The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Directed by Irvin Kershner

Stars: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

"No, TRY not...Do, or do not...there is no TRY."

My favorite episode of the Star Wars series! Though the Death Star has been destroyed, the troubles are far from over for our merry band of rebels. They've set up camp on the ice planet Hoth, which appears to be where the Yeti has made himself a home (no wonder we can't find it here.) Princess Leia is taking care of business as usual while combating her growing feelings for the lovable rogue, Han Solo. Han still has Jabba to worry about. And Luke needs to get on with his Jedi training if he wants to reach the full extent of his powers.

Episode V is where we meet smoothie king Lando Calrissian. I kept expecting him to bust out a 40 of Colt 45, but it never happened. More importantly, the character of Master Yoda is introduced. Though we don't get to see him in action (that comes later...er, earlier...whatever) he is a powerful presence and you don't doubt for a minute that he's a major ass-kicking machine if necessary. Pretty much at this point in the story, as you watch Yoda trying to teach Luke the Jedi way, you realize that Luke is a hot-headed, whiny bitch. Damn Luke, shut up for a minute! If you're not going to listen to the master, at least let me learn a few things!

By the end we have a Hansickle being delivered to Jabba the Hut via Boba Fett Overnight, and Luke reeling from the realization that evil Lord Vader is his daddy. The adrenaline's still pumping when the credits roll, leaving the viewer ready for the next exciting installment.