The Empire Strikes LOST Team | April 16, 2009


Fans of the show Lost got an earful of Star Wars references last night, courtesy of the character Hurley, whose trek back in time to 1977 has inspired him to write The Empire Strikes Back for George Lucas. The episode, called “Some Like it Hoth”, included at least two exchanges between characters on the subject of Empire.

Here’s some of the dialog exchanged between Hurley and Miles, who has snatched Hurley’s journal from him:

HURLEY: Give it back!

MILES: “Exterior–Hoth. A little spy robot thingy zips through the atmosphere and crashes into the snowy planet below. That’s when Chewbacca shows up and blasts it away with his crossbow laser. He shakes his fury fist in the sky in triumph. Chewbacca–Raaar.”

HURLEY: It’s “furry.” “Furry fist.” I need to spell-check it.

MILES: What the hell is this?

HURLEY: I’m writing Empire Strikes Back.

MILES: Uh… I’m sorry. What?

HURLEY: It’s 1977, right? So Star Wars just came out. And pretty soon, George Lucas is gonna be looking for a sequel. I’ve seen Empire, like, 200 times, so I figured I’d make life easier and send him the script… with a couple improvements.

MILES: That has gotta be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

HURLEY: Oh, yeah? Well, at least I’m not scared to talk to my own dad.

And later, Empire comes up again, with Hurley describing the film’s father-son relationship to Miles:

MILES: My dad didn’t leave when I was 10. I–I was a baby. I never knew him. And I don’t want to. It’s not happening.

HURLEY: That was Luke’s attitude, too.

MILES: What?

HURLEY: In Empire, Luke found out Vader was his father, but instead of putting away his lightsaber and talking about it, he overreacted and got his hand cut off.

[Gas cap clinks]

HURLEY: I mean, they worked it out eventually, but at what cost? Another Death Star was destroyed, Boba Fett got eaten by the Sarlacc, and we got the Ewoks. It all could’ve been avoided if they’d just, you know, communicated. And let’s face it. The Ewoks sucked, dude.

(Thanks to for the transcript!)

Head on over to ABC’s site to check out the full episode — it’s definitely worth a watch! And don’t miss our Star Wars Rocks interview with series creators JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof where they talk about past Star Wars references in Lost!

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