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Your favorite ‘Star Wars’ saga moments

Our columnist Wendell Wittler and we asked you to share yours. Here are just a few of the responses we received:

Han’s humorMy favorite line is from “The Empire Strikes Back,” when C-3PO is on the Millennium Falcon and after talking to the Cloud City computer electronically to find out what was wrong with the hyperdrive he tells Han Solo “it says that the hyperdrive has been damaged.” Han looks back at C-3PO after he stated the obvious and says “I'm glad you're here to tell us these things. Chewey, take the professor and plug him into the hyperdrive.” That was just one of the classic lines from Han that added to the humor the original films had. —Paul, Phoenix, Ariz.

Darth’s discoveryOne of my favorite scenes is in “Return of the Jedi” when Luke goes to confront his father, and his thoughts reveal the Luke has a “Sister ... so, you have a twin sister. Obi-wan was wise to hide her from me, if you will not turn to the Dark Side, then perhaps she will!” Ahh, still gives me goosebumps. —Keri, Waterbury, Conn.

Jedi in actionThe opening seen in “Episode I.” I had waited 16 years to see more of this universe and it didn't disappoint as I was actually seeing Jedis in action, and when Qui-Gon Jinn stabbed the door with his lightsaber and the music played, it was awesome! —Roland Sternfels, Covington, La.

Our favorite smartassIn “Empire,” the morning after Luke has disappeared on Hoth and Han has gone looking for him, the search team is circling the area trying to contact them. The feeling of dread and anticipation, knowing that they have to be at least alive for the movie to go on, but not really sure ... and then hearing Han over the radio “Good morning, nice of you guys to drop by!” just makes you want to leap out of your chair and cheer for the smartass! His comments throughout “Episode V” are probably the most memorable of all the movies. —Laura, Montreal, Quebec

ForeshadowingWhen Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are heading into the bar on Coruscant in pursuit of Zam Wessel, and Obi-Wan hands Anakin his lightsaber and a stern lecture concluding up with “Why do I feel you are going to be the death of me?” What a great segway to “Episode IV: A New Hope” where Anakin as Darth Vader actually is the death of him. Wonderful tie in. —Linda, Corpus Christi, Texas

The plot thickensFrom “Empire” when Luke flies off in his X-wing to save his friends on Cloud City, the ghost of Ben states, “That boy was our last hope.” Yoda then replies, “No, there is another.” Hello, curveball! Another!? Who could that be? The combination of Ben's depressed voice, Yoda's stunning secret and the glowing light of Luke's engines on their faces as he departs make for a very intriguing moment. —Chris Sgouros, Frederick, Md.

Sage YodaA couple of standouts: Yoda's speech on the force: “luminous beings are we, not this crude matter...” and, of course, “judge me by my size do you? And well you should not, for my ally is the force, and a powerful ally it is.”

One more: The opening “helicopter shot” of Luke on a Tauntaun on Hoth in “Empire.” I love that opening shot! —Scott, Western Australia

Chewie gets the last laughFrom “Empire Strikes Back”: Luke is recuperating after nearly freezing to death and is visited by Han, Chewie and Leia:

Han: “She revealed her true feelings for me.”Leia: “I don't know where you get your delusions, laser brain.”Chewie laughs.Han to Chewie: “Laugh it up, fuzzball.” —Laura Canavan, Pittsburgh, Penn.

Final reunionI get goosebumps every time I watch Luke smile at his Jedi “family” at the end of “Return of the Jedi” — his father, Obi-Wan and Yoda, as they watch with satisfaction as the rest of Luke's friends celebrate the victory over the evil Empire. And the music playing in the background is great too!  —R.J. Czarney, Seattle, Wash.

What an openingThe opening scene of “A New Hope” when the Imperial Star Destroyer overtakes Leia's much smaller ship. To this day, almost 30 years later it still makes my heart pound in anticipation every time I see it. My favorite real-life memory is meeting Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker and getting their autographs. —Sean, Colorado

Yoda's true powerWhen you first see Yoda raising Luke's X-Wing from the muddy swamp in Dagobah. That scene blew my mind at how strong the force was and how Yoda truly was a Jedi Master. It was great because Yoda seems so unassuming when you first met him and that scene really gave the viewers a taste of how powerful he really was. —Tina, Richmond, Va.

Father vs. sonIn “Return of the Jedi” when Luke and Vader fight furiously then have the so called father-son moment as Vader lie dying asking Luke to remove his mask so he can look at him with his own eyes. —Ocie Thiele, Port Orchard, Wash.

Telling Jabba how it isWhen Luke is about to be forced into the sarlacc pit in “Return of the Jedi” and confidently tells Jabba “this is your last chance, free us or die.” Then proceeds to “bring it” and turns the tables on the most evil slug in the galaxy. —Scott Ripple, Houston, Texas

Memorable line“That's no moon....that's a space station.” How could you leave that memorable line out! —Donn, Bristol, Va.

Stormtrooper blooperI get an evil grin every time I see that third Stormtrooper, in the later half of “Episode IV,” bump his head on a doorway in the Death Star. It's a hysterically grounding blooper, which I'm glad Lucas kept in all versions of the film. —David, Corning, N.Y.

Touching momentIn “Return of the Jedi” near the end when Luke is burning the body of his father encased in the Darth Vader outfit. Such a touching scene with John Williams brilliant touch of music to capture the whole scene. Through the flames you could see Darth Vader's mask/outline with Luke standing in the background. It was the ending of all endings. —Melissa, Abingdon, Va.

Excitement in the asteroidsI remember watching the asteroid field sequence in “The Empire Strikes Back” for the first time when I was younger. It was on VHS but it was one of the most amazing feats I had ever seen. Plus John Williams’ rollicking music as Han Solo snapped “Never tell me the odds” at C-3PO and dared to do the impossible. The dialogue that is exchanged between Han and Princess Leia is still great from Leia saying, “You don't have to do this to impress me” to Han saying, “You said you wanted to be around when I made a mistake, well this could be it sweetheart.” To which Leia says, “I take it back.” A classic scene that'll always make me smile. —Dan Revill, Langley, BC, Canada

Choke holdFirst a note on recurring themes: you can't forget Vader's penchant for force-choking.

For my favorite moment, I would have to put the assault and fly-through of the second Death Star at the top of my list. The massive “furball” firefight going on outside the Death Star was visually stunning and the fly-through itself gave the whole thing a great tension level. —Andrew, Nashville

Best Totally Non-Jedi Dialogue
When Han is about to go out to rescue Luke on Hoth, one of the troops says, "Your Ton-ton will freeze before you reach the outer marker." Han replies with the obtuse, "Then I'll see you in Hell!"

What? Hell? What's that place? :-) —Tom, Minneapolis, Minn

The great chaseWhat sticks with me was the opening image of the original “Star Wars" film — Leia's ship being chased by the immense Imperial cruiser, which seemed to go on and on. Combine the visuals with the sound (I was lucky enough to see the film at the only theater in St. Louis with Dolby sound), and this was like NOTHING my 13-year-old self had ever seen before — and rarely since, I might add. To boot, it defined the galactic conflict between the rebels and Empire in about 10 seconds, allowing the story to dispense with the background on the war and jump right into the action. This sequence is a brilliant piece of economical visual storytelling. —Mike Freed, Parker, Colo.

Painful love scenePadme and Anakin's together moment before they entered the arena on Geonosis (from Episode II). It is the worst love dialogue in movie history...Padme: I truly, madly, deeply love you. Anakin: I thought we agreed we weren't going to fall in love.

The rest doesn't matter. The scene will always be infinitely more painful than watching Anakin become Darth Vader. —Chris Cooke, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Darth Maul's entranceI am a loyal fan of the Dark Side and one of the best moments is when the hangar doors open to reveal Darth Maul to the unsuspecting Jedi. When he throws of his cloak and ignites his twin-bladed lightsaber, with the music playing, I don't care who you are, there is no better entrance than that. —Brandon McFall, Green Valley, Ariz.

Defending HothOut of all the epic battles in all the movies, for me, nothing comes close to Empire's attack on the rebel's base on the ice planet Hoth. I remember seeing it in the theater as a nine year old and being terrified that the rebels had no chance against those mechanical dinosaurs. —Kris Mitchell, Portland, Ore.

Classic HanIn “The Empire Strikes Back” Han Solo recites the funniest line in the whole series. On the planet Hoth he is forced to slice open a dead Tauntaun in order to keep Luke warm as he builds a shelter to protect them from the sub zero temperatures. Upon slicing open the dead animal, and seeing the intestines seep out he says, “And I thought they smelled bad on the outside.” Classic.  —Alejandro, La Mesa, Calif.

‘A long time ago...’For me it’s always been the opening crawl. Every time I see it, it reminds me of when I was a kid and just whisks me away to that galaxy far, far away. —Eric Haislar, Fenton, Mo.

Bye-bye, BobaWhen a blind Han Solo takes out Boba Fett by accident with a staff. —Justin Neel, Tempe, Ariz.

More love for HanMy favorite is when Han Solo lets Luke help him fight the Imperial Fighters from one of the gun casements inside the Millennium Falcon. Luke finally scores a direct hit and yells, “I got one!” and Han — in his great smartass style says, “Great, kid - don't get cocky!” Classic! —Kimberly, Long Beach, Calif.

Swashbuckling LukeI'm surprised I haven't seen this one here yet, but for me it has to be Luke's heroic grappling-hook swing across the Death Star chasm with Leia hanging on. For sheer, old-fashioned movie thrills, you gotta love the way the pacing, scenery, effects, acting and music all came together in that one small moment. I can still hear the crowd cheering back in 1977. —Chris B.,  Portland, Ore

Oh, 3POAgain with Han Solo on Hoth, and the dialogue between he and C-3PO, “Hurry up, Goldenrod, or you're going to be a permanent resident!”  —Joe Putnam, San Diego, Calif.

Convincing argumentAs liked by many others, the line Darth Vader tells Luke, "Obi-wan never told you the powers of the Dark Side! Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son!" Darth holds up his fist in a convincing gesture to convince Luke to join him. Very powerful and well stated! —Dave B., Vail, Colo.