Star Wars: The early drafts


What follows is one of the early drafts of what was to become Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.

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ADVENTURES

OF

THE STARKILLER
 

(episode one)

"The Star Wars"
 
 

by

George Lucas




SECOND DRAFT 
January 28, 1975

LUCASFILM LIMITED
52 Park Way
San Anselmo
California 94960
 

"...And in the time of greatest
despair there shall come a savior,
and he shall be known as: THE SON
OF THE SUNS."

Journal of the Whills, 3:127
 
 

FADE IN:

1.SPACE

A vast sea of stars is broken as the warm, amber surface
of the planet, UTAPAU, emerges from a total eclipse.  Five 
small moons slowly drift into view from the far side of 
the planet.  The MAIN TITLE is followed by a ROLL-UP:

The REPUBLIC GALACTICA is dead.  Ruthless
trader barons, driven by greed and the 
lust for power, have replaced enlightenment 
with oppression, and "rule by the people" 
with the FIRST GALACTIC EMPIRE.

Until the tragic Holy Rebellion of "06", 
the respected JEDI BENDU OF ASHLA were the 
most powerful warriors in the Universe. 
For a hundred thousand years, generations 
of Jedi Bendu knights learned the ways of 
the mysterious FORCE OF OTHERS, and acted 
as the guardians of peace and justice in 
the REPUBLIC.  Now these legendary warriors 
are all but extinct.  One by one they have 
been hunted down and destroyed by a fero-
cious rival sect of mercenary warriors: 
THE BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE SITH.

It is a period of civil wars.  The EMPIRE 
is crumbling into lawless barbarism through-
out the million worlds of the galaxy. From 
the celestial equator to the farthest 
reaches of the GREAT RIFT, seventy small 
solar systems have united in a common war 
against the tyranny of the Empire.  Under 
the command of a mighty Jedi warrior known 
as THE STARKILLER, the REBEL ALLIANCE has 
won a crushing victory over the deadly 
Imperial Star Fleet.  The Empire knows that 
one more such defeat will bring a thousand 
more solar systems into the rebellion, and 
Imperial control of the Outlands could be 
lost forever...

A tiny silver space craft races from behind one of the
lifeless Utapau moons.  The small rebel spacefighter is
being chased by four giant Imperial stardestroyers. Hun-
dreds of deadly laser bolts streak from the Imperial
warships as they dive on the smaller craft.

Every few moments, the little rebel ship returns the fire, 
until one of the Imperial battlewagons explodes, causing 
it to fall out of formation.  The three remaining star-
destroyers continue the pursuit.

2.INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - LASER GUN TURRET

The two elaborate laser gun turrets belch a smoky exhaust
as the gun crews, wearing heat-protective suits, goggles
and breath masks, cheer and congratulate each other on the 
direct hit.  The gunnery CHIEF finishes speaking into his 
helmet "com-link", and yells to the crew.

CHIEF
I don't know what you boys are 
so cheery about; there are still 
three more out there.

The crews snap-to, and turn back to their giant guns. Sev-
eral stubby, three-legged ROBOTS scurry to and fro, bring-
ing equipment, and repairing damage to sections of the 
turrets.

3.INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY

The chaos of battle echoes through the narrow, main passage-
way of the starfighter.  An explosion rocks the ship, and 
two construction robots, ARTOO DETOO (R2-D2) and SEE THREEPIO 
(C-3PO) struggle to make their way through the shaking, 
bouncing passageway.  Both robots are old and battered. 
Artoo is a short (36 inches), claw-armed, tri-ped.  His face 
is a mass of computer lights, surrounding a radar eye. 
Threepio, on the other hand, is a tall, slender robot of 
human proportions.  He has a gleaming bronze-like metallic 
surface of an "Art Deco" design.

THREEPIO
Artoo, my friend, this is madness! 
If this keeps up, we're going to 
be destroyed.  I'm afraid I'm still 
not accustomed to space travel... 
What are we to do?

The little dwarf robot makes a series of electronic sounds 
that only a robot could understand.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Relax?!?...What do you mean we're 
in no immediate danger??!  You're 
faulty, this is madness!

Artoo gives his tall companion a sheepish computer blink
and starts off down the hallway. .

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Artoo Detoo, wait!  Wait a 
minute.

Threepio climbs through a hatch and starts after Artoo.

4.EXT. SPACE BATTLE

One of the giant Imperial Stardestroyers breaks formation
and surges ahead of the others, closing on the tiny rebel
space craft.  The main battery of laser cannons on the
huge Imperial warship directs an overwhelming concentra-
tion or laser fire at the main solar fin on the rebel ship. 
Finally it disintegrates, creating a spectacular heavenly 
display.

5.INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - POWER SECTION

A sudden pressure change sucks equipment and debris through 
the power section of the spacefighter.  Alarms are sound-
ing everywhere.  The spaceship shudders under the impact 
of the Imperial barrage.  Artoo and Threepio are blown, 
slipping and sliding across the hallway floor into a stack 
of freight canisters.  The lanky Threepio becomes lodged 
under a computer console.

THREEPIO
I'm dead!...I told you this 
would happen.  Artoo, I can't 
move.

Little Artoo waddles over to his trapped companion.  He
clears away several mangled canisters and climbs under the 
sparking and smoking computer.  He is chattering away in 
an elaborate combination of whistles, beeps and clicks.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Oh my, I think something is 
melting.  Artoo Detoo, this is 
all your fault...I should have 
known better than to listen to 
a half-pint thermo-astronic 
capulary dehousing - assister. 
You're truly faulty.

Artoo counters with a rather angry rebuttal as he struggles 
to pull the larger robot free from the small leg space under 
the computer console.  Two MEN hurriedly enter the power 
station and begin checking the damage.  The robots can only 
see the humans' legs as they pass to and fro in front of 
the desk-like console; but they recognize the voice of their 
captain: DEAK STARKILLER.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Shhh, it's the captain...

The captain's FIRST OFFICER pops his head under the console 
and sees Artoo straining to free Threepio.  The little 
robot stops.

OFFICER
Well, Hello!  Are you boys all 
right?

THREEPIO
Yes sir, I'll be out in a minute. 
No damage that I can tell. Sorry 
to be of trouble, sir...

OFFICER
As you were.

Artoo goes back to his pulling and pushing as the officer
again becomes a pair of legs, and is joined by the sturdier 
legs of Captain Starkiller.

OFFICER (CONT'D)
There's a C-3 unit jammed under 
the console, but no damage, sir.

Artoo uses one of his claw arms to cut away a small metal
beam bent around Threepio's shoulder.

DEAK
The solar activators are burned 
out.  The shields are down. 
They'll be boarding in no time. 
There is a Sith knight among 
them.  I can feel his para-force. 
Hurry, secure your assault posi-
tions.  The BOGAN force is strong 
with the enemy.

OFFICER
Yes sir, the men are ready.

The officer bows low and hurries out of the smoldering cham-
ber.  Artoo stops his work, and the robots quietly watch 
Deak's legs as he paces the room.  He stands for a few mo-
ments in meditation.  The two mechanical men suddenly feel 
as if they are intruding, and every little creak and noise 
becomes an embarrassment.  A VOICE from another part of the 
ship yells out to the captain, and he rushes out of the room. 
Threepio breathes a sigh of relief.

  THREEPIO
I think there will be no es-
cape for the captain this time...

6.EXT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER

The smoldering silver rebel craft is quickly surrounded by 
the three giant Imperial warships.  One of the huge star-
destroyers moves into orbit just above the helpless rebel 
spacefighter.

7.INT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - COCKPIT

An awesome array of lighted panels and computer monitors are 
reflected in the polished black helmets of six Imperial 
master-pilots.  A fifth-ranked General of the Fleet sits in 
a rotating chair suspended from the cabin ceiling, watching 
the chief pilot maneuver the huge warship above the tiny 
rebel spacefighter.

CHIEF PILOT
That's as close as I dare take 
her.

CAPTAIN
(into intercom)
We are in position...stand by. 
Remember, Lord Vader wants as 
many of them taken alive as is 
possible.  There will be no 
slaughter.

8.EXT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - UNDERBELLY

The huge gray underbelly of the Imperial warship hovers less 
than twenty feet above the rebel spacefighter.

A small hatch near one of the complex antenna groupings
silently slides open.  With fascist precision, ten storm-
troopers wearing ominous armored spacesuits drop onto the 
top of the disabled rebel craft. A burly sergeant aims 
his powerful laser pistol at the silver hull.

9.INT. REBEL STAR FIGHTER - HALLWAY

A tremendous blast opens up a hole six feet wide in the
side of the main passageway, sucking equipment and debris
into the vacuum of space.  Three fearsome stormtroopers
armed with chrome multi-laser rifles make their way through 
the smoking debris into the padded hallway.  The SERGEANT 
and four more armored troopers quickly follow.

SERGEANT
Use your blades!  There's too 
much risk of blaster ricochet 
in these cramped quarters.

The troops sling the rifles over their shoulders and take
a small baton from their belts, which instantly ignites
into a long glowing laser sword.

At the far end of the passageway, a door swings wide reveal-
ing a rebel warrior wearing a breath mask and dressed in 
the distinctive uniform of an AQUILLIAN RANGER.  A long, 
deadly laser sword glows in his right hand, while several 
chrome ping-pong sized balls magically appear in his left. 
Tiny antenna project from the chrome balls, and before the 
stormtroopers can raise their weapons, the balls fly out 
of the ranger's hand.  One of the balls stops in the middle 
of the troops and explodes.  Three other balls shoot through 
the hole ripped in the side of the ship.

10.  EXT. IMPERIAL STARDESTROYER - UNDERBELLY

Six armored stormtroopers are assembled on the sleek silver 
hull of the rebel spacefighter.  The three chrome balls fly 
out of the rebel craft just as several more troops drop from 
the hatch of the Imperial stardestroyer.  One or the seeker-
bombs explodes among the assembled troops, flinging most of 
them into the vastness of space.  The two remaining bombs 
rocket toward the open hatch of the Imperial warship.  One 
of the surviving stormtroopers, clinging to the rebel craft, 
yells into his helmet intercom as he aims a laser pistol at 
the tiny chrome projectiles.

TROOPER
Seekers!  Seekers!  Close the 
hatches!!

A blast from the laser pistol hits one of the balls, and
it explodes harmlessly outside the stardestroyer.  The
second seeker bomb races into the stardestroyer, just as
the hatch slides closed.  A muffled explosion is heard in-
side the huge spacecraft.

11.  INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - HALLWAY

The Aquillian ranger charges what's left of the storm-
troopers.  He swings his glowing laser sword high over his 
head; but before he can bring the deadly blade down on a 
victim, four more troops enter the ship and assail the 
ranger.  He puts up a good fight, but soon falls under the 
superior odds.  A half dozen more armored stormtroopers 
enter the damaged ship and cautiously make their way down 
the narrow hallway.

12.  INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT

Smoke fills the crowded cockpit of the rebel starship. The 
pilot struggles to remove a wounded comrade as an exhausted 
Aquillian RANGER enters and bows before Deak Starkiller. 
The young captain's face is covered by a small, ornate face 
mask, but he appears to be about twenty-five years old. He 
is wearing the loose-fitting robes of a Jedi knight.

RANGER
The Bogan force is too strong 
upon us.  Our spirit is broken.

DEAK
You must rally the men, fight 
off your despair.  The force of 
others is still with us...

RANGER
Clieg is dead.  They're blasting 
the lifepods before we can clear 
the ship.  We're trapped...

DEAK
Then we must make this treachery 
costly for them.  Return to your 
station.

The ranger bows low before the Jedi starcaptain, and rushes 
out of the cockpit.  The pilot has returned to his seat in 
front of the ship's main control board.

DEAK (CONT'D)
What's the power now?

PILOT (TYREE)
It's up to five point nine; but 
we'll need a lot more to ignite 
the engines...There just isn't 
enough time...

DEAK
Keep at it.I'm going aft.

PILOT (TYREE)
But what about your father. He 
must have the KIBER Crystal if 
Ogana Major is to survive.  He 
won't be able to hold out against 
the Imperial siege much longer.
The risk was too great.  We'll 
never be able to make contact 
with Luke now.  We've lost every-
thing.  We should never...

DEAK
You're feeling the Bogan's despair.
Be strong, Tyree, drive it from 
your thoughts.  Luke is father's 
only hope...maybe there is still 
a slim chance we might salvage 
things.

He moves to the computer bank, and speaks into the intercom.

DEAK (CONT'D)
All R-2 units stand by for new 
prime directive programming...

He turns back to the pilot for a moment.

DEAK (CONT'D)
What's the R-2 scramble code?

Pilot (TYREE)
"Tan-takk RS-411".  Do you think 
one of them might get through?

DEAK
I'm afraid the chances of an R-2
unit finding Luke down there are 
much better than Luke's chances 
of getting back to father...R-2 
units compute as follows: Scramble 
code, tan-takk RS-411.  Prime 
directive - contact code "Angel 
blue".  Seek OWEN LARS at or near 
position: 321-DC-28.  Relay the 
following transcription:

13.  INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - MAIN HALLWAY

Little Artoo stands ridged in the middle of the smoke-filled 
passageway.  Threepio runs awkwardly toward the tiny robot 
from a large hatchway at one end of the corridor.  Artoo's 
computer face blinks wildly.

THREEPIO
We're cut off.  They're coming 
from that direction.  I heard 
them.  Come on, we'll have to go 
back the way we came.

Artoo lets out a long musical whistle, but doesn't move.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Wait!?? They'll be here in mo-
ments!  I have no intention of 
getting sent to the spice mines 
of KESSAL, or smashed into... 
what?!  A new prime directive!??! 
Oh no!  Not at a time like this! 
How much longer?

The muted sounds of grinding and crushing get louder until 
a dozen Imperial stormtroopers, wearing spooky-looking armor, 
enter the passageway.  They arrange themselves geometrically, 
their movements synchronized, as they move stealthily through 
the unusually wide corridor.  Threepio grabs his little part-
ner and struggles to drag him into the shadows of an emer-
gency ventilator system.  Hard and weary, the troops advance 
-- their glowing laser swords held at ready.  Suddenly, 
directly in back of the stormtroopers, about ten feet away, 
the imposing young Jedi, Deak Starkiller, steps from behind 
the open hatch.

His chrome laser pistol still rests in its holster; but his 
laser sword sparks to life with a sharp hum.  One of the 
troopers senses his presence and turns freezing momentarily. 
The rest of the troops turn a second later, almost as a re-
flex action.  A slow grim smile creeps across Deak's face, 
as the troops realize they are outmatched.

TROOPER
He's a Jedi.  Use your blasters!

Six troopers who are carrying their chrome laser rifles at 
the ready start to step forward and raise their weapons. 
Deak is quicker.  In one amazing movement, he spins around, 
replacing his laser sword to his belt, and draws his deadly 
laser pistol, blasting out four shots that rip through the 
soldiers.  In a few moments, the entire passageway blazes 
with laser fire.  Laser bolts ricochet in wild random pat-
terns, creating small explosions and finally a small hole in 
the wall, which sucks debris and stormtroopers into space, 
until finally it is plugged by a large supply canister.

Artoo and Threepio are plummeted by loose equipment and de-
bris.  Threepio attempts to cover his head.  Artoo pulls a 
grate off the vent system and starts to enter the dark shaft. 
Threepio clings to a side rail for dear life as debris and 
laser bolts fly past him.  Artoo beeps to his terrified com-
panion.

THREEPIO
No more adventures!  I'm not 
going in there.  No!  Never!

Artoo disappears down the ominous shaft.  He leaves his friend 
with a few parting whistles.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Don't call me a mindless philosopher, 
you overweight glob of grease!  I 
simply think you are going the wrong 
way.

Threepio peers into the gloom of the vent shaft.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Hello?!?  Artoo?...

14.  INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT CORRIDOR

Stormtroopers scatter and run down an adjoining passageway; 
others duck behind storage lockers.

Multiple laser fire rips through several stormtroopers who 
scream and stagger from the smoke, holding shattered arms 
and faces.  Deak and two Aquillian rangers back into a 
sealed corridor at the far end of the passageway.  Deak's 
gun jams, and the two rangers are cut down behind him. The 
young Jedi ignites his glowing red laser sword and begins 
swinging.  Stormtroopers are cut down right and left, un-
til they flee the corridor in panic, firing wildly as they 
stumble over canisters to escape.

Suddenly several of the panic-stricken troopers who had fled 
down a sub-hallway are back into the cockpit area, more 
afraid of what's down the sub-hallway than the deadly Jedi's 
blade.  Troopers still fleeing the area crash into those re-
turning.

TROOPER
The Sith Knight...Lord Vader is 
coming.  Go back.  Go back!

A new courage, or greater fear, seizes the troops and they 
turn on Deak again and renew the attack.  The troops scram-
ble away from the sub-hallway entrance, as something un-
speakably evil and terrifying approaches the cabin.

15.  INT. REBEL STARFIGHTER - SUB-HALLWAY

The tall, gleaming Threepio rushes through several low, nar-
row corridors, yelling at Artoo, who races along as fast as 
his stubby mechanical feet will carry him.

THREEPIO
Wait!  Wait a minute.  I'm coming.
...Would you mind telling me where
you are off to?

Artoo throws a short beep over his shoulder.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)

Leaving?!  Leaving where?  Don't 
be ridiculous, that's desertion! 
I order you to stop.  Did you 
hear me?  Stop!

Artoo continues on, countering with a frenzy of electronic 
whistles and twangs.
 

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
What new prime directive?  Why 
didn't I receive it? 
What's so important that I'm 
not to be trusted?  I don't 
believe you.  I think you're 
rattled.

Artoo stops before the small hatch of an emergency lifepod. 
He snaps the seal on the main latch and a red warning light 
begins to flash.  The stubby, dwarf-robot works his way 
into the cramped four-man pod.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Hey!  What are you doing?  You 
can't use that!...It's restricted. 
You're not permitted in there; 
you'll be de-activated for sure. 
The situation is not that des-
perate!  Now come out of there 
before someone sees you.

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

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
I think I'm going to regret this; 
but my prime directive IS preser-
vation.

The safety door snaps shut, and with the thunder of explod-
ing latches, the tiny lifepod ejects from the disabled star-
fighter.

16.  INT. IMPERIAL STARDESTROYER - COCKPIT

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

CHIEF PILOT
There goes another one.  Look.

CAPTAIN
Hold your fire.  No lifeforms.
It must have short-circuited.

The captain gets a message on his headset.

CAPTAIN (CONT'D)
Yes...Yes...He's on his way 
down now...No. Good, excellent.
I'll relay it.
(he turns to
the pilots)
The ship is ours!

The pilots cheer and an excited murmur rushes throughout
the ship.

17.  EXT. SKY OVER UTAPAU - LIFEPOD

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

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

18.  INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT CORRIDOR

Deak Starkiller cuts down several troops who make a fren-
zied, suicidal charge with laser swords.

TROOPS
The Bogan!  The Bogan!

They are no match for the incredibly agile young Jedi.  For 
an eerie moment, all is deathly quiet as a huge darker figure 
appears in the sub-hallway.  The remaining stormtroopers bow 
low toward the doorway.  An awesome, seven-foot BLACK KNIGHT 
OF THE SITH makes his way into the blinding light of the cock-
pit area.  This is LORD DARTH VADER, right hand to the MASTER 
OF THE SITH.  His sinister face is partially obscured by his 
flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which are in 
sharp contrast to the fascist white armored suits of the 
Imperial stormtroopers.  The troops instinctively back away 
from the imposing warrior.

Deak Starkiller stands firm; a new look of resolve sweeps
across his tired face.  The smoky room is deathly quiet, ex-
cept for the occasional snapping and popping of burning 
electrical circuits in the cockpit's sophisticated control 
panel.

As the Black Knight enters the corridor, the few surviving 
troopers scramble into the sub-hallway.  Lord Vader speaks 
in an oddly filtered voice through his complex breathing 
mask.

VADER
At last we meet!

DEAK
With so much commotion, I 
expected your master, not 
merely a servant.

Vader is angered by this remark.  Taking a deep breath, he 
raises his arms and every object that isn't bolted down is 
picked up by an invisible force and hurled at the young 
Jedi.  When the objects reach about two feet of Deak, they 
are deflected by an invisible shield which surrounds him.

DEAK (CONT'D)
The Bogan is strong with you; 
but not nearly strong enough. 
I'm afraid youÕll have to use 
your weapon, if you're able!

VADER
I am Lord Darth Vader, first 
Knight of the Sith, and right 
hand to His Eminence Prince 
Espaa Valorum, the Master of 
the Bogan.  You will not mock 
me, or my Master; for the Ashla 
is weak, and the FORCE OF OTHERS 
cannot save you now...

The fearsome dark knight ignites his laser sword and takes 
a defensive stance.  The two galactic warriors stand per-
fectly still for a few moments, sizing each other up and 
waiting for the right moment.  Deak seems to be under in-
creasing pressure and strain, as if an invisible weight 
were being placed upon him.  He shakes his head and blink-
ing, tries to clear his eyes.

VADER (CONT'D)
Your powers are weak...

Deak makes a sudden lunge at the huge warrior but is checked 
by a lightning movement of the SITH.  A second masterful 
slash-stroke by Deak is again blocked by his evil opponent.

They stand motionless for a few moments, with laser swords 
locked in mid-air, creating a low buzzing sound.  Another 
of the Jedi's blows is blocked, then countered.  Deak stum-
bles back against a wall.  Slowly Deak is forced to his 
knees as all his energy is drained from his being. Finally, 
he collapses in a heap.  The sinister knight lets out a 
horrible, shrieking laugh, as stormtroopers rush in with 
restraining poles, followed by a braided and flashy Imperial 
commander.  Deak's arms and legs are pinned to the wall.
He struggles with his bonds.

COMMANDER
So, we got him.  Your para-
force is strong indeed.  The 
Emperor will be pleased. Why, 
he's just a boy!

An Imperial officer takes a gold medallion from around the 
young Jedi's neck.

OFFICER
The Starkiller!

A murmur of astonishment races throughout the troops.

COMMANDER
Impossible!  He would have to 
be over three hundred years old.
How could this Jedi possibly be 
the Starkiller?

The great Black Knight studies the golden crest, and then
stares into the eyes of the fuming Jedi.  Vader has a visi-
ble dislike of the commander.

VADER
This is another of his sons.

COMMANDER
Your master said he'd killed them 
all...And why is he wearing his 
father's crest?

VADER
His father must be dead.  The 
Starkiller would never give this 
up if he were alive...It possesses 
great power.  This boy must be 
the last...

COMMANDER
"The son of the suns!" The 
last of the Starkiller line, 
whom the seer's have said 
would bring down the Empire.

VADER
It appears we have altered 
destiny.

COMMANDER
(to an aid)
Send word to the Emperor.
We've captured their "Savior".
The rebellion is broken. The 
Starkiller is dead.  Let the 
attack of Ogana Major begin...

The Black Knight takes a restraining pole from one of the
guards and brutally jabs the young Jedi in the chest.  Deak 
squirms in pain but does not cry out.  He is struck again.
An officer approaches the commander.

OFFICER
Why would he chance running 
the blockade to come out here 
in the middle of nowhere.
There is little on this planet...

COMMANDER
An interesting question. Send 
a platoon of "Tuskens" to the 
planet surface and have them 
report anything unusual. Maybe 
he has friends we should know 
about...
(turning pointedly
to Vader)
or perhaps another brother...

Vader gives the commander an angry stare and suddenly it
appears as if the commander can't catch his breath.  The
commander turns and rushes out of the cabin in great dis-
tress.  Vader punches Deak one last time.

VADER
You will come to know such suf-
fering as only the Master of the 
Bogan Force can provide.  From 
you he will learn many secrets...

Vader throws Deak's head back painfully hard against the
wall.

VADER (CONT'D)
(to the guards)
Bind him, and take him to my 
ship.
(to Deak)
There is no one to save you now.

His frightening laugh rings throughout the starship.

19.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - EDGE OF THE DUNE SEA

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

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

A stream of electronic noises pour forth from the small ro-
bot.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
...to find Owen Lars?!?  What's 
that?!?  Just because the boss 
was looking for his brother 
doesn't mean WE have to look for 
him!  That WAS the prime direc-
tive, but not anymore...Besides, 
why go that way?  It's so rocky. 
Why not go this way?  It would 
be much easier.  How do you KNOW 
Owen Lars is that way?

Artoo continues his electronic babbling.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Don't get technical with me. I 
think you're going the wrong way.
I've had just about enough of you! 
You pragmatic, nearsighted scrap 
pile.
I don't believe this "Angel Blue" 
even exits, but you just go that 
way.  You'll be malfunctioning 
within a day.

He picks up the tiny robot and tosses him several feet into 
a large sand dune.  Threepio starts off in the direction 
of the dune sea.  Artoo struggles to his three, stubby feet 
and shakes a metallic claw arm at his disappearing ex-partner.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
(over his shoulder)
...And don't let me catch you 
following me begging for help --
because you won t get it!

Artoo counters with a few short whistles.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Don't call ME a traitor.  My 
loyalty is impeccable!...You 
emotion-brained intellectual...

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

20.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - DUNE SEA

Threepio, hot and tired, struggles up over the ridge of a
dune, only to find more dunes, which seem to go on for end-
less miles.  He looks back in the direction of the now dis-
tant 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 
speeding toward him.  The bronze android waves frantically 
and yells at the approaching transport.

21.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ROCK MESA

The little Artoo stumbles over several boulders as he strug-
gles to reach the crest of a rocky mesa.

He reaches the top and scans the foreboding desert valley
below.  Far in the distance, shining in the twin suns like 
an inviting oasis, stands the settlement of ANCHORHEAD.
The mechanical runt carries on an electronic conversation 
with himself as he searches the rugged ground for something. 
He picks up a large stone in his powerful claw hand, then 
discards it.  He finds another stone that he is apparently 
satisfied with, carries it to the edge of the butte, and 
tosses it over.  The stone slams down the steep side of the 
mesa, kicking up dust and creating a small avalanche.  He 
makes some quick calculations, then starts off down the 
treacherous slope.

22.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON

The gargantuan rock formations are shrouded in a strange
mist, and the ominous sounds of unearthly creatures fill
the air.  Artoo moves cautiously through the creepy rock
canyon, inadvertently making a loud clicking noise as he
goes.  He hears a distant, hard metallic sound and stops
for a moment.  He hears nothing.  He sees nothing moving. 
Convinced he is alone, he continues on his way.

In the distance, a pebble tumbles down the steep canyon wall 
and a small dark figure darts into the shadows.  A little 
further up the canyon, a slight flicker of light reveals a 
pair of eyes in the dark recesses, only a few feet from the 
narrow path.

The unsuspecting robot waddles along the rugged trail un-
til 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 com-
plex weapons as they cautiously approach the robot.  They 
wear grubby cloaks, and their faces are shrouded so that 
only their yellow eyes can be seen.  They hiss and make 
odd guttural sounds as they heave the heavy robot to their 
shoulders, and carry him off down the trail.  The vile little 
creatures grunt and groan as they struggle with their weighty 
prize.  They smell horribly, attracting small insects to 
the dark areas where their mouths and nostrils should be.

23.  EXT. ROCK CANYON - SANDCRAWLER

Eight dwarfs, or JAWAS, as they're sometimes called, carry 
Artoo out of the canyon to a huge sandcrawler -- a tank-
like vehicle the size of a two-story house.

They place the robot in a small bin on one side of the
crawler, and a mechanical arm promptly lifts the bin, dump-
ing the unconscious Artoo into the back of the giant trac-
tor.  The filthy little Jawas scurry like rats up small 
ladders and enter the main cabin of the behemoth transport. 
Several windows light up in the cockpit area toward the 
front of the crawler followed by the loud scream of power-
ful engines.  The enormous sandcrawler turns and lumbers 
off toward the magnificent twin suns, now slowly setting 
over a distant mountain range.

24.  INT. SANDCRAWLER - HOLD AREA

It is dim and dank inside the hold area of the sandcrawler. 
Artoo lies on a pile of metal scrap, lifepods, rocket parts, 
and the limbs and dismembered parts of robots.  Artoo's 
computer lights slowly begin to glow, then they blink on 
full power.  He makes a few electronic sounds to himself as 
he tries to figure out what happened, and where he is.  He 
stumbles around on the scrap heap until he thinks to turn 
on the small floodlight on his forehead.

The narrow beam swings across the rubble and stops on the
half-buried claw arm of another robot.  Artoo moves over
to the buried robot and calls to it, but gets no response. 
He pulls on the arm but it won't budge.  Finally he gives 
it a good tug and it breaks loose, sending him head over 
heels.  He sits dazed, holding the severed forearm of a 
power robot, then lets out a terrifying electronic shriek. 
The little robot scans the rest of the huge chamber with 
his headlights and sees a series of grotesquely twisted and 
maimed astro robots.  The narrow beam comes to rest on a 
battered, but otherwise whole "common-labor" robot.  The 
"laborer" makes a move to cover his giant electronic eye, 
which is extended on a long tube from his box-like body. 
Little Artoo jumps back in fright.

LABORER
Shut off that light!

Artoo is still shaken, but manages a short apology and then 
shuts off his light.  The laborer robot is barely visible.

LABORER (CONT'D)
Is there no peace!?  This is 
MY chamber, go find yourself 
another.  Go on...go on!  Get 
out!

Artoo stumbles off toward what appears to be a door at the 
end of the chamber.

He enters a large room with a very low ceiling (about four 
feet high).  In the middle of the scrap heap sit a dozen 
or so robots of various shapes and sizes.  Some are engaged 
in electronic conversation, while others simply mill about.
In the middle of the group sits a strange, little robot with 
a large worklight for a head, which illuminates the odd 
assemblage of mechanical slaves.  A blue "astroconstruction" 
robot -- somewhat similar to Artoo, only a bit fatter -
approaches the newcomer and beeps an electronic greeting.
The two stubby robots exchange electronic analysis of the 
situation as they waddle toward the group.  A voice of rec-
ognition calls out from the gloom.

THREEPIO
Artoo!  Artoo Detoo!  It's you!

A battered and slightly worse-for-wear Threepio scrambles
up to Artoo on his hands and knees (remember the four foot 
ceiling) and embraces him.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
...they've caught you, too. I'm
afraid we're doomed!  We're 
doomed!

The blue robot continues on back to the group as the two
old companions huddle in a hollow of scrap metal.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
We've landed on one of the 
OUTLAND DARK PLANETS!  There is 
no hope for us now.  These Jawa's 
aren't traders, they're metalmen.
They'll melt us down.  I'm not 
useful like you, they'll scrap me 
for sure.

Artoo makes a short electronic reply.

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

25.  EXT. WASTELAND - NIGHT

The monstrous sandcrawler pulls up to a large outcropping
of rocks in the trail and grinds to a rumbling stop.

Several Jawa's scramble out of the huge vehicle to inspect 
the boulders blocking the trail.  An argument erupts between 
one Jawa, in a red habit, and the other hooded dwarfs.  He 
yells something at the others, then walks off to the side 
of the trail.  The rest of the little creatures climb back 
into the giant tank.  The crawler starts with a low hummmmm, 
slowly moving forward until a loud scraping noise screams 
from beneath the chassis.  The red-cloaked dwarf climbs on-
to a nearby rock and yells at the others to stop.  They ig-
nore him.

26.  INT. SANDCRAWLER - HOLD AREA

The scraping sound is haunting as well as deafening.  The
entire chamber trembles, creating quite a commotion among
the mechanical men.  At the far end of the long chamber, a 
bright light suddenly appears, followed by a cacophony of 
electronic shouts and yells.  The "common labor" robot runs 
past the confused Artoo and Threepio.

LABORER
We're free!  We're free!

Amidst the confusion of the fleeing robots, Artoo and Threepio 
carefully make their way toward a break in the side of the 
crawler.  Several Jawas appear at the opening with pistols, 
but before they can fire, they are knocked over and trampled 
by the fleeing mechanical men.

27.  EXT. WASTELAND - NIGHT

The sound of yelling Jawas and screaming robots fades in
the distance as Artoo and Threepio scramble up a narrow ra-
vine away from the sandcrawler.  They duck into a tiny crev-
ice in the rock to avoid several fleeing robots, followed
by a dozen armed Jawas.  After a few moments they peer out, 
and seeing that the way is clear, rush off down the winding
path.

DISSOLVE TO:

28.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT

A small settlement, consisting of a few run-down blockhouse-
type buildings, rests against one of the huge rock mesas. 
The two robots study the sleepy little camp from a bluff 
some distance away.

THREEPIO
I don't like it.
What if there are more Jawa-
scavengers down there?

The runt-like Artoo starts off down the side of the rocky
bluff.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Wait a minute!It's too 
dangerous.  We need a plan...

Threepio chases his little partner down the slope.

29.  EXT. ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - MAIN STREET

The dozen or so buildings are bleached white by the two
Utapau suns.  A harsh and dusty wind blows through the empty 
streets of the tiny settlement.  A rather frightened Threepio 
follows his little companion down the foreboding street to-
ward a low concrete structure that is all but covered by the 
desert sands.  The rusted hulk of a powerful "landspeeder" 
(an auto-like transport which travels a few feet above the 
ground on a magnetic field) lies half-buried to one side of 
the building.  The two robots cautiously approach the dilapi-
dated power station.

THREEPIO
I don't like this...

It is quiet, but for the continual wind.  A dismantled speeder 
rests in the repair bay of the gas station-like building. 
There is a sharp dripping sound coming from the speeder. It 
appears that no one is around.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Greetings!...Greetings.  Is 
anyone home?
(to Artoo)
I think you're overheated.
There is no one here...

Out of the gloom of the office behind them, a voice cuts
through the silence:

VOICE (MECHANIC)
What can I do you for?

The robots turn around with a start.  A short, wizened old 
MECHANIC of sixty or seventy stands before them.

MECHANIC (CONT'D)
Who are you with?

THREEPIO
Greetings, sir.  I'm See Threepio,
Human-Cyborg relations.  This is 
my counterpart, Artoo Detoo. Your 
kindness would be greatly appre-
ciated...

The old mechanic is a bit suspicious.  An evil look fills
his eye.  He rubs his grimy, withered hand over Threepio's 
smooth metal shoulder.

MECHANIC
You're in very good shape for 
these parts...Where is your 
master?  You do have a master,
don't you?

Artoo beeps a few signals to his bronze friend.  The old
mechanic begins to fiddle with the wrench he is holding,
in the most unsettling way.  Threepio becomes a bit nervous.

THREEPIO
I am looking for one Owen Lars.
We believe him to be of this 
settlement.  Do you know where 
we might find him?

The mechanic starts dragging a heavy power-pack toward the 
station.

MECHANIC
Lars!  I should have known...He 
should know better than to let 
you travel alone.  He has a place 
about three measures out of town.
Due north, you can't miss it. It's 
the only place out there...

Artoo helps the old man with the heavy power pack.

THREEPIO
Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

MECHANIC
Any time I can help Lars, I am at 
his service.  You tell him that.
Be careful going out there, 
this ain't good country for 
you two to be running loose 
in.

THREEPIO
Yes sir, we appreciate your 
concern.

The two robots start down the empty street heading north,
leaving the old mechanic scratching his head.  The old man 
passes a sinister-looking, black Imperial speeder half 
hidden behind a generator as he returns to his gloomy of-
fice.

30.  INT. POWER STATION OFFICE - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT

In the shadows of the dingy little office sits a large, burly 
Imperial "Tusken".  His reddish eyes are sunken in a larger 
than normal, dust-covered face.  He sits up in his chair.

MECHANIC
Now there's something "out of 
the ordinary" for you.  I wonder 
what they want with Lars?

The gray Tusken thinks about this for a moment.

TUSKEN
I'd better make a report.

31.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - WASTELAND - HOMESTEAD VALLEY

Several concrete buildings squat in the middle of a desolate 
valley.  Threepio hurries after his determined companion as 
they near the low gray structures.

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

32.  EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - COURTYARD

Artoo and Threepio enter the main courtyard of the Lars
Homestead and find themselves standing in a sparse but spark-
ling oasis, with low concrete walls and great turrets spill-
ing over with foliage from rooftop gardens.  They stop be-
fore an enormous shaded corridor. BIGGS AND WINDY STARKILLER, 
twin boys a little over seven years old, run through the 
long tile walkway to greet the robots.  Yelling and laughing, 
their tiny footsteps echo throughout the building.  They are 
quickly followed by OWEN LARS, a bearded, sturdy-burly man 
in his early fifties and his plump-jolly wife, BERU.  Their 
beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter, LEIA, stands shyly at 
the far end of the entry.  The twins run around the robots, 
jumping and screaming their excitement.  The mechanical men 
are somewhat befuddled by the dynamic duo, and attempt to 
ignore them.

LARS
Welcome.  May we offer you 
shelter?  Are you lost, or do 
you travel with someone?

THREEPIO
Greetings.  I am See Threepio, 
Human-Cyborg relations.  This 
is my counterpart, Artoo Detoo.
We seek the dwelling of Owen 
Lars.

LARS
You have found it, my friends.
I am Owen Lars...
(to the riotous
twins)
Boys, slow down a little and
let them speak...

THREEPIO
We have come for the one called 
"Angel Blue".

Owen and Beru are startled at the mention of "Angel Blue". 
Leia approaches the group, and eyes the robots suspiciously; 
she turns to her father.

LEIA
Father, I think they're a trap, 
sent by an evil Jawa trading lord, 
or the dark master of the Bogan, 
or maybe even the Emperor himself.

LARS
Leia.

LEIA
Yes, that's it.  They've inter-
cepted transmission fragments 
and are now searching the galaxy 
for the source.  They don't know 
the origin, so they have sent 
these...

BERU
Leia, please!  Let your father 
handle this.

LARS
Who speaks for you?  From what 
system do you hail?

THREEPIO
Deak 331-27-27 of Ogana Major...

Beru's concern at the mention of Deak cannot be contained.

BERU
What has happened?  Where is 
Deak?

THREEPIO
Our master has been attacked
My counterpart brings his mes-
sage for the one called "Angel 
Blue".

LARS
Luke is in the southern ravine.
The boys will take you to him.

The two boys let out a cheer and run off toward the distant 
horizon.

THREEPIO
Your kindness is greatly appre-
ciated.  We thank you...
(turning to
the boys)
Wait!  Slow down a bit.

The mechanical duo lumber off after the disappearing twins.

33.  EXT. DESERT RAVINE

Alone in a wind-swept canyon stands LUKE STARKILLER, a short, 
chubby boy about eighteen years old.  He seems frozen in 
place, a humming laser sword held high over his head.  The 
twins stop on the ridge overlooking their brother and fall 
silent.  The robots soon take up position behind them.

THREEPIO
Is that "Angel Blue"?

Biggs turns and gestures to the tall bronze man to be quiet. 
Suspended at eye level -- about ten feet in front of Luke --
a chrome baseball covered with antenna hovers slowly in a 
wide arc.  The ball floats to one side of the youth, then 
to the other.  Suddenly it makes a lightning swift lunge and 
stops within a few feet of Luke's face.  Luke doesn't move, 
and the ball backs off.  It slowly moves behind the boy, 
then makes another quick lunge, this time emitting a blood-
red laser beam as it attacks.

Luke sparks to life.  With one amazingly swift move, he
turns and swings his laser sword, deflecting the beam, and 
losing his balance, tumbles to the desert floor.  The ball 
shoots straight up in the air about twenty feet, then drops 
like a rock firing a second laser bolt, which hits the youth 
square on the seat of his pants.  Luke lets out a painful 
yell and attempts to scramble to his feet, but is hit several 
more times before he manages to regain his balance and de-
flect the bolts.

The ball ceases firing, and moves back to its original posi-
tion.  Luke raises his hand signaling "enough for one day".
He wearily picks up his things, including the chrome ball, 
then turns and waves to the small group on the ridge.  The 
twins run down to greet him.  By the time the cumbersome 
Artoo and Threepio make it down the slope, Biggs and Windy 
are climbing all over their big brother.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
"Angel Blue"?...

LUKE
"...the skywalker"...

The two robots make a short bow before the youth.

THREEPIO
See Threepio, and my counterpart 
Artoo Detoo.  At your service, sir.

LUKE
You have word of my brother.
What has happened to him?

THREEPIO
I'm sorry, sir; but I am unable 
to explain the absence of our 
master.  We only bring his mes-
sage...

Artoo makes a few electronic beeps and whistles; then after 
a little static, a small (two foot) 3-D hologram of Deak is 
projected from the face of the robot.  The image is a rain-
bow of color as it flickers and jiggles in the desert waste-
land.

DEAK'S IMAGE
Whippersnapper, I didn't make 
it...I'm sorry.  The forces of 
the Bogan have become strong 
and deadly...I am lost.  Father 
is in grave danger.  He needs 
you and he needs the KIBER CRYSTAL.
You must find a way to get to 
Ogana Major on your own.  He is 
waiting for you there.  Be care-
ful, though.  Ogana Major is 
under siege by the Imperial 
Legions of Alderaan.  You must 
hurry for the force of the Ashla 
grows weak, and I don't know how 
much longer father can hold out.
The enemy has constructed a power-
ful weapon to use against him.
Warn Uncle...

An Aquillian officer enters the hologram and interrupts Deak. 
There is a little static, then the transmission is cut short. 
A grave concern sweeps over Luke as he contemplates the fate 
of his brother.  Biggs and Windy are puzzled.

BIGGS
Who was that?

LUKE
That was your brother Deak.  I 
wish you could see him in person, 
he is so terrific...I'm afraid 
you may never see him now.  Run 
to the house.
Tell Aunt Beru or Uncle Owen 
I'm going to be awhile.  Go 
on now...Take them with you.

The boys rush off with the robots in tow, leaving Luke sit-
ting silently alone.  He picks up some small stones and be-
gins to toss them at a large boulder.  A chip in the boulder 
reveals a small shiny fossil.  Luke spots it and goes over 
to study it.  He takes a small camera out of his bag and 
photographs it, making some accompanying notations in a small 
book.

34.  INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - DINING AREA

Owen Lars and the three boys sit before a table covered with 
steaming bowls of food.  Biggs and Windy are eating between 
giggles and horseplay.  Luke has barely touched his dinner. 
Leia enters from the kitchen with a flask filled with blue 
milk.  She sits near Luke.

OWEN
Where's the thanta sauce?
(yelling into
the other room)
Honey, where's the thanta 
sauce?

Beru enters carrying a small pitcher.  She gives Owen a
knowing smile as she slides into her place at the table.

BERU
I never!  I put it right here 
in front so you'd see it.

She hands him a dish, and he grunts an embarrassed reply.

BERU (CONT'D)
Luke, you've hardly touched 
your dinner.  Have some bum-bum 
extract.  It's very mild.

OWEN
(to Luke)
The force of the Bogan is strong, 
and if you don't feel you can 
make it, you probably won't.

LUKE
I've never even been past this 
planet...and I never thought I'd 
be going alone.
Suddenly I feel very small --
and well...desperate.

OWEN
How I wish I had the counsel of 
your father.  Ever since your 
mother died, we have fallen on 
doubtful times...

LUKE
Deak is in trouble.  I should 
be helping him...

OWEN
If your brother is still alive, 
they will have taken him to the 
dungeons of ALDERAAN, at the 
very heart of the Empire.  No 
one, not even your father in his 
prime, could help him there.

Biggs and Windy have finished eating and are getting restless.

BIGGS
May we play with the "droids"?

BERU
Take your plates out first.

The twins scamper into the kitchen with their dirty dishes.

OWEN
Your father is getting very old.
I fear he needs your help more 
than your brother does, and much 
more depends on him succeeding.
If he at last has asked for the 
Kiber Crystal, his powers must 
be very weak.  It is a dangerous 
thing to have loose in the galaxy
...and you need him, for you are 
not yet with the FORCE OF OTHERS.
I have taught you the ways of a 
skilled warrior, but I am not a 
Jedi Bendu.  The ways of the 
spirit you must learn from your 
father.

LUKE
But my catalog on the ancients.
I haven't nearly completed it...

OWEN
Luke, you're not a researcher, 
or a philosopher.  You're the 
son of a Jedi.  Your brothers 
accepted their destiny with joy 
and pride.  Anyone would.  Why 
can't you?

LUKE
I may be a good pilot, but I'm 
not a warrior.  No matter how 
hard I try.  It's just not in me.

OWEN
I know, you'd rather carve a jud 
stone, or work on your catalog of
the ancients...I've trained seven 
of your father's sons and it's 
clear that you are not the most 
gifted in the disciplines -- not 
in power or speed, at any rate...

LUKE
Deak was the best; but that didn't 
seem to be good enough...

BERU
But you have the way about you...
and wisdom far beyond your years...

OWEN
You must learn to use such strength 
and wits as you have.  Your father 
has need of the Kiber Crystal. The 
decision is yours.  I cannot bear 
this burden for you, my duty is to 
the twins.  But we must do something 
soon.  The enemy is moving, and we 
are no longer safe here.

Leia listens to the discussion with much interest.  She
watches Luke with un-concealed admiration.

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

OWEN
Somehow, you will have to manage 
to find transport in MOS EISLEY,
and once you do, the way through 
the Outland Systems will be dark 
and dangerous.  The wild things 
there are queer and savage, un-
like anything you've experienced 
here.

Leia is unable to control her concern.

LEIA
Luke, you don't even know the "grip 
of tython" or "the seven moves".
You can't...

OWEN
Leia...

Leia settles down, but she is clearly worried.  There is a 
long silence.  Owen sits back in his chair, and lights up 
his pipe.  The twins can be heard playing with Artoo and 
Threepio in the other room.  The silence becomes uncomfort-
able.

LUKE
I suppose I must go...

Tears begin to roll down Leia's cheeks, and she rushes from 
the room.  Beru looks to Owen, who looks to Luke, who looks 
embarrassed.

BERU
The prayers of all of us go 
with you.

LUKE
The Empire's vast size and power 
is its greatest weakness.  I 
think I can make it...But I would 
rather help Deak trapped in the 
heart of the Empire than face this 
father I don't remember.

Owen gets up from the table and gently pats Luke on the
shoulder.

35.  EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - GRAVE SITE - DUSK

Luke sits before a tall smooth stone planted on a burial
mound.  He sits with his head bowed to his knees.  Finally 
he stands up and speaks to the stone.

LUKE
Well, Mom. I guess this is my last 
visit...I'm going to finally get 
to meet him...I fear many Jedi have 
fallen since your death, for the 
Bogan force is now heavy among us.
Father asks for the Kiber Crystal 
so there is little hope.  I'm sure 
the boys will stay safe with Uncle 
Owen...I sure miss you...

The twin suns of Utapau rest red on the horizon as Luke
leaves the grave site and walks the short distance to the
main house.

36.  INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - MAIN LIVING AREA - DUSK

The main living area is a dim, cool room projecting a feel-
ing of time-worn comfort and security. Owen lovingly moves 
his arm around Beru as they stand before a large window 
watching the giant twin suns of Utapau slowly disappear be-
hind a distant dune range.
 

BERU
Aren't they beautiful?

OWEN
"Always and never the same."

BERU
Must we leave?

OWEN
I think with Luke going, we'll 
be safe here for awhile.  We've 
been the happiest here, haven't 
we...

BERU
Owen, he's not ready, is he?...
Why don't you stop him?  What 
was Deak thinking of to place 
such an impossible task before 
his brother...

The door opens and Luke enters, collapsing in a large, over-
stuffed chair near a pot-belly thermal-heater which dominates 
the room.  A warm friendly glow radiates from a tiny portal 
in front of the heater.  Luke's gaze is fixed on the red em-
bers, but his eyes are lit as if by a greater fire from 
within.

Owen and Beru talk quietly in the background.  She rests her 
head on his shoulder as the last rays of sunlight stream 
across the floor of the room.  A playful Biggs and Windy 
enter with Leia and stand in the doorway.  The twins are 
dressed in their night clothes.

BIGGS
What's going on in here?

Luke returns from his world of dark thoughts and smiles at 
them.  The twins rush up to Owen and Beru, give them a kiss, 
then bounce over to Luke, and jump into his lap.

BERU
Don't be too late now.

Owen and Beru take Leia into the other room.

WINDY
Why are you going away?

LUKE
Because our father needs me, 
as he will need you someday.

BIGGS
I thought our father was killed?

LUKE
The time has come for me to 
tell you of your heritage, as 
Deak told it to me and as his 
older brother Cliegg told it 
to him.

The boys settle down and listen attentively.

LUKE (CONT'D)
In another time, long before 
the Empire, and before the 
Republic had been formed, a 
holy man called the Skywalker 
became aware of a powerful 
energy field which he believed 
influenced the destiny of all 
living creatures...

BIGGS
The "FORCE OF OTHERS"!

LUKE
Yes, and after much study, he 
was able to know the force, and 
it communicated with him.  He 
came to see things in a new way.
His "aura" and powers grew very 
strong.  The Skywalker brought a 
new life to the people of his 
system, and became one of the 
founders of the Republic Galactica.

WINDY
The "FORCE OF OTHERS" talked to 
him!?!

LUKE
In a manner different from the way 
we talk.  As you know, the "FORCE 
OF OTHERS" has two halves: Ashla, 
the good, and Bogan, the paraforce 
or evil part.  Fortunately, Skywalker 
came to know the good half and was 
able to resist the paraforce; but 
he realized that if he taught others 
the way of the Ashla, some, with 
less strength, might come to know 
Bogan, the dark side, and bring un-
thinkable suffering to the Universe.
For this reason, the Skywalker 
entrusted the secret of THE 
FORCE only to his twelve children, 
and they in turn passed on the 
knowledge only to their children, 
who became known as the Jedi Bendu 
of the Ashla: "the servants of 
the force".  For thousands of 
years, they brought peace and 
justice to the galaxy.  At one 
time there were several hundred 
Jedi families, but now there are 
only two or three.

WINDY
What happened to them?

LUKE
As the Republic spread throughout 
the galaxy, encompassing over a 
million worlds, the GREAT SENATE 
grew to such overwhelming propor-
tions that it no longer responded 
to the needs of its citizens.
After a series of assassinations 
and elaborately rigged elections, 
the Great Senate became secretly 
controlled by the Power and Trans-
port guilds.  When the Jedi dis-
covered the conspiracy and attempted 
to purge the Senate, they were de-
nounced as traitors.  Several Jedi 
allowed themselves to be tried and 
executed, but most of them fled 
into the Outland systems and tried 
to tell people of the conspiracy.
But the elders chose to remain behind, 
and the Great Senate diverted them 
by creating civil disorder.  The 
Senate secretly instigated race wars, 
and aided anti-government terrorists.
They slowed down the system of jus-
tice, which caused the crime rate 
to rise to the point where a totally 
controlled and oppressive police 
state was welcomed by the systems.
The Empire was born.  The systems 
were exploited by a new economic 
policy which raised the cost of 
power and transport to unbelievable 
heights.
Many worlds were destroyed this 
way.  Many people starved...

BIGGS
Why didn't the "FORCE OF OTHERS" 
help the Jedi to put things right?

LUKE
Because a terrible thing happened.
During one of his lessons a young 
PADAWAN-JEDI, a boy named Darklighter, 
came to know the evil half of the 
force, and fell victim to the spell 
of the dreaded Bogan.  He ran away 
from his instructor and taught the 
evil ways of the Bogan Force to a 
clan of Sith pirates, who then 
spread untold misery throughout 
the systems.  They became the per-
sonal bodyguards of the Emperor.
The Jedi were hunted down by these 
deadly Sith knights.  With every 
Jedi death, contact with the Ashla 
grows weaker, and the force of the 
Bogan grows more powerful.

WINDY
Where are the Jedi now?

LUKE
They're hidden; but many are still 
fighting to free the systems from 
the grip of the Empire.  Our father 
is a Jedi.  He is called "The 
Starkiller" and is said to be a 
great and wise man, and tomorrow 
I am on my way to join him and 
learn the ways of the "FORCE OF 
OTHERS".

BIGGS
Can we go, too?

LUKE
Not yet, Biggs my boy.  There is 
much you must learn from Uncle 
Owen -- where it is safe.  And 
when you are ready, I will come 
back for you...I promise.

37.  EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - COURTYARD - DAWN

Early morning breaks across the quiet little courtyard as
Owen and Luke lift supplies into the back of a low, bat-
tered, two-man landspeeder.  Threepio lifts Artoo into a 
tiny jump-seat, then climbs into the passenger compartment. 
Beru, Leia, and the twins stand in the entryway, silently 
watching. The storage hatch is slammed shut with a bang.
Owen unfastens his gun-belt and hands it to Luke.  He slides 
back a small latch on the belt buckle revealing a small 
diamond-like crystal.  Luke carefully examines it.

LUKE
The Kiber Crystal!

OWEN
The only one.  A Jedi can use 
it to intensify the Ashla force 
a hundred fold; but, remember it 
can also be used to intensify the 
power of the Bogan...It must not 
fall into the hands of the Sith...
They would do anything to have it.

Luke stands looking at the Crystal for a few moments, then 
snaps the buckle closed and puts on the belt.

OWEN (CONT'D)
The enemy is everywhere, so stay 
alert.  If you keep due south, you 
should make it in two days at the
most.  I just hope you can sell this 
bucket for enough to get you to the 
Ogana System...

For a few awkward moments, Luke stands looking at everyone 
not really wanting to say goodbye.

OWEN (CONT'D)
It's a good day to travel. The 
FORCE OF OTHERS is surely with 
you.  We'll be moving on soon.
I will send word once we're 
settled...

Luke shakes his hand, and Owen gives him a big hug.  The young 
adventurer then goes to his Aunt Beru and gives her a kiss 
and a hug.

BERU
The spaceport at Mos Eisley is 
not a decent place.  Be careful 
there.

LUKE
I'll watch out, Aunt Beru.
Don't worry.

He lovingly roughs up the twins, and starts to give Leia a 
kiss, but thinks better of it and gives her a short polite 
hug before retreating to the speeder.  Leia is greatly dis-
appointed.

OWEN
Wish your father well.

BERU
May the FORCE OF OTHERS be 
with you.

Luke pops open the door of the speeder; but before he can
get in, Leia runs up and gives him a big kiss.  Luke is sur-
prised and embarrassed.  Beru and Owen smile, as Leia rushes 
back into the house.  Luke settles into the speeder and it 
starts with a crack and loud whine.  Everyone waves as the 
speeder roars out of the courtyard, and into the desolate 
Utapau wilderness.

38.  EXT. LANDSPEEDER - TRAVELING

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

LUKE
How long were you with my 
brother?

THREEPIO
I had the pleasure of serving 
Master Deak for over three years
...my counterpart was with him
a bit longer.

Artoo chatters to his bronze interpreter.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
...Three years eight months.
Master Deak is a man above men.
You should be proud of him,
indeed you should, sir.  I'm 
only a "droid", and not much 
more than an interpreter, and 
not very good at poetry, if you 
take my meaning -- not at making 
it up anyway.
So I can't tell you what he's 
really like.  But a great man 
he is!  Strong...with great 
skill...I hope he's not in 
peril...what a dilemma! Some-
times the logic of human rela-
tions escapes me...

Luke thinks about this for a few moments; then rather reluc-
tantly, almost afraid, he asks a second question.

LUKE
Have you ever met my father?

THREEPIO
No, I'm afraid not, sir.  I 
couldn't even tell you what he 
looks like.  He's an elusive one.
More of a myth than a man, if I 
may say so, sir...But Master Deak 
always spoke of him with great 
respect...

Luke seems a little disappointed with Threepio's answer.

39.  EXT. DUNE SEA

The small speeder sits at the bottom of a huge sand dune. 
Luke, with his extremely long-barreled laser rifle slung 
over his shoulder, makes his way to the top of the ridge.
He studies the landscape with his electro-binoculars, until
he spots a small dust twister speeding toward them.  He 
quickly slides back down the dune to where Threepio is lift-
ing Artoo out of the speeder.  The stubby little robot 
struts around stretching his joints between irritated whis-
tles.

LUKE
You were right, there is some-
thing following us.  We'd better 
move on.

THREEPIO
Who do you suppose it is?  Do you 
think they're looking for us?

LUKE
It's probably nothing.  A "jom-
trader" most likely; but I have 
a strange feeling about it.

DISSOLVE TO:

40.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT

The speeder stops on a bluff overlooking the spaceport at
MOS EISLEY.  It is a haphazard array of low gray concrete
structures and semi-domes.  A harsh gale blows across the
bleak canyon floor and batters Luke as he lowers his sand
goggles and walks to the edge of the craggy bluff.  A
leaden sky presses down on the large settlement, which seems 
to be losing a never-ending battle against the shifting 
sands.  Something in the distance catches his eye, and he 
instinctively grabs his electrobinoculars.  He follows a 
sinister-black "tusken" landspeeder as it enters the space-
port.  Luke returns to his speeder, and his two mechanical 
companions.

LUKE
Well, whoever was following us 
has gone into Mos Eisley...they 
weren't "jom traders", that's 
for sure...It was a speeder of 
the Imperial starforce...

41.  EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - SLUM DWELLINGS

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

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

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

LUKE
Where might I find passage on a 
starship?

JAWA
Nice zoom zoom.

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.

JAWA
Drink place.  Drink place down 
the street.  Nice zoom zoom.

The Jawa continues to fondle the speeder as Luke starts the 
magno-system.  The filthy little creature reluctantly jumps 
away as the speeder takes off and glides down the dismal 
spaceport street.

42.  EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - CANTINA

The speeder pulls up in front of a run-down, blockhouse can-
tina on the outskirts of the spaceport.  Various strange 
forms of transport, including several unusual beasts of bur-
den, are parked outside the bar.

THREEPIO
I can't abide those Jawas. Dis-
gusting creatures.

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

As the trio exit the speeder, an ancient human shrouded in 
gray robes, sitting near the entrance to the cantina calls 
out to them.  The man appears to be a blind beggar.

SEER
Come to me and the truth shall 
be known.

Luke reluctantly approaches the old man.

SEER (CONT'D)
I've seen what is to be.  I can 
tell you what you need to know...

Luke drops several coins in the man's open palm.

LUKE
Can you tell me where I might find
transport to Ogana Major?

SEER
Your fate is clouded...but the will 
of the force has set your path. The 
man you seek you'll find inside; 
the one who needs you, you'll find 
in time.
Fear not, for the "son of the 
suns" will free us all.  Take 
care for the Bogan is heavy 
upon this system.  May the 
FORCE OF OTHERS be with you.

Luke is somewhat puzzled by the old man's dialogue.

THREEPIO
A profoundly illogical answer.
He's not completely with us, if 
you take my meaning.

43.  INT. SPACEPORT CANTINA

The young adventurer and his two mechanical servants enter 
the smoke-filled cantina.  The murky, moldy den is filled 
with a startling array of weird and exotic alien creatures 
and monsters, laughing at the long metallic bar.  At first, 
the sight is horrifying.  One-eyed, thousand-eyed, slimy, 
furry, scaly tentacles and claws huddle over drinks.  Luke 
moves to an empty spot at the bar near a group of repulsive 
but human Corellian pirates.  A huge, rough-looking BAR-
TENDER 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 out-
landish creatures in one room, doesn't quite catch the bar-
tender's drift.

LUKE
What?

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

Luke notices that several of the creatures along the bar are 
giving them a very unfriendly glare.

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

THREEPIO
I must say, I agree, sir.

Threepio and his stubby partner go outside, and most of the 
creatures at the bar go back to their drinks.  Luke is stand-
ing next to HAN SOLO, a young Corellian pirate only a few 
years older than himself.  He is a burly-bearded but ruggedly 
handsome boy dressed in a gaudy array of flamboyant apparel.

LUKE
Do you know of any ship heading 
toward the
Ogana Systems?

Han Solo eyes him suspiciously.

HAN
What's your business, little one?

Han turns to his companion, CHEWBACCA, an eight foot tall, 
savage-looking creature resembling a huge gray bush-baby 
monkey with fierce "baboon"-like fangs.  His large yellow 
eyes dominate a fur-covered face and soften his otherwise 
awesome appearance.  Over his matted, furry body, he wears 
two chrome 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 be-
hold.  Han speaks to the Wookiee in his own language, which 
is little more than a series of grunts.  The young pirate 
points to Luke several times during his conversation and 
the creature suddenly lets out a horrifying laugh.  Han 
chuckles to himself and turns back to Luke.

HAN (CONT'D)
What would you be doing going 
on such a trip?  Ogana Major 
is part of the Alliance...You 
wouldn't be one of those rebels, 
would yuh, little one?

He can't control his laughter, and Chewbacca starts in again, 
also.  Luke is getting a little worried.

LUKE
I just want passage.

Han puts his arm around Luke's shoulder and draws him near.

HAN
Listen, little one, why don't 
you go on back to the farm or 
wherever you come from.  Then 
maybe in a few years you'll 
grow up to become an important 
starpilot, like me.

He lets out a hearty laugh and turns back to the giant Wookiee. 
Luke is afraid, but tries not to show it.  He quietly sips 
his drink, looking over the crowd for a more sympathetic ear, 
or whatever.  A large multiple-eyed creature on the other side 
of Luke gives him a rather rough shove.

CREATURE
Negola dughi wooldugger?!?

The hideous freak is obviously drunk.  Luke tries to ignore 
the creatures and turns back to his drink.  A short grubby 
HUMAN and an even smaller rodent-like beast join the belli-
gerent 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 unin-
telligible gibberish at the now rather nervous young Jedi.

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

LUKE
I'11 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.  Han Solo, who
has been watching the chain of events, begins to feel sorry 
for the young tenderfoot and intervenes.

HAN
This little one isn't worth 
the effort.  Besides, he's 
leaving.  Come, let me buy 
you something.

A powerful blow from the unpleasant creature sends the young 
Corellian pirate sailing across the room, crashing through 
tables and breaking a large jug filled with a foul-looking 
liquid.  With a blood-curdling shriek, the monster draws a 
wicked chrome laser pistol from his belt.  The bartender 
panics!

BARTENDER
No blasters!!  No blaster!
Please!

Little Luke's laser sword sparks to life, and in a flash,
an arm lies on the floor.  The rodent is cut in two, and the 
giant, multiple-eyed creature lies doubled, cut from chin 
to groin.  Luke shaking, and somewhat amazed at his reflex 
powers, replaces his sword in its sheath.  The entire fight 
has lasted only a matter of seconds.  The cantina goes back 
to normal, although Luke is now given a respectable amount 
of room at the bar.  Han, rubbing his bruised head, approaches 
the "little one" with new awe.  The bartender drags the 
bodies out.

HAN
I could have saved myself a good 
bump if I had known your skill...

LUKE
I thank you for trying to help.

HAN
They're lucky they caught me off 
guard.  I would have taken more 
time with them.  It's the Bogan 
force.  We've been feeling it for 
several days.  It drives those 
MONDUTHS wild...I'm Han Solo.
This is my first-mate Chewbacca.

Luke is still giddy, and downs a fresh drink.

HAN (CONT'D)
So you're looking for transport 
to Ogana...I might be able to 
help, but it's very far -- the 
cost would be great.

LUKE
I can pay.  You know of a ship 
going in that direction?

HAN
In these times, one cannot be 
too careful, you understand --
going into a rebel zone and all
-- but come to my place.  We'll 
have some food and talk this over.

Luke is filled with grateful enthusiasm at his new-found
"friends" and ignores their sinister grins.

44.  EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - ALLEYWAY

Han, Chewbacca, Luke and the robots walk along a narrow slum 
alleyway crowded with darkly-clad creatures hawking exotic 
goods in dingy little stalls.  Men and monsters crouch in 
waste-filled doorways whispering and hiding from the chill-
ing winds.  They enter a small doorway in a decaying stone 
building at the far end of the alley.

45.  INT. SLUM DWELLING - LIVING AREA

The seedy slum dwelling is dark and dingy.  Han is greeted 
by a female "Boma" named OEETA.  The Boma is a fur-covered 
creature about five feet high and looks like a cross between 
a brown bear and a guinea pig.  It is obvious from her figure 
that she is a female.  Han embraces Oeeta and gives her a 
big kiss, then checks out the stew-like mess boiling away 
on a dilapidated fusion-burner in the kitchen area.

HAN
Good, good...We're hungry.
Bring my friends some of this.

She answers in a strange baboon-like call and starts dish-
ing up the slop.  Threepio and Artoo cautiously dust off a 
bench in the kitchen and sit down.  Luke and Chewbacca join 
Han at a large table in the center of the main room.

HAN (CONT'D)
Now tell me of your adventures.
What is on Ogana Major that draws 
you there?

LUKE
I am looking to join my father. 
I have been living with my uncle, 
beyond the Great Dune sea.  He 
has a small moisture ranch -- 
not much of an adventure, I'm 
afraid.

HAN
Ahh, no farmer could cut down 
three brigands as you did.  But, 
as you wish.  In time you will 
grow to trust me...

Oeeta brings them each a steaming bowl of "Boma-mush", and 
a large mug of some heavy brew.  Chewbacca and Han dig in 
with great vigor, but Luke is a little hesitant.

HAN (CONT'D)
Eat up, don't let its smell 
bother you...Now, for the right 
sum, I could take you to Ogana 
Major myself.  But it would be a 
special charter.  I have no other 
business in that area, and the way 
is a little dangerous.

LUKE
How much?

HAN
An even million, I think.  We will 
have to somehow sneak past the 
Imperial blockade.  It won't be 
easy.

LUKE
A million!  I haven't that much.
I hope to get one fifty for my 
speeder...but that's all I have.

HAN
Well, I doubt you'll find another 
ship to take you.  Most captains 
rarely venture there.  The civil 
war makes it far too dangerous...
I was sure a man of your 
abilities would be worth more.
What of your two "droids" --
you could get at least four or 
five for them...even if you sold 
them as scrap.

Artoo and Threepio become suddenly attentive and listen
closely to the conversation in the next room.  Artoo begins 
to beep, but Threepio puts his bronze hand over his little 
companion's mouth.  Luke thinks about this for a moment.

LUKE
No...I need them.  What if I 
were to pay you one fifty now, 
and my father gave you the rest 
on our arrival?  He is an honor-
able man of great influence.  I'm 
sure he would make it worth your 
while.

The two robots breathe a sigh of relief.  Han's waning in-
terest is renewed by the mention of "great influence".

HAN
You mean a bonus maybe.  Your 
father must be a man of great 
wealth?

LUKE
I'm sure he would reward you.

Han thinks about this for a few moments, then turns to
Chewbacca and seemingly explains the situation to him.  The 
Wookiee shrugs his shoulders as if to say "Why not?"

HAN
We've got a deal then.  Sell your 
speeder and I'll meet you at dock-
ing port twenty-three.  My ship 
will be ready and waiting for you.
We should go right away, I think.

46.  EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING PORT 23

Han and his lumbering first-mate Chewbacca hurry along be-
hind MONTROSS HOLDAACK, a large, portly man who walks with 
a stiff, awkward gait.  They move along a tall gantry over-
looking a long, complex spacecraft.

HAN
But you're my friend, my best and 
closest partner.  Oxus will still 
listen to you!  He will, I tell 
you, I know he will.  I really have
a live one this time.  I asked for 
a million, and he didn't even flinch, 
and the way he fights -- he must 
belong to one of the royal families, 
I'm just sure of it.  This may be 
worth two million, maybe three.
You've got to talk to Oxus...You've 
just got to...

MONTROSS
Like your information on the AKURIAN 
spice shipment...After that botch, 
if I WERE crazy enough to suggest 
another one of your plots to him, 
he'd have us both diced...

HAN
But this is different.  This is 
our chance.  Are we partners or 
not?  Are you going to dream away 
the rest or your life, or are we 
going to try for the big one?

MONTROSS
The only way Oxus would go along is 
if you killed him...I'm too old, 
Han.  I can't do it, you'll have to 
find someone else.

HAN
There's no time.  What kind of talk 
is this?  Where's the old Montross
that single-handedly destroyed a 
colony of Banthas and rescued me 
from the very jaws of death??
Montross, the greatest science 
officer in the galaxy, too old?!

MONTROSS
You young fool!

Montross suddenly ignites in a rage and swings his left
forearm down with a mighty blow across the metal rail of
the gantry. The old science officer's forearm cracks in
two, spewing forth wires, and many fine multi-colored elec-
tronic components.

The artificial limb flops lifelessly to Montross Holdaack's 
side.

MONTROSS (CONT'D)
You know, there is nothing left 
but my head and right arm...
I've lost too much, Han...I'm 
dying...I'm dying this time...
I'm losing control.

Han bows his head in sorrow and embarrassment for one of the 
greatest warriors in the galaxy and a dear friend.

HAN
Take it easy...I'm sorry.  Don't 
be upset.  What am I going to do?
He's going to be here shortly 
wanting to go to Ogana!  I'll 
just have to talk to Oxus myself.
I'll take care of everything.
We'll get you fixed up, once and 
for all.

47.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY BAY

The entry bay of the large starship is also the main lounge 
area of the ship.  Two gruff and grisly pirates are playing 
a kind of dice game with thin little sticks.  The larger 
and mangiest of the two slavering hulks, JABBA THE HUTT 
by name, throws his dice at Chewbacca.

JABBA
I told you not to bring that 
thing on board again...Where 
have you been anyway...Captain 
wants the conveyor system ex-
tended...and I notice you haven't 
turned around those punch chips 
yet.  What are we keeping you 
on board for anyway?

Chewbacca slinks back outside the starship as Han helps the 
still slightly crazed Montross aboard the craft.  Han gen-
erally ignores Jabba's tirade.

HAN
Where is everybody, anyway?

JABBA
They took the shipment of "Covina" 
to Gordon.
But the captain is still here, 
so get to work or I'll snap you 
myself.

HAN
Where is he?

JABBA
On the bridge, I think.  I 
wouldn't go looking for trouble, 
though...He'll sting you good 
if you bother him.

The second pirate notices Montross's arm, as Han sets him
on a bench near the door.

PIRATE
Montross fall apart again?

JABBA
What's this ship coming to?
We've got a good-for-nothing 
"cabin boy" and a disintegrating 
science officer.

48.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

The cockpit of the starship is crowded with a haphazard ar-
ray of computer switches and monitors.  Dozing in one of 
the two pilot chairs is CAPTAIN OXUS, a man of the grossest 
dimensions.  His scarred face is a grim testimonial to his 
prowess as a pirate and a killer.  The young Han Solo en-
ters the cabin and stands staring at the evil galactic 
buccaneer -- the terror of the Outland territories -- so 
peaceful, such an easy prey.  Han doesn't know quite what 
to do, so he starts to leave. Oxus opens one eye.  He is 
in a drunken stupor.

OXUS
What have you been up to, boy??
You finished with the conveyor 
system?  Bring me some more 
"Auraspice"!

Han bows low before his master, then moves down the narrow 
passageway to a small closet, where he takes out a cup of 
silver powder and returns to Oxus.

HAN
Your spice; sir...Ah, sir, may I...

OXUS
You blasted, good-for-nothing.
Go fetch my tallock!  And be 
quick.  Now get out of here!

He takes a mighty swing at the boy, but his inebriated con-
dition causes the blow to ricochet off, and slam against a 
locker panel.  Han rushes out of the room.

49.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY

Han is angry with himself for not being able to tell the
captain about Luke.  He kicks the door to a locker in dis-
gust.  Suddenly an idea comes to him and he rushes back 
down the hallway.

50.  EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING PORT 23

Luke and the two robots approach the entry bay of the giant 
starship, and are intercepted by the giant Wookiee, Chewbacca.

LUKE
Greetings!  For such a young 
captain, your master has a 
mighty ship.  Will you store 
our bags?

Luke hands the huge funny creature his back-pack, but the
Wookiee doesn't take it. Instead, Chewbacca refuses to let 
them pass and carries on about something in his harsh na-
tive tongue.  Luke doesn't understand.

LUKE (CONT'D)
I don't get it??  Are we to wait 
here, or what?  Threepio, what's 
he talking about?

The gleaming bronze robot jabbers away in strange animal
sounds to the towering monster.  They carry on an animated 
argument, until it appears Threepio gets in the last word.

THREEPIO
Well, master Luke, sir.  It ap-
pears we must wait out here for 
the captain to ready the ship.
I told him we weren't accustomed 
to waiting around on gantries; 
and if you beg my pardon, sir, 
for the price of this trip they 
should have picked you up in an 
environment capsule, complete 
with dancing "Yonnas".

51.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY

Han and Montross are busy prying loose a control panel in
a forward corridor of the ship.  The cover falls to the
floor with a loud clang, and the young cabin boy looks
around to see if anyone heard.  Montross takes a small metal 
bar and jams it between two circuits.  Sparks, fly and a 
small puff of smoke issues from the panel.  He quickly re-
places the cover and Han heads back toward the captain's 
bridge.

52.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

The cockpit area of the starship is a cacophony of warning 
alarms and flashing lights.  The captain clumsily works at 
the control console in a vain attempt to figure out what 
is going on.  Han enters carrying a long gray cloak.

HAN
Your tallock, sir.  What's wrong??

Oxus stumbles around in a drunken stupor.

OXUS
Something's fouled up on this 
blasted board...

HAN
The reactor's wild!  It's way over 
a thousand.  We'd better get out.

OXUS
That's impossible!  I may be under 
the influence, but the reactor 
couldn't have gotten loose...Wait 
a minute.

A new shrill alarm begins to sound, as Han grabs the groggy 
old pirate and drags him out of the cabin.

53.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY BAY

Han and the lumbering pirate captain charge into the entry 
bay, almost knocking down Jabba the Hutt.

JABBA
What's going on?

HAN
Sabotage!  The reactor's have gone 
wild.  Get out.  Get out...Wait, I 
forgot about Montross...

Jabba the Hutt and the other pirate stumble over each other, 
racing for the exit.  Little Artoo scoots out of the way 
just as the two pirates rush past the group and into the 
spacestation main building.  They are quickly followed by 
the wobbly captain.  Luke watches the trio with puzzled 
amazement as the blast door slides closed behind them. 
Chewbacca gets a message on his belt com-link, and gestures 
to Luke that they should enter the deserted starship.  Luke 
and the two robots reluctantly follow the giant Wookiee 
into the entry bay.  Chewbacca pushes a button, and the main 
hatch slams shut. The alarms continue to ring.

LUKE
Where's the captain?

Threepio repeats the question in Wookieese and gets a short, 
rather menacing answer from the creature, who points to the 
high-backed seat of the lounge area.

THREEPIO
He wants us to sit down, sir...
If we don't mind.  The captain 
will be with us shortly.

The alarm signal is suddenly cut short.

54.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

The one armed Montross sits in the pilot seat pushing but-
tons and switches.  Han rushes in and sits in the co-pilot 
seat.  He is laughing.

HAN
Alarms secure...ready for take-
off...let's get out of here be-
fore they figure out what happened.

MONTROSS
Yes sir, captain.

Montross laughs heartily as he pulls back on the throttle.
The ship shudders as it lifts off.

55.  INT. DOCKING PORT 23 - MAIN BUILDING

Captain Oxus and Jabba the Hutt stand before a large window 
overlooking the docking port.  Oxus is furious, ranting and 
raving.  Jabba stands dumbfoundedly, with his mouth hanging 
open.  The ship quickly disappears into the vastness of the 
night sky.

56.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Han sits back in the huge co-pilot's chair and puts his
feet up on the control console.

HAN
Sometimes I amaze myself...

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

MONTROSS
Are you even a little worried 
he might hunt you down?

HAN
Well, Montross my friend, it's a 
big universe.  And after we cash 
in on this young noble, we'll 
head for Ophichi or one of the 
other southern systems.  He'll 
be a long time coming there!

MONTROSS
Sometimes you amaze me, also.

They both laugh.  Little Artoo appears momentarily in the
doorway, makes a few beeping remarks, then scurries away.
In a few moments, Luke appears at the doorway.

LUKE
This is a terrific ship!  How did 
you ever come by it?

Montross gives Han a sly smile, as Artoo appears timidly
behind his master.

HAN
It's a long story...I suggest you 
relax.  We'll be going into a 
Hyper-skip soon, and should reach 
Ogana Major by 0300, two para-marks 
from now.

57.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA

Han stands nervously waiting for Chewbacca, who is looking 
through Luke's things as the young adventurer sleeps.  The 
huge furry creature is very quiet as he moves about the 
cabin.  He picks up Luke's gun belt containing the hidden 
Kiber Crystal.  He takes the belt and a pouch to his wait-
ing master, and quietly whispers to him.  Han begins to 
search the belt.

HAN
He must have SOMETHING of value.
Are you sure you looked through 
everything?  His father had bet-
ter be loaded.

He drops the belt and pouch in disgust.

58.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING IN SPACE

Han enters and flops down in the co-pilot's seat.  Montross 
is busy studying the solar system with the ship's scanner.

HAN
We've been through everything 
twice.  He has nothing with him.
I guess we'll just have to wait 
until we get to his father.

Montross looks up from the scanner with a worried look.

MONTROSS
I've scanned almost all the way 
to Ogana Major, and there is no 
blockade!  I don't get it.  Do 
you think we should continue?

HAN
Sure, why not?...but carefully.

59.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

Luke, Chewbacca and the two robots sit around a lighted
table covered with many small metal figures. Each side of
the table has a small computer monitor embedded in it.
Chewbacca seems very pleased with himself as he rests his
lanky fur-covered arms over his head.  Luke rests his chin 
in his hands as he ponders a weighty problem on the board. 
Finally the stubby Artoo reaches up and moves one of the 
figures on the board.  A sudden frown crosses Chewbacca's 
face and he begins yelling some gibberish at Artoo.  Threepio 
intercedes on behalf of his small companion and begins to 
argue with the huge Wookiee.

LUKE
Let him have it...You're winning 
anyway...It doesn't make any dif-
ference.

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

A small tone sounds and the com-link crackles to life.

HAN'S VOICE
Luke, could you come up here!

LUKE
I'm on my way.

60.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING IN SPACE

The cockpit is alive with humming meters and softly buzz-
ing read-outs.  Montross and Han are busy at the controls.

MONTROSS
It checks out again.  There is 
no mistake about it.

Luke enters; his boyish enthusiasm is working overtime.

LUKE
We must be just about there!

Both Han and Montross are rather grim-faced.

HAN
We ARE there...Ogana Major has 
been destroyed...

LUKE
What!  What are you saying?

Luke moves close and begins to search the viewing monitors.

HAN
What's left of it is contaminated.
That's it there...look at those 
radiation read-outs!...and the 
blockade is gone.  Now what's going 
on?

Luke sits down in a state of shock.  He stares blankly at
the monitor read-outs.  Han is very angry at this turn of
events.

MONTROSS
I don't care how large the Imperial 
fleet has become, it couldn't have 
done this.  Half the planet is torn 
away.  It would have taken a thousand 
ships with a lot more fire power than 
I've ever seen...very fascinating.

HAN
Well, I don't like it.  Where is 
your father?

LUKE
He must be dead...All this way and 
he's probably dead...

HAN
Who's going to pay us??

The young pirate captain grabs Luke and holds him high
against the cockpit wall.

HAN (CONT'D)
I'm beginning not to like you!

Luke clears his throat and snaps out of his depression.

LUKE
Deak!  Deak would know...my brother.

HAN
What?

LUKE
My brother could help us.  He would 
know what to do.

HAN
Could he pay us?

LUKE
He might know what happened. He's
...ah...in a bit of a fix.  I'm
sure he would be most grateful if 
we helped him.

Han puts the boy down and a scheme formulates in Luke's mind.

LUKE (CONT'D)
If my father is dead, then every-
thing is his...but it's no use. We 
could never get to him...it's im-
possible.

HAN
Nothing's impossible.  Not for 
me anyway.  Tell me where he is 
and we'll go there.

LUKE
He's being held prisoner...You 
couldn't help him...No one could, 
not even a Jedi Bendu knight 
could...

HAN
I could.  Where is he?

LUKE
Alderaan.

The word hits Han and Montross like a mad bantha; but Han
recovers nicely, and thinks about it for a moment.

MONTROSS
Well, he's right, you can't go 
there.

HAN
Why not?  The fact that no one 
in their right mind would ever 
try might make it easy...You're 
sure your brother would make it 
worth our while?

LUKE
Beyond your wildest dreams...

HAN
You have no fear of Alderaan?

LUKE
As you said, the fact that no one 
would venture there voluntarily 
makes it easy.

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

HAN
Chart a new course...

LUKE
Boy, will Deak be surprised to see 
us.

Montross gives the two boys a doubtful glance.

61.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

Han, Chewbacca, Luke, and the robots sit around a large table 
in the lounge area of the starship.  Han and Luke are deep 
in thought.  Luke sits up.

LUKE
I thought starcaptains were 
supposed to be clever.  I 
thought you did this kind of 
thing all the time...

HAN
Well, I do, of course.  But 
Alderaan...even I've never 
been there.  When I said I'd 
take you...I thought you al-
ready had a plan...

Montross enters the lounge area and sits down.  He flexes
his new left arm which was just replaced.

MONTROSS
This new arm is a lot stiffer 
than the last one.  They just 
don't make these things the way 
they used to...We've reached 
the first perimeter of Alderaan.
What's the next move?

Everyone is lost in deep and perplexing thoughts.  He is
slightly amused at the young adventurer's dilemma.

HAN
I guess there is only one thing 
to do, and that is to fly right 
in there and take over...we can 
do it.

MONTROSS
Whoa there...May I make a sugges-
tion to the captain?  There is only 
one way into Alderaan, and N0 way 
out.  It's an island city suspended 
in a sea of cirrus methane.  The 
dungeons have triple guards, scramble
scanners, gas locks, and every sec-
tor is isolated...and most important,
it's the dwelling place of the Bogan 
Master: Prince Valorum.  This ven-
ture of yours is sheer madness; but 
I have calculated the probabilities, 
and there might be a way.

HAN
How??

MONTROSS
It is a rather complex plan; but 
it has the greatest probability 
of working...Go to the library, 
get all the tapes on Imperial 
procedure...You will have to learn 
the...

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

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

Han slumps in his seat with a dejected look.

HAN
All right, get the tapes.

MONTROSS
...and we're going to need the
space on all of our scan-shielded
compartments and lockers.

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

62. EXT. SPACE AROUND PLANET ALDERAAN

The long ornate pirate starship approaches the gray gaseous 
planet of Alderaan.  The ship is not propelled, but simply 
drifts crab-like toward the planet.  As it approaches the 
surface, huge billowing clouds extend out like menacing 
tentacles.  The peacefulness of this nebulous idyll is 
broken by the increasing wail of ion engines.  Suddenly, 
four sleek space fighters from the Imperial third fleet 
burst from the huge cumulus range.  The craft are small 
cylindrical power shells dominated by two huge solar fins. 
They are flying in a tight formation; then two bank steeply 
and head toward the drifting starship.

63.  INT. IMPERIAL FIGHTER - TRAVELING

The Imperial fighters are four-man craft crammed with sophis-
ticated electronic weaponry.

The PILOT and GUNNERY OFFICER sit side by side, surrounded 
by lighted read-outs.  They wear the gleaming black uni-
forms of the dungeon guards.

PILOT
No reply on any circuits...She 
appears to be drifting; but 
you'd better give her a blast 
anyway.

Two laser bolts scream past the cockpit and explode in front 
of the drifting pirate ship.

PILOT (CONT'D)
Kuro one to AD four.  We have 
what appears to be a drifting 
TDFI04 which does not respond 
to warnings.  No life forms 
appear on the scanner...Escape 
pods four, seven, and Oh three 
have been jettisoned...Should 
we destroy her or attempt sal-
vage?  She looks in good shape. 
...Right...Will do.

64.  EXT. SPACE AROUND PLANET ALDERAAN

The two tiny fighter craft orbit in front of the pirate star-
ship as small plates shoot from their fins and attach them-
selves to the larger craft.  Lines pull taut and the pirate 
starship is towed among the towering gray clouds by the two 
little Imperial space fighters.  The second two space fighters 
take up position behind the starship and follow it in.

65.  INT. IMPERIAL FIGHTER - TRAVELING

The pilot is cold and professional as his craft closes in
on the starship.  The positions of the ships are displayed 
on a read-out.  The pilot gives the gunner a quick look be-
fore he flips his sun shield over his eyes.

PILOT
It appears to be a Corellian 
Gypsy vessel, as close as I 
can make out...Still no life 
forms, no contamination.  Life 
systems still functioning...
they simply abandoned her for 
some reason.  We'll bring her 
in through the main forward bay.
Is that satisfactory?

COM-LINK
Security is standing by. Kuro 
one, you have clearance.

66.  EXT. PLANET ALDERAAN - CLOUD SEA

The towering white oxide clouds pass, revealing the Imperial 
city of Alderaan.  The magnificent domed and gleaming city 
is perched, mushroom-like, on a tall spire which disappears 
deep into the misty surface of the planet.  The little pro-
cession of spaceships speeds toward the city.

67.  INT. MAIN FORWARD BAY - SPACEPORT - IMPERIAL CITY OF ALDERAAN

The pirate starship rests in a huge hangar bay which dwarfs 
the Corellian craft!  Hundreds of troops work their way 
toward the craft under the cover of reflective shields.  A 
battalion commander and two guards edge their way toward 
the main hatch.  One of the guards aims a long laser rifle 
at the hatch.  A commotion erupts behind the troops, and 
they turn to see two SITH KNIGHTS striding into the huge 
spaceport hangar.  The two Sith knights appear slightly 
amused at the cautious stormtroopers.  The battalion com-
mander bows before the dark and fearsome Sith knights.

FIRST KNIGHT
Chief, get your men back.  Let us 
check this out.
(to the other Sith)
These MANTHAS troops are getting 
far too timid.

The Sith knights boldly approach the ship and swing open
the hatch.  They start to enter the ship when a loud clank-
ing sound, somewhat like a wrench being dropped down an air 
shaft, startles them and they jump back.  The Sith warriors 
ignite their laser swords simultaneously, and take a defen-
sive stance.  The hundred or so troopers duck behind their 
chrome shields and direct their laser weapons at the open 
hatch.  A few more sounds are heard from within the giant 
starship.  The tension becomes almost palpable.  The gang-
ling, bronze Threepio pops his "Art Deco" head out of the 
hatchway.

THREEPIO
Hello!

The two Sith knights give each other rather puzzled looks.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
I'm See Threepio, Human Cyborg 
relations.
It appears my masters have de-
parted, leaving me with their 
abandoned starship.  My only 
problem is that the operation 
of Astro-vehicles is not within 
my capacity...

The first Sith knight turns back to the battalion commander.

FIRST KNIGHT
Chief, hold this thing for in-
spection, and check out the 
rest of the ship.  I think you 
have picked up a piece of drift 
junk.  Salvage what you can, 
and atomize the rest.  Next time 
a little more bravery, commander.
WAIT before you call us.

The Sith knights leave the hangar as the troops shuffle on 
board the deserted vessel.  Threepio seems confused as 
troops rush around, completely ignoring him.

68.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

The troops search the ship with small hand scanners.  The
commander and his aid enter the lounge.  They are approached 
by a slender, weasel-like OFFICER.

OFFICER
There are no other "droids", sir.
The ship isn't much -- a rag-tag, 
custom-built job...Might be worth 
some study...

A TROOPER approaches the group.

TROOPER
All clear, sir.  There is a row 
of supply lockers we couldn't 
get into.

COMMANDER
Let the scavenger crews take care 
of that.  Post a guard, and send 
the men back.  Keep the "droid" 
here with the ship; we'll let the 
scavenger crew take care of him, 
too.

The troops begin to file out of the ship.

69.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY

A lone trooper runs through the hallway heading for the exit. 
In a few moments, all is quiet.  The muffled sounds of a 
distant officer giving orders finally fade.  A sharp tapping 
can be heard very near, and a panel on a row of low cabinets 
crashes to the floor.  Han Solo's head pokes out of the 
hole and looks around the hallway.  He then pulls himself 
out of his cramped quarters and struts around, stretching 
his legs.  A second locker breaks open and Luke emerges. 
Chewbacca pokes his furry head out of the first locker and 
Han tells him the way is clear.

HAN
This is ridiculous.  I tell you 
it's not going to work. Montross 
is crazed half the time...

Luke straightens himself out as Montross appears in his
locker.

70.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

Luke, Han, Montross, Chewbacca, and little Artoo quietly
make their way down a hallway to the lounge area, where
four Imperial troopers stand guard.  Luke peeks around the 
doorway, then whispers to Han.

LUKE
There are only four.  Remember:
Quietly, and don't mess up the 
uniforms...

Han repeats this to Chewbacca and they both grin with ex-
cited, determined looks on their faces.  Luke gives the 
signal as the Wookiee and the young Corellian pirate charge 
past him with their laser swords held high, screaming like 
wild banshees.  Luke is somewhat confused by the attack.
The yelling and the clash of swords echo throughout the 
ship.  Montross holds his ears.  Artoo runs and joins up 
with the shackled Threepio.

71.  INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

In the main control tower, next to the starship, a gantry
officer looks up from his desk, as if he hears something.
He turns to an aide who is busy readjusting a monitor.

GANTRY OFFICER
Did you hear that?

The aide shakes his head; but the officer, convinced that
he heard something, leaves the control tower and heads for 
the pirate ship.

72.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

The gantry officer cautiously enters the pirate starship
with his laser pistol drawn.  Everything is quiet in the
lounge area.  Two guards sit at a table with a third stand-
ing over them.  The fourth guard approaches the gantry 
officer.

GUARD
You have business here?

The guard is Han Solo.  He struggles to hide a large blood 
stain under his right arm.

OFFICER
I thought I heard something down 
here.

HAN
Are you sure it was from down here?
We didn't hear anything...

The gantry officer shakes his head at the puzzlement.

OFFICER
Well, I guess not...but keep your 
eyes open...

The guard standing at the table is Luke; and as he turns to 
glance at the gantry officer, one of the guards sitting at 
the table topples over and lands with his face on the floor. 
The gantry officer raises his pistol and immediately becomes 
suspicious.  An embarrassed grin breaks out on Luke and Han's 
faces.  With a swiftness rivaling a Jedi prince, Han knocks 
the gun from the gantry officer's hand and decks him.  Luke 
runs over to help Han, and Montross, Chewbacca and the robots 
rush in.

LUKE
Don't mess him up!

Han starts to change jackets with the gantry officer.

HAN
I've just been promoted.

MONTROSS
All right now, you don't have 
much time.  I hope you can re-
member everything.

LUKE
We'll be back before you know 
it.

HAN
Just have the ship ready.

Luke binds the huge Chewbacca with electronic cuffs.  The
Wookiee has a worried and slightly frightened look on his
face.  Han reassures him, straightens his jacket and they
start off into the giant Imperial city of Alderaan.  Han
and Luke walk on either side of the giant Chewbacca and
Artoo and Threepio reluctantly follow along behind.
Montross stays aboard the starship and carefully and
quietly closes the hatch.

73.  INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

A lone aide is quietly working on a monitor when Chewbacca, 
the huge Wookiee, appears in the doorway with a bone-chilling 
howl.  A look of surprise, awe, and sheer dread crosses 
the aide's face as he stumbles over his tools.  The Wookiee 
flattens him with one blow.  Threepio and Artoo waddle into 
the room, followed by Han and Luke guarding the rear.

LUKE
Must he howl so?  Every Sith in 
the city will know we're here.

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

Threepio and Artoo look over the control panel, until Artoo 
finds something which gets him excited.

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 control aide by his toes.

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

Artoo punches his claw arm into a computer socket, and the 
vast Imperial brain network comes to life, feeding informa-
tion to the little robot.  After a few moments, he beeps 
something to Threepio.

THREEPIO
Level five, Detention block A-23, 
cell 2187... He's still alive...
but his condition is reported as 
critical.

LUKE
All right, wait for us here...
Send feed-back into the control 
sensors in that Detention block 
only.

Han puts the electronic bonds back on Chewbacca and the
trio starts out the door.

THREEPIO
Pardon me for asking, sir...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.

74.  INT. DETENTION AREA - ELEVATOR TUBE - IMPERIAL CITY OF
ALDERAAN

Han and Luke try to look inconspicuous, as they wait for a 
vacuum elevator to arrive.  Troops and bureaucrats bustle 
about ignoring the trio completely; only a few give the 
giant Wookiee a curious glance.  Finally, a small elevator 
arrives, and the trio enter.  A bureaucrat races to get 
aboard also, but is signaled away by Han.  The door to the 
pod-like vehicle slides closed, and it takes off through a 
vacuum tube.

LUKE
This is the PT-27 unit that ceases 
operation if there is any kind of 
alarm.

He rubs his hand across a series of small holes.

LUKE (CONT'D)
Gas...Montross was definitely 
right.  If they discover us, 
we'll never get out.

Han gives him a skeptical look.

75.  INT. DETENTION AREA - DUNGEON

The giant Wookiee and his two guards enter the old, gray
security station.  Guards and laser gates are everywhere.
Han whispers to Luke under his breath.

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 big 
mode is acting up...getting feed-
back 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.

LUKE
May THE FORCE OF OTHERS be with us.

Suddenly, Chewbacca throws up his hands and lets out with
one of his ear-piercing howls.  He grabs Han's laser sword 
and ignites it, pushing Han against the wall.

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 to fall under the laser fire just as he starts to push 
the alarm system.  Luke rushes over to the com-link system, 
which is screeching questions about what is going on.  Han 
and Chewbacca disappear down one of the sub-hallways.

LUKE
A Wookiee broke loose up here, 
but we've got him under control.
There is a lot of damage, four 
casualties.  The main door jammed.
Better keep the rescue squad away 
from here, we've got some fires...

He blasts some of the furniture with his laser pistol and it 
bursts into flames, creating a lot of smoke.

76.  INT. DUNGEON - CELL ROW

Han and Chewbacca race down the rows of low, stone-cell doors. 
Han stops before cell 2187 and yells something to Chewbacca, 
who covers his face as the young pirate blasts the door away 
with his laser pistol.  When the smoke clears, Han looks in 
the cell and an expression of horror crosses his face.

HAN
"Holy Maker" No!

Suspended inside the cell by invisible rays, a bloody and
mutilated Deak Starkiller hangs upside down.  A strange
yellow glow radiates from his eyes.  Chewbacca rushes into 
the cell past the dazed Han.  The Wookiee yells something 
and Han comes to, firing his pistol at a small control box 
in the wall.  The unconscious Deak drops like a rock into 
the giant Wookiee's arms.  Chewbacca slings him over his 
shoulders, and joins Han in the hallway.

77.  INT. DETENTION AREA - DUNGEON

Smoke fills the small control center as Luke fiddles with
the wires on the control board.

A series of explosions at the main doorway knock a hole in 
the wall through which several Imperial troops begin to 
emerge.  Luke fires his laser pistol at them through the 
smoke and flames.  He turns and runs down a sub-hallway, 
stopping only for a moment on the far side of the passage-
way to lock on the laser gate "cutters".  He takes a small 
com-link transmitter from his belt and speaks into it.

LUKE
C3PO - C3P0 -- switch off emer-
gency communications network.
We're on our way.  Monitor what 
you can...What was that, I didn't 
copy...

78.  INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL T0WER

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

THREEPIO
I said, all systems have been
alerted to your presence, sir.
I respectfully suggest you re-
turn at once...

The transmitter squawks a short reply, and Threepio peeks
out the tower window at the starship.  All is quiet.  He
then moves to the door and it slides open a crack.  Several 
troops rush past, yelling and shouting orders.  Threepio 
slams the door shut, and pushes the lock lever.

THREEPIO (CONT'D)
Oh no!

79.  INT. DUNGEON - CELL ROW

Han and Chewbacca rush toward the detention control complex, 
but are met by Luke running toward them.

LUKE
There's no going back that way.

Luke notices his mutilated brother draped over Chewbacca's 
shoulders.  His mouth drops open in stunned shock.

HAN
He's still with us, but there 
ain't much left of him.
Your family must have something 
the Empire wants awfully bad.

The trio turns and runs down the cell block passageway.
They reach a small grate in the wall, covering a passage
that leads down into a deep darkness.

LUKE
This way.  It might lead out of 
the cell block.

Luke and Han pull up the rusty grate, and they disappear
into the black passageway.

80.  INT. DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY

Han leads the group down the ever-darkening, narrow passage-
way.  Their footsteps echo on the cold stone steps of the 
winding, descending stairway.  Han and Luke switch on small 
lights in their gunbelts.  The rhythmic marching of storm-
troops is heard behind them.  Han stops the group before 
an intersecting hallway.  The marching troops seem to be 
getting louder; muffled voices can be heard.

LUKE
They're right behind us.  Which 
way?

HAN
Your guess is as good as mine.
Maybe we'd better keep going 
down until we reach the docking 
level...

They continue down the eerie, slimy corridor that gets nar-
rower and narrower as they descend into the bowels of the 
city.

81.  INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

A loud buzzer sounds throughout the control tower.  Threepio 
rushes to the computer console.

THREEPIO
All right, all right, I'm going 
to answer it...just don't blame 
me if we get caught.

He switches on the control com-link.

COM-LINK
There is a problem on the level 
five detention area.  Double 
alert.

THREEPIO
Confirmed, and out.
(to Artoo)
Do you think they'll believe that?

82.  INT. DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY

The passageway has gotten so small that Han, Luke and
Chewbacca must walk sideways.  Suddenly the way opens up to 
a wide, low ceiling corridor that is very dark and dank.

HAN
We made it...Hurry!

The group runs along the foul-smelling passageway.

LUKE
I think they've stopped following 
us.

HAN
I wonder why?...It's sure getting 
hot down here.  Where do you think 
this leads?

LUKE
It's some kind of vent system.

A loud, horrible, inhuman moan works its way up from the
far end of the passageway and stops the group dead in its
tracks.  They exchange rather worried looks.

HAN
I think I know why they stopped 
following us...

LUKE
Which direction is it?

Chewbacca jabbers something to Han.

HAN
Chewbacca says there are legends 
of the Sith keeping DAI NOGAS in 
the belly of the city...Dai Nogas 
are not to be trifled with.

LUKE
Which way should we go?

HAN
They are not natural creatures.
They are very large; but it 
could be anywhere.  There is no 
hope for us back there, so I 
guess we should push ahead.

They start forward; but the giant Wookiee stops and howls
something at Han.  The young captain talks to the frightened 
creature and eventually calms him down, and they slowly con-
tinue forward.  Barely perceivable, a dim light glimmers at 
the far end of the hallway.

LUKE
Look, a light, head for it!

The group picks up speed as it nears the light.  Suddenly, 
a huge form blocks out the light, and Chewbacca lets out a 
terrified howl and begins to back away.  Han and Luke stand 
fast with their laser pistols drawn.  Han calls back to the 
Wookiee, who begins to cower near one of the damp walls.

HAN
Guns are no good.  Only a Jedi, 
strong with the FORCE, can stop 
it.

The huge shape, breathing loud and deep, sloshes forward.

LUKE
Maybe we could out-flank it?

HAN
The passageway is too small...We 
would have to distract it with 
something.

The two boys begin to slowly walk backwards as the horrible 
DAI NOGA begins its cumbersome advance.

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

HAN
Are you sure??  These things 
aren't natural.

LUKE
I'll listen to your plan...

Han turns and rushes back to Chewbacca, who is huddled
against the wall, with the unconscious Deak lying by his
side.  The Wookiee is shaking and wailing like a small
child.  In the thin light provided by the small door at
the end of the passageway, the faint outline of the grue-
some Dai Noga can be perceived.  Luke, with shaking hands, 
fires directly at the center of the beast.  His laser bolt 
passes through the huge creature and explodes against a 
far wall.  The light from the blast reveals a little more 
of the thing, which is something like a cross between a 
huge spider and a giant squid.

Han has blindfolded Chewbacca, and attempts to lead the
Wookiee carrying Deak around the terrifying Dai Noga.
They edge their way along the corridor wall as Luke fires
a second blast at the slime.  The Dai Noga lets out with
a horrible moan and lumbers towards Luke with a new vigor. 
Luke backs away firing as he goes.  Han and Chewbacca make 
it to the door and watch the Dai Noga move after Luke.

HAN
We're clear!  I'll distract him.

He fires a shot at the monster, but it continues after Luke.

LUKE
Shoot above him!

Han fires again, this time above the creature, knocking
rocks and debris on top of him.  He turns to face his new
enemy, enabling Luke to creep around the Dai Noga and join 
Han and Chewbacca.  The spider-like monster lets out a
moan and leaps at the two youths.  Chewbacca has worked 
loose the iron grate covering the doorway, and the group 
tumbles into a dusty, unused hallway.

83.  INT. DUNGEON - HALLWAY

The Dai Noga bangs against the opening and a long slimy
tentacle works its way out of the doorway searching for a
victim.  Han aims his pistol.

LUKE
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
passageway.  Luke simply shakes his head at the young cap-
tain.  They get up and start down the passageway.  Han is 
clearly bothered by Luke's low opinion of his actions.

HAN
I don't care, I want them to 
find us...I need a good fight...
I could polish off a whole squad, 
like that!

He snaps his fingers as Luke gives him a skeptical look.

84.  INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

Threepio nervously paces the control room.

THREEPIO
You mean they've calculated that 
the escape has something to do 
with the ship!  Then they'll come 
up here, too...Oh me! We'll all 
be atomized.  Where could they 
have disappeared to?

85.  INT. SPACEPORT - PASSAGEWAY

Luke and Han stand before a bay window overlooking the pi-
rate starship.  They watch as a platoon of Imperial storm-
troopers take up guard positions outside the craft.  An 
officer attempts to open the hatch and enter the ship, but 
is unsuccessful.  He exits the docking bay in a hurry.

LUKE
He'll be heading for the control 
tower.  Come on...

The two boys rush down the hallway, followed by the lumber-
ing Chewbacca carrying Deak.  They round a corner and run 
smack dab into twelve Imperial stormtroopers heading toward 
them.  Both groups are taken by surprise, and stop in their 
tracks.  Before even thinking, Han draws his laser sword 
and charges the troops, yelling at the top of his lungs.
The troops are startled by this assault and start to back 
off.  Han manages to cut several down before the rest flee
in panic.  Pleased with his prowess, Han starts after them, 
yelling back to Luke as he goes.

HAN
Get Chewbacca to the ship!

LUKE
Wait, where are you going?  Come 
back here!

Han has already rounded a corner and does not hear.  Luke
rushes Chewbacca to the doorway at the end of the hallway.
He motions the Wookiee to go on.

86.  INT. SPACEPORT - SUB-HALLWAY

Han chases the ten stormtroopers down a long sub-hallway.
He is yelling and brandishing his laser sword.  The troops 
reach a dead end and are forced to turn and fight.  Han 
stops a few feet from them and assumes a defensive position.
He is ready to cut them down.  The troops begin to ignite 
their laser swords; soon all ten troopers are moving into 
an attack position in front of the lone star pirate. Han's 
determined look begins to fade as the troops begin to ad-
vance.

Luke runs down the sub-hallway in a last-ditch attempt to
save his bold friend.  Suddenly he hears the clamor of
laser swords and yelling.  Around the corner shoots Han
Solo, pirate extraordinaire, running for his life, followed 
by a host of furious stormtroopers.  Luke turns and starts 
running the other way, also.  They run around several cor-
ners, and the troops drop a ways behind.  Luke squeezes 
down a side passage and signals for Han to follow.

87.  INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE

Luke and Han run down the narrow passageway looking for an 
exit.  The stormtroopers can be heard barking orders as 
they follow the duo.  An officer at the far end of the hall-
way spots them and fires a laser blast at them, but misses. 
They reach a complex blast-shield door which they attempt 
to open by pushing a series of buttons on a lock switch.
The several layers of hatches and locks slowly peel away.
Han returns the laser fire of the gathered stormtroopers 
at the end of the hallway.  The signal on their belt com-
links begins to buzz.  Luke takes one in hand and gets a 
jumble of excited Wookiee gibberish.  He hands the small 
com-link receiver to Han, who continues his barrage of the 
troopers.

LUKE
It's for you.

Han talks to the Wookiee and seems to be in some kind of
an argument.

88.  INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN FORWARD BAY

Chewbacca is crouched behind some supply cannisters near
the main entrance to the spaceport bay.  Stormtroopers
march to and fro in front of the pirate starship.  The
giant Wookiee whispers into the com-link.  Deak lies in a
heap at his feet.  Chewbacca ducks lower as several troops 
stop almost on top of him.  He puts the com-link back on 
his belt and draws Deak close to him.

89.  INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE

Han gives the com-link back to Luke.

HAN
Chewbacca can't make it to the 
ship without help.

The final hatch starts to swing open behind them.

LUKE
Then let's go!

They turn and start into the main spaceport causeway.  A
few feet into the hallway and the boys stop short.  Two
evil, BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE SITH stride toward them.  Luke
turns and runs back into the narrow passageway.

LUKE (CONT'D)
Come on back.  We'll not be 
stopping them...

Han jumps back into the narrow passageway and Luke pulls
the main blast-shield lock switch.  The five layers of
door instantly slam shut.

HAN
Now what??

Luke shrugs his shoulders.  The stormtroopers renew their
assault.

90.  INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN CAUSEWAY

The two Sith knights stop before the huge blast-shield door.
Stormtroopers take up position behind them.  One of the 
knights turns to the first officer of the guard.

SITH KNIGHT
Move your man back.

The troops scurry out of the way, as the Sith knights raise 
their arms over their heads, creating a powerful force field.

91.  INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE

The mighty blast-shield door bulges under the pressure of
the Sith para-force.  Luke spots a small waste receptacle
on the wall.  He fires a few shots at the assembled storm-
troopers at the far end of the corridor, and moves to the 
garbage chute.  He motions for Han to follow, but the young 
starcaptain is sitting in a corner staring blankly at the 
bulging door.  Luke runs back to him.

LUKE
What is it?

HAN
It's no use...we're lost.

LUKE
No, no, there's a debris chute.
It's the Bogan force making you 
feel that way.  Don't give up 
hope...fight it!

HAN
It's no use, it's no use.

The giant hinge bolts on the blast-shield door begin to pop 
as the force of the Sith knights grows stronger.  Luke fires 
off a rapid series of shots and half-drags Han to the small 
grate in the wall.

LUKE
Well, we're going anyway.  Think 
of good things.  Drive the Bogan 
from your mind.

Luke blasts the cover off the debris receptacle and shoves 
Han into the small opening.  The giant blast door begins 
to smolder, creating a smoky cover for the boys to hide in. 
Luke frantically blasts away at the advancing stormtroopers, 
then climbs into the garbage chute and disappears.

92.  INTERIOR SPACEPORT - GARBAGE ROOM

Luke slides through a series of chutes until he winds up
in a large room full of muck.  Han is already stumbling
around looking for an exit.  He finds a small hatchway and 
struggles to get it open.

HAN
The blasted thing is vacuum-
sealed.

He draws his laser pistol and fires at the hatch.  The laser 
bolt ricochets wildly around the small metal room.  Both 
Luke and Han dive for cover in the garbage as the bolt ex-
plodes almost on top of them.  Luke climbs out of the gar-
bage with a rather grim look on his face.

LUKE
I'm glad to see the Bogan is no 
longer with you, but would you 
put that thing away or you're 
going to get us both killed.

HAN
(sarcastic)
I'll leave it for you to open 
then.  I'm just afraid we're 
going to have company soon...
This is a brilliant escape.

LUKE
Well, it could be worse...

Before Han can reply, the walls of the garbage receptacle
begin to rumble and edge toward the adventurers.

HAN
Now what?!?

LUKE
Try to jam it with something.

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

HAN
This isn't working!

LUKE
Well then, think of something 
else!

The room gets smaller and smaller, until it is only three
feet wide.  Garbage is snapping and popping as it is crushed 
by the relentless walls.  Luke's com-link begins to buzz, 
and he pulls it off his belt.

THREEPIO
I begging your pardon, sir,
but we are going to be unable 
to stay here much longer.
Could you give us...

LUKE
(to Han)
Threepio!  That's it.  The R-2 
unit is still plugged into the 
control systems...
(into the
com-link)
Threepio, listen to me.  Have 
Artoo shut down all garbage 
chutes in the immediate con-
necting bays.  I think we're 
on your level, but shut them 
off on the level above you, 
also...Quickly, shut them off!

The rumbling walls begin to shake the room, and then they
halt.  Han breathes a sigh of relief.  Luke goes over to
the pressure hatch and scrapes some muck off a number.

LUKE (CONT'D)
Open the pressure maintenance 
hatch on unit 366117891...

In a moment, the door pops open.

LUKE  (CONT'D)
We're out.  Disconnect Artoo and 
go back to the ship...Avoid the 
troops, if possible...

THREEPIO
I wish you were here, sir.

LUKE
We'll be with you shortly.  In-
struct Montross to get the ship 
started.

93.  INT. SPACEPORT - GANTRY HALLWAY

Two Imperial officers stand in the hallway leading to the
spaceport.  One of the officers is a fleet admiral.  They
spot Artoo and Threepio waddling towards them and can hardly 
believe their eyes.

OFFICER
That's them!

Before they can do anything about it, Han and Luke jump
the officers from behind, and put laser swords to their
necks.  The robots trundle up to them.

THREEPIO
Thank goodness you're safe, 
sir.  Did you find Master Deak?

LUKE
Chewbacca's got him.  Now if we 
can just get by those guards be-
fore the Sith arrive...

THREEPIO
They won't be here too quickly, 
I don't think; we shut and sealed 
all alarm doors in the gantry.

HAN
(to the officer)
Come on, boys!

94.  INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN FORWARD BAY

Han and Luke, dragging their hostages in front of them,
enter the starship bay.  Artoo and Threepio hurry in be-
hind them.  The twenty or so troops guarding the starship 
train their weapons on the group, but seeing an admiral 
held as hostage, hesitate.  Chewbacca jumps out from be-
hind the supply cannisters, carrying Deak over his shoulder, 
and joins the group.  They slowly make their way toward 
the starship, which is a medley of noises, as it prepares 
for take-off.  The main hatch slides open.

OFFICER
Forget about us -- fire on them.

The troops aim their laser rifles.  The admiral panics.

ADMIRAL
No, wait!  Don't shoot!  They'll 
not get away.  They'll not get 
away.  Don't shoot!

The group enters the starship and the hatch slams shut.

95.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

Han slides into the co-pilot seat.  Montross gives him a
big smile.

HAN
Get us out of here!

Montross pulls back on the controls and the ship begins to 
move.  The dull thud of laser bolts can be heard bouncing 
off the outside of the ship.

MONTROSS
They aren't going to hurt us 
with those peashooters...

HAN
There are Sith out there.

96.  EXT. IMPERIAL CITY OF ALDERAAN - MAIN STARSHIP BAY

The starship lifts away from the starship bay and moves into 
the cloud sea of Alderaan.  Troops continue to fire at the 
ship as it leaves.  Too late, four Sith knights arrive.

SITH KNIGHT
They'll not get far.

97.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Han picks up the com-link.

HAN
Luke, jettison the hostages and 
get to one of the gun ports.

MONTROSS
You'd better get back there, too.
Four TIE ships coming in at six 
o'clock.

He points out the cockpit window to four small Imperial
fighters banking in on their right side.

HAN
Was this trip really necessary?

MONTROSS
There's another bunch at two o'clock.
We're into our power reserves, so 
take your time.  Sing out if they 
get below us and I'll kick her around
...Now get going!

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

Luke is busy checking out one of the two main laser cannons 
mounted in large rotating bubble turrets.  He adjusts his 
head-phones, and searches his electronic tracking screen 
for the Imperial fighters.

MONTROSS (over head-phones) Here
they come.

Han jumps into the turret opposite Luke, and begins to strap 
himself in.  The pirate starship shudders as the Imperial 
fighters open fire.  Luke's turret swings around and he be-
gins to return the fire.  Moments later, Han lowers his 
glare reflector and with a burst of smoke and electrical 
charge also opens up on the enemy craft.  One of the Imperial 
fighters is hit by a concentrated barrage and begins spin-
ning out of control, until it finally explodes.  Han gives 
Luke a victory wave, which Luke gleefully returns.

Imperial fighters buzz about everywhere.  The constant flash-
ing of deflected laser bolts reflect in the interior of the 
turret bubble.  Chewbacca sits in an aft turret, blazing 
away at the enemy craft.  A huge explosion rocks the pirate 
ship and throws Artoo and Threepio crashing against a pas-
sageway wall.

THREEPIO
Here we go again.  How did we 
get ourselves into this?  We 
never seem to be in the right 
place.

Over the com-link, Montross gives instructions as to the
enemy formations.  Several more Imperial ships explode and 
disappear from view.  The pirate starship undergoes a great 
deal of punishment as the battle rages.

HAN
(into the com-link)
We're beginning to come apart 
back here...the ship will not 
take much more of this...

Several of the Imperial fighters concentrate their fire on 
a weakened port antenna and finally it explodes, opening 
a hole in one of the compartments and everything that isn't 
bolted down is sucked into outer space.  Threepio and Artoo 
struggle to push a large cabinet in front of the hole.

99.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

The cockpit is alive with warning lights and buzzers, but
Montross manages to keep things under control.  He speaks
into the com-link.

MONTROSS
You're doing great, boys. There 
are only three or four of them 
left; but maybe it's time we 
showed them this isn't your regu-
lation type F-888 cargo-trawler.
Stand by for hyper-skip...and 
hope she holds together.

Montross pulls back on several of the levers before him,
and the ship surges away from the tiny fighters.  The pi-
rate starship races through the galaxy at an incredible 
speed; but it isn't long before the Imperial fighters catch 
up.

MONTROSS (CONT'D)
Take them now, boys.  They 
shouldn't be maneuverable at 
this speed.

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

Luke, Han and Chewbacca fire away at the now stationary
Imperial craft.  One explodes, then another, and before
long, they are all congratulating each other on their vic-
tory.

DISSOLVE TO:

101. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA

Luke kneels over what's left of his brother.  Han stands
in the doorway watching as Threepio applies some medication 
to the Jedi's gaping wounds.

THREEPIO
I don't know much more we can do 
for him, sir.  These are spiritual 
wounds.  The Bogan arts often run 
contrary to the ways of science...
and logic.  I can't help him. Only 
a Jedi can save him.

LUKE
He's been trying to talk...He knows 
I'm here.  He knows it's me.

Han simply shakes his head at the situation.

HAN
He must have something of great 
value for them to do that to him.
A lost spice mine, maybe?  Well, 
whatever it is, he'd better re-
gain consciousness 'cause I'm due 
my share...and I'm going to be 
very unhappy if he joins THE 
FORCE OF OTHERS before I get it...

Han turns and leaves Luke and Threepio alone with Deak.

LUKE
You've done well, Threepio...you 
have served both of us well beyond 
your programming.  Leave me with 
him for awhile, would you?

THREEPIO
Thank you, sir.  Your kindness is 
greatly appreciated.  That is, the 
compliment of compliments...But 
sir, you too ought to be getting 
some rest...What with that tempest 
we stirred up back there, I'm sure 
we aren't through this yet.

LUKE
I'll be along shortly.

Threepio turns and leaves, locking the cabin door behind
him.

LUKE (CONT'D)
I guess you couldn't have known, 
but Ogana Major is gone, destroyed 
by something -- I can't imagine 
what...I don t know about father --
whether he's dead or alive -- or 
where to find him if he is alive.
I didn't know what to do, so I 
came for you...You can't die, you 
just can't...What am I going to do?
Just tell me what to do...Oh, Deak!

Luke slumps over his brother and begins to weep quietly. 
Suddenly he remembers the Kiber Crystal hidden in his belt.

He takes off his belt and fumbles to open the secret com-
partment.  The buckle snaps open and a powerful clear light 
fills the darkened room.  The Kiber Crystal's glow is al-
most blinding.  Luke takes the supernatural gem and places 
it in his injured brother's hand.  Luke suddenly sits bolt 
upright.  A thought seems to come to him and he dashes 
out of the cabin.

102.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

Luke bursts into the lounge area where Chewbacca and Han
are sprawled across the chairs, sound asleep.  They wake
with a start.  Chewbacca draws his laser sword.

LUKE
Yavin's fourth moon.

HAN
What's wrong?

LUKE
My father's on the fourth moon 
of Yavin.  We must go there 
immediately.

HAN
Wait a minute.Is your brother
conscious?

LUKE
No...

HAN
Then how do you know your father 
is on Yavin?  I've had it with 
your adventures...

Chewbacca blurts out a long line of gibberish to Han.

HAN (CONT'D)
Yeah, you're going to get us all 
killed!

LUKE
My father is on the fourth moon of 
Yavin.  Your only reward is there, 
also.

Han thinks about this for a few moments, then throws up
his hands.

HAN
Well, we're already headed that 
way anyway.

DISSOLVE TO:

103.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

Montross is upset and starts yelling at Han and Luke.

MONTROSS
...It's a wasteland.  That system
is way beyond the rim of the galaxy.

LUKE
But we HAVE enough power to get 
there.

Luke slams a connector panel on the computer console.

HAN
Just relax for a second!

MONTROSS
(getting more 
excited)
We have MORE than enough power to 
get there...But we don't have 
enough to get back, and there is 
no place to get power out there...
We'd never get back.  It's madness...

Montross starts to bring his arm down across the computer 
console to make his point, but Han grabs it in time to 
keep it from being dashed to bits.

LUKE
It's not a wasteland.  There is 
an outpost, I tell you...

A sing-song alarm goes off on the scanner console.  Threepio, 
who has been quietly sitting in the co-pilot's seat all 
through the argument, interrupts his master.

THREEPIO
Excuse me, sir -- but we seem 
to be approaching another ship 
of some king.

Montross looks into the scanner display.

MONTROSS
I don't think that's a ship, 
although it moves like one...
it's much too large.  It's as 
big as a small moon.

HAN
A station of some kind?

MONTROSS
I don't know.  It's moving, but 
not very fast, and it's traveling 
in the same direction we are.

HAN
Move off, let's go around it. We 
don't need any more trouble.

MONTROSS
I'd sure like to see what it is...

HAN
Well, whatever it is, it means 
there must be some kind of a 
power depot out here, so we'll 
continue...

DISSOLVE TO:

104.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

The sleek pirate starship drifts into orbit around the
emerald green, fourth moon of YAVIN.

105.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Montross and Han are at the controls, as Luke rushes into 
the cockpit.

MONTROSS
We pick up no significant life 
form concentrations down there.
Certainly there's no outpost...

LUKE
It could be shielded, could be 
anything.

HAN
Could be nothing.

LUKE
Move into latitude sixty-one...

A light begins to flash on the computer board.

HAN
What's that?

MONTROSS
A signal beacon.  Something is 
sending us coordinates...

LUKE
That's it!  Lock onto it!  We 
made it...We made it!

MONTROSS
There'll be no landing a ship 
this size on that terrain. We'll 
have to use the auxiliary units.

LUKE
Good.  I'll help Chewbacca with 
Deak.

Luke rushes out of the cockpit.

MONTROSS
That moon or station -- or what-
ever it is -- is back on the 
scope.  It's either following us 
here or was already coming here 
on its own.  I'd better stay with 
the ship.

HAN
Yeah, I think you'd better.  I 
don't like this.  Track us if 
you can...

106.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

Two small lifepods jettison away from the starship, and
slowly drift toward the awesome, deep green surface of
the moon.  Retro-rockets automatically kick in and slow
the pods.  The two tiny craft break through some light
cloud cover and land in the dense, steaming jungles of
Yavin's fourth moon.

107.  EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - VINE JUNGLE

One of the lifepods has come to rest in the middle of a bog.

Han, Chewbacca, and Threepio emerge from the battered cap-
sule as it slowly sinks into the murky swamp.

HAN
Montross was sure right about 
this not being a fit place to 
land.  We could have gotten 
KILLED coming through those 
trees...Well, let's find Luke...

THREEPIO
They landed further south, I 
think.  This is dangerous country.
If you don't mind my saying so, 
I think we had better stay to-
gether.

Chewbacca inspects a huge laser weapon and straps several 
power packs to his bandoliers.  The group ventures into a 
forest of gargantuan trees shrouded in an eerie mist. The 
air is heavy with the fantastic cries of unimaginable 
creatures.

108.  EXT. VINE JUNGLE

Luke's lifepod is caught in the limbs of a huge tree.  The 
fragile craft has been ripped in half by the crash land-
ing.  A glass-enclosed mummy case containing the wounded 
Deak Starkiller is securely strapped in what remains of 
the tiny lifepod.  But his unconscious brother, Luke, hangs 
half out of the damaged craft.  A two-foot high insect-
like creature scoots down a branch and onto the back of 
the dormant warrior.  The insect lets out a chilling his-
sing sound, and a slimy tube emerges from its hairy mouth, 
waking Luke.  He opens his eyes, but doesn't move.  He is 
immediately aware of the insect.  Suddenly, with one quick 
blow, he knocks the creature against the side of the life-
pod, and it is squashed lifeless.

Luke is a little groggy, but he manages to climb out of the 
wreckage.  He hears a frantic whistle, pathetic in its 
desperation.  Luke looks around and spots Artoo hanging up-
side down, one of his three feet caught in a vine.  Luke 
lifts the stubby robot out of his predicament and places 
him securely on a wide limb.  Luke then attaches a thin 
cable from his utility belt to the tree trunk, and slides 
to the ground.  Han and Threepio are waiting for him at 
the base of the huge tree.

HAN
Are you all right?

LUKE
Yeah, I think so.  I'm going 
to need some help getting Deak 
down from there.

Chewbacca emerges from the dense foliage and tells Han
something.  He tells Chewbacca to climb the tree and get
Deak.

HAN
He says we're about a league off 
the coordinates.  The going will 
be slow in this mess...

LUKE
Then we best get on with it.

109.  EXT. VINE JUNGLE RIDGE

Gruesome and unnatural sounds permeate this ghostly waste-
land.  The jungle is a strange and eerie, fog-laden purga-
tory.  The group stops on a ridge overlooking the rebel 
outpost of MASASSI.  All that can be seen of the fortress 
is a lone guard standing on a small pedestal jutting out 
above the dense jungle.  Suddenly, three Aquillian rangers 
break out of the dark foliage and approach the group. Han 
and Chewbacca raise their weapons.

HAN
Hold!  Who are you?  Whom do 
you serve?

One of the rangers strides forward, ignoring Han's laser
pistol.  He is a tall man; on his helmet is the crest of
AQUILLAE.  He advances until he is standing a few feet
from Luke's weapon.

ANTILLES
I am Bail Antilles...I serve 
THE FORCE OF OTHERS...We are 
agents of the Starkiller...He 
has been expecting you...

Han looks a little puzzled, but lowers his weapon and tells 
Chewbacca to do likewise.  About two dozen rangers emerge 
from the brush and take up positions around the group. One 
of them speaks to Chewbacca in his own tongue, and the 
giant Wookiee lowers Deak onto a stretcher they have placed 
before him.

ANTILLES (CONT'D)
Which of you is young Luke?

LUKE
I am.  This is my friend and a 
great starcaptain, Han Solo...
His first mate is called Chewbacca.

Antilles bows low before Luke.  The young adventurer is
embarrassed and doesn't know how to respond.  Finally the 
ranger rises.

ANTILLES
We must move swiftly, my lord.
For you have arrived with all of 
the force of the Bogan at your 
heels.  The Death Star has found 
us once again, and a deadly battle 
lies before us.  There is little 
time.  Hurry!

110.  EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST

Luke, Han, Chewbacca, the robots and Aquillian rangers ride 
on top of a low, gray armored transport speeder.  They swing 
past a long line of gleaming spacefighters sitting along 
the edge or the vast jungle runway.  The several different 
types of two-man fighter craft have a wide variety of mark-
ings.  Several of the ships have bizarre and colorful de-
signs painted across their large deflector fins, which trans-
forms the crafts into huge and grotesque creatures, while 
others create beautiful and unique mosaic patterns.  Ground 
crews rush about servicing the craft.  Activity is at a 
fever pitch as Luke, Han and Antilles disembark the speeder 
and enter a low metal building to one side of the runway.

111.  INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

The war room is a mass of glass enclosures, electronic wall 
displays, monitors and computer stations.  Officers and 
aides rush to and fro, ignoring Luke and Han as they follow 
Major Antilles to a large, dimly lit conference room domi-
nated by a huge galactic display board.  A briefing is in 
progress.  Several dozen officers sit around a long table 
as a young astro-general named DODANA is describing an
attack plan to the others.  Antilles stops Han just outside 
the door as two braided guards approach them.

ANTILLES
You'll have to wait here.

Han gives Luke a look of betrayal and anger.

LUKE
I'll be back, and you'll be 
paid.

Luke follows Antilles into the conference room and a glass 
door slides silently closed behind them.

112.  INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - CONFERENCE ROOM

Antilles and Luke sit in chairs at the back of the room. 
Several officers at the table glance at Luke, but for the
most part their attention remains riveted on General Dodana.

DODANA
...and although the digital
analysis doesn't confirm it,
he feels there is a weak point...

Several large projections of a huge, armored space station 
appear behind Dodana.  One angle shows the north pole of 
the complex globe.  Six black towers dominate the detailed 
portion of the sphere.  Antilles whispers something to 
Luke who answers with a question.  Antilles points to a 
dark corner of the room near Dodana.  Luke strains to see 
something in the corner.  His hand fingers his belt buckle 
and he turns to Antilles and nods yes.

DODANA (CONT'D)
...Here, near the north pole
someplace.  In an area somewhere 
below their generating towers, 
he predicts you'll find a small 
thermal exhaust port.  It is an 
unshielded shaft that runs di-
rectly into the reactor system.
A direct hit straight into the 
shaft would set up a chain reac-
tion that would destroy the Death 
Star.

A large, sallow-eyed General named AAY ZAVOR fiddles ner-
vously with a small hand computer.

ZAVOR
The greatest concentration of 
fire power is at the poles.  I 
doubt a ship could get in there 
to find the exhaust port, let 
alone fire a direct hit down the 
shaft...

A flight officer with a patch over one eye rises.

FLIGHT OFFICER
There is an impossible magnetic 
field around those towers. Maneu-
verability in that sector is less 
than point three...

The GRANDE MOUFF TARKIN, a thin, bird-like commander of
the outland Kesselian Dragoons, stands, and Dodana sits
down, revealing behind and to one side of him a wizened
old man with long silver hair -- THE STARKILLER.  He is
apparently asleep; but as the Grande Mouff rises, the
Starkiller's crystal-clear eyes open knowingly.  An aura
of power radiates from the ancient Jedi that almost knocks 
Tarkin over.  The Starkiller is a large man, but shriveled 
and bent by an incalculable number of years.  His face, 
cracked and weathered by exotic climates, is set off by a 
long silver beard and penetrating gray-blue eyes.  Luke 
stares at him in awe.  He's at once proud, moved and 
slightly frightened.

TARKIN
With all due respect, sir, the time 
has come for it to be said...

There is a long pause, as most of the officers on the Grande 
Mouff's side of the table look down at their fidgeting hands 
or nervously look away.

TARKIN (CONT'D)
After our crushing defeat, and the 
destruction of Ogana Major by this 
Death Star...the Council has voted 
to trust the cybormitic analysis 
for future attack and planning pro-
cedures.  Your contact with THE FORCE 
OF OTHERS is weak to the point where 
it can no longer be trusted.  This 
new attack formula is contrary to 
the cyborg plan and depends too much 
on faith...a faith that deserted us 
at Ogana Major.  Our blind, unwaver-
ing faith in you and the Ashla has 
led to our doom...

The Starkiller sits unmoved, unresponding.  Zavor jumps to 
his feet in great anger and despair.

ZAVOR
Your strategy destroyed us on 
Ogana Major!  THE FORCE OF OTHERS 
is no longer with us.  The Bogan 
is too strong. This Death Star 
is too strong!

Finally Antilles can stand it no longer.

ANTILLES
The Bogan is already beginning 
to work on you...Will you flee 
like frightened children again, 
only to be hunted down again, 
until there is no place to hide.

ZAVOR
We were overwhelmed; his plan was 
hopeless as this new plan of his 
is hopeless...

ANTILLES
You would trust a machine's logic 
over THE FORCE OF OTHERS?  His son
brings us new faith...

TARKIN
His son brought us the Death Star...
He has betrayed us!

ANTILLES
He's brought us the Kiber Crystal!

The room falls silent.  The bent and broken Starkiller rises 
and Tarkin and Zavor immediately sit down.  He motions for 
Luke to join him at the head of the table.  Luke hurries 
to his father's side and hands him the Kiber Crystal. The 
Starkiller holds up the powerful stone and it radiates a 
brilliant light throughout the room.  Years seem to drop 
from the old man as the Kiber's force moves into his body.

THE STARKILLER
With the Crystal, I can hold off 
the force of the Bogan...but when 
its presence is revealed, the enemy 
will stop at nothing to acquire it.
...You will have to win the battle
or lose everything...there will be 
no retreat, no place to hide if the 
Sith gain possession of the Crystal
...finding the exhaust port is your
only chance.
You must have faith...THE FORCE 
OF OTHERS is with you.

One of the younger officers stands up.

OFFICER
We'll find the port.

Several other officers stand, also.

SECOND OFFICER
I think my boys could get in 
there -- they can hit it.

More officers and Generals join in until even Zavor and
Tarkin are standing.

TARKIN
It will be to the finish, then.
This time, victory!

113.  INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - LIBRARY

Luke is embraced by his father in the cool, dim quiet of
the outpost electronic library.

THE STARKILLER
You've done well, my son -- but 
I'm afraid your trial has just 
begun.  I had hoped we would 
have more time, time enough for 
you to learn the ways of the 
Force.  But you'll have to face 
the enemy as a warrior rather 
than a Jedi.  When the Death Star 
is destroyed, there will be time 
enough for training.

Artoo and Threepio enter the room and bow low before their 
master and his father.

THE STARKILLER (CONT'D)
I trust your replacement parts 
are satisfactory?

THREEPIO
Most certainly, and your kindness 
is greatly appreciated.
I feel my capacities have doubled, 
and if I do say so, Artoo is a 
new unit.  I'd hardly know him.

THE STARKILLER
You have served us well, and I 
am releasing you from further 
service.  You may rest and enjoy 
your remaining years in tran-
quillity...

THREEPIO
If it's at all possible, sir, and 
if it's all the same to you...no 
disrespect intended...we'd rather 
continue to serve Master Luke.

THE STARKILLER
The choice is yours.  Luke is truly
fortunate.  Now go and have them 
bring us this starcaptain who was 
so helpful to you.

THREEPIO
I begging your pardon, sir, but 
might I inquire after Master Deak?

THE STARKILLER
Deak is doing fine, but the Bogan 
is still heavy with him and it will 
be some time before he is himself 
again.  Now be off with you.

They bow low and leave the room.  Antilles ushers Han into 
the office.  Antilles bows low before the Starkiller and 
his son.  Han feels quite awkward standing before the 
legendary galactic hero.  He gives the old man a short 
bow, then gives Luke a slight nod.

THE STARKlLLER (CONT'D)
You have been of great service to 
us.  We offer you this in gratitude.
Luke tells me you have a great de-
sire for such things.

He hands the young starcaptain a small box containing many 
neatly minted chrome bars.  Han's mouth drops open in amaze-
ment.

HAN
This must be at least seven or 
eight million!

THE STARKILLER
I would that I could give you 
more.  We sorely need a man of 
your ability.

HAN
I'm afraid my calling is elsewhere.
Sorry, Luke, but I'm not a part of 
this.

Luke bows his head and is clearly disappointed.  He steps 
forward and gives Han a gray gunbelt with a chrome laser 
sword attached.

LUKE
Han, I want you to take this.
It was fashioned by the Bomerwrights
of Sullest.  It is a special blade 
with great power that will never 
fail you.  Take care, my friend.

He gives Han a hug, and the young starcaptain leaves.

THE STARKILLER
Now, my son, tell me of Owen, Beru, 
and the twins, and of course, little
Leia.

114.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

A small silver rebel ship edges close to the pirate star-
ship, until the two craft link up.

115.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

Han and Chewbacca enter the starship and are greeted by
Montross.  Han gives him the box of chrome bars.

HAN
Eight million!  Eight million 
and we got it legal.  Can you 
beat that?  If only Captain Oxus 
could see us now.  He never had 
a haul this big!

MONTROSS
You didn't stay long.  Could you 
have tried for more?

HAN
That station we spotted is what 
destroyed Ogana Major. They're 
going to try to stop it.

MONTROSS
Then I'd better get us going.

HAN
Yeah, do that.

Han has a wistful look in his eyes as Montross heads back 
to the cockpit.

116.  INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST - READY ROOM

Chaos.  Red scramble lights are flashing.  Alert horns and 
attack buzzers create an unbelievable cacophony.  Star-
pilots in a variety of different style spacesuits scramble 
out of the low concrete ready room, grabbing helmets and 
space packs as they race out the doors.

117.  EXT. MASASSI OUTPOST - ATTACK RUNWAY

Pilots and navigators dash in unison to a long line of wait-
ing two-man starship fighters.  Around it, crews scurry 
here and there loading last minute armament and unlocking 
power couplings.  Luke, closely followed by Artoo and 
Threepio, meet Antilles in front of one of the sleek star-
ships.

ANTILLES
This one's ours.  May THE FORCE 
OF OTHERS be with us.

On a balcony overlooking the runway appears the dazzling
figure of the Starkiller.  His long silver hair and beard 
cascade over his flowing white robes.  The Kiber Crystal 
glitters in his right hand.  The pilots and crews stop 
what they are doing and bow low toward the honored Jedi.
Luke and the robots join the others in the tribute.  The 
air warriors are a wide mix of humans and other creatures 
from the many systems in the Alliance.

THE STARKILLER
Your next journey is marked by 
your given word.
Do not falter, for there is no 
retreat from this battle.  The 
power of the Bogan is strong on 
the Death Star.  The Sith are
many, but we hold the one power 
mightier than they: the Kiber 
Crystal.  It is your captain and 
your banner.  Do not fear to go 
where it leads.  THE FORCE IS WITH 
YOU.

The pilots and crews bow and hurry to their starships. Luke 
helps Threepio lift Artoo into the ship.  PILOT LEADER, a 
rugged, handsome man in his forties, gives his ground crew 
the signal that he is starting his ion engine.  He has a 
winning smile and a distinctive scar along the side of his 
face.  His crew chief pats him on the back.

CHIEF
Knock them all the way back to 
Alderaan.

The canopy is closed and the powerful starship moves onto 
the runway.  Luke and Antilles settle into their craft as 
their crew looks down the armament housing.

CREWMAN
I've got you about a thousand 
pounds lighter.  It should help.

He hangs a small good-luck charm inside the cockpit as the 
main canopy starts to slide closed.  Luke and Antilles wave 
back to him.  Other crewmen say goodbye to their pilots, 
some grinning, some kidding -- all with a great deal of 
hidden emotion.  The din of retro-rockets cuts through the 
uproar, and six silver starships leave the runway and dis-
appear into the morning cloud cover.

118.  INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

The Starkiller sits quietly before a giant computer display 
of the Yavin system.  It shows the planet, moons and approach-
ing Death Star.  The Grande Mouff Tarkin stands behind the 
Jedi with several other Generals.

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

THE STARKILLER
Put their com-links through the 
main system.  Let everyone hear 
it.

General Dodana approaches the group and leans over to the 
Starkiller.

DODANA
They've made contact, sir.

119.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

A small bright speck orbiting the huge green moon of Yavin 
sparkles in the light of the distant sun.  Six rebel star 
ships settle ominously into the foreground, moving swiftly 
toward the orbiting speck.  As the starships move closer, 
the awesome size of the gargantuan Imperial space fortress 
is revealed.  Explosions create blinding flashes on the 
planet's surface as the Imperial fortress bombards the moon 
with a fusillade of laser bolts.

120.  INT. LEAD STARSHIP - TRAVELING

Pilot Leader, in the first ship, signals to his navigator 
who sits in a small isolated glass bubble to the rear of 
the craft.  The many monitors are filled with various com-
puter read-outs and displays.  Over the com-link one of 
the other starpilots reports to Pilot Leader.

BOMA SIX (INTERCOM)
Look at the size of that thing!

PILOT LEADER
Cut off, Boma Six.  Stand by.
Bantha pack cover to the south.
We'll try for the exhaust port.
Settle in.  Here we go.

121.  INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - TRAVELING

Luke adjusts the controls of the tiny starfighter and lowers 
the sunshade on his goggles.  Antilles and Threepio rotate 
around in the gun-pod.

LUKE
Does that glare bother you?

ANTILLES
I've got it blocked.  I'm all right.
I wish they'd let us try for 
that exhaust port.

122.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE

Fuel pods are jettisoned.  The starship fighters break off 
into a power-dive attack on the space fortress.  A barrage 
of laser fire from the huge fortress creates a wall of 
death, through which most of the rebel craft miraculously 
emerge, undamaged.  Multiple laser bolts streak from the 
starship fighters, creating small explosions on the complex 
surface of the fort.  Antilles directs his fire at one of 
the prime power terminals.  It explodes, generating weird 
electronic arcs that leap off the station's surface.

123.  INT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS - MAIN STATION

Walls buckle and cave in, sucking debris and personnel into 
the vacuum of space.  Alarm sirens scream as soldiers scram-
ble to large turbo-powered laser gun emplacements.  Officers 
yell orders through the smoke and confusion.  Men and robots 
of various shapes and sizes run to their battle stations. 
Standing in the middle of the chaos, a vision of calm and 
foreboding, is the evil Sith knight: Darth Vader.  Several 
astro-officers run up to him, still putting on the helmets 
and equipment.

VADER
Get to your ships.  I'll take the 
lead myself.

124.  INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

Generals and troops listen silently to the action of the
starships over the com-link.  The Starkiller seems to be
asleep, but no one attempts to waken him.

PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
Boma One to Massoni Base, we're 
nearing the north pole transmitter 
area.  The magnetic concussion is 
getting very rough.  We're start-
ing our run.  Tighten it up.  Boma 
Two, tighten it up.  Watch those 
towers.

BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)(V.O.)
Heavy fire, Boss.  Twenty-three 
degrees.

PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
I see it.  Pull in.  Pull in.
We're picking up some inter-
ference.

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

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

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

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

PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
Break off, Chewie.  Acknowledge.
We've hit too much interference.
Boma Six, can you see Boma Two?

The Starkiller's eyes open as the tension mounts.  He has 
not been asleep.

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

BOMA FIVE (V.O.)
He's gone.  No, wait.  There he 
is.  Fin damage, but he's all right.

A sigh of relief sweeps across the war room.  The computers 
flash off and then on again as the whole room shakes under 
the Death Star's bombardment of a nearby ridge.

DEVIL FOUR (V.O.)
Watch your back, Boss.  Watch 
your back!  A TIE squad above 
you, coming in -- about six ships.

125.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE - REBEL
FIGHTERS (BOMA GROUP)

Six fin winged Imperial fighters dive on Pilot Leader, but 
he does a quick spiral turn and eludes them.

BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)(V.O.)
I found the exhaust port, Boss.
Relay target six degrees south by 
three mark two.  It's not very 
big -- a direct hit is going to 
be tough.

PILOT LEADER
I copy, Boma Two, but we have other
problems right now.

Pilot Leader and Boma Four dive in unison through a forest 
of radar domes, antennae and gun towers.  They are followed 
by four Imperial TIE fighters.  The two rebel ships make 
a sharp turn and come around behind the Imperial ships.
Boma Four and Pilot Leader fire into the TIE fighters as 
the six ships criss-cross the surface of the fortress.

Suddenly, a dense barrage of laser fire erupts from a pro-
truding tower, catching Boma Four broadside.  The rebel 
spacecraft bursts into a million flaming pieces.  Pilot 
Leader reacts to the loss of his wing man with a renewed 
attack on the Imperial ships -- one of which falls away 
and hits a prime power terminal, creating an arching spec-
tacle.  A chain reaction is set off, creating a series of 
explosions leaping across the surface of the fortress from 
terminal to terminal.

126.  INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - TRAVELING

Luke and three other speedy little fighters dart back and 
forth across the soft underbelly of the fortress, leaving 
a trail of destruction behind them.  Artoo is sitting on 
the seat-back above Threepio's shoulders.  He is beeping 
and whistling frantically.  Threepio swings his gun pod 
around and begins firing at an approaching Imperial TIE 
ship.

THREEPIO
I see it.  I see it.  Don't confuse 
me, or we'll be killed.  See those?
They break up in little pieces, just 
like a GS unit under pressure.

ANTILLES
Luke, TIE fighters below us.

LUKE
I see them.  Hang on!

The rebel craft dives on the Imperial ships, all guns blast-
ing away.  Two of the TIE craft go down in flames.

127.  INT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS - MAIN CONTROL CENTER

Constant explosions rock the interior of the fortress.
Troops scurry for safety in the panic-ridden control center. 
A Sith knight speaks to Lord Vader on the com-link.

SITH KNIGHT
Yes, my Lord, the Ashla Force is 
strong upon us.  I can't hold the 
panic.  How could it be?

VADER
I feel the influence of the Kiber 
Crystal.  Perhaps the Starkiller 
is still alive They must have 
brought it out of hiding at last.
We must strain -- counter the 
force.  Their attack is organized; 
they're going for the poles.  Con-
centrate there.

128.  EXT. REBEL STARSHIPS - BATTLE

Boma Two (Chewie), a young hot-shot of about sixteen years, 
miraculously dives his ship through a virtual sea of laser 
fire and blasts the Imperial fighters into dust.  Chewie 
signals to his navigator, who lets out a whooping cheer 
as the craft veers into a victory roll.

PILOT LEADER
Great moves, Chewie.  Regroup at 
point two-four.  Let's go in for 
that exhaust port.  Coincide, Boma 
Six.

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

PILOT LEADER (CONT'D)
I see it.  It looks good.

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

PILOT LEADER
Eject...Eject.  Boma Three, do you
read?

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

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

PILOT LEADER
Masassi Base, we're in position 
and starting for the target.
Chewie, hold your fire until 
we're within point zero five 
four.  Make it count.

Several ack-ack lasers begin to open fire on the approach-
ing spacecraft.  The rebel ships direct their fire at a 
small, glowing blue hole at the base of one of the towers. 
Boma Five explodes, quickly followed by Boma Four.

BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)
I'm on it.

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

PILOT LEADER
It's too small.  It's impossible.
All ships hit.  Send in Bantha 
group.  I'll try to make it.

One of the two large engines on Pilot Leader's fighter ex-
plodes.  He careens wildly, leaving an erratic trail of 
smoke before eventually crashing into a solar panel.

129.  INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASSONI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

On the large computer display board, several of the markers 
indicating rebel fighters go dark.  General Dodana approaches 
the Starkiller in a hurry.

DODONA
Eighty-five percent of our craft 
have been destroyed.  The proba-
bility projection shows little hope.
Retreat is possible at this 
time, but not for long.

Zavos steps forward in a panic.

ZAVOS
It's just like Ogana Major.
Twice we have listened to 
this old man, and twice it 
has led to our ruin.  We 
must surrender before we're 
all destroyed, while there 
is still time.

The Starkiller gives Zavos a hard look and the cowardly
General shakes as if a cold wind had chilled him to his
heart.

THE STARKILLER
There will be no surrender.
There will be no retreat.
This was settled.  The 
force is still with us.

The General's eyes turn back to the big board as two more 
symbols disappear.  The four that are left are flying in 
formation toward the north pole exhaust port.

DODONA
There are only four left.

130.  EXT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - BATTLE

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

LUKE
We'll follow you in Banta 
One.

BANTA ONE
Ship response through here 
is gone.  Don't try anything 
fancy.

LUKE
Antilles, Threepio, as soon as 
you've got the target, open up.

The fortress gun emplacements fire away, hitting Banta
Three.  It disintegrates, leaving a trail of flaming parti-
cles.  The three remaining craft continue the assault.
Luke and Antilles watch the remains of Banta Three disap-
pear.

BANTA  ONE
This is it.  Make it count.

The rebel craft blast away at the exhaust port, but all
miss.

THREEPIO
Sir, I think if you pitched the 
ship about twelve degrees on the 
final approach, we could clear 
the port rim.  It seems to be 
diagonal, which is why we're off 
target.

ANTILLES
I think you're right.  Luke, tell 
Banta One when we make our next 
pass.

LUKE
Banta One, this is Banta Two...

131.  EXT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS

Lord Vader and two other Imperial ships wait for the rebel 
craft to emerge from the smoke and confusion of the exhaust 
port area.

VADER
We'll take what's left when they 
start their second run.  Prepare 
the scan ships for low altitude 
survey.  The Kiber Crystal will 
be ours if it's still down there.
Stand by...Here they come.

132.  EXT. BATTLE

The three rebel starships bank and prepare for a second
attack on the exhaust port.  Suddenly, streaking down from 
above them, the Imperial TIE craft blaze away with all their 
laser cannons.

Banta Four instantly bursts into flames, then disintegrates. 
Banta One's tail section is hit, and the ship pinwheels 
toward the planet.  Blood covers Antilles' face.  Luke 
struggles to keep control of the ship.  Artoo is whistling 
wildly as Threepio swings the gun turret around to fire at 
the enemy craft.

LUKE
Antilles!

ANTILLES
The turret's shattered.  But 
both hatches are sealed.  I 
can hold out.  Just get us back 
down there.

LUKE
Well, it looks like we're it.

The tiny rebel fighter dives toward the exhaust port, but 
is cut off and forced to turn away from Vader's ship.

VADER
This is the last one.  Here's 
where the rebellion ends.

The three Imperial craft dive on the lone rebel starfighter. 
Laser bolts streak past the small craft on all sides.  Vader 
moves close in behind Luke's ship.

THREEPIO
Where did he go?I can't see him.

ANTILLES
He's back there somewhere.  Luke, 
bank a little...See him now?

Vader signals his wing men to back off.

VADER
I've got him.  Return to base.

Suddenly, Vader's wing man explodes into a shower of burn-
ing fragments.  Vader is surprised and looks around for the 
cause of his wing man's misfortune.

VADER (CONT'D)
SR-2, do you see anything?  What 
did he hit?

Before SR-2 can answer, he too is blasted out of orbit.
Vader quickly veers off and takes defensive maneuvers. Above 
and behind the Imperial fighters the old familiar pirate 
starship descends into view.

133.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Han grins at Montross and speaks into the com-link.

HAN
I heard you were having some 
problems, Banta Two.

LUKE (V.O.)
I don't know what brought you 
back, but I'm sure glad you're 
here.

HAN
I'll cover you.  If you're going 
in there after something, you'd 
better get going.

134.  EXT. BATTLE

Luke dives the tiny ship once again into the wall of laser 
fire around the exhaust port.  The pirate ship follows a 
short distance behind, but begins to bounce about as it 
nears the generating tower.

MONTROSS
There is a terrible magnetic cross-
field down here.  This thing's too 
big.  We'll never make it.

LUKE
Hold tight.  We're almost there.

Vader's starship swoops down on the battered pirate ship, 
unleashing a heavy barrage of laser bolts.  Chewbacca in 
the rear gun turret blazes away at the Sith starship. One 
of Vader's huge solar fins breaks up, but the Black Knight 
manages to keep the disabled craft on course and crash dives 
into the pirate craft, exploding on impact.

HAN
We're hit.  You're on your own, 
Luke.

135.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP

Han and Montross work their way through the damaged ship, 
looking for a usable life pod.  Chewbacca appears at the 
end of a hallway and yells at Han to follow him.

136.  INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP

Luke dives past the towers and approaches the exhaust port.

LUKE
I'm starting the bank.  Let 
her have it.

The ship skims the surface of the Death Star, blasting a
thin path across its surface.  As they pass the exhaust
port, both Threepio and Antilles get several shots directly 
down the exhaust shaft.

THREEPIO
We hit it.  We hit it; perfect,
if I do say so myself.

ANTILLES
Pull out of here, Luke.

137.  EXT. BATTLE

The small craft veers sharply away from the Death Star as 
ominous rumbles and explosions can be heard coming from 
within the huge super fortress.  The rebel ship speeds past 
the small lifepod from the pirate ship as it slowly drifts 
toward the green calm of Yavin's Fourth Moon.  Han, Montross 
and the furry Chewbacca watch the ominous fortress grow 
smaller as they drift further and further away.  Suddenly, 
a great flash replaces the fortress and rubble streaks past 
the lifepod and lone rebel starship.  Several giant explo-
sions follow, until there is only a smoke cloud where the 
mighty fortress once orbited Yavin's Fourth Moon.

DISSOLVE TO:

138.  EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST

Luke climbs out of the starship as a ground crew help the 
wounded Antilles from the shattered gun turret.  Artoo is 
helped down by Threepio.  Antilles gives Luke a big grin. 
Luke slaps Threepio on the back.  He then spots Han, Montross 
and Chewbacca riding up in a transport speeder.  Luke runs 
up and hugs the Corellian pirates.  They all laugh and cheer.

The white-robed Starkiller approaches the group, followed by 
a hundred aides, troops, ground crews, and Generals.

Antilles and the robots join Han, Luke and the others.  As 
the Starkiller approaches, they all bow low, including 
Chewbacca and the robots.

THE STARKILLER
Your achievement will be sung through 
the ages.  The Kiber Crystal has 
stopped the onslaught of the Bogan 
forces so that brave warriors can 
once again show their merit...The 
revolution has begun.

A ROLL-UP TITLE appears:

...And a thousand new systems joined the
rebellion, causing a significant crack 
in the great wall of the powerful Galactic 
Empire.  The Starkiller would once again 
spark fear in the hearts of the Sith 
knights, but not before his sons were put 
to many tests...the most daring of which 
was the kidnapping of the Lars family, 
and the perilous search for:

"The Princess of Ondos."

FADE OUT:

END CREDITS.
 

THE END.



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