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…
Now Luke and Vader pull out their sabers and... maybe it's just the lighting but Vader's has more of a presence - it's probably a Dark Side thing. In reality, their schwartzes are about the same.
While their sabers may be nearly matched, the skill-level is lop-sided in Vader’s favor and he does much more taunting in this duel than the silent menace of Darth Maul. Originally, there much more shade-throwing. Back when Empire's script spent more time on the Leia-Luke-Han love triangle, Vader was going to push Luke off-balance with wordy lines like: “You’re in love with Leia. You don’t want to lose her to Han Solo... But you will, if you lack the courage to use the strength that’s in you. A strength as great as mine, Luke.” In this draft, Vader could sense Luke’s potential and knew that the best way to hurt Rebel morale would be a surprise brother-sister love scandal. This according to Gizmodo's coverage of the J.W. Rinzler book, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. It's always fun to imagine these what-if moments, but I prefer Vader as he is in the finished cut - chopping hands and poles without mercy.
But back to Vader’s delete line about Luke’s feelings for Leia. You might think Vader got that dishy love-info by using his Force-intuition, but he probably just reached over the table for some salt during that dinner with Han and Leia and flat-out said, "so I'm going to torture you by lowering you onto a bunch of orthodontics equipment but first... what's the deal with you two?"
Meanwhile, Lando gets back at the Empire by holding them up in a hallway and locking them in the Cloud-slammer. Is Lando playing a long game right now or is he making this up as he goes? To me, it seems like he's improvising but if so, he's screwing over his entire police force. Now they're traitors in a city overrun by the Empire. Wow, brilliant plan.
Best Performance by a Human: That Imperial commander, totally surprised by Lando's double-cross (and played by Boba Fett actor, Jeremy Bulloch).
Best Performance by a Non-human: Exploding pipe.
Best Line: Lando's direction to Lobot after his police officers turned their guns on the Empire - "well done. Now hold them in the security tower and keep it quiet."
Rating: 3.8 out of 4 Cloud Cops doing a hold up.
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