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The Empire Strikes Back

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The Empire Strikes Back
Legends Era: Rebellion
In-Universe Date: 3y & 3m ABY
Rated: PG
Release Date: May 21, 1980
Running Time: 124 min.
Director(s): Irvin Kershner
Writer: George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Leigh Brackett
Users Watched: 69
Users Rated: 31
 
 
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  C-3PO
  C-3PO last appeared in the Canon EU in Star Wars (2015) #28. C-3PO next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

C-3PO last appeared in the Legends Universe in A New Hope. C-3PO next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Chewbacca
  Chewbacca last appeared in the Canon EU in The Empire Strikes Back. Chewbacca next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Chewbacca last appeared in the Legends Universe in A New Hope. Chewbacca next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Han Solo
  Han Solo last appeared in the Canon EU in Doctor Aphra #6. Han Solo next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Han Solo last appeared in the Legends Universe in A New Hope. Han Solo next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Lando Calrissian
  Lando Calrissian last appeared in the Canon EU in Star Wars (2015) #2. Lando Calrissian next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Lando Calrissian next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Leia Organa
  Leia Organa last appeared in the Canon EU in The Empire Strikes Back. Leia Organa next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Leia Organa last appeared in the Legends Universe in A New Hope. Leia Organa next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Luke Skywalker (Rogue Leader)
  Luke Skywalker (Rogue Leader) last appeared in the Canon EU in The Screaming Citadel #1. Luke Skywalker (Rogue Leader) next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi.

Luke Skywalker (Rogue Leader) last appeared in the Legends Universe in A New Hope. Luke Skywalker (Rogue Leader) next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  R2-D2
  R2-D2 last appeared in the Canon EU in The Empire Strikes Back. R2-D2 next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

R2-D2 last appeared in the Legends Universe in A New Hope. R2-D2 next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
 
Supporting Characters
  Boba Fett
  Boba Fett last appeared in the Canon EU in Star Wars (2015) #8. Boba Fett next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Boba Fett last appeared in the Legends Universe in A New Hope. Boba Fett next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Carlist Rieekan  
  Carlist Rieekan next appears in Canon EU in Bloodline.

This is Carlist Rieekan's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Darth Vader
  Darth Vader last appeared in the Canon EU in Star Wars (2015) #27. Darth Vader next appears in Canon EU in Star Wars (Line Webtoon).

Darth Vader last appeared in the Legends Universe in A New Hope. Darth Vader next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Firmus Piett  
  Firmus Piett next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Firmus Piett next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Kendal Ozzel
  Kendal Ozzel last appeared in the Canon EU in Star Wars Annual #2. Kendal Ozzel next appears in Canon EU in Bloodline.

Kendal Ozzel last appeared in the Legends Universe in Star Wars: The Clone Wars #9.
 
 
  Lobot
  Lobot last appeared in the Canon EU in Star Wars (2015) #2. Lobot next appears in Canon EU in Lost Stars.

This is Lobot's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Maximillian Veers  
  This is Maximillian Veers's only Canon EU appearance.

This is Maximillian Veers's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Obi-Wan Kenobi
  Obi-Wan Kenobi last appeared in the Canon EU in Doctor Aphra #1. Obi-Wan Kenobi next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Obi-Wan Kenobi last appeared in the Legends Universe in A New Hope. Obi-Wan Kenobi next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Emperor Palpatine
  Emperor Palpatine last appeared in the Canon EU in Star Wars (2015) #21. Emperor Palpatine next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Emperor Palpatine last appeared in the Legends Universe in Reversal of Fortune. Emperor Palpatine next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Tiaan Jerjerrod
  Tiaan Jerjerrod last appeared in the Canon EU in Bottleneck. Tiaan Jerjerrod next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Tiaan Jerjerrod next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Wedge Antilles (Rogue Three)
  Wedge Antilles (Rogue Three) last appeared in the Canon EU in Star Wars (2015) #24. Wedge Antilles (Rogue Three) next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Wedge Antilles (Rogue Three) last appeared in the Legends Universe in A New Hope. Wedge Antilles (Rogue Three) next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Yoda
  Yoda last appeared in the Canon EU in The Screaming Citadel #1. Yoda next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi.

Yoda last appeared in the Legends Universe in Reversal of Fortune. Yoda next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Zev Senesca (Rogue Two)  
  This is Zev Senesca (Rogue Two)'s only Canon EU appearance.

This is Zev Senesca (Rogue Two)'s only Legends appearance.
 
 
 
Other Characters
  2-1B  
  This is 2-1B's only Canon EU appearance.

This is 2-1B's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  4-LOM
  4-LOM last appeared in the Canon EU in Darth Vader #2.

This is 4-LOM's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Berryl Chiffonage  
  This is Berryl Chiffonage's only Canon EU appearance.

This is Berryl Chiffonage's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Bewil  
  This is Bewil's only Canon EU appearance.

This is Bewil's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Bossk
  Bossk last appeared in the Canon EU in Darth Vader #10. Bossk next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Bossk last appeared in the Legends Universe in Bounty. Bossk next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Bren Derlin
  Bren Derlin last appeared in the Canon EU in Han Solo #2.

This is Bren Derlin's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Dak Ralter (Rogue Gunner)  
  Dak Ralter (Rogue Gunner) next appears in Canon EU in Bloodline.

This is Dak Ralter (Rogue Gunner)'s only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Dengar
  Dengar last appeared in the Canon EU in Darth Vader #18. Dengar next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Dengar last appeared in the Legends Universe in Eminence. Dengar next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Derek "Hobbie" Klivian (Rogue Four)
  Derek "Hobbie" Klivian (Rogue Four) last appeared in the Canon EU in Heroes of Mandalore, Part I.

This is Derek "Hobbie" Klivian (Rogue Four)'s only Legends appearance.
 
 
  IG-88
  IG-88 last appeared in the Canon EU in Darth Vader #2.

This is IG-88's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Lennox  
  This is Lennox's only Canon EU appearance.

This is Lennox's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Lorth Needa  
  This is Lorth Needa's only Canon EU appearance.

This is Lorth Needa's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Toryn Farr  
  This is Toryn Farr's only Canon EU appearance.

This is Toryn Farr's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Trey Callum  
  This is Trey Callum's only Canon EU appearance.

This is Trey Callum's only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Wes Janson (Rogue Gunner)  
  This is Wes Janson (Rogue Gunner)'s only Canon EU appearance.

This is Wes Janson (Rogue Gunner)'s only Legends appearance.
 
 
  Yoxgit  
  Yoxgit next appears in Canon EU in Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

Yoxgit next appears in the Legends Universe in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
  Zuckuss
  Zuckuss last appeared in the Canon EU in Darth Vader #18.

This is Zuckuss's only Legends appearance.
 
 
 
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  bharbeke Says:    
  2017-01-11 10:09:13  
  There is too much to like about this movie to fit in a single comment. For now, I will just praise the music. This is still the best soundtrack to any Star Wars film.  
 
 

  raistlin903 Says:    
  2017-01-16 22:29:51  
  in perspective to this site and it's focus, I really will be shocked if anyone gives it less then a 5 star rating... this is like the bar that everything else "Star Wars" is compared to.... it's basically the Godfather II of Star Wars....  
 
 

  thatsagoodone11 Says:    
  2017-07-24 20:55:35  
  Usually considered the best of the Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back achieves everything the first film does, but better. The story becomes more personal, the action is heavier, the plot quickens, and the adventure seems grander. In release date order, this is the first appearance of Yoda, the Emperor and Lando.

The character development is very strong, not only within each individual (we see Han's progression from being a lone ranger in 'A New Hope' to putting his life on the line for his friend in the subzero temperatures), but among pairs of characters as well. Luke and Artoo spend some quality time in Dagobah, Chewie and Threepio bond over Threepio's broken body, and most importantly Han gets Leia to stop resisting him romantically.

I have to agree with bharbeke above. John Williams' soundtrack simply cannot be matched. The iconic Imperial March will be a permanent fixture in the public's ear. The Han and Leia theme is beautiful and sweeping. The score takes the best from the original film and keeps adding masterpieces.

Nothing else in the SWRO will top this film, from a cinematic or narrative perspective. This isn't even my favorite Star Wars movie (I'm a 'Return' guy), but I still cannot deny the excellence this movie achieves at every level.

5/5
 
 
 

 
 
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