AFTER A NEW HOPE
Vader isn’t flavour of the month after the destruction of the first Death Star – in fact the Emperor blames him for the whole embarrassing episode, and does his evil best to undermine him. He even forces him to report to Death Star minion General Tagge.
The Emperor also belittles Vader for what happened to him on Mustafar, complaining that his current, cyborg incarnation is not the all-powerful right-hand man he was looking for.
Vader is more than just the Emperor’s henchman, however. He has his own agenda, and sets about hunting down the young, Force-sensitive pilot who blew up the Death Star.
It turns out The Empire Strikes Back wasn’t Vader’s first business dealing with one Boba Fett – the Sith Lord hires him to track down aforementioned pilot.
He also has an audience with Jabba the Hutt – despite the fact Anakin swore he’d never go back to Tatooine.
Han Solo’s not the only one with a Wookiee sidekick. Boba Fett has an accomplice called Black Krrsantan – known as “Santy”.
Finding out he has a living son gives Vader a new sense of evil purpose – he’s been drifting since Padme’s death.
Luke doesn’t just rely on occasional spiritual guidance from Obi-Wan Kenobi to help in his Jedi education. He recovers his old master’s journals from his hut on Tatooine.
And visits an old Jedi temple on Vrogas Vas.
Lobot was Lando’s friend even before they ended up at Cloud City.
However, they made the critical error of stealing a ship that belonged to, er, Emperor Palpatine. Oops.
After the demise of the first Death Star, Leia travels the galaxy looking for fellow citizens of Alderaan who survived the planet’s destruction.
Han Solo may have had a wife before Leia. Sana Starros claims to be the first (estranged) Mrs Solo – though Han denies it.
Wookiee battle: Chewie and Black Krrsantan in the Star Wars comic.