The Empire Strikes Back

Released in 1980, and now known as Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, but back then just The Empire Strikes Back, this was the second film of George Lucas’s seminal trilogy.

It opens with our heroes regrouping on an icy planet in the Hoth system. Truth be told they have been on the receiving end of a bit of a kicking from the Empire in the years since the destruction of the Death Star at the end of 1977’s Star Wars (now known as Episode IV: A New Hope).

Of course, they can’t hang around there forever, so eventually, Luke takes R2-D2 and heads off to the planet Dagobah to train to become a Jedi under the Jedi Master, Yoda.

Meanwhile, Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3P0 are eventually captured by the duplicitous Lando Calrissian and handed over to Darth Vader who promptly has Han encased in carbonite before handing them all over to Jabba the Hut, via Boba Fett, with the intention that this will lure Luke out of hiding to rescue his friends… and so it goes on.

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