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….
In A New Hope, the X-Wing pilots were members of the Red group. As of Empire Strikes Back, we see our first appearance of the Rogue Squadron. "Rogue" sounds more badass than their bulky helmets and orange jumpsuits make them appear. But "bulky," "orange" and "jumpsuits" were in back then...
The subject of Empire’s 16th minute is Rogue 2 and he’s one of the few instances in which an entire minute of a Star Wars movie focuses on a minor, minor character (does Commander Cody count? If so, please delete him from future releases, Lucasfilm. And replace him with this Commander Cody. Thx).
Zevvie is from the planet Uthura according the novel, The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want To Be A Jedi - which is also the name of a reality talent show now banned by the Empire.
Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm portrays Zev. He also played 1st Miner in Superman 3, Father in Labyrinth and had a recurring role on Absolutely Fabulous. Although his role in Empire was small, he was one of several rebel pilots from the Star Wars series who were able to make the most of their bit parts on the convention circuit.
According to this piece from Star Wars Interviews, he made a good deal of memories from his 12 days of filming as well:
When it came time to shoot my stuff with this wonderful camera, I remember George Lucas showing up on set as well as Gary Kurtz and of course director Irvin Kershner. I was rocked to and fro at one point by Irvin himself as he shouted reactions he wanted me to enact. It all happened very quickly. It was cramped and hot in the speeder and by the end I was very hot and sweaty and a little confused and shell-shocked at what I had just been through. I also had a few other scenes with the other pilots but can't remember them much. I had some mates who worked on Star Wars, Garrick Hagon, Bruce Boa, Chris Muncke, Richard LeParmentier, Bob Sherman, and my very close friend Denis Lawson... And of course Denis's nephew Ewan McGregor played such an important role in Episode I and II. He is a fine actor and a very nice guy as well.
Leading the snowspeeder search party scouring for Luke and Han, he calls out their names on any available comm channel. At the end of this minute, he hears Han’s droll, “nice of you to drop by,” and is able to confirm back to base: “I’ve found them, I repeat, I’ve found them.”
Best Performance by a Human: It’s gotta be Zev Senesca.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Those snowspeeders still look great after 37 years.
Best Line: I know it’s Zev’s minute, but the best delivery has to go to Han’s “Nice of you to drop by.”
Rating: Rogue 1.6 out of Rogue 2.
Tune in for Minute 17:00 where we get bacta, get bacta, get bacta where we once belong….
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