Luke’s Training

STAR WARS: ORIGINAL RADIO DRAMA, deleted chapter

 

INT: In the crew compartment of the Millennium Falcon, en route to the planet Alderaan.

 

BEN KENOBI
Luke, I believe it’s time to begin your Jedi training.
LUKE SKYWALKER
Training…already…now? But we’re on a starship…
BEN
Luke, we don’t know what the future may hold for us on Alderaan, or thereafter. We do know that we are headed into danger. Didn’t you say you wanted to be trained as a Jedi?
LUKE
Well, sure, but…
BEN
Then there is no time like the present. Come, take out the weapon I gave you, your father’s lightsaber.
LUKE
OK. How do I hold this handle?
BEN
I’ll show you Luke, hand it to me. Now, the handle should be held upright so that when the blade ignites, you are already in a defensive posture. Now, I’ll – Aaaagggh!
LUKE
Ben, are you OK??
BEN
Ahhhhh…yes I’m fine.
LUKE
But the saber almost chopped your head off! I know it’s been a while since you’ve…
BEN
Never you mind, young Luke. The Force is strong with me. Now….now that I have the blade ignited…and its arc properly tested…I will show you the first defensive move. First, you step forward and – Arrrghhhh!!!!
LUKE
Ben!
BEN
Yes, Luke?
LUKE
The saber nearly took off your leg!
BEN
No it didn’t, Luke.
LUKE
But you couldn’t have meant to swing it like that. And Han’s not going to like what you did to his floor there. Look at your boot, there’s smoke coming off it!
BEN
You’ll find your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them, Luke.
LUKE
All right, but I’m standing back here for now.
BEN
Come, Luke, let me show you the proper attack parry.
LUKE
I don’t know, Ben…
BEN
Alright Luke, I’ll take two steps back.
LUKE
Well…OK…
BEN
Now…a Jedi’s body is controlled by the Force, just as he controls it…he stretches out with his feelings and lets it flow through him. Watch as I first perform the defensive move, then spin around to – YAUUUUGHHHH!
LUKE
Ben!!!
BEN
Aggghhhhh…it’s quite all right Luke… All part of the training. You see how I was able to remove the lower half of my cloak with one quick thrust.
LUKE
But Ben, you couldn’t have meant that to happen! You’re half naked now…and your tunic is in smoldering shreds!
BEN
Luke, you’ll find that a Jedi is at his most powerful when he is without clothing. Indeed, at the most dire of moments, a Jedi must be ready to shed all his clothes in the blink of an eye and run, naked, into hiding, until a better opportunity presents itself. Besides, in regards to my cloak, I have another…