Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back shows that not all has gone as hoped since Episode IV: A New Hope. Despite dealing a great blow to the Galactic Empire, the Rebels are more harried than ever. Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor Palpatine, now take the Rebellion to be a true threat. The Empire has devoted its massive resources to tracking down and punishing the Rebels for the destruction of the Death Star.
The Rebel Alliance has been driven into hiding, finding remote planets to recover from the vicious strikes of the Empire. One of the main bases is on the distant, frozen world of Hoth. Luke is assaulted by a large Yeti-like creature. Though he escapes, he is dying from the cold. He has a near-death experience where a vision of Obi-Wan tells him to seek out Yoda on the planet Degobah for Jedi training.
Han Solo finds and saves Luke from the freezing cold. Upon returning to the base, an Imperial probe discovers their location. The Rebels are unable to destroy it before their location is beamed back to Darth Vader. The Alliance attempts to evacuate, but the Empire lands a powerful invasion force. Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO escape in the Millenium Falcon, hiding from detection in an asteroid field.
Luke and R2-D2 fly to Degobah, but crash lands. They meet the old Jedi Master Yoda and Luke begins his training. The training is cut short when Luke is tormented by visions of his friends in pain. Yoda objects, but does not stop the young Skywalker from leaving.
Han Solo escapes to his friend Lando, the leader of Cloud City. Unfortunately, it is a trap set by the Empire. Lando is remorseful, but felt he had no choice in the face of the Empire’s might. Vader freezes Han Solo in carbonite and has him delivered as a prize to Jabba the Hut.
Luke arrives and duels with Darth Vader. Inexperienced with incomplete training, he is no match for the Sith Lord. Luke’s dominant hand is cut off and Vader tempts him with the power of the Dark Side. It is also revealed that Darth Vader is Luke’s father. Luke barely escapes and is given a cybernetic hand. Lando and Chewbacca set off to try and rescue their friend Han Solo. It is a dark hour for the Rebel Alliance.
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