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….
Minute 37:00 opens with Luke's X-Wing blasting out of Hoth's atmosphere. He doesn't face the same blockade as Han and Leia although the Falcon is ultimately heading toward the same rendezvous point as the rest of the Alliance. Maybe much of the Rebel fleet was able to escape the Imperial Star Destroyers when the ion cannon knocked that one battleship out of commission? By the time the Millennium Falcon departed Hoth's surface, the rest of the Destroyers probably zeroed in on the stragglers and were able to focus all of their attention on taking out the remaining ships.
Also, the Empire probably found the Falcon since it's a famous ship and one that they've been wanting to take down for years.
Luke, meanwhile, tells Artoo that he's not meeting up with the Rebels... at least, not yet. They're heading to Dagobah and he's keeping it on manual control, because he likes to drive. According to Wookieepedia, R2-units "monitored flight performance, pinpointed and corrected technical problems, and performed power management, optimizing shipboard systems. The unit could store up to ten sets of hyperspace vector coordinates in its astrogation buffer, and many had the intelligence and experience to perform engine startup and pre-flight taxiing." But with the Force at your fingertips, you can do all that and more.
With all the unnecessary tension between Skywalker and Han Solo in their little makeshift love triangle, R2-D2 appears to be Luke's best friend for the time being. Empire is full of dark events, during which, Artoo is one of the few characters to make Luke smile. After the carnage on Hoth, it's as off-putting as a Val Kilmer reaction shot in Batman Forever.
Cutting back to the Falcon, our other set of heroes are in deep bantha poodoo.
At least they get to retreat in comfort...
For all the activity and action centered around the Millennium Falcon in this film, the crew increased the cockpit's size by 2-3 feet. Larger: with more instruments, controls and blinking lights - the cockpit is much more dynamic here than in A New Hope. That increased scope makes the Falcon feel as vibrant of a character as any of the other aliens and droids seen on screen. It's that same detail that elicited such emotional reactions from the participants filming The Force Awakens when they were able to see a Corellian cruiser in person after growing up with the films.
Even Harrison Ford pushed for more detail. As reported in WIRED - "'The set decorators chintzed out -- they didn't put springs in the toggle switches [in 1976],' Ford told [production designer Darren] Gilford. 'Make sure the springs are in.'"
Best Performance by a Human: Luke speaking to a lifeless droid behind his head.
Best Performance by a Non-human: R2-D2 holding a normal conversation when strapped to the back of a speeding starfighter.
Best Line: Han's ultimatum about Threepio - "shut him up or shut him down!"
Rating: 1.7 out of 2 Star Destroyers.
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