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…
In Minute 93:00, Han and Leia look at Lando like he just told an offensive joke about the Jedi Purge. Instead, he lays out Vader’s plan — Han and Leia are bait for someone called “Skywalker.” Han does not take this news sitting down. This situation may be one of many where tough-guy Han Solo is a bit wobbly. Usually a movie doesn’t go by without Solo being either tortured, has a hydrospanner dropped on his head, or blinded by hibernation sickness, but here Han fights back.
It’s one of the few times a physical punch is thrown in the SW series but, luckily for Han, it lands. It’s probably one of the factors that causes Ol’ Landy to change his mind and save his friends later on. But for now, it’s Han’s only way of fighting back. And then Chewie and Leia lift Han up and the scene wipes upward with him. This transition harkens back to the wipe from A New Hope, when Luke and Ben Kenobi lifted Threepio following the sand people’s attack. That’s why we’re here, reviewing Empire minute by minute, asking tough questions. Questions like: does Lucas prefer to wipe up or wipe down?
On the other side of the transition, we’re given a low and obstructed view of the best set in the series. Darth Vader surveys the scene as ugnaughts scurry about. Vader’s basically the most evil funeral director around and the ceremony we’re about to witness might be the quickest service around. But if Han survives, he’s worth a lot to Fett.
Best Performance by a Human: Han Solo punching back.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Lando - come on, man. How could you? He's your best friend!
Best Line: Han Solo's diss to Lando - "yeah, you're a real hero."
Rating: 196 out of the approximately 200 years left in Chewie's 400-year-long lifespan.
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