A new monthly question for the site!

by Darth Danno
on 2020-08-26, 07:56:38

In a year such as this, where conventions are kaput, new SW films are years away, & no trailer yet for "The Mandalorian" Season 2, I really must put my thinking cap on to come up with decent material to write about each and every week, so what I'm doing now is introducing a new column once a month which I've entitled: "ASK ERIC".

Eric Pfeifer is a very good friend of mine + a huge Star Wars collector and aficionado. I must be honest and admit that both his collection of SW memorabilia and his knowledge of the whole SW Universe outweigh my own, and that's fine with me! He is the founder of Twin Suns Outpost, host of TwinSunsPodcast & the TSObookclub podcasts. He also is the creator of the Pfeifercon and was even featured on an episode of "Collector's Call" back in May on MeTV.

At the end of each month I'll pose some Star Wars-related question to him, and the first Wed on the following month we'll post his response. The question for September is:

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU THINK LUKE SPENT ON DAGOBAH IN "EPISODE V"?

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The reason for the question is this, I've seen on social media that people ask others to rate the Star Wars films in order of preference. Quite often "Episode V" is at the top of those lists. People, when they see my list and Episode V is ranked 8th want to know why? One big reason didn't even come about from watching "Empire", but in seeing "ROTJ", and when Luke returns to Dagobah to complete his training with Yoda, he is told no more training does he require, and I'm like "What?????" I feel each time we see Luke on Dagobah in ESB, it counts as another day, so:

  • DAY 1: Luke arrives on Dagobah and meets Yoda.
  • DAY 2: Luke has his failure at the tree.
  • DAY 3: Luke tries to get his X-Wing out of the swamp.
  • DAY 4: Luke gets the vision of his friends in pain and leaves to help them.

So, all in all I feel he was there only 4-5 days. I've seen some people post online that they believe that Luke spent years training with Yoda on Dagobah, and I say NO! Leia, Han, Chewie, and 3PO were trying to flee the Empire during the same time frame, and if Luke was w/Yoda for years, that means either:

The Millennium Falcon spent years in the belly of the space slug.

Or

It took the Falcon years to get to Cloud City. (I know the hyperdrive wasn't working, but still…)

Or

The Empire arrived on Bespin before Han, Leia, and the rest did, and had to wait years for them to arrive.

Or

The Falcon arrived at Cloud City right after the Empire did, but Vader still waited years before springing their trap???

None of those seem feasible to me. So, if Luke was on Dagobah for less than a week, then comes back to Yoda after rescuing Han from Jabba only to find out his training is complete, why did the prequels make it out that Jedi training was a lifelong thing? To me it seemed like one big plot hole. I study martial arts, specifically Taekwondo, and it took me 3 1/2 years of training 1-3 days a week to reach the rank of Black Belt. So I've asked Eric to weigh in on all of this & get his opinion. Next week, you'll hear what he has to say about it.





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