Empire Strikes Back is probably one of the densest genre movies I have ever seen. Because it embraces its role as sequel fully, the story dives right in and doesn’t need to spend more time on character development. Even when it adds new characters (like Yoda, more on him in a minute) there’s not a ton of backstory, and yet, they seem to fit perfectly well into the world for their own purpose. Besides, Empire seems to know now with gusto that there will be a follow-up, and the layers don’t all have to fit into a single feature. Hit the jump for my take on Empire.