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….
Just as the most underrated Queen song, '39, tells the sea-shanty-inspired story one man's life-altering journey through space - Empire Strikes Back's 39th minute gives us a good eye-view into Han's state of mind.
In Minute 39:00, Han is wrenched away from making mid-flight repairs when the ship is jolted by an frickin' asteroid field.
The floating death-rocks are much more realistic and abundant than that "meteor shower formerly known as Alderaan" in A New Hope.
Consequently, Williams accompanies the visuals with some of the best incidental music of his career. "The Asteroid Field" sounds as threatening and chaotic as the events seem on screen, and the music is ultimately as victorious as the Millennium Falcon is when it finds its hiding spot at the conclusion of this sequence.
Here's a great little documentary about John Williams from 1980, while composing possibly the greatest mainstream work of his career:
The music builds and it's here that we see Han Solo's "6 Stages of Realizing You're In An Asteroid Field":
Best Performance by a Human: Carrie Fisher's facial expressions as Leia during this minute betray some subtle flickers of fear and she gets a great quip at Han with "you don't need to do this to impress me," but Han Solo has the most to do and he still maintains his cool while doing it.
Best Performance by a Non-human: All those floating space potatoes.
Best Line: C-3P0's "the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field is 3,720 to 1!"
(Han's response - "never tell me the odds!" - is a close second.)
Rating: 3.8 out of 4 tailing TIE Fighters.
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