DAGOBAH - BOG - CLEARING: In the clearing behind Yoda's house, Luke again stands upside-down, but his face shows less strain and more concentration than before. Yoda sits on the ground below the young warrior. On the other side of the clearing, two equipment cases slowly rise into the air.
Nearby Artoo watches, humming to himself, when suddenly he, too, rises into the air. His little legs kick desperately and his head turns frantically, looking for help.
YODA: Concentrate... feel the Force flow. Yes. Good. Calm, yes. Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future... the past. Old friends long gone.
Luke suddenly becomes distressed.
LUKE: Han! Leia!
The two packing boxes and Artoo fall to the ground with a crash, then Luke himself tumbles over.
YODA (shaking his head): Hmm. Control, control. You must learn control.
LUKE: I saw... I saw a city in the clouds.
YODA: Mmm. Friends you have there.
LUKE: They were in pain.
YODA: It is the future you see.
LUKE: Future? Will they die?
Yoda closes his eyes and lowers his head.
YODA: Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.
LUKE: I've got to go to them.
YODA: Decide you must how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could. But you would destroy all for which they have fought and suffered.
Luke is stopped cold by Yoda's words. Gloom shrouds him as he nods his head sadly.
BESPIN SYSTEM: The powerful pirate starship blasts through space as it heads toward the soft pink planet of Bespin. It is dawn on the gaseous planet. Huge billowing clouds form a canyon as the ship banks around them, heading toward the system's Cloud City.
Suddenly, two twin-pod cloud cars appear and move toward the Falcon. The cloud cars draw up alongside the starship.
HAN (into transmitter): No, I don't have a landing permit. I'm trying to reach Lando Calrissian.
One of the cloud cars opens fire on the Falcon, its flak rocking the ship. Chewie barks his concern. More flak bursts outside the cockpit window and rattles the ship's interior. Leia looks worried.
HAN (into transmitter): Whoa! Wait a minute! Let me explain.
INTERCOM VOICE: You will not deviate from your present course.
THREEPIO: Rather touchy, aren't they?
LEIA: I thought you knew this person.
Chewie barks and growls at his boss.
HAN (to Chewie): Well, that was a long time ago. I'm sure he's forgotten about that.
INTERCOM VOICE: Permission granted to land on Platform Three-two-seven.
HAN (into transmitter): Thank you.
Angry, Han snaps off the intercom. Chewie looks at him and grunts. Han turns to the worried princess and her droid.
HAN: There's nothing to worry about. We go way back, Lando and me.
Leia doesn't look convinced.
LEIA: Who's worried?
CLOUD CITY: The clouds part to reveal a full view of the city as it bobs in and out of the cloud surface.
The cloud cars and the Falcon head for the gleaming white metropolis.
LANDING PLATFORM: With the cloud cars still guarding it, the Falcon lands on one of the Cloud City's platforms. Han and Leia stand at the open door, armed. Behind them, Chewie, also armed, surveys the scene warily.
THREEPIO: Oh. No one to meet us.
LEIA: I don't like this.
HAN: Well, what would you like?
THREEPIO: Well, they did let us land.
HAN: Look, don't worry. Everything's going to be fine. Trust me.
Lando Calrissian, a suave, dashing black man in his thirties, leads a group of aides and some Cloud City guard rapidly toward the landing platform. The group, like the other citizens of the city, is a motley collection of aliens, droids, and humans of all descriptions. Lando has a grim expression on his face as he moves onto the landing platform.
HAN: See? My friend. (to Chewie) Keep your eyes open, okay?
Chewie growls as Han walks down the ramp. Lando and his men head across the bridge to meet the space pirate. Lando stops ten feet from Han. The two men eye each other carefully. Lando shakes his head.
LANDO: Why, you slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler! You've got a lot of guts coming here, after what you pulled.
Han points to himself innocently, mouthing, "Me?"
Lando moves threateningly toward Han. Suddenly, he throws his arms around his startled, long-lost friend and embraces him.
LANDO (laughs): How you doing, you old pirate? So good to see you! I never thought I'd catch up with you again. Where you been?
The two old friends embrace, laughing and chuckling.
THREEPIO: Well, he seems very friendly.
LEIA (wary): Yes... very friendly.
LANDO: What are you doing here?
HAN (gestures toward the Falcon): Ahh... repairs. I thought you could help me out.
LANDO (in mock panic): What have you done to my ship?
HAN: Your ship? Hey, remember, you lost her to me fair and square.
LANDO: And how are you doing, Chewbacca? Are you still hanging around with this loser?
Chewie growls a reserved greeting. Lando suddenly notices the princess and smiles.
LANDO: Hello. What have we here? Welcome. I'm Lando Calrissian. I'm the administrator of this facility. And who might you be?
LANDO: Welcome, Leia.
Lando bows before Leia and kisses her hand.
HAN: All right, all right, you old smoothie.
Han takes Leia by the hand and steers her away from Lando.
THREEPIO: Hello, sir. I am See-Threepio, human-cyborg relations. My facilities are at your...
Before Threepio can finish his self-introduction, Lando has turned to follow Han and Leia, who are walking toward the city.
THREEPIO: Well, really!
Lando, his aide, Lobot, and Han lead the way across the bridge, followed by Threepio, Chewie and Leia.
LANDO: What's wrong with the Falcon?
LANDO: I'll get my people to work on it.
HAN: Good. Lando turns to Leia.
LANDO: You know, that ship saved my life quite a few times. She's the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.