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With recent TV series such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and more Star Wars franchise spin-offs such as: Ahsoka on the roll, the current creators of the saga occasionally pay tribute to the original trilogy’s penchant for cheap dialogue. With that in mind: Which rules of? Return of the Jedi are the cheesiest, that is, the corniest, the kitschiest, the cliche and the cutest?.

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A melodramatic space opera blessed with lovable characters and advanced (for its time) special effects, the masterful Return of the Jedi matched the Saturday afternoon stance and matinee-chutzpah of its predecessors with a dash of self-referential payouts thrown in. For all its drama, colorful characters and sweeping space battles, audiences also loved the original trilogy for its warm heart and moments of playful, potentially moaning humor that beautifully reflected the characters’ personalities.


Standard Imperial Officer Insult

“You rebellious scum.” — Imperial officer.

Imperial Officers Piet and Gherant oversee Death Star II in Star Wars Return of the Jedi

Already an established line often uttered by an inconspicuous Imperial officer when capturing one of the heroes, “You rebellious scum” will go down in movie history as one of the most cheap, lame insults in the books.

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The fun of “You rebel scum” and its repetition in the original Star Wars trilogy is the dull filth of it, poisonous but to little effect by unimaginative Imperial officers. The public knows that these foot soldiers of the Empire stand no chance against Han, Luke and Leia, so their petty insults bounce off harmlessly like mice squeaking at lions.

C-3PO speaks big

“If I told you half the things I know about Jabba the Hutt, you’d probably be shorted out.” — C-3PO

Jabba the Hutt, Leia, C-3PO and Bib Fortuna in Return of the Jedi

Stranded in the Tatooine Desert at the start of Return of the JediC-3PO tells R2-D2, “If I told you half the things I know about Jabba the Hutt, you’d probably be shorted out.”

Although C-3PO has something of a cowardly heart in his golden metal body, he likes to talk, but gets cold feet when he has to walk the walk. Yes, the protocol droid always comes through for his friends in the end, but the little R2-D2 is the braver of the pair.

Jabba The Hutt loves scum

“This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: fearless and inventive.” – Jabba the Hutt.

Jabba the Hutt in his palace.

When Leia, disguised as a Boushh, drags the handcuffed Chewbacca into Jabba’s palace and demands a higher bounty, the request is supported by a thermal detonator, Jabba laughs and says, “This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: fearless and inventive. “

It’s humorous that Jabba the Hutt, leader of one of the most powerful crime syndicates in… Star Wars, would view his followers (and thus himself, by extension) as literal “scum.” Yet its self-effacing labeling is very much in the tradition of older Hollywood gangster films.

Leia plays the Lovey-Dovey

“Someone who loves you.” — Princess Leia (as Boushh).

Princess Leia disguised as Boushh in Star Wars Return of the Jedi

When Leia frees Han from his carbonite block, the temporarily blind Han asks, “Who are you?” Leia responds with the cheesy line “Someone who loves you.” The honesty on the nose of the dialogue riffs on the established pun between Han and Leia regarding the word ‘love’.

In a moment typical of melodramas, Leia takes time to get romantic when she saves Han Solo from one of his worst Star Wars pickles ever, where silence and speed would be the highest priority. It doesn’t matter anyway, because the wily Jabbas have already set the trap for them, so bring on the cheesy.

Han Wisecracks in Jabba’s Dungeon

“A Jedi Knight? I’m out for a while, and everyone gets delusions of grandeur.” – Han Solo.

Han says 'You're going to die here' in Return of the Jedi

When the still hazy Han finds himself locked in a cell with Chewbacca, he asks his furry friend about Luke, and the Wookie replies, informing him that Luke is now a Jedi.

“A Jedi Knight?” Han reacts surprised. “I’m out for a while, and everyone gets delusions of grandeur.” This line got some of the biggest laughs in theater, and for good reason. As if Han Solo would have stopped anyone from doing anything. It’s this kind of upbeat humor that makes Han one of the most common characters in the… Star Wars live action universe.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire

Han Solo: “How are we doing?” Luke Skywalker: “Same as always.” Han Solo: “So bad, huh?”

Luke and Han in Return of the Jedi

Convicted inmates Han, Chewbacca and Luke drive to the Great Pit Of Carkoon aboard one of Jabba the Hutt’s landspeeders. With his eyesight still affected by carbonite poisoning, Han asks Luke to inform him of their current situation, to which Luke responds, “Same as always.” With an annoyed grimace, Han replies, “So bad, isn’t it?”

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Han’s sentence is what writers of TV comedy sitcoms like to call a “free joke,” where the humor is derived not from the line itself, but rather from the audience’s familiarity with the character. A good example is Kramer’s entrances on Seinfeld, where the writers knew the humor would pay off with an audience already attuned to his character and situation. Han’s line is much cheesy, but its effectiveness is based on the constant danger of the heroes in the trilogy.

Han and Chewbacca never met a plan they couldn’t screw up

“Great, Chewie, always thinking with your stomach.” – Han Solo.

Chewbacca holding a crossbow in Star Wars 6

On the planet Endor, Chewbacca discovers a dead animal impaled on a stick. Luke realizes it could be bait for a trap, but Chewie grabs the meat before he can stop it. The whole group is dragged into a net. “Great, Chewie,” Han moans. “Always think with your stomach.”

What’s nice about cheap rules is that they usually deliver when normal people would react differently to the same situation. Soldiers in a war zone entangled in a net would immediately tackle the problem, fight panic and try to keep the silence. Han and his party try to save themselves, but the chatter reassures the audience that there is no real danger.

Leia turns the tables

Han Solo: “I love you.” Princess Leia: “I know.”

Han and Leia hand in hand in Return of the Jedi.

When Han tells Leia, “I love you,” she replies with, “I know,” a feedback to the reverse situation where she dramatically told Han she loved him just before he was turned into a carbonite popsicle in The Empire Strikes Back.

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With a movie series so popular that George Lucas could write knowing that audiences had already seen the previous installments, he could pay off jokes multiple times over. Again, the strength of the rules comes from how well they fit the characters they speak, and the feisty Leia returning this confident response to Han makes the whole cheap enchilada work again and brilliantly.

Han asks for the impossible

“Fly casually.” – Han Solo.

Harrison Ford as Hans Solo in Return of the Jedi

Han, Chewbacca, Luke and Leia attempt to sneak a hijacked Imperial shuttle past the Empire’s sentries guarding the deflector shield based on Endor’s forest moon, a location hard Star Wars fans love. Han becomes wary of a command ship and tells Chewbacca, “Keep your distance, Chewie, but don’t look like you’re trying to keep your distance.” When Chewbacca complains about the ambiguous command, Han moans, “I don’t know. Fly casually.”

The usually smooth Han has a hard time articulate what he wants, but the funny thing about the line is that he really thinks it should be possible. However, poor Chewbacca is expected to figure out how to do it, and that is an impossible mission. The Last Jedi excels at breaking tense moments with silly little character beats like this one, and it’s all part of the Star Wars magic.

Han delivers a big cliché for the win

“I have a really bad feeling about this.” – Han Solo.

After being captured by the Ewoks and brought back to their encampment, Han realizes he’s being put on a barbecue spit and says, “I have a really bad feeling about this.”

By adding a line that is already a huge movie cliché, Lucas (who has already used the line in the previous movies) proves how confident he is in the quality of Star Wars cheesy. The audience is ready to chuckle at Han Solo’s old chestnuts instead of moaning at the joke. That said, it’s quite an achievement to pull off a cliche that this is exaggerated.

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