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….
Following our short stay with Han and Leia in the asteroid field's "Tunnel of Love," we cut back to the Imperials in pursuit. And these guys are flying blind. Our establishing shot of Vader's Super Star Destroyer shows that even the immense Imperial Fleet isn't invincible as a giant asteroid slams into the bridge of an accompanying destroyer. If that crashing asteroid is the "cause," then we see the "effect" once inside Vader's command ship...
One of three Imperial captains cries out in terror, and is suddenly silenced. Vader doesn't seem to care. Instead he's obsessed with capturing the Millennium Falcon. In a normal situation, this single-minded obsession would cause you to lose everything - like Quint's fixation over Jaws or Khan's unquenchable thirst for low-cut V-necks.
Luckily for Vader, he has nothing to really care about. This SOB exists for one thing only, to exert the Emperor's dominance over the galaxy. The Expanded Universe has always given Vader secret ulterior motivations and after-the-fact justifications for why the Dark Lord does what he does in the Original Trilogy. Yet, when looking at the movies alone, it isn't until the big reveal at the end of Empire Strikes Back that we get a true sense of Vader's purpose. It can also be argued that Lucas didn't have a full sense of Darth Vader's arc until he came up with that twist.
But back to that conversation above, with advanced technology, hyperspace access, and an economy spanning light-years, why can't the Empire afford HD holograms? Especially since these three (now two) captains are probably on some sort of pay-freeze as they're being required to navigate through the science-fiction equivalent of Kevin McCallister's house. Well, the answer might lie in quantum entanglement according to Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik.com.
Outside of quantum entanglement, though, why do messages have to be delivered via droids, like Artoo carrying Princess Leia's message in A New Hope, when holograms can seemingly sprout up in any corner of a starship? Where are the images of these 3 captains coming from? Is there a projector in every corner of the ship? If so, who's paying for THAT?
The one thing that does get Vader to move out of the asteroid field is an incoming message from the emperor. Leaving the field to get a clear transmission and kneeling into a position of vulnerability, we finally meet the one figure to whom even Vader reports. It's a big moment and it happens in Minute 54:00.
Best Performance by a Human: Darth Vader - they only leave the asteroid field when he says they're leaving the asteroid field.
Best Performance by a Non-human: That Star Destroyer taking a critical hit from a giant space-rock.
Best Line: Vader's "what is thy bidding, my master?"
Rating: 2.6 out of 3 Star Destroyer captains.
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