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…
If your best bud was encased in a slab of Cloud-City-concrete by an asthmatic space-Mussolini, and your bud's girlfriend, adopted dog and fussy computer were about to be turned over to that same merciless space-Mussolini -- what would you do?
Think about this, ok? Because you're also mayor of an entire city and the fate of your citizens rests on how you treat space-Mussolini.
Lando's in this specific situation during Minute 98:00 and while he's betrayed his old friend, Han, at just about every turn, Vader's one last request causes Lando to reconsider their deal. As the dark lord changes course and demands the princess and the wookiee to be turned over to his custody, Lando sends a sneaky glance to Lobot. My question is: if Lando is planning on backing out of his truce with Vader, why doesn't the Sith Lord sense this? Maybe he's too busy focusing his Force-energies on the upcoming meeting with Luke?
Anyway, Lando is on his way to redeeming himself in the eyes of Leia, Chewie and the audience, which is exactly what the filmmakers wanted. Initially, there was a good chance Han Solo might not have come back. This cliffhanger for Solo's character allowed Lucas some elbow room in the event Harrison Ford - who was not contracted for all three movies - didn't come return for Jedi.
Yes, Lando Calrissian - a suave scoundrel - is exactly-like-Han-times-1000 because he functions as Han Solo's replacement. If Star Wars was a sitcom, Harrison Ford would have been the actor who left after the most successful season and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher. And if we had to sit through that, it would probably feel like this...
But, come on, you gotta love Billy Dee. Who doesn't want exactly-like-Han-times-1000? It's better than Mulder-but-played-by-a-Terminator-whose-character-has-the-personality-of-a-Terminator...
Meanwhile, Luke's arrived to find an empty and spotless Cloud City. It's good thing the public services had the decency to buff the floors before clearing out the area. It's quieter than a shopping mall on Black Friday.
Not that Black Friday, THIS Black Friday...
Best Performance by a Human: Lando, sneaking a glance to Lobot as if to say - "can you believe this guy?"
Best Performance by a Non-human: That hovering carbon-Han, floating through the hallway.
Q: How did they do it?
A: They did it with mirrors.
Best Line: Vader's calmly threating "I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."
Rating: 8.9 out 9 seasons of X-Files + 1.95 out of 2 additional seasons of X-Files + 1.95 out of 2 additional comic book seasons of X-Files.
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