The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Star Wars • The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

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We continue our look at the despecialized editions of the original Star Wars trilogy. In today’s episode, we’re talking about Irvin Kershner’s 1980 film ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ It’s hard to find issues with the film but there’s still plenty to discuss. Tune in!

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“No, there is another.”

Does The Empire Strikes Back Suffer From Middle-Film-Itis?

There’s a complaint about trilogies that are designed to be one long story that the middle film suffers the most because it neither feels like it has a beginning or an ending. Is that a problem with this film? What about being a sequel? Does it do more than the original did? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our series looking at the original Star Wars trilogy with Irvin Kershner’s 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

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