The Empire Strikes Back Hits 40!

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The news that this month marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back would definitely have made me feel very old, if only I hadn’t already felt positively ancient long before this. Can it really be four decades since one of my all-time favourite films first premiered? In my mind I still think of it as being “the new Star Wars film” even after all these years!

Naturally our friends over at Generation Star Wars are celebrating the occasion in their usual understated fashion, bouncing around the place like a bunch of three-year-olds overdosing on industrial quantities of Haribo. Or maybe that’s just down to me feeling old again? Baby Yoda is proving to be a particular troublemaker, I can tell you!

Happily, I was honoured to be asked to contribute to a discussion with long-time friend of Taking The Short View and frequent collaborator John Hood to discuss our memories of the film – possibly the best cinematic sequel of all time? – as well as what we remember of the first time we saw it, and some of the happy days we had with all those 1980s toys and merchandise.

Read the full post on Generation Star Wars here

2 thoughts on “The Empire Strikes Back Hits 40!

    John Hood said:
    May 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you for agreeing to return to Hoth during a, timely, cold snap! I’m off to find a car seat for Baby Yoda’s first midweek shop in TARDIS hot wheels.

      Andrew Lewin responded:
      May 12, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      I certainly hope Baby Yoda takes care of carrying the shopping bags back to the car for you. Compared to dodging a full size X-Wing fighter out of a swamp, it should be child’s play!

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