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BSFME Contestant #3: The Empire Strikes Back

We're celebrating "Best Science Fiction Movie Ever" (BSFME) Week this week, and our first two contestants were The Fifth Element and Back to the Future IIToday, S. Miller makes a case for his favorite--The Empire Strikes Back.


The Empire Strikes Back[DISCLAIMER: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS]
The Empire Strikes Back (ESB) is easily the best sci-fi movie ever made. The movie has no weak points. The writing, action, special effects and story are all excellent. Perhaps the most difficult thing for a sci-fi movie to achieve is for all the characters to be believable. The actors are forced to dress up in ridiculous costumes and try to say made-up words as seriously as they can. (I suppose that a person could argue that this is no more difficult than actors following the writing or plot in most “romantic” comedies, but I’ll not get into that).

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The Witchiest Witcher Around

The WitcherThe video game The Witcher, released in 2007, is based on a short story and subsequent series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. This is fortunate for two reasons. First, the lore is well-developed and doesn’t have consistency problems, and second, the game had a following before it was released, giving it a leg up on the vast majority of other videogame RPG’s. Unfortunately, these benefits are not unmitigated. I suspect that the story is faithful to the story(I can’t say for sure without reading the books) but I got the impression that they tried to fit the entire series into the game, since it felt fairly tedious after the second chapter (there are 5 chapters plus an “epilogue” in the game).

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