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…
Lando tries to have it both ways. He wants to save his own neck by bowing to the Empire, but then he also wants to be the hero. Leia and Chewie don't give him the satisfaction. While the smug mayor-who-prefers-to-be-the-life-of-the-party manages to keep his own life in this minute, he has no real friends on either side. And he doesn't look so smooth anymore either, on the receiving end of a wookiee pinch.
Lucas envisioned several different types of Landos as the plot was developing, he was the leader of a clone clan left over from the Clone Wars, he was a smuggler on a wookiee planet whose influence even intimidated Vader, and he was a calm, cool ladies man who talked his way to the top. George settled on the third description, imagining Lando as a kind of James Bond in space. In Minute 102:00, Lando loses any air of importance he may have conjured for himself and he's no longer in charge. Also unlike 007, whose movies usually end with "James Bond will return...," Rian Johnson revealed that in The Last Jedi "Lando Calrissian will not return..." Explaining there wasn't really a place for him in The Last Jedi's story, it would at least be nice to see his face in Episode IX, if there's room for it.
Lando's yet to have his day in the new trilogy, but he's still nailing it elsewhere - making appearances in Rebels and having the best adventures among the new crop of Marvel Star Wars comics.
But it's a shame he won't show up for the dancing scene on Canto Bight.
Here, Threepio is the only character sticking up for Lando. He even apologizes to him on behalf of Chewbacca, saying, "I'm terribly sorry about this. After all, he's only a wookiee."
Is he so conciliatory because he just wants to avoid as much confrontation as possible? Lando wasn't too nice to him to begin with - when the Falcon first landed, Threepio offered his hand and Lando ignored it. Then Threepio goes for a short stroll and gets blown up. Whatever he says, it doesn't really matter because this is the point Leia becomes the most heroic character in the movie. Always true to her ideals, she leads the pack with not one but two guns - heading for Fett's ship.
Speaking of Leia, here are two stock photos that show up when you type "girl with two guns" into Google Image Search...
And here's what you get when you type "Boba Fett packing for road trip."
Best Performance by a Human: Convincingly choked Lando.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Violent Chewbacca.
Best Line: Lando, squeezing out "Ha, Han... there's still a chance to save Han. On the East... Platform!"
Rating: 9.6 out of as little as 10 minutes that a choking person can have irreversible brain death from lack of oxygen.
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