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 70:00, Luke finally goes for it. Standing at the edge of the marsh, Skywalker outstretches his hand and the wing of his ship slowly rises out of the swamp. For several inspiring seconds, it looks like the young Padawan might pull this off and even Yoda, who seemingly foresees every possible future, didn't predicted this.
But what finally pushed Luke to attempt this feat? Maybe it was Yoda's iconic phrase - "Try not. Do or do not, there is no try."
In 1980, with this quote, Yoda was now worthy of being tacked onto the bedroom walls of nerds the world over.
Right next to these other things placed on bedroom walls in the early 80's:
But Yoda's appeal comes from his wisdom. If he started teaching Luke more bad-ass moves, he'd be even more popular.
Think Pai Mei from Kill Bill. How would Vader have reacted at the end of Empire if, right after Luke's hand gets cut off - he surprises the Dark Lord with a Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique?
Sadly, Luke fails, the X-Wing sinks, and the audience has been teased.
Unlike Pai Mei's GIF-worthy zooms, Yoda just gives it to Luke straight. Luke says the X-Wing's too big but like a headline in Cosmo, Yoda argues - "size matters not."
Best Performance by a Human: Luke summoning an X-Wing that won't come.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Those hot tub jets of water around that X-Wing.
Best Line: This one's tough because Minute 70:00 begins and ends with two of Yoda's greatest lessons - "Try not. Do or do not, there is no try" vs. "size matters not." After some tough deliberation, we'll have to go with "Try..."
Rating: 4.9 out of the 5 Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.
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