About this scene:
Luke has just been rescued and brought back to the medical center by Han Solo. He's been attacked by a Wampa ice creature, and his face was slashed by the creature's claws. He barely escaped with his life, and would have frozen to death had Han not appeared. The medical droid 2-1B has placed Luke in a tank of healing Bacta fluid to help him recover.
Most of this scene remains in the film, but the dialogue that happens while Luke is in the Bacta tank has been cut out. The scene remains in the comic book adaptation of the film, and the novel.
Some of these photos are from the LucasArts Behind The Magic CD ROM, others are from various sources.
To download and watch a clip of Luke thrashing in the Bacta tank, click here.
(Quicktime movie file, 142 KB with sound - from a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back)
INT MEDICAL CENTER - REBEL BASE
Strange ROBOT SURGEONS adjust a mass of electronic equipment.
A switch is thrown and a sudden blinding flash obscures Luke in a chamber filled with a thick, gelatinous red slime. Luke begins to thrash about, raving in his delirium.
INT MEDICAL CENTER OBSERVATION ROOM - REBEL BASE
Leia, Threepio, and Chewbacca are watching from a glassed-off room next door, where Han is resting on a cushioned medical table. They can hear the mechanical surgeons working and Luke's ravings on a speaker in the room.
Han raises himself on the table, listening to Luke. Chewbacca makes him lie back down, then BARKS a comment in reference to Luke.
TOO-ONEBEE (2-1B), a surgeon droid, enters the room.
Leia breathes a sigh of relief. Chewie lets out a long GRUNT of approval.
Chewie WHINES, looks around.
Behind the UnScenes
Mark Hamill enters the dunk-tank.
A pre-production Ralph McQuarrie painting of the medical area.