Time Warp 1980: Explaining Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Explained should get an award for this one.
Alex and Mollie sent their channel back in time to 1980 and the premiere of Star Wars Episode V.
There, “Eighties Alex” explains The Empire Strikes Back.
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“I am team Luke and Leia all the way,” is legit comedy gold by Alex. “They shared such a passionate kiss on Hoth; you can’t fake love like that.
“Now that Han is frozen, I expect it clears the way for Luke to get the girl,” he added.
But here’s the thing. WE HAD NO IDEA that Luck and Leia were twins. NOT AT ALL.
The above was a legitimate “ship” back in 1980. We literally had no clue that this was even a possibility.
And Alex plays it perfectly….
Finally, the inclusion of latter-day Alex at the San Anselmo Country Day Parade (the first appearance of the Boba Fett costume) is ridiculous.
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But Star Wars Explained didn’t stop there. The channel posted a 16-minute video highlighting 101 facts about Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
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One Easter Egg I hadn’t remembered (or never knew) was that you can see the manufacturer’s writing on the bottom of Luke’s lightsaber as it stuck out of the snow.
“The prop was created by using a graph lex flashgun,” explained Alex.
Another great tidbit was about Luke’s X-wing, shown sticking out of the Dagobah swamp.
Alex explained that the red stripes on the ship’s wing — five of them — and the square above that, signify “Red Five.”
“Each X-wing had a different number of stripes, relative to its call sign,” said Damon.
Anyway, you get the picture. And, by the way, if you are not subscribed to Star Wars Explained, you’re definitely missing out. It’s the best “unofficial” source of Star Wars history and analysis.
Bonus: More Facts About ESB
A few years back, Star Wars Explained did a first fact-based video about Empire. Some are the same, some are different. But the video is just as good. Just shorter.
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