Just two weeks left. Just two weeks left. The mantra of the day for Star Wars fans everywhere. The wait may seem interminable, but there is a light at the end of this tunnel flickering at a wonderful 24 frames per second. Think back to what you were doing two weeks ago today. Doesn’t seem too far back right? Now flip that around and that’s the short amount of time we have to go until all this merciless withholding of Wars in the Stars is over.
So, what can we do to pass the time. Well there is some more of that free stuff we promised you. Up first, the winner from last week.
– The Making of The Empire Strikes Back
And up this week, we’re tackling the end of the saga as it existed pre-Disney. The one everyone thought was the end, only to find out that the end was only the beginning. Star Wars: Episode VI. Return of the Jedi. So, today we have Bluestreaking and Darth Zloi breaking down different fronts from the Battle of Endor as they take us through their favorite action sequences.
Bluestreaking – Battle Over Endor
As a kid there was one Star Wars film I would watch constantly, and that was Return of the Jedi. The Battle over Endor just stuck to me as a kid, while on the surface it is a retread of the Episode IV battle just with a bigger Death Star the bits and pieces of it make it a completely unique and different experience. From the score, the highly underrated Battle of Endor suite, to the dialogue which gave us classics such as “It’s a trap” we were given our first ever taste of a major space battle in the Star Wars universe.
The opening horns as the Rebel fleet arrives in gives us a taste of the emotions of the Rebel Alliance as they throw everything they have in a desperate attempt to defeat the Emperor. The drums signify the pounding heartbeats and the sight of the Death Star sparks a crescendo leading into my favorite single piece of music in Star Wars as Lando and Nien Nunb realize the shield is still up. The moments continue to build as the Rebellion realizes they have been trapped by the might of the Imperial fleet. But the battle offers more beyond just the music and emotions.
We are exposed to ship to ship combat completely unlike what we saw in A New Hope as TIE Fighters swarm our heroes. Highlights of the battle include another of my favorite all time scenes when Arvel Crynyd crashes his A-Wing into the Executor’s bridge to take out the dreaded Super Star Destroyer from Empire Strikes Back. The flight into the Death Star’s, while not as dramatic as the trench run, still was memorable in the intensity of the narrowing corridor and the uniqueness of the scene. In all the sights and sounds gave us our first look at large scale Space Warfare in the Star Wars universe which would serve as a template for the Universe as a whole