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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 35: "OH NO, THEY'VE FOUND US!"

Work on repairing the Falcon is disrupted by the Empire. Above image: via STAR WARS ARCHIVES.

Hidden in what they believe to be an asteroid "cave", our renegade heroes on the Millennium Falcon continue to make vital repair work to the damaged vessel. All four are thoroughly engaged when their concentrations are broken by the sounds of overhead TIE Bombers beginning strafing runs above surface, hoping that their explosive charges will force the rebel ship out of any possible hiding place.  Leia proves concerned though Han brushes it off, much to her ire. Threepio (panicking as always: "Oh no, they've found us!") soon requires Han's assistance when an earthquake tremor residual throws him to the floor. Thankfully, the depth-charge like weapons soon subside as the bombers fly off...

A series of explosions starts to rock the Falcon, distracting Solo from his work.
Han climbs some canisters back into the main hold deck.
Leia shows concern at the closeness of the explosions.
An officially released image of Leia from the deleted scene.
As the detonations continue, an earthquake tremor sends Threepio off his feet!
Ford and Daniels rehearse the scene where Han picks Threepio off the floor.

This deleted scene from the Falcon hold, originally as one with the Han/Leia kissing, would be presented on the 2011 Blu-ray release and can also be read in the original Donald F. Glut novelisation from 1980. A brief moment from the scene of Threepio falling back, overhead watched by Chewbacca, would be included in an early teaser for the film's original release ▶ The Empire Strikes Back: Theatrical Trailer #2 - YouTube and was likely improvised on-set in 1979- it isn't in any of the reference/script material AFICIONADO currently possesses.



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