Eske Esquire wrote:
they really harm the rest of the films through way that they make the Empire look like Scooby Doo villains.
That's what always annoyed me about it. Especially after the prequels and Clone Wars are added into the mix.
Yeah. Like I said, I "get it" in that they're playing up the empires arrogance factor. They were trying to recapture the same concept as in the first movie (episode 4) where the weakness of the Death Star was because the Empire didn't consider small fighters a threat. But what made that work was that Luke had the force on his side, turning a nearly impossible attack (which everyone fails at until Luke comes along) that the Empire didn't worry about into a believable outcome. You could get why the Empire didn't take efforts to prevent that attack because they'd already made it as close to impossible to exploit as possible.
In episode 6 though, the empire was defending that building. They had intentionally put sufficient force there to prevent the rebel assault (which they knew was coming) from succeeding. There's no special reason for the Ewoks to be able to tip the balance except that they wanted to do the whole "They weren't expecting it, so it worked" kind of deal. It's the David vs Goliath kind of thing, except that when David was Luke, it made sense and worked. But when David was a band of little bears with spears and rocks, it didn't so much. I suppose it also blunted the whole victory over evil thing because it wasn't the "heroes" who won. It was dumb luck (and not force related either).
To be fair though, the point of the whole thing was that the real battle was taking place between Luke, Vader, and the Emperor. That was the good triumphing over evil part, so the battle on the planet could be left to that dumb luck I suppose. Again, I got what they were doing, but I also totally see why that resolution was supremely unsatisfying for a whole lot of fans.