Scene it on Friday – ANH Scene #44

Has anyone else noticed that Mark Hamill’s voice cracks really badly when he says “You will…”?  I always say that line simultaneously with him because it cracks me up how high it gets (pun intended SHAZAM).

The dialogue between Luke and Han in this scene is fabulous.  It reminds me of a ball ricocheting off the walls at a high speed.  The contrast between them both becomes fairly obvious as Luke seems a little bit like a fish out of water.  Honestly – I’m surprised he even came up with a plan that got them to the detention block in one piece.  He just cannot sit still.  Perhaps it’s the Force newly awakened that is driving him?

Luke wants to go with Ben to the terminal and Ben’s specific instructions are, “Stay and look after the droids.”  Does he stay?  No.  Does he look after the droids?  No, he runs off to rescue the princess and leaves the droids where they are.  The most important part of the mission – indeed, the whole purpose of the mission – was to get the plans that are inside Artoo to the Rebel Alliance.  Sure, Leia seems important, but honestly, she’s secondary.

Sometimes when I think about it realistically, it’s a miracle they make it out of the Death Star alive.  But – hey – it’s a movie, right?

Han Solo and Luke as stormtroopers

Has anyone seen the many memes out there on TK-421?  There’s tons of a stormtrooper in different places (at the pool, on the toilet…you get the place).  But that led me to thinking…what does the TK actually stand for?  Is it just part of their identification or does the T and the K mean something?

A Yahoo! Answers member said it stands for Teras Kasi, but upon looking that up on Wookiepedia, Teras Kasi does exist but it is a type of combat discipline.  It says the user (usually a Jedi) developed “extreme speed and an aptitude for anticipating strikes.”  Sorry Yahoo! user, but you’re wrong there.  The stormtroopers that I know of were not that good at avoiding hits.

Another user says that people have speculated the TK doesn’t necessarily stand for anything, but it was more of a reference for the type of trooper.  Hmmm, seems more plausible.  I also found that on the 501st Legion page for costuming.  TK stands for stormtrooper, TD is sandtrooper, TS is snowtrooper, etc, etc.

The whole problem is that TK-421 is the only stormtrooper to have a “name” throughout any of the OT movies.  Think back – no other reference to anyone calling out a stormtrooper specifically.

I’m surprised there is no real answer to this question.  Typing in “TK” to Wookiepedia only brought me to telekinesis.  I get really annoyed when the Star Wars universe lets me down, especially as there is SO much information abounding and I want to learn some more.  What is TK?  Does it stand for something or is it just a way to identify different types of stormtroopers?  Answer me, Lucas!  You know what…in the end, it probably is telekinesis and this whole time we never knew that stormtroopers were hiding their telekinetic abilities.

By the way, as a last question because some fans debate this – do you think that it was Han or Luke that was in the TK-421 uniform?  I think it was Luke because he was last in the command office and the amount of time to go up an elevator to the time the officer opened the door to see Chewie and Han, was way too fast to be Han.

TK421 not at his post


In a very small command office near the entrance to the pirateship, a Gantry Officer looks out his window and notices the guards are missing. He speaks into the comlink.

GANTRY OFFICER: TK-four-two-one. Why aren’t you at your post? TK-four-two-one, do you copy?

A stormtrooper comes down the ramp of the pirateship and waves to the gantry officer, pointing to his ear indicating his comlink is not working. The gantry officer shakes his head in disgust and heads for the door, giving his aide an annoyed look.

GANTRY OFFICER: Take over. We’ve got a bad transmitter. I’ll see what I can do.

As the officer approaches the door, it slides open revealing the towering Chewbacca. The gantry officer, in a momentary state of shock, stumbles backward. With a bone-chilling howl, the giant Wookiee flattens the officer with one blow. The aide immediately reaches for his pistol, but is blasted by Han, dressed as an Imperial stormtrooper. Ben and the robots enter the room quickly followed by Luke, also dressed as a stormtrooper. Luke quickly removes his helmet.

LUKE: You know, between his howling and your blasting everything in sight, it’s a wonder the whole station doesn’t know we’re here.

HAN: Bring them on! I prefer a straight fight to all this sneaking around.

THREEPIO: We found the computer outlet, sir.

Ben feeds some information into the computer and a map of the city appears on the monitor. He begins to inspect it carefully. Threepio and Artoo look over the control panel. Artoo finds something that makes him whistle wildly.

BEN: Plug in. He should be able to interpret the entire Imperial computer network.

Artoo punches his claw arm into the computer socket and the vast Imperial brain network comes to life, feeding information to the little robot. After a few moments, he beeps something.

THREEPIO: He says he’s found the main computer to power the tractor beam that’s holding the ship here. He’ll try to make the precise location appear on the monitor.

The computer monitor flashes readouts.

THREEPIO: The tractor beam is coupled to the main reactor in seven locations. A power loss at one of the terminals will allow the ship to leave.

Ben studies the data on the monitor readout.

BEN: I don’t think you boys can help. I must go alone.

HAN: Whatever you say. I’ve done more that I bargained for on this trip already.

LUKE I want to go with you.

BEN: Be patient, Luke. Stay and watch over the droids.

LUKE: But he can…

BEN: They must be delivered safely or other star systems will suffer the same fate as Alderaan. Your destiny lies along a different path than mine. The Force will be with you…always!

Ben adjusts the lightsaber on his belt and silently steps out of the command office, then disappears down a long grey hallway. Chewbacca barks a comment and Han shakes his head in agreement.

HAN: Boy you said it, Chewie.

Han looks at Luke.

HAN: Where did you dig up that old fossil?

LUKE: Ben is a great man.

HAN: Yeah, great at getting us into trouble.

LUKE: I didn’t hear you give any ideas…

HAN: Well, anything would be better than just hanging around waiting for him to pick us up…

LUKE: Who do you think…

Suddenly Artoo begins to whistle and beep a blue streak. Luke goes over to him.

LUKE: What is it?

THREEPIO: I’m afraid I’m not quite sure, sir. He says “I found her”, and keeps repeating, “She’s here.”

LUKE: Well, who…who has he found?

Artoo whistles a frantic reply.

THREEPIO: Princess Leia.

LUKE: The princess? She’s here?

HAN: Princess? What’s going on?

THREEPIO: Level five. Detention block A A-twenty-three. I’m afraid she’s scheduled to be terminated.

LUKE: Oh, no! We’ve got to do something.

HAN: What are you talking about?

LUKE: The droid belongs to her. She’s the one in the message. We’ve got to help her.

HAN: Now, look, don’t get any funny ideas. The old man wants us to wait right here.

LUKE: But he didn’t know she was here. Look, will you just find a way back into the detention block?

HAN: I’m not going anywhere.

LUKE: They’re going to execute her. Look, a few minutes ago you said you didn’t want to just wait here to be captured. Now all you want to do is stay.

HAN: Marching into the detention area is not what I had in mind.

LUKE: But they’re going to kill her!

HAN: Better her than me…

LUKE: She’s rich.

Chewbacca growls.

HAN: Rich?

LUKE: Yes. Rich, powerful! Listen, if you were to rescue her, the reward would be…

HAN: What?

LUKE: Well more wealth that you can imagine.

HAN: I don’t know, I can imagine quite a bit!

LUKE: You’ll get it!

HAN: I better!

LUKE: You will…

HAN: All right, kid. But you’d better be right about this.

Han looks at Chewie, who grunts a short grunt.

LUKE: All right.

HAN: What’s your plan?

LUKE: Uh…Threepio, hand me those binders there will you?

Luke moves toward Chewbacca with electronic cuffs.

LUKE: Okay. Now, I’m going to put these on you.

Chewie lets out a hideous growl.

LUKE: Okay. Han, you put these on.

Luke sheepishly hands the binders to Han.

HAN: Don’t worry, Chewie. I think I know what he has in mind.

The Wookiee has a worried and frightened look on his face as Han binds him with the electronic cuffs.

THREEPIO: Master Luke, sir! Pardon me for asking…but, ah…what should Artoo and I do if we’re discovered here?

LUKE: Lock the door!

HAN: And hope they don’t have blasters.

THREEPIO: That isn’t very reassuring.

Luke and Han put on their armored stormtrooper helmets and start off into the giant Imperial Death Star.


2 thoughts on “Scene it on Friday – ANH Scene #44

  1. Great scene! I always kinda thought it was Han, because having gone the to Imperial academy, he would know where to look and how to signal to fool the officer into thinking he had a bad transmitter. But logistically, I think you’re right about it being Luke because of the timing.

    1. Good point about Han and the Imperial Academy. I didn’t even think of that! I always find that interesting too that he was once training to be part of the Empire. How far he changes by ROTJ…

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