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Comment Re:Shield (Score 1) 111

Indeed. The orbital defenses were just that - defenses against things in orbit.

The guns and troops on the ground, the bunker itself - that's all there to protect against a planetside assault. It accomplished that task - the shields and ion cannon prevented the Imperials from slagging the area, and the ground force stalled the invasion long enough to evacuate.

Vader was on the ground, presumably, to capture Luke. Keep in mind that Luke was his son, and he knew about it - as we see in Cloud City. He wanted a chance to convert Luke for his own purposes (overthrowing the Emperor and taking control) which may not have been possible had Luke been captured by ground troops.

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