Watch Wicket And Princess Leia Reunite 29 Years Later

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Having watched Return of the Jedi like a thousand times, have you ever wondered what that initial meeting between Warwick Davis’ Ewok warrior Wicket and Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia would look like if it went down today? No? Neither have we. But that isn’t going to stop rabid fans from staging a pseudo reenactment of that legendary encounter.

This video, which comes to us from the recent Star Wars Celebration Europe in Germany, is a bit surreal to watch. I’m not sure the context, or how much of a plan there was going in—the whole thing feels kind of like an angry audience forced the two actors into doing the deed. But there was at least enough preparation to get minimal props, like that teddy bear hat, makeshift spear, and something for the Princess to bribe her furry new friend with. You also may ask why Fischer is wearing a Batman hat, especially at a Star Wars convention, but then you remember she’s wearing a helmet in the initial scene, and it startles the Ewok when she takes it off.


’80s Nostalgia Music Video Features Many Sci-Fi Classics

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Nostalgia for the 1980s is a very powerful thing! A new music video from recording artist Jon Marco references darn near everything from the ’80s, with tons of sci-fi classics getting a nod.

Starting off with a Back to the Future-like logo, we see the music video transition from the original film to the sequel’s hoverboards and power-laced Nikes. There are references to E.T., Return of the Jedi, the original Ghostbusters, and Tron.


The 30 Best Things About Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi

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JediPosterThis past Saturday Return of the Jedi celebrated the 30th anniversary of its release. While Jedi is often overshadowed by the first two films of the original trilogy, there’s a lot to love in the formerly final Star Wars film. Sadly, I forgot to get Jedi a birthday present, so it’ll just have to make do with this love letter instead. Here are my 30 favorite things about Return of the Jedi.

James Earl Jones
He’s awesome in all three films, but his appearance opens up Jedi, and he is in fine form. It’s amazing how threatening he can make simple phrases like “Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them,” or “The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.” There are plenty of reasons why they should never remake the Star Wars films, but trying to find a better voice for Darth Vader has to be near the top of the list.

How can you not love ‘em? They’re supposed to be guards, but I’m pretty sure a two-year-old could outrun them and kill Jabba five or six times while they’re having a heart attack in the palace entryway. Somebody get those poor guys a treadmill or something.

Jabba’s Droid Torture Chamber
It makes no sense when you think about it for any length of time at all, but I love the over-the-top cruelty of a droid torture chamber. Couldn’t you just program them with a “CONSTANT SEARING PAIN” subroutine and save on labor costs? Not if you’re Jabba the Hutt, you couldn’t.

“Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?”
I was forced to suffer through the special edition Blu-ray for this article, and I’d forgotten how much more obnoxious Fett’s appearances are after George Lucas’ latter-day tinkerings. It’s a classic case of “less is more”…which is a lesson I wish Lucas had embraced sometime in the early 1990s. Still, I do love Boba Fett’s ignominious departure into the belly of the Sarlacc. And don’t give me that whole “But in the Expanded Universe he…” nonsense. I don’t care what happened to him later. He got knocked into a giant space vagina by a blind man, and that’s not the sort of thing you can live down.


Pictured: one chump.

Jabba the Hutt
Thankfully I scorched out the part of my brain that remembered Jabba’s godawful retroactive CGI appearance in A New Hope, so in my universe he exists only as a big, gorgeous, amazing, slimy slug puppet, just as the Force intended. The laugh, the diet, the tendency to make passes at chained, bikini-clad human women I’m not even sure he has the correct parts to interface with…he’s all class, that Jabba.

Luke Skywalker: Jedi Knight
It’s hard to believe that the starry-eyed farm boy from A New Hope could ever become a confident, capable Jedi knight, but that’s what we get when Luke arrives at Jabba’s palace. He strolls in like he owns the place, Force-choking Gamorreans here, Jedi mind-tricking a Twi’lek there, generally acting like he grew a pair of shy brass balls in the aftermath of Empire. The badassery of his reintroduction, and the entire scheme to rescue Han, proves how far he has come.

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How Brad Bird Would Have Changed Return Of The Jedi

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When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October 2012, the new president of the company, Kathleen Kennedy, promised a new Star Wars movie for 2015. Before the Mouse House hired director J.J. Abrams to helm Star Wars: Episode VII, many sci-fi fans were speculating who should get the job. Along with directors like Guillermo del Toro, Joss Whedon, and Jon Favreau, The Incredibles director Brad Bird was one of the names most often mentioned for the Star Wars position.

In an interview with Esquire, actor Patton Oswalt — the lead in Bird’s Pixar feature Ratatouille — told the men’s magazine how Bird would have changed the beginning of Return of the Jedi if he’d been in charge of it back in the day. While the beginning of the movie is almost perfect, Bird found some room for improvement with the introduction of Luke Skywalker as a new Jedi Knight. Oswalt says:

I was talking with [director] Brad Bird one time, and he said it’s like the beginning of Return of the Jedi. Luke shows up and he’s a badass. He said they should’ve opened it with Luke in the swamp saying to Yoda, “You said ‘Don’t go.’ I said ‘Fuck you, I’m gonna go help my friends.’ I went and got my hand cut off and my friends are in even worse trouble because of what I did. I fucked up everything.” And then Yoda should have gone, “Now you’re a Jedi. Now you’re beyond the fear of failure. Now you’re ready.” That would have made it even cooler.”


Siskel & Ebert Defend Return Of The Jedi On Nightline In 1983

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Today, we all know that the original Star Wars trilogy are considered classics of the genre. But back when they were first released, there were some dissenting voices who argued that these films were devoid of any human emotion. Notable among them was New York film critic John Simon, who felt that the movies were dumbing down children. But coming to the trilogy’s defense were none other than Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, who appeared on ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel with Simon to talk about Return of the Jedi in 1983. Here’s an excerpt from Nightline.


Watch How Return Of The Jedi Should Have Ended

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Now that J.J. Abrams will command the new Star Wars movie, let’s hope he can rectify the franchise’s past sins with Episode VII. Return of the Jedi is a prime example of the Star Wars saga going downhill after hitting such great heights with The Empire Strikes Back. It’s a good movie, but you can see where George Lucas was veering down the road that would eventually lead to Jar-Jar Binks country (we’re looking at you, Ewoks). Watch the latest “How It Should Have Ended” featuring Return of the Jedi below.

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