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Old April 12 2011, 03:05 AM   #1
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Use of the Force in the OT

While watching ESB, I wondered why Vader didn't use the Force to stop the Falcon from leaving Hoth. I mean, he was right there!
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Old April 12 2011, 03:22 AM   #2
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Vader lost about 50% of his power when he lost 50% of his body in the lava. He's not that strong anymore.
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Old April 12 2011, 03:26 AM   #3
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Re: Use of the Force in the OT

Rothschild wrote: View Post
While watching ESB, I wondered why Vader didn't use the Force to stop the Falcon from leaving Hoth. I mean, he was right there!
If Vader had that kind of power, why would the Death Star have needed a tractor beam in ANH?
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Old April 12 2011, 03:27 AM   #4
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Re: Use of the Force in the OT

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While watching ESB, I wondered why Vader didn't use the Force to stop the Falcon from leaving Hoth. I mean, he was right there!
Are you referring to the way the Force was used in the ST:Force Unleashed video game?

I don't think there were any indication in any of the other Star Wars movies where the Force could act on an already fast movie object. Otherwise, Qui-Gon would have used the Force to cheat during the pod race.
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Old April 12 2011, 03:47 AM   #5
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Re: Use of the Force in the OT

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While watching ESB, I wondered why Vader didn't use the Force to stop the Falcon from leaving Hoth. I mean, he was right there!
Are you referring to the way the Force was used in the ST:Force Unleashed video game?

I don't think there were any indication in any of the other Star Wars movies where the Force could act on an already fast movie object. Otherwise, Qui-Gon would have used the Force to cheat during the pod race.
The footage I had seen from the game sprang to mind.
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Old April 12 2011, 05:02 AM   #6
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While watching ESB, I wondered why Vader didn't use the Force to stop the Falcon from leaving Hoth. I mean, he was right there!
Vader isn't as powerful as Galen Marek. He is actually pretty weak at the level of Maul or Dooku and thats with whatever Sith rituals are being used to keep him in that current state.
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Old April 12 2011, 05:52 AM   #7
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The main issue is that force capable people in the original series are not remotely as powerful as George Lucas decided to make them in the prequels.
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Old April 12 2011, 05:59 AM   #8
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The force capable people in the OT were -

- an old man
- an old frog
- a quad amputee
- a whiny blonde

How will any of 'em measure up to the legend of Mace Bad Motherfucker Windu & his Purple Saber of Death?!?
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Old April 12 2011, 07:19 AM   #9
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I was always curious about the (then) in-universe details of how force powers worked along with physical limitations (brought on by age or injury or just the kind of body one was born into).

When the first movie came out, there was nothing to compare Ben and Vader's duel to. In ESB, you see Luke is more physically agile but Vader is still more powerful. He uses the force to throw crap at Luke. I know Yoda was teaching Luke how to move objects through the force but Vader's use seemed more dark sidey, I guess. And in ROTJ, while Palpatine is old and moves around like an old guy, he has the lightning hands thing, which also seemed like something Ben wouldn't have done even if he had the option.

Overall it seemed the Jedi in the OT were focused on inner strength and knowing oneself and peace (while also willing to use the force in defensive ways for good) and the Sith had a variety of ways to use the force to get what they wanted, regardless of what kind of pain it caused. It also made the Sith come across as more powerful.

I mean sure, at the time I wondered about Yoda and lightsabers, but actually seeing it in the PT was weird. I wonder if Lucas tossed ideas around in his head during the OT about having Palpatine or Yoda wield lightsabers or anything else. I certainly enjoy the OT's more limited/restrained display of the force than the PT's crazy Jedi smackdown, but it's not like the OT didn't make me wonder about some stuff. I still think it's at the very least highly questionable that Ben and Yoda's solution is to lay down their weapons and die when Luke was the only remaining trained Jedi. I mean hey Yoda, why not teach Leia a few things in case this Luke thing goes south?
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Old April 12 2011, 08:59 AM   #10
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Well I always figured it was just Yoda's time, he was old and he'd hung on as long as he could, and it may even be that training Luke took what was left of his energy As for Obi Wan, he knew there was no way he could beat Vader, and he also probably suspected that iof he kept fighting Luke would be drawn towards them, and either he'd be killed, or be in no position to fight being turned by Vader and the Emperor. Of course if this was the plan it almost backfired when Luke went a bit blaster crazy...

As for Vader stopping the Falcon. Did we see anyone even in the PT do something like that (I can't recall) and whilst Yoda lifted Luke's X-Wing out of the swamp there's a difference between an inanimate object and one that's moving at high speed surely?
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Old April 12 2011, 09:42 AM   #11
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Well, anything any of us might come up with is almost total speculation, but I'll play.

What if Yoda lifting the X-Wing was itself a record for a Jedi? Yoda may have come to some deep realization about Force telekinetics on Dagobah that went beyond the Jedi training from the Old Republic. In that case, although Vader could throw around a lot of small objects, maybe he just didn't have the proper mindset to move a much heavier one, under thrust.

Aside from the fact that the Falcon was under thrust, as Starkers said, it was also occupied by both Luke and Leia [EDIT: No not Luke; just Leia! Geez, see next post!]. This raises a related issue I've wondered about, which is to what degree Force powers get canceled out by the presence of Force wielders from the opposite side. A cancellation effect would explain why, for example, the Jedi can't always run at Flash speed.

Furthermore, if mental concentration was always an issue, then even the most adept Force wielders might be easily enough distracted by events so that they were always operating below their theoretically maximal power levels. For example, if you concentrate hard enough, sure you might be able to move that Star Destroyer, but the stormtrooper standing next to you will be able to just shoot you in the head with a blaster if you do that, because you go into such a trance that you can't see it coming.
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Old April 12 2011, 10:30 AM   #12
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Luke wasn't on the Falcon when it left Hoth, remember? They went one way & he went the other in his X-Wing.
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Old April 12 2011, 10:33 AM   #13
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Oh yeah. Sorry. You know what, I misread that and thought the OP was talking about the climax.
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Old April 12 2011, 10:44 AM   #14
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Surely it would be quicker and easier to force pop-off the pilot's head?
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Old April 12 2011, 10:56 AM   #15
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Even easier to pinch an artery...
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