A new hope isn't tedious. But there is some magic with ESB. Jo matter how many times I watch it, I never get bored. Also, when I was a kid, it was the first time Vader scared me.
Also, on the gold bikini discussion, some people may not find leia 'hot' and that's fine. Nor do I at this time, nor do I like actresses like Megan Fox, etc. But the point is, the audience of star wars consists of a lot of kids who have never really looked at any woman in this way. But the first time they see Leia half naked, it really launches them into this whole new world and since it started with Leia, it might hold a special place for them. I don't think Lucas was catering to a perverted audience or something as Star Wars isn't about that.
But, Carrie Fisher insisted on sexualizing the character. If you see the promotions, almost every poster consists of Leia in the bikini. I guess they really wanted to emphasize this. Even in the new blu ray trailer, there is only one shot of leia and that is of her in the bikini. See for yourself, almost every poster for Rotj has leia in the bikini.
Also, this in no way disgraces the character.
The scene where she chokes Jabba is one of the most bad-ass movies in the entire saga. The first time we see her, she is submissive. She's chained to Han's enemy, naked, lying down and rubbing her thigh. Looking at this, leia is in a very humiliating position.
But the moment she gets the chance, she chokes the he'll outta him. The moments she jumps down after killing Jabba, it simply says -"I may be half naked,chained to a slug, but you mess with me, I will damn well kill you".
Not to mention she uses the turret and destroys Jabba's barge, half naked!!
This simply makes her the most bad ass female character in sic-Fi, even more than Ripley in Alien!!
The next time Leia says 'you're gonna regret this', you better heed that warning! ;)
Btw, sorry for the load of pics, but I needed them to emphasize my point.