SNOW PLAIN: The dark probe robot raises a large antenna from the top of its head and begins to send out a piercing signal.
The probe droid has spotted Chewbacca who, not thirty feet away, has popped his head over a snow bank. Instantly, the probe robot swings around, its deadly ray ready to fire.
As it fires off shots at Chewie, it is hit from behind by a laser bolt. The probe returns fire at Han, who blasts it a second time.
The probe explodes in a million pieces. Han Solo peers intently at the smoldering remains of the Imperial probe.
COMMAND CENTER: Leia and Rieekan listen to Han on the comlink.
HAN (over comlink): Afraid there's not much left.
LEIA (into comlink): What was it?
HAN (over comlink): Droid of some kind. I didn't hit it that hard. It must have had a self-destruct.
LEIA (into comlink): An Imperial probe droid.
HAN (over comlink): It's a good bet the Empire knows we're here.
RIEEKAN: We'd better start the evacuation.
IMPERIAL FLEET: Darth Vader's Star Destroyer, larger and more awesome than the five Imperial Star Destroyers that surround it, sits in the vastness of space. The six huge ships are surrounded by a convoy of smaller spacecraft. TIE fighters dart to and fro.
DARTH VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE - MAIN CONTROL DECK: Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith, with his back to us, viewing the Imperial fleet.
Controllers working the vast complex of electronic controls.
The squat, evil-looking Admiral Ozzel and the young, powerfully built General Veers, are walking hurriedly down a hall when Captain Piett calls for his attention.
OZZEL: Yes, Captain
PIETT: I think we've got something, sir. The report is only a fragment from a probe droid in the Hoth system, but it's the best lead we've had.
OZZEL (irritated): We have thousands of probe droids searching the galaxy. I want proof, not leads!
Their chatter catches Vader's attention and he makes his way across the wide bridge towards them.
PIETT (off screen): The visuals indicate life readings.
As Vader glides by like a chill wind near the crew members in the control deck's recessed area, they freeze with a look of deep fear.
OZZEL (off screen): It could mean anything. If we followed every lead...
PIETT (off screen): But sir, the Hoth system is supposed to be devoid of human forms.
VADER: You found something?
PIETT: Yes, my lord.
VADER (studying the image on the console screen): That's it. The Rebels are there.
OZZEL: My lord, there are so many uncharted settlements. It could be smugglers, it could be...
VADER: That is the system. And I'm sure Skywalker is with them. Set your course for the Hoth system.
VADER: General Veers, prepare you men.
As Admiral Ozzel leaves, he pauses and glares at Captain Piett with a scolding look.
REBEL BASE - TRANSPORT BAY: A captain issues instructions to two of his men at the entrance to the main transport bay. Several Rebel transports behind them are being loaded by men carrying heavy boxes and moving quickly, but not in panic.
REBEL CAPTAIN: Groups seven and ten will stay behind to fly the speeders. As soon as each transport is loaded, evacuation control will give clearance for immediate launch.
REBEL FIGHTER: Right, sir.
MAIN HANGAR DECK: Troops, ground crews, and droids hurry about to their stations. In the midst of all this activity, Han does some frantic welding on the lifters of the Millennium Falcon. Han finishes his work and shouts at Chewie, who is in the cockpit.
HAN: Okay, that's it. Try it...
In the cockpit, Chewie flips an overhead switch.
Sparks fly and smoke rises from minor explosions on the lifter.
HAN: Off! Turn it off! Turn it off! Off!
In the cockpit, the growling Chewie frantically flips various switches.