"Truth is one; the sages just speak of it in different ways."
"The whole point of this movie is to bridge Episode II and IV. Everyone knows what has to happen; the fun is to see how it’s going to happen."And the answer turned out to be: In the most mechanical way possible.:-)
Mechanical yes - but effective. I think Lucas gave what his audience expected - all tied up in a neat little bundle. But in retrospect - aside from the big shocker - that Vader was Luke's father, which we all learned way back when - have there have any huge surprises in the the Star Wars films? That's not Lucas's MO. His dialogue is crisp and forthright; he doesn't allude, at least in terms of his storyline. His strength is in his technical abilities and his ability to translate imagination into something visual. Having said that - did anybody notice a difference between The Empire Strkes Back (not directed by Lucas, but written by him) and the other Lucas directed episodes? (I have seen all of them, but my long term memory is pretty much shot at this point... )