Thursday, August 25, 2005

GeekTalk: Anakin!

I don't think they did a good job on the progress of Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader. In Episode I, Anakin was a cute little kid with an attitude. In Episode II, Anakin was an angry, arrogant teenager. I could see where Darth Vader could come from that. But in Episode III, Darth Vader was actually a pretty nice guy. He cared about Padme, whereas he looked like a stalker in Episode II. He didn't lose his temper much in III, where he always looked mad in II. He only complained a little bit about not being made a Master in the Jedi Council in II, and that seemed justified. He was even on the verge of arresting Palpatine for being a Sith Lord. Then suddenly, he's kneeling at the feet of Palpatine and killing little children. But he still sheds a tear.

And even that wasn't like Darth Vader in the old movies. Darth Vader in Episodes IV, V, and VI was an arrogant, confident, powerful warrior who was in complete control. He never said he embraced evil or had any kind of philosophy. He was just doing what had to be done. He was on the Dark Side, but he said it was because of the power, not because he wanted to save anyone's life or defend the Empire. Man, I wish we could get a do-over on the new movies. Maybe in 20 years, they'll do a remake of the whole Star Wars series, like they did a remake of The Longest Yard and Bad News Bears.


Mauricem said...

Your right, they never really got a good handle on who Darth Vader was growing up. The most glaring discrepency was that he was obviously supposed to be a pilot.
Good point about him being meaner in II than III. Guess Lucas wanted him to be simpathetic for the IV reveal in the end.

glomgold said...

I agree with you. I think it probably would've been better had George Lucas left the directing to another? And why the hell would he cast Samuel L. Jackson as a Jedi??! Maybe a raging, ranting, incontrollable, soulful Jedi...