Ok, I’ve gotten enough grief about my Star Wars comments,
So…. Why not make it a front page post, and get some more?!
I had no real agenda when I started writing this. Writing is a funny thing. When you start, and then really get going, you find things about yourself that you didn’t expect. You put down, once and for all, how you really feel about something. Sometimes the conclusions you come to surprise yourself.
This is one of those times. Now that I written it, it makes so much more sense to me, that nagging feeling I’ve had, ever since I fell in Love with the first Star Wars, and why I’ve had a slow death in my love affair, with each new film.
Ok, here we go…
I still (vividly) remember the day my dad dropped me and my three best friends off at the Mai Kai theater to see Star Wars. I’d never seen or imagined anything like it. In 1977, I was 7 years old. Mind… Blown!!
I think what we all fell in love with was the Universe and the Characters. The story was secondary (and minimal if you think about it). There were bad guys and good guys, and an awakening of people (Luke and Han Solo), to the epic struggle going on, that they had no idea of, and amazingly, they had a part to play in it.
Leia was already a ‘veteran’ and skeptical of these ‘noobs’.
Obi Wan knew his days were numbered and needed to find some new Guardians of the Galaxy.
Darth Vader was pure evil. If there was someone he “reported to”, it was not his motivation. His motivation was Darkness.
Stormtoopers were not ‘human’. They were pawns with no real thought of their own.
Robots had personality, and captivated us. As did the ‘Wookie’
Star Wars was pure and stand alone. The rest of the series became just a watering down.
The more story they added, the less sense it made, and the less special it became.
Yeah, but with each story, we get new characters, new back story. story progress / development. Right?!
But… Think about it…. Which new characters do you really like? Lando? Bobo Fet? Jar Jar? Anikan? The ‘New’ Obi Wan?! Ewoks?!!!
Did you really even like to know more about the Storm Troopers? I liked when they were just ‘Vanilla’… Bad Shots… Couldn’t / Didn’t hit – Anything… Han Solo and Chewbacca’s Fodder….
There are many examples of books / movies that EXPAND (in a good way), the world they are writing about.
Lord of the Rings
Chronicles of Narnia
After Star Wars, there has been a gradual erosion….
On one hand, I am glad there has been 6 movies (and all the ‘other stuff’ – games, etc…).
However, It seems an epic failure as to the world that they’ve given us. A room full of toys and games, but none that REALLY makes our blood pump.
Hours and Hours of ‘action’ sequences, but no real drama.
The Major Plot turn (that I think was a mistake) was…
“Luke, I”m your Father”.
After that, they had to figure out a way to explain everything. Backstory… How in the World could Vader been in love, had a girl, had children? Become so evil?
And do it in a way that made him ‘good’ at some point. If he was just a SOB from the beginning, and he ‘conquered’ a woman, that gave birth, then maybe….
But now, the entire series is filled with trying to explain / show how Anikan became Vader. It loses itself in the process.
Star Wars ceases to amaze, and just becomes a ‘character’ development that wanders (For Ever), with no sense of finality or culmination.
Because No One who falls in Love, who is capable of being in Love, is also capable of becoming truly Evil.
If Vader / Anikan was truly evil, he would have stayed evil till the end (and finished off Luke in the end). But… since he was ‘good deep down’, and standing side by side with Obi and Yoda in the ‘ghost scene’, then why did he for So long, with so many opportunities Kill, Kill, Kill. The DUDE slaughtered what about 100 kids / Jedi’s in training?
Then for years continued to Run the whole thing, while the emperor was just in the background?
So there was three options Lucas could have chosen for Vader.
1) He was really deep down a good guy. That is the story he chose and failed with.
2) He was being controlled the whole time. Not interesting, because free will is necessary in any story.
3) He was a bad guy. Stayed a bad guy. Died a bad guy. THIS was the Story of Star Wars that I saw when I was 7 years old. They should have stuck with this one. Sorry, but although redemption works for many many story lines, Darth Vader is not one of them. Like showing a story about how Hitler eventually became a good guy. There is no such thing.
The Bible has a great quote.
“By their fruit you will know them.
Will a good tree bring evil fruit? Or a evil tree bring good fruit?”
Sorry, but the Vader we all knew and ‘loved’ was Evil.
Him becoming ‘Good’ was a Betrayal of our Love Affair with Star Wars, on the Highest Level.
And Lucas (our blind guide), became fabulously rich, as we followed along hoping it would make sense in the end.
It didn’t. It doesn’t.
And now I put into words ‘why Not’.
And this is what ‘Vader’ has become…
Not scary, not evil. Are any bad guys, really bad guys? No Wonder Disney bought the Franchise!…
Cute, Funny, but Vader is no longer Vader. It’s all become a cartoon.
I’ll stick with my 1977 Vader. That was the real one.
Here’s my first impression of Darth Vader. I was scared shitless! I don’t think I had even seen a trailer of the film before we went to see Star Wars. I had no idea who Darth Vader was.
Then… There he was, Bursting into the ship. Dudes dead everywhere. “Black Death” had arrived!
I was afraid he was gonna kill Leia right on the spot!