could get down.
You'll need more air cover. Sith
Lords...

EXT. DEATH STAR - SOUTH POLE

Blue Leader see Luke has an Imperial fighter on his tail.

BLUE LEADER
We're on our way, Red Leader.

Blue Two (Chewie) miraculously dives his ship through a
virtual sea of laser fire and blasts the Imperial fighters
chasing Luke into dust. Chewie signals to Luke, who lets out
a whooping cheer as Chewie veers into a victory roll.

BLUE LEADER
Great moves, Chewie. Red Leader needs
some help. We're going to try for
the exhaust port. Coincide, Blue
Five.

Luke and Blue Three bob and weave in formation toward a group
of giant towers at the north pole.

LUKE
I see the target. It looks good.

BLUE THREE
I've got it. We're hit! We're hit!

LUKE
Eject... Eject. Blue Three, do you
read?

BLUE THREE
I'm all right. I can hold it. Give
me a little room, Blue Five. Watch
it! Watch it!

Blue Three wobbles a little, then drops away sharply, plowing
into a huge laser gun emplacement, causing a hideous series
of chain reaction explosions. The remaining starships of the
Blue group fly in a tight formation and dive between the
tall towers near the exhaust port.

BLUE LEADER
Masassi Base, we're in position and
staring for the target. Chewie, hold
your fire until we're within point
zero five four. Make it count. Luke,
stay close.

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. One of
the Blue Four's engines begins to smoke and an R-2 unit pops
out of the back and attempts to repair it.

CHEWIE
I'm on it.

Blue Two dives directly at the small target, is unable to
pull out and crashes into the base of one of the towers.
Blue Leader dives between the towers, firing away, but is
unable to hit the small hole.

BLUE LEADER
It's very small. It's going to be
difficult. Send in the green group.
I'll try again.

Luke chases an Imperial chip that is chasing Blue Leader.

One of the two large fins on the Imperial fighter explodes
and it careens wildly, leaving an erratic trail of smoke
before eventually crashing into a solar panel.

EXT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - BATTLE

Luke swings the small craft around the many outcroppings of
laser towers and transmitters.

LUKE
I'm right behind you, Blue Leader.

BLUE LEADER
What's that?

Out of the gloom streaks Darth Vader firing on Blue Leader.
Luke tries to intercept the Imperial ship, but Vader
outmaneuvers him. Blue Leader dives on the exhaust port,
followed by Darth Vader, who is followed by Luke, desperately
trying to catch up.

BLUE LEADER
Blue Five, break off your cover
attack. It's too late. Make your own
run on the exhaust port. Do you copy,
Luke?

LUKE
Yes, sir, but I can get him...

BLUE LEADER
Forget it, son.

One of the five large engines on Blue Leader's fighter
explodes. He careens wildly, leaving an erratic trail of
smoke before eventually crashing into a solar panel. Luke
can hear the sharp laugh of Vader over the com-link.

INT. VADER'S IMPERIAL TIE FIGHTER - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Darth Vader laughs maniacally as he swings his craft around
and starts after Luke's ship.

VADER
You're next, Blue Five... I have
this feeling I know you. The Force
is strong with you.

INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Luke's hand instinctively goes to the pocket that holds the
Kiber Crystal. Its glow lights up the entire cabin.

LUKE
I am Luke Starkiller. Had we met
earlier, you would not be here.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

On the computer display board, several of the markers
indicating rebel fighters go dark. The princess gives Old
Ben a look of amused surprise at Luke's boldness. GENERAL
DODANA approaches the princess.

DODANA
Over sixty percent of our craft have
been destroyed. The probability
projection shows little hope. The
Death Star will be in position to
fire on us shortly. We will be
destroyed. We must escape while there
is still time.

The princess gives Dodana a hard look and the cowardly general
back away.

LEIA
There will be no retreat.

EXT. BATTLE

Luke (Blue Five) dives on the Death Star at an incredible
speed. He soon realizes Vader is on his tail. He spins his
ship to evade the pursuing Dark Lord, but Vader is still
there. His ship rock and shudders under the nearby impact of
Vader exploding laser bolts. Luke straightens his ship out
and it skims across the surface of the fortress, creating a
blur.

LUKE
Approaching target. I'm almost home.

VADER (V.O.)
Not yet, my bold friend.

Vader hits one of Luke's engines and parts scatter in all
directions. The ship wobbles, but Luke keeps the craft on
target and fires his torpedo... It explodes harmlessly to
one side of the tiny exhaust port. He pulls his ship up to
try for another run.

LUKE
Blast it! Artoo, we took a little
back there. My stability is off about
twelve degrees. See if you can't jam
the connecting relays. We have to
get stabilized.

Artoo pops out of his socket and carefully makes his way
back to the smoldering engine. Two other rebel ships make a
dive on the exhaust port. One is blasted away by Vader, the
other fires at the exhaust port and misses.

BLUE EIGHT
There is just too much interference
with that Sith Lord out there. It's
impossible to get an accurate target
line-up with him there.

LUKE
Hurry with those relays, Artoo. We're
going to try again.

Luke's tiny rebel fighter banks and prepares for a second
attack on the exhaust port.

Artoo struggles to repair the damage to one of the huge
engines. Blue Eight moves in next to him.

BLUE EIGHT
I'll cover for you, Blue Five.

The two rebels start their attack dive. The surface of the
Death Star races toward them. Suddenly, streaking down from
above them, Vader and two other Imperial fighters sweep into
view with all of their laser cannons blazing away. Laser
bolts explode around little Artoo as he works frantically to
repair the stabilizer. Laser fire hits Blue Eight and he
explodes.

VADER
You were foolish enough to try again,
Blue Five.

The three Imperial fighters dive on the lone rebel starship.
Luke struggles to keep control of the ship with laser bolts
streaking past him on all sides.

LUKE
Blast!

VADER
The Force is with you, my bold little
friend, but now I have you...

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
CTR-5, where did that come from?

CTR-5
Collision course... watch out!

Heading right for the two Imperial fighters is Han Solo in
the battered old pirate starship. CTR-5 veers radically,
clipping Vader's solar fin in the maneuver. Vader spins out
of control. Han blasts CTR-5 to smoke.

HAN
I noticed you were having some
problems, Blue Five... I thought I'd
help.

LUKE
Thanks, old buddy. I'll be with you
in a second.

Luke levels his fighter and skims the surface of the fortress,
through a wall of laser fire. Artoo beeps a message to Luke.

LUKE
That's good, Artoo. Just keep it
that way.

As he passes the exhaust port, Luke fires a torpedo, which
goes directly down the exhaust shaft. Luke looks down at the
glowing Kiber Crystal in his hand.

LUKE
We did it! I hit it perfectly. Let's
get out of here.

Luke veers sharply away from the Death Star as ominous rumbles
and explosions are heard coming from within the huge super
fortress. The rebel ship speeds past the large pirate starship
and several other surviving rebel fighters as they flee from
the pending holocaust. A sudden great flash replaces the
fortress, and a rainstorm of rubble pelts the starships.
Several giant explosions follow until there is only a smoke
cloud where the mighty fortress once orbited Yavin.

HAN
Not bad, kid.

INT. VADER IMPERIAL TIE FIGHTER - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Vader's starship with a bent solar fin limps into the vast
darkness of space attempting to make it back to the relative
safety of Alderaan.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - MAIN HANGAR

Luke climbs out of his starship and is cheered by a throng
of ground crews and pilots. Little Artoo is helped off the
back of the starship and he's greeted by Threepio. Luke spots
Han and Chewbacca as they enter and runs over to them. He
hugs the Corellian pirate and the giant Wookiee. They all
laugh and cheer. The crowd parts, revealing Old Ben. Luke
goes to him and bows from waist. The old man embraces him.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - MAIN THRONE ROOM

Luke, Artoo, Threepio, Han and Chewbacca enter the huge ruins
of the main temple.

Hundreds of troops are lined up in neat rows. Banners are
flying and at the far end stands a vision in white, the
beautiful young Princess Leia. Luke and the others solemnly
march up the long aisle and kneel before Princess Leia. Artoo
and Threepio are rather awestruck at the whole event.
Chewbacca is confused. Old Ben is sitting to the right of
the Princess, while the Grand Mouff Tarkin sits on her left.
Leia is dressed in a long, white dress and is staggeringly
beautiful. She rises and places a gold medallion around Han's
neck, then repeats the ceremony with Chewbacca, the robots
and finally Luke. They turn and face the assembled troops,
who all bow before them.

FADE OUT:

END CREDITS.

THE END

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