Return of the Jedi – Chris Stuckmann

Chris Stuckmann reviews Return of the Jedi.

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Wolf007
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Copied and pasted from my comment on youtube. Even as a kid Return of the Jedi was my least favorite of the original trilogy. It just has a lot of going through the motions, and glossing over a lot of things. I find it interesting that early on in the expanded universe, in the first book to come out after RotJ, a major sub plot was Leia’s anger over knowing Vader was her father. Same guy that almost killed han, tortured her, killed so many people she loved, held her in place while her planet was blown up. It even… Read more »
NovaAlexandria
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The Truce of Bakura. Pretty sure I still have it on my book shelf. I remember reading it in Junior high, which got me into more of the SW books. Some were really great (x-wing squadron series and Grand Admiral Thrawn(sp?)) Others……. ugh. I found them getting lamer and lamer as they pushed further into the story with a lot of re-hashed material. I eventually gave up on them in Senior High.

Wolf007
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Well that whole universe is null and void right now. It peaked with the New Jedi Order series, Some hated it with the amount of death and doom it brought, but I found it a breath of fresh air. Then there was the Legacy Comic series which jumped the timeline 100 years but still managed to tell a damn good star wars story. But yeah, aside from those two, A timothy Zahn novel (guy who created Thrawn, who I wish Disney had the sense to bring into these new movies) every now and then, and standouts like the X-Wing and… Read more »
The Mysterious M
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SW Books? I haven’t read a lot of them. I’ve read some of the newer ones, but my personal favorites are the Darth Bane Trilogy and Darth Plagueis

NovaAlexandria
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Yeah, it’s why I gave them up 15 years ago. One one side I am glad Disney is disregarding them, on the other, it’s kind of sad to at least see the good books side lined. Never heard of the Republic Commando series. The only update and familiarity I have about anything published over the last 15 years is that R.A. Salvator apparently still receives death threats for a certain event and one of the twins apparently fell to the dark side.

Wolf007
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Republic commando started out as a tie in with the video game, but the writer gave the clones personality, and wrote them as being taught Mandalorian Culture by their instructors, who regarded them, and still do, as adopted sons. It had a romance between a clone and a Jedi, as well as some pretty good military style writing. And yeah, some epic spoilers incoming… So yeah, R.A Salvator still apparently gets hate mail for writing the death of Chewbacca, when it was a consensus decision by multiple writers. There was an interview where the people behind NJO state that their… Read more »
cdrood
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I could see him going to the Dark Side because he let his rage take over (Star Wars rules, not mine), but I never got why that would make him the Emperor’s apprentice. He’d still hate and want to kill him. It’s not like what we eventually saw with Anakin where the corruption was much slower and there was something for Anakin to gain by allying himself with Palpatine. Luke would have no reason, whatsoever.

Wolf007
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That whole, don’t kill in anger thing, really needed to be expanded upon or rethought rather than taken as force dogma. Its just not good story telling. Leia was plenty pissed when she choked Jabba but didn’t go Dark side. And Anakin had plenty of kills in anger, but still didn’t really go complete evil until he bought into the Emperor’s lies and helped him against Mace Windu. Some writers have tried to revise that, making it more of a step by step corruption, like we saw in Anakin, rather than a 1 strike you’re out system. But sadly the… Read more »
cdrood
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Trust me, I like the movie. It’s actually the first movie I ever saw on opening day, and I have to say at the time the Ewoks didn’t even bother me. There was so much excitement in the theater that judging the film as whole, let alone picking the good from the bad would have been difficult. I agree with Chris that there were some things that should have been more deeply delved into. Leia just found out that the man who tortured both her and the man she loves is her father. How does that not rate a WTF!?… Read more »
mbellardini
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Saw it when it was first released, and it was a bit of a disappointment. As pointed out, the dramatic scenes felt a bit rushed, they could have been longer without hurting the movie, or slowing it down. My biggest problem with the movie was The Planet of the Teddy Bears. They could have been omitted without affecting the movie.

RockmanX3
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I was about 5 when this first came to theaters and my parents didn’t take me to see it since I was too young and wouldn’t see any Star Wars movies until I was 7. I remember loving this movie when I was younger and when I went out to see the special editions in theaters in 97, I finally realized Empire Strikes Back was the superior movie. I’m going to echo the statement that I didn’t really like how the almighty galactic empire was taken down by teddy bears. I thought the movie would have been better without them.… Read more »
zardox
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Yeah, that never really occurred to me about Leia before. The movie really did seem to give 0 fux about what she was thinking. She was just kind of generically upset and needed a man to hold her… like he did in the space-worm on the asteroid.

cdrood
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Did anyone else feel like Leia got a demotion in this film. In the first two, she seems like someone at the top of the rebellion hierarchy and in this, she seems to have no role whatsoever until she finds out Han is leading the mission on Endor. She didn’t even know he’d been made a general.

Jon McKenzie
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About the Ewoks and stuff like that: What I’ve noticed about the entire STAR WARS movie series are a number of tributes to science fiction, adventure, and movie serials of the past, in all the movies, subtle or overt, whether or not they enhanced the over all story. In PHANTOM MENACE there is a direct but subtle visual shout out to the Buck Rogers serial, and that pod race was an obvious hello to BEN HUR. I could cite further references but I’ll get back to the Ewoks now. The whole Endor scene and the Ewoks is a throwback to… Read more »
Rezro
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Yes, those suppose to be Wookies instead Evocs and primitive laser weapon use by them still have more sens then stick-bow’s breathing power armors. After all they could obtain those is many ways without loosing they tribal feel.. but shame.. Lucas start takeover this series at the time (he didn’t have it at the beginning) and people didn’t know yet then that Lucas with too much creative control is bad thing.

Shinigami
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RotJ has never been my favorite in original trilogy but when I was kid I did like it far more than I do today.

Oh and that base was not on Endor but on Forest Moon of Endor.

NovaAlexandria
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You know, thinking about it, does it even have a name? I mean, The Forested Moon of Endor just sounds like a description so we know which of Endor’s moons it is. At yet, we keep calling it Endor when it’s clearly not the Moons name (all be it calling it Endor is a major time savour over the full title). It would be like calling Titen, Jupiter because it orbits Jupiter.

Flaregun
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FWIW, Titan orbits Saturn

NovaAlexandria
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Opps. They have so many moons it’s hard to remember which one belongs to which planet. My error.

Jon McKenzie
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I stand corrected in that regard.

NovaAlexandria
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First off, kudos for using the original footage. However, as a Star Wars fan you loose major points for calling Endor a planet when it’s a moon. As for the set pieces for the Forested Moon of Endor, they actually went to the Cali redwood forest to do a lot of the filming. That’s why they look so good. They filmed on location for a good number of those scenes. This was always my favourite movie. I don’t even remember the first time I watched it I was that young, it was also the only one we originally owned. I… Read more »
Jon McKenzie
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Okay, MOON. I got it.

But, there’s no sound in the vacuum of space, so….

Chicken Puppet
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This is still my favorite of the Star Wars films. I like that it had two really amazing climaxes that didn’t detract from one another. The rescue of Han Solo, and the showdown with Vader on the Death Star. In fact they seem to compliment one another in the escalation and both resolve themselves thoroughly and in a very satisfying way. The Ewoks never bothered me as much as most people. Maybe being a fan of the Lord of the Rings, I was more accepting of the small and unlikely people secretly being heroic and a lot tougher then they… Read more »
chainclaw
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Actually, the Ewoks are one of the little chess piece arguments I use against the prequels. I don’t mind Jar Jar as comedic relief, or even…um…cute? My biggest issue with Jar Jar is he not only proved useless in many ways, he was a detriment to Qui Gon and Obi Wan’s mission. The Ewoks, while obviously meant to be cute, proved to be useful. One parallel I draw often is they were like the American revolutionaries during the War of Independance , they knew the forest moon, and how to utilize their surroundings. That being said, I agree with you… Read more »
Swarmcrow
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i love return of the jedi.. yeah its not as good as the other 2 but for me it still has holds up a alot

i just wish the ewoks hadn’t defeated the empire using force ..that just seems too surreal

Munichvince
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I love it and think its better than the first one and equal to empire strikes back.
Sorry but not Sorry

littlewillie610
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Unless I’m remembering the film incorrectly, the tide of the battle seemed to be turning against the ewoks until Chewbacca and Wicket hijacked the AT-ST.

Munichvince
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Indeed. That is correct

MidnightScreeningsman2014
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MidnightScreeningsman2014
Haven’t even seen any of the movies in the original star wars trilogy(and unfourtunately I’ve only see the George Lucas movies. Yeah make fun of me all you want but I’m 16 so those were the films I was exposed to as a kid). It seems though like you were nitpicking this movie but when I got to the end I definitely understood the reason why you didn’t like it as much as the last two(man that was a bad assumption of mine). Anyways cool review and since you said you have a special star wars review for us next… Read more »
cdrood
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Actually, the idea of a second Death Star with the flaw removed makes total sense. Why let decades of R&D go to waste? The first one was only destroyed with an extremely difficult shot by a Force sensitive pilot and the actions of Vader’s incompetent wingman.

It’s a movie convention that villains don’t simply fix flaws in old plans (e.g. not just shooting James Bond), but it actually makes more sense to do it and retry.

Munichvince
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Well yes but besides that its the decoy in the trap. Without the 2nd death star the rebel fleet wouldnt have atacked… It makes 100% sense

Flaregun
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It’s been a long time since I’ve seen those “Making of” documentaries, but I’m almost certain the Rancor was *not* stop-motion but rather a puppet operated similar to a marionette

Brad1ey Shaw
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I’d have to agree even though I don’t know for sure. Either it’s some of the best stop-motion you’ll ever see or (most likely) it was brought to life by puppeteers because it looks so fluid.

Chris has got me wondering what his surprise review will be. The new ‘Star Wars: Rebels’, the ‘Droids’ or ‘Ewoks’ cartoons or even the movies from the 80’s – – – or perhaps he’ll throw us a curve ball and review the ‘Shadows of the Empire’ novel. So many options.

happymel
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Return of the Jedi is my favorite Star Wars movie. I didn’t think about the Lando thing. I guess I just assumed that Lando rescuing him was the physical apology. The Ewoks were adorable and I still love them. I still have my Ewok plushie. 🙂 I also remember loving Leia’s outfits as a kid. I thought they were fabulous.

Amesang
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Why?

Why was that shaft there?

Why was there a shaft in the Emperor’s throne room just leading to the %&#%’n reactor?!

Look, I know the DSII was under construction, but didn’t any of those independent contractors think it was a safety hazard?

“My Emperor, we must do something about this shaft. It could be dangerous! At least let us put a grating over it or something.”

“Nonsense, it’s not like I’m going to just fall in. I’m perfectly safe within this throne room.”

“I have foreseen it.”

Xeria80
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I’ve lost count at how many “Nerd Battles” I’ve had over the years about this movie, but for me, it was the first Star Wars movie I saw. Luke has always been my favorite and considering I was 3 when this came out, I never minded the Ewoks. Luke is a badass in this movie and that’s why it’s still my favorite. When my husband and I found out about when Force Awakens would be released, we found a babysitter in advance because I was pregnant at the time and now holding our newborn who will probably be as nerdy… Read more »
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