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….
General Veers’ AT-AT approaches within 17.28 distance of the Rebel’s power generators. But 17.28 of what? Feet? Meters? Miles? We’ll never know.
You can tell the General’s AT-AT has the most well-trained crew – they can tilt the hull of the walker slightly to the side to shoot down an approaching snowspeeder, spray tiny lasers at a Rebel trooper on the ground, and still hit the generators with maximum firepower – all at nearly the same time.
And the pilots have such a close working relationship that they drive that walker Thelma and Louise-style...
Veers commands: “Target, maximum firepower.”
With a heavy laser blast, the generators blow up in a superimposed fireball. It looks faded and dated in the wide shot but colorful and impressive from the vantage point of Veers’ walker's cockpit. The look of this explosion impressed Lucas so much, he probably used it again for the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi.
Yes, we’re heading into conspiracy theory territory here, but put on your tin foil helmets over your ventilators because here comes some proton torpedoes of truth. Just look at the comparison below and tell me this isn’t the same explosion. The production team probably felt that since the generators’ fireball in Empire was such a short shot, and partially obstructed by the walker cockpit’s dashboard that they could use it again. When shown at a distance in ROTJ, in Endor’s sky, it’s hard to match back to Empire unless you’re painstakingly reviewing Empire Strikes Back minute-by-minute. I guess the “L” in ILM stands for “Lazy!”
The Rebels are now fully exposed, but originally, there were several instances where our heroes would get some revenge which were left on the cutting room floor.
Following the explosion of the generators, a Rebel pilot was supposed to sacrifice himself by sliding headfirst into Veers’ walker. This moment was filmed, then deleted...
After this scene, we head underground. Han and Leia have broken into a run, while Threepio trots behind, as fast as his robo-joints can carry him. When the corridor’s ceiling collapses, Leia screams and Han covers her from the rubble. It’s the first time we really hear Leia scream in the series and it isn’t the last. Although she’s wearing pants in this film, one could argue she adds more feminine shades to her personality as the series progresses.
Through the whole in the roof, light seeps in from the outside. You just have to wonder, why did the Rebels build their base so close to Hoth’s surface? Make it easier for the Empire to invade, why don’t you?
Han and Leia pass a door with a yellow “caution” sign (and alien lettering – in the original Star Wars, all text was written in English; Empire introduces a standard written language that’s unique to the Star Wars galaxy).
Threepio follows them and the shot cuts away without a second thought. But, in the theatrical trailer for Empire Strikes Back, there was a quick reveal of Threepio tearing the yellow sign off a door, as if C-3P0 doing any action is the least bit exciting. Yet, in the context of a deleted sequence, Goldenrod’s action caused some confused Snowtroopers to enter the danger room and meet their match with irate Wampas Fifty points to Skywalker House!
But how did they get into that room, you ask?
Best Performance by a Human: Cold, calculating Veers.
Best Performance by a Non-human: That power generator/Death Star explosion.
Best Line: Veers’ business-like delivery of “Target: maximum firepower.”
Rating: 16.75 out of 17.28 distance to power generators.
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