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 51:00 gives us some interesting details about the nature of droids and their mechanical counterparts in Star Wars. Threepio drops a bit of foreshadowing to the climax of the movie, asking "where is Artoo when I need him" - since (SPOILER ALERT) the astromech droid, for some reason, is the only character equipped with tools to fix the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive.
We also get insight into the Millennium Falcon and how it works. For all the repairs and death-defying flying that Han manages as pilot of this hunk-of-junk, the ship's computer apparently has a personality of its own. Threepio reveals that it has a "most peculiar dialect" which is fitting since the Falcon's way of speaking is probably as cobbled together as its metal hull. When C-3P0 says he's been talking to the Falcon's computer, Han gets defensive. Solo's always talking about the Falcon lovingly, spending hours fixing broken parts and souping it up. Outside of Leia, the Falcon is the only other woman currently in Solo's life. But what if it isn't some computer personality like the OS in Her. What if it's the reincarnated persona of a past lover or mentor or... mother-- My Mother The Star (War). Anybody? ANYBODY?
Threepio tells Han to replace the negative power coupling and Han responds with an "of course I'll have to replace it," before quietly telling Chewie to do just that. It's a funny little bit showing that Han has an ego to bruise even when it comes to the fussy golden droid.
In the Star Wars Universe, the term "power coupling" is thrown around like Dilithium Crystals in Star Trek. They're used by the writers whenever they run out of technical mumbo-jumbo for characters to speak. Power couplings are basically electrical grids used to power cities, ships and speeders. The bolts shooting between podracers are shot between two power couplings and in the Old Republic, "hooking up a power coupling" was a euphemism for exactly what you think it would mean - LucasArts, you dog!
Speaking of "hooking up a power coupling"...
Just when Leia thought she was alone, turning some kind of wheel-thing so the jets in the Millennium Falcon hot tub will start working again or something, Han shows up. They share a moment, before kissing or slapping each other - we don't know - the minute ends before we find out for sure. How's that for a coupling-block?
Best Performance by a Human: Han Solo, who always makes repairing-a-ship-with-nonsense-controls look easy.
Best Performance by a Non-human: C-3P0, who always makes repairing-a-ship-with-nonsense-controls-while-wearing-iron-gloves look easy.
Best Line: The following exchange--
Han: "Hey, Your Worship, I'm only trying to help."
Leia: "Would you please stop calling me that?"
Han: "Sure, Leia..."
Rating: 0.47 out of the 0.5 Class Hyperdrive capability aboard the Falcon.
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