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…
Many of the great modern fantasies weren't intended to be allegories. J.R.R. Tolkien repeatedly said The Lord of the Rings was NOT a metaphor for World War II and according to L. Frank Baum his classic Oz stories weren't based on anything other than a filing cabinet. But we know better... The Wizard of Oz is jam packed with references that even children can understand - like the yellow brick road standing in for the gold standard, the Scarecrow standing for American farmers, the Tin Man for the American steel industry, the Cowardly Lion for 1890's presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, and Dorothy for the young and naive American people.
With that in mind, I'm here to tell you that The Empire Strikes Back is the perfect metaphor for The Wizard of Oz. Leia is Dorothy, who just wants to get back home/the Rebel rendezvous point, Chewbacca is the Cowardly Lion who just wants courage/a shower, C-3P0 is the Tin Man because he's made of metal and doesn't have a heart, and Han is the Scarecrow who can't scare crows/bounty hunters away. And Leia/Dorothy will miss Han/Scarecrow most of all. Vader's definitely the Wicked Witch of the West who's afraid of melting (because he's already melted once before on Mustafar). Ben Kenobi is Glinda the Good Witch who shows up to give our hero slippers/lightsabers and Yoda is the Munchkins because of the height thing. The Wizard of Oz has to be Lando because he talks a big game but he's really a bigger phony who spends his days fraternizing around Cloud/Emerald City. Also, asteroids are poppies! And for the sake of this allegory, Luke is Toto.
The only big difference between the two stories is that Oz's characters get to dance to their destination and Empire's characters are taken on a death march. But both have impeccable set design and holograms...
^ Where would you rather fight a lightsaber battle? ^
Best Performance by a Human: Lando seeing his "deal getting worse all the time."
Best Performance by a Non-human: That carbon freezing chamber. You can't top this set.
Best Line: Vader's plan for Luke and the prisoners - "I do not want the emperor's prize damaged. We will test it on Captain Solo."
Rating: DLC-12.6 out of DLC-13, a mining droid that's made of heat resistant carbonite.
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