Registered: Nov 2007
Location: various remote midwestern hillbilly
I'm assuming to test Luke's patience and character and how he handles a stressful situation. ESB was on again tonight and I was cracking up watching Luke run around with a fake Yoda doll on his back again.
There was also an edited scene from Episode III where Yoda, trying to throw off some Clone Troopers following order 66, acts exactly like that. For the same reasons- hide the fact he's a Jedi Knight, make the troopers impatient so they don't want to deal with him, etc...
I couldn't find a video of the scene, but here is a description from the "ROTS Illustrated Screenplay" E-book...
152 EXT. KASHYYYK - LAKE ON VILLAGE EDGE - DUSK
CLONES in modified one-man AT-ST's and Swamp Speeders flash their searchlights across the gloomy lake. The light of one of the AT-ST's spots something floating in the water. It is what's left of a Wookiee catamaran. The body of a dead Wookiee (TARFUL) is lying across the stern of the wreckage of the flying boat. There is some movement on the boat. The CLONE SERGEANT on the AT-ST fires a warning shot past the boat.
AT-ST CLONE SERGEANT
Everyone out of there!
A CRAZY LITTLE CREATURE about two feet high pops its head over the rail. The creature is covered with mud. His long hair is frizzed out in all directions.
Wookiee good...eat Wookiee. (crazy little laugh)
Did you find something?
It's nothing, nothing. (laughs)
It's nothing, nothing. All these Wookiees are dead. Move to the east.
Suddenly, CHEWBACCA climbs up behind the AT-ST CLONE, dripping wet, and throws the CLONE SERGEANT into the water. CHEWIE BARKS.
Right you are, Chewbacca. Faster that will be.
TARFUL jumps up into the boat, and the CREATURE takes off his hair. It is Yoda.
Stink, this mud does. A moment to bathe, give me.
YODA, covered with mud, jumps into the water. TARFUL climbs onto the AT-ST with CHEWBACCA. YODA is out of the water and putting his robes back on.
(continuing) Not far, are we, from the emergency ship. Quickly...
YODA whistles and a large ALIEN FLYING INSECT called CAN-CELL appears. YODA jumps on the insect's back and they take off. The WOOKIEES follow on the AT-ST. The CLONES continue to search the swamp.
153 EXT. KASHYYYK - HILLS OVERLOOKING LAKE - DUSK
The AT-ST marches up the hill and stops. The WOOKIEES jump down. YODA lands on CAN-CELL, nearby. CHEWBACCA goes to a tree and pulls down one of its braches.
The ground opens up, and a small WOOKIEE ESCAPE POD rises into the field. YODA opens the door of the pod.
Good-bye. Chewbacca and Tarful, miss you I will. Good friends you are. For your help, much gratitude and respect, I have.