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 this review of Empire's 28th minute, we'll learn about some of John William's unused music, we'll discuss the promising future Dack has ahead of him, and we'll hear Mark Hamill's least favorite line.
This bloodless, fiery snow battle is Empire's equivalent to the Death Star Trench run in the previous film. Appropriately, John Williams' crafted a score to rival that moment. While this reviewer thinks that the overall score of Empire Strikes Back is superior to A New Hope's, the latter's Death Star battle-related music is just a womp rat's nose ahead of the Battle of Hoth's. It's interesting to note, however, that some sections of Williams' scoring for the AT-AT battle were trimmed from the final cut.
In the edit below, put together by aficionado T-Bone over at StarWarz.com, you'll hear the deleted piano trilling intended to emphasize the magnitude of these lumbering walkers:
But before you can say "And that's Max Reebo on the keys," Luke realizes that their weapons can't penetrate the AT-AT armor and he immediately orders his fellow pilots to you try using their tow cables to trip up the giant walkers. Does anyone else on his team have an opinion? When's Wedge going to provide some bright ideas? What good are these F'ing nerf herders!?
In hatching his plan, Luke gets a mouthful of lines to say: "that armor's too strong for blasters. Rogue Group, use your harpoons and tow cables! Go for the legs, it might be our only chance of stopping them." Mark Hamill spits out that text like a pro and when you consider the other things he's spouted from his script, the guy's had practice. According to Hamill, nothing compares to a certain piece of dialogue cut from the original Star Wars. While ultimately deleted from Episode IV, he goes into detail here:
Too bad Dack won't be a Rebel much longer, because this is when Luke's gunner dies--
It's sad for the Alliance, but a great moment for Mark Hamill to do some subtle reaction shots. Is it just me or does this facial expression give you deja vu?
Best Performance by a Human: Dack getting fireworked to death.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Exploding snowspeeder with life-like Rebel dolls.
Best Line: "Rogue Group, use your harpoons and tow cables!"
Rating: 27 out of the 30 years Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show.
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