Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 15, 2013
Just last week, I re-watched The Empire Strikes Back with my youngest daughter, who couldn’t remember the original Star Wars movies all that well. Yes, it’s been that long. Yes, I’ve been failing in my duties as a geek parent.
The movie reminded me of just why I used to love Star Wars. And it also reminded me that I still do. Yes, the prequel movies soured our relationship somewhat. The plans and plots of George Lucas never made much sense to begin with, yet the brilliance of the original movies hid the lack of logic in his character’s mastermind schemes. At least, they hid it enough that you could willingly disbelieve the incoherence because it led to REALLY REALLY COOL action scenes. I mean, Luke’s plan to rescue Han Solo was… what exactly? He seriously planned to be fed to the Sarlacc? And knew R2D2 would be assigned to the prison barge, and made custodian of his light saber? The dude’s got some serious precognitive powers from The Force, I guess.
And the whole video of how Star Wars should have ended is perhaps the best in the series. Sadly, it got much worse in the prequels.
Sadly, the Battle of Hoth doesn’t quite pass muster, either. Spencer Ackerman rips into the military fiasco that was this particular battle, which is nevertheless portrayed as a victory in the movie. Just goes to show that you can’t trust the media to report the truth about what’s going on behind the fog of war, doesn’t it?
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