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** It also serves to [[CurbstompCushion soften the blow]] after the trouncing the heroes took throughout the film. It's a brilliant reversal of the first film's sequel hook. Instead of Darth Vader narrowly surviving and flying off to fight another day, now the heroes do. And [[BittersweetEnding despite the main party's struggles]], the Rebellion has clearly won the day simply by resisting the Empire's mission to stomp them out for good.

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** It also serves to [[CurbstompCushion soften the blow]] after the trouncing the heroes took throughout the film. It's a brilliant reversal of the first film's sequel hook. Instead of Darth Vader narrowly surviving and flying off to fight another day, now the heroes do. And [[BittersweetEnding despite the main party's struggles]], the Rebellion has clearly won the day simply by resisting the Empire's mission attempts to stomp them out for good.


** It also serves to [[CurbstompCushion soften the blow]] after the trouncing the heroes took throughout the film. It's a brilliant reversal of the first film's sequel hook. Instead of Darth Vader narrowly surviving and flying off to fight another day, now the heroes do. And [[BittersweetEnding despite the main party's struggles]], the Rebellion has clearly won the day, foiling the Empire's mission to stomp them out for good.

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** It also serves to [[CurbstompCushion soften the blow]] after the trouncing the heroes took throughout the film. It's a brilliant reversal of the first film's sequel hook. Instead of Darth Vader narrowly surviving and flying off to fight another day, now the heroes do. And [[BittersweetEnding despite the main party's struggles]], the Rebellion has clearly won the day, foiling day simply by resisting the Empire's mission to stomp them out for good.

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** It also serves to [[CurbstompCushion soften the blow]] after the trouncing the heroes took throughout the film. It's a brilliant reversal of the first film's sequel hook. Instead of Darth Vader narrowly surviving and flying off to fight another day, now the heroes do. And [[BittersweetEnding despite the main party's struggles]], the Rebellion has clearly won the day, foiling the Empire's mission to stomp them out for good.


--> '''Vader:''' The Force ''is'' with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.

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--> '''Vader:''' The Force ''is'' with you, young Skywalker, [[PretenderDiss but you are not a Jedi yet.
yet.]]


* The big reveal, is some of James Earl Jones's best vocal work.

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* The big reveal, reveal is some of James Earl Jones's best vocal work.


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** Not only that, it's possibly George Lucas's crowning achievement in scriptwriting. He had the idea, but then he set it up so that everything made sense, then delivered what could be considered '''The''' twist in modern fiction. And don't forget Mark Hamill selling the impact and all four people who knew the twist and managed to keep it secret until the reveal on the big screen.


** In the radio drama, Vader does acknowledge Ozzel, and his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech is extremely satisfying to those who have had to put up with similar levels of incompetence and/or stupidity from anyone else. Essentially, Vader is giving a voice to their frustrations.

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** In the radio drama, Vader does acknowledge Ozzel, and his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech is both just as contemptuous towards the habitual screwup as his refusal to acknowledge Ozzel in the film and not even bothering to speak to him ''at all'' in the novelization, and extremely satisfying to those who have had to put up with similar levels of incompetence and/or stupidity from anyone else. Essentially, Vader is giving a voice to their frustrations.

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** In the radio drama, Vader does acknowledge Ozzel, and his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech is extremely satisfying to those who have had to put up with similar levels of incompetence and/or stupidity from anyone else. Essentially, Vader is giving a voice to their frustrations.
--->'''Vader''': Ozzel, the power closing about your throat is the Force. It is my anger reaching out to end your life. It would be pointless to merely ''punish'' someone so useless.

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** Back when he was Anakin, Vader was ''always'' jumping around and barely avoiding death by the skin of his teeth. When Luke jumps free, Vader is basically going "He's ''definitely'' my son. I am impressed."


** When you think about it, Luke actually makes a decent showing, especially for his low level of training. When Vader begins the fight, he's just barely even trying. Then Luke evades his trap, and even manages to cause him some degree of pain with the coolant (if his cry of rage is any indication), and Vader resorts to [[CombatPragmatist throwing things at Luke using The Force]]. ''Then'' Luke lands a hit on Vader's shoulder, causing Vader to cry out in pain ''AGAIN''. Only when he chops off Luke's hand is Luke finally driven to his knees. Sure, he'd probably have lost eventually anyway, but considering how far below his combat abilities are below Vader's, that's pretty impressive.

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** When you think about it, Luke actually makes a decent showing, especially for his low level of training. When Vader begins the fight, he's just barely even trying. Then Luke evades his trap, and even manages to cause him some degree of pain with the coolant (if his cry of rage is any indication), and Vader resorts to [[CombatPragmatist throwing things at Luke using The Force]]. ''Then'' Luke lands a hit on Vader's shoulder, causing Vader to cry out in pain ''AGAIN''. Only when he chops off Luke's hand is Luke finally driven to his knees. Sure, he'd probably have lost eventually anyway, but considering how far below his combat abilities are below Vader's, that's pretty impressive.


'''Yoda:''' For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.\\

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'''Yoda:''' For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel ''feel'' the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.\\



** Yoda's second dialogue sounds even more awesome after you've seen what the Jedi (or any Force sensitives) are capable of in the Prequel Trilogy, the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], and even the [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]].
* Luke informs Yoda that he's just not strong enough in the Force to raise his starfighter from the swamp. Despite Yoda's words of encouragement (see above), Luke just tells him he wants [[AwesomeButImpractical "the impossible"]]. Yoda then raises the X-wing out of the swamp, accompanied by triumphant music and spirited beeping from R2-D2.

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** Yoda's second dialogue sounds even more awesome after you've seen or read what the Jedi (or any Force sensitives) are capable of in the Prequel Trilogy, the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], and even the in [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]].
* Luke informs Yoda that he's just not strong enough in the Force to raise his starfighter from the swamp. Despite Yoda's words of encouragement (see above), Luke just tells him he scoffs that Yoda wants [[AwesomeButImpractical "the impossible"]]. Yoda then raises the X-wing out of the swamp, accompanied by triumphant music and spirited beeping from R2-D2.


** To truly put this into perspective, normal Star Destroyers are approximately 1,600 meters long, or about 1 mile. Super Star Destroyers are 12 times longer than normal Star Destroyers, at ''19 miles'' long. The ''Executor'' is the length of Manhattan!

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** To truly put this into perspective, normal Star Destroyers are approximately 1,600 meters long, or about 1 mile. Super Star Destroyers are 12 times longer than normal Star Destroyers, at ''19 miles'' kilometers'' long. The ''Executor'' is the length of Manhattan!

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** The above is immediately followed by a shot of the back of Darth Vader's helmet, as he surveys HIS fleet. Keep in mind, this is the first time in three years that audiences have seen the Dark Lord on film, and you'll understand why crowds in theaters worldwide burst into friggin' CHEERS.


* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLUTOGpJ2es first appearance]] of the ''Executor''. We see it eclipsing the light on multiple ''Star Destroyers! LIKE THAT BEHEMOTH FROM THE INTRO OF THE PREVIOUS FILM!'' Even its engine exhausts dwarf the escorting Destroyers. The same sequence debuts a new piece of music for ''Empire,'' [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the Imperial March.]]

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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLUTOGpJ2es first appearance]] of the ''Executor''. We see it eclipsing the light on multiple ''Star Destroyers! LIKE THAT BEHEMOTH FROM THE INTRO OF THE PREVIOUS FILM!'' Even its engine exhausts dwarf the escorting Destroyers. The same sequence debuts a new piece of music for ''Empire,'' [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the Imperial March.]]



* John Williams' music is its usual awesomeness, but two aspects of this score particularly stand out. Firstly, the Imperial March, which makes its debut in this film; rarely has music been quite so badass. The second is at the very end of the film: The Rebel fleet has fled the galaxy after the destruction of their main base, Luke is psychologically shaken by the confrontation with Vader and learning the man is ''his father'' (not to mention getting his hand lopped off) and Han has been frozen in a block of carbonite and taken off by a notorious bounty hunter to be sold to a wicked gangster. But as Lando speeds off to rescue his friend and Luke and Leia stare out at the stars, what music is blaring behind them all? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Han and Leia's Love Theme]].

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* John Williams' music is its usual awesomeness, but two aspects of this score particularly stand out. Firstly, the Imperial March, which makes its debut in this film; rarely has music been quite so badass. The second is at the very end of the film: The Rebel fleet has fled the galaxy after the destruction of their main base, Luke is psychologically shaken by the confrontation with Vader and learning the man is ''his father'' (not to mention getting his hand lopped off) and Han has been frozen in a block of carbonite and taken off by a notorious bounty hunter to be sold to a wicked gangster. But as Lando speeds off to rescue his friend and Luke and Leia stare out at the stars, what music is blaring behind them all? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Han and Leia's Love Theme]].



* [[YouHaveFailedMe "Apology accepted, Captain Needa."]] This was also ''Needa's'' CrowningMomentOfAwesome. Having just been outmaneuvered and out-bluffed by Solo, Needa is tasked with explaining his failure to Vader, and there's no question in anyone's mind how [[YouHaveFailedMe Lord Vader deals with setbacks]]. What does he do? He flies himself to the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executor_(Star_Wars) Executor]]'' to stand before Vader, take full responsibility, and fall on his sword, sparing his ship and crew from the Sith Lord's wrath. Vader's quoted line seems to imply that even he was mildly impressed by Needa's actions. Compare Needa's execution to Ozzel's, whom Vader pointedly refused to acknowledge ''while choking him to death''.

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* [[YouHaveFailedMe "Apology accepted, Captain Needa."]] This was also ''Needa's'' CrowningMomentOfAwesome.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome. Having just been outmaneuvered and out-bluffed by Solo, Needa is tasked with explaining his failure to Vader, and there's no question in anyone's mind how [[YouHaveFailedMe Lord Vader deals with setbacks]]. What does he do? He flies himself to the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executor_(Star_Wars) Executor]]'' to stand before Vader, take full responsibility, and fall on his sword, sparing his ship and crew from the Sith Lord's wrath. Vader's quoted line seems to imply that even he was mildly impressed by Needa's actions. Compare Needa's execution to Ozzel's, whom Vader pointedly refused to acknowledge ''while choking him to death''.


** To truly put this into perspective, normal Star Destroyers are approximately 1,600 meters long, or about 1 mile. Super Star Destroyers are 12 times longer than normal Star Destroyers. The ''Executor'' is a ship over half the length of Manhattan!

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** To truly put this into perspective, normal Star Destroyers are approximately 1,600 meters long, or about 1 mile. Super Star Destroyers are 12 times longer than normal Star Destroyers. Destroyers, at ''19 miles'' long. The ''Executor'' is a ship over half the length of Manhattan!

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* The SequelHook features a fleet of Rebel starships and fighters as Lando and Chewie set off to rescue Han. This is awesome on a couple of different levels: Plot-wise, it shows that the Rebels are not out of the fight, despite their defeat at Hoth. Special effects-wise, this is one of the largest fleet scenes we've seen in the franchise thus far, and certainly the largest collection of Rebel ships seen yet, showing that the Alliance has more than just transports and snub fighters.

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