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

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

The Gold Bikini
That thing about how a picture is worth a thousand words? I think they may have underestimated.

The outfit that launched a thousand puberties.

Sad Rancor Keeper
Sure, it was trying to eat Luke, but it was just a Rancor being a Rancor! Seriously, when that chubby dude tears up, it’s worse than the end of Old Yeller.

R2’s Lightsaber Toss
The humans may get most of the attention during the fight above the Sarlacc pit, but it wouldn’t have been possible without a single magnificent toss from our spunky resident astromech droid. Plus, you know he held onto the tips he got while impersonating a bartender on Jabba’s sail barge.

Old Yoda
He doesn’t get as much screen time in Jedi as he does in Empire, but it’s still amazing how much life they poured into that puppet. Revisiting these scenes made the CGI Yoda from the prequels look that much more glossy and soulless in comparison. When 900 years old you reach, look as good as Yoda you will not.

Obi Wan Is a Dick
The prequels did a fine job of ruining much of the mystique and grandeur of the Jedi order, but let’s not forget that Obi-Wan was acting the dick long before our eyes bled at the sight of Jar-Jar Binks. When Luke confronts Ben about not only forgetting to mention that whole “Darth Vader is your dad” thing, but outright lying about Anakin Skywalker’s fate, Ben is totally unapologetic. That “from a certain point of view’ line is B.S. and you know it, Kenobi. At the very least you could have done a brother a solid and told Luke, “Hey, don’t make out with Leia. Just trust me.”

Such a dick.

Han Giving Lando the Millennium Falcon Keys
There are a lot of “bad feelings about this” in the Star Wars universe, but the queasy look on Han’s face as he hands his beloved Millennium Falcon over to Lando suggests this one may be the very worst. It’s a feeling anybody who ever handed a friend the keys to a beloved car can sympathize with.

C-3PO in the Jungle
You have to admire the sheer audacity of donning camouflage for a sneak attack on the shield generator…and then bringing along a shiny gold droid.

Han Solo: Comic Relief
Han loses a bit of his rugged badassery in Jedi, because hey, being frozen in carbonite takes a lot out of a guy. Still, even though he spends a lot of time as comic relief here, at least he sells those moments. From “I don’t know, fly casual” to “Hey…it’s me!” Han is the most consistently funny part of Jedi. And it’s not all just down to dialogue, either. Harrison Ford’s smug, almost apologetic shrug after Han’s ruse lures the remaining Imperials out of the shield bunker and into a trap perfectly encapsulates the Han we know and love.

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