Troops, bureaucrats, and robots bustle about, ignoring the trio completely. They continue on until they reach an elevator tube.
ELEVATOR TUBE: Han and Luke wait for a vacuum elevator to arrive. Only a few passerbys give the giant Wookiee a curious glance. Finally a small elevator arrives and the trio enters.
LUKE: I can't see a thing in this helmet.
A bureaucrat races to get aboard also, but is signaled away by Han. The door to the pod-like vehicle slides closed and the elevator car takes off through a vacuum tube.
MAIN HALLWAY: Several stormtroopers walk through the wide main passageway, as a passing flash of Ben Kenobi appears, then disappears. His appearance is so fleeting that it is hard to tell if he is real or just an illusion. No one in the hallway seems to notice him.
Darth Vaders appears in the hallway, he pauses, looks around as if he senses something, then walks off.
A moment later, again Kenobi appears from seemingly nowhere, then moves on.
INTERIOR ELEVATOR: Luke checks the electronic cuffs on Chewbacca to make sure they were loose.
HAN: This is not going to work.
LUKE: Why didn't you say so before?
HAN: I did say so before!
DETENTION AREA: Luke and Han step forward to exit the elevator, but the door slides open behind them. The giant Wookie and his two guards enter the old grey security station. Guards and laser gates are everywhere.
A tall, grim looking Officer approaches the trio.
OFFICER: Where are you taking this . . . thing?
LUKE: Prisoner transfer from Block one-one-three-eight.
OFFICER: I wasn't notified. I'll have to clear it.
The officer signals the guards to keep an eye on the trio and turns his attention to his console punching in the information. There are only three other troopers in the area. Luke and Han survey the situation, checking all of the alarms, laser gates, and camera eyes.
Suddenly Chewbacca throws up his hands, lets out with one of his ear-piercing howls, and knocks the guard off his feet.
Han hands Chewbacca the laser rifle.
HAN: Look out! He's loose!
LUKE: He's going to pull us all apart.
HAN: Go get him!
The startled guards are momentarily dumbfounded.
Luke and Han have pulled out their laser pistols and are blasting away at the camera eyes, laser gate controls, and the Imperial guards.
The officer falls under the laserfire just as he is about to push the alarm system.
The last of the guards, who is in the cell row, is then taken out.
Han rushes to the comlink system, which is screeching questions about what is going on. He quickly checks the computer readout.
HAN: We've got to find out which cell this princess of yours is in. Here it is...cell twenty-one-eight-seven. You go get her. I'll hold them here.
Luke races down one of the cell corridors. Han speaks into the buzzing comlink.
HAN: (sounding official) Everything is under control. Situation normal.
INTERCOM VOICE: What happened?
HAN: (getting nervous) Uh...had a slight weapons malfunction. But, uh, everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?
INTERCOM VOICE: We're sending a squad up.
HAN: Uh, uh, negative. We had a reactor leak here now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Large leak...very dangerous.
INTERCOM VOICE: Who is this? What's your operating number?
Han blasts the comlink and it explodes.
HAN: Boring conversation anyway. (yelling down the hall) Luke! We're going to have company!
DEATH STAR - CELL ROW: Luke races down the cell row turning to acknowledge Han's warning.
He stops in front of one of the cells and triggers the electronic security lock/unlock.