Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Corrected entry: While the Millennium Falcon is evading Tie Fighters, before they enter the asteroid field, Han and Chewie are in the back working on emergency repairs. Who is flying the Falcon? It wouldn't be on autopilot as they are trying to evade laser blasts. Leia or C-3PO certainly do not have the experience to fly the ship that well. It is also doubtful that the Tie Fighters are taking a break from pursuing them.

Correction: Leia is flying it. It does appear that she has some experience with ships, as she flew it during the Tie Fighter fight after they escaped the Death Star in the first movie.


Corrected entry: In the final scene of the movie, Chewbacca and Lando have already left and the camera is panning away from the observation window Luke and Leia are standing at. There are some Y-wings and X-wings patrolling for the fleet and the last two X-wings in the shot pass in front of one of the starships and disappear.

Correction: the fighters were probably going into hyperspace. From the perspective on the bridge, it would simply look like disappearing.

Corrected entry: The Snowspeeders, used to rescue Luke and Han and for fighting the AT-AT's, have a serious design flaw. If you watch as the aircraft turns left and right, the ailerons (the flaps used to control the air flow over the wings), lift up and down facing the wrong direction. They lift towards the front of the aircraft, instead of behind. This would seriously disrupt airflow over the wings and create a considerable amount of drag, therefor causing the speeder to slow down every time it makes a turn. Not exactly what you want to happen when fighting AT-AT's.

Correction: The flaps are correct. The Snowspeeders don't use air for lift. They use a repulsor engine that reacts with the planet's gravity. An example is the X-wings hovering in the hanger before take off at the end of A New Hope.

Corrected entry: In Cloud City, Boba Fett shoots twice at Luke but when Luke starts to walk again, there's only one impact on the wall.

Dr Wilson

Correction: Both the laser blasts hit in the same place.

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Corrected entry: Where Luke is recovering in the bacta tank, at first the liquid have a light-blue, water-like color. If you watch in the next scene when he is outside of the tank, you can see it in the background with a deep red liquid. (00:15:30)

Correction: Bacta fluid has medicinal qualities, and it's more than reasonable to suppose that at different times throughout the process, its make-up and appearance can change. Note that the colour change occurs after the patient has been taken out of the tank.

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Corrected entry: When the Millineum Falcon is flying to pick up the injured Luke Skywalker who is hanging from Cloud City, Lando is opening the top hatch and the sky is blue, yet the external shots of the same scene have the sky as being red.

Correction: This has been corrected in the Special Edition.

Corrected entry: During the AT-AT attack scene, Luke says "Rogue 3, Wedge, I've lost my gunner". Then seconds later when he flies through the walker's legs, he calls him Rogue 2.

Correction: Luke is talking to two seperate people, Rogue 3, and Wedge, who is Rogue 2.

Corrected entry: When the ice planet is attacked, it is impossible for the Empire to drop bombs or shoot lasers on the rebels' base, due to the protective field. Why is it then possible for them to penetrate it with the invasion force?

Correction: It's the same reason as in the Phantom Menace when the robots can walk straight through the Gungans' shields. Although in Return of the Jedi Lando tells everyone to pull up and wait for Han and co. to destory the shield generator before they can advance, this just implies that space shields are different to ground-based shields.

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Corrected entry: During some shootouts, you can se the empty cartridges, (blanks I presume), fly away from handguns. These are probably used to create a muzzle flash for realism, and for the special effects people to identify where and when to put the red laser coming from the guns. I've never seen a laser creating muzzle flash. This can be seen best when Leia, Chewbacca and Lando are fleeing the mining colony, and Lando is siting next to the the Millennium Falcon's loading ramp, firing at Stormtroopers.

Correction: Blasters in the Star Wars films are not literally 'lasers'. Obviously their bolts travel well below the speed of light and act entirely differently than true laser beams. Use of the term 'laser' is slang, and the actual function of the weapons obiously produces muzzle flash.

Corrected entry: When the Millenium Falcon escapes from the giant space worm, the mouth is almost completely closed but when they are outside, the mouth is opened.

Dr Wilson

Correction: In the scene immediatly following the Falcon leaving the giant worm's mouth from the inside, the worm appears to be chasing the ship, trying to catch it. It easily could have opened its mouth to attempt to bite the ship again.

Corrected entry: After Luke has been shot down during the Hoth battle and is hanging underneath an AT-AT walker he cuts a hole in the underbelly with his lightsaber causing a massive shower of sparks. As the sparks clear you can see a hand sliding back and removing the section of the walker that Luke supposedly just cut through.

Correction: I was not able to watch this scene frame by frame, but I saw no hand, and I believe Luke cut the controls for a sliding panel so it would open. I don't think luke was actually supposed to have cut a hole in the walker. Frame by frame, there is something that looks like a hand, or not even that. Fingers more or less, grabbing the edge and pulling. However, it is so undiscernable it is impossible to say for sure.

Corrected entry: When Han Solo is frozen in carbonite, his hands are at his sides. The freezing takes about a second, but Han manages to lift up his arms into that position. Even if he was tied then untied, he still seems to have overly fast reactions....

Correction: We don't see the freezing process, we only hear a jet of gas, so we don't know EXACTLY when he gets frozen in place. There must have been time for him to move his arms up.


Corrected entry: So the rebels have no rockets or missiles (they have a photon-gun that can reach space and drop Star Cruisers though) to defend their base and main reactor against those AT-AT's?


Correction: Missles and rockets are non-reuseable. Supplies are not easy to come by for the Rebellion, so why would they base their defense on a resourse that could quickly be depleted? Also, with technology to guide photon torpedos and concussion missiles, you think they would be able to make an anti-rocket laser to pick off incoming projectiles, considering standard rockets or missiles move in straight lines.

Corrected entry: Why do those fighters attack AT-AT's head-on, in the middle of a crossfire? Why not from the sides? And who forgot in the engineering department to add some rockets and missiles to their weaponry?


Correction: Perhaps the AT-AT's are more vulnerable head on, they are very thickly armor plated on the sides. And who's to say that snow speeders are equipped to carry missiles?

Sol Parker

Corrected entry: In the scene where Luke and Vader are fighting by the shattered window, the wind is so strong that even Vader has to hold on to avoid being sucked out. But immediately after Luke is sucked out, he casually walks over to the window without holding on to anything.

Correction: The vaccum that sucked Luke out was there because the pressure wasn't equal, over time the pressure stabilized, enabling Vader to walk 'casually' over to the window.

Corrected entry: Why does Darth Vader keep getting more authority? He defers to Grand Moff Tarkin in the first movie, suggesting he ranks between Moff and Admiral. In the subsequent movies, he is second only to the Emperor. Why? He never catches the rebel leadership and loses major battles he is placed in command of. He suggests treason against the emperor by suggesting Luke help him overthrow him. He keeps letting incompetents run the show and warn the rebels through their stupidity rather than run the operation from the bridge himself.

Correction: Vader always has the authority; he's "Lord" Vader, after all. The only reason he looks as though he's deferring to Tarkin is because Tarkin was the original creator of the Death Star; it's basically his to do whatever he wants with. This is obvious since the Emporer let Tarkin destroy Alderaan without his consent. Vader actually wins quite a few battles, including one mentioned in the opening monologue of this movie and the Hoth takeover. The fact that Han, Leia, Luke, etc. get away from him time after time is a testament to their heroics.

Corrected entry: Throughout the films only C3PO can understand R2D2 and has to translate for the other characters on many occasions. During the flight from Hoth to Dagoba Luke read a little screen with the translations of what R2D2 is saying. Then when they reach the planet and are both stood on the edge of the swamp Luke can miraculously understand what he is saying.

Correction: The screen isn't translating, it's just a way for R2-D2 to communicate with Luke - he's outside the cockpit, after all.

Corrected entry: After Vader kills Captain Needa there are two guards which he orders to him drag out. Look at the Admiral when he is pulled out - his neck is up. That's impossible, he's dead, so his head should be lying to the side.

Correction: His head would not necessarily lie on its side if his neck was broken. The position his head maitains is the position his bones set after broken.

Revealing mistake: When Captain Needa is killed by Darth Vader because they lost track of the Millennium Falcon, in the background, two guards come to take him away. You can clearly see the dead captain get up almost by himself. (01:10:50)

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Trivia: The Special Edition covers of Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back are wrong. The picture of the Emperor on ESB cover is from 'ROTJ', and the lightsaber duel between Luke and Vader on the cover of ROTJ is taken from 'ESB' (notice Luke is in his fighter pilot suit, and Vader is fighting him one-handed)

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