Saturday, January 11, 2014

Vader was a Punk

So I'd like to recommend this podcast. It's a discussion of "Revenge of the Sith," but at about 8:30, it turns to a lengthy (if crass) analysis of Darth Vader that's really quite brilliant. To wit:
  1. Vader was not really much of a badass. He actually screwed up just about every important assignment he was given. (e.g.: His very first mission ended with him limbless and on fire. The Emperor had to rebuild him because, hey, sunk costs.)
  2. At the meeting on the Death Star in Episode IV, a ranking Imperial officer basically calls Vader a punk to his face.
  3. Vader tries to choke the guy. At a meeting! Who does that?
  4. At that meeting, there is no chair for Vader. He was not invited. He's basically just a resentful, violent priest who shows up at stuff, and people have to let him stay because the boss likes him.

1 comment:

  1. Good find, Seth. Have listened to a few of these now (though since I decided to start earlier I haven't gotten to Sith yet), and while they are idiots sometimes, they definitely have some great lines. For instance, in the Empire Strikes Back episode, they describe Vader walking into the base on Hoth: "Strutting like the pimp he is." (Okay, their Vader thoughts clearly varied some. Still a good line.)