6 movies later...it's been a wild ride!!
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
Luke Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tattooine
in an attempt to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches
of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt.
Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC EMPIRE has secretly
begun construction in a new armored space station even more
powerful than the first dreaded Death Star.
When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the
small band of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy...
After losing his arm in an epic battle with Sith Lord Darth Vader (played by David Prowse, and voiced by James Earl Jones), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) narrowly escapes with his life and reunites with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) to plot their next move. Rather than instantly going to realign with the Rebel Alliance and begin their next attack on the Galactic Empire, Luke and Leia have to think of their friends. Han Solo (Harrison Ford), who had been captured alongside Princess Leia by Darth Vader, was frozen in Carbonite and was given to notorious bounty Hunter Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch). Boba Fett will be taking Han Solo's frozen form to crime lord Jabba the Hutt (voiced by Larry Ward) to collect the enormous bounty placed on Han's head...but Luke and Leia don't want to see Han turned in. So the two pair up with Han's first mate Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and friend-turned-traitor-turned-friend-again Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) to get Han back!
Time to spring into action yet again!
Leia infiltrates Jabba's palace on Tattooine while Luke distracts Jabba himself...but their plot is quickly foiled and the two are captured! Leia did manage to free Han, but she is found out, taken prisoner and chained to Jabba's side, while Luke and Han are thrown into a dungeon and planned to be fed to a formidable beast Jabba keeps within a pit in the palace. But when Luke and Han defeat the beast in the pit, Jabba comes up with a more lasting punishment for the two. Luke and Han are sent into the deserts to be fed to the Saralacc - a dreaded pit monster! However, Leia manages to strangle Jabba to death with her own chains while Luke and Han fight bravely against the guards overseeing their death sentence and win! Leia and Han escape with Chewbacca back to the Rebel base, but Luke heads back to the planet of Dagobah where he plans to continue his training with Jedi Master Yoda.
Mission Rescue Han was a success!
Upon arriving back at Dagobah, Luke comes to find Master Yoda (voiced by Franz Oz) on his deathbed. Luke tries to urge his master not to give up, but Yoda consoles the boy - he is strong and The Force is strong within him, Luke only has to believe in himself. With his last breathe, Yoda confirms what Luke learned in his last battle against Darth Vader: Darth Vader is indeed Luke's father. And something else too - Yoda reveals that there is another Skywalker, but with that he passes on. Luke is shocked! Another Skywalker? He isn't alone? But with no one to turn to for answers for the time being, Luke leaves the Dagobah system and meets once more with the Rebel Alliance who has some frightening news.
"Another Skywalker, there is..."
After the destruction of the Death Star, the Galactic Empire has begun construction on a new starship that will be far more powerful than any weapon that was built in the past, including their beloved Death Star. Construction is being overseen by The Emperor himself (Ian McDiarmid) and this time they've learned from their mistakes. The Rebel Alliance starts formulating a plan of attack only to realize that there is an impenetrable energy field encompassing the new starship...they can't do anything with that shield up. After a little research, Han and Leia travel to a small planet called Endor where the generator for the starship energy shield is stationed. The plan of attack is that Leia and Han will disable the shield and an attack will be led by Lando piloting the Millennium Falcon to take down the second Death Star for good! But naturally, there are a couple of hiccups.
The new Death Star must be destroyed!!
All seemed to be going well for Han, Leia, R2-D2, and C-3PO on Endor when suddenly they are captured by a small primitive tribe of teddy bear-like creatures called Ewoks! Luckily for Han and Leia, the Ewoks see C-3PO as some kind of Deity and they offer to help the Rebels with their plan on taking down the shield generator! While all of this is happening on Endor, Luke makes his way back to Darth Vader's ship where he plans to confront his father. If he has once been on the Light Side of The Force, there must still be some goodness left in Vader's heart...maybe Luke can persuade him to come back and to end this riff between the Empire and the Rebels. But it's never that easy. Instead, Luke will be put to the ultimate test! But if he can harness the power of The Force, he could save the galaxy once and for all!
Is victory finally at hand??
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Return of the Jedi is my absolute favorite simply because of the Ewoks...but I'm really starting to struggle with these movies at this point. Yes, Star Wars is iconic and it forever changed the face of practical effects and Sci-Fi movies forever...but I'm starting to feel like it's not all that and a bag of chips. These movies are really, really long and it gets very difficult to pay attention to the plots. Plus.... I'm trying to understand why I am having no emotional reaction to any of these movies so far? With every other franchise I've binge-watched (horror movies excluded for obvious reasons), I've started cheering and championing and crying...why not Star Wars? I can't seem to figure that part out. But, I won't deny that these movies are classics and I'm so glad that I've been able to take the time to watch all of them and rediscover them again. And now, the moment of truth is upon us! I am finally preparing for my first viewing of Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens....this is such a big moment! I cannot wait!!
I will never not love the Ewoks, this has to be my favorite of the
original trilogy....any chance they'll make an appearance in the new movies???