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….
All of Minute 82:00 of Empire takes place in the hallway of an office building, and yet it somehow manages to include the first F-bomb is uttered in a Star Wars movie.
Is it dropped by those two blue collar electricians in the shot above? No. (But since the Empire has secretly beaten Han and Leia to Cloud City and is planning to spring a trap on them during a romantic brunch, you’d think Han and Leia would be more cautious while walking through this empty city. On second thought, maybe it’s empty because the Empire cleared it out when they arrived... And on another note, this place looks more like a mall than a city, but this set is all we’ve got to work with.)
Is the F-bomb spoken here, during a casual convo between two old buds? NO!
The lighting and set design looks great, though, don’t they? Sure, that’s just the sunset illuminating a transluscent art-wall behind them but the color scheme summarizes the movie in a nutshell — orangish red for the Dark Side and Blue for the Light Side (but Lando’s kind of bad at the moment so maybe his blue side symbolizes having a soul as cold as ice. Or perhaps it doesn’t mean anything and Irvin Kershner just liked the pretty colors.)
Is the F-bomb spat out over here? Actually... yes.
C-3P0 is lagging behind the others when a door slides open next to him. He greets a familiar face but that droid tells him to F off. In Huttese. “E chu ta.” Why? You might assume this droid just got a bad back alley oiling and he’s feeling sour about it. According to Star Wars continuity, however, this model, known as E-3P0, was privy to specific Imperial programming and his elite status made him arrogant. Beyond that, he’s not just here to serve you. What, do droids need to be “on” all the time?!
Threepio’s put off but the sound of a familiar R2-unit ignites his curiosity. He rounds the corner and comes face to face with... something that blows him up.
It’s an unsettling moment that taints our heroes’ newfound safe haven. The whole thing looks messy but Chewie just shrugs and we do too.
Best Performance by a Human: Those Cloud City electricians.
Best Performance by a Non-human: E-3P0, the biggest insult comic on Bespin.
Best Line: "E chu ta," which translates to "go f*** yourself" in Huttese.
Rating: 2.8 out of 3P0.
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