This content of this post originally appeared in the “JNL” section of the Janesville Gazette.
“The Empire Strikes Back” has added a completely new twist to the “Star Wars” trilogy. It gives a whole new meaning to the word action. In most trilogies that l have seen, the second movie is not as good as the first — same with the third movie. But in George Lucas’s “Special Edition: Star Wars Trilogy,” the subsequent film is actually better than the first. It has better picture quality and better acting.
“The Empire Strikes Back” adds some new characters; it introduces Yoda, an ancient Jedi master who is “a guy who looks like a Muppet but he’s wrinkled and green,” as Weird Al Yankovic says. It also adds Tauntauns, dinosaur-like animals used as horses by t he rebels. Most of the original cast from “Star Wars” is back, complete with R2D2, C3PO and Chewbacca the Wookie. Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) also are back. The movie starts out on the ice planet of Hoth. Luke has a brush with death before the troops are forced to evacuate because of Imperial troops. He had a vision of Obi-Wan Kenobi telling him to go to the system of Dagoba to meet Yoda. Luke goes there, finds Yoda and starts his training. But he leaves before he’s finished because he thinks his friends are in trouble; however, Darth Vader has set a trap for him.
There are some disappointments in the movie: Vader never actually says the famous line, “Luke, I am your father.” Also, if you want to fully grasp all of the happenings in this movie, you have to see the third movie, which is a good thing for the film industry, because many people will now want to see the third movie, “Return of the Jedi,” which will be re-released this month. This is a great movie. But, like i said, it will leave you wanting more.