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….
Who wouldn't want to spend a night at Cloud City? It's bright and airy and host to gambling and gas mines. It seems devoid of people but that means there's more space for you and me. If you're not convinced check out this video from the Bespin Tourism Bureau...
You got problems, Cloud City's got solutions--
You got a princess in pants? Cloud City will give her a skirt.
You got a talkative droid? Cloud City will blow it up.
You got a scoundrel pilot who gets on the nerves of said princess? Cloud City has an even bigger scoundrel as its mayor.
Lando is the Donald Trump of Star Wars. He's the type of guy who would run an aggressive PR campaign to drum up business for a bunch of high rises in Rodia and accidentally end up as chancellor of the galaxy. Lando’s a testament to any cardsharp out there: if they play their cards right, even the biggest gambles can pay off.
And before Han and Leia have any time to comprehend the heap of Threepio piled in front of them, Cloud City administrator and chief comptroller, Lando Calrissian, waltzes in and creeps on the one woman in the room like... well, like any elected official looking for a new scandal. He hits on her right in front of her boyfriend, and the flirting doesn’t go anywhere. So Lando decides to take them somewhere else. For a city in the clouds, the views on their stroll look more like corridors you'd find in a hospital rather than a vacation destination. The window views added in the Special Edition are the few changes that actually enhanced the Original Trilogy.
As much as he talks the talk and walks the walk, Lando was written to be an untrustworthy characters since the earlier drafts. Their first plans were to make this smooth-talking foil for Han’s shoot-from-hip personality also serve as the subject of some awkward social commentary. Hailing from a family of clones, Lando would have descended from an entire tribe of lookalikes. This was when the prequel storylines hadn’t yet formed and the ancient history of Star Wars looked more like Dune. Interestingly enough, Leia’s mistrust of Lando stems from her Clone Wars-rooted hatred of clones. Much like the rough drafts of The Phantom Menace, in which Queen Amidala was prejudiced against Gungans, a strain of racism was originally going to run through the Skywalker girls. Of course, everyone would work together and learn to trust each other. And if they can put away their space-differences, why can't we put away our Earth-differences, join hands and sing “Kumbaya” or the song of “Life Day,” or whatever...
Best Performance by a Human: Lando's smooth entrance.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Chewie appraising Threepio's damage.
Best Line: Lando complimenting Leia with the same line he uses on all the girls - "you truly belong here with us among the clouds."
Rating: 29 out of the 30 pieces of silver credits Vader probably paid Lando.
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