The Five Best Scenes of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

The Empire Strikes Back is undoubtedly one of the best Star Wars movies ever made (I have it ranked at third only behind Rogue One and The Last Jedi) and it’s full of fascinating scenes left and right. For the past four movies it’s been easy deciphering what my five favorite scenes of those movies were but The Empire Strikes Back has so many incredible moments that it’s going to be difficult distinguishing only five fantastic scenes out of this film but I’m going to try my best. Enjoy!

1. The Dagobah Cave

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Before there was the mirror cave in The Last Jedi there was this incredible Dagobah cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back and just like the cave scene in The Last Jedi it’s just as fascinating. This scene is still mesmerizing because I continue to remain bewildered by what this scene exactly means. Is the vision showing what Luke could become in his future if he continued down a dark path or was the vision hinting that Darth Vader was Luke’s father and he didn’t even know it? I still haven’t determined exactly what the Dagobah cave scene means but it’s definitely one of the better parts of the movie to me.

2. The Lesson

I love this scene for so many reasons. One: it contains my favorite line from Yoda. “No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” Best movie line ever! Secondly: it’s the first time you really get an idea of what the Force is as Yoda lectures Luke on the idea of the mystical power. Luke thinks it takes strength to be powerful in the ways of the Force but Yoda demonstrates that it doesn’t take might or muscle to be an incredible Jedi. Third: when Yoda lifts that X-Wing out of the murky water and parks it on the Dagobah shore it’s such a powerful moment because Luke thought it was an impossible feat and then here goes Yoda, an alien so diminutive that he can’t even reach Luke’s knees, using the Force so effortlessly. This is, to me, one of the most impactful scenes in The Empire Strikes Back.

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Jyn’s Greatest Moments

Rogue One introduced another fascinating heroine in Jyn Erso, daughter of Galen Erso, the creator of the Death Star weapon, and I loved her character. She was rugged and gritty, determined and brave, and she was the perfect leading lady for the movie. Throughout the movie she had some impressive moments and I’m here to tell you which ones were my favorite. Enjoy!

1. A Failed Escape

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We saw Jyn Erso when she was a child in the supposed prologue of the movie and when we see her again as an adult she is a prisoner of the Empire. You can tell she’s lived a hard life just by looking at her. She’s covered in dirt and her face is hardened into a mask of grim acceptance…and unwavering determination. When the rebels came to rescue her it’s one of my favorite moments from her because it’s the moment you realize how tough she is. She waits patiently for her chance and then she dispatches the rebels within seconds. It’s kind of amazing. If not for the droid, K-2SO, she would’ve gotten away and that speaks to the survivalist in her. Impressive, most impressive.

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