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 108:00, the gang gets in some parting shots before Artoo hacks through the city's central computer and opens the landing platform's door. As C-3P0 shouts at Artoo for wasting time communicating with Cloud City's internal network, their conversation reveals a bit of foreshadowing when Threepio shouts, "we're not interested in the hyperdrive on the Millennium Falcon, it's late!" We know they were in a rush but the hyperdrive is still broken and none of our heroes know it yet.
Chewie and the droids are quick to leave but Lando needs to yank Leia away from target practice like Qui Gon grabbing a gungan's tongue. Leia's love-hate relationship with Han is similar to Carrie Fisher's own relationship with the movies but her view of the series deepened with age.
In a 1980 profile in Rolling Stone, Fisher dryly noted that "It hasn't translated into jobs, into other work. It's not an actor's performance. You have fun doing it to a degree, but I'm famous in this weird way because I'm this children's cartoon character...I mean, people know who I am, but nothing can be bigger than this movie no matter what happens. When we all kick off, we will be the princess and Luke and Han."
Like a lot of other things in her life, though, she came to terms with it. In Rolling Stone's 2016 interview with Carrie, just a month before her death, she revealed, "Over the years I've considered that that they're not just movies. It's sort of this weird lifestyle; I've watched families raise their kids with it. It's adorable and freaky at the same time... I've totally embraced it. I like Princess Leia. I like how she was feisty. I like how she killed Jabba the Hutt. That's my favorite thing she did."
If we've learned anything from these two Rolling Stone articles, it's that they hold up better than this 1999 piece on Jar Jar Binks. Reading this, you feel for Ahmed Best who absolutely loves being a part of a Star Wars movie, ANY Star Wars movie. And, if we're speaking the truth, he does a great job of bringing that character to life - it just so happens that character is everything most fans did NOT want to see. Outside of Han Solo's carbon freeze and the loss of Luke's hand, that has to be the most tragic Star Wars tale.
Best Performance by a Human: Lando for watching the clock, guiding Leia back to the ship and making sure they takeoff on schedule.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Threepio for some on-point quips about Artoo needing to open the door rather than browse Cloud City's intranet service.
Best Line: Threepio's "we're not interested in the hyperdrive on the Millennium Falcon, it's late! Just open the door, you stupid lump!"
Rating: E-10.4 out of the E-11 blaster rifle used by the heroes and villains alike.
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