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….
For such a big-budgeted sequel, Empire really only has two supporting characters - Yoda and Lando. Basically Lando is Han x 1000 charm points, and in the film he serves as Yoda's polar opposite: a scoundrel, a swindler and superficial hotshot. When the Falcon touches down, the landing platform feels as empty as a dusty Western road before a high noon face off and Han's fears are confirmed.
But the wide shot of Platform 327 doesn't look nearly as empty as the matte painting used for the background...
When Lando does enter, flanked by guards, he acts so convincingly angry that you have to wonder whether this is him actually venting over losing the Millennium Falcon all these years later. We'll never know for sure... until SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, coming May 25, 2018!
While Lando pretends to hold old grudges, his sidekick pretends to be Patrick Stewart.
When Empire went over-budget and over-schedule, his one week of scheduled shooting was extended to ten. While he was given more time on set, all his lines were cut and his name was changed from "Lando's Assistant" to "Lobot" - short for "lobotimized." Although a death scene was filmed, Lucas opted to cut it in the event Lobot returned for the sequel. He's a no show in ROTJ and TFN, but maybe he'll get some secretarial work in The Last Jedi.
Best Performance by a Human: Billy Dee Williams' performance as Lando Calrissian doing a performance.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Lobot, doing his best Professor X impression.
Best Line: Lando's cold welcome of Solo - "you slimy, double crossing, no good swindler..."
Rating: 9.7 out of the 10 weeks of filming that required Lobot on set.
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