Bobby Jay said:
Jabba's refusal to bargain with Luke gains him nothing and ultimately results in the loss of everything. Was he a criminal mastermind or an idiot?
My head is about to explode :o
I just go with the plot. However, Jabba did look like he had been smoking crack in every scene
Having thought about it for 24 hours, I still can't work out what Luke or Jabba where trying to do. However I did think of something else. Vader already used Han as bait to trap Luke on Cloud City, surely he knows Luke will show up at some point and attempt to rescue Han from Jabba, so why doesn't Vader just show up at Jabba's palace and wait for Luke to show up? Or even better, why doesn't Vader pay Fett not to deliver Han to Jabba so Vader can set up another trap for Luke at an Imperial controlled location?
This means, there is no logic to anybody's actions in the 1st 3rd of the movie. However, as WhatsMyName says it's probably best if we ignore this and just go along with the plot.
That's my final thought on this subject, tomorrow I shall share my random thought about the Sarlacc.