Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Top 5 scenes in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

List by Natalie

A long time ago, in a galaxy not that far away, The Empire Strikes Back was released in movie theatres. 30 years ago this month, in fact. If this list makes you feel nostalgic for some Skywalker family drama, Manukau Libraries will let you borrow a copy. Just don't fail us by not bringing it back, because some of our librarians have turned to the Dark Side.

"Looking? Found someone you have, I would say, hmmm?"

Yoda, and his often-imitated speech, make their debut in this memorable scene. People who are not strong with the Force sometimes describe Yoda as having bad grammar. No, Grammatical he is, young padawans, as explained well by Grammar Girl:

"I love you." "I know."

Han and Leia finally declare their love. Well, Leia does. Han, even though he may very well die in the next sixty seconds, figures 'to thine own self, be true'.

"We've spotted Imperial Walkers. Imperial Walkers on the North Ridge!"

We're going to need some harpoons and tow cables over here.

"We would be honoured if you would join us."

When Lando betrays his ol' buddy Han by handing them over to Darth Vader in Cloud City's dining hall, Leia saw it coming a mile off. In fact, I suspect she let them be captured purely to prove to Han that she's always right.

"I am your father."

The obvious choice, granted, but obvious for a reason.

Luke has based his entire life on living up to his father's legacy. The knowledge that his sworn enemy is the man he's been hero-worshipping seems like the ultimate cruel joke. But there's a part of Luke that wants to accept the dark lord's offered hand and join the father he's missed his whole life.

Which makes us wonder how it will all end when they are reunited in Return of the Jedi...

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