Star Wars Episode V had a rocky start so its revenue was slowed down. It still earned enough to make the third movie which is Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The movie came out in 1983 with a budget of $42. The movie made around $570 million which is a bit sad since it did as much as Episode V and less than Episode IV. Unlike Episode V, there are some major concerns about Episode VI but we’ll get to that later as we’ll take a look at the plot first.
Star Wars Episode VI takes place a year after Episode V. The first part of the movie has Luke and the gang to save Han Solo who is being held in Jabba the Hutt’s palace. They successfully infiltrate the palace and release Han from his Carbonite state but they are all captured and are later sentenced to be fed to the Sarlacc Pit. They do manage to escape from Jabba’s clutches and head back to the Rebel Alliance base. In the meantime Luke heads back to the Dagobah system. Upon his arrival, Yoda is already on his deathbed but he tells Luke that he has already become a Jedi. Yoda dies and Luke confronts the spirit of Obi-Wan who tells him of the truth that Darth Vader is his father Anakin Skywalker. Luke also finds out that he has a sister who he discovers to be Leia later on. In the meantime, the Empire is making the second Death Star.
The Rebels will now make their final assault. Two parties have different missions to take down the Death Star. One team will lead an attack to the Death Star to act as a decoy. The other team consists of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie and other Rebels as they head to the forest moon of Endor to destroy the shield generator that protects the Death Star. Luke surrenders himself to Darth Vader so that the team on Endor won’t be hindered. During the final battle, the two teams head out to set their objectives but not with ease. In the meantime, Luke is being tempted by Emperor Palpatine to join the dark side. He refuses and battles Vader instead. The climax of the movie has the team on Endor taking out the shield which then leads the space team to destroy the second Death Star. During the final moments of the Death Star, Vader has had a change of heart after saving Luke. Vader does die and a little celebration happens on Endor symbolizing the defeat of the Empire but not for long.
We say not for long because Episode VII would be released 33 years later but that’s for another time. In terms of the reception for the movie, it had somewhat mixed reviews. Unlike Episode V where people loved it after the initial hate, Episode VI was somewhat mixed. People say that Episode VI is the worst in the original trilogy. The movie did have some problems and most people hated the Ewoks characters as they were somewhat unnecessary. While Episode VI had its problems, the original trilogy had a solid end to it and of course Star Wars would boom into a franchise until the prequel trilogy came. Our look into Episode VII is through this link.