Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, shares his memories of watching STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and being upset about having to wait years until his unresolved questions could finally be answered.

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Because this year is the 40th anniversary of STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (SW:TESB), I thought I would tell you about my memory of seeing it the first time back then.

I remember I was so exited to see this film went to the Cina Capre in Phoenix to see it . Back then, you couldn’t buy tickets in advance. So I went the night before to spend the night on the street to see it and, believe it or not, even though I spent the night waiting in line, I still did not get in until the second showing.

When I saw the film, I loved it a lot – until we came to the end.

People who watched these films for the first time on home video would not understand. The way the film ended – with Lando and Chewie off to rescue Han – at the time, you felt like it would be the big “rescue scene” but instead it’s the closing credits.

I remember being mad. I would have to wait three years to find out. Anyone seeing the film today can just pop in STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI (SW:ROTJ) to find out we couldn’t back then. Also, Vader saying “I am your father” was presented ambiguously. For all we knew, it was all a lie. That we had to wait and see how all this turned out made me mad.

Also who was “the other” that Yoda spoke of?

I did end up seeing SW:TESB several times to see if I could find answers within the film – but, alas, no answers to be found. People today are used to cliffhangers in movies but back then we weren’t.

It was only after seeing SW:ROTJ and getting the answers to my questions that I could go back and watch this film and recognize the genius of it. Now, SW:TESB is my favorite STAR WARS film.

Tell us about your first time seeing Empire and how did you feel about how it ended and were you thinking the next scene would be rescuing Han instead of closing credits and who did you at the time think The other was. I thought it would be someone we never saw also did you think back then Vader was Lying About being Luke’s Daddy that was what I thought

– Calvin B.

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