Funny I get this scene right after I write my little character analysis on Lando. Here’s Leia and Chewie, totally trusting Lando a little too soon for my liking. However, upon further reflection, I kind of get why they trusted him at this point because it was out of necessity more than anything. They needed to rescue Han and for that, they needed Lando and his knowledge of Cloud City.
At this point in the movie, the Empire has struck back. I remember the first time I saw this and I kept waiting for everything to turn out okay. I mean, of course the movie would end with it all working out somehow. Right? And then it…ENDED. How could they do that? Han is still trapped in carbonite and far away from the Rebels! Thank God I was able to throw in the next movie and not wait 3 years. I really feel horrible for you guys that had to do that.
But, oh, maybe we should talk about Boba Fett? This may be the first time I have gotten any scene that involves Boba during my Scene it on Friday’s. Now I’m one of the few people in this world who does not get the appeal of the Fettster. I think I’ve written about this before (somewhere in the past 2.5 years) but what I’ve learned from other fans is that the appeal comes from the mystery surrounding him. When ESB came out, he was new character thrown into the mix and incredibly badass. Where did he come from? What did Vader mean when he said “No disintegrations”? Who had Fett disintegrated previously?
But now we know a lot about his character – so why is he still so loved? Is it because his character spawned cult-like worshippers and it just gained momentum since 1980? I mean, he had a really lame death in ROTJ, as much as people tried to rectify that in the EU. Since the EU is scratched now, Boba Fett is back to being dead, which gives me a strange sort of smirky happiness. But don’t worry all you Fett diehards, I’m SURE he will get a standalone movie…and sometime soon too. I bet money on that it will be one of the first made. And I actually want to see it because since the EU has been scrapped, it will be a whole new story. Maybe they’ll go into how flying in a jetpack was never a strength of his. 😉
Lastly, I think one of the reasons the OT is so well loved over the Prequels, is the dialogue. It is witty, human, and in moments of tense situations – we get the comic relief from someone like Threepio. This is displayed so perfectly in this scene. In the beginning, we see our hopes crushed as one of our favorite characters is stored securely by a notorious bounty hunter. We fear our Rebels will be too late in the rescue. And then out of nowhere comes Artoo to join in the chase and with Threepio being reunited with his favorite astromech, the humor in Theepio’s statements are much needed. Especially after an awkward dinner, torture, admissions of love, and carbonite freezing…yeah, I would say we need some humor.
[Changes in this scene compared to the movie: Boba does not climb aboard a ladder next to the cargo hold.]
And now for some fun Star Wars quests of my own! Legoland Boston had a Star Wars exhibit this past week. Though not as awesome as I was expecting, I did have a lot of fun. There were a few 501st members on hand, and I’ve never been to Legoland Boston so it was cool to see a whole room with Boston locations and history made out of Legos. I wish they had put the Star Wars displays separate, but instead they combined them into the city. I thought it was interesting, but a little distracting and easy to miss. But they did have cool life-size Star Wars Lego pieces made out of Lego. I’ve never been into Lego’s but I do appreciate the people who work so hard and craft these amazing works of art. Plus, it reminded me of the Lego Movie which was AMAZING (seriously, if you haven’t seen it already, go. Now. I’ve seen it twice and could see it a third time).
Anyway, Star Wars quests are always a success, just because it has to do with Star Wars. So I share my photos with other fans. EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!
EXTERIOR: CLOUD CITY — EAST LANDING PLATFORM — BOBA FETT’S SHIP
The two guards slide Han’s encased body into an opening in the side of the bounty hunter’s ship. Boba Fett climb aboard on a ladder next to the cargo hold.
BOBA FETT: Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold.
And with that, the door slams shut.
INTERIOR/EXTERIOR: CLOUD CITY — BALCONY
Lando, Leia, and Chewie run on a long balcony overlooking the city, when suddenly they spot Artoo who rushes toward them, beeping wildly.
THREEPIO: Artoo! Artoo! Where have you been?
Chewie turns around to see the stubby droid, causing Threepio to be spun out of sight of his friend.
THREEPIO: Turn around, you wooly…! (to Artoo) Hurry, hurry! We’re trying to save Han from the bounty hunter!
Whistling frantically to Threepio, Artoo scoots along with the racing group.
THREEPIO: Well, at least you’re still in one piece! Look what happened to me!