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    1. Linkle
    2. Sabbo
    3. Silver
    4. Kay Faraday Pluto the Town Mason Tracker Killed Night 2
    5. Mercedes Woody the Town Cop Killed Night 1
    6. Rambo Darth Vader the Mafia Ninja/Assassin Killed Night 3
    7. Jaime Lannister Pain the Double Voter Lyncher Lynched Day 2
    8. Spagh
    9. JP the Neurotic /Axius27 Jafar the Mafia Roleblocker/Thief Lynched Day 3
    10. Fluttershy Bruce Banner the Town Insane Doctor Killed Night 4
    11. Double A
    12. Kae Elsa the Town Jailkeeper Killed Night 5
    13. Foxhound
    14. Topaz Mutiny/ SacredSturgeon Gantu the Mafia Role Cop Killed Night 3
    15. Dark Link Reigns Rafiki the Town Doctor/ Shaman Lynched Day 6
    16. Pennington
    17. Scribe of Spirit Aladdin the Town Thief Lynched Day 1
    18. Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak Mickey Mouse the Town Mason Recruiter (Weak) Died Night 3
    19. Captain Harrie/ Leo_ Maleficent the Mafia Godfather Lynched Day 5
    20. Shayface/ Ruki
    21. Napstablook Cinderella the Town Hider Killed Night 5
    22. The Tooth & The Squeeze Panic the Lyncher Lynched Day 4
    23. Sam Nornal Ironman the Town Vigilante Killed Night 4
    24. Pietro Quasimodo the Town Watcher Killed Night 1





    Disney MAFIA

    “And if you look over there, you can’t miss Mickey’s Fun Wheel. 160 feet tall with sliding gondolas. It comes alive with bright neon lighting at night, or provides a wonderful birds’ eye view of the resort at day. Either way it’s a classic for family, or … one on one romantic time.” A gloved hand rises into the air, spanning across and over in an elaborate flutter of the hand, glowing beneath the early morning sun. The host bows his head.

    “Now, if you will follow me over here, we have …” his eyes trail down to something strange on the pavement… pale red spatters. He pursed his lips and cocks a brow, though the drops soon fade. He turns back to the guests, smiling widely with pearly white teeth and an artificial smile. “We have one of our most historical attractions, spanning back to—“

    He stops again suddenly, noticing more spatters on the floor. “Excuse me for a moment …” He leans down, taking a closer look at the tint of red on the concrete, finding a faint trail leading into a passage concealing a bathroom. He stands up, scratching the back of his head and turns back to his customers.

    “Is everything alright?” A man asks, stepping forward and looking down at the blood spatter on the floor. “That normal?”

    The host straightens himself out and turns to the man with a flat smile. “We proud ourselves on cleanliness and quality service, sir … this is not the norm. but we’ll have this cleaned up immediately. I’ll just need a moment to notify sanitary staff and we’ll proceed with the remainder of the tour shortly.”

    He follows the trail of red stains, growing apprehensive as the drops soon turn to smears. He shakes his head as the trail leads him to a side bathroom placed in a little nook of the Theme Park. A pungent smell emanates from the restroom, and hesitantly, the host steps inside. He follows the trail to one of the stalls, now thick streaks and a seemingly fresh blood puddle in the centre. His heart skips a beat, but he steps forward, swallowing a thick clump in his throat. Slowly, he pushes the stall door, and it opens with a deep “creeaaaaakkk”.

    The host gags, turning away at the sight and shutting his eyes tight. His hand covers his mouth as he stomach reflexively churns. He backs away into the sink, body shaking. He finds a dead body.


    Snow White was a Vanilla Townie

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    Stuff that has happened so far

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  • Magic reaches far and wide, turning stone to flesh
    In the darkness evil hides, therein the horrors mesh
    Therein,
    The horrors lurk and wait, claiming blood and light
    Terrors that condemn their fate, and bring about the blight


    Heroes rise to the task, striking back in day
    Unmasked and unasked, they keep the evils at bay
    Their lives the rather hefty price, to end the wicked pain
    Fighting coldness chilled as ice, with their warm and coursing flame


    It is not in the hands of ordinary men to subdue the threat…



    More strange sights crop up after the body is found. The girl possessed an uncanny likeness to the princess Snow White from the classic Disney movie. Plenty of actors played the role in the theme park, but despite efforts to identify the corpse all were resigned to simply calling her “Snow White”. The girl evidently had not been an employee at Disneyland. No one had seen her before … And no family had come forward to identify her, despite news reports on the incident.

    Since then … the statues moved … there were whispers … It seemed like the park itself was coming to life…


    Your task is to purge Disneyland of the growing threats of evil.
    Each day the town will elect one player to lynch
    In the night, the mafia will kill 1 player of their choosing.

    Stay vigilante town, the mafia are a crafty lot.
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    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away...

    A vast sea of stars serves as the backdrop for the main title.
    War drums echo through the heavens as a rollup slowly crawls
    into infinity.

    It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships,
    striking from a hidden base, have won their first
    victory against the evil Galactic Empire.

    During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal
    secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the
    Death Star, an armored space station with enough
    power to destroy an entire planet.

    Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess
    Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of
    the stolen plans that can save her people and
    restore freedom to the galaxy...

    The awesome yellow planet of Tatooine emerges from a total
    eclipse, her two moons glowing against the darkness. A tiny
    silver spacecraft, a Rebel Blockade Runner firing lasers
    from the back of the ship, races through space. It is pursed
    by a giant Imperial Stardestroyer. Hundreds of deadly
    laserbolts streak from the Imperial Stardestroyer, causing
    the main solar fin of the Rebel craft to disintegrate.

    INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY

    An explosion rocks the ship as two 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, claw-armed tripod. 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.

    Another blast shakes them as they struggle along their way.

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

    Rebel troopers rush past the robots and take up positions in
    the main passageway. They aim their weapons toward the door.

    THREEPIO
    We're doomed!

    The little R2 unit makes a series of electronic sounds that
    only another robot could understand.

    THREEPIO
    There'll be no escape for the Princess
    this time.

    Artoo continues making beeping sounds. Tension mounts as
    loud metallic latches clank and the scream of heavy equipment
    are heard moving around the outside hull of the ship.

    THREEPIO
    What's that?

    EXT. SPACECRAFT IN SPACE

    The Imperial craft has easily overtaken the Rebel Blockade
    Runner. The smaller Rebel ship is being drawn into the
    underside dock of the giant Imperial starship.

    INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER

    The nervous Rebel troopers aim their weapons. Suddenly a
    tremendous blast opens up a hole in the main passageway and
    a score of fearsome armored spacesuited stormtroopers make
    their way into the smoke-filled corridor.

    In a few minutes the entire passageway is ablaze with
    laserfire. The deadly bolts ricochet in wild random patterns
    creating huge explosions. Stormtroopers scatter and duck
    behind storage lockers. Laserbolts hit several Rebel soldiers
    who scream and stagger through the smoke, holding shattered
    arms and faces.

    An explosion hits near the robots.

    THREEPIO
    I should have known better than to
    trust the logic of a half-sized
    thermocapsulary dehousing assister...

    Artoo counters with an angry rebuttal as the battle rages
    around the two hapless robots.

    EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT WASTELAND - DAY

    A death-white wasteland stretches from horizon to horizon.
    The tremendous heat of two huge twin suns settle on a lone
    figure, Luke Skywalker, a farm boy with heroic aspirations
    who looks much younger than his eighteen years. His shaggy
    hair and baggy tunic give him the air of a simple but lovable
    lad with a prize-winning smile.

    A light wind whips at him as he adjusts several valves on a
    large battered moisture vaporator which sticks out of the
    desert floor much like an oil pipe with valves. He is aided
    by a beatup tread-robot with six claw arms. The little robot
    appears to be barely functioning and moves with jerky motions.
    A bright sparkle in the morning sky catches Luke's eye and
    he instinctively grabs a pair of electrobinoculars from his
    utility belt. He stands transfixed for a few moments studying
    the heavens, then dashed toward his dented, crudely repaired
    Landspeeder (an auto-like transport that travels a few feet
    above the ground on a magnetic-field). He motions for the
    tiny robot to follow him.

    LUKE
    Hurry up! Come with me! What are you
    waiting for?! Get in gear!

    The robot scoots around in a tight circle, stops short, and
    smoke begins to pour out of every joint. Luke throws his
    arms up in disgust. Exasperated, the young farm boy jumps
    into his Landspeeder leaving the smoldering robot to hum
    madly.

    INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - MAIN HALLWAY

    The awesome, seven-foot-tall Dark Lord of the Sith makes his
    way into the blinding light of the main passageway. This is
    Darth Vader, right hand of the Emperor. His face is obscured
    by his flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which
    stands out next to the fascist white armored suits of the
    Imperial stormtroopers. Everyone instinctively backs away
    from the imposing warrior and a deathly quiet sweeps through
    the Rebel troops. Several of the Rebel troops break and run
    in a frenzied panic.

    INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER

    A woman's hand puts a card into an opening in Artoo's dome.
    Artoo makes beeping sounds.

    INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER

    Threepio stands in a hallway, somewhat bewildered. Artoo is
    nowhere in sight. The pitiful screams of the doomed Rebel
    soldiers can be heard in the distance.

    THREEPIO
    Artoo! Artoo-Detoo, where are you?

    A familiar clanking sound attacks Threepio's attention and
    he spots little Artoo at the end of the hallway in a smoke-
    filled alcove. A beautiful young girl (about sixteen years
    old) stands in front of Artoo. Surreal and out of place,
    dreamlike and half hidden in the smoke, she finishes adjusting
    something on Artoo's computer face, then watches as the little
    robot joins his companion.

    THREEPIO
    At last! Where have you been?

    Stormtroopers can be heard battling in the distance.

    THREEPIO
    They're heading in this direction.
    What are we going to do? We'll be
    sent to the spice mine of Kessel or
    smashed into who knows what!

    Artoo scoots past his bronze friend and races down the
    subhallway. Threepio chases after him.

    THREEPIO
    Wait a minute, where are you going?

    Artoo responds with electronic beeps.

    INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - CORRIDOR

    The evil Darth Vader stands amid the broken and twisted bodies
    of his foes. He grabs a wounded Rebel Officer by the neck as
    an Imperial Officer rushes up to the Dark Lord.

    IMPERIAL OFFICER
    The Death Star plans are not in the
    main computer.

    Vader squeezes the neck of the Rebel Officer, who struggles
    in vain.

    VADER
    Where are those transmissions you
    intercepted?

    Vader lifts the Rebel off his feet by his throat.

    VADER
    What have you done with those plans?

    REBEL OFFICER
    We intercepted no transmissions.
    Aaah... This is a consular ship.
    Were on a diplomatic mission.

    VADER
    If this is a consular ship... were
    is the Ambassador?

    The Rebel refuses to speak but eventually cries out as the
    Dark Lord begins to squeeze the officer's throat, creating a
    gruesome snapping and choking, until the soldier goes limp.
    Vader tosses the dead soldier against the wall and turns to
    his troops.

    VADER
    Commander, tear this ship apart until
    you've found those plans and bring
    me the Ambassador. I want her alive!

    The stormtroopers scurry into the subhallways.

    INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - SUBHALLWAY

    The lovely young girl huddles in a small alcove as the
    stormtroopers search through the ship. She is Princess Leia
    Organa, a member of the Alderaan Senate. The fear in her
    eyes slowly gives way to anger as the muted crushing sounds
    of the approaching stormtroopers grow louder. One of the
    troopers spots her.

    TROOPER
    There she is! Set for stun!

    Leia steps from her hiding place and blasts a trooper with
    her laser pistol. She starts to run but is felled by a
    paralyzing ray. The troopers inspect her inert body.

    TROOPER
    She'll be all right. Inform Lord
    Vader we have a prisoner.

    INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - SUBHALLWAY

    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 astro-robot works his way into
    the cramped four-man pod.

    THREEPIO
    Hey, you're not permitted in there.
    It's restricted. You'll be deactivated
    for sure..

    Artoo beeps something to him.

    THREEPIO
    Don't call me a mindless philosopher,
    you overweight glob of grease! Now
    come out before somebody sees you.

    Artoo whistles something at his reluctant friend regarding
    the mission he is about to perform.

    THREEPIO
    Secret mission? What plans? What are
    you talking about? I'm not getting
    in there!

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

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

    THREEPIO
    I'm going to regret this.

    INT. IMPERIAL STARDESTROYER

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

    CHIEF PILOT
    There goes another one.

    CAPTAIN
    Hold your fire. There are no life
    forms. It must have been short-
    circuited.

    INT. LIFEPOD

    Artoo and Threepio look out at the receding Imperial starship.
    Stars circle as the pod rotates through the galaxy.

    THREEPIO
    That's funny, the damage doesn't
    look as bad from out here.

    Artoo beeps an assuring response.

    THREEPIO
    Are you sure this things safe?

    EXT. TATOOINE - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - POWER STATION - DAY

    Heat waves radiate from the dozen or so bleached white
    buildings. Luke pilots his Landspeeder through the dusty
    empty street of the tiny settlement. An old woman runs to
    get out of the way of the speeding vehicle, shaking her fist
    at Luke as he flies past.

    WOMAN
    I've told you kids to slow down!

    INT. POWER STATION - DAY

    Luke bursts into the power station, waking The Fixer, a rugged
    mechanic and Camie, a sexy, disheveled girl who has been
    asleep in his lap. They grumbled as he races through the
    office, yelling wildly.

    FIXER
    Did I hear a young noise blast through
    here?

    CAMIE
    It was just wormie on another rampage.

    Luke bounces into a small room behind the office where Deak
    and Windy, two tough boys about the same age as Luke, are
    playing a computer pool-like game with Biggs, a burly,
    handsome boy a few years older than the rest. His flashy
    city attire is a sharp contrast to the loose-fitting tunics
    of the farm boys. A robot repairs some equipment in the
    background.

    LUKE
    Shape it up you guys!... Biggs?

    Luke's surprise at the appearance of Biggs gives way to great
    joy and emotion. They give each other a great bear hug.

    LUKE
    I didn't know you were back! When
    did you get in?

    BIGGS
    Just now. I wanted to surprise you,
    hot shot. I thought you'd be here...
    certainly didn't expect you to be
    out working.
    (he laughs)

    LUKE
    The Academy didn't change you
    much...but you're back so soon? Hey,
    what happened, didn't you get your
    commission?

    Biggs has an air of cool that seems slightly phony.

    BIGGS
    Of course I got it. Signed aboard
    The Rand Ecliptic last week. First
    mate Biggs Darklighter at your
    service...
    (he salutes)
    ...I just came to say good-bye to
    all you unfortunate landlocked
    simpletons.

    Everyone laughs. The dazzling spectacle of his dashing friend
    is almost too much for Luke, but suddenly he snaps out of
    it.

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

    DEAK
    Not again! Forget it.

    EXT. TATOOINE - ANCHORHEAD - SETTLEMENT - POWER STATION -
    DAY

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

    LUKE
    There they are!

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

    BIGGS
    That's no battle, hot shot... they're
    just sitting there! Probably a
    freighter-tanker refueling.

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

    Camie grabs the binoculars away banging them against the
    building in the process. Luke grabs them.

    LUKE
    Hey, easy with those...

    CAMIE
    Don't worry about it, Wormie.

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

    FIXER
    I keep telling you, the Rebellion is
    a long way from here. I doubt if the
    Empire would even fight to keep this
    system. Believe me Luke, this planet
    is a big hunk of nothing...

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

    INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - HALLWAY

    Princess Leia is led down a low-ceilinged hallway by a squad
    of armored stormtroopers. Her hands are bound and she is
    brutally shoved when she is unable to keep up with the briskly
    marching troops. They stop in a smoky hallway as Darth Vader
    emerges from the shadows. The sinister Dark Lord stares hard
    at the frail young senator, but she doesn't move.

    LEIA
    Lord Vader, I should have known.
    Only you could be so bold. The
    Imperial Senate will not sit for
    this, when they hear you've attacked
    a diplomatic...

    VADER
    Don't play games with me, Your
    Highness. You weren't on any mercy
    mission this time. You passed directly
    through a restricted system. Several
    transmissions were beamed to this
    ship by Rebel spies. I want to know
    what happened to the plans they sent
    you.

    LEIA
    I don't know what you're talking
    about. I'm a member of the Imperial
    Senate on a diplomatic mission to
    Alderaan...

    VADER
    You're a part of the Rebel Alliance...
    and a traitor. Take her away!

    Leia is marched away down the hallway and into the smoldering
    hole blasted in the side of the ship. An Imperial Commander
    turns to Vader.

    COMMANDER
    Holding her is dangerous. If word of
    this gets out, it could generate
    sympathy for the Rebellion in the
    senate.

    VADER
    I have traced the Rebel spies to
    her. Now she is my only link to find
    their secret base!

    COMMANDER
    She'll die before she tells you
    anything.

    VADER
    Leave that to me. Send a distress
    signal and then inform the senate
    that all aboard were killed!

    Another Imperial Officer approaches Vader and the Commander.
    They stop and snap to attention.

    SECOND OFFICER
    Lord Vader, the battle station plans
    are not aboard this ship! And no
    transmissions were made. An escape
    pod was jettisoned during the
    fighting, but no life forms were
    aboard.

    Vader turns to the Commander.

    VADER
    She must have hidden the plans in
    the escape pod. Send a detachment
    down to retrieve them. See to it
    personally, Commander. There'll be
    no one to stop us this time.

    COMMANDER
    Yes, sir.

    EXT. SPACE

    The Imperial Stardestroyer comes over the surface of the
    planet Tatooine.

    EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT

    Jundland, or "No Man's Land", where the rugged desert mesas
    meet the foreboding dune sea. The two helpless astro-droids
    kick up clouds of sand as they leave the lifepod and clumsily
    work their way across the desert wasteland. The lifepod in
    the distance rests half buried in the sand.

    THREEPIO
    How did I get into this mess? I really
    don't know how. We seem to be made
    to suffer. It's our lot in life.

    Artoo answers with beeping sounds.

    THREEPIO
    I've got to rest before I fall apart.
    My joints are almost frozen.

    Artoo continues to respond with beeping sounds.

    THREEPIO
    What a desolate place this is.

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

    THREEPIO
    Where are you going?

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

    THREEPIO
    Well, I'm not going that way. It's
    much too rocky. This way is much
    easier.

    Artoo counters with a long whistle.

    THREEPIO
    What makes you think there are
    settlements over there?

    Artoo continues to make beeping sounds.

    THREEPIO
    Don't get technical with me.

    Artoo continues to make beeping sounds.

    THREEPIO
    What mission? What are you talking
    about? I've had just about enough of
    you! Go that way! You'll be
    malfunctioning within a day, you
    nearsighted scrap pile!

    Threepio gives the little robot a kick and starts off in the
    direction of the vast dune sea.

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

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

    THREEPIO
    No more adventures. I'm not going
    that way.

    Artoo beeps to himself as he makes his way toward the distant
    mountains.

    EXT. TATOOINE - DUNE SEA

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

    THREEPIO
    That malfunctioning little twerp.
    This is all his fault! He tricked me
    into going this way, but he'll do no
    better.

    In a huff of anger and frustration, Threepio knocks the sand
    from his joints. His plight seems hopeless, when a glint of
    reflected light in the distance reveals an object moving
    towards him.

    THREEPIO
    Wait, what's that? A transport! I'm
    saved!

    The bronze android waves frantically and yells at the
    approaching transport.

    THREEPIO
    Over here! Help! Please, help!

    EXT. TATOOINE - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - POWER STATION - DAY

    Luke and Biggs are walking and drinking a malt brew. Fixer
    and the others can be heard working inside.

    LUKE
    (Very animated)
    ...so I cut off my power, shut down
    the afterburners and came in low on
    Deak's trail. I was so close I thought
    I was going to fry my instruments.
    As it was I busted up the Skyhopper
    pretty bad. Uncle Owen was pretty
    upset. He grounded me for the rest
    of the season. You should have been
    there... it was fantastic.

    BIGGS
    You ought to take it easy Luke. You
    may be the hottest bushpilot this
    side of Mos Eisley, but those little
    Skyhoppers are dangerous. Keep it
    up, and one day, whammo, you're going
    to be nothing more than a dark spot
    on the down side of a canyon wall.

    LUKE
    Look who's talking. Now that you've
    been around those giant starships
    you're beginning to sound like my
    uncle. You've gotten soft in the
    city...

    BIGGS
    I've missed you kid.

    LUKE
    Well, things haven't been the same
    since you left, Biggs. It's been
    so... quiet.

    Biggs looks around then leans close to Luke.

    BIGGS
    Luke, I didn't come back just to say
    good-bye... I shouldn't tell you
    this, but you're the only one I can
    trust... and if I don't come back, I
    want somebody to know.

    Luke's eyes are wide with Biggs' seriousness and loyalty.

    LUKE
    What are you talking about?

    BIGGS
    I made some friends at the Academy.
    (he whispers)
    ...when our frigate goes to one of
    the central systems, we're going to
    jump ship and join the Alliance...

    Luke, amazed and stunned, is almost speechless.

    LUKE
    Join the Rebellion?! Are you kidding!
    How?

    BIGGS
    Quiet down will ya! You got a mouth
    bigger than a meteor crater!

    LUKE
    I'm sorry. I'm quiet.
    (he whispers)
    Listen how quiet I am. You can barely
    hear me...

    Biggs shakes his head angrily and then continues.

    BIGGS
    My friend has a friend on Bestine
    who might help us make contact.

    LUKE
    You're crazy! You could wander around
    forever trying to find them.

    BIGGS
    I know it's a long shot, but if I
    don't find them I'll do what I can
    on my own... It's what we always
    talked about. Luke, I'm not going to
    wait for the Empire to draft me into
    service. The Rebellion is spreading
    and I want to be on the right side --
    the side I believe in.

    LUKE
    And I'm stuck here...

    BIGGS
    I thought you were going to the
    Academy next term. You'll get your
    chance to get off this rock.

    LUKE
    Not likely! I had to cancel my
    application. There has been a lot of
    unrest among the Sandpeople since
    you left... they've even raided the
    outskirts of Anchorhead.

    BIGGS
    Your uncle could hold off a whole
    colony of Sandpeople with one blaster.

    LUKE
    I know, but he's got enough vaporators
    going to make the place pay off. He
    needs me for just one more season. I
    can't leave him now.

    BIGGS
    I feel for you, Luke, you're going
    to have to learn what seems to be
    important or what really is important.
    What good is all your uncle's work
    if it's taken over by the Empire?...
    You know they're starting to
    nationalize commerce in the central
    systems... it won't be long before
    your uncle is merely a tenant, slaving
    for the greater glory of the Empire.

    LUKE
    It couldn't happen here. You said it
    yourself. The Empire won't bother
    with this rock.

    BIGGS
    Things always change.

    LUKE
    I wish I was going... Are you going
    to be around long?

    BIGGS
    No, I'm leaving in the morning...

    LUKE
    Then I guess I won't see you.

    BIGGS
    Maybe someday... I'll keep a lookout.

    LUKE
    Well, I'll be at the Academy next
    season... after that who knows. I
    won't be drafted into the Imperial
    Starfleet that's for sure... Take
    care of yourself, you'll always be
    the best friend I've got.

    BIGGS
    So long, Luke.

    Biggs turns away from his old friend and heads towards the
    power station.

    EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - SUNSET

    The gargantuan rock formations are shrouded in a strange
    foreboding mist and the onimous sounds of unearthly creatures
    fill the air. Artoo moves cautiously through the creepy rock
    canyon, inadvertently making a loud clicking noise as he
    goes. He hears a distant, hard, metallic sound and stops for
    a moment. Convinced he is alone, he continues on his way.

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

    The unsuspecting robot waddles along the rugged trail until
    suddenly, out of nowhere, a powerful magnetic ray shoots out
    of the rocks and engulfs him in an eerie glow. He manages
    one short electronic squeak before he topples over onto his
    back. His bright computer lights flicker off, then on, then
    off again. Out of the rocks scurry three Jawas, no taller
    than Artoo. They holster strange and complex weapons as they
    cautiously approach the robot. They wear grubby cloaks and
    their faces are shrouded so only their glowing eyes can be
    seen. They hiss and make odd guttural sounds as they heave
    the heavy robot onto their shoulders and carry him off down
    the trail.

    EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - SANDCRAWLER - SUNSET

    The eight Jawas carry Artoo out of the canyon to a huge tank-
    like vehicle the size of a four-story house. They weld a
    small disk on the side of Artoo and then put him under a
    large tube on the side of the vehicle and the little robot
    is sucked into the giant machine.

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

    INT. SANDCRAWLER - HOLD AREA

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

    INT. SANDCRAWLER - PRISON AREA

    Artoo enters a wide room with a four-foot ceiling. In the
    middle of the scrap heap sit a dozen or so robots of various
    shapes and sizes. Some are engaged in electronic conversation,
    while others simply mill about. A voice of recognition calls
    out from the gloom.

    THREEPIO
    Artoo-Detoo! It's you! It's you!

    A battered Threepio scrambles up to Artoo and embraces him.

    EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - SANDCRAWLER - SUNSET

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

    EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT - DAY

    Four Imperial stormtroopers mill about in front of the half-
    buried lifepod that brought Artoo and Threepio to Tatooine.
    A trooper yells to an officer some distance away.

    FIRST TROOPER
    Someone was in the pod. The tracks
    go off in this direction.

    A second trooper picks a small bit of metal out of the sand
    and gives it to the first trooper.

    SECOND TROOPER
    Look, sir -- droids.

    EXT. TATOOINE - DUNES

    The Sandcrawler moves slowly down a great sand dune.

    INT. SANDCRAWLER

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

    THREEPIO
    Wake up! Wake up!

    Suddenly the shaking and bouncing of the Sandcrawler stops,
    creating quite a commotion among the mechanical men.
    Threepio's fist bangs the head of Artoo whose computer lights
    pop on as he begins beeping. At the far end of the long
    chamber a hatch opens, filling the chamber with blinding
    white light. a dozen or so Jawas make their way through the
    odd assortment of robots.

    THREEPIO
    We're doomed.

    A Jawa starts moving toward them.

    THREEPIO
    Do you think they'll melt us down?

    Artoo responds, making beeping sounds.

    THREEPIO
    Don't shoot! Don't shoot! Will this
    never end?

    EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT - LARS HOMESTEAD - AFTERNOON

    The Jawas mutter gibberish as they busily line up their
    battered captives, including Artoo and Threepio, in front of
    the enormous Sandcrawler, which is parked beside a small
    homestead consisting of three large holes in the ground
    surrounded by several tall moisture vaporators and one small
    adobe block house.

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

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

    A voice calls out from one of the huge holes that form the
    homestead. Luke goes over to the edge and sees his Aunt Beru
    standing in the main courtyard.

    BERU
    Luke, tell Owen that if he gets a
    translator to be sure it speaks Bocce.

    LUKE
    It looks like we don't have much of
    a choice but I'll remind him.

    Luke returns to his uncle as they look over the equipment
    for sale with the Jawa leader.

    OWEN
    I have no need for a protocol droid.

    THREEPIO
    (quickly)
    Sir -- not in an environment such as
    this -- that's why I've also been
    programmed for over thirty secondary
    functions that...

    OWEN
    What I really need is a droid that
    understands the binary language of
    moisture vaporators.

    THREEPIO
    Vaporators! Sir -- My first job was
    programming binary load lifter...
    very similar to your vaporators. You
    could say...

    OWEN
    Do you speak Bocce?

    THREEPIO
    Of course I can, sir. It's like a
    second language for me... I'm as
    fluent in Bocce...

    OWEN
    All right shut up!
    (turning to Jawa)
    I'll take this one.

    THREEPIO
    Shutting up, sir.

    OWEN
    Luke, take these two over to the
    garage, will you? I want you to have
    both of them cleaned up before dinner.

    LUKE
    But I was going into Toshi Station
    to pick up some power converters...

    OWEN
    You can waste time with your friends
    when your chores are done. Now come
    on, get to it!

    LUKE
    All right, come on! And the red one,
    come on. Well, come on, Red, let's
    go.

    As the Jawas start to lead the three remaining robots back
    into the Sandcrawler, Artoo lets out a pathetic little beep
    and starts after his old friend Threepio. He is restrained
    by a slimy Jawa, who zaps him with a control box.

    Owen is negotiating with the head Jawa. Luke and the two
    robots start off for the garage when a plate pops off the
    head of the red astro-droid's head plate and it sparks wildly.

    LUKE
    Uncle Owen...

    OWEN
    Yeah?

    LUKE
    This R2 unit has a bad motivator.
    Look!

    OWEN
    (to the head Jawa)
    Hey, what're you trying to push on
    us?

    The Jawa goes into a loud spiel. Meanwhile, Artoo has sneaked
    out of line and is moving up and down trying to attract
    attention. He lets out with a low whistle. Threepio taps
    Luke on the shoulder.

    THREEPIO
    (pointing to Artoo)
    Excuse me, sir, but that R2 unit is
    in prime condition. A real bargain.

    LUKE
    Uncle Owen...

    OWEN
    Yeah?

    LUKE
    What about that one?

    OWEN
    (to Jawa)
    What about that blue one? We'll take
    that one.

    With a little reluctance the scruffy dwarf trades the damaged
    astro-droid for Artoo.

    LUKE
    Yeah, take it away.

    THREEPIO
    Uh, I'm quite sure you'll be very
    pleased with that one, sir. He really
    is in first-class condition. I've
    worked with him before. Here he comes.

    Owen pays off the whining Jawa as Luke and the two robots
    trudge off toward a grimy homestead entry.

    LUKE
    Okay, let's go.

    THREEPIO
    (to Artoo)
    Now, don't you forget this! Why I
    should stick my neck out for you is
    quite beyond my capacity!

    INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - GARAGE AREA - LATE AFTERNOON

    The garage is cluttered and worn, but a friendly peaceful
    atmosphere permeates the low grey chamber. Threepio lowers
    himself into a large tub filled with warm oil. Near the
    battered Landspeeder little Artoo rests on a large battery
    with a cord to his face.

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

    Artoo beeps a muffled reply. Luke seems to be lost in thought
    as he runs his hand over the damaged fin of a small two-man
    Skyhopper spaceship resting in a low hangar off the garage.
    Finally Luke's frustrations get the better of him and he
    slams a wrench across the workbench.

    LUKE
    It just isn't fair. Oh, Biggs is
    right. I'm never gonna get out of
    here!

    THREEPIO
    Is there anything I might do to help?

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

    LUKE
    Well, not unless you can alter time,
    speed up the harvest, or teleport me
    off this rock!

    THREEPIO
    I don't think so, sir. I'm only a
    droid and not very knowledgeable
    about such things. Not on this planet,
    anyways. As a matter of fact, I'm
    not even sure which planet I'm on.

    LUKE
    Well, if there's a bright center to
    the universe, you're on the planet
    that it's farthest from.

    THREEPIO
    I see, sir.

    LUKE
    Uh, you can call me Luke.

    THREEPIO
    I see, sir Luke.

    LUKE
    (laughing)
    Just Luke.

    THREEPIO
    And I am See-Threepio, human-cyborg
    relations, and this is my counterpart,
    Artoo-Detoo.

    LUKE
    Hello.

    Artoo beeps in response. Luke unplugs Artoo and begins to
    scrape several connectors on the robot's head with a chrome
    pick. Threepio climbs out of the oil tub and begins wiping
    oil from his bronze body.

    LUKE
    You got a lot of carbon scoring here.
    It looks like you boys have seen a
    lot of action.

    THREEPIO
    With all we've been through, sometimes
    I'm amazed we're in as good condition
    as we are, what with the Rebellion
    and all.

    LUKE
    You know of the Rebellion against
    the Empire?

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

    LUKE
    Have you been in many battles?

    THREEPIO
    Several, I think. Actually, there's
    not much to tell. I'm not much more
    than an interpreter, and not very
    good at telling stories. Well, not
    at making them interesting, anyways.

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

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

    The fragment breaks loose with a snap, sending Luke tumbling
    head over heels. He sits up and sees a twelve-inch three-
    dimensional hologram of Leia Organa, the Rebel senator, being
    projected from the face of little Artoo. The image is a
    rainbow of colors as it flickers and jiggles in the dimly
    lit garage. Luke's mouth hangs open in awe.

    LEIA
    Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my
    only hope.

    LUKE
    What's this?

    Artoo looks around and sheepishly beeps an answer for Threepio
    to translate. Leia continues to repeat the sentence fragment
    over and over.

    THREEPIO
    What is what?!? He asked you a
    question...
    (pointing to Leia)
    What is that?

    Artoo whistles his surprise as he pretends to just notice
    the hologram. He looks around and sheepishly beeps an answer
    for Threepio to translate. Leia continues to repeat the
    sentence fragment over and over.

    LEIA
    Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my
    only hope. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
    You're my only hope.

    THREEPIO
    Oh, he says it's nothing, sir. Merely
    a malfunction. Old data. Pay it no
    mind.

    Luke becomes intrigued by the beautiful girl.

    LUKE
    Who is she? She's beautiful.

    THREEPIO
    I'm afraid I'm not quite sure, sir.

    LEIA
    Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi...

    THREEPIO
    I think she was a passenger on our
    last voyage. A person of some
    importance, sir -- I believe. Our
    captain was attached to...

    LUKE
    Is there more to this recording?

    Luke reaches out for Artoo but he lets out several frantic
    squeaks and a whistle.

    THREEPIO
    Behave yourself, Artoo. You're going
    to get us in trouble. It's all right,
    you can trust him. He's our new
    master.

    Artoo whistles and beeps a long message to Threepio.

    THREEPIO
    He says he's the property of Obi-Wan
    Kenobi, a resident of these parts.
    And it's a private message for him.
    Quite frankly, sir I don't know what
    he's talking about. Our last master
    was Captain Antilles, but with what
    we've been through, this little R2
    unit has become a bit eccentric.

    LUKE
    Obi-Wan Kenobi? I wonder if he means
    old Ben Kenobi?

    THREEPIO
    I beg your pardon, sir, but do you
    know what he's talking about?

    LUKE
    Well, I don't know anyone named Obi-
    Wan, but old Ben lives out beyond
    the dune sea. He's kind of a strange
    old hermit.

    Luke's gazes at the beautiful young princess for a few
    moments.

    LUKE
    I wonder who she is. It sounds like
    she's in trouble. I'd better play
    back the whole thing.

    Artoo beeps something to Threepio.

    THREEPIO
    He says the restraining bolt has
    short circuited his recording system.
    He suggests that if you remove the
    bolt, he might be able to play back
    the entire recording.

    Luke looks longingly at the lovely, little princess and hasn't
    really heard what Threepio has been saying.

    LUKE
    H'm? Oh, yeah, well, I guess you're
    too small to run away on me if I
    take this off! Okay.

    Luke takes a wedged bar and pops the restraining bolt off
    Artoo's side.

    LUKE
    There you go.

    The princess immediately disappears...

    LUKE
    Well, wait a minute. Where'd she go?
    Bring her back! Play back the entire
    message.

    Artoo beeps an innocent reply as Threepio sits up in
    embarrassment.

    THREEPIO
    What message? The one you're carrying
    inside your rusty innards!

    A women's voice calls out from another room.

    AUNT BERU
    Luke? Luke! Come to dinner!

    Luke stands up and shakes his head at the malfunctioning
    robot.

    LUKE
    All right, I'll be right there, Aunt
    Beru.

    THREEPIO
    I'm sorry, sir, but he appears to
    have picked up a slight flutter.

    Luke tosses Artoo's restraining bolt on the workbench and
    hurries out of the room.

    LUKE
    Well, see what you can do with him.
    I'll be right back.

    THREEPIO
    (to Artoo)
    Just you reconsider playing that
    message for him.

    Artoo beeps in response.

    THREEPIO
    No, I don't think he likes you at
    all.

    Artoo beeps.

    THREEPIO
    No, I don't like you either.

    INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - DINING AREA

    Luke's Aunt Beru, a warm, motherly woman, fills a pitcher
    with blue fluid from a refrigerated container in the well-
    used kitchen. She puts the pitcher on a tray with some bowls
    of food and starts for the dining area.

    Luke sits with his Uncle Owen before a table covered with
    steaming bowls of food as Aunt Beru carries in a bowl of red
    grain.

    LUKE
    You know, I think that R2 unit we
    bought might have been stolen.

    OWEN
    What makes you think that?

    LUKE
    Well, I stumbled across a recording
    while I was cleaning him. He says he
    belongs to someone called Obi-Wan
    Kenobi.

    Owen is greatly alarmed at the mention of his name, but
    manages to control himself.

    LUKE
    I thought he might have meant old
    Ben. Do you know what he's talking
    about? Well, I wonder if he's related
    to Ben.

    Owen breaks loose with a fit of uncontrolled anger.

    OWEN
    That old man's just a crazy old
    wizard. Tomorrow I want you to take
    that R2 unit into Anchorhead and
    have its memory flushed. That'll be
    the end of it. It belongs to us now.

    LUKE
    But what if this Obi-Wan comes looking
    for him?

    OWEN
    He won't, I don't think he exists
    any more. He died about the same
    time as your father.

    LUKE
    He knew my father?

    OWEN
    I told you to forget it. Your only
    concern is to prepare the new droids
    for tomorrow. In the morning I want
    them on the south ridge working out
    those condensers.

    LUKE
    Yes, sir. I think those new droids
    are going to work out fine. In fact,
    I, uh, was also thinking about our
    agreement about my staying on another
    season. And if these new droids do
    work out, I want to transmit my
    application to the Academy this year.

    Owen's face becomes a scowl, although he tries to suppress
    it.

    OWEN
    You mean the next semester before
    harvest?

    LUKE
    Sure, there're more than enough
    droids.

    OWEN
    Harvest is when I need you the most.
    Only one more season. This year we'll
    make enough on the harvest so I'll
    be able to hire some more hands. And
    then you can go to the Academy next
    year.

    Luke continues to toy with his food, not looking at his uncle.

    OWEN
    You must understand I need you here,
    Luke.

    LUKE
    But it's a whole 'nother year.

    OWEN
    Look, it's only one more season.

    Luke pushes his half-eaten plate of food aside and stands.

    LUKE
    Yeah, that's what you said last year
    when Biggs and Tank left.

    AUNT BERU
    Where are you going?

    LUKE
    It looks like I'm going nowhere. I
    have to finish cleaning those droids.

    Resigned to his fate, Luke paddles out of the room. Owen
    mechanically finishes his dinner.

    AUNT BERU
    Owen, he can't stay here forever.
    Most of his friends have gone. It
    means so much to him.

    OWEN
    I'll make it up to him next year. I
    promise.

    AUNT BERU
    Luke's just not a farmer, Owen. He
    has too much of his father in him.

    OWEN
    That's what I'm afraid of.

    EXT. TATOOINE - LARS HOMESTEAD

    The giant twin suns of Tatooine slowly disappear behind a
    distant dune range. Luke stands watching them for a few
    moments, then reluctantly enters the doomed entrance to the
    homestead.

    INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - GARAGE

    Luke enters the garage to discover the robots nowhere in
    sight. He takes a small control box from his utility belt
    similar to the one the Jawas were carrying. He activates the
    box, which creates a low hum, and Threepio, letting out a
    short yell, pops up from behind the Skyhopper spaceship.

    LUKE
    What are you doing hiding there?

    Threepio stumbles forward, but Artoo is still nowhere in
    sight.

    THREEPIO
    It wasn't my fault, sir. Please don't
    deactivate me. I told him not to go,
    but he's faulty, malfunctioning;
    kept babbling on about his mission.

    LUKE
    Oh, no!

    Luke races out of the garage followed by Threepio.

    EXT. TATOOINE - LARS HOMESTEAD

    Luke rushes out of the small doomed entry to the homestead
    and searches the darkening horizon for the small triped astro-
    robot. Threepio struggles out of the homestead and on the
    salt flat as Luke scans the landscape with his
    electrobinoculars.

    THREEPIO
    That R2 unit has always been a
    problem. These astro-droids are
    getting quite out of hand. Even I
    can't understand their logic at times.

    LUKE
    How could I be so stupid? He's nowhere
    in sight. Blast it!

    THREEPIO
    Pardon me, sir, but couldn't we go
    after him?

    LUKE
    It's too dangerous with all the
    Sandpeople around. We'll have to
    wait until morning.

    Owen yells up from the homestead plaza.

    OWEN
    Luke, I'm shutting the power down
    for the night.

    LUKE
    All right, I'll be there in a few
    minutes. Boy, am I gonna get it.

    He takes one final look across the dim horizon.

    LUKE
    You know that little droid is going
    to cause me a lot of trouble.

    THREEPIO
    Oh, he excels at that, sir.

    INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - PLAZA

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

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

    INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - KITCHEN

    The interior of the kitchen is a worm glow as Aunt Beru
    prepares the morning breakfast. Owen enters in a huff.

    OWEN
    Have you seen Luke this morning?

    AUNT BERU
    He said he had some things to do
    before he started today, so he left
    early.

    OWEN
    Uh? Did he take those two new droids
    with him?

    AUNT BERU
    I think so.

    OWEN
    Well, he'd better have those units
    in the south range repaired be midday
    or there'll be hell to pay!

    EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT WASTELAND - LUKE'S SPEEDER - DAY

    The rock and sand of the desert floor are a blur as Threepio
    pilots the sleek Landspeeder gracefully across the vast
    wasteland.

    INT./EXT. LUKE'S SPEEDER - DESERT WASTELAND - TRAVELING -
    DAY

    Luke leans over the back of the speeder and adjusts something
    in the motor compartment.

    LUKE
    (yelling)
    How's that.

    Threepio signals that is fine and Luke turns back into the
    wind-whipped cockpit and pops the canopy shut.

    LUKE
    Old Ben Kenobi lives out in this
    direction somewhere, but I don't see
    how that R2 unit could have come
    this far. We must have missed him.
    Uncle Owen isn't going to take this
    very well.

    THREEPIO
    Sir, would it help if you told him
    it was my fault.

    LUKE
    (brightening)
    Sure. He needs you. He'd probably
    only deactivate you for a day or
    so...

    THREEPIO
    Deactivate! Well, on the other hand
    if you hadn't removed his restraining
    bolt...

    LUKE
    Wait, there's something dead ahead
    on the scanner. It looks like our
    droid... hit the accelerator.

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

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

    The Sandpeople, or Tusken Raiders as they're sometimes called,
    speak in a coarse barbaric language as they get into an
    animated argument. The second Tusken Raider seems to get in
    the final word and the nomads scurry over the rocky terrain.

    EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK MESA - CANYON

    The Tusken Raider approaches two large Banthas standing tied
    to a rock. The monstrous, bear-like creatures are as large
    as elephants, with huge red eyes, tremendous looped horns,
    and long, furry, dinosaur-like tails. The Tusken Raiders
    mount saddles strapped to the huge creatures' shaggy backs
    and ride off down the rugged bluff.

    EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - FLOOR

    The speeder is parked on the floor of a massive canyon. Luke,
    with his long laser rifle slung over his shoulder, stands
    before little Artoo.

    LUKE
    Hey, whoa, just where do you think
    you're going?

    The little droid whistles a feeble reply, as Threepio poses
    menacingly behind the little runaway.

    THREEPIO
    Master Luke here is your rightful
    owner. We'll have no more of this
    Obi-Wan Kenobi jibberish... and don't
    talk to me about your mission, either.
    You're fortunate he doesn't blast
    you into a million pieces right here.

    LUKE
    Well, come on. It's getting late. I
    only hope we can get back before
    Uncle Owen really blows up.

    THREEPIO
    If you don't mind my saying so, sir,
    I think you should deactivate the
    little fugitive until you've gotten
    him back to your workshop.

    LUKE
    No, he's not going to try anything.

    Suddenly the little robot jumps to life with a mass of frantic
    whistles and screams.

    LUKE
    What's wrong with him now?

    THREEPIO
    Oh my... sir, he says there are
    several creatures approaching from
    the southeast.

    Luke swings his rifle into position and looks to the south.

    LUKE
    Sandpeople! Or worst! Come on, let's
    have a look. Come on.

    EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - RIDGE - DAY

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

    LUKE
    There are two Banthas down there but
    I don't see any... wait a second,
    they're Sandpeople all right. I can
    see one of them now.

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

    The towering creature brings down his curved, double-pointed
    gaderffii -- the dreaded axe blade that has struck terror in
    the heart of the local settlers. But Luke manages to block
    the blow with his laser rifle, which is smashed to pieces.
    The terrified farm boy scrambles backward until he is forced
    to the edge of a deep crevice. The sinister Raider stands
    over him with his weapon raised and lets out a horrible
    shrieking laugh.

    EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - FLOOR - DAY

    Artoo forces himself into the shadows of a small alcove in
    the rocks as the vicious Sandpeople walk past carrying the
    inert Luke Skywalker, who is dropped in a heap before the
    speeder. The Sandpeople ransack the speeder, throwing parts
    and supplies in all directions. Suddenly they stop. Then
    everything is quiet for a few moments. A great howling moan
    is heard echoing throughout the canyon which sends the
    Sandpeople fleeing in terror.

    Artoo moves even tighter into the shadows as the slight
    swishing sound that frightened off the Sandpeople grows even
    closer, until a shabby old desert-rat-of-a-man appears and
    leans over Luke. His ancient leathery face, cracked and
    weathered by exotic climates is set off by dark, penetrating
    eyes and a scraggly white beard. Ben Kenobi squints his eyes
    as he scrutinizes the unconscious farm boy. Artoo makes a
    slight sound and Ben turns and looks right at him.

    BEN
    Hello there! Come here my little
    friend. Don't be afraid.

    Artoo waddles over to were Luke lies crumpled in a heap and
    begins to whistle and beep his concern. Ben puts his hand on
    Luke's forehead and he begins to come around.

    BEN
    Don't worry, he'll be all right.

    LUKE
    What happened?

    BEN
    Rest easy, son, you've had a busy
    day. You're fortunate you're still
    in one piece.

    LUKE
    Ben? Ben Kenobi! Boy, am I glad to
    see you!

    BEN
    The Jundland wastes are not to be
    traveled lightly. Tell me young Luke,
    what brings you out this far?

    LUKE
    Oh, this little droid! I think he's
    searching for his former master...
    I've never seen such devotion in a
    droid before... there seems to be no
    stopping him. He claims to be the
    property of an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Is he
    a relative of yours? Do you know who
    he's talking about?

    Ben ponders this for a moment, scratching his scruffy beard.

    BEN
    Obi-Wan Kenobi... Obi-Wan? Now thats
    a name I haven't heard in a long
    time... a long time.

    LUKE
    I think my uncle knew him. He said
    he was dead.

    BEN
    Oh, he's not dead, not... not yet.

    LUKE
    You know him!

    BEN
    Well of course, of course I know
    him. He's me! I haven't gone by the
    name Obi-Wan since oh, before you
    were born.

    LUKE
    Then the droid does belong to you.

    BEN
    Don't seem to remember ever owning a
    droid. Very interesting...

    He suddenly looks up at the overhanging cliffs.

    BEN
    I think we better get indoors. The
    Sandpeople are easily startled but
    they will soon be back and in greater
    numbers.

    Luke sits up and rubs his head. Artoo lets out a pathetic
    beep causing Luke to remember something. He looks around.

    LUKE
    Threepio!

    EXT. TATOOINE - SAND PIT - ROCK MESA - DAY

    Little Artoo stands at the edge of a large sand pit and begins
    to chatter away in electronic whistles and beeps. Luke and
    Ben stand over a very dented and tangled Threepio lying half
    buried in the sand. One of his arms has broken off.

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

    THREEPIO
    Where am I? I must have taken a bad
    step...

    LUKE
    Can you stand? We've got to get out
    of here before the Sandpeople return.

    THREEPIO
    I don't think I can make it. You go
    on, Master Luke. There's no sense in
    you risking yourself on my account.
    I'm done for.

    Artoo makes a beeping sound.

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

    Luke and Ben help the battered robot to his feet. Little
    Artoo watches from the top of the pit. Ben glances around
    suspiciously. Sensing something, he stands up and sniffs the
    air.

    BEN
    Quickly, son... they're on the move.

    INT. KENOBI'S DWELLING

    The small, spartan hovel is cluttered with desert junk but
    still manages to radiate an air of time-worn comfort and
    security. Luke is in one corner repairing Threepio's arm, as
    old Ben sits thinking.

    LUKE
    No, my father didn't fight in the
    wars. He was a navigator on a spice
    freighter.

    BEN
    That's what your uncle told you. He
    didn't hold with your father's ideals.
    Thought he should have stayed here
    and not gotten involved.

    LUKE
    You fought in the Clone Wars?

    BEN
    Yes, I was once a Jedi Knight the
    same as your father.

    LUKE
    I wish I'd known him.

    BEN
    He was the best star-pilot in the
    galaxy, and a cunning warrior. I
    understand you've become quite a
    good pilot yourself. And he was a
    good friend. Which reminds me...

    Ben gets up and goes to a chest where he rummages around.
    As Luke finishes repairing Threepio and starts to fit the
    restraining bolt back on, Threepio looks at him nervously.
    Luke thinks about the bolt for a moment then puts it on the
    table. Ben shuffles up and presents Luke with a short handle
    with several electronic gadgets attached to it.

    BEN
    I have something here for you. Your
    father wanted you to have this when
    you were old enough, but your uncle
    wouldn't allow it. He feared you
    might follow old Obi-Wan on some
    damned-fool idealistic crusade like
    your father did.

    THREEPIO
    Sir, if you'll not be needing me,
    I'll close down for awhile.

    LUKE
    Sure, go ahead.

    Ben hands Luke the saber.

    LUKE
    What is it?

    BEN
    Your fathers lightsaber. This is the
    weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy
    or as random as a blaster.

    Luke pushes a button on the handle. A long beam shoots out
    about four feet and flickers there. The light plays across
    the ceiling.

    BEN
    An elegant weapon for a more civilized
    time. For over a thousand generations
    the Jedi Knights were the guardians
    of peace and justice in the Old
    Republic. Before the dark times,
    before the Empire.

    Luke hasn't really been listening.

    LUKE
    How did my father die?

    BEN
    A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who
    was a pupil of mine until he turned
    to evil, helped the Empire hunt down
    and destroy the Jedi Knights. He
    betrayed and murdered your father.
    Now the Jedi are all but extinct.
    Vader was seduced by the dark side
    of the Force.

    LUKE
    The Force?

    BEN
    Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi
    his power. It's an energy field
    created by all living things. It
    surrounds us and penetrates us. It
    binds the galaxy together.

    Artoo makes beeping sounds.

    BEN
    Now, let's see if we can't figure
    out what you are, my little friend.
    And where you come from.

    LUKE
    I saw part of the message he was...

    Luke is cut short as the recorded image of the beautiful
    young Rebel princess is projected from Artoo's face.

    BEN
    I seem to have found it.

    Luke stops his work as the lovely girl's image flickers before
    his eyes.

    LEIA
    General Kenobi, years ago you served
    my father in the Clone Wars. Now he
    begs you to help him in his struggle
    against the Empire. I regret that I
    am unable to present my father's
    request to you in person, but my
    ship has fallen under attack and I'm
    afraid my mission to bring you to
    Alderaan has failed. I have placed
    information vital to the survival of
    the Rebellion into the memory systems
    of this R2 unit. My father will know
    how to retrieve it. You must see
    this droid safely delivered to him
    on Alderaan. This is our most
    desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan
    Kenobi, you're my only hope.

    There is a little static and the transmission is cut short.
    Old Ben leans back and scratches his head. He silently puffs
    on a tarnished chrome water pipe. Luke has stars in his eyes.

    BEN
    You must learn the ways of the Force
    if you're to come with me to Alderaan.

    LUKE
    (laughing)
    Alderaan? I'm not going to Alderaan.
    I've got to go home. It's late, I'm
    in for it as it is.

    BEN
    I need your help, Luke. She needs
    your help. I'm getting too old for
    this sort of thing.

    LUKE
    I can't get involved! I've got work
    to do! It's not that I like the
    Empire. I hate it! But there's nothing
    I can do about it right now. It's
    such a long way from here.

    BEN
    That's your uncle talking.

    LUKE
    (sighing)
    Oh, God, my uncle. How am I ever
    going to explain this?

    BEN
    Learn about the Force, Luke.

    LUKE
    Look, I can take you as far as
    Anchorhead. You can get a transport
    there to Mos Eisley or wherever you're
    going.

    BEN
    You must do what you feel is right,
    of course.

    EXT. SPACE.

    An Imperial Stardestroyer heads toward the evil planet-like
    battle station: the Death Star!

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONFERENCE ROOM

    Eight Imperial senators and generals sit around a black
    conference table. Imperial stormtroopers stand guard around
    the room. Commander Tagge, a young, slimy-looking general,
    is speaking.

    TAGGE
    Until this battle station is fully
    operational we are vulnerable. The
    Rebel Alliance is too well equipped.
    They're more dangerous than you
    realize.

    The bitter Admiral Motti twists nervously in his chair.

    MOTTI
    Dangerous to your starfleet,
    Commander, not to this battle station!

    TAGGE
    The Rebellion will continue to gain
    a support in the Imperial Senate as
    long as....

    Suddenly all heads turn as Commander Tagge's speech is cut
    short and the Grand Moff Tarkin, governor of the Imperial
    outland regions, enters. He is followed by his powerful ally,
    The Sith Lord, Darth Vader. All of the generals stand and
    bow before the thin, evil-looking governor as he takes his
    place at the head of the table. The Dark Lord stands behind
    him.

    TARKIN
    The Imperial Senate will no longer
    be of any concern to us. I've just
    received word that the Emperor has
    dissolved the council permanently.
    The last remnants of the Old Republic
    have been swept away.

    TAGGE
    That's impossible! How will the
    Emperor maintain control without the
    bureaucracy?

    TARKIN
    The regional governors now have direct
    control over territories. Fear will
    keep the local systems in line. Fear
    of this battle station.

    TAGGE
    And what of the Rebellion? If the
    Rebels have obtained a complete
    technical readout of this station,
    it is possible, however unlikely,
    that they might find a weakness and
    exploit it.

    VADER
    The plans you refer to will soon be
    back in our hands.

    MOTTI
    Any attack made by the Rebels against
    this station would be a useless
    gesture, no matter what technical
    data they've obtained. This station
    is now the ultimate power in the
    universe. I suggest we use it!

    VADER
    Don't be too proud of this
    technological terror you've
    constructed. The ability to destroy
    a planet is insignificant next to
    the power of the Force.

    MOTTI
    Don't try to frighten us with your
    sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your
    sad devotion to that ancient religion
    has not helped you conjure up the
    stolen data tapes, or given you
    clairvoyance enough to find the
    Rebel's hidden fort...

    Suddenly Motti chokes and starts to turn blue under Vader's
    spell.

    VADER
    I find your lack of faith disturbing.

    TARKIN
    Enough of this! Vader, release him!

    VADER
    As you wish.

    TARKIN
    This bickering is pointless. Lord
    Vader will provide us with the
    location of the Rebel fortress by
    the time this station is operational.
    We will then crush the Rebellion
    with one swift stroke.

    EXT. TATOOINE - WASTELAND

    The speeder stops before what remains of the huge Jawas
    Sandcrawler. Luke and Ben walk among the smoldering rubble
    and scattered bodies.

    LUKE
    It looks like Sandpeople did this,
    all right. Look, here are Gaffi
    sticks, Bantha tracks. It's just...
    I never heard of them hitting anything
    this big before.

    Ben is crouching in the sand studying the tracks.

    BEN
    They didn't. But we are meant to
    think they did. These tracks are
    side by side. Sandpeople always ride
    single file to hide there numbers.

    LUKE
    These are the same Jawas that sold
    us Artoo and Threepio.

    BEN
    And these blast points, too accurate
    for Sandpeople. Only Imperial
    stormtroopers are so precise.

    LUKE
    Why would Imperial troops want to
    slaughter Jawas?

    Luke looks back at the speeder where Artoo and Threepio are
    inspecting the dead Jawas, and put two and two together.

    LUKE
    If they traced the robots here, they
    may have learned who they sold them
    to. And that would lead them home!

    Luke reaches a sudden horrible realization, then races for
    the speeder and jumps it.

    BEN
    Wait, Luke! It's too dangerous.

    Luke races off leaving Ben and the two robots alone with the
    burning Sandcrawler.

    EXT. TATOOINE - WASTELAND

    Luke races across the wasteland in his battered Landspeeder.

    EXT. TATOOINE - LARS HOMESTEAD

    The speeder roars up to the burning homestead. Luke jumps
    out and runs to the smoking holes that were once his home.
    Debris is scattered everywhere and it looks as if a great
    battle has taken place.

    LUKE
    Uncle Owen! Aunt Beru! Uncle Owen!

    Luke stumbles around in a daze looking for his aunt and uncle.
    Suddenly he comes upon their smoldering remains. He is
    stunned, and cannot speak. Hate replaces fear and a new
    resolve comes over him.

    EXT. SPACE

    Imperial TIE fighter races toward the Death Star.

    INT. DEATH STAR - DETENTION CORRIDOR

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

    VADER
    And, now Your Highness, we will
    discuss the location of your hidden
    Rebel base.

    The torture robot gives off a steady beeping sound as it
    approaches Princess Leia and extends one of its mechanical
    arms bearing a large hypodermic needle. The door slides shut
    and the long cell block hallway appears peaceful. The muffled
    screams of the Rebel princess are barely heard.

    EXT. TATOOINE - WASTELAND

    There is a large bonfire of Jawa bodies blazing in front of
    the Sandcrawler as Ben and the robots finish burning the
    dead. Luke drives up in the speeder and Ben walks over to
    him.

    BEN
    There's nothing you could have done,
    Luke, had you been there. You'd have
    been killed, too, and the droids
    would be in the hands of the Empire.

    LUKE
    I want to come with you to Alderaan.
    There's nothing here for me now. I
    want to learn the ways of the Force
    and become a Jedi like my father.

    EXT. TATOOINE - WASTELAND

    The Landspeeder with Luke, Artoo, Threepio, and Ben in it
    zooms across the desert. The speeder stops on a bluff
    overlooking the spaceport at Mos Eisley. It is a haphazard
    array of low, grey, concrete structures and semi-domes. A
    harsh gale blows across the stark canyon floor. Luke adjusts
    his goggles and walks to the edge of the craggy bluff where
    Ben is standing.

    BEN
    Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never
    find a more wretched hive of scum
    and villainy. We must be cautious.

    Ben looks over at Luke, who gives the old Jedi a determined
    smile.

    EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET

    The speeder is stopped on a crowded street by several combat-
    hardend stormtroopers who look over the two robots. A Trooper
    questions Luke.

    TROOPER
    How long have you had these droids?

    LUKE
    About three or four seasons.

    BEN
    They're for sale if you want them.

    TROOPER
    Let me see your identification.

    Luke becomes very nervous as he fumbles to find his ID while
    Ben speaks to the Trooper in a very controlled voice.

    BEN
    You don't need to see his
    identification.

    TROOPER
    We don't need to see his
    identification.

    BEN
    These are not the droids your looking
    for.

    TROOPER
    These are not the droids we're looking
    for.

    BEN
    He can go about his business.

    TROOPER
    You can go about your business.

    BEN
    (to Luke)
    Move along.

    TROOPER
    Move along. Move along.

    EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET

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

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

    As Luke gets out of the speeder he tries to shoo the Jawa
    away.

    LUKE
    Go on, go on. I can't understand how
    we got by those troopers. I thought
    we were dead.

    BEN
    The Force can have a strong influence
    on the weak-minded. You will find it
    a powerful ally.

    LUKE
    Do you really think we're going to
    find a pilot here that'll take us to
    Alderaan?

    BEN
    Well, most of the best freighter
    pilots can be found here. Only watch
    your step. This place can be a little
    rough.

    LUKE
    I'm ready for anything.

    THREEPIO
    Come along, Artoo.

    INT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - CANTINA

    The young adventurer and his two mechanical servants follow
    Ben Kenobi into the smoke-filled cantina. The murky, moldy
    den is filled with a startling array of weird and exotic
    alien creatures and monsters at the long metallic bar. At
    first the sight is horrifying. One-eyed, thousand-eyed, slimy,
    furry, scaly, tentacled, and clawed creatures huddle over
    drinks. Ben moves to an empty spot at the bar near a group
    of repulsive but human scum. A huge, rough-looking Bartender
    stops Luke and the robots.

    BARTENDER
    We don't serve their kind here!

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

    LUKE
    What?

    BARTENDER
    Your droids. They'll have to wait
    outside. We don't want them here.

    Luke looks at old Ben, who is busy talking to one of the
    Galactic pirates. He notices several of the gruesome creatures
    along the bar are giving him a very unfriendly glare.

    Luke pats Threepio on the shoulder.

    LUKE
    Listen, why don't you wait out by
    the speeder. We don't want any
    trouble.

    THREEPIO
    I heartily agree with you sir.

    Threepio and his stubby partner go outside and most of the
    creatures at the bar go back to their drinks.

    Ben is standing next to Chewbacca, an eight-foot-tall savage-
    looking creature resembling a huge grey bushbaby monkey with
    fierce baboon-like fangs. His large blue eyes dominate a fur-
    covered face and soften his otherwise awesome appearance.
    Over his matted, furry body he wears two chrome bandoliers,
    and little else. He is a two-hundred-year-old Wookiee and a
    sight to behold.

    Ben speaks to the Wookiee, pointing to Luke several times
    during his conversation and the huge creature suddenly lets
    out a horrifying laugh. Luke is more than a little bit
    disconcerted and pretends not to hear the conversation between
    Ben and the giant Wookiee.

    Luke is terrified but tries not to show it. He quietly sips
    his drink, looking over the crowd for a more sympathetic ear
    or whatever.

    A large, multiple-eyed Creature gives Luke a rough shove.

    CREATURE
    Negola dewaghi wooldugger?!?

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

    HUMAN
    He doesn't like you.

    LUKE
    I'm sorry.

    HUMAN
    I don't like you either.

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

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

    LUKE
    I'll be careful than.

    HUMAN
    You'll be dead.

    The rodent lets out a loud grunt and everything at the bar
    moves away. Luke tries to remain cool but it isn't easy. His
    three adversaries ready their weapons. Old Ben moves in behind
    Luke.

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

    A powerful blow from the unpleasant creature sends the young
    would-be Jedi sailing across the room, crashing through tables
    and breaking a large jug filled with a foul-looking liquid.
    With a blood curdling shriek, the monster draws a wicked
    chrome laser pistol from his belt and levels it at old Ben.
    The bartender panics.

    BARTENDER
    No blasters! No blaster!

    With astounding agility old Ben's laser sword sparks to life
    and in a flash an arm lies on the floor. The rodent is cut
    in two and the giant multiple-eyed creature lies doubled,
    cut from chin to groin. Ben carefully and precisely turns
    off his laser sword and replaces it on his utility belt.
    Luke, shaking and totally amazed at the old man's abilities,
    attempts to stand. The entire fight has lasted only a matter
    of seconds. The cantina goes back to normal, although Ben is
    given a respectable amount of room at the bar. Luke, rubbing
    his bruised head, approaches the old man with new awe. Ben
    points the the Wookiee.

    BEN
    This is Chewbacca. He's first-mate
    on a ship that might suit our needs.

    EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET

    Threepio paces in front of the cantina as Artoo carries on
    an electronic conversation with another little red astro-
    droid. A creature comes out of the cantina and approaches
    two stormtroopers in the street.

    THREEPIO
    I don't like the look of this.

    INT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - CANTINA

    Strange creatures play exotic big band music on odd-looking
    instruments as Luke, still giddy, downs a fresh drink and
    follows Ben and Chewbacca to a booth where Han Solo is
    sitting. Han is a tough, roguish starpilot about thirty years
    old. A mercenary on a starship, he is simple, sentimental,
    and cocksure.

    HAN
    Han Solo. I'm captain of the
    Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells
    me you're looking for passage to the
    Alderaan system.

    BEN
    Yes, indeed. If it's a fast ship.

    HAN
    Fast ship? You've never heard of the
    Millennium Falcon?

    BEN
    Should I have?

    HAN
    It's the ship that made the Kessel
    run in less than twelve parsecs!

    Ben reacts to Solo's stupid attempt to impress them with
    obvious misinformation.

    HAN
    I've outrun Imperial starships, not
    the local bulk-cruisers, mind you.
    I'm talking about the big Corellian
    ships now. She's fast enough for
    you, old man. What's the cargo?

    BEN
    Only passengers. Myself, the boy,
    two droids, and no questions asked.

    HAN
    What is it? Some kind of local
    trouble?

    BEN
    Let's just say we'd like to avoid
    any Imperial entanglements.

    HAN
    Well, that's the trick, isn't it?
    And it's going to cost you something
    extra. Ten thousand in advance.

    LUKE
    Ten thousand? We could almost buy
    our own ship for that!

    HAN
    But who's going to fly it, kid! You?

    LUKE
    You bet I could. I'm not such a bad
    pilot myself! We don't have to sit
    here and listen...

    BEN
    We haven't that much with us. But we
    could pay you two thousand now, plus
    fifteen when we reach Alderaan.

    HAN
    Seventeen, huh!

    Han ponders this for a few moments.

    HAN
    Okay. You guys got yourself a ship.
    We'll leave as soon as you're ready.
    Docking bay Ninety-four.

    BEN
    Ninety-four.

    HAN
    Looks like somebody's beginning to
    take an interest in your handiwork.

    Ben and Luke turn around to see four Imperial stormtroopers
    looking at the dead bodies and asking the bartenders some
    questions. The bartender points to the booth.

    TROOPER
    All right, we'll check it out.

    The stormtroopers look over at the booth but Luke and Ben
    are gone. The bartender shrugs his shoulders in puzzlement.

    HAN
    Seventeen thousand! Those guys must
    really be desperate. This could really
    save my neck. Get back to the ship
    and get her ready.

    EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET

    BEN
    You'll have to sell your speeder.

    LUKE
    That's okay. I'm never coming back
    to this planet again.

    INT. MOS EISLEY - CANTINA

    As Han is about to leave, Greedo, a slimy green-faced alien
    with a short trunk-nose, pokes a gun in his side. The creature
    speaks in a foreign tongue translated into English subtitles.

    GREEDO
    Going somewhere, Solo?

    HAN
    Yes, Greedo. As a matter of fact, I
    was just going to see your boss.
    Tell Jabba that I've got his money.

    Han sits down and the alien sits across from him holding the
    gun on him.

    GREEDO
    It's too late. You should have paid
    him when you had the chance. Jabba's
    put a price on your head, so large
    that every bounty hunter in the galaxy
    will be looking for you. I'm lucky I
    found you first.

    HAN
    Yeah, but this time I got the money.

    GREEDO
    If you give it to me, I might forget
    I found you.

    HAN
    I don't have it with me. Tell Jabba...

    GREEDO
    Jabba's through with you. He has no
    time for smugglers who drop their
    shipments at the first sign of an
    Imperial cruiser.

    HAN
    Even I get boarded sometimes. Do you
    think I had a choice?

    Han Solo slowly reaches for his gun under the table.

    GREEDO
    You can tell that to Jabba. He may
    only take your ship.

    HAN
    Over my dead body.

    GREEDO
    That's the idea. I've been looking
    forward to killing you for a long
    time.

    HAN
    Yes, I'll bet you have.

    Suddenly the slimy alien disappears in a blinding flash of
    light. Han pulls his smoking gun from beneath the table as
    the other patron look on in bemused amazement. Han gets up
    and starts out of the cantina, flipping the bartender some
    coins as he leaves.

    HAN
    Sorry about the mess.

    EXT. SPACE

    Several TIE fighters approach the Death Star.

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM

    VADER
    Her resistance to the mind probe is
    considerable. It will be some time
    before we can extract any information
    from her.

    An Imperial Officer interrupts the meeting.

    IMPERIAL OFFICER
    The final check-out is complete. All
    systems are operational. What course
    shall we set?

    TARKIN
    Perhaps she would respond to an
    alternative form of persuasion.

    VADER
    What do you mean?

    TARKIN
    I think it is time we demonstrate
    the full power of this station.
    (to soldier)
    Set your course for Princess Leia's
    home planet of Alderaan.

    TROOPER
    With pleasure.

    EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET

    Four heavily-armed stormtroopers move menacingly along a
    narrow slum alleyway crowed with darkly clad creatures hawking
    exotic goods in the dingy little stalls. Men, monsters, and
    robots crouch in the waste-filled doorways, whispering and
    hiding from the hot winds.

    THREEPIO
    Lock the door, Artoo.

    One of the troopers checks a tightly locked door and moves
    on down the alleyway. The door slides open a crack and
    Threepio peeks out. Artoo is barely visible in the background.

    TROOPER
    All right, check that side of the
    street. It's secure. Move on to the
    next door.

    The door opens, Threepio moves into the doorway.

    THREEPIO
    I would much rather have gone with
    Master Luke than stay here with you.
    I don't know what all the trouble is
    about, but I'm sure it must be your
    fault.

    Artoo makes beeping sounds.

    THREEPIO
    You watch your language!

    EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET - ALLEYWAY - USED
    SPEEDER LOT

    Ben and Luke are standing in a sleazy used speeder lot,
    talking with a tall, grotesque, insect-like used speeder
    dealer. Strange exotic bodies and spindly-legged beasts pass
    by as the insect concludes the sale by giving Luke some coins.

    LUKE
    He says it's the best he can do.
    Since the XP-38 came out, they're
    just not in demand.

    BEN
    It will be enough.

    Ben and Luke leave the speeder lot and walk down the dusty
    alleyway past a small robot herding a bunch of anteater-like
    creatures. Luke turns and gives one last forlorn look at his
    faithful speeder as he rounds a corner. A darkly clad creature
    moves out of the shadows as they pass and watches them as
    they disappear down another alley.

    BEN
    If the ship's as fast as he's
    boasting, we ought to do well.

    INT. DOCKING BAY 94 - DAY

    Jabba the Hut and a half-dozen grisly alien pirates and purple
    creatures stand in the middle of the docking bay. Jabba is
    the grossest of the slavering hulks and his scarred face is
    a grim testimonial to his prowess as a vicious killer. He is
    a fat, slug-like creature with eyes on extended feelers and
    a huge ugly mouth.

    JABBA
    Come on out, Solo!

    A voice from directly behind the pirates startles them and
    they turn around to see Han Solo and the giant Wookiee,
    Chewbacca, standing behind them with no weapons in sight.

    HAN
    I've been waiting for you, Jabba.

    JABBA
    I expected you would be.

    HAN
    I'm not the type to run.

    JABBA
    (fatherly-smooth)
    Han, my boy, there are times when
    you disappoint me... why haven't you
    paid me? And why did you have to fry
    poor Greedo like that... after all
    we've been through together.

    HAN
    You sent Greedo to blast me.

    JABBA
    (mock surprise)
    Han, why you're the best smuggler in
    the business. You're too valuable to
    fry. He was only relaying my concern
    at your delays. He wasn't going to
    blast you.

    HAN
    I think he thought he was. Next time
    don't send one of those twerps. If
    you've got something to say to me,
    come see me yourself.

    JABBA
    Han, Han! If only you hadn't had to
    dump that shipment of spice... you
    understand I just can't make an
    exception. Where would I be if every
    pilot who smuggled for me dumped
    their shipment at the first sign of
    an Imperial starship? It's not good
    business.

    HAN
    You know, even I get boarded
    sometimes, Jabba. I had no choice,
    but I've got a charter now and I can
    pay you back, plus a little extra. I
    just need some more time.

    JABBA
    (to his men)
    Put your blasters away. Han, my boy,
    I'm only doing this because you're
    the best and I need you. So, for an
    extra, say twenty percent I'll give
    you a little more time... but this
    is it. If you disappoint me again,
    I'll put a price on your head so
    large you won't be able to go near a
    civilized system for the rest of
    your short life.

    HAN
    Jabba, I'll pay you because it's my
    pleasure.

    EXT. DOCKING PORT ENTRY - ALLEYWAY

    Chewbacca waits restlessly at the entrance to Docking Bay
    94. Ben, Luke, and the robots make their way up the street.
    Chewbacca jabbers excitedly and signals for them to hurry.
    The darkly clad creature has followed them from the speeder
    lot. He stops in a nearby doorway and speaks into a small
    transmitter.

    INT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING BAY 94

    Chewbacca leads the group into a giant dirt pit that is
    Docking Bay 94. Resting in the middle of the huge hole is a
    large, round, beat-up, pieced-together hunk of junk that
    could only loosely be called a starship.

    LUKE
    What a piece of junk.

    The tall figure of Han Solo comes down the boarding ramp.

    HAN
    She'll make point five beyond the
    speed of light. She may not look
    like much, but she's got it where it
    counts, kid. I've added some special
    modifications myself.

    Luke scratches his head. It's obvious he isn't sure about
    all this. Chewbacca rushes up the ramp and urges the others
    to follow.

    HAN
    We're a little rushed, so if you'll
    hurry aboard we'll get out of here.

    The group rushes up the gang plank, passing a grinning Han
    Solo.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    Chewbacca settles into the pilot's chair and starts the mighty
    engines of the starship.

    INT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING BAY 94

    Luke, Ben, Threepio, and Artoo move toward the Millennium
    Falcon passing Solo.

    THREEPIO
    Hello, sir.

    EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET

    Eight Imperial stormtroopers rush up to the darkly clad
    creature.

    TROOPER
    Which way?

    The darkly clad creature points to the door of the docking
    bay.

    TROOPER
    All right, men. Load your weapons!

    INT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING BAY 94]

    The troops hold their guns at the ready and charge down the
    docking bay entrance.

    TROOPER
    Stop that ship!

    Han Solo looks up and sees the Imperial stormtroopers rushing
    into the docking bay. Several of the troopers fire at Han as
    he ducks into the spaceship.

    TROOPER
    Blast 'em!

    Han draws his laser pistol and pops off a couple of shots
    which force the stormtroopers to dive for safety. The
    pirateship engines whine as Han hits the release button that
    slams the overhead entry shut.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    HAN
    Chewie, get us out of here!

    The group straps in for take off.

    THREEPIO
    Oh, my. I'd forgotten how much I
    hate space travel.

    EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREETS

    The half-dozen stormtroopers at a check point hear the general
    alarm and look to the sky as the huge starship rises above
    the dingy slum dwellings and quickly disappears into the
    morning sky.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    Han climbs into the pilot's chair next to Chewbacca, who
    chatters away as he points to something on the radar scope.

    EXT. SPACE - PLANET TATOOINE

    The Corellian pirateship zooms from Tatooine into space.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    Han frantically types information into the ship's computer.
    Little Artoo appears momentarily at the cockpit doorway,
    makes a few beeping remarks, then scurries away.

    HAN
    It looks like an Imperial cruiser.
    Our passengers must be hotter than I
    thought. Try and hold them off. Angle
    the deflector shield while I make
    the calculations for the jump to
    light speed.

    EXT. SPACE - PLANET TATOOINE

    The Millennium Falcon pirateship races away from the yellow
    planet, Tatooine. It is followed by two huge Imperial
    stardestroyers.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    Over the shoulders of Chewbacca and Han, we can see the galaxy
    spread before them. Luke and Ben make their way into the
    cramped cockpit where Han continues his calculation.

    HAN
    Stay sharp! There are two more coming
    in; they're going to try to cut us
    off.

    LUKE
    Why don't you outrun them? I thought
    you said this thing was fast.

    HAN
    Watch your mouth, kid, or you're
    going to find yourself floating home.
    We'll be safe enough once we make
    the jump to hyperspace. Besides, I
    know a few maneuvers. We'll lose
    them!

    EXT. SPACE - PLANET TATOOINE

    Imperial cruisers fire at the pirateship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    The ship shudders as an explosion flashes outside the window.

    HAN
    Here's where the fun begins!

    BEN
    How long before you can make the
    jump to light speed?

    HAN
    It'll take a few moments to get the
    coordinates from the navi-computer.

    The ship begins to rock violently as lasers hit it.

    LUKE
    Are you kidding? At the rate they're
    gaining...

    HAN
    Traveling through hyperspace isn't
    like dusting crops, boy! Without
    precise calculations we could fly
    right through a star or bounce too
    close to a supernova and that'd end
    your trip real quick, wouldn't it?

    The ship is now constantly battered with laserfire as a red
    warning light begins to flash.

    LUKE
    What's that flashing?

    HAN
    We're losing our deflector shield.
    Go strap yourself in, I'm going to
    make the jump to light speed.

    The galaxy brightens and they move faster, almost as if
    crashing a barrier. Stars become streaks as the pirateship
    makes the jump to hyperspace.

    EXT. SPACE

    The Millennium Falcon zooms into infinity in less than a
    second.

    EXT. DEATH STAR

    Alderaan looms behind the Death Star battlestation.

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM

    Admiral Motti enters the quiet control room and bows before
    Governor Tarkin, who stands before the huge wall screen
    displaying a small green planet.

    MOTTI
    We've entered the Alderaan system.

    Vader and two stormtroopers enter with Princess Leia. Her
    hands are bound.

    LEIA
    Governor Tarkin, I should have
    expected to find you holding Vader's
    leash. I recognized your foul stench
    when I was brought on board.

    TARKIN
    Charming to the last. You don't know
    how hard I found it signing the order
    to terminate your life!

    LEIA
    I surprised you had the courage to
    take the responsibility yourself!

    TARKIN
    Princess Leia, before your execution
    I would like you to be my guest at a
    ceremony that will make this battle
    station operational. No star system
    will dare oppose the Emperor now.

    LEIA
    The more you tighten your grip,
    Tarkin, the more star systems will
    slip through your fingers.

    TARKIN
    Not after we demonstrate the power
    of this station. In a way, you have
    determined the choice of the planet
    that'll be destroyed first. Since
    you are reluctant to provide us with
    the location of the Rebel base, I
    have chosen to test this station's
    destructive power... on your home
    planet of Alderaan.

    LEIA
    No! Alderaan is peaceful. We have no
    weapons. You can't possibly...

    TARKIN
    You would prefer another target? A
    military target? Then name the system!

    Tarkin waves menacingly toward Leia.

    TARKIN
    I grow tired of asking this. So it'll
    be the last time. Where is the Rebel
    base?

    Leia overhears an intercom voice announcing the approach to
    Alderaan.

    LEIA
    (softly)
    Dantooine.

    Leia lowers her head.

    LEIA
    They're on Dantooine.

    TARKIN
    There. You see Lord Vader, she can
    be reasonable.
    (addressing Motti)
    Continue with the operation. You may
    fire when ready.

    LEIA
    What?

    TARKIN
    You're far too trusting. Dantooine
    is too remote to make an effective
    demonstration. But don't worry. We
    will deal with your Rebel friends
    soon enough.

    LEIA
    No!

    INT. DEATH STAR - BLAST CHAMBER

    VADER
    Commence primary ignition.

    A button is pressed which switches on a panel of lights. A
    hooded Imperial soldier reaches overhead and pulls a lever.
    Another lever is pulled. Vader reaches for still another
    lever and a bank of lights on a panel and wall light up. A
    huge beam of light emanates from within a cone-shaped area
    and converges into a single laser beam out toward Alderaan.
    The small green planet of Alderaan is blown into space dust.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CENTRAL HOLD AREA

    Ben watches Luke practice the lightsaber with a small "seeker"
    robot. Ben suddenly turns away and sits down. He falters,
    seems almost faint.

    LUKE
    Are you all right? What's wrong?

    BEN
    I felt a great disturbance in the
    Force... as if millions of voices
    suddenly cried out in terror and
    were suddenly silenced. I fear
    something terrible has happened.

    Ben rubs his forehead. He seems to drift into a trance. Then
    he fixes his gaze on Luke.

    BEN
    You'd better get on with your
    exercises.

    Han Solo enters the room.

    HAN
    Well, you can forget your troubles
    with those Imperial slugs. I told
    you I'd outrun 'em.

    Luke is once again practicing with the lightsaber.

    HAN
    Don't everyone thank me at once.

    Threepio watches Chewbacca and Artoo who are engrossed in a
    game in which three-dimensional holographic figures move
    along a chess-type board.

    HAN
    Anyway, we should be at Alderaan
    about oh-two-hundred hours.

    Chewbacca and the two robots sit around the lighted table
    covered with small holographic monsters. 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.

    THREEPIO
    Now be careful, Artoo.

    Artoo immediately reaches up and taps the computer with his
    stubby claw hand, causing one of the holographic creatures
    to walk to the new square. A sudden frown crosses Chewbacca's
    face and he begins yelling gibberish at the tiny robot.
    Threepio intercedes on behalf of his small companion and
    begins to argue with the huge Wookiee.

    THREEPIO
    He made a fair move. Screaming about
    it won't help you.

    HAN
    (interrupting)
    Let him have it. It's not wise to
    upset a Wookiee.

    THREEPIO
    But sir, nobody worries about
    upsetting a droid.

    HAN
    That's 'cause droids don't pull
    people's arms out of their socket
    when they lose. Wookiees are known
    to do that.

    THREEPIO
    I see your point, sir. I suggest a
    new strategy, Artoo. Let the Wookiee
    win.

    Luke stands in the middle of the small hold area; he seems
    frozen in place. A humming lightsaber is held high over his
    head. Ben watches him from the corner, studying his movements.
    Han watches with a bit of smugness.

    BEN
    Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force
    flowing through him.

    LUKE
    You mean it controls your actions?

    BEN
    Partially. But it also obeys your
    commands.

    Suspended at eye level, about ten feet in front of Luke, a
    "seeker", a chrome baseball-like robot covered with antennae,
    hovers slowly in a wide arc. The ball floats to one side of
    the youth then 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. It hits Luke in the leg causing
    him to tumble over. Han lets loose with a burst of laughter.

    HAN
    Hokey religions and ancient weapons
    are no match for a good blaster at
    your side, kid.

    LUKE
    You don't believe in the Force, do
    you?

    HAN
    Kid, I've flown from one side of
    this galaxy to the other. I've seen
    a lot of strange stuff, but I've
    never seen anything to make me believe
    there's one all-powerful force
    controlling everything. There's no
    mystical energy field that controls
    my destiny.

    Ben smiles quietly.

    HAN
    It's all a lot of simple tricks and
    nonsense.

    BEN
    I suggest you try it again, Luke.

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

    BEN
    This time, let go your conscious
    self and act on instinct.

    LUKE
    (laughing)
    With the blast shield down, I can't
    even see. How am I supposed to fight?

    BEN
    Your eyes can deceive you. Don't
    trust them.

    Han skeptically shakes his head as Ben throws the seeker
    into the air. The ball shoots straight up in the air, then
    drops like a rock. Luke swings the lightsaber around blindly
    missing the seeker, which fires off a laserbolt which hits
    Luke square on the seat of the pants. He lets out a painful
    yell and attempts to hit the seeker.

    BEN
    Stretch out with your feelings.

    Luke stands in one place, seemingly frozen. The seeker makes
    a dive at Luke and, incredibly, he managed to deflect the
    bolt. The ball ceases fire and moves back to its original
    position.

    BEN
    You see, you can do it.

    HAN
    I call it luck.

    BEN
    In my experience, there's no such
    thing as luck.

    HAN
    Look, going good against remotes is
    one thing. Going good against the
    living? That's something else.

    Solo notices a small light flashing on the far side of the
    control panel.

    HAN
    Looks like we're coming up on
    Alderaan.

    Han and Chewbacca head back to the cockpit.

    LUKE
    You know, I did feel something. I
    could almost see the remote.

    BEN
    That's good. You have taken your
    first step into a larger world.

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONFERENCE ROOM

    Imperial Officer Cass stands before Governor Tarkin and the
    evil Dark Lord Darth Vader.

    TARKIN
    Yes.

    OFFICER CASS
    Our scout ships have reached
    Dantooine. They found the remains of
    a Rebel base, but they estimate that
    it has been deserted for some time.
    They are now conducting an extensive
    search of the surrounding systems.

    TARKIN
    She lied! She lied to us!

    VADER
    I told you she would never consciously
    betray the Rebellion.

    TARKIN
    Terminate her... immediately!

    EXT. HYPERSPACE

    The pirateship is just coming out of hyperspace; a strange
    surreal light show surrounds the ship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    HAN
    Stand by, Chewie, here we go. Cut in
    the sublight engines.

    Han pulls back on a control lever. Outside the cockpit window
    stars begin streaking past, seem to decrease in speed, then
    stop. Suddenly the starship begins to shudder and violently
    shake about. Asteroids begin to race toward them, battering
    the sides of the ship.

    HAN
    What the...? Aw, we've come out of
    hyperspace into a meteor shower.
    Some kind of asteroid collision.
    It's not on any of the charts.

    The Wookiee flips off several controls and seems very cool
    in the emergency. Luke makes his way into the bouncing
    cockpit.

    LUKE
    What's going on?

    HAN
    Our position is correct, except...
    no, Alderaan!

    LUKE
    What do you mean? Where is it?

    HAN
    Thats what I'm trying to tell you,
    kid. It ain't there. It's been totally
    blown away.

    LUKE
    What? How?

    Ben moves into the cockpit behind Luke as the ship begins to
    settle down.

    BEN
    Destroyed... by the Empire!

    HAN
    The entire starfleet couldn't destroy
    the whole planet. It'd take a thousand
    ships with more fire power than
    I've...

    A signal starts flashing on the control panel and a muffled
    alarm starts humming.

    HAN
    There's another ship coming in.

    LUKE
    Maybe they know what happened.

    BEN
    It's an Imperial fighter.

    Chewbacca barks his concern. A huge explosion bursts outside
    the cockpit window, shaking the ship violently. A tiny, finned
    Imperial TIE fighter races past the cockpit window.

    LUKE
    It followed us!

    BEN
    No. It's a short range fighter.

    HAN
    There aren't any bases around here.
    Where did it come from?

    EXT. SPACE

    The fighter races past the Corellian pirateship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    LUKE
    It sure is leaving in a big hurry.
    If they identify us, we're in big
    trouble.

    HAN
    Not if I can help it. Chewie...jam
    it's transmissions.

    BEN
    It'd be as well to let it go. It's
    too far out of range.

    HAN
    Not for long...

    EXT. SPACE

    The pirateship zooms over the camera and away into the
    vastness of space after the Imperial TIE fighter.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    The tension mounts as the pirateship gains on the tiny
    fighter. In the distance, one of the stars becomes brighter
    until it is obvious that the TIE ship is heading for it. Ben
    stands behind Chewbacca.

    BEN
    A fighter that size couldn't get
    this deep into space on its own.

    LUKE
    It must have gotten lost, been part
    of a convoy or something.

    HAN
    Well, he ain't going to be around
    long enough to tell anyone about us.

    EXT. SPACE

    The TIE fighter is losing ground to the larger pirateship as
    they race toward camera and disappear over head.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    The distant star can be distinguished as a small moon or
    planet.

    LUKE
    Look at him. He's headed for that
    small moon.

    HAN
    I think I can get him before he gets
    there... he's almost in range.

    The small moon begins to take on the appearance of a monstrous
    spherical battle station.

    BEN
    That's no moon! It's a space station.

    HAN
    It's too big to be a space station.

    LUKE
    I have a very bad feeling about this.

    HAN
    Yeah, I think your right. Full
    reverse! Chewie, lock in the auxiliary
    power.

    The pirateship shudders and the TIE fighter accelerates away
    toward the gargantuan battle station.

    LUKE
    Why are we still moving towards it?

    HAN
    We're caught in a tractor beam! It's
    pulling us in!

    LUKE
    But there's gotta be something you
    can do!

    HAN
    There's nothin' I can do about it,
    kid. I'm in full power. I'm going to
    have to shut down. But they're not
    going to get me without a fight!

    Ben Kenobi puts a hand on his shoulder.

    BEN
    You can't win. But there are
    alternatives to fighting.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - DEATH STAR

    As the battered pirate starship is towed closer to the awesome
    metal moon, the immense size of the massive battle station
    becomes staggering. Running along the equator of the gigantic
    sphere is a mile-high band of huge docking ports into which
    the helpless pirateship is dragged.

    EXT. DEATH STAR - HUGE PORT DOORS

    The helpless Millennium Falcon is pulled past a docking port
    control room and huge laser turret cannons.

    VOICE OVER DEATH STAR INTERCOM

    Clear Bay twenty-three-seven. We are opening the magnetic
    field.

    INT. DEATH STAR - DOCKING BAY 2037

    The pirateship is pulled in through port doors of the Death
    Star, coming to rest in a huge hangar. Thirty stormtroopers
    stand at attention in a central assembly area.

    OFFICER
    To you stations!
    (to another officer)
    Come with me.

    INT. DEATH STAR - HALLWAY

    Stormtroopers run to their posts.

    INT. DEATH STAR - HANGAR 2037

    A line of stormtroopers march toward the pirateship in
    readiness to board it, while other troopers stand with weapons
    ready to fire.

    OFFICER
    Close all outboard shields! Close
    all outboard shields!

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONFERENCE ROOM

    Tarkin pushes a button and responds to the intercom buzz.

    TARKIN
    Yes.

    VOICE
    (over intercom)
    We've captured a freighter entering
    the remains of the Alderaan system.
    It's markings match those of a ship
    that blasted its way out of Mos
    Eisley.

    VADER
    They must be trying to return the
    stolen plans to the princess. She
    may yet be of some use to us.

    INT. DEATH STAR - DOCKING BAY 2037

    Vader and a commander approach the troops as an Officer and
    several heavily armed troops exit the spacecraft.

    VOICE
    (over intercom)
    Unlock one-five-seven and nine.
    Release charges.

    OFFICER
    (to Vader)
    There's no one on board, sir.
    According to the log, the crew
    abandoned ship right after takeoff.
    It must be a decoy, sir. Several of
    the escape pods have been jettisoned.

    VADER
    Did you find any droids?

    OFFICER
    No, sir. If there were any on board,
    they must also have jettisoned.

    VADER
    Send a scanning crew on board. I
    want every part of this ship checked.

    OFFICER
    Yes, sir.

    VADER
    I sense something... a presence I
    haven't felt since...

    Vader turns quickly and exits the hangar.

    OFFICER
    Get me a scanning crew in here on
    the double. I want every part of
    this ship checked!

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - HALLWAY

    A 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. Two floor panels suddenly
    pop up revealing Han Solo and Luke. Ben Kenobi sticks his
    head out of a third locker.

    LUKE
    Boy, it's lucky you had these
    compartments.

    HAN
    I use them for smuggling. I never
    thought I'd be smuggling myself in
    them. This is ridiculous. Even if I
    could take off, I'd never get past
    the tractor beam.

    BEN
    Leave that to me!

    HAN
    Damn fool. I knew that you were going
    to say that!

    BEN
    Who's the more foolish... the fool
    or the fool who follows him?

    Han shakes his head, muttering to himself. Chewbacca agrees.

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY

    The crewmen carry a heavy box on board the ship, past the
    two stormtroopers guarding either side of the ramp.

    TROOPER
    The ship's all yours. If the scanners
    pick up anything, report it
    immediately. All right, let's go.

    The crewmen enter the pirateship and a loud crashing sound
    is followed by a voice calling to the guard below.

    HAN'S VOICE
    Hey down there, could you give us a
    hand with this?

    The stormtroopers enter the ship and a quick round of gunfire
    is heard.

    INT. DEATH STAR - FORWARD BAY - COMMAND OFFICE

    In a very small command office near the entrance to the
    pirateship, a Gantry Officer looks out his window and notices
    the guards are missing. He speaks into the comlink.

    GANTRY OFFICER
    TX-four-one-two. Why aren't you at
    your post? TX-four-one-two, do you
    copy?

    A stormtrooper comes down the ramp of the pirateship and
    waves to the gantry officer, pointing to his ear indicating
    his comlink is not working. The gantry officer shakes his
    head in disgust and heads for the door, giving his aide an
    annoyed look.

    GANTRY OFFICER
    Take over. We've got a bad
    transmitter. I'll see what I can do.

    As the officer approaches the door, it slides open revealing
    the towering Chewbacca. The gantry officer, in a momentary
    state of shock, stumbles backward. With a bone- chilling
    howl, the giant Wookiee flattens the officer with one blow.
    The aide immediately reaches for his pistol, but is blasted
    by Han, dressed as an Imperial stormtrooper. Ben and the
    robots enter the room quickly followed by Luke, also dressed
    as a stormtrooper. Luke quickly removes his helmet.

    LUKE
    You know, between his howling and
    your blasting everything in sight,
    it's a wonder the whole station
    doesn't know we're here.

    HAN
    Bring them on! I prefer a straight
    fight to all this sneaking around.

    THREEPIO
    We found the computer outlet, sir.

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

    BEN
    Plug in. He should be able to
    interpret the entire Imperial computer
    network.

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

    THREEPIO
    He says he's found the main computer
    to power the tractor beam that's
    holding the ship here. He'll try to
    make the precise location appear on
    the monitor.

    The computer monitor flashes readouts.

    THREEPIO
    The tractor beam is coupled to the
    main reactor in seven locations. A
    power loss at one of the terminals
    will allow the ship to leave.

    Ben studies the data on the monitor readout.

    BEN
    I don't think you boys can help. I
    must go alone.

    HAN
    Whatever you say. I've done more
    that I bargained for on this trip
    already.

    LUKE
    I want to go with you.

    BEN
    Be patient, Luke. Stay and watch
    over the droids.

    LUKE
    But he can...

    BEN
    They must be delivered safely or
    other star systems will suffer the
    same fate as Alderaan. Your destiny
    lies along a different path than
    mine. The Force will be with you...
    always!

    Ben adjusts the lightsaber on his belt and silently steps
    out of the command office, then disappears down a long grey
    hallway. Chewbacca barks a comment and Han shakes his head
    in agreement.

    HAN
    Boy you said it, Chewie.

    Han looks at Luke.

    HAN
    Where did you dig up that old fossil?

    LUKE
    Ben is a great man.

    HAN
    Yeah, great at getting us into
    trouble.

    LUKE
    I didn't hear you give any ideas...

    HAN
    Well, anything would be better than
    just hanging around waiting for him
    to pick us up...

    LUKE
    Who do you think...

    Suddenly Artoo begins to whistle and beep a blue streak.
    Luke goes over to him.

    LUKE
    What is it?

    THREEPIO
    I'm afraid I'm not quite sure, sir.
    He says "I found her", and keeps
    repeating, "She's here."

    LUKE
    Well, who... who has he found?

    Artoo whistles a frantic reply.

    THREEPIO
    Princess Leia.

    LUKE
    The princess? She's here?

    HAN
    Princess? What's going on?

    THREEPIO
    Level five. Detention block A A-twenty-
    three. I'm afraid she's scheduled to
    be terminated.

    LUKE
    Oh, no! We've got to do something.

    HAN
    What are you talking about?

    LUKE
    The droid belongs to her. She's the
    one in the message... We've got to
    help her.

    HAN
    Now, look, don't get any funny ideas.
    The old man wants us to wait right
    here.

    LUKE
    But he didn't know she was here.
    Look, will you just find a way back
    into the detention block?

    HAN
    I'm not going anywhere.

    LUKE
    They're going to execute her. Look,
    a few minutes ago you said you didn't
    want to just wait here to be captured.
    Now all you want to do is stay.

    HAN
    Marching into the detention area is
    not what I had in mind.

    LUKE
    But they're going to kill her!

    HAN
    Better her than me...

    LUKE
    She's rich.

    Chewbacca growls.

    HAN
    Rich?

    LUKE
    Yes. Rich, powerful! Listen, if you
    were to rescue her, the reward would
    be...

    HAN
    What?

    LUKE
    Well more wealth that you can imagine.

    HAN
    I don't know, I can imagine quite a
    bit!

    LUKE
    You'll get it!

    HAN
    I better!

    LUKE
    You will...

    HAN
    All right, kid. But you'd better be
    right about this.

    Han looks at Chewie, who grunts a short grunt.

    LUKE
    All right.

    HAN
    What's your plan?

    LUKE
    Uh... Threepio, hand me those binders
    there will you?

    Luke moves toward Chewbacca with electronic cuffs.

    LUKE
    Okay. Now, I'm going to put these on
    you.

    Chewie lets out a hideous growl.

    LUKE
    Okay. Han, you put these on.

    Luke sheepishly hands the binders to Han.

    HAN
    Don't worry, Chewie. I think I know
    what he has in mind.

    The Wookiee has a worried and frightened look on his face as
    Han binds him with the electronic cuffs.

    THREEPIO
    Master Luke, sir! Pardon me for
    asking... but, ah... what should
    Artoo and I do if we're discovered
    here?

    LUKE
    Lock the door!

    HAN
    And hope they don't have blasters.

    THREEPIO
    That isn't very reassuring.

    Luke and Han put on their armored stormtrooper helmets and
    start off into the giant Imperial Death Star.

    INT. DEATH STAR - DETENTION AREA - ELEVATOR TUBE

    Han and Luke try to look inconspicuous in their armored suits
    as they wait for a vacuum elevator to arrive. Troops,
    bureaucrats, and robots bustle about, ignoring the trio
    completely. Only a few give the giant Wookiee a curious
    glance.

    Finally a small elevator arrives and the trio enters.

    LUKE
    I can't see a thing in this helmet.

    A bureaucrat races to get aboard also, but is signaled away
    by Han. The door to the pod-like vehicle slides closed and
    the elevator car takes off through a vacuum tube.

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN HALLWAY

    Several Imperial officers walk through the wide main
    passageway. They pass several stormtroopers and a robot
    similar to Threepio but with an insect face. At the far end
    of the hallway, a passing flash of Ben Kenobi appears, then
    disappears down a small hallway. His appearance is so fleeting
    that it is hard to tell if he is real or just an illusion.
    No one in the hallway seems to notice him.

    INT. DEATH STAR - INTERIOR ELEVATOR - DETENTION SECURITY
    AREA

    Luke and Han step forward to exit the elevator, but the door
    slides open behind them. The giant Wookiee and his two guards
    enter the old grey security station. Guards and laser gates
    are everywhere. Han whispers to Luke under his breath.

    HAN
    This is not going to work.

    LUKE
    Why didn't you say so before?

    HAN
    I did say so before!

    INT. DETENTION AREA

    Elevator doors open. A tall, grim looking Officer approaches
    the trio.

    OFFICER
    Where are you taking this... thing?

    Chewie growls a bit at the remark but Han nudges him to shut
    up.

    LUKE
    Prisoner transfer from Block one-one-
    three-eight.

    OFFICER
    I wasn't notified. I'll have to clear
    it.

    The officer goes back to his console and begins to punch in
    the information. There are only three other troopers in the
    area. Luke and Han survey the situation, checking all of the
    alarms, laser gates, and camera eyes. Han unfastens one of
    Chewbacca's electronic cuffs and shrugs to Luke.

    Suddenly Chewbacca throws up his hands and lets out with one
    of his ear-piercing howls. He grabs Han's laser rifle.

    HAN
    Look out! He's loose!

    LUKE
    He's going to pull us all apart.

    HAN
    Go get him!

    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
    laserfire misses Chewbacca, but hits the camera eyes, laser
    gate controls, and the Imperial guards. The officer is the
    last of the guards to fall under the laserfire just as he is
    about to push the alarm system. Han rushes to the comlink
    system, which is screeching questions about what is going
    on. He quickly checks the computer readout.

    HAN
    We've got to find out which cell
    this princess of yours is in. Here
    it is... cell twenty-one-eight-seven.
    You go get her. I'll hold them here.

    Luke races down one of the cell corridors. Han speaks into
    the buzzing comlink.

    HAN
    (sounding official)
    Everything is under control. Situation
    normal.

    INTERCOM VOICE
    What happened?

    HAN
    (getting nervous)
    Uh... had a slight weapons
    malfunction. But, uh, everything's
    perfectly all right now. We're fine.
    We're all fine here, now, thank you.
    How are you?

    INTERCOM VOICE
    We're sending a squad up.

    HAN
    Uh, uh, negative. We had a reactor
    leak here now. Give us a few minutes
    to lock it down. Large leak... very
    dangerous.

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

    Han blasts the comlink and it explodes.

    HAN
    Boring conversation anyway.
    (yelling down the
    hall)
    Luke! We're going to have company!

    INT. DEATH STAR - CELL ROW

    Luke stops in front of one of the cells and blasts the door
    away with a laser pistol. When the smoke clears, Luke sees
    the dazzling young princess-senator. She had been sleeping
    and is now looking at him with an uncomprehending look on
    her face. Luke is stunned by her incredible beauty and stands
    staring at her with his mouth hanging open.

    LEIA
    (finally)
    Aren't you a little short to be a
    stormtrooper?

    Luke takes off his helmet, coming out of it.

    LUKE
    What? Oh... the uniform. I'm Luke
    Skywalker. I'm here to rescue you.

    LEIA
    You're who?

    LUKE
    I'm here to rescue you. I've got
    your R2 unit. I'm here with Ben
    Kenobi.

    LEIA
    Ben Kenobi is here! Where is he?

    LUKE
    Come on!

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONFERENCE ROOM

    Darth Vader paces the room as Governor Tarkin sits at the
    far end of the conference table.

    VADER
    He is here...

    TARKIN
    Obi-Wan Kenobi! What makes you think
    so?

    VADER
    A tremor in the Force. The last time
    I felt it was in the presence of my
    old master.

    TARKIN
    Surely he must be dead by now.

    VADER
    Don't underestimate the power of the
    Force.

    TARKIN
    The Jedi are extinct, their fire has
    gone out of the universe. You, my
    friend, are all that's left of their
    religion.

    There is a quiet buzz on the comlink.

    TARKIN
    Yes.

    INTERCOM VOICE
    Governor Tarkin, we have an emergency
    alert in detention block A A-twenty-
    three.

    TARKIN
    The princess! Put all sections on
    alert!

    VADER
    Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with
    him.

    TARKIN
    If you're right, he must not be
    allowed to escape.

    VADER
    Escape is not his plan. I must face
    him alone.

    INT. DEATH STAR - DETENTION AREA - HALLWAY

    An ominous buzzing sound is heard on the other side of the
    elevator door.

    HAN
    Chewie!

    Chewbacca responds with a growling noise.

    HAN
    Get behind me! Get behind me!

    A series of explosions knock a hole in the elevator door
    through which several Imperial troops begin to emerge.

    Han and Chewie fire laser pistols at them through the smoke
    and flame. They turn and run down the cell hallway, meeting
    up with Luke and Leia rushing toward them.

    HAN
    Can't get out that way.

    LEIA
    Looks like you managed to cut off
    our only escape route.

    HAN
    (sarcastically)
    Maybe you'd like it back in your
    cell, Your Highness.

    Luke takes a small comlink transmitter from his belt as they
    continue to exchange fire with stormtroopers making their
    way down the corridor.

    LUKE
    See-Threepio! See-Threepio!

    THREEPIO
    (over comlink)
    Yes sir?

    LUKE
    We've been cut off! Are there any
    other ways out of the cell bay?...
    What was that? I didn't copy!

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

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

    THREEPIO
    I said, all systems have been alerted
    to your presence, sir. The main
    entrance seems to be the only way in
    or out; all other information on
    your level is restricted.

    Someone begins banging on the door.

    TROOPER VOICE
    Open up in there!

    THREEPIO
    Oh, no!

    INT. DEATH STAR - DETENTION CORRIDOR

    Luke and Leia crouch together in an alcove for protection as
    they continue to exchange fire with troops. Han and Chewbacca
    are barely able to keep the stormtroopers at bay at the far
    and of the hallway. The laserfire is very intense, and smoke
    fills the narrow cell corridor.

    LUKE
    There isn't any other way out.

    HAN
    I can't hold them off forever! Now
    what?

    LEIA
    This is some rescue. When you came
    in here, didn't you have a plan for
    getting out?

    HAN
    (pointing to Luke)
    He's the brains, sweetheart.

    Luke manages a sheepish grin and shrugs his shoulders.

    LUKE
    Well, I didn't...

    The princess grabs Luke's gun and fires at a small grate in
    the wall next to Han, almost frying him.

    HAN
    What the hell are you doing?

    LEIA
    Somebody has to save our skins. Into
    the garbage chute, wise guy.

    She jumps through the narrow opening as Han and Chewbacca
    look on in amazement. Chewbacca sniffs the garbage chute and
    says something.

    HAN
    Get in there you big furry oaf! I
    don't care what you smell! Get in
    there and don't worry about it.

    Han gives him a kick and the Wookiee disappears into the
    tiny opening. Luke and Han continue firing as they work their
    way toward the opening.

    HAN
    Wonderful girl! Either I'm going to
    kill her or I'm beginning to like
    her. Get in there!

    Luke ducks laserfire as he jumps into the darkness. Han fires
    off a couple of quick blasts creating a smokey cover, then
    slides into the chute himself and is gone.

    INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM

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

    HAN
    (sarcastically)
    Oh! The garbage chute was a really
    wonderful idea. What an incredible
    smell you've discovered! Let's get
    out of here! Get away from there...

    LUKE
    No! wait!

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

    LUKE
    Will you forget it? I already tried
    it. It's magnetically sealed!

    LEIA
    Put that thing away! You're going to
    get us all killed.

    HAN
    Absolutely, Your Worship. Look, I
    had everything under control until
    you led us down here. You know, it's
    not going to take them long to figure
    out what happened to us.

    LEIA
    It could be worse...

    A loud, horrible, inhuman moan works its way up from the
    murky depths. Chewbacca lets out a terrified howl and begins
    to back away. Han and Luke stand fast with their laser pistols
    drawn. The Wookiee is cowering near one of the walls.

    HAN
    It's worse.

    LUKE
    There's something alive in here!

    HAN
    That's your imagination.

    LUKE
    Something just moves past my leg!
    Look! Did you see that?

    HAN
    What?

    LUKE
    Help!

    Suddenly Luke is yanked under the garbage.

    HAN
    Luke! Luke! Luke!

    Solo tries to get to Luke. Luke surfaces with a gasp of air
    and thrashing of limbs. A membrane tentacle is wrapped around
    his throat.

    LEIA
    Luke!

    Leia extends a long pipe toward him.

    LEIA
    Luke, Luke, grab a hold of this.

    LUKE
    Blast it, will you! My gun's jammed.

    HAN
    Where?

    LUKE
    Anywhere! Oh!!

    Solo fires his gun downward. Luke is pulled back into the
    muck by the slimy tentacle.

    HAN
    Luke! Luke!

    Suddenly the walls of the garbage receptacle shudder and
    move in a couple of inches. Then everything is deathly quiet.
    Han and Leia give each other a worried look as Chewbacca
    howls in the corner. With a rush of bubbles and muck Luke
    suddenly bobs to the surface.

    LEIA
    Grab him!

    Luke seems to be released by the thing.

    LEIA
    What happened?

    LUKE
    I don't know, it just let go of me
    and disappeared...

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

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

    LUKE
    The walls are moving!

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

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

    LUKE
    Wait a minute!

    Luke pulls out his comlink.

    LUKE
    Threepio! Come in Threepio! Threepio!
    Where could he be?

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN GANTRY - COMMAND OFFICE

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

    FIRST TROOPER
    Take over!
    (pointing to the dead
    officer)
    See to him! Look there!

    A trooper pushes a button and the supply cabinet door slides
    open. See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo are inside. Artoo follows
    his bronze companion out into the office.

    THREEPIO
    They're madmen! They're heading for
    the prison level. If you hurry, you
    might catch them.

    FIRST OFFICER
    (to his troops)
    Follow me! You stand guard.

    The troops hustle off down the hallway, leaving a guard to
    watch over the command office.

    THREEPIO
    (to Artoo)
    Come on!

    The guard aims a blaster at them.

    THREEPIO
    Oh! All this excitement has overrun
    the circuits of my counterpart here.
    If you don't mind, I'd like to take
    him down to maintenance.

    TROOPER
    All right.

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

    INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM

    As the walls rumble closed, the room gets smaller and smaller.
    Chewie is whining and trying to hold a wall back with his
    giant paws.

    Han is leaning back against the other wall. Garbage is
    snapping and popping. Luke is trying to reach Threepio.

    LUKE
    Threepio! Come in, Threepio! Threepio!

    Han and Leia try to brace the contracting walls with a pole.
    Leia begins to sink into the trash.

    HAN
    Get to the top!

    LEIA
    I can't

    LUKE
    Where could he be? Threepio! Threepio,
    will you come in?

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL

    THREEPIO
    They aren't here! Something must
    have happened to them. See if they've
    been captured.

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

    THREEPIO
    Hurry!

    INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM

    The walls are only feet apart. Leia and Han are braced against
    the walls. The princess is frightened. They look at each
    other. Leia reaches out and takes Han's hand and she holds
    it tightly. She's terrified and suddenly groans as she feels
    the first crushing pressure against her body.

    HAN
    One thing's for sure. We're all going
    to be a lot thinner!
    (to Leia)
    Get on top of it!

    LEIA
    I'm trying!

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL

    THREEPIO
    (to Artoo)
    Thank goodness, they haven't found
    them! Where could they be?

    Artoo frantically beeps something to See-Threepio.

    THREEPIO
    Use the comlink? Oh, my! I forgot I
    turned it off!

    INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM

    Meanwhile, Luke is lying on his side, trying to keep his
    head above the rising ooze. Luke's comlink begins to buzz
    and he rips it off his belt.

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL

    Muffled sounds of Luke's voice over the comlink can be heard,
    but not distinctly.

    THREEPIO
    Are you there, sir?

    INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM

    LUKE
    Threepio!

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL

    THREEPIO
    We've had some problems...

    LUKE
    (over comlink)
    Will you shut up and listen to me?
    Shut down all garbage mashers on the
    detention level, will you? Do you
    copy?

    INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM

    LUKE
    Shut down all the garbage mashers on
    the detention level.

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL

    LUKE
    (over comlink)
    Shut down all the garbage mashers on
    the detention level.

    THREEPIO
    (to Artoo)
    No. Shut them all down! Hurry!

    Threepio holds his head in agony as he hears the incredible
    screaming and hollering from Luke's comlink.

    THREEPIO
    Listen to them! They're dying, Artoo!
    Curse my metal body! I wasn't fast
    enough. It's all my fault! My poor
    master!

    LUKE
    (over comlink)
    Threepio, we're all right!

    INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM

    The screaming and hollering is the sound of joyous relief.
    The walls have stopped moving. Han, Chewie and Leia embrace
    in the background.

    LUKE
    We're all right. You did great.

    Luke moves to the pressure sensitive hatch, looking for a
    number.

    LUKE
    Hey... hey, open the pressure
    maintenance hatch on unit number...
    where are we?

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL

    HAN
    (over comlink)
    Three-two-six-eight-two-seven.

    INT. DEATH STAR - TRACTOR BEAM - POWER GENERATOR TRENCH

    Ben enters a humming service trench that powers the huge
    tractor beam. The trench seems to be a hundred miles deep.
    The clacking sound of huge switching devices can be heard.
    The old Jedi edges his his way along a narrow ledge leading
    to a control panel that connects two large cables. He
    carefully makes several adjustments in the computer terminal,
    and several lights on the board go from red to blue.

    INT. DEATH STAR - UNUSED HALLWAY

    The group exits the garbage room into a dusty, unused hallway.
    Han and Luke remove the trooper suits and strap on the blaster
    belts.

    HAN
    If we can just avoid any more female
    advice, we ought to be able to get
    out of here.

    Luke smiles and scratches his head as he takes a blaster
    from Solo.

    LUKE
    Well, let's get moving!

    Chewie begins growling and points to the hatch to the garbage
    room, as he runs away and then stops howling.

    HAN
    (to Chewie)
    Where are you going?

    The Dia Nogu bangs against the hatch and a long, slimy
    tentacle works its way out of the doorway searching for a
    victim. Han aims his pistol.

    LEIA
    No, wait. They'll hear!

    Han fires at the doorway. The noise of the blast echoes
    relentlessly throughout the empty passageway. Luke simply
    shakes his head in disgust.

    HAN
    (to Chewie)
    Come here, you big coward!

    Chewie shakes his head "no."

    HAN
    Chewie! Come here!

    LEIA
    Listen. I don't know who you are, or
    where you came from, but from now
    on, you do as I tell you. Okay?

    Han is stunned at the command of the petite young girl.

    HAN
    Look, Your Worshipfulness, let's get
    one thing straight! I take orders
    from one person! Me!

    LEIA
    It's a wonder you're still alive.
    (looking at Chewie)
    Will somebody get this big walking
    carpet out of my way?

    Han watches her start away. He looks at Luke.

    HAN
    No reward is worth this.

    They follow her, moving swiftly down the deserted corridor.

    INT. DEATH STAR - POWER TRENCH

    Suddenly a door behind Ben slides open and a detachment of
    stormtroopers marches to the power trench. Ben instantly
    slips into the shadows as an Officer moves to within a few
    feet of him.

    OFFICER
    Secure this area until the alert is
    canceled.

    FIRST TROOPER
    Give me regular reports.

    All but two of the stormtroopers leave.

    FIRST TROOPER
    Do you know what's going on?

    SECOND TROOPER
    Maybe it's another drill.

    Ben moves around the tractor beam, watching the stormtroopers
    as they turn their backs to him. Ben gestures with his hand
    toward them, as the troops think they hear something in the
    other hallway. With the help of the Force, Ben deftly slips
    past the troopers and into the main hallway.

    SECOND TROOPER
    What was that?

    FIRST TROOPER
    Oh, it's nothing. Don't worry about
    it.

    INT. DEATH STAR - HALLWAY

    Luke, Han, Chewbacca, and Leia run down an empty hallway and
    stop before a bay window overlooking the pirateship. Troopers
    are milling about the ship. Luke takes out his pocket comlink.

    HAN
    (looking at his ship)
    There she is.

    LUKE
    See-Threepio, do you copy?

    THREEPIO
    (voice)
    For the moment. Uh, we're in the
    main hangar across from the ship.

    LUKE
    We're right above you. Stand by.

    Han is watching the dozen or so troops moving in and out of
    the pirateship. Leia moves towards Han, touches his arm and
    points out the window to the ship.

    LEIA
    You came in that thing? You're braver
    that I thought.

    HAN
    Nice! Come on!

    Han gives her a dirty look, and they start off down the
    hallway. They round a corner and run right into twenty
    Imperial stormtroopers heading toward them. Both groups are
    taken by surprise and stop in their tracks.

    FIRST TROOPER
    It's them! Blast them!

    Before even thinking, Han draws his laser pistol and charges
    the troops, firing. His blaster knocks one of the
    stormtroopers into the air. Chewie follows his captain down
    the corridor, stepping over the fallen trooper on the floor.

    HAN
    (to Luke and Leia)
    Get back to the ship!

    LUKE
    Where are you going? Come back!

    Han has already rounded a corner and does not hear.

    LEIA
    He certainly has courage.

    LUKE
    What good will it do us if he gets
    himself killed? Come on!

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

    INT. DEATH STAR - SUBHALLWAY

    Han chases the stormtroopers down a long subhallway. He is
    yelling and brandishing his laser pistol. 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. The troops
    begin to raise their laser guns. Soon all ten troopers are
    moving into an attack position in front of the lone
    starpirate. Han's determined look begins to fade as the troops
    begin to advance. Solo jumps backward as they fire at him.

    INT. DEATH STAR - SUBHALLWAY

    Chewbacca runs down the subhallway in a last-ditch attempt
    to save his bold captain. Suddenly he hears the firing of
    laser guns and yelling. Around the corner shoots Han, pirate
    extraordinaire, running for his life, followed by a host of
    furious stormtroopers. Chewbacca turns and starts running
    the other way also.

    INT. DEATH STAR - SUBHALLWAY

    Luke fires his laser pistol wildly as he and Leia rush down
    a narrow subhallway, chased by several stormtroopers. They
    quickly reach the end of the subhallway and race through an
    open hatchway.

    INT. DEATH STAR - CENTRAL CORE SHAFT

    Luke and Leia race through the hatch onto a narrow bridge
    that spans a huge, deep shaft that seems to go into infinity.
    The bridge has been retracted into the wall of the shaft,
    and Luke almost rushes into the abyss. He loses his balance
    off the end of the bridge as Leia, behind him, takes hold of
    his arm and pulls him back.

    LUKE
    (gasping)
    I think we took a wrong turn.

    Blasts from the stormtroopers' laser guns explode nearby
    reminding them of the oncoming danger. Luke fires back at
    the advancing troops. Leia reaches over and hits a switch
    that pops the hatch door shut with a resounding boom, leaving
    them precariously perched on a short piece of bridge overhang.
    Laserfire from the troopers continues to hit the steel door.

    LEIA
    There's no lock!

    Luke blasts the controls with his laser pistol.

    LUKE
    That oughta hold it for a while.

    LEIA
    Quick, we've got to get across. Find
    the control that extends the bridge.

    LUKE
    Oh, I think I just blasted it.

    Luke looks at the blasted bridge control while the
    stormtroopers on the opposite side of the door begin making
    ominous drilling and pounding sounds.

    LEIA
    They're coming through!

    Luke notices something on his stormtrooper belt, when
    laserfire hits the wall behind him. Luke aims his laser pistol
    at a stormtrooper perched on a higher bridge overhang across
    the abyss from them. They exchange fire. Two more troops
    appear on another overhang, also firing. A trooper is hit,
    and grabs at his chest.

    Another trooper standing on the bridge overhang is hit by
    Luke's laserfire, and plummets down the shaft. Troopers move
    back off the bridge; Luke hands the gun to Leia.

    LUKE
    Here, hold this.

    Luke pulls a thin nylon cable from his trooper utility belt.
    It has a grappler hook on it. A trooper appears on a bridge
    overhang and fires at Luke and Leia. As Luke works with the
    rope, Leia returns the laser volley. Another trooper appears
    and fires at them, as Leia returns his fire as well.
    Suddenly, the hatch door begins to open, revealing the feet
    of more troops.

    LEIA
    Here they come!

    Leia hits one of the stormtroopers on the bridge above, and
    he falls into the abyss. Luke tosses the rope across the
    gorge and it wraps itself around an outcropping of pipes. He
    tugs on the rope to make sure it is secure, then grabs the
    princess in his arms. Leia looks at Luke, then kisses him
    quickly on the lips. Luke is very surprised.

    LEIA
    For luck!

    Luke pushes off and they swing across the treacherous abyss
    to the corresponding hatchway on the opposite side. Just as
    Luke and Leia reach the far side of the canyon, the
    stormtroopers break through the hatch and begin to fire at
    the escaping duo. Luke returns the fire before ducking into
    the tiny subhallway.

    INT. DEATH STAR - NARROW PASSAGEWAY

    Ben hides in the shadows of the narrow passageway as several
    stormtroopers rush past him in the main hallway. He checks
    to make sure they're gone, then runs down the hallway in the
    opposite direction. Darth Vader appears at the far end of
    the hallway and starts after the old Jedi.

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY

    Threepio looks around at the troops milling about the
    pirateship entry ramp.

    THREEPIO
    Where could they be?

    Artoo, plugged into the computer socket, turns his dome left
    and right, beeping a response.

    INT. DEATH STAR - CORRIDOR - BLAST SHIELDS DOOR

    Han and Chewbacca run down a long corridor with several
    troopers hot on their trail.

    TROOPER
    Close the blast doors!

    At the end of the hallway, blast doors begin to close in
    front of them. The young starpilot and his furry companion
    race past the huge doors just as they are closing, and manage
    to get off a couple off laserblasts at the pursuing troops
    before the doors slam shut.

    TROOPER
    Open the blast doors! Open the blast
    doors!

    INT. DEATH STAR - HALLWAY LEADING TO MAIN FORWARD BAY

    Ben hurries along one of the tunnels leading to the hangar
    where the pirateship waits. Just before he reaches the hangar,
    Darth Vader steps into view at the end of the tunnel, not
    ten feet away. Vader lights his saber. Ben also ignites his
    and steps slowly forward.

    VADER
    I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan.
    We meet again, at last. The circle
    is now complete.

    Ben Kenobi moves with elegant ease into a classical offensive
    position. The fearsome Dark Knight takes a defensive stance.

    VADER
    When I left you, I was but the
    learner; now I am the master.

    BEN
    Only a master of evil, Darth.

    The two Galactic warriors stand perfectly still for a few
    moments, sizing each other up and waiting for the right
    moment. Ben seems to be under increasing pressure and strain,
    as if an invisible weight were being placed upon him. He
    shakes his head and, blinking, tries to clear his eyes.

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

    VADER
    Your powers are weak, old man.

    BEN
    You can't win, Darth. If you strike
    me down, I shall become more powerful
    than you can possibly imagine.

    Their lightsabers continue to meet in combat.

    INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY

    Han Solo and Chewbacca, their weapons in hand, lean back
    against the wall surveying the forward bay, watching the
    Imperial stormtroopers make their rounds of the hangar.

    HAN
    Didn't we just leave this party?

    Chewbacca growls a reply, as Luke and the princess join them.

    HAN
    What kept you?

    LEIA
    We ran into some old friends.

    LUKE
    Is the ship all right?

    HAN
    Seems okay, if we can get to it.
    Just hope the old man got the tractor
    beam out of commission.

    INT. DEATH STAR - HALLWAY

    Vader and Ben Kenobi continue their powerful duel. As they
    hit their lightsabers together, lightning flashes on impact.
    Troopers look on in interest as the old Jedi and Dark Lord
    of The Sith fight. Suddenly Luke spots the battle from his
    group's vantage point.

    LUKE
    Look!

    Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie look up and see Ben and Vader
    emerging from the hallways on the far side of the docking
    bay.

    INT. DEATH STAR - DOCKING BAY

    Threepio and Artoo-Detoo are in the center of the Death Star's
    Imperial docking bay.

    THREEPIO
    Come on, Artoo, we're going!

    Threepio ducks out of sight as the seven stormtroopers who
    were guarding the starship rush past them heading towards
    Ben and The Sith Knight. He pulls on Artoo.

    INT. DEATH STAR - HALLWAY

    Solo, Chewie, Luke, and Leia tensely watch the duel. The
    troops rush toward the battling knights.

    HAN
    Now's our chance! Go!

    They start for the Millennium Falcon. Ben sees the troops
    charging toward him and realizes that he is trapped. Vader
    takes advantage of Ben's momentary distraction and brings
    his mighty lightsaber down on the old man. Ben manages to
    deflect the blow and swiftly turns around.

    The old Jedi Knight looks over his shoulder at Luke, lifts
    his sword from Vader's then watches his opponent with a serene
    look on his face.

    Vader brings his sword down, cutting old Ben in half. Ben's
    cloak falls to the floor in two parts, but Ben is not in it.
    Vader is puzzled at Ben's disappearance and pokes at the
    empty cloak. As the guards are distracted, the adventurers
    and the robots reach the starship. Luke sees Ben cut in two
    and starts for him. Aghast, he yells out.

    LUKE
    No!

    The stormtroopers turn toward Luke and begin firing at him.
    The robots are already moving up the ramp into the Millennium
    Falcon, while Luke, transfixed by anger and awe, returns
    their fire. Solo joins in the laserfire. Vader looks up and
    advances toward them, as one of his troopers is struck down.

    HAN
    (to Luke)
    Come on!

    LEIA
    Come on! Luke, its too late!

    HAN
    Blast the door! Kid!

    Luke fires his pistol at the door control panel, and it
    explodes. The door begins to slide shut. Three troopers charge
    forward firing laser bolts, as the door slides to a close
    behind them, shutting Vader and the other troops out of the
    docking bay. A stormtrooper lies dead at the feet of his
    onrushing compatriots. Luke starts for the advancing troops,
    as Solo and Leia move up the ramp into the pirateship. He
    fires, hitting a stormtrooper, who crumbles to the floor.

    BEN'S VOICE
    Run, Luke! Run!

    Luke looks around to see where the voice came from. He turns
    toward the pirateship, ducking Imperial gunfire from the
    troopers and races into the ship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    Han pulls back on the controls and the ship begins to move.
    The dull thud of laser bolts bouncing off the outside of the
    ship as Chewie adjusts his controls.

    HAN
    I hope the old man got that tractor
    beam out if commission, or this is
    going to be a real short trip. Okay,
    hit it!

    Chewbacca growls in agreement.

    EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    The Millennium Falcon powers away from the Death Star docking
    bay, makes a spectacular turn and disappears into the vastness
    of space.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CENTRAL HOLD AREA

    Luke, saddened by the loss of Obi-Wan Kenobi, stares off
    blankly as the robots look on. Leia puts a blanket around
    him protectively, and Luke turns and looks up at her. She
    sits down beside him.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    Solo spots approaching enemy ships.

    HAN
    (to Chewie)
    We're coming up on the sentry ships.
    Hold 'em off! Angle the deflector
    shields while I charge up the main
    guns!

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CENTRAL HOLD AREA

    Luke looks downward sadly, shaking his head back and forth,
    as the princess smiles comfortingly at him.

    LUKE
    I can't believe he's gone.

    Artoo-Detoo beeps a reply.

    LEIA
    There wasn't anything you could have
    done.

    Han rushes into the hold area where Luke is sitting with the
    princess.

    HAN
    (to Luke)
    Come on, buddy, we're not out of
    this yet!

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS - COCKPIT

    Solo climbs into his attack position in the topside gunport.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - HOLD AREA

    Luke gets up and moves out toward the gunports as Leia heads
    for the cockpit.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS - COCKPIT

    Luke climbs down the ladder into the gunport cockpit, settling
    into one of the two main laser cannons mounted in large
    rotating turrets on either side of the ship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - SOLO'S GUNPORT

    Han adjusts his headset as he sits before the controls of
    his laser cannon, then speaks into the attached microphone.

    HAN
    (to Luke)
    You in, kid? Okay, stay sharp!

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS - COCKPIT

    Chewbacca and Princess Leia search the heavens for attacking
    TIE fighters. The Wookiee pulls back on the speed controls
    as the ship bounces slightly.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - SOLO'S GUNPORT - COCKPIT

    Computer graphic readouts form on Solo's target screen, as
    Han reaches for controls.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORT - COCKPIT

    Luke sits in readiness for the attack, his hand on the laser
    cannon's control button.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT.

    Chewbacca spots the enemy ships and barks.

    LEIA
    (into intercom)
    Here they come!

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT - POV (POINT OF VIEW) -
    SPACE

    The Imperial TIE fighters move towards the Millennium Falcon,
    one each veering off to the left and right of the pirateship.

    INT. TIE FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    The stars whip past behind the Imperial pilot as he adjusts
    his maneuvering joy stick.

    EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - IN SPACE

    The TIE fighter races past the Falcon, firing laser beams as
    it passes.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - HOLD AREA

    Threepio is seated in the hold area, next to Artoo-Detoo.
    The pirateship bounces and vibrates as the power goes out in
    the room and then comes back on.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT - GUNPORTS

    A TIE fighter maneuvers in front of Han, who follows it and
    fires at it with the laser cannon. Luke does likewise, as
    the fighter streaks into view. The ship has suffered a minor
    hit, and bounces slightly.

    EXT. SPACE

    Two TIE fighters dive down toward the pirateship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS

    Luke fires at an unseen fighter.

    LUKE
    They're coming in too fast!

    EXT. SPACE - MILLENNIUM FALCON/TIE FIGHTERS

    Pan with pirateship as two TIE fighters charge through the
    background. Laserbolts streak from all the craft.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CHEWBACCA

    The ship shudders as a laserbolt hits very close to the
    cockpit. The Wookiee chatters something to Leia.

    EXT. TIE FIGHTER - SPACE

    Full shot of a TIE fighter as it moves fast through the frame,
    firing on the pirate starship.

    EXT. SPACE - TIE FIGHTERS

    The two TIE fighters fire a barrage of laserbeams at the
    pirateship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN PASSAGEWAY

    A laserbolt streaks into the side of the pirateship. The
    ship lurches violently, throwing poor Threepio into a cabinet
    fill of small computer chips.

    THREEPIO
    Oooh!

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT - GUNPORTS

    Leia watches the computer readout as Chewbacca manipulates
    the ship's controls.

    LEIA
    We've lost lateral controls.

    HAN
    Don't worry, she'll hold together.

    An enemy laserbolt hits the pirateship's control panel,
    causing it to blow out in a shower of sparks.

    HAN
    (to ship)
    You hear me, baby? Hold together!

    Artoo-Detoo advances toward the smoking sparking control
    panel, dousing the inferno by spraying it with fire retardant
    beeping all the while.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORT

    Luke swivels in his gun mount, following the TIE fighter
    with his laser cannon.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORT

    Solo aims his laser cannon at the enemy fighter.

    EXT. SPACE

    A TIE fighter streaks in front of the starship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    Leia watches the TIE fighter ship fly over.

    EXT. SPACE

    A TIE fighter heads right for the pirateship, then zooms
    overhead.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS

    Luke follows the TIE fighter across his field of view, firing
    laserbeams from his cannon.

    EXT. TIE FIGHTER

    A TIE fighter dives past the pirateship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS

    Luke fires at a TIE fighter. At his port, Han follows a
    fighter in his sights, releasing a blast of laserfire. He
    connects, and the fighter explodes into fiery dust. Han laughs
    victoriously.

    EXT. SPACE

    Two TIE fighters move toward and over the Millennium Falcon,
    unleashing a barrage of laserbolts at the ship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS

    Another TIE fighter moves in on the pirateship and Luke,
    smiling, fires the laser cannon at it, scoring a spectacular
    direct hit.

    LUKE
    Got him! I got him!

    Han turns and gives Luke a victory wave which Luke gleefully
    returns.

    HAN
    Great kid! Don't get cocky.

    Han turns back to his laser cannon.

    EXT. SPACE

    Two more TIE fighters cross in front of the pirateship.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    While Chewbacca manipulates the controls, Leia turns, looking
    over her shoulder out the ports.

    LEIA
    There are still two more of them out
    there!

    EXT. SPACE

    A TIE fighter moves up over the pirateship, firing laserblasts
    at it.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS

    Luke and Han look into their respective projected target
    screens. An Imperial fighter crosses Solo's port, and Han
    swivels in his chair, following it with blasts from his laser
    cannon. Another fighter crosses Luke's port, and he reacts
    in a like manner, the glow of his target screen lighting his
    face.

    EXT. SPACE

    The TIE fighter zooms toward the pirateship, firing
    destructive blasts at it.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS

    Luke fires a laserblast at the approaching enemy fighter,
    and it bursts into a spectacular explosion. Luke's projected
    screen gives a readout of the hit. The pirateship bounces
    slightly as it is struck by the enemy fire.

    EXT. SPACE - TIE FIGHTER

    The last of the attacking Imperial TIE fighters looms in,
    firing upon the Falcon.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORT

    Solo swivels behind his cannon, his aim describing the arc
    of the TIE fighter. The fighter comes closer, firing at the
    pirateship, but a well-aimed blast from Solo's laser cannon
    hits the attacker, which blows up in a small atomic shower
    of burning fragments.

    LUKE
    (laughing)
    That's it! We did it!

    The princess jumps up and gives Chewie a congratulatory hug.

    LEIA
    We did it!

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - PASSAGEWAY

    Threepio lies on the floor of the ship, completely tangled
    in the smoking, sparking wires.

    THREEPIO
    Help! I think I'm melting!
    (to Artoo)
    This is all your fault.

    Artoo turns his dome from side to side, beeping in response.

    EXT. SPACE - MILLENNIUM FALCON

    The victorious Millennium Falcon moves off majestically
    through space.

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM

    Darth Vader strides into the control room, where Tarkin is
    watching the huge view screen. A sea of stars is before him.

    TARKIN
    Are they away?

    VADER
    They have just made the jump into
    hyperspace.

    TARKIN
    You're sure the homing beacon is
    secure aboard their ship? I'm taking
    an awful risk, Vader. This had better
    work.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    Han, removes his gloves and smiling, is at the controls of
    the ship. Chewie moves into the aft section to check the
    damage. Leia is seated near Han.

    HAN
    Not a bad bit of rescuing, huh? You
    know, sometimes I even amaze myself.

    LEIA
    That doesn't sound too hard. Besides,
    they let us go. It's the only
    explanation for the ease of our
    escape.

    HAN
    Easy... you call that easy?

    LEIA
    Their tracking us!

    HAN
    Not this ship, sister.

    Frustrated, Leia shakes her head.

    LEIA
    At least the information in Artoo is
    still intact.

    HAN
    What's so important? What's he
    carrying?

    LEIA
    The technical readouts of that battle
    station. I only hope that when the
    data is analyzed, a weakness can be
    found. It's not over yet!

    HAN
    It is for me, sister! Look, I ain't
    in this for your revolution, and I'm
    not in it for you, Princess. I expect
    to be well paid. I'm in it for the
    money!

    LEIA
    You needn't worry about your reward.
    If money is all that you love, then
    that's what you'll receive!

    She angrily turns, and as she starts out of the cockpit,
    passes Luke coming in.

    LEIA
    Your friend is quite a mercenary. I
    wonder if he really cares about
    anything... or anyone.

    LUKE
    I care!

    Luke, shaking his head, sits in the copilot seat. He and Han
    stare out at the vast blackness of space.

    LUKE
    So... what do you think of her, Han?

    HAN
    I'm trying not to, kid!

    LUKE
    (under his breath)
    Good...

    HAN
    Still, she's got a lot of spirit. I
    don't know, what do you think? Do
    you think a princess and a guy like
    me...

    LUKE
    No!

    Luke says it with finality and looks away. Han smiles at
    young Luke's jealousy.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

    The battered pirateship drifts into orbit around the planet
    Yavin and proceeds to one of its tiny green moons.

    EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

    The pirateship soars over the dense jungle.

    EXT. MASSASSI OUTPOST

    An alert guard, his laser gun in hand, scans the countryside.
    He sets the gun down and looks toward the temple, barely
    visible in the foliage.

    EXT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - JUNGLE TEMPLE

    Rotting in a forest of gargantuan trees, an ancient temple
    lies shrouded in an eerie mist. The air is heavy with the
    fantastic cries of unimaginable creatures. Han, Luke and the
    others are greeted by the Rebel troops.

    Luke and the group ride into the massive temple on an armored
    military speeder.

    INT. MASSASSI - MAIN HANGAR DECK

    The military speeder stops in a huge spaceship hangar, set
    up in the interior of the crumbling temple. Willard, the
    commander of the Rebel forces, rushes up to the group and
    gives Leia a big hug. Every one is pleased to see her.

    WILLARD
    (holding Leia)
    You're safe! We had feared the worst.

    Willard composes himself, steps back and bows formally.

    WILLARD
    When we heard about Alderaan, we
    were afraid that you were... lost
    along with your father.

    LEIA
    We don't have time for our sorrows,
    Commander. The battle station has
    surely tracked us here.
    (looking pointedly to
    Han)
    It's the only explanation for the
    ease of our escape. You must use the
    information in this R2 unit to plan
    the attack. It is our only hope.

    EXT. SPACE

    The surface of the Death Star ominously approaches the red
    planet Yavin.

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM

    Grand Moff Tarkin and Lord Vader are interrupted in their
    discussion by the buzz of the comlink. Tarkin moves to answer
    the call.

    TARKIN
    Yes.

    DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE

    We are approaching the planet Yavin. The Rebel base is on a
    moon on the far side. We are preparing to orbit the planet.

    EXT. YAVIN - JUNGLE

    A lone guard stands in a tower high above the Yavin landscape,
    surveying the countryside. A mist hangs over the jungle of
    twisted green.

    INT. MASSASSI - WAR ROOM BRIEFING AREA

    Dodonna stands before a large electronic wall display. Leia
    and several other senators are to one side of the giant
    readout. The low-ceilinged room is filled with starpilots,
    navigators, and a sprinkling of R2-type robots. Everyone is
    listening intently to what Dodonna is saying. Han and
    Chewbacca are standing near the back.

    DODONNA
    The battle station is heavily shielded
    and carries a firepower greater than
    half the star fleet. It's defenses
    are designed around a direct large-
    scale assault. A small one-man fighter
    should be able to penetrate the outer
    defense.

    Gold Leader, a rough looking man in his early thirties, stands
    and addresses Dodonna.

    GOLD LEADER
    Pardon me for asking, sir, but what
    good are snub fighters going to be
    against that?

    DODONNA
    Well, the Empire doesn't consider a
    small one-man fighter to be any
    threat, or they'd have a tighter
    defense. An analysis of the plans
    provided by Princess Leia has
    demonstrated a weakness in the battle
    station.

    Artoo-Detoo stands next to a similar robot, makes beeping
    sounds, and turns his head from right to left.

    DODONNA
    The approach will not be easy. You
    are required to maneuver straight
    down this trench and skim the surface
    to this point. The target area is
    only two meters wide. It's a small
    thermal exhaust port, right below
    the main port. The shaft leads
    directly to the reactor system. A
    precise hit will start a chain
    reaction which should destroy the
    station.

    A murmer of disbelief runs through the room.

    DODONNA
    Only a precise hit will set up a
    chain reaction. The shaft is ray-
    shielded, so you'll have to use proton
    torpedoes.

    Luke is sitting next to Wedge Antilles, a hotshot pilot about
    sixteen years old.

    WEDGE
    That's impossible, even for a
    computer.

    LUKE
    It's not impossible. I used to bull's-
    eye womp rats in my T-sixteen back
    home. They're not much bigger than
    two meters.

    DODONNA
    Man your ships! And may the Force be
    with you!

    The group rises and begins to leave.

    EXT. SPACE

    The Death Star begins to move around the planet toward the
    tiny green moon.

    INT. DEATH STAR

    Tarkin and Vader watch the computer projected screen with
    interest, as a circle of lights intertwines around one another
    on the screen showing it's position in relation to Yavin and
    the forth moon.

    DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE

    Orbiting the planet at maximum velocity. The moon with the
    Rebel base will be in range in thirty minutes.

    VADER
    This will be a day long remembered.
    It has seen the end of Kenobi and it
    will soon see the end of the
    Rebellion.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - MAIN HANGAR DECK

    Luke, Threepio and little Artoo enter the huge spaceship
    hangar and hurry along a long line of gleaming spacefighters.
    Flight crews rush around loading last-minute armaments and
    unlocking power couplings. In an area isolated from this
    activity Luke finds Han and Chewbacca loading small boxes
    onto an armored speeder.

    MAN'S VOICE
    (over loudspeaker)
    All flight trooper, man your stations.
    All flight troops, man your stations.

    Han is deliberately ignoring the activity of the fighter
    pilots' preparation. Luke is quite saddened at the sight of
    his friend's departure.

    LUKE
    So... you got your reward and you're
    just leaving then?

    HAN
    That's right, yeah! I got some old
    debts I've got to pay off with this
    stuff. Even if I didn't, you don't
    think I'd be fool enough to stick
    around here, do you? Why don't you
    come with us? You're pretty good in
    a fight. I could use you.

    LUKE
    (getting angry)
    Come on! Why don't you take a look
    around? You know what's about to
    happen, what they're up against.
    They could use a good pilot like
    you. You're turning your back on
    them.

    HAN
    What good's a reward if you ain't
    around to use it? Besides, attacking
    that battle station ain't my idea of
    courage. It's more like suicide.

    LUKE
    All right. Well, take care of
    yourself, Han. I guess that's what
    you're best at, isn't it?

    Luke goes off and Han hesitates, then calls to him.

    HAN
    Hey, Luke... may the Force be with
    you!

    Luke turns and sees Han wink at him. Luke lifts his hand in
    a small wave and then goes off.

    Han turns to Chewie who growls at his captain,

    HAN
    What're you lookin' at? I know what
    I'm doing.

    INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - LUKE'S SHIP

    Luke, Leia, and Dodonna meet under a huge space fighter.

    LEIA
    What's wrong?

    LUKE
    Oh, it's Han! I don't know, I really
    thought he'd change his mind.

    LEIA
    He's got to follow his own path. No
    one can choose it for him.

    LUKE
    I only wish Ben were here.

    Leia gives Luke a little kiss, turns, and goes off. As Luke
    heads for his ship, another pilot rushes up to him and grabs
    his arm.

    BIGGS
    Luke! I don't believe it! How'd you
    get here... are you going out with
    us?!

    LUKE
    Biggs! Of course, I'll be up there
    with you! Listen, have I got some
    stories to tell...

    Red Leader, a rugged handsome man in his forties, comes up
    behind Luke and Biggs. He has the confident smile of a born
    leader.

    RED LEADER
    Are you... Luke Skywalker? Have you
    been checked out on the Incom T-sixty-
    five?

    BIGGS
    Sir, Luke is the best bushpilot in
    the outer rim territories.

    Red Leader pats Luke on the back as they stop in front of
    his fighter.

    RED LEADER
    I met your father once when I was
    just a boy, he was a great pilot.
    You'll do all right. If you've got
    half of your father's skill, you'll
    do better than all right.

    LUKE
    Thank you, sir. I'll try.

    Red Leader hurries to his own ship.

    BIGGS
    I've got to get aboard. Listen, you'll
    tell me your stories when we come
    back. All right?

    LUKE
    I told you I'd make it someday, Biggs.

    BIGGS
    (going off)
    You did, all right. It's going to be
    like old times, Luke. We're a couple
    of shooting stars that'll never be
    stopped!

    Luke laughs and shakes his head in agreement. He heads for
    his ship.

    As Luke begins to climb up the ladder into his sleek, deadly
    spaceship, the crew chief, who is working on the craft, points
    to little Artoo, who is being hoisted into a socket on the
    back of the fighter.

    CHIEF
    This R2 unit of your seems a bit
    beat up. Do you want a new one?

    LUKE
    Not on your life! That little droid
    and I have been through a lot
    together.
    (to Artoo)
    You okay, Artoo?

    The crewmen lower Artoo-Detoo into the craft. Now a part of
    the exterior shell of the starship, the little droid beeps
    that he is fine.

    Luke climbs up into the cockpit of his fighter and puts an
    his helmet. Threepio looks on from the floor of the massive
    hangar as the crewmen secure his little electronic partner
    into Luke's X-wing. It's an emotional-filled moment as Artoo
    beeps good-bye.

    CHIEF
    Okay, easy she goes!

    THREEPIO
    Hang on tight,Artoo, you've got to
    come back.

    Artoo beeps in agreement.

    THREEPIO
    You wouldn't want my life to get
    boring, would you?

    Artoo whistles his reply.

    All final preparations are made for the approaching battle.
    The hangar is buzzing with the last minute activity as the
    pilots and crewmen alike make their final adjustments. The
    hum of activity is occasionally trespassed by the distorted
    voice of the loudspeaker issuing commands. Coupling hoses
    are disconnected from the ships as they are fueled. Cockpit
    shields roll smoothly into place over each pilot. A signalman,
    holding red guiding lights, directs the ships. Luke, a trace
    of a smile gracing his lips, peers about through his goggles.

    BEN'S VOICE
    Luke, the Force will be with you.

    Luke is confused at the voice and taps his headphones.

    EXT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - JUNGLE

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

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    The princess, Threepio, and a field commander sit quietly
    before the giant display showing the planet Yavin and its
    four moons. The red dot that represents the Death Star moves
    ever closer to the system. A series of green dots appear
    around the fourth moon. A din of indistinct chatter fills
    the war room.

    MASSASSI INTERCOM VOICE
    Stand-by alert. Death Star
    approaching. Estimated time to firing
    range, fifteen minutes.

    EXT. SPACE

    The Death Star slowly moves behind the massive yellow surface
    of Yavin in the foreground, as many X-wing fighters flying
    in formation zoom toward us and out of the frame.

    EXT. SPACE - ANOTHER ANGLE

    Light from a distant sun creates an eerie atmospheric glow
    around a huge planet, Yavin. Rebel fighters flying in
    formation settle ominously in the foreground and very slowly
    pull away.

    INT. RED LEADER STARSHIP - COCKPIT

    Red Leader lowers his visor and adjusts his gun sights,
    looking to each side at his wing men.

    RED LEADER
    All wings report in.

    INT. ANOTHER COCKPIT

    One of the Rebel fighters checks in through his mike.

    RED TEN
    Red Ten standing by.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT

    Biggs checks his fighter's controls, alert and ready for
    combat.

    RED SEVEN
    (over Biggs' headset)
    Red Seven standing by.

    BIGGS
    Red Three standing by.

    INT. PORKINS' COCKPIT

    PORKINS
    Red Six standing by.

    RED NINE
    (over headset)
    Red Nine standing by.

    INT. WEDGE'S FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    WEDGE
    Red Two standing by.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    RED ELEVEN
    (over headset)
    Red Eleven standing by.

    LUKE
    Red Five standing by.

    EXT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER

    Artoo-Detoo, in position outside of the fighter, turns his
    head from side to side and makes beeping sounds.

    INT. RED LEADER'S FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    RED LEADER
    Lock S-foils in attack position.

    EXT. SPACE

    The group of X-wing fighters move in formation toward the
    Death Star, unfolding the wings and locking them in the "X"
    position.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT

    READ LEADER
    (over headset)
    We're passing through their magnetic
    field.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    RED LEADER
    Hold tight!

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke adjusts his controls as he concentrates on the
    approaching Death Star. The ship begins to be buffeted
    slightly.

    RED LEADER
    (over headset)
    Switch your deflectors on.

    INT. ANOTHER COCKPIT

    RED LEADER
    (over headset)
    Double front!

    EXT. SPACE

    The fighters, now X-shaped darts, move in formation. The
    Death Star now appears to be a small moon growing rapidly in
    size as the Rebel fighters approach. Complex patterns on the
    metallic surface begin to become visible. A large dish antenna
    is built into the surface on one side.

    INT. WEDGE'S COCKPIT

    Wedge is amazed and slightly frightened at the awesome
    spectacle.

    WEDGE
    Look at the size of that thing!

    RED LEADER
    (over headset)
    Cut the chatter, Red Two.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    RED LEADER
    Accelerate to attack speed. This is
    it, boys!

    EXT. SPACE

    As the fighters move closer to the Death Star, the awesome
    size of the gargantuan Imperial fortress is revealed. Half
    of the deadly space station is in shadow and this area
    sparkles with thousands of small lights running in thin lines
    and occasionally grouped in large clusters; somewhat like a
    city at night as seen from a weather satellite.

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S COCKPIT

    GOLD LEADER
    Red Leader, this is Gold Leader.

    RED LEADER
    (over headset)
    I copy, Gold Leader.

    GOLD LEADER
    We're starting for the target shaft
    now.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    Red Leader looks around at his wingmen; the Death Star looming
    in from behind. Two Y-wing fighters bob back and forth in
    the background. He moves his computer targeting device into
    position.

    RED LEADER
    We're in position. I'm going to cut
    across the axis and try and draw
    their fire.

    EXT. SPACE

    Two squads of Rebel fighters peel off. The X-wings dive
    towards the Death Star surface. A thousand lights glow across
    the dark grey expanse of the huge station.

    INT. DEATH STAR

    Alarm sirens scream as soldiers scramble to large turbo-
    powered laser gun emplacements. Electronic drivers rotate
    the huge guns into position as crew adjust their targeting
    devices.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Laserbolts streak through the star-filled night. The Rebel X-
    wing fighters move in toward the Imperial base, as the Death
    Star aims its massive laser guns at the Rebel forces and
    fires.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Princess Leia listens to the battle over the intercom.
    Threepio is at her side.

    WEDGE
    (over war room speaker
    system)
    Heavy fire, boss! Twenty-degrees.

    RED LEADER
    (over speaker)
    I see it. Stay low.

    EXT. SPACE

    An X-wing zooms across the surface of the Death Star.

    INT. DEATH STAR

    Technical crews scurry here and there loading last-minute
    armaments and unlocking power cables.

    INT. WEDGE'S COCKPIT

    Wedge maneuvers his fighter toward the menacing Death Star.

    EXT. SPACE

    X-wings continue in their attack course on the Death Star.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke nosedives radically, starting his attack on the monstrous
    fortress. The Death Star surface streaks past the cockpit
    window.

    LUKE
    This is Red Five; I'm going in!

    EXT. SPACE

    Luke's X-wing races toward the Death Star. Laserbolts streak
    from Luke's weapons, creating a huge fireball explosion on
    the dim surface.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Terror crosses Luke's face as he realizes he won't be able
    to pull out in time to avoid the fireball.

    BIGGS
    (over headset)
    Luke, pull up!

    EXT. SURFACE OF DEATH STAR

    Luke's ship emerges from the fireball, with the leading edges
    of his wings slightly scorched.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT

    BIGGS
    Are you all right?

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke adjusts his controls and breathes a sigh of relief.
    Flak bursts outside the cockpit window.

    LUKE
    I got a little cooked, but I'm okay.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Rebel fighters continue to strafe the Death Star's surface
    with laserbolts.

    INT. DEATH STAR

    Walls buckle and cave in. Troops and equipment are blown in
    all directions. Stormtroopers stagger out of the rubble.
    Standing in the middle of the chaos, a vision of calm and
    foreboding, is Darth Vader. One of his Astro-Officers rushes
    up to him.

    ASTRO-OFFICER
    We count thirty Rebel ships, Lord
    Vader. But they're so small they're
    evading our turbo-lasers!

    VADER
    We'll have to destroy them ship to
    ship. Get the crews to their fighters.

    INT. DEATH STAR

    Smoke belches from the giant laser guns as they wind up their
    turbine generators to create sufficient power. The crew rushes
    about preparing for another blast. Even the troopers head
    gear is not adequate to protect them from the overwhelming
    noise of the monstrous weapon. One troopers bangs his helmet
    with his hand in an attempt to stop the ringing.

    INT. READ LEADER'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    Red Leader flies through a heavy hail of flak.

    RED LEADER
    Luke, let me know when you're going
    in.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    The Red Leader's X-wing flies past Luke as he puts his nose
    down and starts his attack dive.

    LUKE
    I'm on my way in now...

    RED LEADER
    Watch yourself! There's a lot of
    fire coming from the right side of
    that deflection tower.

    LUKE
    I'm on it.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Luke flings his X-wing into a twisting dive across the horizon
    and down onto the dim grey surface.

    EXT. LUKE'S X-WING TRAVELING

    A shot hurls from Luke's guns. Laserbolts streak toward the
    onrushing Death Star surface. Several small radar emplacements
    erupt in flame. Laserfire erupts from a protruding tower on
    the surface.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    The blurry Death Star surface races past the cockpit window
    as a big smile sweeps across Luke's face at the success of
    his run. Flak thunders on all sides of him.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    The Death Star superstructure races past Luke as he maneuvers
    his craft through a wall of laserfire and peels away from
    the surface towards the heavens.

    INT. DEATH STAR

    The thunder and smoke of the big guns reverberate throughout
    the massive structure. Many soldiers rush about in the smoke
    and chaos, silhouetted by the almost continual flash of
    explosions.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    Biggs dives through a forest of radar domes, antennae, and
    gun towers as he shoots low across the Death Star surface. A
    dense barrage of laserfire streaks by on all sides.

    INT. DEATH STAR

    Imperial star pilots dash in unison to a line of small
    auxiliary hatches that lead to Imperial TIE fighters.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Princess Leia, surrounded by her generals and aides, paces
    nervously before a lighted computer table. On all sides
    technicians work in front of many lighted glass walls. Dodonna
    watches quietly from one corner. One of the officers working
    over a screen speaks into his headset.

    CONTROL OFFICER
    Squad leaders, we've picked up a new
    group of signals. Enemy fighters
    coming your way.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    Luke looks around to see if he can spot the approaching
    Imperial fighters.

    LUKE
    My scope's negative. I don't see
    anything.

    INT. RED LEADER'S X-WING - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    The Death Star's surface sweeps past as Red Leader searches
    the sky for the Imperial fighters. Flak pounds at his ship.

    RED LEADER
    Keep up your visual scanning. With
    all this jamming, they'll be on top
    of you before your scope can pick
    them up.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Silhouetted against the rim lights of the Death Star horizon,
    four ferocious Imperial TIE ships dive on the Rebel fighters.
    Two of the TIE fighters peel off and drop out of frame. Pan
    with the remaining two TIE ships.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    Biggs panics when he discovers a TIE ship on his tail. The
    horizon in the background twists around as he peels off,
    hoping to lose the Imperial fighter.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    RED LEADER
    Biggs! You've picked one up... watch
    it!

    BIGGS
    I can't see it! Where is he?!

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Biggs zooms off the surface and into space, closely followed
    by an Imperial TIE fighter. The TIE ship fires several
    laserbolts at Biggs, but misses.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    Biggs see the TIE ship behind him and swings around, trying
    to avoid him.

    BIGGS
    He's on me tight, I can't shake him...
    I can't shake him.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Biggs, flying at high altitude, peels off and dives toward
    the Death Star surface, but he is unable to lose the TIE
    fighter, who sticks close to his tail.

    INT. X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    Luke is flying upside down. He rotates his ship around to
    normal attitude as he comes out of his dive.

    LUKE
    Hang on, Biggs, I'm coming in.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Biggs and the tailing TIE ship dive for the surface, now
    followed by a fast-gaining Luke. After Biggs dives out of
    sight, Luke chases the Imperial fighter.

    EXT. SURFACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    In the foreground, the Imperial fighter races across the
    Death Star's surface, closely followed by Luke in the
    background.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    There is a shot from Luke's X-wing of the TIE ship exploding
    in a mass of flames.

    LUKE
    Got him!

    INT. DEATH STAR

    Darth Vader strides purposefully down a Death Star corridor,
    flanked by Imperial stormtroopers.

    VADER
    Several fighters have broken off
    from the main group. Come with me!

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    A concerned Princess Leia, Threepio, Dodonna, and other
    officers of the Rebellion stand around the huge round readout
    screen, listening to the ship-to-ship communication on the
    room's loudspeaker.

    BIGGS
    (over speaker)
    Pull in! Luke... pull in!

    WEDGE
    (over speaker)
    Watch your back, Luke!

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    WEDGE
    (over headset)
    Watch your back! Fighter's above
    you, coming in!

    EXT. SPACE

    Luke's ship soars away from the Death Star's surface as he
    spots the tailing TIE fighter.

    INT. TIE FIGHTER'S COCKPIT

    The TIE pilot takes aim at Luke's X-wing.

    EXT. SPACE

    The Imperial TIE fighter pilot scores a hit on Luke's ship.
    Fire breaks out on the right side of the X-wing.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks out of his cockpit at the flames on his ship.

    LUKE
    I'm hit, but not bad.

    EXT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER

    Smoke pours out from behind Artoo-Detoo.

    LUKE'S VOICE
    Artoo, see what you can do with it.
    Hang on back there.

    Green laserfire moves past the beeping little robot as his
    head turns.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    Luke nervously works his controls.

    RED LEADER
    (over headset)
    Red Six...

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    In the war room, Leia stands frozen as she listens and worries
    about Luke.

    RED LEADER
    (over speaker)
    Can you see Red Five?

    RED TEN
    (over speaker)
    There's a heavy fire zone on this
    side. Red Five, where are you?

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    Luke spots the TIE fighter behind him and soars away from
    the Death Star surface.

    LUKE
    I can't shake him!

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Luke's ship soars closer to the surface of the Death Star,
    an Imperial TIE fighter closing in on him in hot pursuit.

    INT. WEDGE'S COCKPIT

    The Death Star whips below Wedge.

    WEDGE
    I'm on him, Luke!

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    WEDGE
    (over headset)
    Hold on!

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Wedge dives across the horizon toward Luke and the TIE
    fighter.

    INT. WEDGE'S COCKPIT

    Wedge moves his X-wing in rapidly.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    Luke reacts frantically.

    LUKE
    Blast it! Wedge where are you?

    INT. TIE FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    The fighter pilot watches Wedge's X-wing approach. Another X-
    wing joins him, and both unleash a volley of laserfire on
    the Imperial fighter.

    EXT. SPACE

    The TIE fighter explodes, filling the screen with white light.
    Luke's ship can be seen far in the distance.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    Luke looks about in relief.

    LUKE
    Thanks, Wedge.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Leia, Threepio, Dodonna and other Rebel officers are listening
    to the Rebel Fighter's radio transmissions over the war room
    intercom.

    BIGGS
    (over speaker)
    Good shooting, Wedge!

    GOLD LEADER
    (over speaker)
    Red Leader...

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    Gold Leader peels off and starts toward the long trenches at
    the Death Star surface pole.

    GOLD LEADER
    This is Gold Leader. We're starting
    out attack run.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Three Y-wing fighters of the Gold group dive out of the stars
    toward the Death Star surface.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Leia and the others are grouped around the screen, as
    technicians move about attending to their duties.

    RED LEADER
    (over speaker)
    I copy, Gold Leader. Move into
    position.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Three Imperial TIE ships in precise formation dive toward
    the Death Star surface.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Darth Vader calmly adjusts his control stick as the stars
    whip past in the window above his head.

    VADER
    Stay in attack formation!

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Technicians are seated at the computer readout table.

    GOLD LEADER
    (over speaker)
    The exhaust post is...

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    GOLD LEADER
    ...marked and locked in!

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Gold Leader approaches the surface and pulls out to skim the
    surface of the huge station. The ship moves into a deep
    trench, firing laserbolts. The surface streaks past as
    laserfire is returned by the Death Star.

    INT. GOLD FIVE'S Y-WING - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

    Gold Five is a pilot in his early fifties with a very battered
    helmet that looks like it's been through many battles. He
    looks around to see if enemy ships are near. His fighter is
    buffeted by Imperial flak.

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    Gold Leader races down the enormous trench that leads to the
    exhaust port. Laserbolts blast toward him in increasing
    numbers, occasionally exploding near the ship causing it to
    bounce about.

    GOLD LEADER
    Switch power to front deflector
    screens.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Three Y-wing skim the Death Star surface deep in the trench,
    as laserbolts streak past on all sides.

    EXT. DEATH STAR SURFACE - GUN EMPLACEMENTS

    An exterior surface gun blazes away at the oncoming Rebel
    fighters.

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    GOLD LEADER
    How many guns do you think, Gold
    Five.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    GOLD FIVE
    (over speaker)
    I'd say about twenty guns. Some on
    the surface, some on the towers.

    Leia, Threepio, and the technicians view the projected target
    screen, as red and blue target lights glow. The red target
    near the center blinks on and off.

    MASSASSI INTERCOM VOICE
    (over speaker)
    Death Star will be in range in five
    minutes.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    The three Y-wing fighters race toward camera and zoom overhead
    through a hail of laserfire.

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    Gold Leader pulls his computer targeting device down in front
    of his eye. Laserbolts continue to batter the Rebel craft.

    GOLD LEADER
    Switching to targeting computer.

    INT. GOLD TWO'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    Gold Two, a younger pilot about Luke's age, pulls down his
    targeting eye viewer and adjusts it. His ship shudders under
    intense laser barrage.

    GOLD TWO
    Computer's locked. Getting a signal.

    As the fighters begin to approach the target area, suddenly
    all the laserfire stops. An eerie clam clings over the trench
    as the surface whips past in a blur.

    GOLD TWO
    The guns... they've stopped!

    EXT. GOLD FIVE'S COCKPIT

    Gold Five looks behind him.

    GOLD FIVE
    Stabilize your read deflectors. Watch
    for enemy fighters.

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    GOLD LEADER
    They've coming in! Three marks at
    two ten.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Three Imperial TIE ships, Darth Vader in the center flanked
    by two wingmen, dive in precise formation almost vertically
    toward the Death Star surface.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Darth Vader calmly adjusts his control stick as the stars
    zoom by.

    VADER
    I'll take them myself! Cover me!

    WINGMAN'S VOICE
    (over speaker)
    Yes, sir.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Three TIE fighters zoom across the surface of the Death Star.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader lines up Gold Two in his targeting computer. Vader's
    hands grip the control stick as he presses the button.

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    The cockpit explodes around Gold Two. His head falls forward.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    As Gold Two's ship explodes, debris is flung out into space.

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    Gold Leader looks over his shoulder at the scene.

    EXT. DEATH STAR TRENCH

    The three TIE fighters race along in the trench in a tight
    formation.

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    Gold Leader panics.

    GOLD LEADER
    (into mike)
    I can't maneuver!

    INT. GOLD FIVE'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    Gold Five, the old veteran, trys to calm Gold Leader.

    GOLD FIVE
    Stay on target.

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    The Death Star races by outside the cockpit window as he
    adjusts his targeting device.

    GOLD LEADER
    We're too close.

    INT. GOLD FIVE'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    The older pilot remains calm.

    GOLD FIVE
    Stay on target!

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    Now he's really panicked.

    GOLD LEADER
    Loosen up!

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader calmly adjusts his targeting computer and pushes the
    fire button.

    INT. GOLD LEADER'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    Gold Leader's ship is hit by Vader's laser.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Gold Leader explodes in a ball of flames, throwing debris in
    all directions.

    INT. GOLD FIVE'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    Gold Five moves in on the exhaust port.

    GOLD FIVE
    Gold Five to Red Leader...

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks over his shoulder at the action outside of his
    cockpit.

    GOLD FIVE
    (over headset)
    Lost Tiree, lost Dutch.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    RED LEADER
    I copy, Gold Five.

    INT. GOLD FIVE'S Y-WING - COCKPIT

    GOLD FIVE
    They came from behind...

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    One of the engines explodes on Gold Five's Y-wing fighter,
    blazing out of control. He dives past the horizon toward the
    Death Star's surface, passing a TIE fighter during his
    descent. Gold Five, a veteran of countless campaigns, spins
    toward his death.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks nervously about him at the explosive battle.

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM

    Grant Moff Tarkin and a Chief Officer stand in the Death
    Star's control room.

    OFFICER
    We've analyzed their attack, sir,
    and there is a danger. Should I have
    your ship standing by?

    TARKIN
    Evacuate? In out moment of triumph?
    I think you overestimate their
    chances!

    Tarkin turns to the computer readout screen. Flames move
    around the green disk at the center of the screen, as numbers
    read across the bottom.

    VOICE
    (over speaker)
    Rebel base, three minutes and closing.

    INT. READ LEADER'S COCKPIT

    Red Leader looks over at his wingmen.

    RED LEADER
    Red Group, this is Red Leader.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Dodonna moves to the intercom as he fiddles with the computer
    keys.

    RED LEADER
    (over speaker)
    Rendezvous at mark six point one.

    WEDGE
    (over speaker)
    This is Red Two. Flying toward you.

    BIGGS
    (over speaker)
    Red Three, standing by.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    DODONNA
    (over headset)
    Red Leader, this is Base One. Keep
    half your group out of range for the
    next run.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    RED LEADER'S VOICE
    (over headset)
    Copy, Base One. Luke, take Red Two
    and Three. Hold up here and wait for
    my signal... to start your run.

    Luke nods his head.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    The X-wing fighters of Luke, Biggs, and Wedge fly in formation
    high above the Death Star's surface.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke peers out from his cockpit.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Two X-wings move across the surface of the Death Star. Red
    Leader's X-wing drops down to the surface leading to the
    exhaust port.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    Red Leader looks around to watch for the TIE fighters. He
    begins to perspire.

    RED LEADER
    This is it!

    EXT. SPACE

    Red Leader roams down the trench of the Death Star as lasers
    streak across the black heavens.

    EXT. DEATH STAR SURFACE - GUN EMPLACEMENTS

    A huge remote-control laser cannon fires at the approaching
    Rebel fighters.

    EXT. DEATH STAR TRENCH

    The Rebel fighters evade the Imperial laser blasts.

    INT. RED TEN'S COCKPIT

    Red Ten looks around for the Imperial fighters.

    RED TEN
    We should be able to see it by now.

    EXT. DEATH STAR TRENCH

    From the cockpits of the Rebel pilots, the surface of the
    Death Star streaks by, with Imperial laserfire shooting toward
    them.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    RED LEADER
    Keep your eyes open for those
    fighters!

    INT. RED TEN'S COCKPIT

    RED TEN
    There's too much interference!

    EXT. SPACE - DEATH STAR TRENCH

    Three X-wing fighters move in formation down the Death Star
    trench.

    RED TEN'S VOICE
    Red Five, can you see them from where
    you are?

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks down at the Death Star surface below.

    LUKE
    No sign of any... wait!

    INT. RED TEN'S COCKPIT

    Red Ten looks up and sees the Imperial fighters.

    LUKE
    (over headset)
    Coming in point three five.

    RED TEN
    I see them.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Three TIE fighters, Vader flanked by two wingmen, dive in a
    tight formation. The sun reflects off their dominate solar
    fins as they loop toward the Death Star's surface.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    Red Leader pulls his targeting device in front of his eyes
    and makes several adjustments.

    RED LEADER
    I'm in range.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Red Leader's X-wing moves up the Death Star trench.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    RED LEADER
    Target's coming up!

    Red Leader looks at his computer target readout screen. He
    then looks into his targeting device.

    RED LEADER
    Just hold them off for a few seconds.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader adjusts his control lever and dives on the X-wing
    fighters.

    VADER
    Close up formation.

    EXT. DEATH STAR TRENCH

    The three TIE fighters move in formation across the Death
    Star surface.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    Red Leader lines up his target on the targeting device cross
    hairs.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Vader and his wingmen zoom down the trench.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader rapidly approaches the two X-wings of Red Ten and Red
    Twelve. Vader's laser cannon flashes below the view of the
    front porthole. the X-wings show in the center of Vader's
    computer screen.

    EXT. SPACE

    Red Twelve's X-wing fighter is hit by Vader's laserfire, and
    it explodes into flames against the trench.

    INT. RED TEN'S COCKPIT

    Red Ten works at his controls furiously, trying to avoid
    Vader's fighter behind him.

    RED TEN: You'd better let her loose.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    Red Leader is concentrating on his targeting device.

    RED LEADER
    Almost there!

    INT. RED TEN'S COCKPIT.

    Red Ten panics.

    RED TEN
    I can't hold them!

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Vader and his wingmen whip through the trench in pursuit of
    the Rebel fighters.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader cooly pushes the fire button on his control stick.

    INT. RED TEN'S COCKPIT

    Darth Vader's well-aimed laserfire proves to be unavoidable,
    and strikes Red Ten's ship. Red Ten screams in anguish and
    pain.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Red Ten's ship explodes and bursts into flames.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    Grimly, Red Leader takes careful aim and watches his computer
    targeting device, which shows the target lined up in the
    cross hairs, and fires.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    RED LEADER
    It's away!

    INT. DEATH STAR

    An armed Imperial stormtrooper is knocked to the floor from
    the attack explosion. Other troopers scurrying about the
    corridors are knocked against the wall and lose their balance.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Leia and the others stare at the computer screen.

    RED NINE'S VOICE
    (over speaker)
    It's a hit!

    RED LEADER
    (over speaker)
    Negative.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    Red Leader looks back at the receding Death Star. Tiny
    explosions are visible in the distance.

    RED LEADER
    Negative! It didn't go in. It just
    impacted on the surface.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR - TIE FIGHTER

    Darth Vader peels off in pursuit as Red Leader's X-wing passes
    the Death Star horizon.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader swings his ship around for the next kill.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    LUKE
    (over headset)
    Red Leader, we're right above you.
    Turn to point...

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke tries to spot Red Leader. He looks down at the Death
    Star surface.

    LUKE
    ...oh-five; we'll cover for you.

    RED LEADER
    (over headset)
    Stay there...

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    A wary Red Leader looks about nervously.

    RED LEADER
    ...I just lost my starboard engine.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks excitedly toward Red Leader's X-wing.

    RED LEADER
    (over headset)
    Get set to make your attack run.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader's gloved hands make contact with the control sticks,
    and he presses their firing buttons.

    INT. RED LEADER'S COCKPIT

    Red Leader fights to gain control of his ship.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Laserbolts are flung from Vader's TIE fighter, connecting
    with Red Leader's Rebel X-wing fighter. Red Leader buys it,
    creating a tremendous explosion far below. He screams and is
    destroyed.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks out the window of his X-wing at the explosion far
    below. For the first time, he feels the helplessness of his
    situation.

    INT. DEATH STAR

    Grand Moff Tarkin casts a sinister eye at the computer screen.

    DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE
    Rebel base, one minute and closing.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Dodonna and Princess Leia, with Threepio beside them, listen
    intently to the talk between the pilots. The room is grim
    after Red Leader's death. Princess Leia nervously paces the
    room.

    LUKE
    (over speaker)
    Biggs, Wedge, let's close it up.
    We're going in. We're going in full
    throttle.

    INT. WEDGE'S COCKPIT

    The horizon twists as Wedge begins to pull out.

    WEDGE
    Right with you, boss.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    The two X-wings peel off against a background of stars and
    dive toward the Death Star.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT

    BIGGS
    Luke, at that speed will you be able
    to pull out in time?

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    LUKE
    It'll be just like Beggar's Canyon
    back home.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    The three X-wings move in, unleashing a barrage of laserfire.
    Laserbolts are returned from the Death Star.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT

    Luke's lifelong friend struggles with his controls.

    BIGGS
    We'll stay back far enough to cover
    you.

    INT. LUKE'S COCKPIT

    Flak and laserbolts flash outside Luke's cockpit window.

    WEDGE
    (over headset)
    My scope shows the tower, but I can't
    see the exhaust port! Are you sure
    the computer can hit it?

    EXT. DEATH STAR - GUN EMPLACEMENTS

    The Death Star laser cannon slowly rotates as it shoots
    laserbolts.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks around for the Imperial TIE fighters. He thinks
    for a moment and then moves his targeting device into
    position.

    LUKE
    Watch yourself! Increase speed full
    throttle!

    INT. WEDGE'S COCKPIT

    Wedge looks excitedly about for any sign of the TIE fighters.

    WEDGE
    What about the tower?

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    LUKE
    You worry about those fighters! I'll
    worry about the tower!

    EXT. DEATH STAR SURFACE

    Luke's X-wing streaks through the trench, firing lasers.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke breaks into a nervous sweat as the laserfire is returned,
    knicking one of his wings close to the engine.

    LUKE
    (to Artoo)
    Artoo... that, that stabilizer's
    broken loose again! See if you can't
    lock it down!

    EXT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER

    Artoo works to repair the damages. The canyon wall rushes by
    in the background, making his delicate task seem even more
    precarious.

    EXT. DEATH STAR

    Two laser cannons are firing on the Rebel fighters.

    INT. WEDGE'S COCKPIT

    Wedge looks up and sees the TIE ships.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke's targeting device marks off the distance to the target.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Vader and his wingmen zoom closer.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader adjusts his controls and fires laserbolts at two X-
    wings flying down the trench. He scores a direct hit on Wedge.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Leia and the others are grouped around the computer board.

    WEDGE
    (over speaker)
    I'm hit! I can't stay with you.

    LUKE
    (over speaker)
    Get clear, Wedge.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    LUKE
    You can't do any more good back there!

    INT. WEDGE'S COCKPIT

    WEDGE
    Sorry!

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Wedge pulls his crippled X-wing back away from the battle.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader watches the escape but issues a command to his wingmen.

    VADER
    Let him go! Stay on the leader!

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Luke's X-wing speeds down the trench; the three TIE fighters,
    still in perfect unbroken formation, tail close behind.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT

    Biggs looks around at the TIE fighters. He is worried.

    BIGGS
    Hurry, Luke, they're coming in much
    faster this time. I can't hold them!

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    The three TIE fighters move ever closer, closing in on Luke
    and Biggs.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks back anxiously at little Artoo.

    LUKE
    Artoo, try and increase the power!

    EXT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER

    Ignoring the bumpy ride, flak, and lasers, a beeping Artoo-
    Detoo struggles to increase the power, his dome turning from
    side to side.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Stealthily, the TIE formation creeps closer.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader adjusts his control stick.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT

    Biggs looks around at the TIE fighters.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER

    Luke looks into his targeting device. He moves it away for a
    moment and ponders its use. He looks back into the computer
    targeter.

    BIGGS
    (over headset)
    Hurry up, Luke!

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Vader and his wingmen race through the Death Star trench.
    Biggs moves in to cover for Luke, but Vader gains on him.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT

    Biggs sees the TIE fighter aiming at him.

    BIGGS
    Wait!

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader squeezes the fire button on his controls.

    INT. BIGGS' COCKPIT

    Biggs' cockpit explodes around him, lighting him in red.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Biggs' ship bursts into a million flaming bits and scatters
    across the surface.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Leia and the others stare at the computer board.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING COCKPIT

    Luke is stunned by Biggs' death. His eyes are watering, but
    his anger is also growing.

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM

    Grand Moff Tarkin watches the projected target screen with
    satisfaction.

    DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE
    Rebel base, thirty seconds and
    closing.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader takes aim on Luke and talks to the wingmen.

    VADER
    I'm on the leader.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR - LUKE'S SHIP

    Luke's ship streaks through the trench of the Death Star.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Princess Leia returns her general's worried and doubtful
    glances with solid, grim determination. Threepio seems
    nervous.

    THREEPIO
    Hang on, Artoo!

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    Luke concentrates on his targeting device.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Three TIE fighters charge away down the trench toward Luke.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader's finger's curls around the control stick.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    Luke adjusts the lens of his targeting device.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Luke's ship charges down the trench.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    Luke lines up the yellow cross-hair lines of the targeting
    device's screen. He looks into the targeting device, then
    starts at a voice he hears.

    BEN'S VOICE
    Use the Force, Luke.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    The Death Star trench zooms by.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    Luke looks up, then starts to look back into the targeting
    device. He has second thoughts.

    BEN'S VOICE
    Let go, Luke.

    A grim determination sweeps across Luke's face as he closes
    his eyes and starts to mumble Ben's training to himself.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Luke's fighter streaks through the trench.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    VADER
    The Force is strong with this one!

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Vader follows Luke's X-wing down the trench.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    Luke looks to the targeting device, then away as he hears
    Ben's voice.

    BEN'S VOICE
    Luke, trust me.

    Luke's hand reaches for the control panel and presses the
    button. The targeting device moves away.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Leia and the others stand watching the projected screen.

    BASE VOICE
    (over speaker)
    His computer's off. Luke, you switched
    off your targeting computer. What's
    wrong?

    LUKE
    (over speaker)
    Nothing. I'm all right.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Luke's ship streaks ever close to the exhaust port.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT

    Luke looks at the Death Star surface streaking by.

    EXT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER

    Artoo-Detoo turns his head from side to side, beeping in
    anticipation.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    The three TIE fighters, manned by Vader and his two wingmen,
    follow Luke's X-wing down the trench.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader maneuvers his controls as he looks at his doomed target.
    He presses the fire buttons on his control sticks. Laserfire
    shoots toward Luke's X-wing fighter.

    EXT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER

    A large burst of Vader's laserfire engulfs Artoo. The arms
    go limp on the smoking little droid as he makes a high-pitched
    sound.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks frantically back over his shoulder at Artoo.

    EXT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER

    Smoke billows out around little Artoo and sparks begin to
    fly.

    LUKE
    I've lost Artoo!

    Artoo's beeping sounds die out.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Leia and the others stare intently at the projected screen,
    while Threepio watches the Princess. Lights representing the
    Death Star and targets glow brightly.

    MASSASSI INTERCOM VOICE
    The Death Star has cleared the planet.
    The Death Star has cleared the planet.

    INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM

    Tarkin glares at the projected target screen.

    DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE
    Rebel base, in range.

    TARKIN
    You may fire when ready.

    DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE
    Commence primary ignition.

    An officer reaches up and pushes buttons on the control panel,
    as green lighted buttons turn to red.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    The three TIE fighters zoom down the Death Star trench in
    pursuit of Luke, never breaking formation.

    INT. LUKE'S COCKPIT

    Luke looks anxiously at the exhaust port.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader adjusts his control sticks, checking his projected
    targeting screen.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Luke's ship barrels down the trench.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader's targeting computer swings around into position. Vader
    takes careful aim on Luke's X-wing fighter.

    VADER
    I have you now.

    He pushes the fire buttons.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    The three TIE fighters move in on Luke. As Vader's center
    fighter unleashes a volley of laserfire, one of the TIE ships
    at his side is hit and explodes into flame. The two remaining
    ships continue to move in.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks about, wondering whose laserfire destroyed Vader's
    wingman.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader is taken by surprise, and looks out from his cockpit.

    VADER
    What?

    INT. DARTH VADER'S WINGMAN - COCKPIT

    Vader's wingman searches around him trying to locate the
    unknown attacker.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    Han and Chewbacca grin from ear to ear.

    HAN
    (yelling)
    Yahoo!

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    The Millennium Falcon heads right at the two TIE fighters.
    It's a collision course.

    INT. WINGMAN'S COCKPIT

    The wingman spots the pirateship coming at him and warns the
    Dark Lord.

    WINGMAN
    Look out!

    EXT. DEATH STAR TRENCH

    Vader's wingman panics at the sight of the oncoming pirate
    starship and veers radically to one side, colliding with
    Vader's TIE fighter in the process. Vader's wingman crashes
    into the side wall of the trench and explodes. Vader's damaged
    ship spins out of the trench with a damaged wing.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Vader's ship spins out of control with a bent solar fin,
    heading for deep space.

    INT. DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT

    Vader turns round and round in circles as his ship spins
    into space.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Solo's ship moves in toward the Death Star trench.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    Solo, smiling, speaks to Luke over his headset mike.

    HAN
    (into mike)
    You're all clear, kid.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

    Leia and the others listen to Solo's transmission.

    HAN
    (over speaker)
    Now let's blow this thing and go
    home!

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke looks up and smiles. He concentrates on the exhaust
    port, then fires his laser torpedoes.

    EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR

    Luke's torpedoes shoot toward the port and seems to simply
    disappear into the surface and not explode. But the shots do
    find their mark and have gone into the exhaust port and are
    heading for the main reactor.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke throws his head back in relief.

    INT. DEATH STAR

    An Imperial soldier runs to the control panel board and pulls
    the attack lever as the board behind him lights up.

    INTERCOM VOICE
    Stand by to fire at Rebel base.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    Two X-wings, a Y-wing, and the pirateship race toward Yavin
    in the distance.

    INT. DEATH STAR

    Several Imperial soldiers, flanking a pensive Grand Moff
    Tarkin, busily push control levers and buttons.

    INTERCOM VOICE
    Standing by.

    The rumble of a distant explosion begins.

    EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR

    The Rebel ships race out of sight, leaving the moon-like
    Death Star alone against a blanket of stars. Several small
    flashes appear on the surface. The Death Star bursts into a
    supernova, creating a spectacular heavenly display.

    INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

    HAN
    Great shot, kid. That was one in a
    million.

    INT. LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT

    Luke is at ease, and his eyes are closed.

    BEN'S VOICE
    Remember, the Force will be with
    you... always.

    The ship rocks back and forth.

    EXT. DARTH VADER'S TIE FIGHTER

    Vader's ship spins off into space.

    EXT. SPACE

    The Rebel ships race toward the fourth moon of Yavin.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - MAIN HANGAR

    Luke climbs out of his starship fighter and is cheered by a
    throng of ground crew and pilots. Luke climbs down the ladder
    as they all welcome him with laughter, cheers, and shouting.
    Princess Leia rushes toward him.

    LEIA
    Luke! Luke! Luke!

    She throws her arms around Luke and hugs him as they dance
    around in a circle. Solo runs in toward Luke and they embrace
    one another, slapping each other on the back.

    HAN
    (laughing)
    Hey! Hey!

    LUKE
    (laughing)
    I knew you'd come back! I just knew
    it!

    HAN
    Well, I wasn't gonna let you get all
    the credit and take all the reward.

    Luke and Han look at one another, as Solo playfully shoves
    at Luke's face. Leia moves in between them.

    LEIA
    (laughing)
    Hey, I knew there was more to you
    than money.

    Luke looks toward the ship.

    LUKE
    Oh, no!

    The fried little Artoo-Detoo is lifted off the back of the
    fighter and carried off under the worried eyes of Threepio.

    THREEPIO
    Oh, my! Artoo! Can you hear me? Say
    something!
    (to mechanic)
    You can repair him, can't you?

    TECHNICIAN
    We'll get to work on him right away.

    THREEPIO
    You must repair him! Sir, if any of
    my circuits or gears will help, I'll
    gladly donate them.

    LUKE
    He'll be all right.

    INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - MAIN THRONE ROOM

    Luke, Han, and Chewbacca enter the huge ruins of the main
    temple. Hundreds of troops are lined up in neat rows. Banners
    are flying and at the far end stands a vision in white, the
    beautiful young Senator Leia. Luke and the others solemnly
    march up the long aisle and kneel before Senator Leia. From
    one side of the temple marches a shined-up and fully repaired
    Artoo-Detoo. He waddles up to the group and stands next to
    an equally pristine Threepio, who is rather awestruck by the
    whole event. Chewbacca is confused. Dodonna and several other
    dignitaries sit on the left of the Princess Leia. Leia is
    dressed in a long white dress and is staggeringly beautiful.
    She rises and places a gold medallion around Han's neck. He
    winks at her. She then repeats the ceremony with Luke, who
    is moved by the event. They turn and face the assembled
    troops, who all bow before them. Chewbacca growls and Artoo
    beeps with happiness.

    FADE OUT:

    END CREDITS OVER STARS

    THE END