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30 Reasons We Love The Empire Strikes Back

30 August 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou


If you ask a Star Wars fan what his or her favorite chapter of the saga is and the most likely answer you will receive is The Empire Strikes Back. And if that person is a real geek then the reply will be: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Why does this episode get all the love besides being absent of furry little Ewoks and the hopeful assumption that the reviled Jar Jar Binks is long dead? Well, here are our 30 reasons.


30. The Howling


Han and Luke are both missing in the blizzards of Hoth, but the Rebel base needs to be shut down as the weather conditions worsen. As the massive doors are closed, Leia look on with troubled eyes, and Chewie lets out a heart-rending howl. Shiver-inducing.


29. “Oh, switch off!”


C-3P0 tells R2D2 where to shove it as they chat on Hoth. We do like a good robot insult.


28. The Look


A tiny moment in Empire’s opening scenes, but one that sums up Han Solo and Princess Leia’s relationship perfectly. As Han returns from scouting with Luke, Leia spots him come in and shoots him a wide-eyed look before dismissing him. These two just love to hate each other.


27. “Thank you”


Princess Leia finally does what we’ve all been wanting to do the entire movie – she switches C-3PO off. Literally. After the tin bucket reprimands Han for “going too far this time” and hiding the Falcon on the Star Destroyer, Leia shuts the irritating thing down. Even Han’s grateful.


26. The Hoth Base


You’d never suspect that behind all that Hothian snow there lies a fully active Rebel base. Which, of course, is the whole point. With giant Perspex maps, computers and star ships all crammed under the ice, it’s a snug but busy warren of activity. We can’t get enough of it.


25. Chewie Welding


Not only Chewie welding, but Chewie using his protective eye goggles like monocles, which makes him look sort of like a very hairy Tom Cruise. Alright, not really, but it’s still cool.

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