Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

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Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, originally known as Star Wars is a film written and directed by George Lucas.

Episode IV


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

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

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

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Above the planet of Tatooine the Princess Leia's ship is being fired upon by an Imperial cruiser disabling the main reactor. Rebel soldiers aboard the ship prepare for combat as two droids See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo wander the halls of the ship as it is being pulled into the belly of the Imperial cruiser and moments later boarded by Imperial Stormtroopers as they begin their assault managing to shoot down and route the rebel defenders as they narrowly miss the droids. The Lord Darth Vader enters the ship and surveys the casualties onboard.[1]

C-3PO meanwhile begins searching a dark corridor franticly as R2-D2 interacts and receives a card from Princess Leia before she disappears and Artoo rejoins Threepio. Threepio warns Artoo of Imperial troopers heading towards them and reminds him of what could happen to them such as getting sent to the Spice Mines of Kessel by the Imperials if captured. Meanwhile Stormtroopers on patrol report back to Darth Vader to inform him that the Death Star plans were not in the ship's main computer as he interrogates the rebel captain, he questions the him on the location of the secret plans that they had intercepted. The captain denies them having the plans as he claims the ship is on a diplomatic mission, as Vader tries to get him to reveal the location of the ambassador for this supposed mission Vader strangles him and breaks his neck before the Captain can reply. Throwing his body against the bulkhead he angrily orders the ship torn apart and any passengers brought to him alive. A group of four Stormtroopers search the corridors where Princess Leia is hiding when the lead trooper spots her, ordering his men to set their weapons for stun before being shot by the Princess and in attempt to flee Leia is stunned and captured by the other three troopers. As Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio wander down the ship's hallways Artoo activates an escape pod door to open as Threepio reprimands him that the escape pods are restricted to them. Artoo them informs him of the secret mission given to him and to get in the pod as Threepio vehemently denies to but quickly changes his mind as a blaster shot nearly hits him. The two get in and are launched away from the ship towards the planet below as two Imperial gunners decide to not shoot the escape pod as it had no life forms aboard and surmised that it had short circuited.[2]

Princess Leia is escorted by a guard of Stormtroopers to Darth Vader and an aid of his, asserting her innocence to him that he has attacked a diplomatic vessel and threatens him with ramifications by the Imperial Senate. Vader rebukes her claiming that he knows she wasn't on any mercy mission and that he asserts that several transmissions were beamed to the ship by rebel spies, only requesting that he know what happened to the plans sent to them. Leia claiming no knowledge of what Vader is alleging states that she is a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan, Vader frustrated with her, denounces her as a traitor and part of the Rebel Alliance as he orders his troops to take her away. His aide confides in Vader that holding her is dangerous as if the Senate hears word of her imprisonment it might generate sympathy for the rebellion against the Empire, Vader takes the risk as he has tracked the rebel spies back to her and thus is his only link in finding the rebel's secret base. The aide believes however that Leia's will to not give up the rebellion will be a hinderance that Vader says he will deal with, he then orders his aide to send a distress signal and to then inform the Senate all aboard the ship were killed. A commander interrupts Vader and his aide to inform Vader that the plans are no longer aboard the ship and no transmissions were made he then tells him that an escape pod was launched during the fighting with no life forms aboard, with this information Vader surmises that the Princess hid the plans within the escape pod and orders that the commander and a detachment of stormtroopers go planeside to retrieve them claiming that there will be no one to stop them this time.[3]

Down on the planet below the droids See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo begin wandering the desert as Threepio complains about the situation they are in before the two start to argue about which direction to go in. The two part in opposite directions after the two insult each other, Threepio finds himself continuingly wandering the desert coming across a skeleton of a large beast and spotting a transport on the horizon.[4] Artoo travels down a canyon after leaving the desert, before being spotted by small creatures called Jawas who ambush the paranoid droid and shut him down. The group then take Artoo to their transport and affix him with a restraining bolt, on board the Jawa's transport Artoo is surrounded by other droids and junk such as another protocol droid and red astromech droid, he then reunites with See-Threepio who was also captured earlier as the transport begins to move. The next morning a squad of Stormtroopers riding large lizard creatures come across the escape pod from the Princess' ship the commander of the group survey's the tracks left by them as another locates signs that the occupants were droids.[5]

Threepio is awaken when the transport they are in comes to a stop he wakes Artoo as the Jawas enter the room they and the other droids and junk are in. A Jawa then orders them up to a scarred Threepio as the others begin unloading and preparing droids to sell such as the red astromech droid from earlier, a treaded one with multiple arms, one that is domed shaped and another that is large, as Artoo and Threepio are also marched outside in front of a desert dwelling. Two of the residents a Luke Skywalker and his Uncle come outside to greet the hooded trader. Luke's uncle survey's the droids agreeing to take the red astromech droid before coming across the golden protocol droid See-Threepio, after a brief exchange between the two on the capabilities of what Threepio can do such as understanding binary and speaking bocce he settles on buying Threepio. As Luke surveys the red astromech droid he is called over by his Uncle to take the two new droids over to their garage to be cleaned up, Luke begrudgingly protests as he had plans to run into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters, his uncle chides him that he can waste his time with his friends when his chores are done. As Luke takes them to the garage Artoo tries to follow them, before being stopped by a Jawa as the red R2 unit blows up, Luke checks it over and notices it has a mad motivator, Threepio points Artoo out to Luke, who then mentions to his Uncle to grab the him instead, trading the defective red R2 unit for Artoo-Detoo, on there way in Threepio reminds Artoo not to forget what he did for him.[6]

In the garage See-Threepio is submerged in an oil bath as Luke plays with a model of a spacecraft, lamenting the possibility of what his friend Biggs said about not getting off Tatooine he begins cleaning Artoo and talking with Threepio. While talking with him Threepio lets slip that the two of them are part of the rebellion against the Empire and that's how they ended up on Tatooine, Luke then dislodges something on Artoo that forces the little droid to play a partial recording that Princess Leia made pleading for assistance from Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke stunned by the beauty of the Princess in the hologram asks them who she is, with Threepio unsure himself except that she is someone important. Threepio translates from a weary Artoo that that he is the property of this Obi-Wan Kenobi and the message is for him, Threepio perplexed states that their previous master was a man named Antilies and that Artoo has become eccentric due to their long service. Luke upon hearing the name of Kenobi surmises that a local hermit named Ben Kenobi who lives out beyond the Dune Sea is this Obi-Wan. To Luke the Princess sounds that she is in some sort of trouble and attempts to have Artoo play back the entire message. With suggestion by Artoo translated through Threepio he claims the bolt is short circuiting his recording system thus removing it might solve the issue of playing back the entire message, Luke does so but in the process ends the transmission of the hologram with Artoo feigning ignorance to the message he played. As Luke is called away to a meal Threepio chides Artoo for being decietful and that he should reconsider playing the message as he claims that he and Luke don't like Artoo.[7]

As Luke arrives at the dinner table he expresses his concerns to his Uncle and Aunt that the R2 unit they purchased might've been stolen from an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke mentions that he thinks this Obi-Wan might be "Old Ben" or a relative of his, and asks his Uncle about it to which he denies knowledge of an Obi-Wan and refers to Ben is just a crazy old wizard. Wanting to drop the subject he orders Luke to take Artoo to Anchorhead the next day and have it's memory erased reaffirming that the droid belongs to them now. Luke uneasy with the decision questions it and what if this Obi-Wan comes looking for it. Owen then mentions that this Obi-Wan doesn't exist anymore and that he died around the same time as Luke's father, something Luke takes interest in but the line of questioning is dropped abruptly by his uncle stating that he wants the droids working by tomorrow on the South Ridge. Luke then broaches the subject of submitting his application to the Academy earlier then an agreement he made with his Uncle if the droids worked out. Owen argues that he needs Luke around for just one more season so that he can spend the money on the harvest on hiring some farm hands. A frustrated Luke then leaves the dinner table after hearing the same promise from his uncle before. His aunt then reminds Owen that Luke is alone as all his friends have left and that he isn't a farmer as he has too much of his father in him, something his uncle is afraid of.[8] Luke wanders outside to the top of their abode and looks off into the setting twin suns of Tatooine. He makes his way back down into the garage where he starts looking for the droids finding Threepio hiding from him in fear behind a landspeeder. Threepio in a panic explains that a malfunctioning Artoo has ran off fixated on his mission to locate Obi-Wan Kenobi and deliver the message. Luke rushes outside with Threepio behind him using his binoculars as he tries locating Artoo unsuccessfully. Threepio then wonders why they don't go out and look for him to which Luke responds that it's dangerous at night with Sand People around and so they will have to wait until morning, as his Uncle turns the power off for the night.[9]

Early next morning See-Threepio and Luke in his landspeeder search for Artoo-Detoo, they follow the scanner which leads the two into a canyon patrolled by two Sand People which immediately spot them and they mount a hairy creature to confront the intruders. Luke and Threepio find the runaway droid in the canyon, with Luke asking the droid where he was going, Threepio then scolds Artoo and that he doesn't want to hear anymore about the mission. Artoo then alerts them that there are several creatures headed in their direction, Luke thinking they are Sand People grabs his rifle from his speeder and encourages the droids go along with him to take a look. On an overlook Luke uses his binoculars and spots a Sand Person located below with two of the hairy mounts, while looking through them he is attacked by another one startling Threepio sending him backwards screaming down the overlook as Luke tries to fight off the Sand Person but gets knocked to the ground and knocked out by the warrior.[10] Artoo watches from a small alcove in the canyon wall as thee sand people approach dragging an unconscious Luke with them before dropping him to the ground before rummaging through Luke's landspeeder. A loud wailing catches the attention of the sand people as a brown hooded figure approaches them waving his arms scarring them off and frightening Artoo. The man then leans down to check on Luke's condition he pulls back his hood and notices Artoo greets him and urges him to approach as Luke regains consciousness seeing the man standing over him is Ben Kenobi. Curious at what Luke is doing out so far in the Jundland Wastes Kenobi asks him, which Luke reveals that Artoo was searching for his former master someone named Obi-Wan Kenobi to which Luke inquires to Ben if he is a relative of Obi-Wan. The name Obi-Wan shocks Ben as it is a name he hasn't heard for a long time before revealing that it is he who is Obi-Wan Kenobi however he has never owned a droid and finds it curious. Hearing the noise of distant sand people Ben suggests shelter and as they get up to leave Luke remembers Threepio and finds his detached arm along with the rest of him, Threepio in a pitiful state asks them to leave him with Luke refusing and with the help of Obi-Wan they lift him and leave.[11]

At Ben Kenobi's dwelling Luke repairs Threepio's arm as Ben reveals to him that his father whom Luke believed growing up was just a simple navigator on a spice freighter was in actually a Jedi Knight who fought in the Clone Wars along with Obi-Wan. Ben recollects that his father was "the best star-pilot in the galaxy", "a cunning warrior" and "a good friend", making note that Luke is becoming a good pilot like his father. Ben remembers something that he has for Luke that his father had left him and his Uncle wouldn't allow him to have it, Ben surmises that he didn't want Luke to follow him and leave Tatooine like his father did, Threepio shuts down as Ben hands a curious Luke his father's lightsaber, a weapon of a Jedi Knight. Luke activates his fathers weapon producing a blue energy blade, Ben then mentions to him that the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic for a thousand generations before the Dark Times when the Empire rose to power. Ben is asked about how Luke's father died, and tells the story of how a young Jedi pupil of his named Darth Vader became seduced by the Dark Side of the Force and turned to evil helping the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights including Luke's father leading the Jedi Knights to extinction. Luke never hearing of the Force is curious, to which Ben explains that it is an energy field created by all living things that binds the universe together.[12] Artoo then whistles interrupting them and grabbing Ben Kenobi's attention who activates the droid's hologram projector that plays the message previously partially seen by Luke. In it Princess Leia introduces herself to General Kenobi who once served her father in the Clone Wars and expresses regret that she was unable to deliver the request to join them in person. She goes on to explain that she failed in her mission to retrieve him and bring him back to Alderaan, instead she reveals that within Artoo is information vital to the survival of the Rebel Alliance and that it must be seen returned to her father on Alderaan to retrieve it, before the message disolves she pleads for Obi-Wan's help and he is her only hope. Ben thinks about it and decides to heed the call to action, he then insists that Luke learn the ways of the Force and accompany him to Alderaan, Luke initally refuses stating he can't get involved even though he hates the Empire but that he has responsibilities. Luke offers to take him to Anchorhead and from there figures Ben could get transport off world, to which Ben tells him that he must do what feels right.[13]

Meanwhile the Imperial cruiser approaches the Death Star as a meeting is taking place among Imperial officers and bureaucrats as two of them General Tagge and Admiral Motti debate about the risk posed by the Rebels against the Death Star, the former arguing that the Rebels are too well equipped and pose a threat against the battle station until it is fully operational, Motti disagrees and believes that he is overestimating the Rebel's capabilities. Tagge reasserts that the Rebels will continue to gain support within the Imperial Senate he is abruptly cut off as Tarkin and Vader enter the conference room. Tarkin informs them that the Senate is no longer any concern to them as it had just been disbanded by the Emperor, declaring the final remnants of the Old Republic eliminated. Tagge in shock questions how the Emperor will maintain control without it. Tarkin announces that the Governors now have direct control over their territories beliving that fear of the Imperial Military and Death Star will keep the systems in line. Tagge then voices his concern over the stolen Death Star plans and that the rebels might find a possible weakness within them and exploit it. Vader reassures him that the plans will soon be back in Imperial hands, Motti once again speaks up against Tagge and reaffirms his belief that the Death Star is invincible and that it doesn't matter that the rebels have the plans. Vader voices his concern with the pride and faith Motti has in the Death Star, he informs him that the Death Star's weapon is insignificant compared with the power of the Force. The Admiral then attempts to stand up to Vader, blastpheming his faith in the Force as he is suddenly telekentically choked by Vader as he states that he finds his lack of faith in it disturbing. Before Vader can kill him Tarkin steps in and orders Vader to release him to which Vader ablidges as Motti collapses forward on the table. Tarkin then makes a statement that Vader will provide them with the location of the rebel base by the time the station becomes fully operational, and that when it is they will crush the rebellion in one swift stroke.[14]

On Tatooine Luke, Ben and the droids come across a scene of an attacked Sandcrawler with the bodies of Jawas littered around it. Luke looks around and finds the weapons and Bantha Tracks which leads him to believe the attack was perpetrated by Sandpeople. Ben on the otherhand informs and reassures Luke that they are meant to think it was the Sandpeople who did it, but instead points Luke out to other details such as inconsistant tracks in side by side formation instead of single file which Sandpeople use to hide their numbers, and the blast points on the Sandcrawler being overly precise to be that of only Imperial Stormtroopers. Luke also discovers that the Jawa's that were slaughtered were the same ones that sold them the droids and pieces together why the Imperial attacked them and deduces that they could've tracked the droids sale back to his home. Ben yells for Luke to come back as he runs and takes off in his landspeeder. Racing across the desert Luke returns back to his Uncle's Homestead burning, Luke calls out with no answer and comes across the remains of his aunt and uncle. Three TIE Fighters approach the Death Star as Darth Vader escorted by two guards enter the prison cell of Princess Leia, Vader determined to get the location of the rebel base from her brings in an interogation droid into the cell hovering close with a syringe towards the Princess.[15]

Luke returns in his landspeeder to Ben Kenobi and the droids as they busy themselves with cleaning up the slaughter that occured there. Ben tries to console Luke, and that if he'd been there he would be dead and the droids in the hands of the Empire. With nothing left on Tatooine for Luke he decides to go with Ben to Alderaan and learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like his father.[16] The group enters Mos Eisley Spaceport in Luke's landspeeder where they are stopped by at a checkpoint by a squad of Stormtroopers searching for the droids, during their interaction with them Ben manages to use the Force to trick the lead Stormtrooper into letting them through. The group arrives at their destination with Luke questioning how they got by the troops, Kenobi informs him that the Force has an influence on the weakminded, Luke then is skeptical if they will find a pilot at the Cantina they arrived at.[17]

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Alien Species

Sentient Species

  • Human (First Appearance)
  • Jawa (First Appearance)
  • Tusken Raider (First Appearance; Referred to as "Sand People")


Droid Models

Class One Droid(s)

Class Two Droid(s)

Class Three Droid(s)

Class Four Droid(s)

Class Five Droid(s)
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Capital Ship(s)

Space Station

Technology & Weapons
The Force

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 3: "Imperial Boarding Party"
  2. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 4: "Artoo's Mission"
  3. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 5: "Vader Confronts The Princess"
  4. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 6: "Lost in the Desert"
  5. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 7: "Land of the Jawas"
  6. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 8: "Droids for Sale"
  7. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 9: "In the Garage"
  8. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 10: "Lars Family Dinner"
  9. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 11: "Binary Sunset"
  10. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 12: "Attack of the Sand People"
  11. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 13: "Meeting Old Ben"
  12. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 14: "Your Father's Lightsaber"
  13. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 15: Leia's Message
  14. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 16: The Death Star
  15. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 17: Torched Homestead
  16. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 18: Luke's Decision
  17. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Chapter 19: Mos Eisley Spaceport

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