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 Han escorts Leia out of the command center at the top of Minute 33:00, we learn the only way to keep Leia away from her work is by forcefully removing her. In this reviewer's opinion, this moment is just another sequence proving Leia was not originally intended to be Luke's sister. I mean, if she was always supposed to be Luke's Force-sensitive sibling, Lucas and Co. would have gone all foreshadowing-crazy and had Han get thrown off Leia by some telekinetic power the minute he set his hands on her! That's Blockbuster Writing 101! Of course, you could always argue that the Force doesn't work like that, but if not, how does the Force work?
After Han and Leia get back to their usual bickering, we're taken back outside to some of the most atmospheric shots of the entire battle. Smoldering ruins, retreating Rebels and footage boasting the best combo of live action, stop motion and model work (superior to the walker stomping on Luke's speeder in Minute 32:00).
The effect of the falling walker is looks wizard - BUT does it hold up against SCIENCE?!?
According to WIRED, not exactly. Their measurement of the time it takes for the walker to fall over against its purported 22.5 meter height proves that ILM's calculations just don't hold up. They argue that either the walker is shorter than Wookieepedia would have you believe or the gravity on Hoth defies Earth's rules of physics. Damn it! Not only do we have to question George Lucas' dialogue but his scientific accuracy as well?!?!
Best Performance by a Human: Luke Skywalker hitching a short ride onto a walker.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Exploding walker head.
Best Line: Threepio's "wait for me!" as Han and Leia bolt from the command center. There's still a lot more tagging along to come.
Rating: 20 out of 22.5 meters of solid AT-AT machinery.
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