Podcast: ‘Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’ Retrospective Review

The Force Awakens had its premier yesterday in LA, marking 2 more days until the world premier in the UK and 3 for the US. In anticipation, we continue our countdown with our retrospective review of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Arguably the best film in the Star Wars saga, Empire brings us back to our characters one year after the Rebellion destroyed the Death Star, and it is a dark time for them as they are on the run constantly from the Empire and Darth Vader. Along with talking about the film on its own and as the middle film of the original trilogy, we discuss how the new Expanded Universe created in the comics and Rebels makes Empire a beefier film upon another watching. We discuss how Empire‘s darker tone enhances the Star Wars universe, progressing the story perfectly from where it began, reminding us that war isn’t always in the favor of one army or another. The characters are older, more developed, and this is the first film where George Lucas’ name isn’t the first of the ending credits, nor is he the scripwriter, very much to the betterment of the film and the story.

Luke Vader

Walkers

Vader Boba Fett Lando

Luke

Han Leia

Yoda Luke

I am your father

Ending

The Empire Strikes Back stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, David Prowse as Darth Vader with voice by James Earl Jones, Frank Oz as Yoda, Anthony Daniels as C-3P0, Kenny Baker as R2D2, Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett.

5 Stars (5 / 5)

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