Deano’s answer to: “During the battle on Hoth between the rebel forces (who are trying to protect their evacuation) and the imperial troops, why doesn’t Han help Luke and the others defend against the AT-AT Walkers?”

Great question!

There are several reasons for this:

  • Han Solo has a death mark – he is currently being pursued by Jabba the Hutt‘s bounty hunters – and through various interactions at the beginning of Empire, it’s clear he is a “reluctant rebel”, falling in with them mostly as the safest place to be for the moment, not his ideological/spiritual home.
  • Chewbacca is still (with the help of various rebel repair-droids) fixing the Millenium Falcon to ensure its effective escape.
  • Han Solo has (for mostly personal reasons) to ensure that Princess Leia (who is manning the command center to help direct the defense of the Hoth base) gets safely to the evacuation ship.

Breaking the fourth wall for a second, the Millenium Falcon is a plot device that must remain behind/in danger/off-screen until the last possible second to increase dramatic tension and excitement before flying to safety/saving the day:

  • In “A New Hope”, Han and Chewie fly back to knock Darth Vader off Luke Skywalker‘s tail so he can blow up Death Star Mk. I
  • Also in “The Empire Strikes Back”, the ship barely escapes between the closing teeth of the giant space worm
  • Also in “The Empire Strikes Back”, R2D2 repairs the hyperdrive mere seconds before the Falcon can be pulled in by a Star Destroyer tractor beam at the climatic end-of-movie escape sequence
  • In “Return of the Jedi”, Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb barely pilot the Falcon free of the onrushing explosion of Death Star Mk. II at the end of that film

Ultimately, the in-plot reason can be boiled down to this: it isn’t until the third movie, “Return of the Jedi”, that Han Solo becomes a true hero of the Rebel Alliance. Throughout “The Empire Strikes Back”, or perhaps up until his first true love kiss with Princess Leia just before being frozen in Carbonite, Han Solo remains a self-reliant smuggler and rogue.

(For more details on the Millenium Falcon in particular, the Wookiepedia article is really quite interesting: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/M… )

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Deano’s answer to: “At the end of The Empire Strikes Back, why is Lando wearing Han Solo’s clothes?”

I’d like to submit a theory here:

He’s NOT wearing Han Solo‘s clothes!

Seriously, Han Solo won the Millenium Falcon from Lando Calrissian. Mightn’t he have also won everything on board the ship, including the onboard wardrobe? Because Solo apparently won(*) the Falcon after Lando was already running Cloud City, it would make sense that Lando would shed all of his former smuggler identity when he lost his ship.

Thus, in point of fact:

Lando Calrissian is simply wearing his own old clothes, which had previously been used by Captain Solo.

For those who might argue hygenie/sizing issues with this, keep in mind that:

  • both men are roughly the same size, and
  • it’s fairly common for people to “try on” old clothes that have nostalgia value
  • So-called “spacers(†)” would necessarily exhibit thrift-driven behaviors with regard to any supplies – when you don’t know when or where you may next land, you can’t be too picky about what to eat/wear, when to sleep, etc.

While Truly Evil Bob‘s answer evokes the Star Wars MMO or other video game logic, I think he is on to something – by putting his old outfit back on, Lando Calrissian is expressing/recalling his former smuggler days, which he clearly missed as a responsible colonial administrator.

[UPDATE]

Alexander Bogdan raises an interesting point about documented sourcing of Han Solo’s outfit depicted in semi-canon Star Wars novelizations, but since I’m already merely theorizing, let me extend into the Bat-verse for a supplemental defense:

Perhaps, much like The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Han Solo’s stories about how and where he started wearing his iconic outfit changes with the telling, in order to distract attention from the truth of his background/true origins (which might be used against him somehow), or to increase his perceived reputation/leverage in a given situation.

(* this is mentioned in passing as part of the Millenium Falcon’s Wookiepedia article: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/M…)

(† In the Star Wars Universe, this would primarily represent people who roam from port to port, rather than having a single established planetary base of operations – smugglers, bounty hunters, traders, and the like.)

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