Empire Strikes Back

It’s like I’ve always said… now I can argue with impunity and evidence when this perennial discussion starts up with my brother.

Return of the Jedi what?!!

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Empire Strikes Back is best SW film: official

By Lester Haines

Published Thursday 28th April 2005 10:33 GMT

The 1980 Star Wars outing The Empire Strikes Back has been voted best of the series in a poll of 40,000 UK film buffs carried out by magazine Empire.

Han Solo secured top hero spot, while – surprise, surprise – Darth Vader was the readers’ fave baddie. R2D2 was crowned top droid and Chewbacca can now prouly declare himself most-favoured alien.

That The Empire Strikes Back topped the poll comes as no surprise to those who like their films with a bit of character development and plot. It beat Star Wars: A New Hope (aka Star Wars to anyone over 40) into second place. Further evidence of the superiority of the original trilogy comes with the news that Return Of The Jedi secured third spot on the podium.

This, however, is as good as it gets. Lamentably, Empire readers then voted Revenge Of The Sith their fourth favourite – even though the bloody film hasn’t been released yet. Quite how this works we have no idea.

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