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                                   ADVENTURES
                                       OF
                                 THE STARKILLER
 
                                  (episode one)
 
                                 "The Star Wars"
 

                                       by
 
                                  George Lucas
 

                                                     LUCASFILM LIMITED
         SECOND DRAFT                                52 Park Way
                                                     San Anselmo
         January 28, 1975                            California 94960
 
 
 
                     "...And in the time of greatest
                     despair there shall come a savior,
                     and he shall be known as: THE SON
                     OF THE SUNS."
 
                                   Journal of the Whills, 3:127
 
 
              FADE IN:
         1.   SPACE
              A vast sea of stars is broken as the warm, amber surface
              of the planet, UTAPAU, emerges from a total eclipse.  Five 
              small moons slowly drift into view from the far side of 
              the planet.  The MAIN TITLE is followed by a ROLL-UP:
                        The REPUBLIC GALACTICA is dead.  Ruthless
                        trader barons, driven by greed and the 
                        lust for power, have replaced enlightenment 
                        with oppression, and "rule by the people" 
                        with the FIRST GALACTIC EMPIRE.
                        Until the tragic Holy Rebellion of "06", 
                        the respected JEDI BENDU OF ASHLA were the 
                        most powerful warriors in the Universe.  
                        For a hundred thousand years, generations 
                        of Jedi Bendu knights learned the ways of 
                        the mysterious FORCE OF OTHERS, and acted 
                        as the guardians of peace and justice in 
                        the REPUBLIC.  Now these legendary warriors 
                        are all but extinct.  One by one they have 
                        been hunted down and destroyed by a fero-
                        cious rival sect of mercenary warriors:  
                        THE BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE SITH.
                        It is a period of civil wars.  The EMPIRE 
                        is crumbling into lawless barbarism through-
                        out the million worlds of the galaxy. From 
                        the celestial equator to the farthest 
                        reaches of the GREAT RIFT, seventy small 
                        solar systems have united in a common war 
                        against the tyranny of the Empire.  Under 
                        the command of a mighty Jedi warrior known 
                        as THE STARKILLER, the REBEL ALLIANCE has 
                        won a crushing victory over the deadly 
                        IMPERIAL STAR FLEET.  The Empire knows that 
                        one more such defeat will bring a thousand 
                        more solar systems into the rebellion, and 
                        Imperial control of the Outlands could be 
                        lost forever...
              A tiny silver space craft races from behind one of the
              lifeless Utapau moons.  The small rebel spacefighter is
              being chased by four giant Imperial stardestroyers. Hun-
              dreds of deadly laser bolts streak from the Imperial
              warships as they dive on the smaller craft.
              Every few moments, the little rebel ship returns the fire, 
              until one of the Imperial battlewagons explodes, causing 
              it to fall out of formation.  The three remaining star-
              destroyers continue the pursuit.
         2.   INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - LASER GUN TURRET
              The two elaborate laser gun turrets belch a smoky exhaust
              as the gun crews, wearing heat-protective suits, goggles
              and breath masks, cheer and congratulate each other on the 
              direct hit.  The gunnery CHIEF finishes speaking into his 
              helmet "com-link", and yells to the crew.
                                      CHIEF
                            I don't know what you boys are 
                            so cheery about; there are still 
                            three more out there.
              The crews snap-to, and turn back to their giant guns. Sev-
              eral stubby, three-legged ROBOTS scurry to and fro, bring-
              ing equipment, and repairing damage to sections of the 
              turrets.
         3.   INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY
              The chaos of battle echoes through the narrow, main passage-
              way of the starfighter.  An explosion rocks the ship, and 
              two construction robots, ARTOO DETOO (R2-D2) and SEE THREEPIO 
              (C-3PO) struggle to make their way through the shaking, 
              bouncing passageway.  Both robots are old and battered.  
              Artoo is a short (36 inches), claw-armed, tri-ped.  His face 
              is a mass of computer lights, surrounding a radar eye.  
              Threepio, on the other hand, is a tall, slender robot of 
              human proportions.  He has a gleaming bronze-like metallic 
              surface of an "Art Deco" design.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Artoo, my friend, this is madness!  
                            If this keeps up, we're going to 
                            be destroyed.  I'm afraid I'm still 
                            not accustomed to space travel...  
                            What are we to do?
              The little dwarf robot makes a series of electronic sounds 
              that only a robot could understand.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Relax?!?...What do you mean we're 
                            in no immediate danger??!  You're 
                            faulty, this is madness!
              Artoo gives his tall companion a sheepish computer blink
              and starts off down the hallway. .
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Artoo Detoo, wait!  Wait a 
                            minute.
              Threepio climbs through a hatch and starts after Artoo.
         4.   EXT. SPACE BATTLE
              One of the giant Imperial Stardestroyers breaks formation
              and surges ahead of the others, closing on the tiny rebel
              space craft.  The main battery of laser cannons on the
              huge Imperial warship directs an overwhelming concentra-
              tion or laser fire at the main solar fin on the rebel ship.  
              Finally it disintegrates, creating a spectacular heavenly 
              display.
         5.   INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - POWER SECTION
              A sudden pressure change sucks equipment and debris through 
              the power section of the spacefighter.  Alarms are sound-
              ing everywhere.  The spaceship shudders under the impact 
              of the Imperial barrage.  Artoo and Threepio are blown, 
              slipping and sliding across the hallway floor into a stack 
              of freight canisters.  The lanky Threepio becomes lodged 
              under a computer console.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I'm dead!...I told you this 
                            would happen.  Artoo, I can't 
                            move.
              Little Artoo waddles over to his trapped companion.  He
              clears away several mangled canisters and climbs under the 
              sparking and smoking computer.  He is chattering away in 
              an elaborate combination of whistles, beeps and clicks.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Oh my, I think something is 
                            melting.  Artoo Detoo, this is 
                            all your fault...I should have 
                            known better than to listen to 
                            a half-pint thermo-astronic 
                            capulary dehousing - assister.  
                            You're truly faulty.
              Artoo counters with a rather angry rebuttal as he struggles 
              to pull the larger robot free from the small leg space under 
              the computer console.  Two MEN hurriedly enter the power 
              station and begin checking the damage.  The robots can only 
              see the humans' legs as they pass to and fro in front of 
              the desk-like console; but they recognize the voice of their 
              captain: DEAK STARKILLER.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Shhh, it's the captain...
              The captain's FIRST OFFICER pops his head under the console 
              and sees Artoo straining to free Threepio.  The little 
              robot stops.
                                      OFFICER
                            Well, Hello!  Are you boys all 
                            right?
                                      THREEPIO
                            Yes sir, I'll be out in a minute.  
                            No damage that I can tell. Sorry 
                            to be of trouble, sir...
                                      OFFICER
                            As you were.
              Artoo goes back to his pulling and pushing as the officer
              again becomes a pair of legs, and is joined by the sturdier 
              legs of Captain Starkiller.
                                      OFFICER (CONT'D)
                            There's a C-3 unit jammed under 
                            the console, but no damage, sir.
              Artoo uses one of his claw arms to cut away a small metal
              beam bent around Threepio's shoulder.
                                      DEAK
                            The solar activators are burned 
                            out.  The shields are down.  
                            They'll be boarding in no time.  
                            There is a Sith knight among 
                            them.  I can feel his para-force.  
                            Hurry, secure your assault posi-
                            tions.  The BOGAN force is strong 
                            with the enemy.
                                      OFFICER
                            Yes sir, the men are ready.
              The officer bows low and hurries out of the smoldering cham-
              ber.  Artoo stops his work, and the robots quietly watch 
              Deak's legs as he paces the room.  He stands for a few mo-
              ments in meditation.  The two mechanical men suddenly feel 
              as if they are intruding, and every little creak and noise 
              becomes an embarrassment.  A VOICE from another part of the 
              ship yells out to the captain, and he rushes out of the room.  
              Threepio breathes a sigh of relief.
                                     THREEPIO
                            I think there will be no es-
                            cape for the captain this time...
         6.   EXT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER
              The smoldering silver rebel craft is quickly surrounded by 
              the three giant Imperial warships.  One of the huge star-
              destroyers moves into orbit just above the helpless rebel 
              spacefighter.
         7.   INT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - COCKPIT
              An awesome array of lighted panels and computer monitors are 
              reflected in the polished black helmets of six Imperial 
              master-pilots.  A fifth-ranked General of the Fleet sits in 
              a rotating chair suspended from the cabin ceiling, watching 
              the chief pilot maneuver the huge warship above the tiny 
              rebel spacefighter.
                                      CHIEF PILOT
                            That's as close as I dare take 
                            her.
                                      CAPTAIN
                                 (into intercom)
                            We are in position...stand by.  
                            Remember, Lord Vader wants as 
                            many of them taken alive as is 
                            possible.  There will be no 
                            slaughter.
         8.   EXT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - UNDERBELLY
              The huge gray underbelly of the Imperial warship hovers less 
              than twenty feet above the rebel spacefighter.
              A small hatch near one of the complex antenna groupings
              silently slides open.  With fascist precision, ten storm-
              troopers wearing ominous armored spacesuits drop onto the 
              top of the disabled rebel craft. A burly sergeant aims 
              his powerful laser pistol at the silver hull.
         9.   INT. REBEL STAR FIGHTER - HALLWAY
              A tremendous blast opens up a hole six feet wide in the
              side of the main passageway, sucking equipment and debris
              into the vacuum of space.  Three fearsome stormtroopers
              armed with chrome multi-laser rifles make their way through 
              the smoking debris into the padded hallway.  The SERGEANT 
              and four more armored troopers quickly follow.
                                      SERGEANT
                            Use your blades!  There's too 
                            much risk of blaster ricochet 
                            in these cramped quarters.
              The troops sling the rifles over their shoulders and take
              a small baton from their belts, which instantly ignites
              into a long glowing laser sword.
              At the far end of the passageway, a door swings wide reveal-
              ing a rebel warrior wearing a breath mask and dressed in 
              the distinctive uniform of an AQUILLIAN RANGER.  A long, 
              deadly laser sword glows in his right hand, while several 
              chrome ping-pong sized balls magically appear in his left.  
              Tiny antenna project from the chrome balls, and before the 
              stormtroopers can raise their weapons, the balls fly out 
              of the ranger's hand.  One of the balls stops in the middle 
              of the troops and explodes.  Three other balls shoot through 
              the hole ripped in the side of the ship.
         10.  EXT. IMPERIAL STARDESTROYER - UNDERBELLY
              Six armored stormtroopers are assembled on the sleek silver 
              hull of the rebel spacefighter.  The three chrome balls fly 
              out of the rebel craft just as several more troops drop from 
              the hatch of the Imperial stardestroyer.  One or the seeker-
              bombs explodes among the assembled troops, flinging most of 
              them into the vastness of space.  The two remaining bombs 
              rocket toward the open hatch of the Imperial warship.  One 
              of the surviving stormtroopers, clinging to the rebel craft, 
              yells into his helmet intercom as he aims a laser pistol at 
              the tiny chrome projectiles.
                                      TROOPER
                            Seekers!  Seekers!  Close the 
                            hatches!!
              A blast from the laser pistol hits one of the balls, and
              it explodes harmlessly outside the stardestroyer.  The
              second seeker bomb races into the stardestroyer, just as
              the hatch slides closed.  A muffled explosion is heard in-
              side the huge spacecraft.
         11.  INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - HALLWAY
              The Aquillian ranger charges what's left of the storm-
              troopers.  He swings his glowing laser sword high over his 
              head; but before he can bring the deadly blade down on a 
              victim, four more troops enter the ship and assail the 
              ranger.  He puts up a good fight, but soon falls under the 
              superior odds.  A half dozen more armored stormtroopers 
              enter the damaged ship and cautiously make their way down 
              the narrow hallway.
         12.  INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT
              Smoke fills the crowded cockpit of the rebel starship. The 
              pilot struggles to remove a wounded comrade as an exhausted 
              Aquillian RANGER enters and bows before Deak Starkiller.  
              The young captain's face is covered by a small, ornate face 
              mask, but he appears to be about twenty-five years old. He 
              is wearing the loose-fitting robes of a Jedi knight.
                                      RANGER
                            The Bogan force is too strong 
                            upon us.  Our spirit is broken.
                                      DEAK
                            You must rally the men, fight 
                            off your despair.  The force of 
                            others is still with us...
                                      RANGER
                            Clieg is dead.  They're blasting 
                            the lifepods before we can clear 
                            the ship.  We're trapped...
                                      DEAK
                            Then we must make this treachery 
                            costly for them.  Return to your 
                            station.
              The ranger bows low before the Jedi starcaptain, and rushes 
              out of the cockpit.  The pilot has returned to his seat in 
              front of the ship's main control board.
                                      DEAK (CONT'D)
                            What's the power now?
                                      PILOT (TYREE)
                            It's up to five point nine; but 
                            we'll need a lot more to ignite 
                            the engines...There just isn't 
                            enough time...
                                      DEAK
                            Keep at it.   I'm going aft.
                                      PILOT (TYREE)
                            But what about your father. He 
                            must have the KIBER Crystal if 
                            Ogana Major is to survive.  He 
                            won't be able to hold out against 
                            the Imperial siege much longer.
                            The risk was too great.  We'll 
                            never be able to make contact 
                            with Luke now.  We've lost every-
                            thing.  We should never...
                                      DEAK
                            You're feeling the Bogan's despair.
                            Be strong, Tyree, drive it from 
                            your thoughts.  Luke is father's 
                            only hope...maybe there is still 
                            a slim chance we might salvage 
                            things.
              He moves to the computer bank, and speaks into the intercom.
                                      DEAK (CONT'D)
                            All R-2 units stand by for new 
                            prime directive programming...
              He turns back to the pilot for a moment.
                                      DEAK (CONT'D)
                            What's the R-2 scramble code?
                                      Pilot (TYREE)
                            "Tan-takk RS-411".  Do you think 
                            one of them might get through?
                                      DEAK
                            I'm afraid the chances of an R-2
                            unit finding Luke down there are 
                            much better than Luke's chances 
                            of getting back to father...R-2 
                            units compute as follows: Scramble 
                            code, tan-takk RS-411.  Prime 
                            directive - contact code "Angel 
                            blue".  Seek OWEN LARS at or near 
                            position: 321-DC-28.  Relay the 
                            following transcription:
         13.  INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - MAIN HALLWAY
              Little Artoo stands ridged in the middle of the smoke-filled 
              passageway.  Threepio runs awkwardly toward the tiny robot 
              from a large hatchway at one end of the corridor.  Artoo's 
              computer face blinks wildly.
                                      THREEPIO
                            We're cut off.  They're coming 
                            from that direction.  I heard 
                            them.  Come on, we'll have to go 
                            back the way we came.
              Artoo lets out a long musical whistle, but doesn't move.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Wait!?? They'll be here in mo-
                            ments!  I have no intention of 
                            getting sent to the spice mines 
                            of KESSAL, or smashed into... 
                            what?!  A new prime directive!??!  
                            Oh no!  Not at a time like this!  
                            How much longer?
              The muted sounds of grinding and crushing get louder until 
              a dozen Imperial stormtroopers, wearing spooky-looking armor, 
              enter the passageway.  They arrange themselves geometrically, 
              their movements synchronized, as they move stealthily through 
              the unusually wide corridor.  Threepio grabs his little part-
              ner and struggles to drag him into the shadows of an emer-
              gency ventilator system.  Hard and weary, the troops advance 
              -- their glowing laser swords held at ready.  Suddenly, 
              directly in back of the stormtroopers, about ten feet away, 
              the imposing young Jedi, Deak Starkiller, steps from behind 
              the open hatch.
              His chrome laser pistol still rests in its holster; but his 
              laser sword sparks to life with a sharp hum.  One of the 
              troopers senses his presence and turns freezing momentarily.  
              The rest of the troops turn a second later, almost as a re-
              flex action.  A slow grim smile creeps across Deak's face, 
              as the troops realize they are outmatched.
                                      TROOPER
                            He's a Jedi.  Use your blasters!
              Six troopers who are carrying their chrome laser rifles at 
              the ready start to step forward and raise their weapons.  
              Deak is quicker.  In one amazing movement, he spins around, 
              replacing his laser sword to his belt, and draws his deadly 
              laser pistol, blasting out four shots that rip through the 
              soldiers.  In a few moments, the entire passageway blazes 
              with laser fire.  Laser bolts ricochet in wild random pat-
              terns, creating small explosions and finally a small hole in 
              the wall, which sucks debris and stormtroopers into space, 
              until finally it is plugged by a large supply canister.
              Artoo and Threepio are plummeted by loose equipment and de-
              bris.  Threepio attempts to cover his head.  Artoo pulls a 
              grate off the vent system and starts to enter the dark shaft.  
              Threepio clings to a side rail for dear life as debris and 
              laser bolts fly past him.  Artoo beeps to his terrified com-
              panion.
                                      THREEPIO
                            No more adventures!  I'm not 
                            going in there.  No!  Never!
              Artoo disappears down the ominous shaft.  He leaves his friend 
              with a few parting whistles.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Don't call me a mindless philosopher, 
                            you overweight glob of grease!  I 
                            simply think you are going the wrong 
                            way.
              Threepio peers into the gloom of the vent shaft.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Hello?!?  Artoo?...
         14.  INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT CORRIDOR
              Stormtroopers scatter and run down an adjoining passageway; 
              others duck behind storage lockers.
              Multiple laser fire rips through several stormtroopers who 
              scream and stagger from the smoke, holding shattered arms 
              and faces.  Deak and two Aquillian rangers back into a 
              sealed corridor at the far end of the passageway.  Deak's 
              gun jams, and the two rangers are cut down behind him. The 
              young Jedi ignites his glowing red laser sword and begins 
              swinging.  Stormtroopers are cut down right and left, un-
              til they flee the corridor in panic, firing wildly as they 
              stumble over canisters to escape.
              Suddenly several of the panic-stricken troopers who had fled 
              down a sub-hallway are back into the cockpit area, more 
              afraid of what's down the sub-hallway than the deadly Jedi's 
              blade.  Troopers still fleeing the area crash into those re-
              turning.
                                      TROOPER
                            The Sith Knight...Lord Vader is 
                            coming.  Go back.  Go back!
              A new courage, or greater fear, seizes the troops and they 
              turn on Deak again and renew the attack.  The troops scram-
              ble away from the sub-hallway entrance, as something un-
              speakably evil and terrifying approaches the cabin.
         15.  INT. REBEL STARFIGHTER - SUB-HALLWAY
              The tall, gleaming Threepio rushes through several low, nar-
              row corridors, yelling at Artoo, who races along as fast as 
              his stubby mechanical feet will carry him.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Wait!  Wait a minute.  I'm coming.
                            ...Would you mind telling me where
                            you are off to?
              Artoo throws a short beep over his shoulder.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Leaving?!  Leaving where?  Don't 
                            be ridiculous, that's desertion!  
                            I order you to stop.  Did you 
                            hear me?  Stop!
              Artoo continues on, countering with a frenzy of electronic 
              whistles and twangs.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            What new prime directive?  Why 
                            didn't I receive it?  
                            What's so important that I'm 
                            not to be trusted?  I don't 
                            believe you.  I think you're 
                            rattled.
              Artoo stops before the small hatch of an emergency lifepod.  
              He snaps the seal on the main latch and a red warning light 
              begins to flash.  The stubby, dwarf-robot works his way 
              into the cramped four-man pod.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Hey!  What are you doing?  You 
                            can't use that!...It's restricted.  
                            You're not permitted in there; 
                            you'll be de-activated for sure.  
                            The situation is not that des-
                            perate!  Now come out of there 
                            before someone sees you.
              A new explosion, this time very close, sends dust and debris 
              through the narrow sub-hallway.  Flames lick at the two ro-
              bots.  After a flurry of electronic swearing from Artoo, the 
              lanky bronze Threepio jumps into the lifepod.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            I think I'm going to regret this; 
                            but my prime directive IS preser-
                            vation.
              The safety door snaps shut, and with the thunder of explod-
              ing latches, the tiny lifepod ejects from the disabled star-
              fighter.
         16.  INT. IMPERIAL STARDESTROYER - COCKPIT
              On the main viewscreen, the lifepod carrying the two terri-
              fied robots speeds away from the stricken rebel spacecraft.
                                      CHIEF PILOT
                            There goes another one.  Look.
                                      CAPTAIN
                            Hold your fire.  No lifeforms.
                            It must have short-circuited.
              The captain gets a message on his headset.
                                      CAPTAIN (CONT'D)
                            Yes...Yes...He's on his way 
                            down now...No. Good, excellent.
                            I'll relay it.
                                 (he turns to
                                  the pilots)
                            The ship is ours!
              The pilots cheer and an excited murmur rushes throughout
              the ship.
         17.  EXT. SKY OVER UTAPAU - LIFEPOD
              The reddish-yellow mass of Utapau seems to engulf the tiny 
              lifepod containing the two robots.  The grouping of star-
              destroyers grows smaller as the pod descends toward the 
              planet.
                                      THREEPIO
                            That's funny, the damage 
                            doesn't look as bad from out 
                            here.  Are you sure this thing 
                            is safe?
         18.  INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT CORRIDOR
              Deak Starkiller cuts down several troops who make a fren-
              zied, suicidal charge with laser swords.
                                      TROOPS
                            The Bogan!  The Bogan!
              They are no match for the incredibly agile young Jedi.  For 
              an eerie moment, all is deathly quiet as a huge darker figure 
              appears in the sub-hallway.  The remaining stormtroopers bow 
              low toward the doorway.  An awesome, seven-foot BLACK KNIGHT 
              OF THE SITH makes his way into the blinding light of the cock-
              pit area.  This is LORD DARTH VADER, right hand to the MASTER 
              OF THE SITH.  His sinister face is partially obscured by his 
              flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which are in 
              sharp contrast to the fascist white armored suits of the 
              Imperial stormtroopers.  The troops instinctively back away 
              from the imposing warrior.
              Deak Starkiller stands firm; a new look of resolve sweeps              
              across his tired face.  The smoky room is deathly quiet, ex-
              cept for the occasional snapping and popping of burning 
              electrical circuits in the cockpit's sophisticated control 
              panel.
              As the Black Knight enters the corridor, the few surviving 
              troopers scramble into the sub-hallway.  Lord Vader speaks 
              in an oddly filtered voice through his complex breathing 
              mask.
                                      VADER
                            At last we meet!
                                      DEAK
                            With so much commotion, I 
                            expected your master, not 
                            merely a servant.
              Vader is angered by this remark.  Taking a deep breath, he 
              raises his arms and every object that isn't bolted down is 
              picked up by an invisible force and hurled at the young 
              Jedi.  When the objects reach about two feet of Deak, they 
              are deflected by an invisible shield which surrounds him.
                                      DEAK (CONT'D)
                            The Bogan is strong with you; 
                            but not nearly strong enough.  
                            I'm afraid you'll have to use 
                            your weapon, if you're able!
                                      VADER
                            I am Lord Darth Vader, first 
                            Knight of the Sith, and right 
                            hand to His Eminence Prince 
                            Espaa Valorum, the Master of 
                            the Bogan.  You will not mock 
                            me, or my Master; for the Ashla 
                            is weak, and the FORCE OF OTHERS 
                            cannot save you now...
              The fearsome dark knight ignites his laser sword and takes 
              a defensive stance.  The two galactic warriors stand per-
              fectly still for a few moments, sizing each other up and 
              waiting for the right moment.  Deak seems to be under in-
              creasing pressure and strain, as if an invisible weight 
              were being placed upon him.  He shakes his head and blink-
              ing, tries to clear his eyes.
                                      VADER (CONT'D)
                            Your powers are weak...
              Deak makes a sudden lunge at the huge warrior but is checked 
              by a lightning movement of the SITH.  A second masterful 
              slash-stroke by Deak is again blocked by his evil opponent.
              They stand motionless for a few moments, with laser swords 
              locked in mid-air, creating a low buzzing sound.  Another 
              of the Jedi's blows is blocked, then countered.  Deak stum-
              bles back against a wall.  Slowly Deak is forced to his 
              knees as all his energy is drained from his being. Finally, 
              he collapses in a heap.  The sinister knight lets out a 
              horrible, shrieking laugh, as stormtroopers rush in with 
              restraining poles, followed by a braided and flashy Imperial 
              commander.  Deak's arms and legs are pinned to the wall.
              He struggles with his bonds.
                                      COMMANDER
                            So, we got him.  Your para-
                            force is strong indeed.  The 
                            Emperor will be pleased. Why, 
                            he's just a boy!
              An Imperial officer takes a gold medallion from around the 
              young Jedi's neck.
                                      OFFICER
                            The Starkiller!
              A murmur of astonishment races throughout the troops.
                                      COMMANDER
                            Impossible!  He would have to 
                            be over three hundred years old.
                            How could this Jedi possibly be 
                            the Starkiller?
              The great Black Knight studies the golden crest, and then
              stares into the eyes of the fuming Jedi.  Vader has a visi-
              ble dislike of the commander.
                                      VADER
                            This is another of his sons.
                                      COMMANDER
                            Your master said he'd killed them 
                            all...And why is he wearing his 
                            father's crest?
                                      VADER
                            His father must be dead.  The 
                            Starkiller would never give this 
                            up if he were alive...It possesses 
                            great power.  This boy must be 
                            the last...
                                      COMMANDER
                            "The son of the suns!" The 
                            last of the Starkiller line, 
                            whom the seer's have said 
                            would bring down the Empire.
                                      VADER
                            It appears we have altered 
                            destiny.
                                      COMMANDER
                                 (to an aid)
                            Send word to the Emperor.
                            We've captured their "Savior".
                            The rebellion is broken. The 
                            Starkiller is dead.  Let the 
                            attack of Ogana Major begin...
              The Black Knight takes a restraining pole from one of the
              guards and brutally jabs the young Jedi in the chest.  Deak 
              squirms in pain but does not cry out.  He is struck again.
              An officer approaches the commander.
                                      OFFICER
                            Why would he chance running 
                            the blockade to come out here 
                            in the middle of nowhere.
                            There is little on this planet...
                                      COMMANDER
                            An interesting question. Send 
                            a platoon of "Tuskens" to the 
                            planet surface and have them 
                            report anything unusual. Maybe 
                            he has friends we should know 
                            about...
                                 (turning pointedly
                                  to Vader)
                            or perhaps another brother...
              Vader gives the commander an angry stare and suddenly it
              appears as if the commander can't catch his breath.  The
              commander turns and rushes out of the cabin in great dis-
              tress.  Vader punches Deak one last time.
                                      VADER
                            You will come to know such suf-
                            fering as only the Master of the 
                            Bogan Force can provide.  From 
                            you he will learn many secrets...
              Vader throws Deak's head back painfully hard against the
              wall.
                                      VADER (CONT'D)
                                 (to the guards)
                            Bind him, and take him to my 
                            ship.
                                 (to Deak)
                            There is no one to save you now.
              His frightening laugh rings throughout the starship.
         19.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - EDGE OF THE DUNE SEA
              JUNDLAND, or "No Man's Land" where the rugged desert mesas 
              meet the foreboding dune sea.  The two helpless astro-robots 
              kick up clouds of dust as they leave the lifepod, and clum-
              sily work their way across the desert coastline.  The stubby 
              Artoo struggles desperately to keep up with the long-legged 
              Threepio.  Suddenly, Artoo makes a sharp right turn, and 
              starts off in the direction of the rocky desert mesas.  
              Threepio stops and yells at him.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Where do you think you're going?!?
              A stream of electronic noises pour forth from the small ro-
              bot.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            ...to find Owen Lars?!?  What's 
                            that?!?  Just because the boss 
                            was looking for his brother 
                            doesn't mean WE have to look for 
                            him!  That WAS the prime direc-
                            tive, but not anymore...Besides, 
                            why go that way?  It's so rocky.  
                            Why not go this way?  It would 
                            be much easier.  How do you KNOW 
                            Owen Lars is that way?
              Artoo continues his electronic babbling.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Don't get technical with me. I 
                            think you're going the wrong way.
                            I've had just about enough of you!  
                            You pragmatic, nearsighted scrap 
                            pile.
                            I don't believe this "Angel Blue" 
                            even exits, but you just go that 
                            way.  You'll be malfunctioning 
                            within a day.
              He picks up the tiny robot and tosses him several feet into 
              a large sand dune.  Threepio starts off in the direction 
              of the dune sea.  Artoo struggles to his three, stubby feet 
              and shakes a metallic claw arm at his disappearing ex-partner.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                                 (over his shoulder)
                            ...And don't let me catch you 
                            following me begging for help --
                            because you won t get it!
              Artoo counters with a few short whistles.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Don't call ME a traitor.  My 
                            loyalty is impeccable!...You 
                            emotion-brained intellectual...
              Artoo's reply is a rather rude sound.  He turns and trudges 
              off in the opposite direction.
         20.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - DUNE SEA
              Threepio, hot and tired, struggles up over the ridge of a
              dune, only to find more dunes, which seem to go on for end-
              less miles.  He looks back in the direction of the now dis-
              tant rock mesas.
                                      THREEPIO
                            You little malfunctioning twerp.
                            This is all your fault.  You 
                            tricked me into going this way, 
                            but you'll do no better.
              He sits in a huff of anger and frustration, knocking the
              sand from his joints.  His plight seems hopeless, when a
              glint of reflected light in the distance reveals an object 
              speeding toward him.  The bronze android waves frantically 
              and yells at the approaching transport.
         21.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ROCK MESA
              The little Artoo stumbles over several boulders as he strug-
              gles to reach the crest of a rocky mesa.
              He reaches the top and scans the foreboding desert valley
              below.  Far in the distance, shining in the twin suns like 
              an inviting oasis, stands the settlement of ANCHORHEAD.
              The mechanical runt carries on an electronic conversation 
              with himself as he searches the rugged ground for something.  
              He picks up a large stone in his powerful claw hand, then 
              discards it.  He finds another stone that he is apparently 
              satisfied with, carries it to the edge of the butte, and 
              tosses it over.  The stone slams down the steep side of the 
              mesa, kicking up dust and creating a small avalanche.  He 
              makes some quick calculations, then starts off down the 
              treacherous slope.
         22.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON
              The gargantuan rock formations are shrouded in a strange
              mist, and the ominous sounds of unearthly creatures fill
              the air.  Artoo moves cautiously through the creepy rock
              canyon, inadvertently making a loud clicking noise as he
              goes.  He hears a distant, hard metallic sound and stops
              for a moment.  He hears nothing.  He sees nothing moving.  
              Convinced he is alone, he continues on his way.
              In the distance, a pebble tumbles down the steep canyon wall 
              and a small dark figure darts into the shadows.  A little 
              further up the canyon, a slight flicker of light reveals a 
              pair of eyes in the dark recesses, only a few feet from the 
              narrow path.
              The unsuspecting robot waddles along the rugged trail un-
              til suddenly, out of nowhere, a powerful magnetic ray shoots 
              out of the rocks and engulfs him in an eerie glow.  He 
              manages one short electronic squeak before he topples over 
              onto his back.  His bright computer lights flicker off, 
              then on, then off again.  Out of the rocks scurry three 
              MEN, no taller than Artoo.  They holster strange and com-
              plex weapons as they cautiously approach the robot.  They 
              wear grubby cloaks, and their faces are shrouded so that 
              only their yellow eyes can be seen.  They hiss and make 
              odd guttural sounds as they heave the heavy robot to their 
              shoulders, and carry him off down the trail.  The vile little 
              creatures grunt and groan as they struggle with their weighty 
              prize.  They smell horribly, attracting small insects to 
              the dark areas where their mouths and nostrils should be.
         23.  EXT. ROCK CANYON - SANDCRAWLER
              Eight dwarfs, or JAWAS, as they're sometimes called, carry 
              Artoo out of the canyon to a huge sandcrawler -- a tank-
              like vehicle the size of a two-story house.
              They place the robot in a small bin on one side of the
              crawler, and a mechanical arm promptly lifts the bin, dump-
              ing the unconscious Artoo into the back of the giant trac-
              tor.  The filthy little Jawas scurry like rats up small 
              ladders and enter the main cabin of the behemoth transport.  
              Several windows light up in the cockpit area toward the 
              front of the crawler followed by the loud scream of power-
              ful engines.  The enormous sandcrawler turns and lumbers 
              off toward the magnificent twin suns, now slowly setting 
              over a distant mountain range.
         24.  INT. SANDCRAWLER - HOLD AREA
              It is dim and dank inside the hold area of the sandcrawler.  
              Artoo lies on a pile of metal scrap, lifepods, rocket parts, 
              and the limbs and dismembered parts of robots.  Artoo's 
              computer lights slowly begin to glow, then they blink on 
              full power.  He makes a few electronic sounds to himself as 
              he tries to figure out what happened, and where he is.  He 
              stumbles around on the scrap heap until he thinks to turn 
              on the small floodlight on his forehead.
              The narrow beam swings across the rubble and stops on the
              half-buried claw arm of another robot.  Artoo moves over
              to the buried robot and calls to it, but gets no response.  
              He pulls on the arm but it won't budge.  Finally he gives 
              it a good tug and it breaks loose, sending him head over 
              heels.  He sits dazed, holding the severed forearm of a 
              power robot, then lets out a terrifying electronic shriek.  
              The little robot scans the rest of the huge chamber with 
              his headlights and sees a series of grotesquely twisted and 
              maimed astro robots.  The narrow beam comes to rest on a 
              battered, but otherwise whole "common-labor" robot.  The 
              "laborer" makes a move to cover his giant electronic eye, 
              which is extended on a long tube from his box-like body.  
              Little Artoo jumps back in fright.
                                      LABORER
                            Shut off that light!
              Artoo is still shaken, but manages a short apology and then 
              shuts off his light.  The laborer robot is barely visible.
                                      LABORER (CONT'D)
                            Is there no peace!?  This is 
                            MY chamber, go find yourself 
                            another.  Go on...go on!  Get 
                            out!
              Artoo stumbles off toward what appears to be a door at the 
              end of the chamber.
              He enters a large room with a very low ceiling (about four 
              feet high).  In the middle of the scrap heap sit a dozen 
              or so robots of various shapes and sizes.  Some are engaged 
              in electronic conversation, while others simply mill about.
              In the middle of the group sits a strange, little robot with 
              a large worklight for a head, which illuminates the odd 
              assemblage of mechanical slaves.  A blue "astroconstruction" 
              robot -- somewhat similar to Artoo, only a bit fatter -
              approaches the newcomer and beeps an electronic greeting.
              The two stubby robots exchange electronic analysis of the 
              situation as they waddle toward the group.  A voice of rec-
              ognition calls out from the gloom.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Artoo!  Artoo Detoo!  It's you!
              A battered and slightly worse-for-wear Threepio scrambles
              up to Artoo on his hands and knees (remember the four foot 
              ceiling) and embraces him.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            ...they've caught you, too. I'm
                            afraid we're doomed!  We're 
                            doomed!
              The blue robot continues on back to the group as the two
              old companions huddle in a hollow of scrap metal.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            We've landed on one of the 
                            OUTLAND DARK PLANETS!  There is 
                            no hope for us now.  These Jawa's 
                            aren't traders, they're metalmen.
                            They'll melt us down.  I'm not 
                            useful like you, they'll scrap me 
                            for sure.
              Artoo makes a short electronic reply.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            You're right.  I should not have 
                            ignored your prime directive.
                            But it's a little late now...
                            Wait, we're stopping!
         25.  EXT. WASTELAND - NIGHT
              The monstrous sandcrawler pulls up to a large outcropping
              of rocks in the trail and grinds to a rumbling stop.
              Several Jawa's scramble out of the huge vehicle to inspect 
              the boulders blocking the trail.  An argument erupts between 
              one Jawa, in a red habit, and the other hooded dwarfs.  He 
              yells something at the others, then walks off to the side 
              of the trail.  The rest of the little creatures climb back 
              into the giant tank.  The crawler starts with a low hummmmm, 
              slowly moving forward until a loud scraping noise screams 
              from beneath the chassis.  The red-cloaked dwarf climbs on-
              to a nearby rock and yells at the others to stop.  They ig-
              nore him.
         26.  INT. SANDCRAWLER - HOLD AREA
              The scraping sound is haunting as well as deafening.  The
              entire chamber trembles, creating quite a commotion among
              the mechanical men.  At the far end of the long chamber, a 
              bright light suddenly appears, followed by a cacophony of 
              electronic shouts and yells.  The "common labor" robot runs 
              past the confused Artoo and Threepio.
                                      LABORER
                            We're free!  We're free!
              Amidst the confusion of the fleeing robots, Artoo and Threepio 
              carefully make their way toward a break in the side of the 
              crawler.  Several Jawas appear at the opening with pistols, 
              but before they can fire, they are knocked over and trampled 
              by the fleeing mechanical men.
         27.  EXT. WASTELAND - NIGHT
              The sound of yelling Jawas and screaming robots fades in
              the distance as Artoo and Threepio scramble up a narrow ra-
              vine away from the sandcrawler.  They duck into a tiny crev-
              ice in the rock to avoid several fleeing robots, followed 
              by a dozen armed Jawas.  After a few moments they peer out, 
              and seeing that the way is clear, rush off down the winding 
              path.
                                                           DISSOLVE TO:
         28.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT
              A small settlement, consisting of a few run-down blockhouse-
              type buildings, rests against one of the huge rock mesas.  
              The two robots study the sleepy little camp from a bluff 
              some distance away.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I don't like it.
                            What if there are more Jawa-
                            scavengers down there?
              The runt-like Artoo starts off down the side of the rocky
              bluff.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Wait a minute!   It's too 
                            dangerous.  We need a plan...
              Threepio chases his little partner down the slope.
         29.  EXT. ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - MAIN STREET
              The dozen or so buildings are bleached white by the two
              Utapau suns.  A harsh and dusty wind blows through the empty 
              streets of the tiny settlement.  A rather frightened Threepio 
              follows his little companion down the foreboding street to-
              ward a low concrete structure that is all but covered by the 
              desert sands.  The rusted hulk of a powerful "landspeeder" 
              (an auto-like transport which travels a few feet above the 
              ground on a magnetic field) lies half-buried to one side of 
              the building.  The two robots cautiously approach the dilapi-
              dated power station.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I don't like this...
              It is quiet, but for the continual wind.  A dismantled speeder 
              rests in the repair bay of the gas station-like building.  
              There is a sharp dripping sound coming from the speeder. It 
              appears that no one is around.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Greetings!...Greetings.  Is 
                            anyone home?
                                 (to Artoo)
                            I think you're overheated.
                            There is no one here...
              Out of the gloom of the office behind them, a voice cuts
              through the silence:
                                      VOICE (MECHANIC)
                            What can I do you for?
              The robots turn around with a start.  A short, wizened old 
              MECHANIC of sixty or seventy stands before them.
                                      MECHANIC (CONT'D)
                            Who are you with?
                                      THREEPIO
                            Greetings, sir.  I'm See Threepio,
                            Human-Cyborg relations.  This is 
                            my counterpart, Artoo Detoo. Your 
                            kindness would be greatly appre-
                            ciated...
              The old mechanic is a bit suspicious.  An evil look fills
              his eye.  He rubs his grimy, withered hand over Threepio's 
              smooth metal shoulder.
                                      MECHANIC
                            You're in very good shape for 
                            these parts...Where is your 
                            master?  You do have a master,
                            don't you?
              Artoo beeps a few signals to his bronze friend.  The old
              mechanic begins to fiddle with the wrench he is holding,
              in the most unsettling way.  Threepio becomes a bit nervous.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I am looking for one Owen Lars.
                            We believe him to be of this 
                            settlement.  Do you know where 
                            we might find him?
              The mechanic starts dragging a heavy power-pack toward the 
              station.
                                      MECHANIC
                            Lars!  I should have known...He 
                            should know better than to let 
                            you travel alone.  He has a place 
                            about three measures out of town.
                            Due north, you can't miss it. It's 
                            the only place out there...
              Artoo helps the old man with the heavy power pack.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Your kindness is greatly appreciated.
                                      MECHANIC
                            Any time I can help Lars, I am at 
                            his service.  You tell him that.
                            Be careful going out there, 
                            this ain't good country for 
                            you two to be running loose 
                            in.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Yes sir, we appreciate your 
                            concern.
              The two robots start down the empty street heading north,
              leaving the old mechanic scratching his head.  The old man 
              passes a sinister-looking, black Imperial speeder half 
              hidden behind a generator as he returns to his gloomy of-
              fice.
         30.  INT. POWER STATION OFFICE - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT
              In the shadows of the dingy little office sits a large, burly 
              Imperial "Tusken".  His reddish eyes are sunken in a larger 
              than normal, dust-covered face.  He sits up in his chair.
                                      MECHANIC
                            Now there's something "out of 
                            the ordinary" for you.  I wonder 
                            what they want with Lars?
              The gray Tusken thinks about this for a moment.
                                      TUSKEN
                            I'd better make a report.
         31.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - WASTELAND - HOMESTEAD VALLEY
              Several concrete buildings squat in the middle of a desolate 
              valley.  Threepio hurries after his determined companion as 
              they near the low gray structures.
                                      THREEPIO
                            ...I don't care; he STILL could 
                            have offered us transport.  How 
                            much further do you suppose.  
                            I've got to rest, before I fall 
                            apart.  My joints are almost fro-
                            zen.  What a forsaken place this 
                            is.  We seem to be made to suffer, 
                            it's our lot in life...
         32.  EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - COURTYARD
              Artoo and Threepio enter the main courtyard of the Lars
              Homestead and find themselves standing in a sparse but spark-
              ling oasis, with low concrete walls and great turrets spill-
              ing over with foliage from rooftop gardens.  They stop be-
              fore an enormous shaded corridor. BIGGS AND WINDY STARKILLER, 
              twin boys a little over seven years old, run through the 
              long tile walkway to greet the robots.  Yelling and laughing, 
              their tiny footsteps echo throughout the building.  They are 
              quickly followed by OWEN LARS, a bearded, sturdy-burly man 
              in his early fifties and his plump-jolly wife, BERU.  Their 
              beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter, LEIA, stands shyly at 
              the far end of the entry.  The twins run around the robots, 
              jumping and screaming their excitement.  The mechanical men 
              are somewhat befuddled by the dynamic duo, and attempt to 
              ignore them.
                                      LARS
                            Welcome.  May we offer you 
                            shelter?  Are you lost, or do 
                            you travel with someone?
                                      THREEPIO
                            Greetings.  I am See Threepio, 
                            Human-Cyborg relations.  This 
                            is my counterpart, Artoo Detoo.
                            We seek the dwelling of Owen 
                            Lars.
                                      LARS
                            You have found it, my friends.
                            I am Owen Lars...
                                 (to the riotous
                                  twins)
                            Boys, slow down a little and
                            let them speak...
                                      THREEPIO
                            We have come for the one called 
                            "Angel Blue".
              Owen and Beru are startled at the mention of "Angel Blue".  
              Leia approaches the group, and eyes the robots suspiciously; 
              she turns to her father.
                                      LEIA
                            Father, I think they're a trap, 
                            sent by an evil Jawa trading lord, 
                            or the dark master of the Bogan, 
                            or maybe even the Emperor himself.
                                      LARS
                            Leia.
                                      LEIA
                            Yes, that's it.  They've inter-
                            cepted transmission fragments 
                            and are now searching the galaxy 
                            for the source.  They don't know 
                            the origin, so they have sent 
                            these...
                                      BERU
                            Leia, please!  Let your father 
                            handle this.
                                      LARS
                            Who speaks for you?  From what 
                            system do you hail?
                                      THREEPIO
                            Deak 331-27-27 of Ogana Major...
              Beru's concern at the mention of Deak cannot be contained.
                                      BERU
                            What has happened?  Where is 
                            Deak?
                                      THREEPIO
                            Our master has been attacked
                            My counterpart brings his mes-
                            sage for the one called "Angel 
                            Blue".
                                      LARS
                            Luke is in the southern ravine.
                            The boys will take you to him.
              The two boys let out a cheer and run off toward the distant 
              horizon.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Your kindness is greatly appre-
                            ciated.  We thank you...
                                 (turning to
                                  the boys)
                            Wait!  Slow down a bit.
              The mechanical duo lumber off after the disappearing twins.
         33.  EXT. DESERT RAVINE
              Alone in a wind-swept canyon stands LUKE STARKILLER, a short, 
              chubby boy about eighteen years old.  He seems frozen in 
              place, a humming laser sword held high over his head.  The 
              twins stop on the ridge overlooking their brother and fall 
              silent.  The robots soon take up position behind them.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Is that "Angel Blue"?
              Biggs turns and gestures to the tall bronze man to be quiet.  
              Suspended at eye level -- about ten feet in front of Luke --
              a chrome baseball covered with antenna hovers slowly in a 
              wide arc.  The ball floats to one side of the youth, then 
              to the other.  Suddenly it makes a lightning swift lunge and 
              stops within a few feet of Luke's face.  Luke doesn't move, 
              and the ball backs off.  It slowly moves behind the boy, 
              then makes another quick lunge, this time emitting a blood-
              red laser beam as it attacks.
              Luke sparks to life.  With one amazingly swift move, he
              turns and swings his laser sword, deflecting the beam, and 
              losing his balance, tumbles to the desert floor.  The ball 
              shoots straight up in the air about twenty feet, then drops 
              like a rock firing a second laser bolt, which hits the youth 
              square on the seat of his pants.  Luke lets out a painful 
              yell and attempts to scramble to his feet, but is hit several 
              more times before he manages to regain his balance and de-
              flect the bolts.
              The ball ceases firing, and moves back to its original posi-
              tion.  Luke raises his hand signaling "enough for one day".
              He wearily picks up his things, including the chrome ball, 
              then turns and waves to the small group on the ridge.  The 
              twins run down to greet him.  By the time the cumbersome 
              Artoo and Threepio make it down the slope, Biggs and Windy 
              are climbing all over their big brother.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            "Angel Blue"?...
                                      LUKE
                            "...the skywalker"...
              The two robots make a short bow before the youth.
                                      THREEPIO
                            See Threepio, and my counterpart 
                            Artoo Detoo.  At your service, sir.
                                      LUKE
                            You have word of my brother.
                            What has happened to him?
                                      THREEPIO
                            I'm sorry, sir; but I am unable 
                            to explain the absence of our 
                            master.  We only bring his mes-
                            sage...
              Artoo makes a few electronic beeps and whistles; then after 
              a little static, a small (two foot) 3-D hologram of Deak is 
              projected from the face of the robot.  The image is a rain-
              bow of color as it flickers and jiggles in the desert waste-
              land.
                                      DEAK'S IMAGE
                            Whippersnapper, I didn't make 
                            it...I'm sorry.  The forces of 
                            the Bogan have become strong 
                            and deadly...I am lost.  Father 
                            is in grave danger.  He needs 
                            you and he needs the KIBER CRYSTAL.
                            You must find a way to get to 
                            Ogana Major on your own.  He is 
                            waiting for you there.  Be care-
                            ful, though.  Ogana Major is 
                            under siege by the Imperial 
                            Legions of Alderaan.  You must 
                            hurry for the force of the Ashla 
                            grows weak, and I don't know how 
                            much longer father can hold out.
                            The enemy has constructed a power-
                            ful weapon to use against him.
                            Warn Uncle...
              An Aquillian officer enters the hologram and interrupts Deak.  
              There is a little static, then the transmission is cut short.  
              A grave concern sweeps over Luke as he contemplates the fate 
              of his brother.  Biggs and Windy are puzzled.
                                      BIGGS
                            Who was that?
                                      LUKE
                            That was your brother Deak.  I 
                            wish you could see him in person, 
                            he is so terrific...I'm afraid 
                            you may never see him now.  Run 
                            to the house.
                            Tell Aunt Beru or Uncle Owen 
                            I'm going to be awhile.  Go 
                            on now...Take them with you.
              The boys rush off with the robots in tow, leaving Luke sit-
              ting silently alone.  He picks up some small stones and be-
              gins to toss them at a large boulder.  A chip in the boulder 
              reveals a small shiny fossil.  Luke spots it and goes over 
              to study it.  He takes a small camera out of his bag and 
              photographs it, making some accompanying notations in a small 
              book.
         34.  INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - DINING AREA
              Owen Lars and the three boys sit before a table covered with 
              steaming bowls of food.  Biggs and Windy are eating between 
              giggles and horseplay.  Luke has barely touched his dinner.  
              Leia enters from the kitchen with a flask filled with blue 
              milk.  She sits near Luke.
                                      OWEN
                            Where's the thanta sauce?
                                 (yelling into
                                  the other room)
                            Honey, where's the thanta 
                            sauce?
              Beru enters carrying a small pitcher.  She gives Owen a
              knowing smile as she slides into her place at the table.
                                      BERU
                            I never!  I put it right here 
                            in front so you'd see it.
              She hands him a dish, and he grunts an embarrassed reply.
                                      BERU (CONT'D)
                            Luke, you've hardly touched 
                            your dinner.  Have some bum-bum 
                            extract.  It's very mild.
                                      OWEN
                                 (to Luke)
                            The force of the Bogan is strong, 
                            and if you don't feel you can 
                            make it, you probably won't.
                                      LUKE
                            I've never even been past this 
                            planet...and I never thought I'd 
                            be going alone.
                            Suddenly I feel very small --
                            and well...desperate.
                                      OWEN
                            How I wish I had the counsel of 
                            your father.  Ever since your 
                            mother died, we have fallen on 
                            doubtful times...
                                      LUKE
                            Deak is in trouble.  I should 
                            be helping him...
                                      OWEN
                            If your brother is still alive, 
                            they will have taken him to the 
                            dungeons of ALDERAAN, at the 
                            very heart of the Empire.  No 
                            one, not even your father in his 
                            prime, could help him there.
              Biggs and Windy have finished eating and are getting restless.
                                      BIGGS
                            May we play with the "droids"?
                                      BERU
                            Take your plates out first.
              The twins scamper into the kitchen with their dirty dishes.
                                      OWEN
                            Your father is getting very old.
                            I fear he needs your help more 
                            than your brother does, and much 
                            more depends on him succeeding.
                            If he at last has asked for the 
                            Kiber Crystal, his powers must 
                            be very weak.  It is a dangerous 
                            thing to have loose in the galaxy
                            ...and you need him, for you are 
                            not yet with the FORCE OF OTHERS.
                            I have taught you the ways of a 
                            skilled warrior, but I am not a 
                            Jedi Bendu.  The ways of the 
                            spirit you must learn from your 
                            father.
                                      LUKE
                            But my catalog on the ancients.
                            I haven't nearly completed it...
                                      OWEN
                            Luke, you're not a researcher, 
                            or a philosopher.  You're the 
                            son of a Jedi.  Your brothers 
                            accepted their destiny with joy 
                            and pride.  Anyone would.  Why 
                            can't you?
                                      LUKE
                            I may be a good pilot, but I'm 
                            not a warrior.  No matter how 
                            hard I try.  It's just not in me.
                                      OWEN
                            I know, you'd rather carve a jud 
                            stone, or work on your catalog of
                            the ancients...I've trained seven 
                            of your father's sons and it's 
                            clear that you are not the most 
                            gifted in the disciplines -- not 
                            in power or speed, at any rate...
                                      LUKE
                            Deak was the best; but that didn't 
                            seem to be good enough...
                                      BERU
                            But you have the way about you...
                            and wisdom far beyond your years...
                                      OWEN
                            You must learn to use such strength 
                            and wits as you have.  Your father 
                            has need of the Kiber Crystal. The 
                            decision is yours.  I cannot bear 
                            this burden for you, my duty is to 
                            the twins.  But we must do something 
                            soon.  The enemy is moving, and we 
                            are no longer safe here.
              Leia listens to the discussion with much interest.  She
              watches Luke with un-concealed admiration.
                                      BERU
                            Luke, if you do decide to go, re-
                            member Ogana Major is far across 
                            the galaxy.
                            Without Deak to help you, the 
                            way will be difficult, and 
                            chances of your reaching your 
                            father are slim.  Don't try it 
                            if you think you are going to 
                            fail.  The power of the Bogan 
                            force has grown strong; but if 
                            the Kiber Crystal were to fall 
                            into the hands of the enemy, all 
                            hope would be lost...
                                      OWEN
                            Somehow, you will have to manage 
                            to find transport in MOS EISLEY,
                            and once you do, the way through 
                            the Outland Systems will be dark 
                            and dangerous.  The wild things 
                            there are queer and savage, un-
                            like anything you've experienced 
                            here.
              Leia is unable to control her concern.
                                      LEIA
                            Luke, you don't even know the "grip 
                            of tython" or "the seven moves".
                            You can't...
                                      OWEN
                            Leia...
              Leia settles down, but she is clearly worried.  There is a 
              long silence.  Owen sits back in his chair, and lights up 
              his pipe.  The twins can be heard playing with Artoo and 
              Threepio in the other room.  The silence becomes uncomfort-
              able.
                                      LUKE
                            I suppose I must go...
              Tears begin to roll down Leia's cheeks, and she rushes from 
              the room.  Beru looks to Owen, who looks to Luke, who looks 
              embarrassed.
                                      BERU
                            The prayers of all of us go 
                            with you.
                                      LUKE
                            The Empire's vast size and power 
                            is its greatest weakness.  I 
                            think I can make it...But I would 
                            rather help Deak trapped in the 
                            heart of the Empire than face this 
                            father I don't remember.
              Owen gets up from the table and gently pats Luke on the
              shoulder.
         35.  EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - GRAVE SITE - DUSK
              Luke sits before a tall smooth stone planted on a burial
              mound.  He sits with his head bowed to his knees.  Finally 
              he stands up and speaks to the stone.
                                      LUKE
                            Well, Mom. I guess this is my last 
                            visit...I'm going to finally get 
                            to meet him...I fear many Jedi have 
                            fallen since your death, for the 
                            Bogan force is now heavy among us.
                            Father asks for the Kiber Crystal 
                            so there is little hope.  I'm sure 
                            the boys will stay safe with Uncle 
                            Owen...I sure miss you...
              The twin suns of Utapau rest red on the horizon as Luke
              leaves the grave site and walks the short distance to the
              main house.
         36.  INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - MAIN LIVING AREA - DUSK
              The main living area is a dim, cool room projecting a feel-
              ing of time-worn comfort and security. Owen lovingly moves 
              his arm around Beru as they stand before a large window 
              watching the giant twin suns of Utapau slowly disappear be-
              hind a distant dune range.
                                      BERU
                            Aren't they beautiful?
                                      OWEN
                            "Always and never the same."
                                      BERU
                            Must we leave?
                                      OWEN
                            I think with Luke going, we'll 
                            be safe here for awhile.  We've 
                            been the happiest here, haven't 
                            we...
                                      BERU
                            Owen, he's not ready, is he?...
                            Why don't you stop him?  What 
                            was Deak thinking of to place 
                            such an impossible task before 
                            his brother...
              The door opens and Luke enters, collapsing in a large, over-
              stuffed chair near a pot-belly thermal-heater which dominates 
              the room.  A warm friendly glow radiates from a tiny portal 
              in front of the heater.  Luke's gaze is fixed on the red em-
              bers, but his eyes are lit as if by a greater fire from 
              within.
              Owen and Beru talk quietly in the background.  She rests her 
              head on his shoulder as the last rays of sunlight stream 
              across the floor of the room.  A playful Biggs and Windy 
              enter with Leia and stand in the doorway.  The twins are 
              dressed in their night clothes.
                                      BIGGS
                            What's going on in here?
              Luke returns from his world of dark thoughts and smiles at 
              them.  The twins rush up to Owen and Beru, give them a kiss, 
              then bounce over to Luke, and jump into his lap.
                                      BERU
                            Don't be too late now.
              Owen and Beru take Leia into the other room.
                                      WINDY
                            Why are you going away?
                                      LUKE
                            Because our father needs me, 
                            as he will need you someday.
                                      BIGGS
                            I thought our father was killed?
                                      LUKE
                            The time has come for me to 
                            tell you of your heritage, as 
                            Deak told it to me and as his 
                            older brother Cliegg told it 
                            to him.
              The boys settle down and listen attentively.
                                      LUKE (CONT'D)
                            In another time, long before 
                            the Empire, and before the 
                            Republic had been formed, a 
                            holy man called the Skywalker 
                            became aware of a powerful 
                            energy field which he believed 
                            influenced the destiny of all 
                            living creatures...
                                      BIGGS
                            The "FORCE OF OTHERS"!
                                      LUKE
                            Yes, and after much study, he 
                            was able to know the force, and 
                            it communicated with him.  He 
                            came to see things in a new way.
                            His "aura" and powers grew very 
                            strong.  The Skywalker brought a 
                            new life to the people of his 
                            system, and became one of the 
                            founders of the Republic Galactica.
                                      WINDY
                            The "FORCE OF OTHERS" talked to 
                            him!?!
                                      LUKE
                            In a manner different from the way 
                            we talk.  As you know, the "FORCE 
                            OF OTHERS" has two halves: Ashla, 
                            the good, and Bogan, the paraforce 
                            or evil part.  Fortunately, Skywalker 
                            came to know the good half and was 
                            able to resist the paraforce; but 
                            he realized that if he taught others 
                            the way of the Ashla, some, with 
                            less strength, might come to know 
                            Bogan, the dark side, and bring un-
                            thinkable suffering to the Universe.
                            For this reason, the Skywalker 
                            entrusted the secret of THE 
                            FORCE only to his twelve children, 
                            and they in turn passed on the 
                            knowledge only to their children, 
                            who became known as the Jedi Bendu 
                            of the Ashla: "the servants of 
                            the force".  For thousands of 
                            years, they brought peace and 
                            justice to the galaxy.  At one 
                            time there were several hundred 
                            Jedi families, but now there are 
                            only two or three.
                                      WINDY
                            What happened to them?
                                      LUKE
                            As the Republic spread throughout 
                            the galaxy, encompassing over a 
                            million worlds, the GREAT SENATE 
                            grew to such overwhelming propor-
                            tions that it no longer responded 
                            to the needs of its citizens.
                            After a series of assassinations 
                            and elaborately rigged elections, 
                            the Great Senate became secretly 
                            controlled by the Power and Trans-
                            port guilds.  When the Jedi dis-
                            covered the conspiracy and attempted 
                            to purge the Senate, they were de-
                            nounced as traitors.  Several Jedi 
                            allowed themselves to be tried and 
                            executed, but most of them fled 
                            into the Outland systems and tried 
                            to tell people of the conspiracy.
                            But the elders chose to remain behind, 
                            and the Great Senate diverted them 
                            by creating civil disorder.  The 
                            Senate secretly instigated race wars, 
                            and aided anti-government terrorists.
                            They slowed down the system of jus-
                            tice, which caused the crime rate 
                            to rise to the point where a totally 
                            controlled and oppressive police 
                            state was welcomed by the systems.
                            The Empire was born.  The systems 
                            were exploited by a new economic 
                            policy which raised the cost of 
                            power and transport to unbelievable 
                            heights.
                            Many worlds were destroyed this 
                            way.  Many people starved...
                                      BIGGS
                            Why didn't the "FORCE OF OTHERS" 
                            help the Jedi to put things right?
                                      LUKE
                            Because a terrible thing happened.
                            During one of his lessons a young 
                            PADAWAN-JEDI, a boy named Darklighter, 
                            came to know the evil half of the 
                            force, and fell victim to the spell 
                            of the dreaded Bogan.  He ran away 
                            from his instructor and taught the 
                            evil ways of the Bogan Force to a 
                            clan of Sith pirates, who then 
                            spread untold misery throughout 
                            the systems.  They became the per-
                            sonal bodyguards of the Emperor.
                            The Jedi were hunted down by these 
                            deadly Sith knights.  With every 
                            Jedi death, contact with the Ashla 
                            grows weaker, and the force of the 
                            Bogan grows more powerful.
                                      WINDY
                            Where are the Jedi now?
                                      LUKE
                            They're hidden; but many are still 
                            fighting to free the systems from 
                            the grip of the Empire.  Our father 
                            is a Jedi.  He is called "The 
                            Starkiller" and is said to be a 
                            great and wise man, and tomorrow 
                            I am on my way to join him and 
                            learn the ways of the "FORCE OF 
                            OTHERS".
                                      BIGGS
                            Can we go, too?
                                      LUKE
                            Not yet, Biggs my boy.  There is 
                            much you must learn from Uncle 
                            Owen -- where it is safe.  And 
                            when you are ready, I will come 
                            back for you...I promise.
         37.  EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - COURTYARD - DAWN
              Early morning breaks across the quiet little courtyard as
              Owen and Luke lift supplies into the back of a low, bat-
              tered, two-man landspeeder.  Threepio lifts Artoo into a 
              tiny jump-seat, then climbs into the passenger compartment.  
              Beru, Leia, and the twins stand in the entryway, silently 
              watching. The storage hatch is slammed shut with a bang.
              Owen unfastens his gun-belt and hands it to Luke.  He slides 
              back a small latch on the belt buckle revealing a small 
              diamond-like crystal.  Luke carefully examines it.
                                      LUKE
                            The Kiber Crystal!
                                      OWEN
                            The only one.  A Jedi can use 
                            it to intensify the Ashla force 
                            a hundred fold; but, remember it 
                            can also be used to intensify the 
                            power of the Bogan...It must not 
                            fall into the hands of the Sith...
                            They would do anything to have it.
              Luke stands looking at the Crystal for a few moments, then 
              snaps the buckle closed and puts on the belt.
                                      OWEN (CONT'D)
                            The enemy is everywhere, so stay 
                            alert.  If you keep due south, you 
                            should make it in two days at the
                            most.  I just hope you can sell this 
                            bucket for enough to get you to the 
                            Ogana System...
              For a few awkward moments, Luke stands looking at everyone 
              not really wanting to say goodbye.
                                      OWEN (CONT'D)
                            It's a good day to travel. The 
                            FORCE OF OTHERS is surely with 
                            you.  We'll be moving on soon.
                            I will send word once we're 
                            settled...
              Luke shakes his hand, and Owen gives him a big hug.  The young 
              adventurer then goes to his Aunt Beru and gives her a kiss 
              and a hug.
                                      BERU
                            The spaceport at Mos Eisley is 
                            not a decent place.  Be careful 
                            there.
                                      LUKE
                            I'll watch out, Aunt Beru.
                            Don't worry.
              He lovingly roughs up the twins, and starts to give Leia a 
              kiss, but thinks better of it and gives her a short polite 
              hug before retreating to the speeder.  Leia is greatly dis-
              appointed.
                                      OWEN
                            Wish your father well.
                                      BERU
                            May the FORCE OF OTHERS be 
                            with you.
              Luke pops open the door of the speeder; but before he can
              get in, Leia runs up and gives him a big kiss.  Luke is sur-
              prised and embarrassed.  Beru and Owen smile, as Leia rushes 
              back into the house.  Luke settles into the speeder and it 
              starts with a crack and loud whine.  Everyone waves as the 
              speeder roars out of the courtyard, and into the desolate 
              Utapau wilderness.
         38.  EXT. LANDSPEEDER - TRAVELING
              The sleek landspeeder glides effortlessly through the
              treacherous rock canyons and out onto the awesome dune sea.  
              The vibrations of the speeder causes Artoo's outer shell to 
              rattle a rhythmic little tune.
                                      LUKE
                            How long were you with my 
                            brother?
                                      THREEPIO
                            I had the pleasure of serving 
                            Master Deak for over three years
                            ...my counterpart was with him
                            a bit longer.
              Artoo chatters to his bronze interpreter.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            ...Three years eight months.
                            Master Deak is a man above men.
                            You should be proud of him,
                            indeed you should, sir.  I'm 
                            only a "droid", and not much 
                            more than an interpreter, and 
                            not very good at poetry, if you 
                            take my meaning -- not at making 
                            it up anyway.
                            So I can't tell you what he's 
                            really like.  But a great man 
                            he is!  Strong...with great 
                            skill...I hope he's not in 
                            peril...what a dilemma! Some-
                            times the logic of human rela-
                            tions escapes me...
              Luke thinks about this for a few moments; then rather reluc-
              tantly, almost afraid, he asks a second question.
                                      LUKE
                            Have you ever met my father?
                                      THREEPIO
                            No, I'm afraid not, sir.  I 
                            couldn't even tell you what he 
                            looks like.  He's an elusive one.
                            More of a myth than a man, if I 
                            may say so, sir...But Master Deak 
                            always spoke of him with great 
                            respect...
              Luke seems a little disappointed with Threepio's answer.
         39.  EXT. DUNE SEA
              The small speeder sits at the bottom of a huge sand dune.  
              Luke, with his extremely long-barreled laser rifle slung 
              over his shoulder, makes his way to the top of the ridge.
              He studies the landscape with his electro-binoculars, until
              he spots a small dust twister speeding toward them.  He 
              quickly slides back down the dune to where Threepio is lift-
              ing Artoo out of the speeder.  The stubby little robot 
              struts around stretching his joints between irritated whis-
              tles.
                                      LUKE
                            You were right, there is some-
                            thing following us.  We'd better 
                            move on.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Who do you suppose it is?  Do you 
                            think they're looking for us?
                                      LUKE
                            It's probably nothing.  A "jom-
                            trader" most likely; but I have 
                            a strange feeling about it.
                                                           DISSOLVE TO:
         40.  EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT
              The speeder stops on a bluff overlooking the spaceport at
              MOS EISLEY.  It is a haphazard array of low gray concrete
              structures and semi-domes.  A harsh gale blows across the
              bleak canyon floor and batters Luke as he lowers his sand
              goggles and walks to the edge of the craggy bluff.  A
              leaden sky presses down on the large settlement, which seems 
              to be losing a never-ending battle against the shifting 
              sands.  Something in the distance catches his eye, and he 
              instinctively grabs his electrobinoculars.  He follows a 
              sinister-black "tusken" landspeeder as it enters the space-
              port.  Luke returns to his speeder, and his two mechanical 
              companions.
                                      LUKE
                            Well, whoever was following us 
                            has gone into Mos Eisley...they 
                            weren't "jom traders", that's 
                            for sure...It was a speeder of 
                            the Imperial starforce...
         41.  EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - SLUM DWELLINGS
              Luke stops the speeder before the remains of a burnt-out
              spaceship the size of a large jet fighter.  Two scruffy
              figures huddle around a small thermal-heater, attempting
              to use the spacecraft as shelter against the howling winds.  
              One of the rag-tag figures gets up and ventures over to 
              Luke in the speeder.  When the shabby beggar stands up, it 
              is obvious from his pint size that he is a Jawa.  Artoo 
              lets out a string of electronic beeps and whistles.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I begging your pardon, sir, but 
                            watch out for this guy.
              The wretched little creature moves close to the speeder and 
              begins to run his gnarled little hand across it.
                                      LUKE
                            Where might I find passage on a 
                            starship?
                                      JAWA
                            Nice zoom zoom.
                                      LUKE
                            Where are the men who fly in the 
                            ships?
              Saliva dribbles from the dark hole where the Jawa's face
              should be and drops, splat, on the hood of the speeder.
                                      JAWA
                            Drink place.  Drink place down 
                            the street.  Nice zoom zoom.
              The Jawa continues to fondle the speeder as Luke starts the 
              magno-system.  The filthy little creature reluctantly jumps 
              away as the speeder takes off and glides down the dismal 
              spaceport street.
         42.  EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - CANTINA
              The speeder pulls up in front of a run-down, blockhouse can-
              tina on the outskirts of the spaceport.  Various strange 
              forms of transport, including several unusual beasts of bur-
              den, are parked outside the bar.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I can't abide those Jawas. Dis-
                            gusting creatures.
                                      LUKE
                            Take care in here.  I don't like 
                            the looks of this place.
              As the trio exit the speeder, an ancient human shrouded in 
              gray robes, sitting near the entrance to the cantina calls 
              out to them.  The man appears to be a blind beggar.
                                      SEER
                            Come to me and the truth shall 
                            be known.
              Luke reluctantly approaches the old man.
                                      SEER (CONT'D)
                            I've seen what is to be.  I can 
                            tell you what you need to know...
              Luke drops several coins in the man's open palm.
                                      LUKE
                            Can you tell me where I might find
                            transport to Ogana Major?
                                      SEER
                            Your fate is clouded...but the will 
                            of the force has set your path. The 
                            man you seek you'll find inside; 
                            the one who needs you, you'll find 
                            in time.
                            Fear not, for the "son of the 
                            suns" will free us all.  Take 
                            care for the Bogan is heavy 
                            upon this system.  May the 
                            FORCE OF OTHERS be with you.
              Luke is somewhat puzzled by the old man's dialogue.
                                      THREEPIO
                            A profoundly illogical answer.
                            He's not completely with us, if 
                            you take my meaning.
         43.  INT. SPACEPORT CANTINA
              The young adventurer and his two mechanical servants enter 
              the smoke-filled cantina.  The murky, moldy den is filled 
              with a startling array of weird and exotic alien creatures 
              and monsters, laughing at the long metallic bar.  At first, 
              the sight is horrifying.  One-eyed, thousand-eyed, slimy, 
              furry, scaly tentacles and claws huddle over drinks.  Luke 
              moves to an empty spot at the bar near a group of repulsive 
              but human Corellian pirates.  A huge, rough-looking BAR-
              TENDER comes over to Luke and the robots.
                                      BARTENDER
                            We don't serve "their kind" in 
                            here.
              Luke, still recovering from the shock of seeing so many out-
              landish creatures in one room, doesn't quite catch the bar-
              tender's drift.
                                      LUKE
                            What?
                                      BARTENDER
                            Your "Droids" will have to wait 
                            outside.  We don't serve 'em 
                            here.
              Luke notices that several of the creatures along the bar are 
              giving them a very unfriendly glare.
                                      LUKE
                            Yes, of course, I'm so sorry.
                                 (he turns to
                                  Threepio)
                            You'd better stay with the
                            speeder.
                            We don't want any trouble...
                            I'll bring you something...
                                      THREEPIO
                            I must say, I agree, sir.
              Threepio and his stubby partner go outside, and most of the 
              creatures at the bar go back to their drinks.  Luke is stand-
              ing next to HAN SOLO, a young Corellian pirate only a few 
              years older than himself.  He is a burly-bearded but ruggedly 
              handsome boy dressed in a gaudy array of flamboyant apparel.
                                      LUKE
                            Do you know of any ship heading 
                            toward the
                            Ogana Systems?
              Han Solo eyes him suspiciously.
                                      HAN
                            What's your business, little one?
              Han turns to his companion, CHEWBACCA, an eight foot tall, 
              savage-looking creature resembling a huge gray bush-baby 
              monkey with fierce "baboon"-like fangs.  His large yellow 
              eyes dominate a fur-covered face and soften his otherwise 
              awesome appearance.  Over his matted, furry body, he wears 
              two chrome bandoliers, a flak jacket painted in a bizarre 
              camouflage pattern, brown cloth shorts, and little else.
              He is a two-hundred-year-old "WOOKIEE", and a sight to be-
              hold.  Han speaks to the Wookiee in his own language, which 
              is little more than a series of grunts.  The young pirate 
              points to Luke several times during his conversation and 
              the creature suddenly lets out a horrifying laugh.  Han 
              chuckles to himself and turns back to Luke.
                                      HAN (CONT'D)
                            What would you be doing going 
                            on such a trip?  Ogana Major 
                            is part of the Alliance...You 
                            wouldn't be one of those rebels, 
                            would yuh, little one?
              He can't control his laughter, and Chewbacca starts in again, 
              also.  Luke is getting a little worried.
                                      LUKE
                            I just want passage.
              Han puts his arm around Luke's shoulder and draws him near.
                                      HAN
                            Listen, little one, why don't 
                            you go on back to the farm or 
                            wherever you come from.  Then 
                            maybe in a few years you'll 
                            grow up to become an important 
                            starpilot, like me.
              He lets out a hearty laugh and turns back to the giant Wookiee.  
              Luke is afraid, but tries not to show it.  He quietly sips 
              his drink, looking over the crowd for a more sympathetic ear, 
              or whatever.  A large multiple-eyed creature on the other side 
              of Luke gives him a rather rough shove.
                                      CREATURE
                            Negola dughi wooldugger?!?
              The hideous freak is obviously drunk.  Luke tries to ignore 
              the creatures and turns back to his drink.  A short grubby 
              HUMAN and an even smaller rodent-like beast join the belli-
              gerent monstrosity.
                                      HUMAN
                            He doesn't like you.
                                      LUKE
                            I'm sorry.
                                      HUMAN
                            I don't like you either.
              The big creature is getting agitated, and yells some unin-
              telligible gibberish at the now rather nervous young Jedi.
                                      HUMAN (CONT'D)
                            Don't insult us.  You just watch 
                            yourself.  We're wanted men. I 
                            have the death sentence on twelve 
                            systems.
                                      LUKE
                            I'11 be careful then.
                                      HUMAN
                            You'll be dead.
              The rodent lets out a loud grunt and everything at the bar 
              moves away.  Luke tries to remain cool, but it isn't easy.
              His three adversaries ready their weapons.  Han Solo, who
              has been watching the chain of events, begins to feel sorry 
              for the young tenderfoot and intervenes.
                                      HAN
                            This little one isn't worth 
                            the effort.  Besides, he's 
                            leaving.  Come, let me buy 
                            you something.
              A powerful blow from the unpleasant creature sends the young 
              Corellian pirate sailing across the room, crashing through 
              tables and breaking a large jug filled with a foul-looking 
              liquid.  With a blood-curdling shriek, the monster draws a 
              wicked chrome laser pistol from his belt.  The bartender 
              panics!
                                      BARTENDER
                            No blasters!!  No blaster!
                            Please!
              Little Luke's laser sword sparks to life, and in a flash,
              an arm lies on the floor.  The rodent is cut in two, and the 
              giant, multiple-eyed creature lies doubled, cut from chin 
              to groin.  Luke shaking, and somewhat amazed at his reflex 
              powers, replaces his sword in its sheath.  The entire fight 
              has lasted only a matter of seconds.  The cantina goes back 
              to normal, although Luke is now given a respectable amount 
              of room at the bar.  Han, rubbing his bruised head, approaches 
              the "little one" with new awe.  The bartender drags the 
              bodies out.
                                      HAN
                            I could have saved myself a good 
                            bump if I had known your skill...
                                      LUKE
                            I thank you for trying to help.
                                      HAN
                            They're lucky they caught me off 
                            guard.  I would have taken more 
                            time with them.  It's the Bogan 
                            force.  We've been feeling it for 
                            several days.  It drives those 
                            MONDUTHS wild...I'm Han Solo.
                            This is my first-mate Chewbacca.
              Luke is still giddy, and downs a fresh drink.
                                      HAN (CONT'D)
                            So you're looking for transport 
                            to Ogana...I might be able to 
                            help, but it's very far -- the 
                            cost would be great.
                                      LUKE
                            I can pay.  You know of a ship 
                            going in that direction?
                                      HAN
                            In these times, one cannot be 
                            too careful, you understand --
                            going into a rebel zone and all
                            -- but come to my place.  We'll 
                            have some food and talk this over.
              Luke is filled with grateful enthusiasm at his new-found
              "friends" and ignores their sinister grins.
         44.  EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - ALLEYWAY
              Han, Chewbacca, Luke and the robots walk along a narrow slum 
              alleyway crowded with darkly-clad creatures hawking exotic 
              goods in dingy little stalls.  Men and monsters crouch in 
              waste-filled doorways whispering and hiding from the chill-
              ing winds.  They enter a small doorway in a decaying stone 
              building at the far end of the alley.
         45.  INT. SLUM DWELLING - LIVING AREA
              The seedy slum dwelling is dark and dingy.  Han is greeted 
              by a female "Boma" named OEETA.  The Boma is a fur-covered 
              creature about five feet high and looks like a cross between 
              a brown bear and a guinea pig.  It is obvious from her figure 
              that she is a female.  Han embraces Oeeta and gives her a 
              big kiss, then checks out the stew-like mess boiling away 
              on a dilapidated fusion-burner in the kitchen area.
                                      HAN
                            Good, good...We're hungry.
                            Bring my friends some of this.
              She answers in a strange baboon-like call and starts dish-
              ing up the slop.  Threepio and Artoo cautiously dust off a 
              bench in the kitchen and sit down.  Luke and Chewbacca join 
              Han at a large table in the center of the main room.
                                      HAN (CONT'D)
                            Now tell me of your adventures.
                            What is on Ogana Major that draws 
                            you there?
                                      LUKE
                            I am looking to join my father.  
                            I have been living with my uncle, 
                            beyond the Great Dune sea.  He 
                            has a small moisture ranch -- 
                            not much of an adventure, I'm 
                            afraid.
                                      HAN
                            Ahh, no farmer could cut down 
                            three brigands as you did.  But, 
                            as you wish.  In time you will 
                            grow to trust me...
              Oeeta brings them each a steaming bowl of "Boma-mush", and 
              a large mug of some heavy brew.  Chewbacca and Han dig in 
              with great vigor, but Luke is a little hesitant.
                                      HAN (CONT'D)
                            Eat up, don't let its smell 
                            bother you...Now, for the right 
                            sum, I could take you to Ogana 
                            Major myself.  But it would be a 
                            special charter.  I have no other 
                            business in that area, and the way 
                            is a little dangerous.
                                      LUKE
                            How much?
                                      HAN
                            An even million, I think.  We will 
                            have to somehow sneak past the 
                            Imperial blockade.  It won't be 
                            easy.
                                      LUKE
                            A million!  I haven't that much.
                            I hope to get one fifty for my 
                            speeder...but that's all I have.
                                      HAN
                            Well, I doubt you'll find another 
                            ship to take you.  Most captains 
                            rarely venture there.  The civil 
                            war makes it far too dangerous...
                            I was sure a man of your 
                            abilities would be worth more.
                            What of your two "droids" --
                            you could get at least four or 
                            five for them...even if you sold 
                            them as scrap.
              Artoo and Threepio become suddenly attentive and listen
              closely to the conversation in the next room.  Artoo begins 
              to beep, but Threepio puts his bronze hand over his little 
              companion's mouth.  Luke thinks about this for a moment.
                                      LUKE
                            No...I need them.  What if I 
                            were to pay you one fifty now, 
                            and my father gave you the rest 
                            on our arrival?  He is an honor-
                            able man of great influence.  I'm 
                            sure he would make it worth your 
                            while.
              The two robots breathe a sigh of relief.  Han's waning in-
              terest is renewed by the mention of "great influence".
                                      HAN
                            You mean a bonus maybe.  Your 
                            father must be a man of great 
                            wealth?
                                      LUKE
                            I'm sure he would reward you.
              Han thinks about this for a few moments, then turns to
              Chewbacca and seemingly explains the situation to him.  The 
              Wookiee shrugs his shoulders as if to say "Why not?"
                                      HAN
                            We've got a deal then.  Sell your 
                            speeder and I'll meet you at dock-
                            ing port twenty-three.  My ship 
                            will be ready and waiting for you.
                            We should go right away, I think.
         46.  EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING PORT 23
              Han and his lumbering first-mate Chewbacca hurry along be-
              hind MONTROSS HOLDAACK, a large, portly man who walks with 
              a stiff, awkward gait.  They move along a tall gantry over-
              looking a long, complex spacecraft.
                                      HAN
                            But you're my friend, my best and 
                            closest partner.  Oxus will still 
                            listen to you!  He will, I tell 
                            you, I know he will.  I really have
                            a live one this time.  I asked for 
                            a million, and he didn't even flinch, 
                            and the way he fights -- he must 
                            belong to one of the royal families, 
                            I'm just sure of it.  This may be 
                            worth two million, maybe three.
                            You've got to talk to Oxus...You've 
                            just got to...
                                      MONTROSS
                            Like your information on the AKURIAN 
                            spice shipment...After that botch, 
                            if I WERE crazy enough to suggest 
                            another one of your plots to him, 
                            he'd have us both diced...
                                      HAN
                            But this is different.  This is 
                            our chance.  Are we partners or 
                            not?  Are you going to dream away 
                            the rest or your life, or are we 
                            going to try for the big one?
                                      MONTROSS
                            The only way Oxus would go along is 
                            if you killed him...I'm too old, 
                            Han.  I can't do it, you'll have to 
                            find someone else.
                                      HAN
                            There's no time.  What kind of talk 
                            is this?  Where's the old Montross 
                            that single-handedly destroyed a 
                            colony of Banthas and rescued me 
                            from the very jaws of death??
                            Montross, the greatest science 
                            officer in the galaxy, too old?!
                                      MONTROSS
                            You young fool!
              Montross suddenly ignites in a rage and swings his left
              forearm down with a mighty blow across the metal rail of
              the gantry. The old science officer's forearm cracks in
              two, spewing forth wires, and many fine multi-colored elec-
              tronic components.
              The artificial limb flops lifelessly to Montross Holdaack's 
              side.
                                      MONTROSS (CONT'D)
                            You know, there is nothing left 
                            but my head and right arm...
                            I've lost too much, Han...I'm 
                            dying...I'm dying this time...
                            I'm losing control.
              Han bows his head in sorrow and embarrassment for one of the 
              greatest warriors in the galaxy and a dear friend.
                                      HAN
                            Take it easy...I'm sorry.  Don't 
                            be upset.  What am I going to do?
                            He's going to be here shortly 
                            wanting to go to Ogana!  I'll 
                            just have to talk to Oxus myself.
                            I'll take care of everything.
                            We'll get you fixed up, once and 
                            for all.
         47.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY BAY
              The entry bay of the large starship is also the main lounge 
              area of the ship.  Two gruff and grisly pirates are playing 
              a kind of dice game with thin little sticks.  The larger 
              and mangiest of the two slavering hulks, JABBA THE HUTT 
              by name, throws his dice at Chewbacca.
                                      JABBA
                            I told you not to bring that 
                            thing on board again...Where 
                            have you been anyway...Captain 
                            wants the conveyor system ex-
                            tended...and I notice you haven't 
                            turned around those punch chips 
                            yet.  What are we keeping you 
                            on board for anyway?
              Chewbacca slinks back outside the starship as Han helps the 
              still slightly crazed Montross aboard the craft.  Han gen-
              erally ignores Jabba's tirade.
                                      HAN
                            Where is everybody, anyway?
                                      JABBA
                            They took the shipment of "Covina" 
                            to Gordon.
                            But the captain is still here, 
                            so get to work or I'll snap you 
                            myself.
                                      HAN
                            Where is he?
                                      JABBA
                            On the bridge, I think.  I 
                            wouldn't go looking for trouble, 
                            though...He'll sting you good 
                            if you bother him.
             The second pirate notices Montross's arm, as Han sets him
             on a bench near the door.
                                      PIRATE
                            Montross fall apart again?
                                      JABBA
                            What's this ship coming to?
                            We've got a good-for-nothing 
                            "cabin boy" and a disintegrating 
                            science officer.
         48.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT
              The cockpit of the starship is crowded with a haphazard ar-
              ray of computer switches and monitors.  Dozing in one of 
              the two pilot chairs is CAPTAIN OXUS, a man of the grossest 
              dimensions.  His scarred face is a grim testimonial to his 
              prowess as a pirate and a killer.  The young Han Solo en-
              ters the cabin and stands staring at the evil galactic 
              buccaneer -- the terror of the Outland territories -- so 
              peaceful, such an easy prey.  Han doesn't know quite what 
              to do, so he starts to leave. Oxus opens one eye.  He is 
              in a drunken stupor.
                                      OXUS
                            What have you been up to, boy??
                            You finished with the conveyor 
                            system?  Bring me some more 
                            "Auraspice"!
              Han bows low before his master, then moves down the narrow 
              passageway to a small closet, where he takes out a cup of 
              silver powder and returns to Oxus.
                                      HAN
                            Your spice; sir...Ah, sir, may I...
                                      OXUS
                            You blasted, good-for-nothing.
                            Go fetch my tallock!  And be 
                            quick.  Now get out of here!
              He takes a mighty swing at the boy, but his inebriated con-
              dition causes the blow to ricochet off, and slam against a 
              locker panel.  Han rushes out of the room.
         49.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY
              Han is angry with himself for not being able to tell the
              captain about Luke.  He kicks the door to a locker in dis-
              gust.  Suddenly an idea comes to him and he rushes back 
              down the hallway.
         50.  EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING PORT 23
              Luke and the two robots approach the entry bay of the giant 
              starship, and are intercepted by the giant Wookiee, Chewbacca.
                                      LUKE
                            Greetings!  For such a young 
                            captain, your master has a 
                            mighty ship.  Will you store 
                            our bags?
              Luke hands the huge funny creature his back-pack, but the
              Wookiee doesn't take it. Instead, Chewbacca refuses to let 
              them pass and carries on about something in his harsh na-
              tive tongue.  Luke doesn't understand.
                                      LUKE (CONT'D)
                            I don't get it??  Are we to wait 
                            here, or what?  Threepio, what's 
                            he talking about?
              The gleaming bronze robot jabbers away in strange animal
              sounds to the towering monster.  They carry on an animated 
              argument, until it appears Threepio gets in the last word.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Well, master Luke, sir.  It ap-
                            pears we must wait out here for 
                            the captain to ready the ship.
                            I told him we weren't accustomed 
                            to waiting around on gantries; 
                            and if you beg my pardon, sir, 
                            for the price of this trip they 
                            should have picked you up in an 
                            environment capsule, complete 
                            with dancing "Yonnas".
         51.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY
              Han and Montross are busy prying loose a control panel in
              a forward corridor of the ship.  The cover falls to the
              floor with a loud clang, and the young cabin boy looks
              around to see if anyone heard.  Montross takes a small metal 
              bar and jams it between two circuits.  Sparks, fly and a 
              small puff of smoke issues from the panel.  He quickly re-
              places the cover and Han heads back toward the captain's 
              bridge.
         52.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT
              The cockpit area of the starship is a cacophony of warning 
              alarms and flashing lights.  The captain clumsily works at 
              the control console in a vain attempt to figure out what 
              is going on.  Han enters carrying a long gray cloak.
                                      HAN
                            Your tallock, sir.  What's wrong??
              Oxus stumbles around in a drunken stupor.
                                      OXUS
                            Something's fouled up on this 
                            blasted board...
                                      HAN
                            The reactor's wild!  It's way over 
                            a thousand.  We'd better get out.
                                      OXUS
                            That's impossible!  I may be under 
                            the influence, but the reactor 
                            couldn't have gotten loose...Wait 
                            a minute.
              A new shrill alarm begins to sound, as Han grabs the groggy 
              old pirate and drags him out of the cabin.
         53.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY BAY
              Han and the lumbering pirate captain charge into the entry 
              bay, almost knocking down Jabba the Hutt.
                                      JABBA
                            What's going on?
                                      HAN
                            Sabotage!  The reactor's have gone 
                            wild.  Get out.  Get out...Wait, I 
                            forgot about Montross...
              Jabba the Hutt and the other pirate stumble over each other, 
              racing for the exit.  Little Artoo scoots out of the way 
              just as the two pirates rush past the group and into the 
              spacestation main building.  They are quickly followed by 
              the wobbly captain.  Luke watches the trio with puzzled 
              amazement as the blast door slides closed behind them.  
              Chewbacca gets a message on his belt com-link, and gestures 
              to Luke that they should enter the deserted starship.  Luke 
              and the two robots reluctantly follow the giant Wookiee 
              into the entry bay.  Chewbacca pushes a button, and the main 
              hatch slams shut. The alarms continue to ring.
                                      LUKE
                            Where's the captain?
              Threepio repeats the question in Wookieese and gets a short, 
              rather menacing answer from the creature, who points to the 
              high-backed seat of the lounge area.
                                      THREEPIO
                            He wants us to sit down, sir...
                            If we don't mind.  The captain 
                            will be with us shortly.
              The alarm signal is suddenly cut short.
         54.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT
              The one armed Montross sits in the pilot seat pushing but-
              tons and switches.  Han rushes in and sits in the co-pilot 
              seat.  He is laughing.
                                      HAN
                            Alarms secure...ready for take-
                            off...let's get out of here be-
                            fore they figure out what happened.
                                      MONTROSS
                            Yes sir, captain.
              Montross laughs heartily as he pulls back on the throttle.
              The ship shudders as it lifts off.
         55.  INT. DOCKING PORT 23 - MAIN BUILDING
              Captain Oxus and Jabba the Hutt stand before a large window 
              overlooking the docking port.  Oxus is furious, ranting and 
              raving.  Jabba stands dumbfoundedly, with his mouth hanging 
              open.  The ship quickly disappears into the vastness of the 
              night sky.
         56.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
              Han sits back in the huge co-pilot's chair and puts his
              feet up on the control console.
                                      HAN
                            Sometimes I amaze myself...
              He chuckles.  The surface of Utapau slowly drifts out of
              view of the cockpit windows and is replaced by a sparkling 
              carpet of stars.
                                      MONTROSS
                            Are you even a little worried 
                            he might hunt you down?
                                      HAN
                            Well, Montross my friend, it's a 
                            big universe.  And after we cash 
                            in on this young noble, we'll 
                            head for Ophichi or one of the 
                            other southern systems.  He'll 
                            be a long time coming there!
                                      MONTROSS
                            Sometimes you amaze me, also.
              They both laugh.  Little Artoo appears momentarily in the
              doorway, makes a few beeping remarks, then scurries away.
              In a few moments, Luke appears at the doorway.
                                      LUKE
                            This is a terrific ship!  How did 
                            you ever come by it?
              Montross gives Han a sly smile, as Artoo appears timidly
              behind his master.
                                      HAN
                            It's a long story...I suggest you 
                            relax.  We'll be going into a 
                            Hyper-skip soon, and should reach 
                            Ogana Major by 0300, two para-marks 
                            from now.
         57.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA
              Han stands nervously waiting for Chewbacca, who is looking 
              through Luke's things as the young adventurer sleeps.  The 
              huge furry creature is very quiet as he moves about the 
              cabin.  He picks up Luke's gun belt containing the hidden 
              Kiber Crystal.  He takes the belt and a pouch to his wait-
              ing master, and quietly whispers to him.  Han begins to 
              search the belt.
                                      HAN
                            He must have SOMETHING of value.
                            Are you sure you looked through 
                            everything?  His father had bet-
                            ter be loaded.
              He drops the belt and pouch in disgust.
         58.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING IN SPACE
              Han enters and flops down in the co-pilot's seat.  Montross 
              is busy studying the solar system with the ship's scanner.
                                      HAN
                            We've been through everything 
                            twice.  He has nothing with him.
                            I guess we'll just have to wait 
                            until we get to his father.
              Montross looks up from the scanner with a worried look.
                                      MONTROSS
                            I've scanned almost all the way 
                            to Ogana Major, and there is no 
                            blockade!  I don't get it.  Do 
                            you think we should continue?
                                      HAN
                            Sure, why not?...but carefully.
         59.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA
              Luke, Chewbacca and the two robots sit around a lighted
              table covered with many small metal figures. Each side of
              the table has a small computer monitor embedded in it.
              Chewbacca seems very pleased with himself as he rests his
              lanky fur-covered arms over his head.  Luke rests his chin 
              in his hands as he ponders a weighty problem on the board.  
              Finally the stubby Artoo reaches up and moves one of the 
              figures on the board.  A sudden frown crosses Chewbacca's 
              face and he begins yelling some gibberish at Artoo.  Threepio 
              intercedes on behalf of his small companion and begins to 
              argue with the huge Wookiee.
                                      LUKE
                            Let him have it...You're winning 
                            anyway...It doesn't make any dif-
                            ference.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Yes sir, but it's the principle of 
                            the thing.
              A small tone sounds and the com-link crackles to life.
                                      HAN'S VOICE
                            Luke, could you come up here!
                                      LUKE
                            I'm on my way.
         60.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING IN SPACE
              The cockpit is alive with humming meters and softly buzz-
              ing read-outs.  Montross and Han are busy at the controls.
                                      MONTROSS
                            It checks out again.  There is 
                            no mistake about it.
              Luke enters; his boyish enthusiasm is working overtime.
                                      LUKE
                            We must be just about there!
              Both Han and Montross are rather grim-faced.
                                      HAN
                            We ARE there...Ogana Major has 
                            been destroyed...
                                      LUKE
                            What!  What are you saying?
              Luke moves close and begins to search the viewing monitors.
                                      HAN
                            What's left of it is contaminated.
                            That's it there...look at those 
                            radiation read-outs!...and the 
                            blockade is gone.  Now what's going 
                            on?
              Luke sits down in a state of shock.  He stares blankly at
              the monitor read-outs.  Han is very angry at this turn of
              events.
                                      MONTROSS
                            I don't care how large the Imperial 
                            fleet has become, it couldn't have 
                            done this.  Half the planet is torn 
                            away.  It would have taken a thousand 
                            ships with a lot more fire power than 
                            I've ever seen...very fascinating.
                                      HAN
                            Well, I don't like it.  Where is 
                            your father?
                                      LUKE
                            He must be dead...All this way and 
                            he's probably dead...
                                      HAN
                            Who's going to pay us??
              The young pirate captain grabs Luke and holds him high
              against the cockpit wall.
                                      HAN (CONT'D)
                            I'm beginning not to like you!
              Luke clears his throat and snaps out of his depression.
                                      LUKE
                            Deak!  Deak would know...my brother.
                                      HAN
                            What?
                                      LUKE
                            My brother could help us.  He would 
                            know what to do.
                                      HAN
                            Could he pay us?
                                      LUKE
                            He might know what happened. He's
                            ...ah...in a bit of a fix.  I'm
                            sure he would be most grateful if 
                            we helped him.
              Han puts the boy down and a scheme formulates in Luke's mind.
                                      LUKE (CONT'D)
                            If my father is dead, then every-
                            thing is his...but it's no use. We 
                            could never get to him...it's im-
                            possible.
                                      HAN
                            Nothing's impossible.  Not for 
                            me anyway.  Tell me where he is 
                            and we'll go there.
                                      LUKE
                            He's being held prisoner...You 
                            couldn't help him...No one could, 
                            not even a Jedi Bendu knight 
                            could...
                                      HAN
                            I could.  Where is he?
                                      LUKE
                            Alderaan.
              The word hits Han and Montross like a mad bantha; but Han
              recovers nicely, and thinks about it for a moment.
                                      MONTROSS
                            Well, he's right, you can't go 
                            there.
                                      HAN
                            Why not?  The fact that no one 
                            in their right mind would ever 
                            try might make it easy...You're 
                            sure your brother would make it 
                            worth our while?
                                      LUKE
                            Beyond your wildest dreams...
                                      HAN
                            You have no fear of Alderaan?
                                      LUKE
                            As you said, the fact that no one 
                            would venture there voluntarily 
                            makes it easy.
                                      MONTROSS
                            You boys have the space giddies...
                            but calculating the probabilities, 
                            you may have something...
                                      HAN
                            Chart a new course...
                                      LUKE
                            Boy, will Deak be surprised to see 
                            us.
              Montross gives the two boys a doubtful glance.
         61.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA
              Han, Chewbacca, Luke, and the robots sit around a large table 
              in the lounge area of the starship.  Han and Luke are deep 
              in thought.  Luke sits up.
                                      LUKE
                            I thought starcaptains were 
                            supposed to be clever.  I 
                            thought you did this kind of 
                            thing all the time...
                                      HAN
                            Well, I do, of course.  But 
                            Alderaan...even I've never 
                            been there.  When I said I'd 
                            take you...I thought you al-
                            ready had a plan...
              Montross enters the lounge area and sits down.  He flexes
              his new left arm which was just replaced.
                                      MONTROSS
                            This new arm is a lot stiffer 
                            than the last one.  They just 
                            don't make these things the way 
                            they used to...We've reached 
                            the first perimeter of Alderaan.
                            What's the next move?
              Everyone is lost in deep and perplexing thoughts.  He is
              slightly amused at the young adventurer's dilemma.
                                      HAN
                            I guess there is only one thing 
                            to do, and that is to fly right 
                            in there and take over...we can 
                            do it.
                                      MONTROSS
                            Whoa there...May I make a sugges-
                            tion to the captain?  There is only 
                            one way into Alderaan, and N0 way 
                            out.  It's an island city suspended 
                            in a sea of cirrus methane.  The 
                            dungeons have triple guards, scramble
                            scanners, gas locks, and every sec-
                            tor is isolated...and most important,
                            it's the dwelling place of the Bogan 
                            Master: Prince Valorum.  This ven-
                            ture of yours is sheer madness; but 
                            I have calculated the probabilities, 
                            and there might be a way.
                                      HAN
                            How??
                                      MONTROSS
                            It is a rather complex plan; but 
                            it has the greatest probability 
                            of working...Go to the library, 
                            get all the tapes on Imperial 
                            procedure...You will have to learn 
                            the...
                                      HAN
                            We're going to get in by studying
                            procedures??  I don't like it.
                                      MONTROSS
                            All right then, we'll use your 
                            plan.
              Han slumps in his seat with a dejected look.
                                      HAN
                            All right, get the tapes.
                                      MONTROSS
                            ...and we're going to need the
                            space on all of our scan-shielded
                            compartments and lockers.
                                      HAN
                            What do you want with our scan-
                            proof lockers?
         62. EXT. SPACE AROUND PLANET ALDERAAN
              The long ornate pirate starship approaches the gray gaseous 
              planet of Alderaan.  The ship is not propelled, but simply 
              drifts crab-like toward the planet.  As it approaches the 
              surface, huge billowing clouds extend out like menacing 
              tentacles.  The peacefulness of this nebulous idyll is 
              broken by the increasing wail of ion engines.  Suddenly, 
              four sleek space fighters from the Imperial third fleet 
              burst from the huge cumulus range.  The craft are small 
              cylindrical power shells dominated by two huge solar fins.  
              They are flying in a tight formation; then two bank steeply 
              and head toward the drifting starship.
         63.  INT. IMPERIAL FIGHTER - TRAVELING
              The Imperial fighters are four-man craft crammed with sophis-
              ticated electronic weaponry.
              The PILOT and GUNNERY OFFICER sit side by side, surrounded 
              by lighted read-outs.  They wear the gleaming black uni-
              forms of the dungeon guards.
                                      PILOT
                            No reply on any circuits...She 
                            appears to be drifting; but 
                            you'd better give her a blast 
                            anyway.
              Two laser bolts scream past the cockpit and explode in front 
              of the drifting pirate ship.
                                      PILOT (CONT'D)
                            Kuro one to AD four.  We have 
                            what appears to be a drifting 
                            TDFI04 which does not respond 
                            to warnings.  No life forms 
                            appear on the scanner...Escape 
                            pods four, seven, and Oh three 
                            have been jettisoned...Should 
                            we destroy her or attempt sal-
                            vage?  She looks in good shape. 
                            ...Right...Will do.
         64.  EXT. SPACE AROUND PLANET ALDERAAN
              The two tiny fighter craft orbit in front of the pirate star-
              ship as small plates shoot from their fins and attach them-
              selves to the larger craft.  Lines pull taut and the pirate 
              starship is towed among the towering gray clouds by the two 
              little Imperial space fighters.  The second two space fighters 
              take up position behind the starship and follow it in.
         65.  INT. IMPERIAL FIGHTER - TRAVELING
              The pilot is cold and professional as his craft closes in
              on the starship.  The positions of the ships are displayed 
              on a read-out.  The pilot gives the gunner a quick look be-
              fore he flips his sun shield over his eyes.
                                      PILOT
                            It appears to be a Corellian 
                            Gypsy vessel, as close as I 
                            can make out...Still no life 
                            forms, no contamination.  Life 
                            systems still functioning...
                            they simply abandoned her for 
                            some reason.  We'll bring her 
                            in through the main forward bay.
                            Is that satisfactory?
                                      COM-LINK
                            Security is standing by. Kuro 
                            one, you have clearance.
         66.  EXT. PLANET ALDERAAN - CLOUD SEA
              The towering white oxide clouds pass, revealing the Imperial 
              city of Alderaan.  The magnificent domed and gleaming city 
              is perched, mushroom-like, on a tall spire which disappears 
              deep into the misty surface of the planet.  The little pro-
              cession of spaceships speeds toward the city.
         67.  INT. MAIN FORWARD BAY - SPACEPORT - IMPERIAL CITY OF ALDERAAN
              The pirate starship rests in a huge hangar bay which dwarfs 
              the Corellian craft!  Hundreds of troops work their way 
              toward the craft under the cover of reflective shields.  A 
              battalion commander and two guards edge their way toward 
              the main hatch.  One of the guards aims a long laser rifle 
              at the hatch.  A commotion erupts behind the troops, and 
              they turn to see two SITH KNIGHTS striding into the huge 
              spaceport hangar.  The two Sith knights appear slightly 
              amused at the cautious stormtroopers.  The battalion com-
              mander bows before the dark and fearsome Sith knights.
                                      FIRST KNIGHT
                            Chief, get your men back.  Let us 
                            check this out.
                                 (to the other Sith)
                            These MANTHAS troops are getting 
                            far too timid.
              The Sith knights boldly approach the ship and swing open
              the hatch.  They start to enter the ship when a loud clank-
              ing sound, somewhat like a wrench being dropped down an air 
              shaft, startles them and they jump back.  The Sith warriors 
              ignite their laser swords simultaneously, and take a defen-
              sive stance.  The hundred or so troopers duck behind their 
              chrome shields and direct their laser weapons at the open 
              hatch.  A few more sounds are heard from within the giant 
              starship.  The tension becomes almost palpable.  The gang-
              ling, bronze Threepio pops his "Art Deco" head out of the 
              hatchway.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Hello!
              The two Sith knights give each other rather puzzled looks.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            I'm See Threepio, Human Cyborg 
                            relations.
                            It appears my masters have de-
                            parted, leaving me with their 
                            abandoned starship.  My only 
                            problem is that the operation 
                            of Astro-vehicles is not within 
                            my capacity...
              The first Sith knight turns back to the battalion commander.
                                      FIRST KNIGHT
                            Chief, hold this thing for in-
                            spection, and check out the 
                            rest of the ship.  I think you 
                            have picked up a piece of drift 
                            junk.  Salvage what you can, 
                            and atomize the rest.  Next time 
                            a little more bravery, commander.
                            WAIT before you call us.
              The Sith knights leave the hangar as the troops shuffle on 
              board the deserted vessel.  Threepio seems confused as 
              troops rush around, completely ignoring him.
         68.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA
              The troops search the ship with small hand scanners.  The
              commander and his aid enter the lounge.  They are approached 
              by a slender, weasel-like OFFICER.
                                      OFFICER
                            There are no other "droids", sir.
                            The ship isn't much -- a rag-tag, 
                            custom-built job...Might be worth 
                            some study...
              A TROOPER approaches the group.
                                      TROOPER
                            All clear, sir.  There is a row 
                            of supply lockers we couldn't 
                            get into.
                                      COMMANDER
                            Let the scavenger crews take care 
                            of that.  Post a guard, and send 
                            the men back.  Keep the "droid" 
                            here with the ship; we'll let the 
                            scavenger crew take care of him, 
                            too.
              The troops begin to file out of the ship.
         69.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY
              A lone trooper runs through the hallway heading for the exit.  
              In a few moments, all is quiet.  The muffled sounds of a 
              distant officer giving orders finally fade.  A sharp tapping 
              can be heard very near, and a panel on a row of low cabinets 
              crashes to the floor.  Han Solo's head pokes out of the 
              hole and looks around the hallway.  He then pulls himself 
              out of his cramped quarters and struts around, stretching 
              his legs.  A second locker breaks open and Luke emerges.  
              Chewbacca pokes his furry head out of the first locker and 
              Han tells him the way is clear.
                                      HAN
                            This is ridiculous.  I tell you 
                            it's not going to work. Montross 
                            is crazed half the time...
              Luke straightens himself out as Montross appears in his
              locker.
         70.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA
              Luke, Han, Montross, Chewbacca, and little Artoo quietly
              make their way down a hallway to the lounge area, where
              four Imperial troopers stand guard.  Luke peeks around the 
              doorway, then whispers to Han.
                                      LUKE
                            There are only four.  Remember:
                            Quietly, and don't mess up the 
                            uniforms...
              Han repeats this to Chewbacca and they both grin with ex-
              cited, determined looks on their faces.  Luke gives the 
              signal as the Wookiee and the young Corellian pirate charge 
              past him with their laser swords held high, screaming like 
              wild banshees.  Luke is somewhat confused by the attack.
              The yelling and the clash of swords echo throughout the 
              ship.  Montross holds his ears.  Artoo runs and joins up 
              with the shackled Threepio.
         71.  INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER
              In the main control tower, next to the starship, a gantry
              officer looks up from his desk, as if he hears something.
              He turns to an aide who is busy readjusting a monitor.
                                      GANTRY OFFICER
                            Did you hear that?
              The aide shakes his head; but the officer, convinced that
              he heard something, leaves the control tower and heads for 
              the pirate ship.
         72.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA
              The gantry officer cautiously enters the pirate starship
              with his laser pistol drawn.  Everything is quiet in the
              lounge area.  Two guards sit at a table with a third stand-
              ing over them.  The fourth guard approaches the gantry 
              officer.
                                      GUARD
                            You have business here?
              The guard is Han Solo.  He struggles to hide a large blood 
              stain under his right arm.
                                      OFFICER
                            I thought I heard something down 
                            here.
                                      HAN
                            Are you sure it was from down here?
                            We didn't hear anything...
              The gantry officer shakes his head at the puzzlement.
                                      OFFICER
                            Well, I guess not...but keep your 
                            eyes open...
              The guard standing at the table is Luke; and as he turns to 
              glance at the gantry officer, one of the guards sitting at 
              the table topples over and lands with his face on the floor.  
              The gantry officer raises his pistol and immediately becomes 
              suspicious.  An embarrassed grin breaks out on Luke and Han's 
              faces.  With a swiftness rivaling a Jedi prince, Han knocks 
              the gun from the gantry officer's hand and decks him.  Luke 
              runs over to help Han, and Montross, Chewbacca and the robots 
              rush in.
                                      LUKE
                            Don't mess him up!
              Han starts to change jackets with the gantry officer.
                                      HAN
                            I've just been promoted.
                                      MONTROSS
                            All right now, you don't have 
                            much time.  I hope you can re-
                            member everything.
                                      LUKE
                            We'll be back before you know 
                            it.
                                      HAN
                            Just have the ship ready.
              Luke binds the huge Chewbacca with electronic cuffs.  The
              Wookiee has a worried and slightly frightened look on his
              face.  Han reassures him, straightens his jacket and they
              start off into the giant Imperial city of Alderaan.  Han
              and Luke walk on either side of the giant Chewbacca and
              Artoo and Threepio reluctantly follow along behind.
              Montross stays aboard the starship and carefully and
              quietly closes the hatch.
         73.  INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER
              A lone aide is quietly working on a monitor when Chewbacca, 
              the huge Wookiee, appears in the doorway with a bone-chilling 
              howl.  A look of surprise, awe, and sheer dread crosses 
              the aide's face as he stumbles over his tools.  The Wookiee 
              flattens him with one blow.  Threepio and Artoo waddle into 
              the room, followed by Han and Luke guarding the rear.
                                      LUKE
                            Must he howl so?  Every Sith in 
                            the city will know we're here.
                                      HAN
                            Good!  I prefer a straight fight 
                            to all this sneaking around.
              Threepio and Artoo look over the control panel, until Artoo 
              finds something which gets him excited.
                                      THREEPIO
                            We've found it, sir.  Bless the 
                            maker, this control board has one.
              Han and Luke rush over to the robots.  Chewbacca busies
              himself with hanging the control aide by his toes.
                                      LUKE
                            Plug him in.   Let's see what 
                            we get.
              Artoo punches his claw arm into a computer socket, and the 
              vast Imperial brain network comes to life, feeding informa-
              tion to the little robot.  After a few moments, he beeps 
              something to Threepio.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Level five, Detention block A-23, 
                            cell 2187... He's still alive...
                            but his condition is reported as 
                            critical.
                                      LUKE
                            All right, wait for us here...
                            Send feed-back into the control 
                            sensors in that Detention block 
                            only.
              Han puts the electronic bonds back on Chewbacca and the
              trio starts out the door.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Pardon me for asking, sir...but, 
                            ah...what are we to do if someone 
                            should discover us here?
                                      HAN
                            Hope they don't have blasters.
                                      THREEPIO
                            That isn't very reassuring.
         74.  INT. DETENTION AREA - ELEVATOR TUBE - IMPERIAL CITY OF
              ALDERAAN
              Han and Luke try to look inconspicuous, as they wait for a 
              vacuum elevator to arrive.  Troops and bureaucrats bustle 
              about ignoring the trio completely; only a few give the 
              giant Wookiee a curious glance.  Finally, a small elevator 
              arrives, and the trio enter.  A bureaucrat races to get 
              aboard also, but is signaled away by Han.  The door to the 
              pod-like vehicle slides closed, and it takes off through a 
              vacuum tube.
                                      LUKE
                            This is the PT-27 unit that ceases 
                            operation if there is any kind of 
                            alarm.
              He rubs his hand across a series of small holes.
                                      LUKE (CONT'D)
                            Gas...Montross was definitely 
                            right.  If they discover us, 
                            we'll never get out.
              Han gives him a skeptical look.
         75.  INT. DETENTION AREA - DUNGEON
              The giant Wookiee and his two guards enter the old, gray
              security station.  Guards and laser gates are everywhere.
              Han whispers to Luke under his breath.
                                      HAN
                            This isn't going to work.
                                      LUKE
                            Why didn't you say so before.
                                      HAN
                            I think I did.
              A tall, grim-looking officer approaches the trio.
                                      OFFICER
                            What code is this?
                                      LUKE
                            I've got it here somewhere...
                            It's SPT 188544.  You can check 
                            it through the...ahh, oh yes, 
                            lex-321.
                                      OFFICER
                            It will take a while -- the big 
                            mode is acting up...getting feed-
                            back from somewhere.
              The officer goes back to his console and begins to punch in 
              the information.  There are only three other troopers in 
              the area.  Luke and Han survey the situation, checking all 
              of the alarms, laser gates and camera eyes.  Han unfastens 
              one of Chewbacca's electronic cuffs and shrugs to Luke.
                                      LUKE
                            May THE FORCE OF OTHERS be with us.
              Suddenly, Chewbacca throws up his hands and lets out with
              one of his ear-piercing howls.  He grabs Han's laser sword 
              and ignites it, pushing Han against the wall.
                                      HAN
                            Look out!  He's loose!
              The startled guards are momentarily dumbfounded.  Luke and 
              Han have already pulled out their laser pistols and are 
              blasting away at the terrifying Wookiee.  Their barrage of 
              laser fire misses Chewbacca, but hits the camera eyes, laser 
              gate controls, and the Imperial guards.  The officer is the 
              last to fall under the laser fire just as he starts to push 
              the alarm system.  Luke rushes over to the com-link system, 
              which is screeching questions about what is going on.  Han 
              and Chewbacca disappear down one of the sub-hallways.
                                      LUKE
                            A Wookiee broke loose up here, 
                            but we've got him under control.
                            There is a lot of damage, four 
                            casualties.  The main door jammed.
                            Better keep the rescue squad away 
                            from here, we've got some fires...
              He blasts some of the furniture with his laser pistol and it 
              bursts into flames, creating a lot of smoke.
         76.  INT. DUNGEON - CELL ROW
              Han and Chewbacca race down the rows of low, stone-cell doors.  
              Han stops before cell 2187 and yells something to Chewbacca, 
              who covers his face as the young pirate blasts the door away 
              with his laser pistol.  When the smoke clears, Han looks in 
              the cell and an expression of horror crosses his face.
                                      HAN
                            "Holy Maker" No!
              Suspended inside the cell by invisible rays, a bloody and
              mutilated Deak Starkiller hangs upside down.  A strange
              yellow glow radiates from his eyes.  Chewbacca rushes into 
              the cell past the dazed Han.  The Wookiee yells something 
              and Han comes to, firing his pistol at a small control box 
              in the wall.  The unconscious Deak drops like a rock into 
              the giant Wookiee's arms.  Chewbacca slings him over his 
              shoulders, and joins Han in the hallway.
         77.  INT. DETENTION AREA - DUNGEON
              Smoke fills the small control center as Luke fiddles with
              the wires on the control board.
              A series of explosions at the main doorway knock a hole in 
              the wall through which several Imperial troops begin to 
              emerge.  Luke fires his laser pistol at them through the 
              smoke and flames.  He turns and runs down a sub-hallway, 
              stopping only for a moment on the far side of the passage-
              way to lock on the laser gate "cutters".  He takes a small 
              com-link transmitter from his belt and speaks into it.
                                      LUKE
                            C3PO - C3P0 -- switch off emer-
                            gency communications network.
                            We're on our way.  Monitor what 
                            you can...What was that, I didn't 
                            copy...
         78.  INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL T0WER
              Threepio paces the control center as little Artoo beeps and 
              whistles a blue streak.  Threepio yells into the small com-
              link transmitter.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I said, all systems have been
                            alerted to your presence, sir.
                            I respectfully suggest you re-
                            turn at once...
              The transmitter squawks a short reply, and Threepio peeks
              out the tower window at the starship.  All is quiet.  He
              then moves to the door and it slides open a crack.  Several 
              troops rush past, yelling and shouting orders.  Threepio 
              slams the door shut, and pushes the lock lever.
                                      THREEPIO (CONT'D)
                            Oh no!
         79.  INT. DUNGEON - CELL ROW
              Han and Chewbacca rush toward the detention control complex, 
              but are met by Luke running toward them.
                                      LUKE
                            There's no going back that way.
              Luke notices his mutilated brother draped over Chewbacca's 
              shoulders.  His mouth drops open in stunned shock.
                                      HAN
                            He's still with us, but there 
                            ain't much left of him.
                            Your family must have something 
                            the Empire wants awfully bad.
              The trio turns and runs down the cell block passageway.
              They reach a small grate in the wall, covering a passage
              that leads down into a deep darkness.
                                      LUKE
                            This way.  It might lead out of 
                            the cell block.
              Luke and Han pull up the rusty grate, and they disappear
              into the black passageway.
         80.  INT. DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY
              Han leads the group down the ever-darkening, narrow passage-
              way.  Their footsteps echo on the cold stone steps of the 
              winding, descending stairway.  Han and Luke switch on small 
              lights in their gunbelts.  The rhythmic marching of storm-
              troops is heard behind them.  Han stops the group before 
              an intersecting hallway.  The marching troops seem to be 
              getting louder; muffled voices can be heard.
                                      LUKE
                            They're right behind us.  Which 
                            way?
                                      HAN
                            Your guess is as good as mine.
                            Maybe we'd better keep going 
                            down until we reach the docking 
                            level...
              They continue down the eerie, slimy corridor that gets nar-
              rower and narrower as they descend into the bowels of the 
              city.
         81.  INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER
              A loud buzzer sounds throughout the control tower.  Threepio 
              rushes to the computer console.
                                      THREEPIO
                            All right, all right, I'm going 
                            to answer it...just don't blame 
                            me if we get caught.
              He switches on the control com-link.
                                      COM-LINK
                            There is a problem on the level 
                            five detention area.  Double 
                            alert.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Confirmed, and out.
                                 (to Artoo)
                            Do you think they'll believe that?
         82.  INT. DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY
              The passageway has gotten so small that Han, Luke and
              Chewbacca must walk sideways.  Suddenly the way opens up to 
              a wide, low ceiling corridor that is very dark and dank.
                                      HAN
                            We made it...Hurry!
              The group runs along the foul-smelling passageway.
                                      LUKE
                            I think they've stopped following 
                            us.
                                      HAN
                            I wonder why?...It's sure getting 
                            hot down here.  Where do you think 
                            this leads?
                                      LUKE
                            It's some kind of vent system.
              A loud, horrible, inhuman moan works its way up from the
              far end of the passageway and stops the group dead in its
              tracks.  They exchange rather worried looks.
                                      HAN
                            I think I know why they stopped 
                            following us...
                                      LUKE
                            Which direction is it?
              Chewbacca jabbers something to Han.
                                      HAN
                            Chewbacca says there are legends 
                            of the Sith keeping DAI NOGAS in 
                            the belly of the city...Dai Nogas 
                            are not to be trifled with.
                                      LUKE
                            Which way should we go?
                                      HAN
                            They are not natural creatures.
                            They are very large; but it 
                            could be anywhere.  There is no 
                            hope for us back there, so I 
                            guess we should push ahead.
              They start forward; but the giant Wookiee stops and howls
              something at Han.  The young captain talks to the frightened 
              creature and eventually calms him down, and they slowly con-
              tinue forward.  Barely perceivable, a dim light glimmers at 
              the far end of the hallway.
                                      LUKE
                            Look, a light, head for it!
              The group picks up speed as it nears the light.  Suddenly, 
              a huge form blocks out the light, and Chewbacca lets out a 
              terrified howl and begins to back away.  Han and Luke stand 
              fast with their laser pistols drawn.  Han calls back to the 
              Wookiee, who begins to cower near one of the damp walls.
                                      HAN
                            Guns are no good.  Only a Jedi, 
                            strong with the FORCE, can stop 
                            it.
              The huge shape, breathing loud and deep, sloshes forward.
                                      LUKE
                            Maybe we could out-flank it?
                                      HAN
                            The passageway is too small...We 
                            would have to distract it with 
                            something.
              The two boys begin to slowly walk backwards as the horrible 
              DAI NOGA begins its cumbersome advance.
                                      LUKE
                            Get Chewbacca, try to get around 
                            it.  I'll draw it away.
                                      HAN
                            Are you sure??  These things 
                            aren't natural.
                                      LUKE
                            I'll listen to your plan...
              Han turns and rushes back to Chewbacca, who is huddled
              against the wall, with the unconscious Deak lying by his
              side.  The Wookiee is shaking and wailing like a small
              child.  In the thin light provided by the small door at
              the end of the passageway, the faint outline of the grue-
              some Dai Noga can be perceived.  Luke, with shaking hands, 
              fires directly at the center of the beast.  His laser bolt 
              passes through the huge creature and explodes against a 
              far wall.  The light from the blast reveals a little more 
              of the thing, which is something like a cross between a 
              huge spider and a giant squid.
              Han has blindfolded Chewbacca, and attempts to lead the
              Wookiee carrying Deak around the terrifying Dai Noga.
              They edge their way along the corridor wall as Luke fires
              a second blast at the slime.  The Dai Noga lets out with
              a horrible moan and lumbers towards Luke with a new vigor.  
              Luke backs away firing as he goes.  Han and Chewbacca make 
              it to the door and watch the Dai Noga move after Luke.
                                      HAN
                            We're clear!  I'll distract him.
              He fires a shot at the monster, but it continues after Luke.
                                      LUKE
                            Shoot above him!
              Han fires again, this time above the creature, knocking
              rocks and debris on top of him.  He turns to face his new
              enemy, enabling Luke to creep around the Dai Noga and join 
              Han and Chewbacca.  The spider-like monster lets out a
              moan and leaps at the two youths.  Chewbacca has worked 
              loose the iron grate covering the doorway, and the group 
              tumbles into a dusty, unused hallway.
         83.  INT. DUNGEON - HALLWAY
              The Dai Noga bangs against the opening and a long slimy
              tentacle works its way out of the doorway searching for a
              victim.  Han aims his pistol.
                                      LUKE
                            No, wait!!  They'll hear...
              Han fires at the doorway, creating an avalanche of rubble
              which buries the monster.
              The noise of the blast echoes relentlessly throughout the
              passageway.  Luke simply shakes his head at the young cap-
              tain.  They get up and start down the passageway.  Han is 
              clearly bothered by Luke's low opinion of his actions.
                                      HAN
                            I don't care, I want them to 
                            find us...I need a good fight...
                            I could polish off a whole squad, 
                            like that!
              He snaps his fingers as Luke gives him a skeptical look.
         84.  INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER
              Threepio nervously paces the control room.
                                      THREEPIO
                            You mean they've calculated that 
                            the escape has something to do 
                            with the ship!  Then they'll come 
                            up here, too...Oh me! We'll all 
                            be atomized.  Where could they 
                            have disappeared to?
         85.  INT. SPACEPORT - PASSAGEWAY
              Luke and Han stand before a bay window overlooking the pi-
              rate starship.  They watch as a platoon of Imperial storm-
              troopers take up guard positions outside the craft.  An 
              officer attempts to open the hatch and enter the ship, but 
              is unsuccessful.  He exits the docking bay in a hurry.
                                      LUKE
                            He'll be heading for the control 
                            tower.  Come on...
              The two boys rush down the hallway, followed by the lumber-
              ing Chewbacca carrying Deak.  They round a corner and run 
              smack dab into twelve Imperial stormtroopers heading toward 
              them.  Both groups are taken by surprise, and stop in their 
              tracks.  Before even thinking, Han draws his laser sword 
              and charges the troops, yelling at the top of his lungs.
              The troops are startled by this assault and start to back 
              off.  Han manages to cut several down before the rest flee                             
              in panic.  Pleased with his prowess, Han starts after them, 
              yelling back to Luke as he goes.
                                      HAN
                            Get Chewbacca to the ship!
                                      LUKE
                            Wait, where are you going?  Come 
                            back here!
              Han has already rounded a corner and does not hear.  Luke
              rushes Chewbacca to the doorway at the end of the hallway.
              He motions the Wookiee to go on.
         86.  INT. SPACEPORT - SUB-HALLWAY
              Han chases the ten stormtroopers down a long sub-hallway.
              He is yelling and brandishing his laser sword.  The troops 
              reach a dead end and are forced to turn and fight.  Han 
              stops a few feet from them and assumes a defensive position.
              He is ready to cut them down.  The troops begin to ignite 
              their laser swords; soon all ten troopers are moving into 
              an attack position in front of the lone star pirate. Han's 
              determined look begins to fade as the troops begin to ad-
              vance.
              Luke runs down the sub-hallway in a last-ditch attempt to
              save his bold friend.  Suddenly he hears the clamor of
              laser swords and yelling.  Around the corner shoots Han
              Solo, pirate extraordinaire, running for his life, followed 
              by a host of furious stormtroopers.  Luke turns and starts 
              running the other way, also.  They run around several cor-
              ners, and the troops drop a ways behind.  Luke squeezes 
              down a side passage and signals for Han to follow.
         87.  INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE
              Luke and Han run down the narrow passageway looking for an 
              exit.  The stormtroopers can be heard barking orders as 
              they follow the duo.  An officer at the far end of the hall-
              way spots them and fires a laser blast at them, but misses.  
              They reach a complex blast-shield door which they attempt 
              to open by pushing a series of buttons on a lock switch.
              The several layers of hatches and locks slowly peel away.
              Han returns the laser fire of the gathered stormtroopers 
              at the end of the hallway.  The signal on their belt com-
              links begins to buzz.  Luke takes one in hand and gets a 
              jumble of excited Wookiee gibberish.  He hands the small 
              com-link receiver to Han, who continues his barrage of the 
              troopers.
                                      LUKE
                            It's for you.
              Han talks to the Wookiee and seems to be in some kind of
              an argument.
         88.  INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN FORWARD BAY
              Chewbacca is crouched behind some supply cannisters near
              the main entrance to the spaceport bay.  Stormtroopers
              march to and fro in front of the pirate starship.  The
              giant Wookiee whispers into the com-link.  Deak lies in a
              heap at his feet.  Chewbacca ducks lower as several troops 
              stop almost on top of him.  He puts the com-link back on 
              his belt and draws Deak close to him.
         89.  INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE
              Han gives the com-link back to Luke.
                                      HAN
                            Chewbacca can't make it to the 
                            ship without help.
              The final hatch starts to swing open behind them.
                                      LUKE
                            Then let's go!
              They turn and start into the main spaceport causeway.  A
              few feet into the hallway and the boys stop short.  Two
              evil, BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE SITH stride toward them.  Luke
              turns and runs back into the narrow passageway.
                                      LUKE (CONT'D)
                            Come on back.  We'll not be 
                            stopping them...
              Han jumps back into the narrow passageway and Luke pulls
              the main blast-shield lock switch.  The five layers of
              door instantly slam shut.
                                      HAN
                            Now what??
              Luke shrugs his shoulders.  The stormtroopers renew their
              assault.
         90.  INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN CAUSEWAY
              The two Sith knights stop before the huge blast-shield door.
              Stormtroopers take up position behind them.  One of the 
              knights turns to the first officer of the guard.
                                      SITH KNIGHT
                            Move your man back.
              The troops scurry out of the way, as the Sith knights raise 
              their arms over their heads, creating a powerful force field.
         91.  INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE
              The mighty blast-shield door bulges under the pressure of
              the Sith para-force.  Luke spots a small waste receptacle
              on the wall.  He fires a few shots at the assembled storm-
              troopers at the far end of the corridor, and moves to the 
              garbage chute.  He motions for Han to follow, but the young 
              starcaptain is sitting in a corner staring blankly at the 
              bulging door.  Luke runs back to him.
                                      LUKE
                            What is it?
                                      HAN
                            It's no use...we're lost.
                                      LUKE
                            No, no, there's a debris chute.
                            It's the Bogan force making you 
                            feel that way.  Don't give up 
                            hope...fight it!
                                      HAN
                            It's no use, it's no use.
              The giant hinge bolts on the blast-shield door begin to pop 
              as the force of the Sith knights grows stronger.  Luke fires 
              off a rapid series of shots and half-drags Han to the small 
              grate in the wall.
                                      LUKE
                            Well, we're going anyway.  Think 
                            of good things.  Drive the Bogan 
                            from your mind.
              Luke blasts the cover off the debris receptacle and shoves 
              Han into the small opening.  The giant blast door begins 
              to smolder, creating a smoky cover for the boys to hide in.  
              Luke frantically blasts away at the advancing stormtroopers, 
              then climbs into the garbage chute and disappears.
         92.  INTERIOR SPACEPORT - GARBAGE ROOM
              Luke slides through a series of chutes until he winds up
              in a large room full of muck.  Han is already stumbling
              around looking for an exit.  He finds a small hatchway and 
              struggles to get it open.
                                      HAN
                            The blasted thing is vacuum-
                            sealed.
              He draws his laser pistol and fires at the hatch.  The laser 
              bolt ricochets wildly around the small metal room.  Both 
              Luke and Han dive for cover in the garbage as the bolt ex-
              plodes almost on top of them.  Luke climbs out of the gar-
              bage with a rather grim look on his face.
                                      LUKE
                            I'm glad to see the Bogan is no 
                            longer with you, but would you 
                            put that thing away or you're 
                            going to get us both killed.
                                      HAN
                                 (sarcastic)
                            I'll leave it for you to open 
                            then.  I'm just afraid we're 
                            going to have company soon...
                            This is a brilliant escape.
                                      LUKE
                            Well, it could be worse...
              Before Han can reply, the walls of the garbage receptacle
              begin to rumble and edge toward the adventurers.
                                      HAN
                            Now what?!?
                                      LUKE
                            Try to jam it with something.
              They place poles and long metal beams between the closing
              walls; but they are simply snapped and bent and the giant
              trash masher rumbles on.  The situation doesn't look good.
                                      HAN
                            This isn't working!
                                      LUKE
                            Well then, think of something 
                            else!
              The room gets smaller and smaller, until it is only three
              feet wide.  Garbage is snapping and popping as it is crushed 
              by the relentless walls.  Luke's com-link begins to buzz, 
              and he pulls it off his belt.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I begging your pardon, sir,
                            but we are going to be unable 
                            to stay here much longer.
                            Could you give us...
                                      LUKE
                                 (to Han)
                            Threepio!  That's it.  The R-2 
                            unit is still plugged into the 
                            control systems...
                                 (into the
                                  com-link)
                            Threepio, listen to me.  Have 
                            Artoo shut down all garbage 
                            chutes in the immediate con-
                            necting bays.  I think we're 
                            on your level, but shut them 
                            off on the level above you, 
                            also...Quickly, shut them off!
              The rumbling walls begin to shake the room, and then they
              halt.  Han breathes a sigh of relief.  Luke goes over to
              the pressure hatch and scrapes some muck off a number.
                                      LUKE (CONT'D)
                            Open the pressure maintenance 
                            hatch on unit 366117891...
              In a moment, the door pops open.
                                      LUKE  (CONT'D)
                            We're out.  Disconnect Artoo and 
                            go back to the ship...Avoid the 
                            troops, if possible...
                                      THREEPIO
                            I wish you were here, sir.
                                      LUKE
                            We'll be with you shortly.  In-
                            struct Montross to get the ship 
                            started.
         93.  INT. SPACEPORT - GANTRY HALLWAY
              Two Imperial officers stand in the hallway leading to the
              spaceport.  One of the officers is a fleet admiral.  They
              spot Artoo and Threepio waddling towards them and can hardly 
              believe their eyes.
                                      OFFICER
                            That's them!
              Before they can do anything about it, Han and Luke jump
              the officers from behind, and put laser swords to their
              necks.  The robots trundle up to them.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Thank goodness you're safe, 
                            sir.  Did you find Master Deak?
                                      LUKE
                            Chewbacca's got him.  Now if we 
                            can just get by those guards be-
                            fore the Sith arrive...
                                      THREEPIO
                            They won't be here too quickly, 
                            I don't think; we shut and sealed 
                            all alarm doors in the gantry.
                                      HAN
                                 (to the officer)
                            Come on, boys!
         94.  INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN FORWARD BAY
              Han and Luke, dragging their hostages in front of them,
              enter the starship bay.  Artoo and Threepio hurry in be-
              hind them.  The twenty or so troops guarding the starship 
              train their weapons on the group, but seeing an admiral 
              held as hostage, hesitate.  Chewbacca jumps out from be-
              hind the supply cannisters, carrying Deak over his shoulder, 
              and joins the group.  They slowly make their way toward 
              the starship, which is a medley of noises, as it prepares 
              for take-off.  The main hatch slides open.
                                      OFFICER
                            Forget about us -- fire on them.
              The troops aim their laser rifles.  The admiral panics.
                                      ADMIRAL
                            No, wait!  Don't shoot!  They'll 
                            not get away.  They'll not get 
                            away.  Don't shoot!
              The group enters the starship and the hatch slams shut.
         95.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT
              Han slides into the co-pilot seat.  Montross gives him a
              big smile.
                                      HAN
                            Get us out of here!
              Montross pulls back on the controls and the ship begins to 
              move.  The dull thud of laser bolts can be heard bouncing 
              off the outside of the ship.
                                      MONTROSS
                            They aren't going to hurt us 
                            with those peashooters...
                                      HAN
                            There are Sith out there.
         96.  EXT. IMPERIAL CITY OF ALDERAAN - MAIN STARSHIP BAY
              The starship lifts away from the starship bay and moves into 
              the cloud sea of Alderaan.  Troops continue to fire at the 
              ship as it leaves.  Too late, four Sith knights arrive.
                                      SITH KNIGHT
                            They'll not get far.
         97.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
              Han picks up the com-link.
                                      HAN
                            Luke, jettison the hostages and 
                            get to one of the gun ports.
                                      MONTROSS
                            You'd better get back there, too.
                            Four TIE ships coming in at six 
                            o'clock.
              He points out the cockpit window to four small Imperial
              fighters banking in on their right side.
                                      HAN
                            Was this trip really necessary?
                                      MONTROSS
                            There's another bunch at two o'clock.
                            We're into our power reserves, so 
                            take your time.  Sing out if they 
                            get below us and I'll kick her around
                            ...Now get going!
         98.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - GUN PORTS - AFT SECTION - TRAVELING
              Luke is busy checking out one of the two main laser cannons 
              mounted in large rotating bubble turrets.  He adjusts his 
              head-phones, and searches his electronic tracking screen 
              for the Imperial fighters.
                                      MONTROSS (over head-phones) Here
                            they come.
              Han jumps into the turret opposite Luke, and begins to strap 
              himself in.  The pirate starship shudders as the Imperial 
              fighters open fire.  Luke's turret swings around and he be-
              gins to return the fire.  Moments later, Han lowers his 
              glare reflector and with a burst of smoke and electrical 
              charge also opens up on the enemy craft.  One of the Imperial 
              fighters is hit by a concentrated barrage and begins spin-
              ning out of control, until it finally explodes.  Han gives 
              Luke a victory wave, which Luke gleefully returns.
              Imperial fighters buzz about everywhere.  The constant flash-
              ing of deflected laser bolts reflect in the interior of the 
              turret bubble.  Chewbacca sits in an aft turret, blazing 
              away at the enemy craft.  A huge explosion rocks the pirate 
              ship and throws Artoo and Threepio crashing against a pas-
              sageway wall.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Here we go again.  How did we 
                            get ourselves into this?  We 
                            never seem to be in the right 
                            place.
              Over the com-link, Montross gives instructions as to the
              enemy formations.  Several more Imperial ships explode and 
              disappear from view.  The pirate starship undergoes a great 
              deal of punishment as the battle rages.
                                      HAN
                                 (into the com-link)
                            We're beginning to come apart 
                            back here...the ship will not 
                            take much more of this...
              Several of the Imperial fighters concentrate their fire on 
              a weakened port antenna and finally it explodes, opening 
              a hole in one of the compartments and everything that isn't 
              bolted down is sucked into outer space.  Threepio and Artoo 
              struggle to push a large cabinet in front of the hole.
         99.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
              The cockpit is alive with warning lights and buzzers, but
              Montross manages to keep things under control.  He speaks
              into the com-link.
                                      MONTROSS
                            You're doing great, boys. There 
                            are only three or four of them 
                            left; but maybe it's time we 
                            showed them this isn't your regu-
                            lation type F-888 cargo-trawler.
                            Stand by for hyper-skip...and 
                            hope she holds together.
              Montross pulls back on several of the levers before him,
              and the ship surges away from the tiny fighters.  The pi-
              rate starship races through the galaxy at an incredible 
              speed; but it isn't long before the Imperial fighters catch 
              up.
                                      MONTROSS (CONT'D)
                            Take them now, boys.  They 
                            shouldn't be maneuverable at 
                            this speed.
         100. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - GUN PORTS - AFT SECTION - TRAVELING
              Luke, Han and Chewbacca fire away at the now stationary
              Imperial craft.  One explodes, then another, and before
              long, they are all congratulating each other on their vic-
              tory.
                                                           DISSOLVE TO:
         101. INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA
              Luke kneels over what's left of his brother.  Han stands
              in the doorway watching as Threepio applies some medication 
              to the Jedi's gaping wounds.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I don't know much more we can do 
                            for him, sir.  These are spiritual 
                            wounds.  The Bogan arts often run 
                            contrary to the ways of science...
                            and logic.  I can't help him. Only 
                            a Jedi can save him.
                                      LUKE
                            He's been trying to talk...He knows 
                            I'm here.  He knows it's me.
               Han simply shakes his head at the situation.
                                      HAN
                            He must have something of great 
                            value for them to do that to him.
                            A lost spice mine, maybe?  Well, 
                            whatever it is, he'd better re-
                            gain consciousness 'cause I'm due 
                            my share...and I'm going to be 
                            very unhappy if he joins THE 
                            FORCE OF OTHERS before I get it...
               Han turns and leaves Luke and Threepio alone with Deak.
                                      LUKE
                            You've done well, Threepio...you 
                            have served both of us well beyond 
                            your programming.  Leave me with 
                            him for awhile, would you?
                                      THREEPIO
                            Thank you, sir.  Your kindness is 
                            greatly appreciated.  That is, the 
                            compliment of compliments...But 
                            sir, you too ought to be getting 
                            some rest...What with that tempest 
                            we stirred up back there, I'm sure 
                            we aren't through this yet.
                                      LUKE
                            I'll be along shortly.
               Threepio turns and leaves, locking the cabin door behind
               him.
                                      LUKE (CONT'D)
                            I guess you couldn't have known, 
                            but Ogana Major is gone, destroyed 
                            by something -- I can't imagine 
                            what...I don t know about father --
                            whether he's dead or alive -- or 
                            where to find him if he is alive.
                            I didn't know what to do, so I 
                            came for you...You can't die, you 
                            just can't...What am I going to do?
                            Just tell me what to do...Oh, Deak!
               Luke slumps over his brother and begins to weep quietly.  
               Suddenly he remembers the Kiber Crystal hidden in his belt.
               He takes off his belt and fumbles to open the secret com-
               partment.  The buckle snaps open and a powerful clear light 
               fills the darkened room.  The Kiber Crystal's glow is al-
               most blinding.  Luke takes the supernatural gem and places 
               it in his injured brother's hand.  Luke suddenly sits bolt 
               upright.  A thought seems to come to him and he dashes 
               out of the cabin.
         102.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA
               Luke bursts into the lounge area where Chewbacca and Han
               are sprawled across the chairs, sound asleep.  They wake
               with a start.  Chewbacca draws his laser sword.
                                      LUKE
                            Yavin's fourth moon.
                                      HAN
                            What's wrong?
                                      LUKE
                            My father's on the fourth moon 
                            of Yavin.  We must go there 
                            immediately.
                                      HAN
                            Wait a minute.   Is your brother
                            conscious?
                                      LUKE
                            No...
                                      HAN
                            Then how do you know your father 
                            is on Yavin?  I've had it with 
                            your adventures...
               Chewbacca blurts out a long line of gibberish to Han.
                                      HAN (CONT'D)
                            Yeah, you're going to get us all 
                            killed!
                                      LUKE
                            My father is on the fourth moon of 
                            Yavin.  Your only reward is there, 
                            also.
               Han thinks about this for a few moments, then throws up
               his hands.
                                      HAN
                            Well, we're already headed that 
                            way anyway.
                                                           DISSOLVE TO:
         103.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT
               Montross is upset and starts yelling at Han and Luke.
                                      MONTROSS
                            ...It's a wasteland.  That system
                            is way beyond the rim of the galaxy.
                                      LUKE
                            But we HAVE enough power to get 
                            there.
               Luke slams a connector panel on the computer console.
                                      HAN
                            Just relax for a second!
                                      MONTROSS
                                 (getting more 
                                  excited)
                            We have MORE than enough power to 
                            get there...But we don't have 
                            enough to get back, and there is 
                            no place to get power out there...
                            We'd never get back.  It's madness...
               Montross starts to bring his arm down across the computer 
               console to make his point, but Han grabs it in time to 
               keep it from being dashed to bits.
                                      LUKE
                            It's not a wasteland.  There is 
                            an outpost, I tell you...
               A sing-song alarm goes off on the scanner console.  Threepio, 
               who has been quietly sitting in the co-pilot's seat all 
               through the argument, interrupts his master.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Excuse me, sir -- but we seem 
                            to be approaching another ship 
                            of some king.
               Montross looks into the scanner display.
                                      MONTROSS
                            I don't think that's a ship, 
                            although it moves like one...
                            it's much too large.  It's as 
                            big as a small moon.
                                      HAN
                            A station of some kind?
                                      MONTROSS
                            I don't know.  It's moving, but 
                            not very fast, and it's traveling 
                            in the same direction we are.
                                      HAN
                            Move off, let's go around it. We 
                            don't need any more trouble.
                                      MONTROSS
                            I'd sure like to see what it is...
                                      HAN
                            Well, whatever it is, it means 
                            there must be some kind of a 
                            power depot out here, so we'll 
                            continue...
                                                           DISSOLVE TO:
         104.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN
               The sleek pirate starship drifts into orbit around the
               emerald green, fourth moon of YAVIN.
         105.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
               Montross and Han are at the controls, as Luke rushes into 
               the cockpit.
                                      MONTROSS
                            We pick up no significant life 
                            form concentrations down there.
                            Certainly there's no outpost...
                                      LUKE
                            It could be shielded, could be 
                            anything.
                                      HAN
                            Could be nothing.
                                      LUKE
                            Move into latitude sixty-one...
               A light begins to flash on the computer board.
                                      HAN
                            What's that?
                                      MONTROSS
                            A signal beacon.  Something is 
                            sending us coordinates...
                                      LUKE
                            That's it!  Lock onto it!  We 
                            made it...We made it!
                                      MONTROSS
                            There'll be no landing a ship 
                            this size on that terrain. We'll 
                            have to use the auxiliary units.
                                      LUKE
                            Good.  I'll help Chewbacca with 
                            Deak.
               Luke rushes out of the cockpit.
                                      MONTROSS
                            That moon or station -- or what-
                            ever it is -- is back on the 
                            scope.  It's either following us 
                            here or was already coming here 
                            on its own.  I'd better stay with 
                            the ship.
                                      HAN
                            Yeah, I think you'd better.  I 
                            don't like this.  Track us if 
                            you can...
         106.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN
               Two small lifepods jettison away from the starship, and
               slowly drift toward the awesome, deep green surface of
               the moon.  Retro-rockets automatically kick in and slow
               the pods.  The two tiny craft break through some light
               cloud cover and land in the dense, steaming jungles of
               Yavin's fourth moon.
         107.  EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - VINE JUNGLE
               One of the lifepods has come to rest in the middle of a bog.
               Han, Chewbacca, and Threepio emerge from the battered cap-
               sule as it slowly sinks into the murky swamp.
                                      HAN
                            Montross was sure right about 
                            this not being a fit place to 
                            land.  We could have gotten 
                            KILLED coming through those 
                            trees...Well, let's find Luke...
                                      THREEPIO
                            They landed further south, I 
                            think.  This is dangerous country.
                            If you don't mind my saying so, 
                            I think we had better stay to-
                            gether.
               Chewbacca inspects a huge laser weapon and straps several 
               power packs to his bandoliers.  The group ventures into a 
               forest of gargantuan trees shrouded in an eerie mist. The 
               air is heavy with the fantastic cries of unimaginable 
               creatures.
         108.  EXT. VINE JUNGLE
               Luke's lifepod is caught in the limbs of a huge tree.  The 
               fragile craft has been ripped in half by the crash land-
               ing.  A glass-enclosed mummy case containing the wounded 
               Deak Starkiller is securely strapped in what remains of 
               the tiny lifepod.  But his unconscious brother, Luke, hangs 
               half out of the damaged craft.  A two-foot high insect-
               like creature scoots down a branch and onto the back of 
               the dormant warrior.  The insect lets out a chilling his-
               sing sound, and a slimy tube emerges from its hairy mouth, 
               waking Luke.  He opens his eyes, but doesn't move.  He is 
               immediately aware of the insect.  Suddenly, with one quick 
               blow, he knocks the creature against the side of the life-
               pod, and it is squashed lifeless.
               Luke is a little groggy, but he manages to climb out of the 
               wreckage.  He hears a frantic whistle, pathetic in its 
               desperation.  Luke looks around and spots Artoo hanging up-
               side down, one of his three feet caught in a vine.  Luke 
               lifts the stubby robot out of his predicament and places 
               him securely on a wide limb.  Luke then attaches a thin 
               cable from his utility belt to the tree trunk, and slides 
               to the ground.  Han and Threepio are waiting for him at 
               the base of the huge tree.
                                      HAN
                            Are you all right?
                                      LUKE
                            Yeah, I think so.  I'm going 
                            to need some help getting Deak 
                            down from there.
               Chewbacca emerges from the dense foliage and tells Han
               something.  He tells Chewbacca to climb the tree and get
               Deak.
                                      HAN
                            He says we're about a league off 
                            the coordinates.  The going will 
                            be slow in this mess...
                                      LUKE
                            Then we best get on with it.
         109.  EXT. VINE JUNGLE RIDGE
               Gruesome and unnatural sounds permeate this ghostly waste-
               land.  The jungle is a strange and eerie, fog-laden purga-
               tory.  The group stops on a ridge overlooking the rebel 
               outpost of MASASSI.  All that can be seen of the fortress 
               is a lone guard standing on a small pedestal jutting out 
               above the dense jungle.  Suddenly, three Aquillian rangers 
               break out of the dark foliage and approach the group. Han 
               and Chewbacca raise their weapons.
                                      HAN
                            Hold!  Who are you?  Whom do 
                            you serve?
               One of the rangers strides forward, ignoring Han's laser
               pistol.  He is a tall man; on his helmet is the crest of
               AQUILLAE.  He advances until he is standing a few feet
               from Luke's weapon.
                                      ANTILLES
                            I am Bail Antilles...I serve 
                            THE FORCE OF OTHERS...We are 
                            agents of the Starkiller...He 
                            has been expecting you...
               Han looks a little puzzled, but lowers his weapon and tells 
               Chewbacca to do likewise.  About two dozen rangers emerge 
               from the brush and take up positions around the group. One 
               of them speaks to Chewbacca in his own tongue, and the 
               giant Wookiee lowers Deak onto a stretcher they have placed 
               before him.
                                      ANTILLES (CONT'D)
                            Which of you is young Luke?
                                      LUKE
                            I am.  This is my friend and a 
                            great starcaptain, Han Solo...
                            His first mate is called Chewbacca.
               Antilles bows low before Luke.  The young adventurer is
               embarrassed and doesn't know how to respond.  Finally the 
               ranger rises.
                                      ANTILLES
                            We must move swiftly, my lord.
                            For you have arrived with all of 
                            the force of the Bogan at your 
                            heels.  The Death Star has found 
                            us once again, and a deadly battle 
                            lies before us.  There is little 
                            time.  Hurry!
         110.  EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST
               Luke, Han, Chewbacca, the robots and Aquillian rangers ride 
               on top of a low, gray armored transport speeder.  They swing 
               past a long line of gleaming spacefighters sitting along 
               the edge or the vast jungle runway.  The several different 
               types of two-man fighter craft have a wide variety of mark-
               ings.  Several of the ships have bizarre and colorful de-
               signs painted across their large deflector fins, which trans-
               forms the crafts into huge and grotesque creatures, while 
               others create beautiful and unique mosaic patterns.  Ground 
               crews rush about servicing the craft.  Activity is at a 
               fever pitch as Luke, Han and Antilles disembark the speeder 
               and enter a low metal building to one side of the runway.
         111.  INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
               The war room is a mass of glass enclosures, electronic wall 
               displays, monitors and computer stations.  Officers and 
               aides rush to and fro, ignoring Luke and Han as they follow 
               Major Antilles to a large, dimly lit conference room domi-
               nated by a huge galactic display board.  A briefing is in 
               progress.  Several dozen officers sit around a long table 
               as a young astro-general named DODANA is describing an
               attack plan to the others.  Antilles stops Han just outside 
               the door as two braided guards approach them.
                                      ANTILLES
                            You'll have to wait here.
               Han gives Luke a look of betrayal and anger.
                                      LUKE
                            I'll be back, and you'll be 
                            paid.
               Luke follows Antilles into the conference room and a glass 
               door slides silently closed behind them.
         112.  INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - CONFERENCE ROOM
               Antilles and Luke sit in chairs at the back of the room.  
               Several officers at the table glance at Luke, but for the
               most part their attention remains riveted on General Dodana.
                                      DODANA
                            ...and although the digital
                            analysis doesn't confirm it,
                            he feels there is a weak point...
               Several large projections of a huge, armored space station 
               appear behind Dodana.  One angle shows the north pole of 
               the complex globe.  Six black towers dominate the detailed 
               portion of the sphere.  Antilles whispers something to 
               Luke who answers with a question.  Antilles points to a 
               dark corner of the room near Dodana.  Luke strains to see 
               something in the corner.  His hand fingers his belt buckle 
               and he turns to Antilles and nods yes.
                                      DODANA (CONT'D)
                            ...Here, near the north pole
                            someplace.  In an area somewhere 
                            below their generating towers, 
                            he predicts you'll find a small 
                            thermal exhaust port.  It is an 
                            unshielded shaft that runs di-
                            rectly into the reactor system.
                            A direct hit straight into the 
                            shaft would set up a chain reac-
                            tion that would destroy the Death 
                            Star.
               A large, sallow-eyed General named AAY ZAVOR fiddles ner-
               vously with a small hand computer.
                                      ZAVOR
                            The greatest concentration of 
                            fire power is at the poles.  I 
                            doubt a ship could get in there 
                            to find the exhaust port, let 
                            alone fire a direct hit down the 
                            shaft...
               A flight officer with a patch over one eye rises.
                                      FLIGHT OFFICER
                            There is an impossible magnetic 
                            field around those towers. Maneu-
                            verability in that sector is less 
                            than point three...
               The GRANDE MOUFF TARKIN, a thin, bird-like commander of
               the outland Kesselian Dragoons, stands, and Dodana sits
               down, revealing behind and to one side of him a wizened
               old man with long silver hair -- THE STARKILLER.  He is
               apparently asleep; but as the Grande Mouff rises, the
               Starkiller's crystal-clear eyes open knowingly.  An aura
               of power radiates from the ancient Jedi that almost knocks 
               Tarkin over.  The Starkiller is a large man, but shriveled 
               and bent by an incalculable number of years.  His face, 
               cracked and weathered by exotic climates, is set off by a 
               long silver beard and penetrating gray-blue eyes.  Luke 
               stares at him in awe.  He's at once proud, moved and 
               slightly frightened.
                                      TARKIN
                            With all due respect, sir, the time 
                            has come for it to be said...
               There is a long pause, as most of the officers on the Grande 
               Mouff's side of the table look down at their fidgeting hands 
               or nervously look away.
                                      TARKIN (CONT'D)
                            After our crushing defeat, and the 
                            destruction of Ogana Major by this 
                            Death Star...the Council has voted 
                            to trust the cybormitic analysis 
                            for future attack and planning pro-
                            cedures.  Your contact with THE FORCE 
                            OF OTHERS is weak to the point where 
                            it can no longer be trusted.  This 
                            new attack formula is contrary to 
                            the cyborg plan and depends too much 
                            on faith...a faith that deserted us 
                            at Ogana Major.  Our blind, unwaver-
                            ing faith in you and the Ashla has 
                            led to our doom...
               The Starkiller sits unmoved, unresponding.  Zavor jumps to 
               his feet in great anger and despair.
                                      ZAVOR
                            Your strategy destroyed us on 
                            Ogana Major!  THE FORCE OF OTHERS 
                            is no longer with us.  The Bogan 
                            is too strong. This Death Star 
                            is too strong!
               Finally Antilles can stand it no longer.
                                      ANTILLES
                            The Bogan is already beginning 
                            to work on you...Will you flee 
                            like frightened children again, 
                            only to be hunted down again, 
                            until there is no place to hide.
                                      ZAVOR
                            We were overwhelmed; his plan was 
                            hopeless as this new plan of his 
                            is hopeless...
                                      ANTILLES
                            You would trust a machine's logic 
                            over THE FORCE OF OTHERS?  His son 
                            brings us new faith...
                                      TARKIN
                            His son brought us the Death Star...
                            He has betrayed us!
                                      ANTILLES
                            He's brought us the Kiber Crystal!
               The room falls silent.  The bent and broken Starkiller rises 
               and Tarkin and Zavor immediately sit down.  He motions for 
               Luke to join him at the head of the table.  Luke hurries 
               to his father's side and hands him the Kiber Crystal. The 
               Starkiller holds up the powerful stone and it radiates a 
               brilliant light throughout the room.  Years seem to drop 
               from the old man as the Kiber's force moves into his body.
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            With the Crystal, I can hold off 
                            the force of the Bogan...but when 
                            its presence is revealed, the enemy 
                            will stop at nothing to acquire it.
                            ...You will have to win the battle
                            or lose everything...there will be 
                            no retreat, no place to hide if the 
                            Sith gain possession of the Crystal
                            ...finding the exhaust port is your
                            only chance.
                            You must have faith...THE FORCE 
                            OF OTHERS is with you.
               One of the younger officers stands up.
                                      OFFICER
                            We'll find the port.
               Several other officers stand, also.
                                      SECOND OFFICER
                            I think my boys could get in 
                            there -- they can hit it.
               More officers and Generals join in until even Zavor and
               Tarkin are standing.
                                      TARKIN
                            It will be to the finish, then.
                            This time, victory!
         113.  INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - LIBRARY
               Luke is embraced by his father in the cool, dim quiet of
               the outpost electronic library.
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            You've done well, my son -- but 
                            I'm afraid your trial has just 
                            begun.  I had hoped we would 
                            have more time, time enough for 
                            you to learn the ways of the 
                            Force.  But you'll have to face 
                            the enemy as a warrior rather 
                            than a Jedi.  When the Death Star 
                            is destroyed, there will be time 
                            enough for training.
               Artoo and Threepio enter the room and bow low before their 
               master and his father.
                                      THE STARKILLER (CONT'D)
                            I trust your replacement parts 
                            are satisfactory?
                                      THREEPIO
                            Most certainly, and your kindness 
                            is greatly appreciated.
                            I feel my capacities have doubled, 
                            and if I do say so, Artoo is a 
                            new unit.  I'd hardly know him.
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            You have served us well, and I 
                            am releasing you from further 
                            service.  You may rest and enjoy 
                            your remaining years in tran-
                            quillity...
                                      THREEPIO
                            If it's at all possible, sir, and 
                            if it's all the same to you...no 
                            disrespect intended...we'd rather 
                            continue to serve Master Luke.
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            The choice is yours.  Luke is truly
                            fortunate.  Now go and have them 
                            bring us this starcaptain who was 
                            so helpful to you.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I begging your pardon, sir, but 
                            might I inquire after Master Deak?
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            Deak is doing fine, but the Bogan 
                            is still heavy with him and it will 
                            be some time before he is himself 
                            again.  Now be off with you.
               They bow low and leave the room.  Antilles ushers Han into 
               the office.  Antilles bows low before the Starkiller and 
               his son.  Han feels quite awkward standing before the 
               legendary galactic hero.  He gives the old man a short 
               bow, then gives Luke a slight nod.
                                      THE STARKlLLER (CONT'D)
                            You have been of great service to 
                            us.  We offer you this in gratitude.
                            Luke tells me you have a great de-
                            sire for such things.
               He hands the young starcaptain a small box containing many 
               neatly minted chrome bars.  Han's mouth drops open in amaze-
               ment.
                                      HAN
                            This must be at least seven or 
                            eight million!
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            I would that I could give you 
                            more.  We sorely need a man of 
                            your ability.
                                      HAN
                            I'm afraid my calling is elsewhere.
                            Sorry, Luke, but I'm not a part of 
                            this.
               Luke bows his head and is clearly disappointed.  He steps 
               forward and gives Han a gray gunbelt with a chrome laser 
               sword attached.
                                      LUKE
                            Han, I want you to take this.
                            It was fashioned by the Bomerwrights
                            of Sullest.  It is a special blade 
                            with great power that will never 
                            fail you.  Take care, my friend.
              He gives Han a hug, and the young starcaptain leaves.
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            Now, my son, tell me of Owen, Beru, 
                            and the twins, and of course, little
                            Leia.
         114.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN
               A small silver rebel ship edges close to the pirate star-
               ship, until the two craft link up.
         115.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA
               Han and Chewbacca enter the starship and are greeted by
               Montross.  Han gives him the box of chrome bars.
                                      HAN
                            Eight million!  Eight million 
                            and we got it legal.  Can you 
                            beat that?  If only Captain Oxus 
                            could see us now.  He never had 
                            a haul this big!
                                      MONTROSS
                            You didn't stay long.  Could you 
                            have tried for more?
                                      HAN
                            That station we spotted is what 
                            destroyed Ogana Major. They're 
                            going to try to stop it.
                                      MONTROSS
                            Then I'd better get us going.
                                      HAN
                            Yeah, do that.
               Han has a wistful look in his eyes as Montross heads back 
               to the cockpit.
         116.  INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST - READY ROOM
               Chaos.  Red scramble lights are flashing.  Alert horns and 
               attack buzzers create an unbelievable cacophony.  Star-
               pilots in a variety of different style spacesuits scramble 
               out of the low concrete ready room, grabbing helmets and 
               space packs as they race out the doors.
         117.  EXT. MASASSI OUTPOST - ATTACK RUNWAY
               Pilots and navigators dash in unison to a long line of wait-
               ing two-man starship fighters.  Around it, crews scurry 
               here and there loading last minute armament and unlocking 
               power couplings.  Luke, closely followed by Artoo and 
               Threepio, meet Antilles in front of one of the sleek star-
               ships.
                                      ANTILLES
                            This one's ours.  May THE FORCE 
                            OF OTHERS be with us.
               On a balcony overlooking the runway appears the dazzling
               figure of the Starkiller.  His long silver hair and beard 
               cascade over his flowing white robes.  The Kiber Crystal 
               glitters in his right hand.  The pilots and crews stop 
               what they are doing and bow low toward the honored Jedi.
               Luke and the robots join the others in the tribute.  The 
               air warriors are a wide mix of humans and other creatures 
               from the many systems in the Alliance.
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            Your next journey is marked by 
                            your given word.
                            Do not falter, for there is no 
                            retreat from this battle.  The 
                            power of the Bogan is strong on 
                            the Death Star.  The Sith are 
                            many, but we hold the one power 
                            mightier than they: the Kiber 
                            Crystal.  It is your captain and 
                            your banner.  Do not fear to go 
                            where it leads.  THE FORCE IS WITH 
                            YOU.
               The pilots and crews bow and hurry to their starships. Luke 
               helps Threepio lift Artoo into the ship.  PILOT LEADER, a 
               rugged, handsome man in his forties, gives his ground crew 
               the signal that he is starting his ion engine.  He has a 
               winning smile and a distinctive scar along the side of his 
               face.  His crew chief pats him on the back.
                                      CHIEF
                            Knock them all the way back to 
                            Alderaan.
               The canopy is closed and the powerful starship moves onto 
               the runway.  Luke and Antilles settle into their craft as 
               their crew looks down the armament housing.
                                      CREWMAN
                            I've got you about a thousand 
                            pounds lighter.  It should help.
               He hangs a small good-luck charm inside the cockpit as the 
               main canopy starts to slide closed.  Luke and Antilles wave 
               back to him.  Other crewmen say goodbye to their pilots, 
               some grinning, some kidding -- all with a great deal of 
               hidden emotion.  The din of retro-rockets cuts through the 
               uproar, and six silver starships leave the runway and dis-
               appear into the morning cloud cover.
         118.  INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
               The Starkiller sits quietly before a giant computer display 
               of the Yavin system.  It shows the planet, moons and approach-
               ing Death Star.  The Grande Mouff Tarkin stands behind the 
               Jedi with several other Generals.
                                      TARKIN
                            They're all away, sir.  For the 
                            first time since the take-over,
                            I feel real hope.
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            Put their com-links through the 
                            main system.  Let everyone hear 
                              it.
               General Dodana approaches the group and leans over to the 
               Starkiller.
                                      DODANA
                            They've made contact, sir.
         119.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN
               A small bright speck orbiting the huge green moon of Yavin 
               sparkles in the light of the distant sun.  Six rebel star 
               ships settle ominously into the foreground, moving swiftly 
               toward the orbiting speck.  As the starships move closer, 
               the awesome size of the gargantuan Imperial space fortress 
               is revealed.  Explosions create blinding flashes on the 
               planet's surface as the Imperial fortress bombards the moon 
               with a fusillade of laser bolts.
         120.  INT. LEAD STARSHIP - TRAVELING
               Pilot Leader, in the first ship, signals to his navigator 
               who sits in a small isolated glass bubble to the rear of 
               the craft.  The many monitors are filled with various com-
               puter read-outs and displays.  Over the com-link one of 
               the other starpilots reports to Pilot Leader.
                                      BOMA SIX (INTERCOM)
                            Look at the size of that thing!
                                      PILOT LEADER
                            Cut off, Boma Six.  Stand by.
                            Bantha pack cover to the south.
                            We'll try for the exhaust port.
                            Settle in.  Here we go.
         121.  INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - TRAVELING
               Luke adjusts the controls of the tiny starfighter and lowers 
               the sunshade on his goggles.  Antilles and Threepio rotate 
               around in the gun-pod.
                                      LUKE
                            Does that glare bother you?
                                      ANTILLES
                            I've got it blocked.  I'm all right.
                            I wish they'd let us try for 
                            that exhaust port.
         122.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE
               Fuel pods are jettisoned.  The starship fighters break off 
               into a power-dive attack on the space fortress.  A barrage 
               of laser fire from the huge fortress creates a wall of 
               death, through which most of the rebel craft miraculously 
               emerge, undamaged.  Multiple laser bolts streak from the 
               starship fighters, creating small explosions on the complex 
               surface of the fort.  Antilles directs his fire at one of 
               the prime power terminals.  It explodes, generating weird 
               electronic arcs that leap off the station's surface.
         123.  INT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS - MAIN STATION
               Walls buckle and cave in, sucking debris and personnel into 
               the vacuum of space.  Alarm sirens scream as soldiers scram-
               ble to large turbo-powered laser gun emplacements.  Officers 
               yell orders through the smoke and confusion.  Men and robots 
               of various shapes and sizes run to their battle stations.  
               Standing in the middle of the chaos, a vision of calm and 
               foreboding, is the evil Sith knight: Darth Vader.  Several 
               astro-officers run up to him, still putting on the helmets 
               and equipment.
                                      VADER
                            Get to your ships.  I'll take the 
                            lead myself.
         124.  INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
               Generals and troops listen silently to the action of the
               starships over the com-link.  The Starkiller seems to be
               asleep, but no one attempts to waken him.
                                      PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
                            Boma One to Massoni Base, we're 
                            nearing the north pole transmitter 
                            area.  The magnetic concussion is 
                            getting very rough.  We're start-
                            ing our run.  Tighten it up.  Boma 
                            Two, tighten it up.  Watch those 
                            towers.
                                      BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)(V.O.)
                            Heavy fire, Boss.  Twenty-three 
                            degrees.
                                      PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
                            I see it.  Pull in.  Pull in.
                            We're picking up some inter-
                            ference.
                                      BOMA SIX (V.O.)
                            Wow, I've never seen such fire 
                            power.
                                      PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
                            Pull in, Boma Two.  Pull in.
                            Chewie, do you read me?  Chewie?
                                      BOMA TWO (V.O.)
                            I'm all right, Boss.  I've got 
                            a target. I'm going in to check 
                            it out.
                                      BOMA SIX (V.O.)
                            There is too much action, Chewie.
                            Get out!
                                      PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
                            Break off, Chewie.  Acknowledge.
                            We've hit too much interference.
                            Boma Six, can you see Boma Two?
               The Starkiller's eyes open as the tension mounts.  He has 
               not been asleep.
                                      BOMA SIX (V.O.)
                            I've lost him. There's a heavy 
                            fire zone on this side.  My 
                            scanner's jammed.
                                      BOMA FIVE (V.O.)
                            He's gone.  No, wait.  There he 
                            is.  Fin damage, but he's all right.
               A sigh of relief sweeps across the war room.  The computers 
               flash off and then on again as the whole room shakes under 
               the Death Star's bombardment of a nearby ridge.
                                      DEVIL FOUR (V.O.)
                            Watch your back, Boss.  Watch 
                            your back!  A TIE squad above 
                            you, coming in -- about six ships.
         125.  EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE - REBEL
               FIGHTERS (BOMA GROUP)
               Six fin winged Imperial fighters dive on Pilot Leader, but 
               he does a quick spiral turn and eludes them.
                                      BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)(V.O.)
                            I found the exhaust port, Boss.
                            Relay target six degrees south by 
                            three mark two.  It's not very 
                            big -- a direct hit is going to 
                            be tough.
                                      PILOT LEADER
                            I copy, Boma Two, but we have other
                            problems right now.
               Pilot Leader and Boma Four dive in unison through a forest 
               of radar domes, antennae and gun towers.  They are followed 
               by four Imperial TIE fighters.  The two rebel ships make 
               a sharp turn and come around behind the Imperial ships.
               Boma Four and Pilot Leader fire into the TIE fighters as 
               the six ships criss-cross the surface of the fortress.
               Suddenly, a dense barrage of laser fire erupts from a pro-
               truding tower, catching Boma Four broadside.  The rebel 
               spacecraft bursts into a million flaming pieces.  Pilot 
               Leader reacts to the loss of his wing man with a renewed 
               attack on the Imperial ships -- one of which falls away 
               and hits a prime power terminal, creating an arching spec-
               tacle.  A chain reaction is set off, creating a series of 
               explosions leaping across the surface of the fortress from 
               terminal to terminal.
         126.  INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - TRAVELING
               Luke and three other speedy little fighters dart back and 
               forth across the soft underbelly of the fortress, leaving 
               a trail of destruction behind them.  Artoo is sitting on 
               the seat-back above Threepio's shoulders.  He is beeping 
               and whistling frantically.  Threepio swings his gun pod 
               around and begins firing at an approaching Imperial TIE 
               ship.
                                      THREEPIO
                            I see it.  I see it.  Don't confuse 
                            me, or we'll be killed.  See those?
                            They break up in little pieces, just 
                            like a GS unit under pressure.
                                      ANTILLES
                            Luke, TIE fighters below us.
                                      LUKE
                            I see them.  Hang on!
               The rebel craft dives on the Imperial ships, all guns blast-
               ing away.  Two of the TIE craft go down in flames.
         127.  INT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS - MAIN CONTROL CENTER
               Constant explosions rock the interior of the fortress.
               Troops scurry for safety in the panic-ridden control center.  
               A Sith knight speaks to Lord Vader on the com-link.
                                      SITH KNIGHT
                            Yes, my Lord, the Ashla Force is 
                            strong upon us.  I can't hold the 
                            panic.  How could it be?
                                      VADER
                            I feel the influence of the Kiber 
                            Crystal.  Perhaps the Starkiller 
                            is still alive They must have 
                            brought it out of hiding at last.
                            We must strain -- counter the 
                            force.  Their attack is organized; 
                            they're going for the poles.  Con-
                            centrate there.
         128.  EXT. REBEL STARSHIPS - BATTLE
               Boma Two (Chewie), a young hot-shot of about sixteen years, 
               miraculously dives his ship through a virtual sea of laser 
               fire and blasts the Imperial fighters into dust.  Chewie 
               signals to his navigator, who lets out a whooping cheer 
               as the craft veers into a victory roll.
                                      PILOT LEADER
                            Great moves, Chewie.  Regroup at 
                            point two-four.  Let's go in for 
                            that exhaust port.  Coincide, Boma 
                            Six.
               Boma Five and Boma Three bob and weave in formation toward 
               a group of giant towers at the north pole.
                                      PILOT LEADER (CONT'D)
                            I see it.  It looks good.
                                      BOMA THREE
                            I've got it.  We're hit!  We're hit!
                                      PILOT LEADER
                            Eject...Eject.  Boma Three, do you
                            read?
                                      BOMA THREE
                            I'm all right.  I can hold it.
                            Give me a little room, Boma Five.
                            Watch it!  Watch it!
               Boma Three wobbles a little, then drops away sharply, plow-
               ing into a huge laser gun emplacement, causing a hideous 
               series of chain reaction explosions.  The four remaining 
               starships of the Boma group fly in a tight formation and 
               dive between the tall towers near the exhaust port.
                                      PILOT LEADER
                            Masassi Base, we're in position 
                            and starting for the target.
                            Chewie, hold your fire until 
                            we're within point zero five 
                            four.  Make it count.
               Several ack-ack lasers begin to open fire on the approach-
               ing spacecraft.  The rebel ships direct their fire at a 
               small, glowing blue hole at the base of one of the towers.  
               Boma Five explodes, quickly followed by Boma Four.
                                      BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)
                            I'm on it.
               Boma Two dives directly at the small target, is unable to 
               pull out and crashes into the base of one of the towers.  
               Pilot Leader dives between the towers, firing away, but is 
               unable to hit the small hole.
                                      PILOT LEADER
                            It's too small.  It's impossible.
                            All ships hit.  Send in Bantha 
                            group.  I'll try to make it.
               One of the two large engines on Pilot Leader's fighter ex-
               plodes.  He careens wildly, leaving an erratic trail of 
               smoke before eventually crashing into a solar panel.
         129.  INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASSONI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
               On the large computer display board, several of the markers 
               indicating rebel fighters go dark.  General Dodana approaches 
               the Starkiller in a hurry.
                                      DODONA
                            Eighty-five percent of our craft 
                            have been destroyed.  The proba-
                            bility projection shows little hope.
                            Retreat is possible at this 
                            time, but not for long.
               Zavos steps forward in a panic.
                                      ZAVOS
                            It's just like Ogana Major.
                            Twice we have listened to 
                            this old man, and twice it 
                            has led to our ruin.  We 
                            must surrender before we're 
                            all destroyed, while there 
                            is still time.
               The Starkiller gives Zavos a hard look and the cowardly
               General shakes as if a cold wind had chilled him to his
               heart.
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            There will be no surrender.
                            There will be no retreat.
                            This was settled.  The 
                            force is still with us.
               The General's eyes turn back to the big board as two more 
               symbols disappear.  The four that are left are flying in 
               formation toward the north pole exhaust port.
                                      DODONA
                            There are only four left.
         130.  EXT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - BATTLE
               Luke swings the small craft around the many outcroppings
               of laser towers and transmitters.
                                      LUKE
                            We'll follow you in Banta 
                            One.
                                      BANTA ONE
                            Ship response through here 
                            is gone.  Don't try anything 
                            fancy.
                                      LUKE
                            Antilles, Threepio, as soon as 
                            you've got the target, open up.
               The fortress gun emplacements fire away, hitting Banta
               Three.  It disintegrates, leaving a trail of flaming parti-
               cles.  The three remaining craft continue the assault.
               Luke and Antilles watch the remains of Banta Three disap-
               pear.
                                      BANTA  ONE
                            This is it.  Make it count.
               The rebel craft blast away at the exhaust port, but all
               miss.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Sir, I think if you pitched the 
                            ship about twelve degrees on the 
                            final approach, we could clear 
                            the port rim.  It seems to be 
                            diagonal, which is why we're off 
                            target.
                                      ANTILLES
                            I think you're right.  Luke, tell 
                            Banta One when we make our next 
                            pass.
                                      LUKE
                            Banta One, this is Banta Two...
         131.  EXT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS
               Lord Vader and two other Imperial ships wait for the rebel 
               craft to emerge from the smoke and confusion of the exhaust 
               port area.
                                      VADER
                            We'll take what's left when they 
                            start their second run.  Prepare 
                            the scan ships for low altitude 
                            survey.  The Kiber Crystal will 
                            be ours if it's still down there.
                            Stand by...Here they come.
         132.  EXT. BATTLE
               The three rebel starships bank and prepare for a second
               attack on the exhaust port.  Suddenly, streaking down from 
               above them, the Imperial TIE craft blaze away with all their 
               laser cannons.
               Banta Four instantly bursts into flames, then disintegrates.  
               Banta One's tail section is hit, and the ship pinwheels 
               toward the planet.  Blood covers Antilles' face.  Luke 
               struggles to keep control of the ship.  Artoo is whistling 
               wildly as Threepio swings the gun turret around to fire at 
               the enemy craft.
                                      LUKE
                            Antilles!
                                      ANTILLES
                            The turret's shattered.  But 
                            both hatches are sealed.  I 
                            can hold out.  Just get us back 
                            down there.
                                      LUKE
                            Well, it looks like we're it.
               The tiny rebel fighter dives toward the exhaust port, but 
               is cut off and forced to turn away from Vader's ship.
                                      VADER
                            This is the last one.  Here's 
                            where the rebellion ends.
               The three Imperial craft dive on the lone rebel starfighter.  
               Laser bolts streak past the small craft on all sides.  Vader 
               moves close in behind Luke's ship.
                                      THREEPIO
                            Where did he go?   I can't see him.
                                      ANTILLES
                            He's back there somewhere.  Luke, 
                            bank a little...See him now?
               Vader signals his wing men to back off.
                                      VADER
                            I've got him.  Return to base.
               Suddenly, Vader's wing man explodes into a shower of burn-
               ing fragments.  Vader is surprised and looks around for the 
               cause of his wing man's misfortune.
                                      VADER (CONT'D)
                            SR-2, do you see anything?  What 
                            did he hit?
               Before SR-2 can answer, he too is blasted out of orbit.
               Vader quickly veers off and takes defensive maneuvers. Above 
               and behind the Imperial fighters the old familiar pirate 
               starship descends into view.
         133.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
               Han grins at Montross and speaks into the com-link.
                                      HAN
                            I heard you were having some 
                            problems, Banta Two.
                                      LUKE (V.O.)
                            I don't know what brought you 
                            back, but I'm sure glad you're 
                            here.
                                      HAN
                            I'll cover you.  If you're going 
                            in there after something, you'd 
                            better get going.
         134.  EXT. BATTLE
               Luke dives the tiny ship once again into the wall of laser 
               fire around the exhaust port.  The pirate ship follows a 
               short distance behind, but begins to bounce about as it 
               nears the generating tower.
                                      MONTROSS
                            There is a terrible magnetic cross-
                            field down here.  This thing's too 
                            big.  We'll never make it.
                                      LUKE
                            Hold tight.  We're almost there.
               Vader's starship swoops down on the battered pirate ship, 
               unleashing a heavy barrage of laser bolts.  Chewbacca in 
               the rear gun turret blazes away at the Sith starship. One 
               of Vader's huge solar fins breaks up, but the Black Knight 
               manages to keep the disabled craft on course and crash dives 
               into the pirate craft, exploding on impact.
                                      HAN
                            We're hit.  You're on your own, 
                            Luke.
         135.  INT. PIRATE STARSHIP
               Han and Montross work their way through the damaged ship, 
               looking for a usable life pod.  Chewbacca appears at the 
               end of a hallway and yells at Han to follow him.
         136.  INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP
               Luke dives past the towers and approaches the exhaust port.
                                      LUKE
                            I'm starting the bank.  Let 
                            her have it.
               The ship skims the surface of the Death Star, blasting a
               thin path across its surface.  As they pass the exhaust
               port, both Threepio and Antilles get several shots directly 
               down the exhaust shaft.
                                      THREEPIO
                            We hit it.  We hit it; perfect,
                            if I do say so myself.
                                        ANTILLES
                            Pull out of here, Luke.
         137.  EXT. BATTLE
               The small craft veers sharply away from the Death Star as 
               ominous rumbles and explosions can be heard coming from 
               within the huge super fortress.  The rebel ship speeds past 
               the small lifepod from the pirate ship as it slowly drifts 
               toward the green calm of Yavin's Fourth Moon.  Han, Montross 
               and the furry Chewbacca watch the ominous fortress grow 
               smaller as they drift further and further away.  Suddenly, 
               a great flash replaces the fortress and rubble streaks past 
               the lifepod and lone rebel starship.  Several giant explo-
               sions follow, until there is only a smoke cloud where the 
               mighty fortress once orbited Yavin's Fourth Moon.
                                                           DISSOLVE TO:
         138.  EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST
               Luke climbs out of the starship as a ground crew help the 
               wounded Antilles from the shattered gun turret.  Artoo is 
               helped down by Threepio.  Antilles gives Luke a big grin.  
               Luke slaps Threepio on the back.  He then spots Han, Montross 
               and Chewbacca riding up in a transport speeder.  Luke runs 
               up and hugs the Corellian pirates.  They all laugh and cheer.
               The white-robed Starkiller approaches the group, followed by 
               a hundred aides, troops, ground crews, and Generals.
               Antilles and the robots join Han, Luke and the others.  As 
               the Starkiller approaches, they all bow low, including 
               Chewbacca and the robots.
                                      THE STARKILLER
                            Your achievement will be sung through 
                            the ages.  The Kiber Crystal has 
                            stopped the onslaught of the Bogan 
                            forces so that brave warriors can 
                            once again show their merit...The 
                            revolution has begun.
               A ROLL-UP TITLE appears:
                         ...And a thousand new systems joined the
                         rebellion, causing a significant crack 
                         in the great wall of the powerful Galactic 
                         Empire.  The Starkiller would once again 
                         spark fear in the hearts of the Sith 
                         knights, but not before his sons were put 
                         to many tests...the most daring of which 
                         was the kidnapping of the Lars family, 
                         and the perilous search for:
                                   "The Princess of Ondos."
                                                           FADE OUT:
                                                           END CREDITS.
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