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….
The more time we spend on Cloud City, the less friendly it feels and that unsettling vibe sinks deeper during Minute 86:00. At this moment, Leia voices her concerns over the fact that Threepio's been "gone too long to have gotten lost." Now that they're finally free of C-3P0 tapping them on the shoulder every time they try to engage in "aggressive negotiations," Leia's worried about him. It's definitely a mood killer. Han tries to lighten things up by suggesting they'll leave soon, to which Leia replies, "and then you're as good as gone." It's sad she can't enjoy their sky-bungalow for two minutes. This apartment looks like a left over pleasure shack from Logan's Run, for Logan's sake.
But who cares if we're talking about Logan's Run or the Kessel Run, this scene is a short and sweet stage-setting for events just around the corner. It's also much more effective than the exchange that was originally shot...
Meanwhile, back in the Cloud City incinerator room...
C-3P0's battered body is headed down a conveyor belt faster than you can say "Kevin McAllister's furnace" and Chewbacca just happens to stop it in the nick of time. The main story now is Chewie's losing game of monkey-in-the-middle as he tries to seize Threepio's parts away from those dirty little ugnaughts. Why are these guys such jerks? Living with a pig-face isn't easy, but these ugnaughts are as bad as the medical staff from St. Rod Serling's Beauty Hospital.
Like a Fuddruckers in space, this furnace room has antique junk lining it's walls. The keen-eyed viewer might be able to spot some familiar objects sticking out amongst the garbage.
There's the slumped bodies of IG-88 and 4-LOM (both droid bounty hunters who were probably disposed of by Boba Fett). You'll also see an Imperial pilot's helmet and body armor in a heap to the left. Rumor has it that one of the piles hosts the wooden box that held the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders. If you squint you might be able to see the Nazi eagle - but it's probably your eyes playing tricks on you. Especially since Empire was released before principal photography on Raiders even began. Regardless, this scene goes further to insinuate that Cloud City is more complex than it outwardly seems.
Best Performance by a Human: Princess Leia, leveling honestly with Solo in the privacy of their own timeshare.
Best Performance by a Non-human: The ugnaughts, playing hot potato with Threepio's head.
Best Line: Han Solo's assessment of Lando - "well, I don't trust him either, he is my friend."
Rating: IG-86 out of IG-88.
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