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….
Welcome to the GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY of 124 Days of Empire! That's right, this series has been around for 50 - count it, 50 posts. With that many under my belt, I've officially written more blog posts about Star Wars than George Lucas!
And before you challenge that claim by saying George Lucas never blogged about Star Wars - NOT TRUE! Lucas wrote a total of 48 LiveJournals during post-production of The Phantom Menace in 1999 with entries as deep as: "do you think Sam Jackson likes me? As in likes likes me?" and "who has a higher midi-chlorian count: Qui-Gon Jinn or Liam Neeson?"
So, we've got 50 minutes of Empire Strikes Back down, only 74 to go. Thanks for coming everyone.
Onscreen in Minute 50:00, Yoda has yet to reveal his true identity to Luke. When he eventually does train Luke, he starts to spout words of wisdom originally reserved for Obi Wan Kenobi. Teachings like "do or do not. There is no try..." would have been spoken by Ben Kenobi had he survived A New Hope, as it was intended at first. Instead we hear them from Yoda, who seems to divulge the most Jedi teachings out of all the characters in this saga. The proverbs seem to fit Yoda more - he has more of an Eastern spiritual air about him, and the mysticism of the Force is deepened through the hazy fog of the Dagobah set and the airy nostalgic "Yoda" theme that John Williams employs. Although Kenobi is dressed like a wise man from a Samurai epic, Alec Guinness reads more like Merlin than a martial arts teacher. The little green guy better serves Lucas' story needs when it comes to dispensing the Force's teachings.
Yoda, in character, offers to take Luke to "Yoda" and Skywalker obliges, suspiciously. R2-D2 is left to watch over the camp.
Oddly, Artoo doesn't bother to scan the area. Maybe this uncharted forest is less threatening than Padme's apartment in Episode II? Or maybe he lost his scanners in the last Astromech upgrade? Or maybe Artoo's features are just one more thing Lucas makes up as he goes?
Best Performance by a Human: Luke's reaction shots.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Yoda - no contest.
Best Line: Yoda's "Yoda, you seek Yoda."
Rating: 775 out of Yoda's 800 years.
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