Ths is something I've thought about for a while. Whenever people call TESB "well written", I perplexed. I just don't see it. I'm not trying to invalidate their opinion with this, I'm just looking for an explanation. I can understand when people praise TESB for its cinematography and other things, I just don't get the writing argument. I'd rank TESB high in many aspects, but I'd rank it very low in the writing category. If you look at the film, it seems to me that Lucas and Kasdan were only writing for Luke and Darth Vader and that at the expense of other characters and the story. I agree that their parts in the film were excellent. But apart from that, I don't see good writing and I think the overall story and others characters fell short. Lucas und Kasdan completely missed to develop the Rebels/Empire storyline in any way. They kind of nullified ANH's events, fired off a massive battle at the beginning and then dropped that storyline completely. That did not only devalue ANH's achievements, but it also caused a lot of problems for ROTJ. With ROTJ, they had to start from scratch and remind the viewers that there was actually something at stake. ROTJ gets a lot of critism (it's also my last favourite of the six), but I think a lot of its problems stem from writing shortcomings on TESB. It's similar with Han and Leia (ESB's clifhanger with Han also placed a heavy burden on ROTJ). TESB's Han is by far my least favourite representation of the character. He seems to be written solely for the purpose of "bad-assness", devoid of any character development. I mean, he is more egoistic and disrespectful to others in this film than in the prior film. Leia also got nothing to do. She was bait in ANH and remaind in that position sadly, the only difference that Han joined her. It's feels, at least to me, that 50% of the film was actually well-written while the other 50% were lazily written filler. Think about the "space slug", what was that? Filler within filler, so filler²? Would it have hurt to give Han and Leia more to do than to be on the run all the time? Would it have hurt to show any consequences of "Hoth" for the Rebellion? Probably with any hints leading to their future strategy? I just think that a "well written" film should manage to give all its lead characters a meanigful story and not ignore the overall plot. Lust but not least, I also don't think that TESB's dialogue is better than in the other films. "My hands are dirty. My hands are dirty too". "Scruffy-looking nerf herder". "Laserbrain". "You look absolutely beautiful. You truly belong here with us among the clouds". "You could use a good kiss". There is plenty of ridiculous stuff in it, too, if you ask me. I don't intend this as a bashing thread, so I'd like to avoid that this turns into a contest of "what's worse." I'd rather like to read arguments why you think the film was well-written and why my complaints did not bother you. Of course I'm also interested to see if there are others who are less than impressed with TESB's writing. Your thoughts?