HALLWAY LEADING TO MAIN FORWARD BAY: Ben hurries along one of the tunnels leading to the hangar where the pirateship waits.
Just before he reaches the hangar, Darth Vader steps into view at the end of the tunnel, a few feet away. Vader's saber is activated. Ben also ignites his and steps slowly forward.
VADER: I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete.
Ben Kenobi moves with elegant ease into a classical offensive position. The fearsome Dark Knight takes a defensive stance.
VADER: When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.
BEN: Only a master of evil, Darth.
The two Galactic warriors stand perfectly still for a few moments, sizing each other up and waiting for the right moment. Ben seems to be under increasing pressure and strain, as if an invisible weight were being placed upon him. He shakes his head and, blinking, tries to clear his eyes. Ben makes a sudden lunge at the huge warrior but is checked by a lightning movement of The Sith. A masterful slash stroke by Vader is blocked by the old Jedi. Another of the Jedi's blows is blocked, then countered.
Ben moves around the Dark Lord and starts backing into the massive starship hangar. The two powerful warriors stand motionless for a few moments with laser swords locked in mid-air, creating a low buzzing sound.
VADER: Your powers are weak, old man.
BEN: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
Their lightsabers continue to meet in combat.
VADER: You should not have come back.
DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY: Han Solo and Chewbacca, their weapons in hand, lean back against the wall surveying the forward bay, watching the Imperial stormtroopers make their rounds of the hangar.
HAN: Didn't we just leave this party?
Chewbacca growls a reply, as Luke and the princess join them.
HAN: What kept you?
LEIA: We ran into some old friends.
LUKE: Is the ship all right?
HAN: Seems okay, if we can get to it. Just hope the old man got the tractor beam out of commission.
HALLWAY: Vader and Ben Kenobi continue their powerful duel. As they hit their lightsabers together, lightning flashes on impact. Troopers look on in interest as the old Jedi and Dark Lord of The Sith fight. Suddenly Luke spots the battle from his group's vantage point.
Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie look up and see Ben and Vader emerging from the hallways on the far side of the docking bay.
DOCKING BAY: Threepio and Artoo-Detoo are in the center of the Death Star's Imperial docking bay.
THREEPIO: Come on, Artoo, we're going!
Threepio ducks out of sight as the seven stormtroopers who were guarding the starship rush past them heading towards Ben and The Sith Knight. He pulls on Artoo.
HALLWAY: Solo, Chewie, Luke, and Leia tensely watch the duel. The troops rush toward the battling knights.
HAN: Now's our chance! Go!
They start for the Millennium Falcon. Luke notices it's Ben.
Ben sees the troops charging toward him and realizes that he is trapped. Vader takes advantage of Ben's momentary distraction and brings his mighty lightsaber down on the old man. Ben manages to deflect the blow and swiftly turns around.
The old Jedi Knight looks over his shoulder at Luke, lifts his sword from Vader's then watches his opponent with a serene look on his face.
Vader brings his sword down, cutting old Ben in half. Ben's cloak falls to the floor in two parts, but Ben is not in it. As the guards are distracted, the adventurers and the robots reach the starship. Luke sees Ben cut in two and starts for him. Aghast, he yells out.
DEATH STAR - DOCKING BAY: The stormtroopers turn toward Luke and begin firing at him. The robots are already moving up the ramp into the Millennium Falcon, while Luke, transfixed by anger and awe, returns their fire.
Vader is puzzled at Ben's disappearance and pokes at the empty cloak.
Solo joins in the laserfire. Vader looks up and advances toward them, as one of his troopers is struck down.
HAN: (to Luke) Come on!
LEIA: Come on! Luke, its too late!
HAN: Blast the door! Kid!
Luke fires his pistol at the door control panel, and it explodes. The door begins to slide shut.
Three troopers charge forward firing laser bolts, as the door slides to a close behind them, shutting Vader and the other troops out of the docking bay. A stormtrooper lies dead at the feet of his onrushing compatriots.
Luke starts for the advancing troops, as Solo and Leia move up the ramp into the pirateship. He fires, hitting a stormtrooper, who crumbles to the floor.
BEN'S VOICE: Run, Luke! Run!
Luke looks around to see where the voice came from. He turns toward the pirateship, ducking Imperial gunfire from the troopers and races into the ship.
MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT: Han pulls back on the controls and the ship begins to move. The dull thud of laser bolts bouncing off the outside of the ship as Chewie adjusts his controls.
HAN: I hope the old man got that tractor beam out if commission, or this is going to be a real short trip. Okay, hit it!
Chewbacca growls in agreement.
MILLENNIUM FALCON: The Millennium Falcon powers away from the Death Star docking bay, makes a spectacular turn and disappears into the vastness of space.
The pirate ship jets away from the massive Death Star.
MILLENNIUM FALCON - CENTRAL HOLD AREA: Luke, saddened by the loss of Obi-Wan Kenobi, stares off blankly as the robots look on. Leia puts a blanket around him protectively, and Luke turns and looks up at her. She sits down beside him.
COCKPIT: Solo spots approaching enemy ships.
HAN: (to Chewie) We're coming up on the sentry ships. Hold 'em off! Angle the deflector shields while I charge up the main guns!