The Empire Strikes Back, aka Episode V, is the second installment in the original trilogy and the fifth episode of the “Skywalker Saga”. Three years after the Death Star’s destruction, the Galactic Empire hunts the scattered Rebel Alliance throughout the galaxy. Darth Vader pursues Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca while Luke studies the ways of the Force and trains under former Jedi Grand Master Yoda in preparation for his inevitable duel with Vader.
Despite the first’s film surprise success in the box office, ESB became the highest-grossing film of 1980 with $440 million. Considered to be the best Star Wars film, it’s the second highest-grossing sequel of all time and has been labeled as “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”. The film’s climax, Vader revealing his parentage to Luke that he is his father, is credited as one of the greatest plot twists in film history.
Watching ESB from my perspective, I too believe it’s the best Star Wars film besides Revenge of the Sith. The choreography and pleasing sound effects of the lightsaber battles are always jaw-dropping. Watching Vader confront Luke about Obi-Wan was a shocker to me the first time I watched Star Wars. (I gasped out loud)
The Empire Strikes Back is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.