ByJared Chapman, writer at
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Jared Chapman

There has been a lot of talk about how Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (TFA) is a remake of Episode IV: A New Hope, but the new film has much more in common with Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (ROTJ). This can be illustrated by the major plot points of both films shown below. This is your Spoiler Alert.

  • ROTJ begins with a plan to retrieve someone lost (Han Solo in carbonite)
  • TFA begins with a map to retrieve someone lost (Luke Skywalker)
  • In ROTJ, Leia releases Han from his carbonite prison, but they are caught by Jabba and imprisoned. Luke is also caught by Jabba and encounters the Rancor.
  • In TFA, Poe retrieves the map to Luke, but they are attacked by the First Order, and Poe is imprisoned. BB8 escapes the First Order and encounters Rey.
  • In both films, the heroes escape, but in ROTJ it is with the help of Lando disguised as a guard, and in TFA it is with the help of Finn a deserting Stormtrooper. Afterwards, the heroes separate.
  • In ROTJ, Luke goes to Dagobah and learns the truth about Vader and Leia. He also learns that he must fight Vader and defeat the Empire, but must keep his feelings in check.
  • In TFA, Finn finds Rey and BB8 and together they escape from Jakku in the Millennium Falcon. They are caught by Han and Chewie, and they learn that the Force and Luke Skywalker are real. They go to Maz Kanata’s cantina where Anakin’s lightsaber calls to Rey.
  • In both films, the heroes learn of the new planet-destroying starbase.
  • In ROTJ, the new Death Star is built outside of a forested planet. The Rebels devise a plan to destroy it.
  • In TFA, the First Order use the Starkiller Base to destroy the planets of the New Republic, which is witnessed by Han, Chewie, Rey, and Finn from a forested planet. The First Order attacks, Rey is captured and taken to the Starkiller base for questioning, and the Resistance devises a plan to destroy it.
  • In ROTJ, the Rebels send a strike team to destroy the shield generator on the forested planet and a squadron of Starfighters to destroy the new Death Star.
  • In TFA, the Resistance sends a ground team to retrieve Rey and lower the shields so a squadron of Starfighters can destroy the Starkiller Base.
  • Here's where things get a little different in the placement, but the same plot points exist:
  • In ROTJ, the son tries to convince the father to return to the Light, but fails. Meanwhile, the Starfighters cannot attack because the shields are up. A lightsaber battle ensues while the Starfighters fall for a trap, unable to attack the new Death Star. The strike team destroys the shield generator and the Starfighters attack. The son does not kill the father, and the father successfully sacrifices himself to save his son.
  • In TFA, the ground team gets the shields lowered and recover Rey, but the Starfighters cannot penetrate the thermal oscillator. The father tries to convince the son to return to the Light, but fails. The son kills the father, as the father unsuccessfully sacrifices himself to save his son. The ground team destroys part of the thermal oscillator. A lightsaber battler ensues while the Starfighters attack the base.
  • In ROTJ, the Millennium Falcon piloted by Lando, critically hits the new Death Star, and in TFA, an X-Wing piloted by Poe critically hits the Starkiller base. In both films, the Millennium Falcon barely escapes the explosion.
  • In ROTJ, the Rebels celebrate, Han discovers Luke is Leia's brother, and Luke discovers Anakin is now a Force Ghost.
  • In TFA, the Resistance celebrates, Rey discovers Luke, and she hands him Anakin's lightsaber.

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