This scene in ESB is often overlooked. It’s a scene that seems like it could have been left on the cutting floor EXCEPT for the fact that we see Luke use the Force in a way we’ve never seen before. As someone who has grown up with the OT, I’ve gotten used to this scene but I believe it shouldn’t be overlooked.
Before now, we have not really seen what the Force can do. We’ve seen Obi-Wan mind trick some Stormtroopers, fight Darth Vader with a lightsaber, and speak inside Luke’s head. Luke blows up the Death Star but it’s still a little hazy on whether or not that was the Force. As an audience member, we are to believe that he blew up the Death Star with two perfectly timed proton torpedoes using some supernatural element but still…ehh…maybe it was luck?
Then we see Luke pull his lightsaber to him like a magnet. This is a huge jump from what happened in ANH, even more so because Luke is actually physically doing it and there can be no doubt. Also, he does this while hanging upside down for goodness knows how long.
After this scene where it is determined that yes, Luke does have the Force, and yes, he’s getting stronger in using the Force – we see him speak to Ben on Hoth through a Force vision and then he heads to Dagobah where he trains in using the Force with Yoda.
This scene serves as a moving piece on the Saga game board. Though small, it helps cement the audience’s belief in the Force.
Happy St. Patricks’ Day everyone! Hope you find your pot o’ gold. 🙂
I leave you with this picture of my husband and I at the Guinness Brewery in October: