Off Topic: Why ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ is the best Star Wars movie

Let’s face it, I’m getting just as sick of politics as the rest of you, so I thought I’d write about something near and dear to my heart. My love of Star Wars.

Why is “Empire” the best movie? Because you’ve already fallen in love with the characters from “A New Hope,” significant plot twists are revealed and Han Solo is once again a bad ass, but here are my point-by-point reasons in chronological order:

1)Hoth: I love winter, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be able to stand living here, so a whole ice planet holding the rebellion, yes please! I mean, there are Ton-Tons and a Wampa monster who kidnaps our hero. Not to mention we see the full-scale military power of The Empire with the AT-ATs storming the base.

2)Yoda: We finally meet the greatest Jedi master ever, enough said.

3)Lando Calrissian: Played by the ever-cool Billy Dee Williams, he’s the model frenemy turned friend who tries to save his city, but realizes his loyalties lie elsewhere. And how awesome of a name is Lando Calrissian? Seriously, it’s my #2 baby name after Obi-Wan Kenobi.

4)Dagobah: It’s just a neat swamp planet. I would love to travel to a galaxy where the planets are defined by one geographical feature.

5)Cloud City: It’s a mining city in the Clouds, led by the one and only Lando Calrissian. Enough said.

6)“I know” The BEST response to I love you, ever!

7)Carbon freezing: How cool would this be if it were real? I mean, a whole person frozen. And when Han is solidified in the horrible pose, it makes my heart break for Leia.


8)Major plot point reveal: Vader is Luke’s father, AKA Anakin Skywalker.

9)Mechanical hand: Can’t you wait until we have this technology?

10)Unrest: Han is frozen and given by Bobba Fett to Jabba the Hutt, Luke now know the identity of his father and needs to continue his Jedi training, we don’t know what’s going on in the love triangle between Luke-Leia-and-Han. Chewbacca is left without a best friend. So much has happened, but this movie does not end happily, which leaves you wanting more.

And that is why “Empire” is the best Star Wars movie EVER. The others have some obvious pluses, but I most-often sit down and watch “Empire.”

Ugh, this whole campaigning thing is really getting to me? Is it Thanksgiving yet?

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