Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Among the many things that sucked about the "Star Wars" prequels was George Lucas' explanation for Darth Vader's evil. The idea is that Anakin's losses (his mom, his babies' mama) combined with his anger led him to become his galaxy's Josef Stalin.
That seemed kinda lame. I think evil is more disturbing when its reason for being is essentially unknowable. It challenges our hope that human beings are basically good unless circumstances damage them in some way. Learning that Vader was once a whiny teenager with girl problems takes away from the mystery and the menace. Why does fantasy need a backstory anyway?
Someone on Twitter clearly shares my preference for the iron-fisted James Earl Jones model, and I am hooked. Among the many highlights of "Darth Vader's" tweets:
Mad Sith props to Dick Cheney for his recent whirl-wind media tour. I gain 100+ followers every time he opens his evil maw.
I am altering the oatmeal. Pray I don't alter it further.
Just be glad I don't celebrate Earth Day the way I celebrated Alderaan Day.
If you're stinging from the BSG spoilers on Twitter, maybe this will take some of the edge off — I am Luke's father.
Tony Danza is not the boss. I am.
Genius. To follow Darth — and you will if you know what's good for you — click here.