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original title: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
duration: 2h 11min
tags: The Empire Falls....
keywords: deathstar, villainturnsgood, rebel, empire, emperor, princess, gangster, rescue, crimelord, trap, jediknight, chainedwoman, scantilycladfemale, cleavage, starshipbattle, rescueattempt, forestlandscape
Although it's not as loved as the previous two films that make up the original trilogy there is still a lot of good things to say about this film. Apart from giving us the final showdown that we've been waiting for we are also treated to several other big chases and action sequences.
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher continue to impress and Mark Hamill does a good job of playing Luke's journey from young farm boy to Jedi knight convincingly.
The only thing that slightly lets the film down is the Ewok subplot that continues to divide opinion to this day.
Overall a nice end to the original trilogy. The dialogue is repetitive ("I won't give in to the dark side of the Force!" "You will!") and significant characters from earlier films -- notably bounty hunter Boba Fett and Yoda -- are dispatched without fanfare, and the whole business has a slightly rushed, perfunctory feel at the same time that it feels oddly attenuated. After rescuing the carbonite-encrusted Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from the clutches of crime lord Jabba the Hutt, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), the Wookie Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and androids R2D2 (Kenny Baker) and 3-CPO (Anthony Daniels), regroup at the Rebel base and set out to destroy the Galactic Emperor Palpatine's (Ian McDiarmid) new and more powerful DeathStar, while Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) attempts to save his father, Darth Vader (David Prowse; voice of James Earl Jones), from the Dark Force. Return of the Jedi is the third movie to be released in George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy, preceded by Star Wars (1977) (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (1980). The original trilogy was then followed by a second trilogy of movies: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) (2005), actually prequels to the original storyline. The story for Return of the Jedi was written by Lucas, who also wrote the screenplay along with American screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. The movie was novelized in 1983 by American writer James Kahn. Return of the Jedi takes place roughly a year after the events of The Empire Strikes Back, and four years after the events of A New Hope. The answer depends on who you ask. He was swallowed by the Sarlacc after Han accidentally activated his jetpack and he bounced off Jabba's sail barge. According to the Expanded Universe (particularly the Star Wars anthology novels Tales from Jabba's Palace and Tales of the Bounty Hunters), he managed to "blast" his way out from under the sand and was discovered by another bounty hunter, Dengar (from The Empire Strikes Back and among those commissioned to find the Millennium Falcon), who saw fit to help Boba recover from extensive injuries sustained in the Sarlacc. However, the scene was originally written to be his death scene and, for the purposes of the film, he is as dead as a doornail or will be after 1,000 years of slow digestion.
George Lucas actually stated on the audio commentary on the DVD that he regretted Boba's fate, as he learned only after the movie how popular a cult figure the bounty hunter had become in the years between Empire and Jedi. Had Lucas known that when writing Return of the Jedi's screenplay, he would have given Fett a more heroic exit. He even contemplated adding, in the Special Edition, a scene of Boba Fett crawling out of the pit again, but decided to focus on the main narrative instead. So in a way, it can be said that the fate Lucas intended for Fett has changed over time, which may provide an opportunity for his return in the upcoming Star Wars sequels.
In the new canon novel Aftermath, a scene features a character acquiring Mandalorian armor with acid burns on it from a group of Jawa junk dealers. It is heavily implied to have been the armor belonging to Boba Fett, which is a good argument for him being alive in the new canon. At very least he got out of the pit, but it begs the question as to why he'd leave his armor behind. No. Although Leia proved her strength and courage in this film during several battle scenes, she has had no actual Jedi training; even though she has the potential to be a Jedi Knight, like Luke states, "You have that power, too. In time, you'll learn to use it as I have", implying he would train her. In the old Expanded Universe, the "Legends", Leia does indeed receive training and becomes a full-fledged Jedi Master many years later. This however is not apparent in the chronological sequel, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), and furthermore in the new expanded universe, her reasons for being this way are explained via the novel Bloodlines, which retcons the idea that she receives any Jedi training after the Battle of Endor. A Jedi's training consists of more than lightsaber lessons, physical training and education in Force control; as every Padawan (an individual undergoing Jedi training) had to complete the Jedi Trials in order to become a Jedi Knight. In old times, these trials were often done inside areas of the Jedi Temple, where the Force would create physical and mental challenges, which tested the candidate's skills, knowledge and determination. Luke faces one of such trials in the cave on Dagobah, where his mind creates Darth Vader as manifestation of his fear, indicating that he is still not in control of the Force.
There are special circumstances in which a Padawan has already proven himself in the field more than enough to earn him the level of Jedi Knight. In The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan Kenobi was ready for the trials according to Qui-Gon Jinn, but he was given the title after defeating a fully-trained Sith Lord almost single-handedly. In the animated micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) (an interquel to Episodes II and III), Anakin Skywalker earned his title after single-handedly defending an outpost against the Separatists. Yoda and Ben already knew that Luke would not yet be able to defeat Darth Vader, and they feared that he would also be unable to resist the dark side of the Force. However, Luke managed to resist Vader's temptations.
So, despite Luke's unfortunate choice to leave his training early, this may have been considered a successfully completed Jedi Trial. Luke had also made himself a new lightsaber (having lost Anakin's old one during his duel with Darth Vader in the Cloud City), another test necessary in order to become a Jedi Knight. According to Lucas, the ability to create one's own functional lightsaber is one of the last trials toward becoming a Jedi because of the high level of control over the Force, which is necessary to maneuver the crystals that make up the major components of a lightsaber. The slightest miscalculation will cause the lightsaber to explode when first activated. Vader confirms this later after realizing that Luke has constructed a new lightsaber, and he states that Luke's skills are complete because of this accomplishment. Yoda concluded that Luke's training was indeed complete, and there was little more he could learn from him: all that stood in the way of Luke becoming a Jedi Knight was a final confrontation with Vader, the hope being that Luke would bring Anakin back from the dark side.
Also take into account that Yoda was dying and could not exactly leave Luke with the impression that he was not fully trained. This would cause Luke to doubt himself when he most needed confidence. If by "originally" you mean since the very first draft, no. The earliest draft has General Luke Skywalker as an aging Jedi Master, while Anakin Starkiller is his apprentice. Anakin has a father, Kane Starkiller, and a brother, Deak Starkiller, who is killed by Vader early in the film. The Starkillers live on Utapau (which would eventually appear in the third prequel, Revenge of the Sith. Princess Leia, on the other hand, is the biological daughter of King Kayos and Queen Breha of Aquilae. Her brothers in this draft are Biggs and Windom.
In the second draft, Princess Leia has little more than a cameo. The biography The Cinema of George Lucas describes Leia as the niece of Owen and his wife Beru, and the sister to Biggs, Windy and Luke, who live on the planet Utapau. Deak is not killed. Instead, he is the character held captive by the Empire. Luke and Annikin have been merged into a single character, Luke Starkiller. Biggs and Windy are now the youngest of the Starkiller siblings. Their father is simply known as Starkiller. The droids find Owen, having been instructed by Deak that he will lead them to "Angel Blue" (Luke). The most interesting note about this draft is that it is Luke's brother who takes Leia's place as the Empire's captive. It would seem at this point that Leia had become Luke's sister; however, by the following draft, this would be reversed again. (Interestingly, in the book The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film, this draft is described with an important difference: Leia is named as Luke's cousin. Therefore, her role in the second draft is not completely certain.)
In the third draft, Leia is from Ogana Major, and from all indications she is the biological daughter of their royal family. In the fourth draft, Ogana Major became Alderaan, and a slightly modified version of the original planet name, "Organa", became Leia's last name. The first draft of The Empire Strikes Back features a brief appearance by the ghost of Luke's father, who tells Luke that he has a sister who is undergoing Jedi training on the other side of the galaxy. Based on this description, the sister in question is clearly not Leia. At one point, Lucas claims to have considered making the principal character a female (some early production art reflects this direction) but eventually decided to keep both "versions" of the character as siblings. Some people consider this as a major plot hole, whilst, in reality, they did not read too deeply into the mysticism of the films. As it has been suggested that whilst Luke and Vader can sense each other as father and son, it is entirely plausible that Leia inherited feelings and images from her mother, in a sense creating a mother and daughter symmetry to the male-dominated world of the Jedi. Remember that Leia's dialogue mentions "images" and "feelings" as opposed to witnessing events. Yoda does tell Luke that through the Force he could see "old friends long gone." It also should be remembered that while they appear human, these characters come from "a galaxy far, far away" and would not necessarily have the same mental development as an Earth-born human.
It is also possible Leia is not referring to Padm辿 at all, as she could be referring to Senator Bail Organa's wife. She grew up thinking the Organas were her biological parents, which could be why Leia remembers "images" of her mother. However, this is clearly not the intended meaning of the scene, as Luke does specifically ask Leia "Do you remember your mother? Your real mother?" Leia does not react with surprise at the term "real," which would certainly suggest that she knew at that point that she was adopted, and understood to whom Luke was referring.
The Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) novelization also adds an interesting twist to the whole "How can Leia remember Padm辿?" issue. It states that, after Leia's birth she "stared intently in Padm辿's direction, as if she wanted to memorize her face." One can assume that it is meant to be implied that this is how she is able to remember Padm辿 later in life. Why would she be able to remember something from when she was just seconds old, though? Most likely the Force helped her retain the memory. Of course, the account in the novelization of Leia staring at Padm辿 also raises the question of why this was not the case in the movie. Although the filmmakers most likely would have liked to have something like that in the movie, keep in mind that they were shooting with a very young baby (it is inferred in the commentary that the baby they were using for the scenes was not more than a few months old), and infants basically behave in a manner not subject to instruction or direction.
In the canon Princess Leia comic mini-series set between Star Wars (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Leia visits Naboo on a mission to rescue survivors of Alderaan who were off world during the planet's destruction. She sees a relief of Padm辿 on a wall and expresses a strange familiarity with it, which implies she may have had knowledge of Padm辿 through these Force visions. The most important reason is that the Emperor craves power. Vader was older, and is eventually defeated by Luke. Clearly he has lost his effectiveness in combat and likely in the natural intuition that a Jedi or Sith possesses, so a younger apprentice who is just as