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Episode IV: The Non-Yoda One

  • May 23, 2005
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Rating:
+5
Pros: Lack of Yoda doesn't mean it's in any way bad

Cons: Lack of Yoda

The Bottom Line: Was I the only one who noticed this was called Episode IV before Episode I came out?

It was a pleasure and an honor for me to be asked to interview the Ultimate Jedi Master, Yoda, recently. Unfortunately, since I was slated to write a review of the original Star Wars movie, I couldn’t ask the questions I wanted to relating to Episode III. However, Yoda was very understanding and more than happy to oblige. So with this article/review, I will kill two birds with one stone.

Baron: I want to ask you about the first Star Wars movie ever made.
Yoda: Ah, Episode IV, you may ask me about. In it, I was not. Took place many years after Anakin turned to the Dark Side, it did, and just before Luke I trained in the Jedi arts. Not needed for the story, was I.

Baron: Did that frustrate you?
Yoda: Very old am I! Needed rest I did, and happy to get it I was! Frustrated I was not. The Jedi must stay focused in the moment, so suppress our emotions, we must do.

Baron: Glad to hear it! Tell us about the story and why you weren’t involved.
Yoda: Hm... Where begin, do I? An evil Galactic Empire and a Rebel Alliance struggling to free the universe from the Empire is the background. The prequels, Episodes I through III, I will not mention, since Yoda would not like to unnecessarily confuse Baron’s readers. On a captured diplomatic transport for the Rebel Alliance, the movie begins, with the soldiers of the Galactic Empire searching furiously for stolen plans to their ultimate weapon - the Death Star, it was called. And enough power to destroy an entire planet, it had. Weaknesses it also had, and the Empire wanted not for the Rebel Alliance to find them, so their stolen plans they wanted back! Stored in a droid called R2-D2, the plans were, and escape the ship in a pod R2 did with his counterpart, C-3PO. Landed they soon on a desert planet, Tatooine it was called. Captured by mysterious desert merchants called Jawas they were, and eventually purchased by moisture farmers, Owen and Beru they were named, and their nephew, Luke Skywalker.

Dreams and ambitions of the stars and other worlds, young Luke had. However, keep him around for the harvest, his Uncle Owen wanted to do, and Luke was unable to attend the academy he wanted to go to. Too much of his father, Luke had in him, and attempt to keep him from getting too delusionally granderous, Owen did. Tell lies about Luke’s father Owen did, like how Luke’s father was a pilot on a spice freighter, but to no avail. However, stay on Tatooine, Luke was forced to do until discover a message meant for an old Jedi Knight named Obi-wan Kenobi he does. R2 runs off into the night in search of Obi-wan, and find Obi-wan, R2, 3PO, and Luke do, and play the message for him. Too old for this stuff Obi-wan is, and invites Luke to go with him to the star system of Alderaan to help the people he does. Help they seek from a smuggler named Han Solo and a giant walking carpet called Chewbacca. Offer to take them to Alderaan, Han and Chewie do.

On the Death Star, interrogated is Princess Leia, the thief of the plans, by the evil Darth Vader. Her home Alderaan is and save it from the Death Star’s destructive power she desperately wants to do. Lie she does, but no good it is. Blow up Alderaan, the Death Star does, just before Luke and company arrive from hyperspace. Capture their ship, the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star does by tractor beam. Invade the Death Star and rescue Princess Leia our heroes are forced to do all by themselves. Disable the tractor beam and confront Vader Obi-wan sets out to do, while Luke, Han, and Chewie rescue the Princess from the Death Star’s detention area. Escape they do and their way to a hidden Rebel base they find. Analyzed the stolen plans are, found and exploited is a weakness, and destroyed at the last second the Death Star is! Rewarded are Luke and Han for their bravery in the trench of the Death Star.

An old Japanese film, Star Wars was based on, perhaps one by Akira Kirosawa. Unneeded was I, and wasted any scene with me would have been. But very thrilling this movie is! On the edge of your seat will you be!

Baron: Could you describe some of the movie’s best scenes?
Yoda: Fight a war, this motley crew could have in the Death Star! A Jedi Luke is not yet, but a sharpshooter with a blaster he, Leia, and Han all are! Memorable is the entire scene in the detention area, where forced are the three to escape through a trash compactor after their escape route is cut off. Full of heated action and suspence this scene is even after seeing it 100 times. Very good is also the Rebel Alliance’s final assault on the Death Star in the finale, a classic the trench sequence is. Fly through the trench the Rebels do, with enemy turrets shooting at them from the front and enemy starfighters chasing them from the back. Save Luke’s butt at the last second, Han Solo does unexpectedly. And the final lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Obi-wan Kenobi we witness. The striking down of Obi-wan we see, but early in the fight, vow to return more powerful than Vader can imagine Obi-wan does if Vader strikes him down. Important to the series this scene is mainly because of its dialogue - more impressive are Luke’s legendary lightsaber duels with Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. One could guess powerful he became through Luke in Return of the Jedi.

Much humor, Star Wars Episode IV has. But more subtle it is. At one point, chase a bunch of Stormtroopers down a corridor Han and Chewie do, but chased back they are by more Stormtroopers. Dialogue, the humor appears in more often. Success director George Lucas had recently experienced with American Graffiti, and well-written that movie was. Still flying high from his creative writing stretch, George Lucas seemed to be when he wrote Star Wars. Interspersed, many memorable one-liners are. Most funny is Princess Leia’s remark upon seeing Han Solo’s ship for the first time!

Baron: How about some scenes you didn’t like?
Yoda: Many of the scenes on Tatooine. Appreciable and important to the story all the Tatooine scenes are, but boring they can be at times, the ones between Luke and his Aunt and Uncle most of all. Interesting Tatooine is not until the arrival of Obi-wan. Pick up the Tatooine scenes do not until the heroes reach Mos Eisley. A very funny exchange the Mos Eisley scenes begin with, where Obi-wan uses a Jedi mind trick on an Imperial Stormtrooper:
Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification.
Obi-wan: You don’t need to see his identification.
Stormtrooper: We don’t need to see his identification.
Obi-wan: These are not the droids you’re looking for.
Stormtrooper: These are not the droids we’re looking for.
Obi-wan: He can go about his business.
Stormtrooper: You can go about your business.
Obi-wan: Move along.
Stormtrooper: Move along! Move along!
But for those who know the special editions, wasted the scene with Jabba the Hutt is. Look like Barney the Dinosaur Jabba does. Separated at birth, you would think they were.

Baron: Could you talk about the characters a little, and the actors who plaayed them?
Yoda: Very memorable and likable, all the characters are - even Vader, so evil is he, help but like him you can’t. Greatest movie villain ever, he is, and rottten to the core. Strangle one of his own men, he does in one scene. An intimidating prescense, he has, and effective and scary is the growling voice of James Earl Jones. A voice recording, Jones had to do, because physically intimidating he is not. More intimidating is the physique of David Prowse (right, was that?) who wears the Vader costume. Most notable legendary British actor and Oscar winner Alec Guiness is as Obi-wan, a true wise sage he performs like with his natural voice.

Stars did Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher become portraying Luke, Han, and Leia. Talent as a caster and actors’ director, George Lucas had back then. Convincing, they all are, and bounce like ping pong balls off each other they do. An interesting character, Han Solo is - up to his eyeballs in debt he is as a smuggler. Concerned he is only with himself in the beginning, but a small but pivotal role he plays in destroying the Death Star. Very strong Leia is, and sexy that makes her, even to little green alien Yoda! Vanilla Luke starts out, because he is a student, and there is little he knows. Learning he is throughout the course of the film, smarter, wiser, and more mature he clearly is by the end.

Baron: How about the directing and special effects?
Yoda: Visionary George Lucas is as a filmmaker. Done the most for filmmaking he has since DW Griffith, he has. Live up to its name, his company, Industrial Light and Magic does. His casting decisions, outstanding they were. An eye for special effects innovations, Lucas clearly has. A breakthrough Star Wars was in that area, and look good it still does even in this era of computer effects. Convincing, they still are. Convincing, everything about the film is, even the actors - struggle George Lucas does with acting today.

Baron: Any final words?
Yoda: Revenge of the Sith, be sure to see. Think alike, Baron and I do, exactly the same opinions as mine on Star Wars I sense in him. I sense great pleasure, joy, and satisfaction in Baron whenever he watches Star Wars. I experience this when I watch Star Wars. I sense you will experience these emotions when you watch Star Wars. Baron, your Pepsi give Yoda.

I give him my Pepsi and leave. I’ve got a 24-pack in my car.


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February 26, 2011
Nice review and thank you for posting this in our Movie Hype community!
February 27, 2011
Thanks! I always appreciate good feedback about this review, because Yoda dialect is a real pain to recreate in print!
February 27, 2011
I loved the dialect. =)
 
February 26, 2011
Yes, of course. Episodes 4, 5 and 6 were Lucas' first trilogy. Lucas was going to make three prequels and three sequels but it did not turn out that way.
February 27, 2011
It may be for the better that the sequels didn't get made. The extended universe is pretty expansive and it would have made a real mess of Return of the Jedi's neat little box ending.
 
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STAR WARS, George Lucas's stunning sci-fi masterpiece, is arguably one of the most inventive and entertaining films ever made, garnering generations of loyal fans who are forever imprinted with the memory of its characters and dialogue. As the adventure begins, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), an impulsive but goodhearted young man who lives on the dusty planet of Tatooine with his aunt and uncle, longs for the exciting life of a Rebel soldier. The Rebels, led by the headstrong Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), are fighting against the evil Empire, which has set about destroying planets inhabited by innocent citizens with the Death Star, a fearsome planetlike craft commanded by Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) and the eternally frightful Darth Vader (David Prowse, with the voice of James Earl Jones). When Luke's aunt and uncle are murdered by the Empire's imperial stormtroopers and he mysteriously finds a distress message from Princess Leia in one of his androids, R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), he must set out to find ...
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Director: George Lucas
Release Date: 1977
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (September 12, 2006)
Runtime: 2hr 1min
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