Saturday, September 1, 2012

Star Wars: Machete Order Review (Part 2)

Sorry about the delay, this is in place of the normal Friday at the Movies post (there hasn't been much in theaters that has caught my eye, though I'll do some TV series reviews soon).

We are on to part 2 of 5 of my Machete Order review. Part 1 is right here. So far, nothing has deviated from the path of watching the Original Trilogy first -- that's not a bad thing, just means this post isn't going to be excessively long!

Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back, has always been my favorite movie in the saga, for several reasons: Hoth, AT-ATs!, Yoda, "I love you." "I know.", Boba Fett, the oft quoted reveal, and a darker tone overall with a MUCH darker ending than A New Hope.

As the second movie watched, it is a direct continuation of A New Hope. Our heroes continue their individual journeys (Luke continues his training while Han, Chewy, and Leia try to escape the clutches of the Empire) we meet new major characters (Yoda, Lando, etc...), and, biggest point of them all, we learn that Darth Vader is Luke's father.

For new viewers (who have lived under a rock -- or are young), this is still a major WOAH! point. And, like you did way back when, they will be wondering: how could Luke's father possibly be the vile Dark Lord of the Sith!? How could Mister Choke-You-With-My-Mind-At-The-Drop-Of-A-Hat (yeah, he had a hard time putting that on his SATs) possibly have had a kid? And wait... didn't Obi-Wan say Vader had KILLED Luke's dad? What IS this mess!?

Well, unlike you, they'll have a chance to find out much, much sooner than you did! The next film we'll be watching is Episode II, Attack of the Clones. As Luke stares off into space at the closing shot of Episode V, trying to understand their current predicament and Darth Vader's proclamation, we move on to what may be the longest "flashback" sequence in history (that's right Memento, you've been trumped!).

Next time we begin seeing the major changes Machete Order introduces -- we interrupt the Original Trilogy AND skip Episode I. No amount of Jedi Mind Tricks will help Machete Order if this transition doesn't go as well as I personally hope it does.

Things to keep in mind from The Empire Strikes Back:
Obi-Wan instructs Luke to find Yoda, Ben's old Jedi Master,
Luke actively uses the Force for the first time and we see it used more on Dagobah,
Bounty Hunters are introduced, especially Boba Fett,
We get a peek of Darth Vader without the helmet, seeing some serious damage,
We see the Emperor, but he is NEVER named, simply called "the Emperor",
First mention of Anakin Skywalker,
Yoda mentions that there is "another hope" if Luke should fail,
The lightsaber fight scene (which will feel extremely dated),
Luke asking, "Ben, why didn't you tell me?".

Some of these will come up next time!

To spice up this post a little bit (seeing as how V following VI is pretty standard fair), tell me what your favorite film in the saga is in the comment sections below! Some reasons why might be nice too!

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