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…
After Vader tells Luke, "join me and we can rule the galaxy as father and son," the extra reference to their family relationship is enough to send Luke over. It's a trigger that helps him realize jumping to his death would be a better fate than wearing an upholstered evil leather suit for the rest of his life. So young Skywalker let's go of the weather vane and drops. In earlier drafts of the script (and possibly in some unused footage), Vader reached out and summoned a gust of wind to bring Luke back to him. Then he decided to be democratic about Luke's choice and let the boy continue falling. The finished film cuts Vader's second thoughts and merely shows him giving a disappointed shrug before allowing Luke to drop. We can't see Vader's face but his body language says, "if that's how he wants to make his bed, then let him sleep in it."
But a fall from this altitude is really nothing to worry about anyway. This shaft is lined with memory foam mattresses.
Yes, Cloud City has a ventilation shaft so comfortable that you can duel with lightsabers on one side without knocking over a full glass of wine on the other side.
But is this shaft the greatest shaft in all of Star Wars?
Here, in order are THE BEST SHAFTS IN STAR WARS - RANKED!
7. Revenge of the Sith
6. The Phantom Menace
5. A New Hope
4. The Empire Strikes Back
3. Return of the Jedi
2. The Force Awakens
Best Performance by a Human: Luke Skywalker boldly falling where a hand has fallen before.
Best Performance by a Non-human: The falling Luke effect.
Best Line: Vader's "come with me, it is the only way."
Rating: 3 out of 3 Shafts starring Richard Roundtree.
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