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….
In Minute 44:00, R2-D2 gets spat up in our first of 2 back-to-back vomit moments. Who knew that the most thoughtful and intimate Star Wars movie also had the most puke?
R2-D2 gets shot from the swamp (Elstree Studios soundstage) by a swamp creature burp (submerged catapulting system) and we learn that his domed head is helpful for rolling back on your feet, when necessary.
Ralph McQuarrie had many unused concepts for the creatures from Dagobah which were probably cut for budgetary reasons, if not for the fact they would've been a distraction.
Why dwell on unnecessary underwater creatures when you can focus on the story?
Oh. That's why.
Anyway, Ralph McQuarrie's unofficial title as VISUAL IDEA-REALIZER for the entire Star Wars universe is a credit that stands alongside his Art Department work on other iconic films of the 80's, including some Star Treks and Indiana Joneses, an E.T., a Close Encounters, and an Oscar win for a Cocoon.
Best Performance by a Human: Luke. Who else?
Best Performance by a Non-human: R2-D2 - fly? Yes. Land? No.
Best Line: Luke's "you're lucky you don't taste very good."
Rating: 1.6 out of 2 ways to vomit in Empire Strikes Back.
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