Sympathy For The Empire?
However, I do not side with The Galactic Empire even though I believe George Lucas favors this faction throughout all six movies.
If you factor in what must occur at the end of Revenge Of The Sith to tie in the original trilogy, Anakin must become Darth Vader, almost all of the Jedi are killed, and The Empire is formed to dominate the galaxy, it's clear that The Dark Side has consistently come out ahead and the inescapable conclusion is that Lucas supports The Empire.
Let's break it down:
Round One - The Phantom Menace
Although the climax of the movie appears to show our heroes prevailing over the evil Trade Federation, the future Galactic Empire takes the true victory by manipulating the event to seat Senator Palpatine, who will later become The Emperor, to the Senate.
Empire 1 - Republic 0
Round Two - Attack of the Clones
Palpatine continues to gain influence over the Senate. The Republic is duped yet again, this time into utilizing an army of cloned soldiers who will eventually dominate the galaxy as the Empire's Stormtroopers. Anakin is seduced by the dark side into killing an entire tribe of Tusken Raiders, but then strangely wins over Padmé after confessing to mass revenge killing. Chicks dig bad boys.
Empire 2 - Republic 0
Round Three - Revenge of the Sith
Anakin gives into The Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader, almost all of the Jedi are killed except for Yoda and Obi-Wan, liberty dies with thunderous applause and the newly formed Galactic Empire begins to ruthlessly take over the galaxy.
Empire 3 - Republic 0
Round Four - A New Hope
Okay, I realize Luke destroyed the Death Star in the climax and the heroes got shiny medals, but The Empire wiped out the entire planet of Alderaan. That's like the equivalent of the Japanese shooting down the Enola Gay after it nuked Hiroshima. It doesn't change the end result. It didn't even seem to effect The Empire that greatly. They even already had another Death Star being constructed.
Empire 4 - Republic 0
Round Five - The Empire Strikes Back
The title says it all. The Rebels are on the run, they get discovered on the planet Hoth and are defeated and forced to retreat. Han Solo gets frozen in Carbonite. Luke gets his ass kicked by Darth Vader.
Empire 5 - Republic 0
Round Six - Return of the Jedi
Yes, the second Death Star is destroyed and Darth Vader redeems himself by killing The Emperor before he also dies, but I don't think that necessarily means The Empire was truly knocked out.
Although, the deaths of Vader and Palpatine appeared to cause The Rebellion to topple The Galactic Empire like a house of cards, I think things were tied up far to quickly.
As recent history has taught us, you have to win the peace after you win the war. There would be a huge power vacuum within The Empire, with various Grand Moffs lining up to seize power. The Empire's infrastructure is still is place, short of a Death Star or two, but apparently, those can be made to be fully operational failry quickly so it couldn't be too long before The Rebels realized the war was far from over.
Because the movie ends before those ramifications were addressed, I'll be charitable and give this round to The Rebellion.
Let's go to the scorecard:
This gives The Empire a resounding 5-1 victory with The Rebels only scoring a TKO.
Which side of the force do you think Lucas is on?