A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope Reconsidering Star Wars IV in the light of I-III If we accept all the Star

Wars films as the same canon, then a lot that happens in the original films has to be reinterpreted in the light of the prequels. As we now know, the rebel Alliance was founded by Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa. What can readily be deduced is that their first recruit, who soon became their top field agent, was R2-D2. Consider: at the end of RotS, Bail Organan orders 3PO's memory wiped but not R2's. He wouldn't make the distinction casually. Both

droids know that Yoda and ObiWan are alive and are plotting sedition with the Senator from Alderaan. They know that Amidala survived long enough to have twins and could easily deduce where they went. However, R2 must make an impassioned speech to the effect that he is far more use to them with his mind intact: he has observed Palpatine and Anakin at close quarters for many years, knows much that is useful and is one of the galaxy's top experts at hacking into other people's systems. Also he can lie through his teeth with a straight face. Organa, in immediate need of espionage

Wherever they land. as far as 3PO knows. agrees. 3PO is R2's front man.resources. R2 is passing messages between rebel sympathisers and sizing up governments as potential rebel recruits both by personal contact and by hacking into their networks. being as loud and obvious as he always is. his unobtrusive little counterpart goes with him. he is the property of Captain Antilles. He passes his recommendations on to Organa. doing protocol duties on a diplomatic transport. He is vaguely aware of the existence of the princess but doesn't know much about her. Wherever 3PO goes. . For the next 20 years.

using the Forceinfused swamps of Dagobah to hide himself from Vader and the Emperor. He is meditating on the future and keeping in touch with Obi-Wan via the ghost of Qui-Gon Jin. not Leia. R2 is rushing the Death Star plans to the Rebellion. of which more later. What Leia puts into him in the early scene is . Or something. which as comm systems go has the virtue of being untappable.Yoda is out of the picture by this stage. on Tattoine. Obi-Wan. The plans are always in R2. As Star Wars opens. R2. keeps in touch with Bail Organa and the other Rebel leaders by courier.

then leave him alone in obscurity B) If Luke shows real Force . Obi-Wan has spent the last 20 years in the Tattoine desert. is to pick up Obi-Wan and take him to Alderaan . There's a reason for that. Leia's own mission. as she says in the holographic message. Actually. which up to this point she never has. keeping watch over Luke Skywalker and trying to decide on one of the three available options: A) If Luke shows no significant access to the Force. her father just wants her to meet Kenobi.or so she thinks.only her own holographic message to Kenobi.

With great regret but it'll save a lot of trouble later on. Now. Luke on the other hand has. . But. then C) sneak into his house one fine night and chop his head off. largely for fear of option C. In his home-built hotrod aircraft.ability. Knowing this to be the case. Leia has shown no overt signs of a link to the Force. then consider recruiting him as a Jedi. The rebellion needs Jedi. if Luke shows any signs of turning out like his father. To be fair to all concerned. Bail Organa (perhaps at the insistence of his wife) has found excuses not to send Leia to Ben for assessment of Jedi potential.

(Ben is also scared that he himself will make all the same mistakes . and Yoda's in the next. To him it's easy. who saw Anakin's performance in the Pod Race. Until he attends the briefing on Yavin. Luke has no way of knowing that hardened combat pilots would consider that nearly impossible. is nervous.with no formal fighter pilot training and no decent instrumentation. Much of Obi-Wan's behaviour in this film. Obi-Wan. Luke can regularly score centre-hits on 2-metre targets in complicated zero-altitude maneouvres. can best be understood if they are frankly scared to death of what Luke might become.

with the existence of the rebellion at stake.he made with Anakin. Bail Organa has finally told Leia to go see Obi-Wan and has sent her along with R2. The original plan would then be for Obi-Wan (with optional Luke and/or Leia in tow) to leave his exile and take the Death Star plans to Yavin.) Now. R2 (with Leia if Ben doesn't want to take her) would then carry on to Alderaan to maintain the cover story. where they can be put to use. The original plan does not survive contact with a large Imperial Star Destroyer. R2 and 3PO bail out in an escape pod. landing in vaguely .

He arranges to be captured by a group of Jawas and. where R2's first priority is transport. he makes a deal with them (possibly using emergency funds stored about his person) to take him where he wants to go. The Jawas shake on it and go through with the plan. The Jawas refuse to go directly to Kenobi for fear of marauding Sandpeople but they agree to R2's second request : transport to the Skywalker farm.the right area of Tattoine. once on board their transport. Seeing 3PO fail to recognise the farm where he worked for 10 . They even get to keep the purchase price if they can sell R2 and 3PO there.

On first seeing R2. which may or may not have been part of the plan. as soon as possible.years gives r2 a moment's amusement but. I'm not about to tell him everything just yet." Ben has in fact owned several but the remark is aimed at R2 and translates as "You keep quiet. Well. Luke and 3PO follow. he blandly says "I don't seem to remember ever owning a droid. Obi-Wan has a twinkle in his eye and calls him "my little friend". However." Obi-Wan thinks fast and tells . when Luke wakes up and says that R2 claimed to be owned by an Obi-Wan Kenobi. he is. he gets away and heads for Kenobi.

Although the Death Star plans need to get to Yavin as soon as possible.Luke a version of his past that does not involve a father who became a dark lord of the Sith. He wants to examine Luke a lot more closely before he risks telling him the real truth. under the command of the Rebellion's other chief field . R2 had already arranged transport. before coming to Tattoine. which is waiting at Mos Eisley. If the Empire knows that Leia is a Rebel leader. Fortunately. Obi-Wan needs to make one more diversion first. then they also know about her father and the whole Organa family may need immediate evacuation.

Chewie is a top-line spy and flies what is in many ways . there is no way that Chewie would spend the crucial years of the rebellion as the second-incommand to (sorry Han) a lowlevel smuggler. 20 years earlier.agent and espionage asset. Chewbacca was second in command of the defence of his planet. He's there in the tactical conferences and there on the front lines and is a personal friend of Yoda's. In fact. who else would Yoda turn to but his old friend from Kashykk? Given his background. Chewbacca. When he needed reliable people to join the embryonic Alliance. Unless it's his cover.

If it's the same ship (which of course it is) then it was the personal transport of one of the . hang in a firefight with a Star Destroyer or outmaneouvre a dozen top-of-the-line TIE fighters.the Rebellion's best ship. It's a remarkable feat of engineering and must have cost a colossal fortune to build. actually it's Chewie's. we see the Falcon landing at the Senate building on Coruscant. How does Han come to own a ship like that? He only thinks he does. Half-way through RotS. The Millenium Falcon may look like a beat-up old freighter but it can outrun any Imperial ship in normal space or hyperspace.

and safer for him. then the ship may have belonged to Chewbacca as early as RotS. an even better choice as partner. In fact. if the delegation is the one from Kashykk. so Chewie arranged for him to lose the Falcon in a card game to Han Solo. if he doesn't know what's really going on. Han is Chewie's front man. It's much better.a much more likely source to commission its design.senatorial delegations . Chewie used to work with Lando Calrissian in a similar way but Lando wanted to settle down. That delegatino must have later joined the Rebellion and given it the use of the Falcon. Han and Chewie's .

making contacts. gathering and passing information with no-one was the wiser. This lets Chewie wander the seamy underside of the galaxy pretty much at will. Chewie persuaded Han to do business with Jabba the Hutt so he could make regular runs to Tattoine. the only way for Chewie to get . then turns them over to Han who haggles over the price and gives the final yea or nay. When R2's urgent message came through only days before.working method is pretty much what we see in the cantina scene: Chewie make the contacts and sets up the deals. where Chewie could pass messages between Kenobi and Organa. especially not Han.

This is the latest in a series of games they've played over the year in the back rooms of space stations and cantinas across the galaxy.back to Tattoine in time was to make the "mistake" that forced Han to dump his cargo to avoid capture. but this is the first time they've done it in front of their respective straight men. R2 and Chewie play stop-motion chess. As a down side. Chewie was a bit upset about the need for that but figured they weren't going to be dealing with Tattoine for much longer. this led to Solo's getting a death mark out on him from Jabba the Hutt. so they put on a . En route to Alderaan.

Then it all goes wrong again. Alderaan is gone and the Falcon is caught and brought aboard the Death Star. Soon afterwards. to which Chewie can only agree. then they're all in deep trouble. on the verge of escape. If Vader learns he has a daughter. Only Han. R2 finds Leia in the detention cells and shouts that they have to rescue her. Luke and 3PO don't know just how much trouble they're in but Obi-Wan has a plan and seems confident (but Jedi always do).big show. Then. so Chewie does his bit to persuade Han to go along with Luke's plan. Vader himself turns up only .

And only Ob-Wan knew where Yoda has been hiding. not only of the Death Star Plans and the survival of the Rebellion but of the secret son and daughter of Darth Vader. At this point. Chewie is stressed out by the responsibility and R2 (who keeps making crude jokes about the whole affair) is . With the Organas and Kenobi all dead. R2 and Yoda know who Luke and Leia are. only Chewie.yards from both of his children. Obi-Wan stages a distraction by letting himself die and go into the Force while the others escape. Chewie suddenly realises that he's been left in charge. one of whom is leaking Force all over the place.

With a psychic link they can feel but don't understand. Chewie's first problem is what is happening between Luke and Leia.he throws Han at her.being no help at all. Han is at first not interested but after a while starts to warm to the idea with an intensity that gives Chewie new worries. . they are looking at each other with a sparky intensity that Chewie gradually recognises as Romantic Tension. so he does the only thing he can under the circumstances . He's no expert on human relationships but Chewie is fairly sure that that's Wrong. thrown together in a life-or-death escape.

it's for the good of the Rebellion. Leia offers him one but Chewie turns it down. Even if Yavin is destroyed. He got one of those things from Yoda about 20 years ago. Han decides to take the money and run and Chewie decides to go with him.When they reach Yavin. Actually. Looked at in cold light. Han and Luke get medals but Chewie doesn't. but there's no way he can tell her . When Han decides to turn around and join the attack. there'll be one agent who knows what's going on who can try and put something back together. but he doesn't feel good about it. Chewie is all for it.

© Keith Martin 2005 Orginal link: http://www.morningstar.) Thus. the three founders of the Rebellion are all gone. Chewie is really hoping that someone with an official rank greater than hers will get here real soon before he has to think really seriously about option C.htm . Yoda is out of contact and Obi-Wan's ghost can only talk to other Jedi. Bail Organa is dead. As the film ends.uk/A_New_Sith. (So that would be Yoda then.nildram.that. co. the field leadership of the rebellion has just been turned over to the daughter of Darth Vader.