A Quart of Oil with Joe2-D2: A Still Moment in a Galaxy Far, Far Away Redux

A Quart of Oil with Joe2-D2: A Still Moment in a Galaxy Far, Far Away Redux

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Hey Coffee With Kenobi readers, Joe2-D2 here. Sorry for such a long time between blogs. I’ve spent the last seven months recovering from a stroke that I suffered in February.

So for my first blog back, I decided to pull something from the archives.

A few years ago, a group of bloggers, including a few of our very own here at CWK, had decided to write a series of blogs on the original Star Wars blogs describing a still image taken from the Original Trilogy films. We called the series “A Still Moment in the Galaxy Far, Far Away.” We were each given two images and had to decide which one we wanted to write about. This is the photo that I decided to write about. So enjoy.

You might be asking, why would a picture of a computer screen be worth writing about? I’m so glad you asked. Let’s set the stage for this scene. Han, Luke, Chewie, Ben and both droids have just blasted their way into the control room after the Millennium Falcon was pulled into the Death Star by the tractor beam. They are talking about how to get the beam turned off and Ben suggests that R2 plug into the computer. The images begin to flash in rapid succession on the monitor. This image is part of that succession. This is a pivotal point in the saga. All the characters’ lives are about to be changed forever.

For some, the change will be for the better, yet for others, the change is disastrous. Let’s take a look at the changes. Ben decides to take care of the tractor beam power on his own and leaves Luke with the droids and Han and Chewie. He says it will be easier for him to turn off the beam power alone than for the whole group to go. Ben tells Luke that he must stay with the droids and that they must be delivered safely or other systems will be destroyed. At first thought, Ben has a good idea about strategy. It would be easier for one person to walk around unseen than for a large group, including a giant Wookiee and two droids. Splitting up is better for the success of the mission. But, looking a little further into the situation, Ben seems to think he’s not going to make it back to the ship. Did he “see” his future in the Force? Does he sense Vader’s presence on the Death Star? If Ben doesn’t sense Vader, it’s obvious that Vader senses Ben. Vader tells Tarkin about sensing Ben’s presence. He says, “Escape is not his plan.” So, what is his plan?

This will be the last time Luke will get a chance to talk to Ben. Luke is now forced to take care of things on his own, even though Han and Chewbacca are still around. I’m sure Luke and the others didn’t expect that they were going to be able to stay in the control room for long. Luke’s destiny was about to take an exciting turn. While Luke is trying to figure out what to do after Ben leaves, and trying to convince Han and Chewie to stick around, R2 starts going crazy and beeping for what seems like no reason, until 3PO says the princess is aboard the space station and is scheduled to be terminated. Luke comes up with a dangerous plan for rescuing the princess and has to convince Han to go along with it, using the only thing that Han would have trouble saying no to, the possibility of getting a large reward. Luke, Han and Chewie decide to leave the control room and go rescue the princess, much to 3PO’s displeasure. The situation with Han and Chewie would seem to be much less complicated. After all, they were only providing the transportation. They weren’t expecting to be captured. Their only thought would be getting back to the ship and finishing their job so they can get paid. However, Han’s greed makes him go along with Luke’s plan. So they leave the room and start out to rescue a princess.

Seven months ago my life changed dramatically because of my stroke. I lost the use of the left side of my body and have spent the last seven months in and out of the hospital. I was released from a rehab facility a few days ago after spending a couple of months trying to strengthen my right side and learning how to do things with one working side. I’m currently living with my mom and step-dad while I get used to doing things on my own, with the eventual goal of moving into a handicapped apartment. I’ll be continuing physical therapy to hopefully get my side working again, so stay tuned!

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You can contact Joe at joe2@coffeewithkenobi.com.

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  1. Melinda
    October 9, 2015 at 11:05 Reply

    Welcome home, Joe!!!!! 🙂

    It’s so good to see you back among your CWK brethren. You have been missed. And congratulations on this next phase of your recovery. We all hope the best for you. 🙂

    Interesting, isn’t it, how one little image (and yours didn’t even include any individuals in it!) can make such an impression, carry so much import. You are so right. When R2 (your favorite character! 🙂 ) calls up the schematic of the tractor beam location and how to regulate it, events are set in motion about which most of the group has absolutely no inkling. I have always thought that Ben had a notion that Darth Vader (who he knew by now was his former padawan and friend) was on the Death Star. The two were too close not to be able to sense each other, even with Darth Vader in the state he was in (more machine than man). I bet Ben sensed/had a Force dream of what MIGHT happen. After all, as Yoda pointed out on more than one occasion, always in motion the future is.

    Great to see your name in the blog roll again! MTFBWY 🙂

  2. Audra Weiker
    October 12, 2015 at 08:07 Reply

    Hello, Joe! Glad you are recovering.

    Change is inevitable………even Luke found that out when Ben decided it was best to shut down the controls for the tractor beam by himself, and then face Vader. I do believe he saw himself going against his former padawan and friend through the Force.

    I found the blog very enlightening on that one image. That image, though only seen briefly, is a very powerful one because it does set in motion events that lead to the Death Star’s ultimate destruction.

    Good luck on your recovery, and hope to read more from you.

    MTFBWY 🙂

    Vader’s Girl

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