It only took four words - “I am your father” - to re-align the Star Wars universe. All these years later, we’ve become accustomed to Darth Vader’s identity. It’s no longer a secret. In fact, it formed the basis of the prequels. However, in 1980, this wasn’t something any fan had on his or her radar. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back was already a great movie by the time the scene arrived some 110 minutes into the proceedings. The revelation took the film to another level and virtually assured that no other Star Wars film, past or future, will surpass it as the best the saga has to offer. SW2 is a true classic. It has scope and grandeur. It has heroics and tragedy. It can make us laugh and cry. It can make us get up and cheer. It can shock us to the very core of our beings. The characters are larger than life and the space battles thrilling all these years later. This is space opera at the highest level. Star Wars was the purest kind of fun. SW2 is a richer, more fulfilling experience - not as heady, perhaps, but with deeper roots. It’s said that middle chapters of movie trilogies are often weak links but SW2 defies that rule. This is cinematic greatness.