CONTROLLER (over radio): Shuttle Tydirium, transmit the clearance code for shield passage.
HAN: Transmission commencing.
Leia and Chewbacca listen tensely as the sound of a high speed transmission begins.
LEIA: Now we find out if that code is worth the price we paid.
HAN: It'll work. It'll work.
Chewie whines nervously.
Luke stares at the Huge Super Star Destroyer that looms ever larger before them.
LUKE: Vader's on that ship.
HAN: Now don't get jittery, Luke. There are a lot of command ships. Keep your distance though, Chewie, but don't look like you're trying to keep your distance.
Chewie barks a question.
HAN: I don't know. Fly casual.
LUKE: I'm endangering the mission. I shouldn't have come.
HAN: It's your imagination, kid. Come on. Let's keep a little optimism here.
Chewie barks his worries as the Super Star Destroyer grows larger out the window.
Bridge of Vader's Star Destroyer: Lord Vader stands, back to us, staring out a window at the Death Star. Now, some vibration felt only by him causes him to turn. After a moment of stillness, he walks down the row of controllers to where Admiral Piett is leaning over the tracking screen of the controller we've seen earlier. Piett straightens at Vader's approach.
VADER: Where is that shuttle going?
PIETT (into comlink): Shuttle Tydirium, what is your cargo and destination?
PILOT VOICE (HAN) (filtered): Parts and technical crew for the forest moon.
The Bridge Commander looks to Vader for a reaction.
VADER: Do they have a code clearance?
PIETT: It's an older code, sir, but it checks out. I was about to clear them.
Vader looks upward, as he senses Luke's presence.
PIETT: Shall I hold them?
VADER: No. Leave them to me. I will deal with them myself.
PIETT (surprised): As you wish, my lord. (to controller) Carry on.
Piett nods at controller, who switches on his comlink.
Stolen Imperial Shuttle: The group waits tensely.
HAN: They're not goin' for it, Chewie.
CONTROLLER (filtered): Shuttle Tydirium, deactivation of the shield will commence immediately. Follow your present course.
Everyone breaths a sigh of relief. Everyone but Luke, who looks worried. Chewie barks.
HAN: Okay! I told you it was gonna work. No problem.
The stolen Imperial shuttle moves off toward the green Sanctuary Moon.
Endor Forest Landing Site: The stolen Imperial shuttle sits in a clearing of the moon's dark, primeval forest, dwarfed by the ancient towering trees. On an adjacent hill, the helmeted Rebel contingent makes its way up a steep trail. Leia and Han are slightly ahead of Chewie and Luke. The troops of the strike-team squad follow, with Artoo and Threepio bringing up the rear. Artoo beeps.
Up ahead, Chewie and Leia reach a crest in the hill and drop suddenly to the ground, signaling the rest of the group to stop. Han and Luke crawl up to take a look.
THREEPIO: Oh, I told you it was dangerous here.
Not far below them, two Imperial Scouts are wandering through bushes in the valley below. Their two Rocket Bikes are parked nearby.
LEIA: Shall we try and go around?
HAN: It'll take time. This whole party'll be for nothing if they see us.
The four friends make their way to the edge of the clearing not far from the two Imperial scouts. Leia motions for the squad to stay put.
HAN: Chewie and I will take care of this. You stay here.
LUKE: Quietly, there might be more of them out there.
HAN (grins): Hey... it's me.
Luke and Leia exchange smiles. Han and Chewie turn and start through the bushes toward the scouts. Han sneaks up behind one of the scouts, steps on a twig and the scout whirls, knocking Han into a tree. The scout shouts for his companion.
SCOUT #1: Go for help! Go!
The second scout jumps on his speeder bike and takes off, but Chewie gets off a shot on his crossbow laser weapon, causing the scout to crash into a tree. Han and Scout #1 are in a rousing fistfight.
LUKE (sarcastic): Great. Come on.
Luke starts for the scuffle, followed by Leia with her laser pistol drawn.