You know how sometimes you just get inspiration to write? Well this was one of those times. I thought about adding another regular writing series to this blog. I was inspired to write about my favorites so now we will have “Friday Favorite”. I don’t know if it will be a weekly thing of or just some Fridays but you have to start somewhere right?
Seeing as how I’m a movie guy, I thought I would start with my favorite movie. Now I have a lot of films that I love. I have a lot of film franchises/series that I love. But my favorite film series of all is the Star Wars saga. And my favorite of the Star Wars saga is The Empire Strikes Back
This film is my favorite of the Star Wars saga. Now I will say that A New Hope and Return of the Jedi are right up there. But The Empire Strikes Back has a special place in my heart. As a kid there was three reasons why I loved Empire: AT-ATs, Boba Fett & Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber duel with Vader.
The All Terrain Armored Transport (or AT-AT) was the coolest vehicle the Imperials had. They were massive and they were awesome. The Battle of Hoth was the only one the Imperials won in the trilogy (though one could say the Rebels won because their main objective was getting off the planet) and it was due in large part to the AT-ATs. If there was any Imperial vehicle I wanted, it was the AT-AT.
Boba Fett. As a kid, he was simply one of the coolest guys ever saw in a movie. I guess you could still say I still think he’s one of the coolest. He wasn’t necessarily a bad guy. He just wasn’t a good guy. He was simply doing a job and getting paid. But he was bad because he wanted Han Solo to take back to Jabba the Hutt. Even Vader respected Fett. One thing about Boba Fett, he was a bounty hunter you did not want to mess with.
Luke vs. Vader. Growing up, this was the lightsaber fight. It’s hard to compare this one to the one in Return of the Jedi. But this one had the raw emotion. Luke was still trying to find himself as a Jedi. And he had to learn from this experience. But it was a really cool fight with some really cool fight scenes.
The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve found other things I appreciate. I love the interaction and banter between Han and Leia. I became a huge fan of Wedge and loved when he took down the AT-AT with his snowspeeder. I appreciated that it wasn’t a “happy” ending but a “hopeful” ending.
The Empire Strikes Back is my go-to film. It is a great way to start off this “Friday Favorite” series.