I happened to catch RotJ on TV this evening, and I pretty much spent the whole 2nd half wondering how the frak the Empire managed to lose at Endor. Its like the Imps totally phoned it in. Dirt side an entire legion of their best troops lost to a bunch of bronze age carebears. And sorry Imps you don't get the Magellan excuse cus Ewoks sure as hell didn't have Eskrima. They had one objective on that whole stupid moon which was protect the frakking door, and what was the first thing they did when the Ewoks show up? Abandon the frakking door! All they had to do is form square around the bloody entrance and let the AT-STs lay down suppressive fire. That would have been it, done, finito. **** they could have had thier FAC detail a couple TIE Bombers to come on down and carpet thermal detonate the surrounding area if they where feeling particularly thorough.
Then the space battle, which still holds up as a technical marvel, over a dozen ISDs lead by a SSD should have shalacked a couple MC-80s, a Neb-B, a misc. collection of corvettes and few Gallofree transports. Should have been like an 8th dan Okinawan karate master against some random drunk overweight slob pulled off the street.
Finally the whole throne room thing.
"Pick up your sabre and strike me down with it. Start your descent to the dark side my young apprentice."
"Nah I wont do it"
Whaddya mean you won't do it? You spent the rest of the three movies murderin' tons of dudes. How many bastards got blown up on the Death Star? Hell you killed dozens of Stormtroopers and Jabba cronies up close and personal up to this point, yet cutting down the supreme overlord of evil is morally ambiguous? Can't summon the fortitude to hew the geezer in two without getting all pissed first? What the hell where you going to do if daddy wasn't their? Hope the wrinkly old bastard tripped on his robe and fell down the elevator shaft?
I don't understand it either, I mean I've watched this film plenty of times in the past without this much frustration. My only guess is that the prequels poisoned my mind or something. I suppose I should be happy ANH and ESB still rock it hard.