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Empire Strikes Back Cut Like the Last Jedi Trailer Highlights How Similar the Two Seem

From a certain point of view.

We’ll have to wait the remaining, excruciating two months for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to know whether it feels as much like the Empire Strikes Back of the current trilogy as it seems, but the superficial similarities are enough for some fun for now. Check out this recut footage from ESB made to fit together like the new Last Jedi trailer.

As interesting as it is to see how well this works, it’s also a demonstration of how much more dramatic Last Jedi manages to feel than heavy middle installment of the original trilogy, at least from what we’ve seen so far. On the other hand, what I was really hoping to see while watching this was a show of how easy it is to create misleading connections in trailer footage.

I fully expected it to end with Vader extending his hand to Luke much like Kylo and Rey at the end of the Last Jedi trailer, which I can’t bring myself to believe is anything more than misdirection—even if he really is trying to convince her to join him, much like ol’ grandpa Skywalker in Empire, and like he already tried to do once.

(via /Film, image: Lucasfilm)

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Dan is many things, including a game developer, animator, martial artist, and at least semi-professional pancake chef. He lives in North Carolina with Lisa Brown (his wife) and Liz Lemon (his dog), both of whom are the best, and he will never stop reminding The Last Jedi's detractors that Luke Skywalker's pivotal moment in Return of the Jedi was literally throwing his lightsaber away and refusing to fight.