Star Wars VI: Explained

The story picks up a year after the events of the previous movie. Han Solo was captured in carbonite and taken by Bobba Fett acting on the behalf of Jabba the Hutt. Lando and Chewie left on the Falcon to look for Han, while Luke stayed back and was fitted with a prosthetic arm. Star wars VI: Return of the Jedi is the final chapter in the Luke Skywalker saga.

C3-PO and R2-D2 are sent to Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine by Luke hoping to trade the droids to rescue Han. A bounty hunter Boushh leads a trapped Chewie to the palace, Boushh is however revealed to be Leia that infiltrated the palace to save Han. She unfreezes Han and are about to escape before they are captured by Jabba’s Goons. Luke arrives on Tatooine unarmed to talk with Jabba, after a negotiation gone wrong Luke uses the Force to grab a blaster and tries to shoot Jabba. Jabba quickly opens the trap door under Luke, Luke falls down into a pit that contains a caged Rancor. Luke faces off the Rancor and defeats him, this pushes Jabba to sentence Luke, Han and Chewie to be thrown into a Sarlac’s pit.

Luke uses the a light saber he hid inside R2 to fight off the goons and save his friends, in the chaos Fett falls into the Pit and is presumed Dead. Leia kills Jabba by strangling him with the chains she was bound in, Lando dressed as guard helps fend off the remaining goons and helps the group escape. Luke returns to Dagobah to complete his training and the others rendezvous with a rebel fleet. Yoda confirms the fact that Darth Vader used to be Luke’s father Anakin Skywalker, a distraught Luke completes his training with Yoda. Yoda reveals to Luke the existence of another Skywalker before dying and becoming one with the Force, Obi-Wan’s Force Ghost tells Luke that the other Skywalker is his sister Leia.

The rebel alliance learns about the creation of a second Death Star under the supervision of the emperor himself. The new Death star is protected by an energy shield that must be destroyed, the shield generator is located on the forest moon of Endor. Han leads a strike team to Endor which includes Leia, Luke and Chewie. The strike team makes use of a stolen imperial ship to get past the security undetected. They encounter a tribe of native Ewoks that take Leia to their settlements, after an initial conflict the team manages to convince the Ewoks to help them in their quest. Luke tells Leia of their origin and the truth about Darth Vader, and tells her that she is the last hope should he die.

Luke surrenders himself to the imperial troops hoping to turn Darth Vader back to Anakin. Luke is brought before Vader who takes away Luke’s Saber and rejects his pleas to leave the emperor. Vader leads Luke to the emperor on the Death star who intends to turn Luke to the dark side, he tries to do so by showing Luke how the rebels are about to walk into a trap. The emperor demonstrate the power of the Death star by shooting one rebel star ship down which enrages Luke.

On Endor the strike team led by Han is ambushed by the imperials and is about to be captured, a surprise attacks led by the Ewoks help the team destroy the shield generator. Meanwhile Luke attempts to attack the emperor but is intercepted by Vader. Vader learns about Leia’s existence through the Force and threatens to turn her to the dark side if Luke doesn’t join him. An enraged Luke defeats Vader but stops himself from repeating his fathers mistake. The emepreor tries to convince the young Skywalker to kill his apprentice Vader the same way he convinced Anakin Skywalker to kill his apprentice Dooku. Luke refuses to kill Vader and a furious emperor attacks Luke with an ability known as Force Lightning. Vader betrays the emperor by throwing him down a shaft, he suffers mortal wounds from the Force Lightning due to his suit being super conductive.

A dying Vader request Luke to take off his helmet so he could see Luke for the last time not as Vader but as Anakin Skywalker. The ground team succeeds in destroying the shield so that the rebel pilots led by Lando can attack and destroy the death star. Luke escapes aboard a shuttle with his fathers body and lands on Endor. During the celebrations Leia reveals to Han that Luke is her brother. Luke cremates his father and joins the celebration. The force spirits of Obi-Wan and Yoda joined by the now redeemed Anakin Skywalker watch over Luke and the rebels.

This wraps up the Skywalker saga the next trilogy picks up nearly thirty years after the battle over Endor. Don’t worry we will pick up the story soon so stay tuned. Until Then may the Force be with you.

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