“Single file to hide their numbers.”
Did anyone else say that whenever you couldn’t fit too many people on a path? I don’t know about where you guys live, but here we have Cape Cod. Beautiful area, even though the water is downright frigid even in the summer. In order to get to a beach, you often have to walk on a tiny serpentine path surrounded by tall stalks of grass.
There’s only space for one person since you are also carrying bags and beach chairs, so it’s the perfect time to shout, “We must walk single file to hide our numbers!”
Nobody else did that? Oh.
I do feel a little bad for all the Jawas that were mercilessly murdered just so that the stormtroopers could find the droids. But, from a filmmakers perspective, it gives a good feeling of tension as you connect the dots with Luke. They murdered Jawas and destroyed their Sandcrawler…so you can assume they’d do the same to Luke and his family.
What always surprised me about this scene is that Obi-Wan actually did not follow Luke, but let Luke rush off into potential danger by himself. My thoughts are that either a) he knew they had long since left the Lars Homestead b) he thought it would be smarter to stay with the droids or c) he thought this would be a good learning experience for Luke. I would think the first choice, but does anyone think otherwise?
Other than that, type in “Sandpeople always ride single file” for some funny memes.
EXTERIOR: TATOOINE — WASTELAND.
Threepio, Artoo, Luke and Ben walk among the scattered bodies and rubble of what remains of the huge sandcrawler.
LUKE: It looks like Sand People did this, all right. Look, there’s gaffi sticks, Bantha tracks. It’s just…I never heard of them hitting anything this big before.
Ben is crouching in the sand studying the tracks.
BEN: They didn’t. But we are meant to think they did. These tracks are side by side. Sandpeople always ride single file to hide their numbers.
LUKE: These are the same Jawas that sold us Artoo and Threepio.
BEN: And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise.
LUKE: But, why would Imperial troops want to slaughter Jawas?
Luke looks back at the speeder where Artoo and Threepio are inspecting the dead Jawas, and put two and two together.
LUKE: If they traced the robots here, they may have learned who they sold them to. And that would lead them back home!
BEN: Wait, Luke! It’s too dangerous.
Luke races off leaving Ben and the two robots alone with the burning Sandcrawler.