Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The Empire Strikes Back is the mid-point in the story. The Rebels have been forced from their secret base on Yavin IV and have been on the run from the Empire and build a new base on the snow planet of Hoth. This episode does make some pretty fun levels on video games, I spent plenty of time shooting tow cables around AT-AT to take them down.  Luke gets his face smashed by a Wampa and then is visited by ghost Obi-Wan telling him to go visit Yoda in the Dagobah. Han, Leia, Chewie and C-3PO  just barley escape from an attack from Darth Vader who decided that he should come on this raid for some reason. The Millennium Falcon’s hyper drive is broken they decide to go through asteroids to throw off the TIE Fighters (just like in Episode II). After almost getting eaten by a giant space worm the Falcon crew jet off to Cloud City and Lando. Luke meanwhile runs into Yoda who pretends to not be Yoda. Yoda and Obi-Wan have a conversation about training Luke and Yoda eventually agrees to teach Luke. Luke has a vision of his friends in trouble and he wants to go help them, unfortunately this leads to a fight with Darth Vader which doesn’t end well for Luke. This fight also has the awesome reveal. This is an alright film it is the middle film and really feels like it since the good guys lose and are left licking their wounds. Han has been frozen into carbonite and Luke’s lost his hand, but at least they get away.

While watching the 2004 DVD release they changed some dialogue between Darth Vader and the Emperor which causes me to wonder does Vader know he was Anakin or have any memory of that life, sure he remembers Obi-Wan but what about Padme and all those other Prequel things. This is one of the things that is bad about watching it in chronological order (1-6) instead of release order (4-6, 1-3). This film nicely sets up pieces for the final installment in this trilogy.

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