Archive for May 27, 2016

Walker Down

Posted in FILM with tags , on May 27, 2016 by dcairns

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So, EMPIRE STRIKES BACK — the Imperial Walker. A very cool bit of hardware. And it’s always enjoyable to see stop motion. I guess they could have made them clockwork mechanisms and filmed them in live action slomo, but this was cooler.

But the thing is, logically — they’re invulnerably armoured, with huge firepower. They’re only vulnerability is that you can tangle their legs up and make them fall over and explode.

So why do they have legs? If they had wheels, they would be invincible!

Lesson: never let logic get in the way of a cool effect. “That’s a small price to pay for beauty,” as Butch Cassidy says.