Nitpicking A New Hope from 1:57:40 to 2:00:15
This is the end, beautiful friend, the end. Yes, it's time for EPILOGUES!!!
Vader's Epilogue: Hey, he survives without even a hint of vertigo.
The Rebel Base Epilogue: One of my favorite bits is how fast C-3PO can clunk towards the X-Wing when he knows his friend's in trouble. Second favorite bit is how freaking HAPPY Luke is that Han came back (maybe we have this romantic triangle all wrong). And of course, while Leia gets to hug Luke first, she's quick to snuggle up to Han when HE shows up.
The Medal Ceremony Epilogue: Well this one's famous for giving medals to Han and Luke, but not Chewbacca, which is why he's so despondent, presumably.
-Leia and Luke share a giggly smile, but when Han smiles at Leia, she all but ignores him. Twice over when he winks at her. Looks like no matter what happens later, Leia was definitely meant to be "Luke's girl".
-Artoo shows up and he's fine, see? Let's all laugh like it's the last 30 seconds of a bad Star Trek episode. Because we're in space! Oh he's so hilarious! (Pff, no BB8.)
-Chewie definitely seems nervous and eager to get a medal in the background when Han gets his. Sad.
There. The original film ends on sadness. And now it returns to its status as That Franchise I Never Talk About (ok, ok, I'll give a capsule review of The Force Awakens on Sunday). My alternate identity as the Curmudgeon had and still has no plans to cover other films in original or prequel trilogies. Episode VII has caused a glut of Star Wars defense and offense articles to be published anyway. And so I lay down my lightsaber and leave you with the proper greeting, which I believe is "Nanu Nanu".
Just in time for you to watch the Star Wars Christmas Special as is, surely, your tradition.