VIDEO: Luke & Leia Infatuated With Each Other & Vader Shares Scene With Wampa!

Deleted Scenes From “The Empire Strikes Back” Reveal More Depth To Classic Scenes!

This video comes courtesy Marcelo Zuniga’s YouTube channel which features a lot of Star Wars clips but originates from the Star Wars Episode V Blu-ray.

Here are my thoughts on some of the scenes….

Han and Leia – Extended Echo Base Argument

From my perspective, most deleted scenes from movies are cool but I’m usually in agreement with their deletion from the final cut. Here’s what’s unique about this one; I  kind of like it better than the released version. The writing is just so spot on, their feelings are revealed a bit more than in the theatrical cut and Han gives Leia some real zingers…

You’re so busy being a princess, you haven’t learned how to be a woman.

Wow. It really shows that Han is in love with Leia but is unable to say words that are difficult for him to say and he’s frustrated she’s the same way. Essentially he’s a boy in a playground throwing rocks at the girl he likes.

Deleted Wampa Scenes

The deleted Wampa scenes are undoubtedly interesting but I’m happy they were removed. It would have slowed the movie down and, based on the raw, non-edited footage, the costume work looks a bit cheesy. Not counting the pre-Special Edition Wampa scene, what ended up in the original theatrical release was pitch perfect; quick little glimpses of the monster attacking and later stalking Luke inside its cave was all we needed to set up a wounded Luke having his vision of Obi-Wan which, in turn, drove him to seek out Yoda. Perfection.

The cool tidbits here, for me, are seeing R2-D2 and Darth Vader each sharing a scene with a Wampa and a group of Rebels finding what I’m assuming to be dead tauntauns.

Luke’s Recovery

It’s not audible here but in the original shooting script, Luke is saying…

Watch out… snow creatures… dangerous… Yoda… go to Yoda… only hope…

This is the line Han and C-3PO are responding to in this scene. I enjoy seeing Luke’s friends, including the droids, fretting about his well-being but the pacing ended being better in the final cut.

Luke and Leia – Medical Center

Remember the exchange between Han and Luke in A New Hope after escaping the Death Star?

Luke
So…. what do you think of her, Han?

Han
I’m trying not to kid!

Luke
Good…

Han
Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? Do you think a princess and a guy like me…

Luke
No!

I see this see scene and the earlier deleted Han and Leia – Echo Base Argument scene as being direct pay-offs to the that scene in Episode IV. I was never a fan of the plot development in The Return of the Jedi that Luke and Leia are siblings and, even as a child, I quite enjoyed the love triangle nature of Han, Luke and Leia. Plus, it excludes the creepy factor of realizing later that Leia had passionately kissed her own brother to make Han jealous. It’s so fascinating, and somewhat satisfying for some reason, to see Luke and Leia, in this scene, as being completely infatuated with each other.

Even though I think Han is definitely the man for Leia, I like the idea of the princess having a crush on the young Jedi. It’s interesting to think of the possibilities of Luke and Leia not being siblings and Luke having to let go of her so she can be with Han and he can become a Jedi. That would have tied in with Anakin’s inability to let go of Amidala and Luke ultimately becoming the opposite of his father… The ultimate sacrifice!!!

No doubt some of you have seen these scenes but I never have and am hoping that those of you who haven’t enjoy them.