Original Jedi Ending

Return of the Jedi Poster

Hey Geek-people! First thing, Happy New Year! I’m starting to feel a lot better from last night. I think I over did it a little, and I’ve been kind of out of it all day.

Last night Trog (my brother) and I went down to San Diego’s gas lamp district, which is right next to the convention center where Comic Con International is held  (and hopefully will be held there for many years to come) to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We even parked in the garage underneath the convention center, which turned out to be a smart move because most other places were charging $20.00 for parking, and they were only charging $10.00.

Later we returned to the car pleasantly buzzed (or at least I was since Trog was driving, and I had to do the drinking for both of us), and as we were driving out of the parking garage, I couldn’t help being reminded of the scene in Return of the Jedi where Lando races through the interior of the second Death Star to destroy its core. Unfortunately I couldn’t talk my brother into reenacting that scene down there in the convention center parking garage, with our car as the Millennium Falcon. So since last night I’ve been in a mood to watch ROTJ, and I did so as I was laying on the couch this afternoon waiting for the throbbing in my head to settle down, and some of my energy to return.

Out of the original trilogy, Jedi is my least favorite. I just feel like they didn’t put enough time in to the story, and too much of the film felt like they were trying to sell toys (though I’ll admit the toys were pretty cool… a bright spot of my childhood). Still, I do like to pop it in the DVD player, and watch it every now and then. I just wish I had copies of the original version and not the special editions.

The changes to the ending of Jedi on the special edition really bugs me. What was wrong with the “Yub Nub” song? For what it was, it worked. Also the “fall of the Empire” scenes they threw in don’t make a lot of sense (the shots of Bespin and… what ever those other worlds were, where everyone is cheering about the fall of the empire). Would everything really fall apart that quickly? Would all the storm troopers just hang up their helmets and go home? Would none of the other leadership decide to step up and take charge, or was there really no successor after both the loss of The Emperor and Vader? Also I really don’t like the inclusion of Hayden Christensen as Anakin’s ghost. What was the fucking point of that? What was wrong with showing an older Anakin, and if they are going to do that, then why not replace Alec Guinness with Ewan McGregor?

So, after I watched Jedi, I did a quick search on YouTube, and I found the original ending. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen it like this, but I still have to ask, what was wrong with it? Why all the unnecessary changes? If any of you out there has any answers, or you don’t agree with me… or if even if you do… please let me know. Check out the original ending below and enjoy!

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4 Comments

  1. Just a quick note about some of Chudd’s comments here: First, he wasn’t “buzzed”, he was totally shit faced drunk. He’d had so many Irish Car Bombs that he was pissing pure Guinness the next day. And as for treating the parking structure like the Death Star, in his drunken haze, he really thought it was the battle station and made every slurring sound effect and explosion noise that appears in the film as I tried to get his bleary ass home. Great night.

    • I only had two! You stopped me before I could get the third… or at least I think you stopped me before I got the third… i think. Did I have a third? I doesn’t matter! The fact is you’re exaggerating, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t have as many as you say I did.

  2. What’s wrong with the ending? Time for an itemized list:

    1. Fucking Ewoks.

    That is all.

  3. Okay… yeah, I agree with that. I’m not a big fan of the Ewoks either, but if you can swallow the story of a bunch of prehistoric Care Bears taking down a heavily armed and well trained intergalactic military force (which as I write this I’m starting to realize how dumb even the original ending was…), then the original ending is still better than the Special Editions. I guess I’m saying is all the add-ons and new song didn’t make things any better.

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