Following a post on the Original Trilogy forum about ANH's 3-act plot here, I thought it might be fun (for some), to look at the basic plot structures of all 6 films, and the differences between them. I'm sure there are people here who know this stuff better than I do, and those individuals are invited to correct and/or educate me. Ep.1: TPM. This movie has an easily identifiable 3-act plot of the "overcoming the monster" variety. Act 1: Evil guys invade a planet, in response to which Act 2: a gang of heroes forms, who Act 3: defeat the invaders. I take it that act breaks occur when Padmé leaves Naboo, and when she decides to return to Naboo, respectively—the decision to return to Naboo representing the main character development. Ep.2: AOTC AOTC also has a 3-act structure based on the traditional mystery; the movie is very much structured like classic Bond movies. What I'm less sure about is where the break between Acts 1 and 2 is. You'll probably agree that Act 3 starts with Obi-Wan's arrival and arrest on Geonosis. I'm guessing act 2 starts with Obi-Wan leaving for Kamino, and Anakin and Padme leaving for Naboo. Anything else? Ep.3: ROTS ROTS's plot has a very clear classical 5-point dramatic structure: Exposition: Introduction of characters and character relations: Space battle, Anakin comes home to his wife. Inciting incident: Anakin has vision of Padmé's death. Rising action: War continues, Anakin hears Yoda and Palpatine on losing someone you love and their solutions to this. Anagnorisis: Anakin learns Palpatine is a Sith Lord. Climax: Anakin stop Mace from assassinating Palpatine, pledges himself to the Sith. Falling action: Anakin does evil stuff, helps Palpatine establish Empire and kill Jedi. Resolution: Anakin is defeated by Obi-Wan. Padmé dies of broken heart, thus rendering Anakin's vision a self-fulfilling prophecy. Dénouement (catastrophe): Anakin becomes sad cyborg; Yoda and Obi-Wan go in hiding, and hide Anakin's children. Ep.4: ANH Like TPM, ANH has an easily identifiable 3-act plot of the "overcoming the monster" variety. Act 1: Death Star and Luke are introduced. Act 2: Luke rescues princess. Act 3: Luke slays Death Star. Act 2 starts when Luke decides to become a Jedi and go on his adventure; Act 3 starts when Tarkin says "I'm taking an awful risk, Lord Vader. This had better work." Ep.5: ESB ESB seems to have a less conventional plot structure than the earlier episodes. For as far as I can see it's part chase movie (Good guys chase bad guys; good guys escape; then, good guys chase bad guys; good guys escape; then, good guys chase bad guys; good guys escape, etc.) and part of it is another 5-point structure, though less traditional than ROTS: Exposition: Introduction of characters and character relations. Inciting incident: Obi-Wan's ghost tells Luke to go to Dagobah to learn from Yoda. Rising action: Empire chases Han et al. (see chase stuff above); Luke goes to Dagobah, meets Yoda. Anagnorisis: Luke has vision of friends in pain. Climax: Luke decides to go to Dagobah. Falling action: Luke goes to Dagobah, confronts Vader. Resolution: Vader tells Luke of his true parentage. Dénouement: Rebels escape, Luke heals, prepares to find Han. The reason why I'm calling this less traditional than ROTS is that inciting incident, climax, and resolution are not as closely connected to each other. Ep.6: ROTJ One way to divide it all up into a 3-act structure is: Act 1: Tatooine, Dagobah. Act 2: Endor, up until Ewok village. Act 3: Action engages on three levels: space, Death Star, Endor. I'm not sure that works entirely as Act 1 has barely anything to do with Act 3, except for establishing that Luke's powers have grown and that he has matured, and is almost a Jedi knight. IMO there's just too much going on to construct a simple breakdown. I suppose that's part of the idea; it feels like you're watching a bunch of episodes from a Saturday morning serial put together. So, definitely the most pulpy of the lot. Any other ideas? Is there a 5-point structure buried in there somewhere?