Attack of a different clone: Return of the Plot Devices

In many ways, Return of the Jedi was an unimaginative, unapologetic rehash of the previous films.  Here are a few obvious similarities.


Star Wars vs. Return of the Jedi
 
SW RotJ
  • First act takes place primarily on Tatooine.
  • First act takes place primarily on Tatooine.
  • Leia is captured by Vader in the first act.
  • Leia is captured by Jabba in the first act.
  • Luke enters a cantina full of drunk aliens.
  • Luke enters a palace full of drunk aliens.
  • Heroes infiltrate the Death Star on foot and attack in ships.
  • Heroes infiltrate and attack the Death Star in ships.
  • The plan is to target a critical weakness in the Death Star's defenses: the exhaust port.
  • The plan is to target a critical weakness in the Death Star's defenses: the shield generator.
  • The film ends with a space battle where the heroes' space ships have to fly in the confined space of the Death Star's trenches.
  • The film ends with a space battle where the heroes' space ships have to fly in the confined space of the Death Star's utility tunnels.
  • Vader confronts his old nemesis Obi-wan for the last time.
  • Vader confronts his old nemesis Luke Skywalker for the last time.
  • Third act concludes with a celebration on the forest world of Yavin.
  • Third act concludes with a celebration on the forest world of Endor.

  • Empire Strikes Back vs. Return of the Jedi
     
    ESB RotJ
  • Luke visits Yoda at his home.
  • Luke visits Yoda at his home again.
  • Ben makes an unnecessary appearance.
  • Ben makes another unnecessary appearance.
  • Luke battles Vader.
  • Luke battles Vader again.

  • (None of the above scenes were necessary!  A better story structure would have eliminated all of these!)

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