In 1977, Star Wars
changed the world. It took the universe by storm, completely redefining everything everyone knew about movies. But then, in 1980, The Empire Strikes Back
changed Star Wars.
Sequels were not as well regarded back then as they are today. Other than 1974’s The Godfather: Part II,
sequels were typically seen as mere cash grabs that couldn’t possibly match the quality of the original, let alone exceed it. In the same way that George Lucas’ Star Wars
fundamentally changed everything with its release, The Empire Strikes Back
shattered this stigma, proving that there were endless story possibilities for more Star Wars.