Still on the Luke’s home planet in the beginnings of A New Hope, we’re in the seedy bar that set the bar for what seedy is in a galaxy far, far away. Han is selling his service by bragging on the speed of the Millennium Falcon.
“I’ve outrun Imperial starships, not the local bulk-cruisers, mind you.” He rambles to make his point. “I’m talking about the big Corellian ships now. She’s fast enough for you, old man.” THEN he asks a critical question, “What’s the cargo?”
Obi-Wan calmly replies, “Only passengers. Myself, the boy, two droids, and . . .” wait for it . . . “no questions asked.”
That’s a biggie isn’t it? Whenever someone says, “No questions asked” you know two things. One, something BIG is not being asked. The folks at the negotiations table are bargaining with secrets that would effect the decision-making. Two, whoever is deciding not to ask the questions is probably as desperate or despicable as the ones withholding the answers.
Did I mention this was a seedy bar? It’s the dark underbelly of a lot of creepy questions that don’t get asked or answered, like “Where’d you come from?” and “How long are you in town?” and “What’s that smell?” We do know that despite the surroundings and the circumstances, Obi-Wan and Luke are not the ordinary customers of this very extra-ordinary crowd. Their hearts are clear and their intentions are in the Light. Eventhough Han may be very “comfortable” in the sordid setting of the seedy bar, he’s a good guy too, but he may not quite fit the category yet.
So if you find yourself in a seedy bar, not asking questions, chances are that you are in a tough spot. Unless you’ve got a Jedi on your side, be mindful of the crowd and don’t disturb the guy sitting next to you at the bar. Lay low, get what you need and get out of town. You don’t want to make this watering hole a habit.