Why Episode 6 is the Best Star Wars Film

Charlie Singleton, writer

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May 4 is an annual holiday for Star Wars fans. In honor of this recent event I thought it appropriate to discuss my favorite episode from the original trilogy, and why it surpasses the other two. “Return of the Jedi,” also known as Episode Six, is my personal favorite Star Wars movie, and for good reason. The popular fan base regards this episode as the worst of the original trilogy, and some would even argue it is a bad movie in general, but this movie is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Now favorites are always subjective, and my opinion doesn’t mean others should change theirs, but I will argue that this movie is no where close to being a ‘bad movie.’ “Return of the Jedi” is one of the most eventful Star Wars movies because it didn’t need immense plot development after that of “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” These films readied us for the peak of the trilogy. Instead of drawn out plot and backstory, about three quarters of the movie is devoted to the story’s climax. With multiple plot lines all tying in with each other, the last hour and a half of “Return of the Jedi” is full of suspense. All of the characters that we have seen go through many hardships are now showing off all they’ve learned and all they can do. For example, Luke Skywalker becomes the jedi master that people have been waiting for throughout the whole trilogy, instead of the naive kid that can’t control his powers. New characters, like the emperor, also give the opposing side a more threatening feel than there was in any other of the movies. The final battle between Luke and the dark side is the climax that the whole trilogy built up to and is executed perfectly.

I personally feel that “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” aren’t as diverse character wise and plot wise when compared to “Return of the Jedi.”  The series is called Star Wars and the best way to make a war movie entertaining is to understand all the big players’ history, motives, morality, and allegiances. The first two movies are still introducing all of this information about each of the characters. Of course “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” are also phenomenal movies, but in my heart, I wish people would understand why “Return of the Jedi” is the most brilliantly made Star Wars movie, and that it is definitely not a bad movie.

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