10 Classic ’80s Sci-fi Moments: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

#1 – “The Empire Strikes Back” – Darth Vader’s reveal – June 20, 1980 is a day that shook the world.  On this day, the much anticipated sequel to “Star Wars” (1977) hit the big screen, and in the film’s third act, Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) reveals that he is Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) father.


Absolutely no one saw this coming, and this seminal moment forever-altered fans perception of the series and its characters, and it became the fulcrum for every “Star Wars” film afterwards, except for stand-alone pictures “Rogue One” (2016) and “Solo” (2018).

Yes, this has to be the #1 sci-fi moment from the 1980s.  Even “Star Trek” fans will begrudgingly admit it, including this one.

Image credits: Walt Disney Studios, Clip credits: Sheldon Chan

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