Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
In Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi, the third and final part of the original trilogy, things come to a boil and everything in the script is tighter, faster, more intense. This film, which may not have had the technical finish of the movies which came later, gave audiences what is arguably one of the greatest science fiction entertainment experiences ever! And one of the high points of the movie is the terrifying Sarlacc pit.
Also called the Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon or the Battle of Carkoon, the scene that unfolds over this pit is part of Luke Skywalker’s campaign to finally rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt.
After they try and fail to infiltrate Jabba the Hutt’s palace, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken to be thrown into the Great Pit of Carkoon, home of the Sarlacc; the terrifying gigantic creature buried in the sand with only its tentacles and gaping mouth with beaked tongue exposed.
When the action erupts, everyone is doing what they do best, and they come together as a team to finally end Jabba the Hutt.
What Jabba the Hutt didn’t realize was that Luke was already prepared and had left his light saber with R2-D2 who launches it into the air, opening this epic action sequence.
Luke manages to neutralise all of Jabba the Hutt’s guards. Jabba is killed by Leia Organa, while Boba Fett is catapulted into the Sarlacc’s maw in true Han Solo fashion.
The action is scintillating; delivering jaw dropping sequences, suspense and drama in that special Star Wars style. Just before the action begins, we are left wondering how anyone is going to make it out of this all-odds-stacked-against-you situation. Until R2-D2 makes his move. When the action erupts, everyone is doing what they do best, and they come together as a team to finally end Jabba the Hutt.
The fact that the entire battle takes place in the middle of the desert only makes it so much more exciting and exotic! We see these heroes at their fighting best and realize more than in any other scene, how formidable Han and Luke really are!
It’s also an outstanding tribute to their teamwork, courage, and friendship. In their battle for the freedom of the galaxy, they’ve truly bonded in spite their differences, and they’ve become more than friends. This is an unstoppable team, and perhaps no scene in the trilogy conveys this better than the battle over the Sarlacc pit.