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….
Those flapping wings you hear over Leia's head signify the 60th Minute of Empire Strikes Back. Yes, we've finally reached the hour mark in the greatest space fantasy of all time and, for such a dramatic film, this segment is one of the more lighthearted. With fears that some kind of monster is lurking outside the ship, Han, Leia and Chewie enter the steamy Dutch-oven that is the center of this asteroid.
Instead of a blood-thirsty creature, they're faced with mynocks - giant bats with vacuum-mouths that feed on power-cords. Imagine, Dracula leaning over a defenseless sleeping damsel and, rather than go for the fresh blood, he starts sucking the lamp on her bedside table.
For these non-threatening monsters, Lucasfilm used the most low-tech special effect in their arsenal. They had a few boom operators slap the actors in the face with dangling wings.
Surprisingly, it works. Although we never see the mynock's full bodies in any shot - they're being operated just out of frame - we get the sense that they're enough of a danger to Han's ship. The one sucking on power cable like it's an electric Tootsie Pop gets shot by Han's blaster, and the crew feels the earth move under their feet. Curious, Han fires again at the ground, just to see what's causing this shaking and the cast gets to bop around like they found themselves living in a shotgun shack.
To make matters worse, there's this split-second shot below where Han turns into Nicolas Cage...
Best Performance by a Human: Leia flopping around.
Best Performance by a Non-human: The mynock swarm.
Best Line: Leia fears taking off while the Empire is still out there. Han's response: "no time to discuss this in a committee!"
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 mynocks.
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