CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER: Luke rises into the chamber, borne by the platform. The room is deathly quiet. Very little steam escapes the pipes and no one else seems to be in the large room. Warily, Luke walks toward the stairway. Steam begins to build up in the chamber. Looking up through the steam, Luke sees a dark figure standing on a walkway above him. Luke holsters his gun and moves up the stairs to face Vader. He feels confident, eager to engage his enemy.
VADER: The Force is with you, young Skywalker. But you are not a Jedi yet.
Luke ignites his sword in answer. In an instant, Vader's own sword is lit. Luke lunges, but Vader repels the blow. Again Luke attacks, and the swords of the two combatants clash in battle.
CLOUD CITY - CORRIDOR: Leia, Lando, and Chewie, with Threepio on his back, march along, guarded by six stormtroopers. The group reaches an intersection where Lobot and a dozen of Lando's guards stand at attention. The guards immediately aim their weapons at the startled stormtroopers.
Lando takes the stormtroopers' weapons from them,
LANDO: Well done. Hold them in the security tower - and keep it quiet. Move.
Lando's guards quickly march the stormtroopers away.
Lando hands the weapons to Leia and begins to undo Chewie's binding.
LEIA: What do you think you're doing?
LANDO: We're getting out of here.
THREEPIO: I knew all along it had to be a mistake.
Chewie turns on Lando and starts to choke him.
LEIA: Do you think that after what you did to Han we're going to trust you?
Lando tries to free himself from Chewie.
LANDO (choking): I had no choice...
Chewie barks ferociously.
THREEPIO (to Chewie): What are you doing? Trust him, trust him!
LEIA: Oh, so we understand, don't we, Chewie? He had no choice.
LANDO: I'm just trying to help...
LEIA: We don't need any of your help.
LANDO (choking): H-a-a-a...
THREEPIO: It sounds like Han.
LANDO: There's still a chance to save Han... I mean, at the East Platform...
Chewie finally releases Lando, who fights to get his breath back.
THREEPIO (to Lando): I'm terribly sorry about all this. After all, he's only a Wookiee.
EAST LANDING PLATFORM - BOBA FETT'S SHIP
BOBA FETT: Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold.
The two guards slide Han's encased body into an opening of the bounty hunter's ship. Boba Fett follows them into the ship. And with that, the door slams shut. Lando, Leia, and Chewie run down a Cloud City corridor when suddenly they spot Artoo who rushes toward them, beeping wildly.
THREEPIO: Artoo! Artoo! Where have you been?
Chewie turns around to see the stubby droid, causing Threepio to be spun out of sight of his friend.
THREEPIO: Turn around, you wooly...! (to Artoo) Hurry, hurry! We're trying to save Han from the bounty hunter!
Whistling frantically to Threepio, Artoo scoots along with the racing group.
THREEPIO: Well, at least your still in one piece! Look what happened to me!
An elevator door slides open and Lando, Leia, and Chewbacca race for a large bay overlooking the East Landing Platform. Just as they arrive, Boba Fett's ship takes off against a cloudy sunset sky.
In wild anguish, Chewie howls and starts firing at the ship.
THREEPIO: Oh, no! Chewie, they're behind you!
A laser bolt explodes near the princess. Everyone turns to see what Threepio has already spotted coming from the other direction; a squad of stormtroopers running toward them. Artoo peeks out from the elevator. Leia and Chewbacca start firing at the troopers as Lando makes a break for the elevator. Laser bolts continue to explode around the princess and the Wookiee, but they refuse to budge.
Lando sticks his head out of the elevator and motions for the pair to run, but they barely notice. They seem possessed, transported, as all the frustration of captivity and anger of loss pour through their death-dealing weapons. But after a few moments, they begin to move through the rain of laser fire toward the elevator. Once they are inside, the door slams shut and the stormtroopers race forward.
Carbon-freezing Chamber: Luke and Vader are locked in combat on the platform overlooking the chamber. Their swords clash, the platform sways. Luke aggressively drives Vader back, forcing Vader to use defensive tactics.
VADER: You have learned much, young one.
LUKE: You'll find I'm full of surprises.
Vader makes two quick moves, hooking Luke's sword out of his hand and sending it flying. Another lightning move at Luke's feet forces the youth to jump back to protect himself. Losing his balance, Luke rolls down the stairs to the circular carbon-freezing platform. There he sprawls on the floor, surprised and shaken. Just in time he looks up to see Vader, like a giant black bird, flying right at him. Luke rolls away as Vader lands. Crouching, Luke keeps his gaze steadily on his enemy.
VADER: Your destiny lies with me, Skywalker. Obi-Wan knew this to be true.
Behind Luke the hydraulic elevator cover has opened noiselessly. All the while, Luke slowly, cautiously moves back, away from the Dark Lord. Suddenly, Vader attacks so forcefully that Luke loses his balance and falls back into the opening.
There is a rumble, and in an instant freezing steam rises to obscure Vader's vision. Vader turns aside and using the force, activates the carbon freezing mechanism.
VADER: All to easy. Perhaps you are not as strong as the Emperor thought.
Through the steam behind Vader something blurs upward. Liquid metal begins to pour into the pit. Vader turns around - and then looks up. He sees Luke, who has leaped fifteen feet straight up and who now hangs from some hoses on the carbonite outlet.
VADER: Impressive... most impressive.
Luke jumps down to the platform where he is separated from Vader by the steaming carbonite pit. He raises his hand. His sword, which had fallen on another part of the platform, swiftly jumps into his outstretched hand and is instantly ignited. Vader immediately lights his sword as well.
VADER: Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear... now release your anger.
Luke is more cautious, controlling his anger. He begins to retreat as Vader goads him on. As Luke takes a defensive position, he realizes he has been foolhardy. A quick sword exchange and Luke forces Vader back. Another exchange and Vader retreats. Luke presses forward.
VADER: Only your hatred can destroy me.
Breathing hard, Luke jumps in the air, turning a somersault over Vader. He lands on the floor and slashes at Vader as the room continues to fill up with steam. Vader retreats before Luke's skillful sword. Vader blocks the sword, but looses his balance and falls into the outer rim of pipes. The energy Luke has used to stop Vader has brought him to the point of collapse. Luke moves to the edge and looks down, but sees no sign of Vader. He then deactivates his sword, hooks it on his belt, and lowers himself into the pit.
TUNNEL AND REACTOR CONTROL ROOM: Moving through a tunnel-like entrance, Luke cautiously approaches the reactor room.
He moves into the room and toward a large window as Vader enters. Luke raises and ignites his sword, preparing for the attack.
Behind Luke a large piece of machinery detaches itself from the wall and comes smashing forward toward his back.
Luke turns and cuts it in half. Bombardment from all sides, Luke does his best to deflect everything, but soon he is bloodied and bruised. Finally, one machine glances off his and goes flying out the large window. A fierce wind blows into the room, unmoving, stands the dark, rocklike figure of Vader. A piece of machinery hits Luke and he is knocked out of the window.
GANTRY - OUTSIDE CONTROL ROOM - REACTOR SHAFT: Luke falls onto the gantry, rolls, and hangs over the edge, holding his deactivated sword in hand. He puts the sword on his belt and begins to scramble up.
CORRIDOR LEADING TO LANDING PLATFORM: Leia, Lando, Chewie and the droids come round a corner and head for the door to the landing platform. They glimpse the Millennium Falcon for a moment before the door slams shut. The group ducks into an alcove as stormtroopers arrive at the end of the corridor. The troopers send a rain of laser bolts at the group. Chewie returns their fire as Lando punches desperately at the door's control panel. LANDO The security codes has been changed!
THREEPIO: Artoo, you can tell the computer to override the security system.
Threepio points to a computer socket on the control panel. Artoo beeps and scoots toward it. Lando meanwhile has connected up to the panel's intercom.