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….
As Han and Lando reconnect, Leia maintains a skeptical distance. C-3P0 however is easily convinced, saying, "he seems very friendly." As the most finicky and emotional of the group, Threepio's a bigger flip-flopper than Queen Amidala - one minute he thinks they're about to explode at the hands of the Empire and the next minute he's trusting their fate to a boy they hardly know.
But, hey, beyond a lighthearted argument over who really owns the Millennium Falcon and some awkward competition over the princess' affections, everybody's in a good mood for once. And Carrie Fisher has an explanation for it.
According to a piece on the late great Leia from The Daily Beast, the night before this shoot was a bit out of hand:
Yes, that one’s true... I was renting Eric Idle’s house for five months, and he was doing Monty Python down in Tunisia, and they had a drink that they would give to the extras to make them more ‘compliant.’ And they called it ‘The Tunisian Death Drink.' We had an early call, and Eric called down and said, ‘The Rolling Stones are here!’ and I came down and it was all of them. I called Harrison and said, ‘Get over here! This is ridiculous!’ I wonder how he remembers it. I remember that we never went to sleep, so we weren’t hungover—we were still drunk when we arrived in Cloud City the next day. We don’t really smile a lot in the movie, but there we’re smiling.
This story takes an interesting new shade when you consider she told this before she divulged the full scope of her and Ford's relationship.
Speaking of smiling, the characters in Star Wars are more likely to scream "NOOOOOO!" than to let out a laugh, but is this really the happiest we've ever seen our heroes? Let's rank the Top Happiest Moments Throughout Star Wars...
Remember how happy they were when they blew up that Death Star?
And how about when they blew up that second Death Star?
And that third Death Star?
And that Trade Federation Death Star?
And when they blew up that bounty hunter?
And blew up that senate?
And almost blew up that first Death Star?
There you have it. Without exploding Death Stars, Empire is a miserable movie.
Best Performance by a Human: Lando's suggestive delivery.
Best Performance by a Non-human: That cityscape. It makes you think they could have pulled off the Imperial capital planet in Return of the Jedi (which was cut for budgetary reasons).
Best Line: Lando first noticing Leia with a "hellooooo, what have we here?"
Rating: Colt 44 out of Colt 45.