Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens rebooted the Star Wars franchise, the comparisons to A New Hope, the film that started it all, were immediate. And now it's time for fans to compare The Last Jedi, the second film in this new trilogy, to the follow up to A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back. And while the Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back similarities are a bit less obvious, they're still big enough that any Force-sensitive fan will be able to spot them.
The Last Jedi follows the model of The Empire Strikes Backwhile also differentiating itself from what came before. Unlike The Force Awakens, which was heavily inspired by the pacing and plot developments of A New Hope, The Last Jedi doesn't recreate the plot points of The Empire Strikes Back too closely. What similarities it does share with the second film of the original trilogy, it moves around and alters just enough to create different and new story arcs. Kylo Ren, the villain of the new trilogy, for example, follows an entirely different character development than Darth Vader in The Last Jedi. And beats the films do share, like the attack on a Rebel base and the separation of our main heroes, are moved around and tweaked to create a brand new story. That said, when examining The Last Jedi vs The Empire Strikes Back, there are some crucial similarities that deserve a closer look.