Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Four: Exposition is Exciting (From a Certain Point of View)

00:45:01 – 01:00:00 We are now past the 45-minute mark of the Jedi Edition of 15-Minute Force. As we rejoin our hero, Luke Skywalker, we are still on Dagobah. Luke’s Jedi mentor Yoda is now dead, and as this chapter begins, his body fades away to nothingness. There’s nothing keeping Luke in the swamp any […]

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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Three: The Rescue of Han Solo

  00:30:01 – 00:45:00 It’s common knowledge here in the bullpen of 15-Minute Force that this is my least favorite movie in the original “trilogy.” I have my reasons, and I intend to share them with you as we continue this project. But . . . none of these reasons have anything to do with […]

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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Two: Slave Leia Makes Her Debut (Or: I Know Why the Rancor Keeper Cries)

00:15:01 – 00:30:00 We here at the 15-Minute Force studios take this all seriously. As we left our stalwart Star Wars heroes, we were in Jabba’s palace. Artoo and Threepio just delivered themselves as gifts from the self-proclaimed Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker, who is the offspring of Darth Vader, even though he doesn’t say that. […]

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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter One: Getting the Band Back Together (Or: Jedi Plans Are Always Complicated)

00:00:00 – 00:15:00 Lots of things were happening when Return of the Jedi premiered in the theaters on May 25, 1983. Ronald Reagan was still our president in the US, and would not be elevated to god-status until years later. That song from Flashdance was being hummed in America, while Spandau Ballet was belting out […]

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Eight: Daddy Issues (Or: Maybe The Falcon Really Is A Piece of Junk)

  01:45:01 – THE END This is it. We’ve arrived at the final chapter of the Empire Edition of the 15-Minute Force. I find myself dreading the end of my favorite of the Star Wars movies, but this is only because I don’t have a lot of good associations with Return of the Jedi. But, […]

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Seven: Lando Double-Crosses Everybody (Or: We Should All Have a Lobot)

  01:30:01 – 01:45:01 Wow. We’re already on Chapter Seven of the Empire Edition of the 15-Minute Force. Time flies when you’re having fun. It is likely that this is our penultimate chapter of this edition. According to the counter on my DVD player, this movie clocks in at 2 hours, 7 minutes and change. […]

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Six: Floating Away With The Rest of The Garbage (Or: Two Hamlet References Too Many)

  01:15:01 – 01:30:00 So, we’ve already arrived at the sixth installment of the Empire Edition of the 15-Minute Force, in which we are talking about the movie Star Wars fans commonly refer to as just Empire fifteen minutes at a time. When I’ve been asked to rank the movies in the past, or when […]

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Five: In Which Yoda Fully Explains Everything About the Force (Or: Luke Cosplays With Himself)

  01:00:01 – 01:15:00 As we left Chapter Four of the Empire Edition of the 15-Minute Force, Jedi Master Yoda was trying to feed us a stew that we didn’t find palatable and was telling us that we would soon be afraid. Also, we were trying to clean flying sucker-face birds called Mynocks off of […]

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Four: Swamp Planets and Asteroid Caverns (Or: Unexpected Master Jedi Knights and Sucker-Faced Mynocks)

00:45:01 – 01:00:00 As we begin this chapter of the Empire Edition of the 15-Minute Force, I’m inclined to believe that we’ve crossed over into Act 2. Or, more precisely, we’re about to. The Battle of Hoth is over, the rebels were successful in making their escape, and our heroes are transitioning to new settings. […]

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