Scene Analysis: Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back

In this video essay, Rob Ager examines the iconic fight scene between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, tracking the setup of the scene before demonstrating director Irvin Kershner’s brilliant decision to stage the scene in a simple, minimal manner in order to focus attention on the drama at hand—the major reveal that Darth Vader is Luke’s father.



Harrison Ford

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Saga

Irvin Kershner

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back