The latest installment of the Star Wars book series From a Certain Point of View has provided clarity to one of the most confusing moments in the epic space saga.
In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), together with R2-D2, arrived on Dagobah ― one of the purest places in the galaxy within the Force that served as a refuge for Jedi Grand Master Yoda during his exile after the destruction of the Jedi Order.
Though the Star Wars prequel trilogy confirmed that Yoda and R2-D2 had known each other long before the events of The Empire Strikes Back, neither of the two seemed to acknowledge their previous interactions when they met again on Dagobah, leaving a lot of fans puzzled.
But in the chapter The First Lesson of the book From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, writer Jim Zub revealed that Yoda actually recognized R2-D2 when he first saw the droid on Dagobah. Yoda, however, didn’t say it out loud. After all, Yoda verbally acknowledging his history with R2-D2 might likely spoil the fact that Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) was Luke’s father.
Below is the passage from the book confirming that Yoda and R2-D2 were familiar with one another long before their reunion in The Empire Strikes Back:
“Carefully moving through the swamp while staying beneath the fog, Yoda soon spotted the boy and his droid unpacking their supplies. Even though the droid was caked with algae, dirt, and stomach fluid, its appearance and familiar blips were still quite recognizable.
“Of course the boy had Anakin’s old droid with him. Such cycles of fate no longer surprised the nine-hundred-year-old Jedi.”
While this revelation doesn’t have a huge impact to Star Wars as a whole, it does provide a definitive answer to one of the most baffling scenes in the saga.
Published last November, From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back retells iconic scenes from The Empire Strikes Back through the eyes of supporting characters, including heroes, villains, droids, and creatures. The book is currently available on Amazon from $15-$45.