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….
For all the talk of Anakin Skywalker being the best pilot in the galaxy - we barely see him strut his stuff in space. As a kid, Baby Vader pilots a pod racer; as a teen, he hot-wires a hotrod speeder; and as a disabled veteran going through a mid-life crisis, he drives his bulky Tie Fighter in a straight line down a Death Star Trench. Han Solo on the other hand, is able to lure two Star Destroyers into a near collision before spinning the Falcon into clear space. Minute 38:00 shows off the talents of non-Force-user Han Solo more dramatically than the Prequel Trilogy ever showed off Anakin "Spinning Is A Good Trick" Skywalker.
But as impressive as Captain Solo's fancy flightwork is, the following shot aboard the bridge of one of the Star Destroyers doesn't do the best job conveying that these two battleships are about to collide. At least, it wasn't clear to me as a kid. Yes, we can see that the two bulky Destroyers are close together, but the editing and the angles chosen for this sequence don't get the point across as effectively as they could have - that these Destroyers are dodging each other and throwing the crew into the walls and floor. When I was an idiot-child, I thought the Imperial captain's command to "take evasive action" was just for everyone on board to jump into the nearest wall for support. I didn't realize that the ship's momentum was slamming them against their will.
Next time, you want to film some mid-flight turbulence, take a cue from the masters...
Yet, as we know from experience, the Empire isn't easily deterred, and these dark blue TIE Fighters continue tailing the Falcon.
But wait... why are these fighters blue? They were gray in the last movie...
Blue or gray, the only color that concerns our heroes are the gray laserbolts spraying in their direction. Han pulls some levers, makes some navigational calculations, but ultimately fails at impressing/one-upping/hate-flirting with Princess Leia when the hyperdrive doesn't activate. Apparently, Threepio had been pestering everyone this whole time because he wanted them to know the hyperdrive motivator wasn't working. Unfortunately for C-3P0, the fact that he failed to get anyone's attention (because he was being annoying) only makes him more annoying. Poor guy. He needs his own personal hyperdrive motivator.
Best Performance by a Human: Han Solo's switch from smug satisfaction to sinking failure when the hyperdrive fails to work.
Best Performance by a Non-human: That spinning, diving and weaving Millennium Falcon.
Best Line: "Take evasive action!"
Rating: 3.4 out of 4 steps to transform your words, according to Tony Robbins.
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