The Empire Strikes Back (1980): As Luke trains with Master Yoda to become a Jedi Knight, his friends evade the Imperial fleet under the command of Darth Vader, who is obsessed with turning Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force. Dir.: Irvin Kershner Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams 124 mins. 1:30 pm CDT. Spike TV
The argument? that this was the best* of the Star Wars films. Discuss.
*programming note: I just rewatched (I-refuse-to-call-it-that-other-name) Star Wars, and for me, it’ll always be the best. Partly because of lines like Han’s “One thing’s fer sure — we’re all gonna be a lot thinner!” right before the Death Star trash compactor went boom.