Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back (1980) film analysis! Why do Star Wars diehards consider The Empire Strikes Back to be the best Star Wars film, and what production secrets give Empire layers upon layers of hidden meaning? In this special #Wookieeleaks Star Wars rewatch series, Erik Voss turns to the darker second installment, in which Darth Vader reveals himself as Luke's father, Yoda reveals himself as more than an annoying jerk, and Boba Fett still comes off as a badass. How did director Irvin Kershner change the character dynamics among Han Solo, Leia, and Luke Skywalker to give the Star Wars franchise the emotional gravity to last decades? What subtle camerawork elevates the terror of Darth Vader? What is the real-world philosophical origin of Yoda's wisdom? And how does the Wampa of Hoth foreshadow the entire plot of the film?