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 56:00, Yoda reveals his true identity. After one last outburst from Luke, Yoda drops the mic - "I cannot teach him, the boy has no patience." The disembodied voice of Kenobi responds with "he will learns patience," which means that while Luke has been trying to communicate with the dead, like an intergalactic Mary Todd Lincoln, Kenobi's been ignoring him. Either that or Dagobah is just the place to go for ghost reception.
Having 4 bars of ghost-service on Dagobah wouldn't be surprising - the powerful Yoda lives on this planet, there's a cave by his house with a heavy concentration of Dark Side energy, and Luke picked up readings of a heavy concentration of life on the surface. According to Wookieepedia, it's "one of the purest places in the galaxy within the Force."
In my younger days, when the prequel trilogy was still full of promise, I would imagine all sorts of fan-fictiony backstories for the planet - mysteries from the Original Trilogy that could be resolved or deepened through some backstory in the newer movies. Inspired by the now-debunked theory that Dagobah was a ruined Naboo, I imagined other if-then scenarios. What if, for instance, Count Dooku had escaped a Clone Wars battle in defeat and the Jedi tracked him down to a hiding place on Dagobah. Yoda defeated him in the cave and Dooku's essence stayed behind, haunting it. Yoda ultimately hid out on the planet to protect the galaxy from this Dark Side energy. This obviously didn't end up happening and an entirely different backstory was made for Yoda and his surroundings on Dagobah, but, hey, it was a fun exercise for a young teenager's imagination.
Yoda, however, doesn't seem to appreciate exercises in imagination. He prefers Jedi to keep their minds focused on the present, and it's Luke's penchant for fantasy that Yoda sees as dangerous. In playing the old master trope and obfuscating stupidity (as seen on TVTropes.org), Yoda hid his identity in order to see Luke's true self. In the first of several tests, Skywalker has failed - Yoda played the fool but Skywalker was the fool who followed him.
Best Performance by a Human: Luke's novice impatience.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Yoda's well-timed revelation.
Best Line: Yoda's "much anger in him, like his father."
Rating: 19.3 out of 20 years it approximately takes to become a Jedi (except for Luke, who's on the accelerated program).
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