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….
We've reached a sacred number in Star Wars history. Minute 77:00 shares the same digits as Star Wars original debut year - 1977. It's Year One for fans, a time partway through the Jimmy Carter administration when people were unsure how to escape the general feeling of malaise hanging over the news, the economy and politics. Popular films in the 1970's were notoriously bleak and then Star Wars came with its over-the-top adventure and beaming optimism and changed everything. Empire Strikes Back is the film that more appropriately matches the darker vibe of the 70's, and Minute 77:00 flatly states that our heroes' hard work will not lead to a happy ending.
The last minute showed us Han and Leia heading toward Bespin, hopeful and positive, while Boba Fett's ship secretly followed them from behind. In this minute, Luke has a vision of what his friends will encounter at their destination. We don't see what Luke sees, which sows some seeds of doubt among the audience as to whether the finale will take a dark turn, but the filmmakers have basically spelled it out for us: this has not been a ripoff of the A New Hope and as Ramsay Bolton says in Game of Thrones...
So Luke loses his concentration and everything he's levitating falls to the ground. He describes his vision - "I saw a city in the clouds... they were in pain." Yoda disregards this, telling Luke to focus instead on his training. Rumor has it that The Last Jedi will address the idea of the so-called Gray Jedi who embrace both the Light and Dark Side of the Force to become more well-rounded individuals. Yoda's philosophy to ignore the distractions of those Luke cares about seems a bit heartless. Although Yoda urges Luke to think about the greater good, Luke seems justified in his concerns.
That said, if Luke has trouble concentrating, he should just listen to Dagobah's nature sounds. It's like a living white noise machine. If I weren't afraid of getting eaten by any and every creature on that planet, I could sleep like a space-baby...
Speaking of sleep aids, i09 shared the following video... play this on loop and you'll cure your insomnia in no time.
If that doesn't help, play this on loop...
Best Performance by a Human: Luke's psychic encounter - there's no eyerolling or disembodied voices but it gets the point across.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Yoda's stern tutelage in the face of distractions.
Best Line: Yoda's "control. Control. You must learn control."
Rating: 346 out of 350 psychics convicted of fraud between 1995-2015 (according to the American Federation of Certified Psychics and Mediums).
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