VIDEO: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Han! Leia! Anakin! Padmé! Shipping and love stories and romance, oh my!

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  • Gearóid

    Very funny at the end, “red alert”, and true.

  • Zee Panda

    I remain convinced that Lucas never had a plan to make Leia and Han a couple until he saw the amazing chemistry between Fisher and Ford. They feel very real and natural – even after about a zillion viewings of Empire, I still care very deeply about their romance even though it stopped being new and fresh for me so many, many, many years ago. Their story is still compelling.
    It’s not just the great chemistry between the actors, though, or the excellent direction, or the somewhat better script. (I say “somewhat” because not all of their lines are all that great – which is okay; I’ve always found it easier to believe a love story that has a bit of real world awkward.) I think a big part of what makes Han and Leia such a good storyline is that it’s a lot easier to care about them as a couple because we care about them as individuals. They’re both awesome characters who become more interesting as the story goes along and they both would remain so if the romance arc had never existed. The way they’re portrayed, you’d still be able to buy Han putting himself at risk to look out of Leia’s safety. You would actually believe that Leia wanted to stay with the rebel forces because he was a valuable asset to their side. Neither of them exist primarily to give the other something to do. Padme has so much potential as a kick ass character but she was created mostly to give Anakin yet another reason to mope. Like I said before, I just can’t believe that she really loves Anakin. I don’t believe Anakin really loves her either; she’s just an object to him.
    I never doubted that Leia loved Han or that Han loved Leia.
    I think they work well together in their action scenes, too. If the romance wasn’t written in, they’d still make great buddies.