Written by Richie Pepio
During the 124 days before the release of The Last Jedi, I’m reviewing all 124 minutes of the theatrical version of The Empire Strikes Back. Join me and together we will watch Star Wars….
But first: let’s play the 124 Days of Empire QUIZ!
Question 1: During filming of The Empire Strikes Back, Mark Hamill’s wife, Marilou, was pregnant with which child?
Harrison Ford wasn’t scheduled to join until midway through the location shooting. Once the mecha-blizzard changed their schedule, director Irvin Kirshner sent an urgent hologram to Ford begging him to help them in their most desperate hour. Resembling his own character’s journey through the ice in Minute 12:00, Harrison hopped a series of flights into Oslo, rode a train to a nearby ski lodge and hailed his way from cab to cab until he could make it to the snowed-in cast party.
Here’s some home video footage of the production crew hanging out between shooting:
While Carrie, Harrison and the crew were able to let loose during the months-long principal photography, Mark Hamill filmed most of his scenes secreted away on various drafty sound stages with ghosts, puppets, or abusive parents. When he wasn’t in front of a camera lens, he was helping his wife, Marilou, who was pregnant with their first child. Everyone else was able to moon jockey their way from asteroid to space-base to Club Med while Mark Hamill played the role of breadwinner.
And as stressful as childbirth can be, it probably had a lot more heart, positivity and love than this delivery…
Back in the fictional galaxy far, far away, this minute contains more wandering for Luke and searching for Han.
Meanwhile, a rebel soldier comes up to Cliff Clavin from Cheers and loudly says in front of Leia that there’s still no contact from Skywalker or Solo. Like a DOOFUS. But this big DUM DUM tries to play it as if this kind of thing happens all the time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t – and Leia’s downcast face, her go-to expression for anything resembling sadness - betrays her own feelings of doubt.
Best Performance by a Human: Leia lingering near Luke’s X-Wing
Best Performance by a Non-human: The Tauntaun galloping through the snow.
Best Line: Rebel trooper: “Your highness, there’s nothing more we can do tonight. The shield doors must be closed.”
Rating: 8.5 out of 9 months.
Tune in tomorrow for Minute 13:00 where we find out the chances for surviving a night on Hoth....
This was originally posted on Mindctrlaltdel.tumblr.com