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original title: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
duration: 2h 4min
tags: The Star Wars saga continues
keywords: famoustwist, rescue, rebel, duel, snowylandscape, spacebattle, goodversusevil, swordfight, princess, empire, escape, theforce, training, wookiee, handcutoff, swordduel, snowyplanet, secretbase, galact
Have a nice day. With as much magic and inspiration as "Star Wars", the sequel continues the wonderful saga. With the same effort, the same fascinating characters and the same fantastic vision, it's hard to fail. This one is even better than episode IV, but feels very much like a wait for episode VI, the very best in the saga. Still - it's inspiring, enlightening and entertaining to watch...over and over again. Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity. After successfully destroying the Empire's DeathStar and moving the Rebel base from Yavin IV to Hoth, a distant ice world, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), along with the R2D2 droid (Kenny Baker) go to the swamp planet Dagobah in search of the ancient Jedi Master Yoda (voice of Frank Oz), whom Obi-wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) has named in a posthumous vision as the Jedi knight underwhich Luke must train. Meanwhile Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his Wookie co-pilot Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), along with Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and the protocol droid 3-CPO (Anthony Daniels), must escape the relentless pursuit of Sith Lord Darth Vader (David Prowse; voice of James Earl Jones). The Empire Strikes Back is the second movie to be released in George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy, preceded by Star Wars (1977) (1977) and followed by Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) (1983). Lucas' original trilogy was followed by a second trilogy of movies: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) (2005), actually prequels to the original storyline. The story for The Empire Strikes Back was written by Lucas, but the screenplay is credited to American screenwriters Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan. The movie was novelized in 1980 by American writer Donald F. Glut. Although the credits list Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan as having written the script, the pair of them did not collaborate on the screenplay. George Lucas came up with an outline for the movie and assigned Brackett to write the screenplay. Brackett completed a first draft in February 1978 and then sadly passed away from cancer in March 1978. Unfortunately the draft she had written did not satisfy Lucas, who then wrote a draft himself (for which he is uncredited) before hiring Kasdan. Although all the major story points that take place are of Lucas' conception, Kasdan streamlined the story, tightened up the dialogue and deepened the character relationships. Brackett is credited because she turned in a screenplay, even though none of her work made it on-screen. Lucas has commented that, although she was a very gifted writer, Brackett was the wrong choice for a Star Wars movie; and he stated, "I didn't like the first script, but I gave Leigh credit because I liked her a lot. She was sick at the time she wrote it and she really tried her best." (source: The Making of The Empire Strikes Back by J.W. Rinzler) Hamil was involved in a car accident in 1977, which resulted in a broken nose, and required surgery that resulted in some scarring on Hamill's face. It has since become a popular legend that this attack was written into the story to explain the scars. However, Lucas explains in the DVD commentary that this attack was merely to keep the audience interested while the Empire searched for the Rebels and to introduce Obi-Wan Kenobi's Force ghost and, by extension, Yoda. The original production, helmed by Irvin Kershner, did actually attempt to film the Wampa using a performer in a suit; however, the actor had a great deal of trouble moving in the costume, and found walking in it for more than a few steps nearly impossible (this can be seen in the making-of television special SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back). Consequently, the Wampa was seen only as a hand puppet in the original film (and in various tight shots of hands, legs, etc.). The suit used for the re-shoot was presumably better-designed and allowed for easier movement. The movements of the All-Terrain Armoured Transport (AT-AT), as depicted in the Hoth battle scene, are based on an elephant's walk. The effects artists first used animation to decide what movements were best for the Walkers and decided elephants' gaits looked best because they are slow and mechanical. The movements from the hand drawn animation were copied when the stop motion was created for the Walker scenes on Hoth. The slow, methodical elephant-like movements gave the giant Walkers a sense of scale and an ominous creepy presence as they moved towards the Rebel stronghold. The Emperor was played by an uncredited older woman named Elaine Alexander and voiced by Kiwi actor Clive Revill. To make the character appear stranger and more unsettling, a chimpanzee's eyes were superimposed over the actor's face by the ILM effects crew. For the DVD release, a slightly altered version of this scene was shot using Ian McDiarmid, who played the character for Return of the Jedi as well as the three prequel films. The altered scene that features McDiarmid changed some dialogue. Yoda's species has never been revealed in any Star Wars film or related media. All that is known about them is that members of his species are long-lived and that Yoda is around 900 years old. The only other character belonging to the same species as Yoda is his female fellow Jedi councilmember, Yaddle, who is shown in The Phantom Menace with no speaking part. (Yaddle is around 400 years old at the time of that setting, according to Star Wars: Episode I - The Visual Dictionary; and she had a full head of hair and was around the same height as Yoda.) By the time of the original trilogy's release, with audiences having seen the movie's sequel, Return of the Jedi, it seems obvious that Yoda is speaking about Leia. However, at the time that The Empire Strikes Back was written and released, Leia was not meant to be Luke's sister and one potential storyline in Lucas' earlier notes was that Luke had an unnamed sibling, also undergoing Jedi training, on the opposite side of the galaxy. It is also possible that line was inserted to open up the possibility that Luke may die in his confrontation with Vader in order to add suspense. An explanation is hinted at in the second prequel, Attack Of The Clones. It is revealed that Yoda teaches Younglings (very young children and underdeveloped aliens) the basics of the Force and how to control it. After a certain amount of time, usually by the time the child is bordering on young adult; he/she is promoted to the status of Padawan, and a Jedi Knight (without an apprentice) takes him/her on for the completion of his/her training until the Padawan is granted the level of Jedi Knight. So Obi-Wan would have been instructed by Yoda until he became a Padawan, then Qui-Gon Jinn would have been paired up with him. Note also that Yoda resumed functioning as a mentor for Obi-Wan (who became a Jedi Master before the third prequel, Revenge of the Sith), after the Empire was established but before Yoda migrated to Dagobah. It is never explained in the movies. In Episodes II and III, the Galactic Republic's armored troops are clone troopers, cloned from the DNA of Jango Fett (played by Temuera Morrison). Boba Fett is also an unaltered clone of Jango, raised as his son. For the DVD release of The Empire Strikes Back, Temuera Morrison dubbed over the voice of Boba Fett to help tie in the original trilogy to the prequel trilogy. In Episodes IV through VI, the Galactic Empire has armored troops known as Imperial stormtroopers. A possible reason that Morrison does not provide the voice is because the stormtroopers may not be of the same genetic stock as Jango and very well could be men who were recruited without having prior Imperial affiliation (meaning the Empire did not commission their conceptions, births and upbringings), or they could be clone troopers constructed from more than one genetic template, excluding Jango.
It is possible and perhaps likely that, as the years went on, the Emperor disbanded Clone squads and started recruiting and drafting men from traditional families, and while there are still some Clone units scattered throughout the galaxy, they are mostly obsolete. However, Lucas has since gone on record saying that the stormtroopers that board Leia's ship in Star Wars are actually the clone troopers that Anakin led in the assault on the Jedi Temple in Revenge of the Sith, so make of that what you will. Another explanation is given in the video game 'Star Wars: Battlefront'. The game follows the story of the 501st legion of the Grand Army of the Republic, later becoming "Vader's Fist," Darth Vader's personal unit of stormtroopers. It is revealed in the game that they were, in fact the same troops that assaulted the Jedi Temple. It is also explained in the game that after clones are created by the Rebel Alliance using Jango Fett's DNA, the Empire decided to clone from a variety of sources, hence the differing voices, while the 501st legion remained "pure." In the Expanded Universe stories, the Millennium Falcon had arrived at Ord Mantell for repairs, which caught the attention of bounty hunter Skorr. Concluding that a direct confrontation with Han and Chewbacca would be suicide (due to the latter's brute strength), Skorr ambushed and captured Luke and Leia, threatening to kill them unless Han came to his hideout alone. Han managed to foil Skorr with an elaborate ruse of his own, but the encounter caused Han to question his allegiance to the Rebels. As with Star Wars, the Emperor does not have a large role, although he is actually seen this time via a hologram. He plots with Vader to capture Luke Skywalker so that Luke can be turned to the dark side of the Force. The Emperor acknowledges that Luke would be a "great asset". In reality, he probably intends for Luke and Vader to fight it out to see who is most worthy to be his servant. When Yoda first appears in this installment, he is characterized as a mischievous, impish creature. However, it becomes clear that this is simply to test Luke's patience as Yoda is unconvinced that Luke is ready to be trained as a Jedi Knight. However, once this "test" is over and Luke becomes aware of who Yoda is, the character becomes much more serious and direct as he had been in the prequels. Yes. During the scene of the carbon freezing, Leia says "I love you" to Han, who was supposed to say "I love you" back. The director felt that Han saying "I love you" did not sound right, so Ford came up with the response "I know." Lucas wanted to keep Han's "I love you" in but Kershner decided not to. It would seem that the Empire could not have arrived at Cloud City before the Millennium Falcon did if they did not know where Han was planning to go, but it is plausible if you look at a few facts:
• The simplest explanation is that Boba Fett was hot on the Falcon's tail when Han camouflaged the Falcon's escape from the Imperial fleet with the garbage that was dumped out. It was easy for Boba to track the Falcon; he has made a career of expert tracking of his quarries, and the Falcon could not travel through hyperspace. When the heroes started to get close to the Bespin system, Boba just transmits their location to Vader and the fleet.
• The Falcon was hampered by an impaired hyperdrive that was, for all purposes, virtually impossible for Han to repair in a short time. Therefore, when the heroes started getting close to Bespin with Fett tracking them, the fleet would have the definitive advantage of speed and could have jumped to hyperspace instantly.
• The Empire has the advantage of a large fleet that can cover the galaxy at most or all points. An outpost or small detachment of the fleet could have taken what Fett was reporting and surmised where the Falcon was heading. Such a detachment would have at least one commanding officer that could speak for Vader and tell Lando that the fleet was on its way. We can assume that Han, Leia and the rest of the group were there for at least a few hours before Vader himself arrived