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Character Review

Posted in V - The Empire Strikes Back with tags on January 13, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, so now it’s time to review the entire movie, The Empire Strikes Back.  So tonight’s blog will wrap up this movie and give the character review so that I can move onto Return of the Jedi.  That simply leaves Revenge of the Sith and then we are onto books.  I can’t wait to start that!  We had quite the night tonight as I found out that we had a security breach here at blog.com and in “The Jedi Council Blog”.  Somehow someone got our username and password.  I have been assured that the problem has been fixed. Let’s hope so!

On a personal note, I can’t believe that tommorrow is actually Friday!  This week has been insane!  I haven’t had one night this week where there wasn’t something going on.  My weekend isn’t looking much different.  Heather and I are going to a B-Sens game tommorrow night.  On Saturday Austin and I are finnishing his pinewood derby car for scouts, Ruth is going out to do a girl scout activity, and Heather has work all day.  Sunday we have church and then Ruth is going to a birthday party.  Thank goodness I have Monday off just to recoup from the weekend.  Tonight’s review will include an overall movie rating.  I plan on going back to the previous posts and adding them tonight as well to let you all know how I rate the Star Wars movies from my favorite to my least favorite.  My favorite movie gets a rating of 1 Overall and my least favorite gets a rating of 6 Overall (because there are six Star Wars movies). 

So, onto my character review of The Empire Strikes Back….


Overview:  I absolutely love “The Empire Strikes Back”.  Maybe because I’m into darker, mystical movies.  Or maybe it’s because the first real lightsaber battle occurs in this movie.  I think the lightsaber battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker at the end of this movie really set the pace for every Star Wars movie that came after this point.  I also love all of the different worlds that this particular movie traveled to.  We see Hoth, Dagobah, and Bespin and start to understand some of the underlying tension that gets built up througout the entire movie.  I really see Episode IV as a build up to the ultimate line in this movie, “No, I am your father”.  I really think that line is what set this Star Wars movie apart from the others. 

Character Review:

Luke Skywalker:  ********* (9)

“The beginning, middle, and end of this movie is all about the plight of Luke Skywalker and his influence on the universe and his ability or inability to become a Jedi.  I think what really makes this movie interesting is that there is the belief that Luke is the last hope for the Jedi in the galaxy, even though “there is another”….”

“First off, for those of you that don’t know, Mark Hamill was in a teribble car crash between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  Mark had a scar on his face during production and had to change the style of the make-up that he wore between movies.”

“I think Mark Hamill did an incredible job in this movie and totally made-up for his boyish ways in A New Hope.  I feel that somewhere between these two movies, Mark Hamill learned to act.”

 

R2D2:  ******* (7)

“He really joins C3-PO as being the comic relief for the movie.  The difference is that R2 is funny and not annoying like C3-PO can be.”

“I also like all of the gadgets we see R2 use in this movie again.  He interacts with other computers, tries to put C3-PO back together, uses a mechanical arm to try to fight with Yoda, and uses a fire extiguisher to mask an escape to the Millenium Falcon.”

“One thing that I think makes A New Hope interesting is the fact that the whole movie centers around the story of those two droids.  By this movie, the center of the story is really Luke Skywalker and the two robots take a back seat to the real story.”

 

 C3-PO:  ******** (8)

“I sometimes wonder if maybe Anthony Daniels was given more of an opportunity to let his personality take over the role of C3-PO and let his humor come acrossed in this character.  I don’t know what George and Anthony did in this movie to improve C3-PO’s role, but I think they should have kept this formula for the rest of the movies.”

“I love Han yelling at C3-PO, “Come on Golden Rod, or you’re going to be a permanent resident!””

“C3-PO was played a “toned down” version of his role in this movie and really played the role well.”

 

Chewbacca:  ****** (6)

“Chewie seems to have a more prominent role in this movie and I love the banter that goes on between Han and Chewie throughout the entire movie.”

“Overall, Chewie was a great sidekick to Han througout this movie, but really played a very weak role as far acting and having an influece over the movie.  He had less of an impact in this movie than he did in A New Hope.”

Han Solo:  ********** (10)

“To me Han Solo was also that guy that seemed very self-centered, and let’s face it, as a teenager and a child, YOU yourself are self-centered, so maybe that’s why I associated with this character so well.”

“One of the other better scenes in this movie is seeing Han getting encased in carbonite.  I think that this still pulls on my “heart strings” even today.”

“Honestly, Harrison Ford definetly developed himself as an actor by this point in his career.  I don’t think he really does a better role in any other of the Star Wars or Indiana Jones movies (Although, the third Indy movie comes real close).”

 

Princess Leia:  ** (2)

“Well, Leia’s role in this movie seemed to be almost inconsequential at best.  I was really upset at the role, or lack of role, that Princess Leia had in this movie.”

“On this planet happens one of the MOST despicable scenes of the entire Star Wars saga.  George (in his infinite wisdom) decides to have Princess Leia show Han that she has no feelings for him by kissing Luke.  At the time, no one thought anything of it.  As a matter of fact, the scene was pretty much written off, until Return of the Jedi was released.  THEN we find out that Luke is Leia’s brother!  WOW, talk about the verge of incest.  YUCK!!  I couldn’t believe that Lucas would have done that on purpose, and this proves even further that it was unlikely that George Lucas wrote all of these movies at once.  If Lucas was going to do anything on his re-re-re-release of the movies, then Lucas should have taken this scene completely out of this movie!”

“Her character isn’t developed at all and never seems to go anywhere in this movie.  To make matters worse, I think Carrie Fisher did a worse acting job in this movie than in A New Hope.”

Yoda:  ****** (6)

“Yoda.  A character that as a child I revered and respected, but as an adult, I have learned to almost be annoyed by Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back.”

I remember thinking that he was larger than life, and reality is that most of the quotes that are still used from Star Wars come from Yoda, like “Do or do not, there is no try” or “The dark side is quicker, easier”.  I love these quotes and you can find them all over my classroom because I think that they are quotes we can ALL live by.”

“Once thing I must say is that I like Frank Oz’s version of Yoda as opposed to the computer generated one’s of other movies.  What’s wrong with still using puppets even if computers give you more abilities.”

 

Lando Calrissian:  ******* (7)

“In some ways I feel bad for Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and in other ways I don’t feel sorry for him at all.  I feel bad in that all sorts of bad things seems to just happen on Bespin and Lando doesn’t seem to have control over what happens to him.  On the other hand, the guy is pretty seedy and doesn’t seem to have a legitimate buisness to work with to begin with.”

“I was glad that Lucas picked Billy Dee Williams to play the role of Lando Calrissian.   I think that Williams made the role of Lando even more interesting than it probably even looked in the script.  Because of his great acting, I believe Billy Dee’s character was brought back for a reprise in Return of the Jedi.”

Although Billy Dee Williams did do some great acting, I have some issues with the choices made about Lando’s attire.  How could George Lucas allow a 1970’sish costume be used for this character in this movie?  It’s like going retro in a Matrix movie!”

 

Darth Vader:  ********** (10)

“Okay, there is no doubt that if you didn’t hate Darth Vader before The Empire Strikes Back, then you HAD to hate him afterward!”

“I will be honest with you, as a child I had nightmares after seeing this movie for months afterward, especially based ont he scene with Luke fighting Vader in the cave on Dagobah.  All of those nightmares stemmed from my ultimate fear of Darth Vader.”

“I think that both David Prowse (the guy in the Vader suit for most of the movie) and James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) should be VERY proud of their role in this movie.  I think this movie depicts the ultimate power of Darth Vader the most.”

 

Admiral Kenal Ozzel:  * (1)

“My favorite scene with Ozzel is when Piet is convinced he’s found the Rebels and Ozzel insists that it may not be them and Vader walks up and says that the Rebels are there.  THEN, Ozzel has enough balls to question Vader.  A man that chokes stormtroopers for the fun of it!”

“I think it was great to watch two of the Death Star-type troopers drag off his dead body of the floor before Vader trips over it.”

 

Admiral Piett:  ***** (5)

“Admiral Piett is one of the officers of the Empire that I have actually admired.  He managed to stay on board with all of the officers for a long while and managed to not get telekinetically choked by Vader at all.”

“Captain Piett then became a loyal Admiral Piett to Lord Vader.  So loyal, that he managed to last all the way into the next Star Wars movie.”

 

Boba Fett:  ********** (10)

“There didn’t seem to be any background on this character before he appeared on screen and even after he appeared, we got minimal information at best as to who he was and where he came from.  That is what I think made Boba a really cool character.”

”  I think the Mandalorian Armor makes him more interesting.  I think “Slave I” makes him VERY interesting.  And I think all of the cool gadgets he uses in this movie, including his awesome looking blaster rifle, make him interesting as well.  Boba Fett lead to a lot of intrigue in this movie and that is why I believe he made a re-appearance in the next movie.”

 

Character List:

Luke Skywalker:  ********* (9)

R2D2:  ******* (7)

C3-PO:  ******** (8)

Chewbacca:  ****** (6)

Han Solo:  ********** (10)

Princess Leia:  ** (2)

Yoda:  ****** (6)

Lando Calrissian:  ******* (7)

Darth Vader:  ********** (10)

Admiral Kenal Ozzel:  * (1)

Admiral Piett:  ***** (5)

Boba Fett:  ********** (10)

 

OVERALL:  10

Boba Fett

Posted in V - The Empire Strikes Back with tags on January 10, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, today was a very interesting day for me.  My oldest daughter woke up this morning, looked at Heather and I and said, “I’m not feeling well” and then proceeded to the closest bathroom to throw up.  So, I had to rush to school early, drop off some last minute lesson plans and my keys so that I could stay home with Ruth.  I had every intention of getting a whole bunch of work done while I was at home, but was unable to do so because I was spending so much time taking care of my oldest daughter and cleaning up the house after her.

Because I am so tired, my blog will be pretty short and to the point tonight, so it’s time to talk about Boba Fett’s role in The Empire Strikes Back….

Boba Fett:  ********** (10)


Boba Fett (I believe) was my brother’s favorite character from The Empire Strikes Back.  Mike, correct me if I’m wrong.  I do believe that Bubba was the coolest character in this movie.  What made him so cool is the intrigue that followed him.  It’s the same intrigue that followed Darth Maul when he appeared in The Phantom Menace.  There didn’t seem to be any background on this character before he appeared on screen and even after he appeared, we got minimal information at best as to who he was and where he came from.  That is what I think made Boba a really cool character.

So, where did Boba come in the movie?  Well, we first see him appear on Vader’s Flagship when he is talking to all of the other Bounty Hunters and put a price on Han Solo’s head.  He really sets up Boba Fett to try and find Han and lure Luke into a trap.  Another great scene from this movie includes Boba’s cool ship, “Slave I”.  After the Imperials dump their garbage and Han goes to take off with the Millenium Falcon, “Slave I” follows Han to Bespin.  I believe that Bubba led Vader to Cloud City before Han to work the deal out with Lando Calrissian (at least, that is what we are lead to believe).  Once in Cloud City, Lando leads Han, Chewie, and Leia into a dinner with both Fett and Vader.  After capturing the trio, Vader decides to torture Han and Leia for information.  Boba Fett is openly upset with how Han may be damaged throughout the following scenes.  Ironically, Han is frozen in carbonite and then loaded onto “Slave I” and Boba flies away with Han’s body to meet with Jabba the Hutt and collect his bounty.

I think the intrigue makes Boba interesting.  I think the Mandalorian Armor makes him more interesting.  I think “Slave I” makes him VERY interesting.  And I think all of the cool gadgets he uses in this movie, including his awesome looking blaster rifle, make him interesting as well.  Boba Fett lead to a lot of intrigue in this movie and that is why I believe he made a re-appearance in the next movie.  That is why I gave Boba Fett a:….

Boba Fett:  ********** (10)

Admiral Piett

Posted in V - The Empire Strikes Back with tags on January 9, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, not much new on the home front.  Did some more editing today and got the beginning sequence under an hour and fifteen minutes for the beginning sequences for TJCS Episode 3.  I also started to work on the next section of my current Lord of the Rings Miniatures project (I’m trying to build Helm’s Deep for my Lord of the Rings Miniatures game from Gamesworkshop).  I’m currently working on The Deepening Wall.  I plan on making two parts of the exploding section, one before the explosion and one after the explosion.  I keep saying that I will take pictures and put it on my blog, but I keep forgetting to do it.  One of these days I will do it.  I have also been seriously considering starting a blog and podcast about Lord of the Rings as well.  Ah, I should concentrate on one thing at a time and not get ahead of myself.

Okay, so tonight’s blog will be short again, but there’s not too much you can say about Admiral Piett in The Empire Strikes Back….

Admiral Piett:  ***** (5)


Admiral Piett is one of the officers of the Empire that I have actually admired.  He managed to stay on board with all of the officers for a long while and managed to not get telekinetically choked by Vader at all.  Man, if we think our jobs have stress, imagine what his was like.  Anyway, Piett was the second in command to Admiral Ozzel on “The Executor” (Vader’s Flagship Super Star Destroyer), until Ozzel moved the fleet in too close when the Empire came out of hyperspace to attack the Rebel installation on Hoth.  Captain Piett then became a loyal Admiral Piett to Lord Vader.  So loyal, that he managed to last all the way into the next Star Wars movie.  Keeping all of this in mind and remembering that Piett was still kind of average as officers go, I give Piett a:…..

Admiral Piett:  ***** (5)

Admiral Ozzel

Posted in V - The Empire Strikes Back with tags on January 8, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, I know I didn’t get a blog in last night, but I have a good reason for that.  I was working all night last night and most of the day today on “The Jedi Council Speaks” (which by the way, is going to be referred to using the acronym that everyone has come to use:  TJCS) Episode 3.  I spent an hour and a half editing comments and my intro last night.  I’m a little concerned as the next episode is already an hour and twenty minutes long, and that is with just the first two segments, the intro and “In The Bag”.  But, there are some important issues I wanted to address, so in my mind, time is of no relevance.   I have decided, however, that I will have a mirror site so that if people want to simply download portions of the show like simply the “In The Bag” segment or “Cantina Chatter”, they will be able to go there and download each individual segment.

Not much going on in my personal life except my frustration as a father with my youngest daughter.  She refuses to eat dinner at all.  She constantly complains that she’s hungry, but then never eats dinner in a timely manner.  I’ve tried all sorts of things including taking away TV and Movie time, taking away toys and even sending her to bed early, but nothing seems to phase her.  I’m beginning to remember why Heather and I agreed to not have anymore kids.  My youngest seems to be the most bullheaded of all of my kids.  If anyone has other suggestions, please leave a comment, it would be greatly appreciated, but I am at my wits end.

Tonight’s blog will be short, but not because it’s my fault, but because this character didn’t last very long on the screen.  And that is Admiral Ozzel….

Admiral Kenal Ozzel:  * (1)


In some ways I feel bad for Admiral Ozzel, but in many ways, he’s simply an idiot.  He is “by the book” admiral that everyone in the Empire has to look to up to but no one wants to listen to.  My favorite scene with Ozzel is when Piet is convinced he’s found the Rebels and Ozzel insists that it may not be them and Vader walks up and says that the Rebels are there.  THEN, Ozzel has enough balls to question Vader.  A man that chokes stormtroopers for the fun of it! 

Then, to make matters worse, when Ozzel tried to bring the fleet in out of hyperspace to bombard the Rebel base, he brought them in too close and alerted the Rebels to their presence.  In the meantime the Rebels were able to raise thier shields and prepare their defense with the Ion Cannon.  Ozzel goes to Vader to tell him of the news and in a brilliant display of his great power, Vader uses his telekinetic powers and chokes Ozzel to death.  I think it was great to watch two of the Death Star-type troopers drag off his dead body of the floor before Vader trips over it.  Vader replaces Ozzel with Piet, the character that I will review tommorrow night.  Because of his simply idiodic role and how stupid the guy really was, I give Ozzel a:

Admiral Kenal Ozzel:  * (1)

Darth Vader

Posted in V - The Empire Strikes Back with tags on January 6, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, as usual, I opened my big mouth and got myself into trouble yet again on this blog.  I apologize for not blogging last night, but I was wrapped up in the comments section from January 4th’s installment.  If you want to see what the “hub-bub” was about, just go to the comments section.  I believe the issue is resolved now.  By the way, Andrew:  I will probably take you up on your offer for “The Jedi Council Speaks #4”.  I have a good topic that I think we could discuss.

Okay, on with what is happening in both my life and on with our review of The Empire Strikes Back.  I have been slowly working on putting together “The Jedi Council Speaks” Volume I, Episode 3.  I am finally getting to the final stage of putting my notes for the show together and hope to start recording the intro tommorrow.  I feel like I’m finally getting back “into the groove” at school and feel like I’m ready to go on with my life now that I’m officially moved into my new classroom.  Not everything is unpacked just yet, but it’s pretty close.

Okay, so tonight’s blog is about my favorite character from The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader…..

Darth Vader:  ********** (10)


Okay, there is no doubt that if you didn’t hate Darth Vader before The Empire Strikes Back, then you HAD to hate him afterward!  His role in this movie is absolutely incredible.  The massive strikes he leads, the awesome ships we see him in and then the amazing lightaber duel that we see at the end of the movie.  All of this puts Darth Vader in a God-like presence by the end of the movie.  I will be honest with you, as a child I had nightmares after seeing this movie for months afterward, especially based ont he scene with Luke fighting Vader in the cave on Dagobah.  All of those nightmares stemmed from my ultimate fear of Darth Vader.

We start the movie by seeing Darth Vader searching all of the planets he can looking for the Rebel Alliance.  He finds an installation on the Hoth system and decides to attack that installation.  His generals question him about how sure he is and he threatens them.  They move the fleet into position and come in too close alerting the Rebels to their presence.  Vader gets mad at the admiral for bringing them in too close and kills him.  The fight over Hoth ensues and Vader lands half-way through the battle to try and rally the troops.  He is almost able to stop the Millenium Falcon from taking off but is dissapointed when he isn’t able to do so.  Vader joins the pursuit of the Millenium Falcon on his Super Star Destroyer.  Some of the scenes on this ship are what really adds to the intrigue of Vader.  We see the back of his head with his helmet off.  We finally see the Emporer when Vader and the Emporer discuss the emergence of Skywalker as a potential Jedi.  We also see Vader kill at least one more general for failing to follow through on his duties.  Then, on top of it all, Vader meets with bounty hunters and puts a price on Solo’s head and hires many bounty hunters to hunt him down, including our favorite bounty hunter, Bubba Fett (I’ll cover him later).

Later, on cloud city we see how cruel Vader can be when he captures and tortures Han, Leia, and Chewie.  Then comes my favorite part of this movie, Vader and Skywalker get in a huge lightsaber duel.  This battle shows Vader’s true power.  He is able to duel with Skywalker for most of the battle one-handed while Skywalker hangs on for dear life to his lightaber with two hands throughout the entire battle.  Then we see him simply launching objects at Luke just to show how powerful he really is.  I always have gotten the feeling the Vader is really just toying with Luke throughout the entire fight.  Then comes the most infamous Vader line:  “no, I am your father!”  And then the bombshell really gets dropped.  Vader tries to convince Luke to come to the Dark Side, but unsuccessfully.

I think that both David Prowse (the guy in the Vader suit for most of the movie) and James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) should be VERY proud of their role in this movie.  I think this movie depicts the ultimate power of Darth Vader the most.  Maybe even more than in Episode III.  Vader really takes on his role as ultimate bad-ass and really takes evil to a new level.  This movie is what really defined Darth Vader as the guy to be feared.  Although the Emporer seems like a bad-guy his true power hasn’t been revealed yet.  That’s why I gave Darth Vader a…..

Darth Vader:  ********** (10)

Personal Update/Yoda

Posted in V - The Empire Strikes Back with tags on December 29, 2005 by jedicouncil

Well, I know it’s been a while since I last blogged, but hey, I’ve been a buisy man!  And I’m not just talking about owning a house and everything else.  The Christmas season has been very kind to the Crissman family this season.  The kids had a great Christmas (which is what Christmas is all about in my house).  My son got a ton of Star Wars toys for Christmas and what can I say, I’m a proud dad that my son is THAT into Star Wars.  Anyway,  I got some cool gifts myself and was very happy with the turn-out of Christmas.  We had a great feast at our house and I could never be prouder to be able to host such a feast in my new house.  Now, on top of all of this my wife and I are actually going to be able to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve for only the second time in our eight years of being married.  I don’t know why I get so excited about that, but I do.  I like to see the ball drop and all the other places we go, we can’t do that.  At Scott’s place, Scott doesn’t have cable TV (as a personal protest, which I completely understand and respect Scott, so don’t take that the wrong way) and at my in-laws, they have satelite TV and don’t get local channels.  So, being able to watch the ball drop seems like a big deal to me.

On another note, for those of you that know me well know that I’m also into Lord of the Rings (which I may start another blog and podcast about that later on this upcoming year) and I have been playing the Lord of the Rings miniatures game from Games Workshop.  Well, I’m very excited to announce that my Helm’s Deep set that I have been building over the past year is really starting to take shape and take off.  I have just finnished with the outer wall and will be looking to make the great hall this week and raising up the entire inner and outer wall sections so that I can work on the deepening wall.  The only other thing I need is a six foot table to start putting the entire set on.  My ultimate goal is to be able to break it all down when I need to.  This is to save some space in my house.  Anyway, I’m just excited to be at this stage.  I have been considering putting some pics up on this blog of the current project, let me know what all of you think.

Also on another personal note, my classroom is finally moved.  I finnished up moving my room today and it was quite a chore.  The only thing I need to do is some massive organizing in my classroom.  So, tommorrow, I have to wake up early and drive to school by 7:30 a.m. and try to get back to my house less than two hours later so that Heather can leave for work while I watch the kids.

I also plan on starting to work on “The Jedi Council Speaks”, Volume 1, Episode 3 starting tommorrow.  So, if there are any comments or “jabs” you want to get into the show the next few days would be the time to do it.  I’m also proud to announce that a preview for this episode will be up on Podomatic on New Years Day (can’t garauntee the time yet).

Okay, so I know you came to talk/read about Star Wars, so here goes.  Tonight’s topice, Yoda and his role in The Empire Strikes Back.

Yoda:  ****** (6)


Yoda.  A character that as a child I revered and respected, but as an adult, I have learned to almost be annoyed by Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back.  I think much of it has to do with what I have seen of Yoda as an adult compared to what I have seen of Yoda as a kid.

I remember seeing Yoda in the theater and I was very young, but I remember thinking “wow, that’s the famed Jedi Master Yoda.”  Of course, I had no idea what that really meant, and by this point in my life I hadn’t seen Yoda fight Count Dooku the way he does in the prequels, so I was going by what we were shown of Yoda.  I remember thinking that he was larger than life, and reality is that most of the quotes that are still used from Star Wars come from Yoda, like “Do or do not, there is no try” or “The dark side is quicker, easier”.  I love these quotes and you can find them all over my classroom because I think that they are quotes we can ALL live by.

On the other hand, Yoda can be completely annoying in this movie.  All the laughing and playing with Luke’s mind.  The fact that he doesn’t introduce himself at the beginning.  I know, he’s supposed to be testing Luke, but come on folks, was it really a fair test?  Or even a good test of Luke’s “abilities”?  I think the fact that Yoda is so quick to say that he won’t train Luke is also very interesting.  Evidently Yoda mastered that concept of communing with the dead on Dagobah (from Episode III) or he wouldn’t be able to commune with Obi-Wan. 

More over, how is it that Yoda takes years (almost decades) training Jedi Knights before this movie, but seems to be able to train Luke in what seems like days (maybe weeks), there doesn’t seem to be any calculation of time.  It can’t be too long considering what happens to Han and Leia.  Now, I understand that his training is not completed, but his training shouldn’t have even come close to being completed.

Now, with all I just said, I’m sure you’re expecting a totally negative rating.  Once thing I must say is that I like Frank Oz’s version of Yoda as opposed to the computer generated one’s of other movies.  What’s wrong with still using puppets even if computers give you more abilities.  With all of this in mind, I give Yoda a:

Yoda:  ****** (6)

The Millenium Falcon

Posted in V - The Empire Strikes Back with tags on December 20, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, so there is always good news.  As my dad says on a daily basis, “hey, I’m vertical!”  Anyway, I thought I would share with my friends some good news.  The Crissmans have another baby on the way.   Hold on!  Read on…. It’s NOT us!  My brother and his wife are pregnant again, so congratulations Mike and Trish.  They’re going to make me Uncle Bob, yet again.  I’m still not sure I like the name Uncle Bob, but according to my brother, it’s Uncle Rob’s.  Anywho, it’s time to do a short blog on The Millenium Falcon, I hope you enjoy…..


So, I couldn’t talk about The Empire Strikes Back without talking about the role of the Millenium Falcon.  From the beginning when we see the Falcon being worked on by a repair droid, and the droid seems to be doing a horrible job working on the Falcon (at least according to Han).  Then Han decides to take Leia off of Hoth on the Falcon, and as usual, the engine doesn’t want to seem to work.  Even cooler in this scene is the use of the Falcon’s guns on the ground while in dock.  I thought it was really cool that Han was able to take out a fixed position blaster and some Snowtroopers, all while getting the engines warmed up.  That is what makes the Falcon cool, when it works, it has some cool little tricks up it’s sleeves.

Next, we find out that the hyperdrive on the Falcon is busted.  This becomes a situation of almost outright humor throughout the entire movie.  Han decides to try and fix the hyperdrive while inflight, but it doesn’t work.  They end up having to go into an asteroid field and dry-dock with an asteroid.  They continue to work on the Falcon, and it seems that C3-PO has a  connection with the Falcon, as it tells him about problems aboard the ship that Han can’t seem to understand.  But this is only the beginning of their problems.  They leave the asteroid to escape the creature (and according to Han the hyperdrive is fixed), however the hyperdrive STILL isn’t working!  So, Han decides to do another manuever that only the Falcon can do.  He moves into attack positon on the Star Destroyer and then docks with the backside of the bridge and “dissappears” off of their scopes.

Han decides to take the Falcon to Bespin to try and get it fixed.  While there, we find out that Lando used to own the Falcon.  Then we are told that the Falcon is yet again repaired.  Then we find out that Captain Needa sabotaged the repairs and when they go to use the hyperdrive again, it’s still busted!  Fortunately, R2D2 comes to save the day and manages to fix the hyperdrive on the Falcon so the “good guys” can escape the Star Destroyer chasing them.

All of this proves that the Falcon, although not a character, played a minor role in making The Empire Strikes Back a successful movie.