Monday, December 9, 2013

Movie Monday: The Empire Strikes Back

This may seem like a strange time of year to cover The Empire Strikes Back, but I always associate it with Christmas time. Because a family friend was completely obsessed with Star Wars when we were kids, and every time we came home from Canada/England/wherever, we'd go to their place for New Year's Eve. And the four kids would end up sitting in the front room watching Star Wars. You may ask why this doesn't mean that I associate the Star Wars movies with New Year's. An excellent question. Well, it's because they were one of the few families we knew/know in Australia who have a real Christmas tree. So said viewing of Star Wars would always be accompanied by the smell of slightly sad and dried out Christmas tree.


Reasons why The Empire Strikes Back is awesome:
1. Harrison Ford. I mean, come on.
2. The music.
3. This scene:

4. Carrie Fisher.
5. The literal translation of the French title is "The Empire Counter-attacks", which I think is fabulous.
6. Tauntauns.
Source. Also, LOL.

7. Abominable snowmen. LOLOLOLOLOL.
8. C-3PO. Oh my God, the sass.
9. The obligatory chopped off arms.
10. YODA!! Even if he's kind of an obnoxious little shit to start with.
11. Han trapped in carbonite.
12. Taking down the AT-ATs.
13. Moving rocks with the Force while doing handstands.
14. The fight scene between Luke and Vader.
15. Hiding out in the asteroid belt.
16. Lando Calrissian.
17. R2-D2. Tiny droid of awesomeness.
18. The big reveal of Vader being Luke's father.
19. The laws of physics are optional extras.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Why, you stuck-up, half-witted scruffy looking NERF HERDER!" "Who's scruffy looking?"
- "The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi."
- "Do, or do not. There is no try."
- "I love you." "I know."
- "I am your father."
- "Prepare the boarding party. And set your weapons for stun."
- "You like me because I'm a scoundrel. There aren't enough scoundrels in your life."
- "Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1!" "Never tell me the odds."
- "Always in motion is the future."
- "Why, you slimy, double crossing, no good swindler!"
- "Laugh it up, fuzzball!"
- "Oh, my! What have you done? I'm BACKWARDS. You flea-bitten furball! Only an overgrown mop-head like you would be stupid enough to..."


  1. Heck yes Star Wars! I haven't watched the trilogy in forever - I really need to watch it again.

    1. I was kind of horrified when I realised that I covered Episode IV, but not V or VI. I think my brain just went "Ugh, ewoks" and decided it wasn't worth continuing. FOOLISH GIRL.

  2. It actually took me a moment to work out who you were talking about. I remember the christmas tree smell, and the four kids watching TV in the front room, but I seem to have forgotten the Star Wars obsession.

    1. It's entirely possible that you weren't nearly as obsessed as I remember, it's just that because we only saw you guys once a year and we always seemed to end up watching Star Wars that in my head, you were ALL ABOUT STAR WARS. You know?

  3. "I love you/I know" is pretty much the defining romantic exchange of my youth. T. H. E. B. E. S. T.

    Also, Yoda and Lando. And Lando's cape. And Leia's braids. Luvtime for this lady.

    Nicely done, Kirsti!

    1. I nearly included Leia's braids as a reason why it's awesome. Although the buns would have served as excellent earmuffs on Hoth...

  4. My favorite part of this movie (besides the fact that it's OBVIOUSLY the best one) is during the big Darth Vader reveal, when Luke screams out in his whiny kid voice "NO! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!" I LIVE for that moment.


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