Scene it on Friday – ANH Scene #40

dont everybody thank me at once

I had to hit the random button generator four times before I came to a scene in ANH that I hadn’t done yet.  And even then, I had to double check on this scene because I couldn’t remember.  Tangent, but also kind of amazing when I think about how many Scene it on Friday’s that I’ve done.

Oh, but the quotes in this scene!  So many good ones!  I know I just did a post on Star Wars quotes, but we have to look over these:

“Don’t everyone thank me at once.” (Though, in the movie, everyone is replaced with ‘everybody’)

“I suggest a new strategy, Artoo. Let the Wookiee win.”

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”

“You have taken your first step into a larger world.”

Chewie, artoo, threepio playing chess falcon

Five memorable quotes from one scene!  I love it.

Note – this scene has lightsaber labeled actually as “lightsaber”, not “laser sword”.  This really intrigues me.  I am going to get to the bottom of this mystery.

This is the first training that Luke begins to get as a Jedi.  There has been no chance for Obi-Wan to train him on the ways of the Force before this.  I feel like all of Luke’s training, throughout the whole saga, was snapshots of thousands of years of learning that other Jedi received before the dark times, before the Empire.

Why does Obi-Wan start him off with the combat remote right away?  Why not start with levitation?  My guess is he did it because it was the most practical training.  He knew there would be a high possibility of running into stormtroopers and probably also knew that defense for the crew would be smart.  So training Luke on how to defend himself from blaster bolts would make the most sense.

By the way, I saw the chess board used in this scene at Disney World.  It was really exciting.  In fact, it was the best part of the ride because the ride was stupid (actually it was a display while waiting in line and had nothing to do with the ride).  I don’t even really remember what the ride was called but I remember everyone passing me in line because I was taking pictures of the chess board.  AND we just saw Abrams release that sneaky photo a few months ago so we know the chess board/Falcon will be back in VII.  It would be cool to see another game on it since we’ve only seen one game played, and that was in this scene.

What also surprises me in this scene is how Luke doesn’t falter under Han’s derision over the Force.  He just asks the simple question, “You don’t believe in the Force, do you?”  I’m not sure I would be able to do that.  Throughout the OT, we see Luke as the only known Jedi remaining and he continues onwards and upwards despite people, I’m sure, thinking he was crazy and putting his life into unnecessary danger.  It takes Han a long time to come around to trusting Luke as a Jedi and even believing in the Force.

We can relate that to anything in our lives.  There are always the Han’s in the world that don’t believe in us, or are skeptical of our abilities, don’t think we know what we’re doing, but that’s okay.  The key is to find those mentors, like Old Ben, who do believe in us and drive us forward.



Ben watches Luke practice the lightsaber with a small “seeker” robot. Ben suddenly turns away and sits down. He falters, seems almost faint.

LUKE: Are you all right? What’s wrong?

BEN: I felt a great disturbance in the Force… as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

Ben rubs his forehead. He seems to drift into a trance. Then he fixes his gaze on Luke.

BEN: You’d better get on with your exercises.

Han Solo enters the room.

HAN: Well, you can forget your troubles with those Imperial slugs. I told you I’d outrun ’em.

Luke is once again practicing with the lightsaber.

HAN: Don’t everyone thank me at once.

Threepio watches Chewbacca and Artoo who are engrossed in a game in which three-dimensional holographic figures move along a chess-type board.

HAN: Anyway, we should be at Alderaan about oh-two-hundred hours.

Chewbacca and the two robots sit around the lighted table covered with small holographic monsters. Each side of the table has a small computer monitor embedded in it. Chewbacca seems very pleased with himself as he rests his lanky fur-covered arms over his head.

THREEPIO: Now be careful, Artoo.

Artoo immediately reaches up and taps the computer with his stubby claw hand, causing one of the holographic creatures to walk to the new square. A sudden frown crosses Chewbacca’s face and he begins yelling gibberish at the tiny robot.  Threepio intercedes on behalf of his small companion and begins to argue with the huge Wookiee.

THREEPIO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it won’t help you.

HAN: (interrupting) Let him have it. It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee.

THREEPIO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.

HAN: That’s ’cause droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their socket when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.

THREEPIO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, Artoo. Let the Wookiee win.

Luke stands in the middle of the small hold area; he seems frozen in place. A humming lightsaber is held high over his head. Ben watches him from the corner, studying his movements.

Han watches with a bit of smugness.

BEN: Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.

LUKE: You mean it controls your actions?

BEN: Partially. But it also obeys your commands.

Suspended at eye level, about ten feet in front of Luke, a “seeker”, a chrome baseball-like robot covered with antennae, hovers slowly in a wide arc. The ball floats to one side of the youth then the other. Suddenly it makes a lightning-swift lunge and stops within a few feet of Luke’s face. Luke doesn’t move and the ball backs off. It slowly moves behind the boy, then makes another quick lunge, this time emitting a blood red laser beam as it attacks. It hits Luke in the leg causing him to tumble over. Han lets loose with a burst of laughter.

HAN: Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

LUKE: You don’t believe in the Force, do you?

HAN: Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field that controls my destiny.

Ben smiles quietly.

HAN: It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.

BEN: I suggest you try it again, Luke.

Ben places a large helmet on Luke’s head which covers his eyes.

BEN: This time, let go your conscious self and act on instinct.

LUKE: (laughing) With the blast shield down, I can’t even see. How am I supposed to fight?

BEN: Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.

Han skeptically shakes his head as Ben throws the seeker into the air. The ball shoots straight up in the air, then drops like a rock. Luke swings the lightsaber around blindly missing the seeker, which fires off a laserbolt which hits Luke square on the seat of the pants. He lets out a painful yell and attempts to hit the seeker.

BEN: Stretch out with your feelings.

Luke stands in one place, seemingly frozen. The seeker makes a dive at Luke and, incredibly, he managed to deflect the bolt. The ball ceases fire and moves back to its original position.

BEN: You see, you can do it.

HAN: I call it luck.

BEN: In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.

HAN: Look, going good against remotes is one thing. Going good against the living? That’s something else.

Solo notices a small light flashing on the far side of the control panel.

HAN: Looks like we’re coming up on Alderaan.

Han and Chewbacca head back to the cockpit.

LUKE: You know, I did feel something. I could almost see the remote.

BEN: That’s good. You have taken your first step into a larger world.


5 thoughts on “Scene it on Friday – ANH Scene #40

  1. The Great Movie Ride. In the Chinese Theater, where the Alien comes out of the ceiling, right? (I close my eyes at that part…)

    So many great quotes! You’re right, Luke is totally not intimidated by Han at all. I’m sure I would have been.

    1. Ah, yes, the Great Movie Ride. I can’t remember if an Alien came out or not. I was up at 3am that morning to get to Florida in time to go to Disney World and make it back to the hotel by 6pm to start working on the conference. So by the time I got to the Great Movie Ride…all I know was that if it couldn’t keep me awake, then it wasn’t very good LOL. But obviously I remember the chess board haha.

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