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….
No other Star Wars movie can match Empire's color palette. The transitional wipe from the dense, deep green of Dagobah to the peachy orange of Bespin is like getting slapped in the face by a Van Gogh painting while staring at a mud puddle. Here, Luke finally starts to understand the depth of his power, with the ability to visualize the distant present and future. Yoda wants him to better comprehend his power, but he also tries to calm him down - saying that the future is not set. There is no fate but what we make...
Attack of the Clones copies this color patter, with similar darks (Coruscant), grays (Kamino), and oranges (Geonosis), but the overabundant CGI doesn't help Lucas make the case for AOTC being a complimentary verse of Empire. Still, it's worth checking out Star Wars Ring Theory to get the full scope on Lucas' plans to create two separate but rhyming trilogies.
From Luke's vision, we transition to Han and Leia in actual danger. Circling around Cloud City, they're being tailed by the cloud cops like a bunch of punks doing donuts in the Sky High parking lot.
But we won't know whether they get permission to land until Minute 78:00...
Throughout Empire, we've bounced back and forth between the events on Dagobah and the action on the Falcon so smoothly that our heroes separate adventures seem perfectly intertwined. Luke and Han and Leia, however, are on entirely different paths. While those paths will converge at Cloud City, even the timelines leading up to this reunion are all wonky. Han and Leia seem to have been hopping around asteroids for a week or two at most while Luke's crammed years of training into a couple moon-cycles. While the timeline isn't exactly specific, we'll have to assume that Luke spent at least several months with Master Yoda, and we can chalk their asymmetrical timelines up to light speed travel and the mysteries of space. If you have any problems with that, you can Force-push your point of view onto this Reddit.
Speaking of independent storylines, Harrison Ford addressed this in today's NY Times feature on Mark Hamill. He said: “The number of onscreen days that I spent with Mark were very, very few... I knew Chewbacca better.” With that in mind, isn't it even more tragic that they didn't share any screen-time in The Force Awakens?
Best Performance by a Human: Luke's tormented facial expressions.
Best Performance by a Non-human: The best looking aerial flying/cloud sequence until Hook.
Best Line: Yoda's always prescient "always in motion is the future."
Rating: 58,890 out of 59,000 kilometers above Bespin's core.
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