Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for Vader

I Love Sci-Fi/Fantasy Because...
...of Darth Vader.

Star Wars: A New Hope was the first science fiction motion picture I remember watching in the theater without parental supervision. I distinctly recall the moment I exited the building. I looked up at the night sky...and I wondered.

Was there a rebellion somewhere amongst those stars? Could there really be some kind of Force? Did a place exist where lightsabers and Tie fighters and X-wings were the tools of war? The universe became alive to me that night.  The thrills of possibilities excited me.

And Vader...what a marvelous villain. Everything about him was cool: his appearance, his voice, his...breathing.

Keep it a secret if you don't appreciate the ultimate villain. He'd find your lack of appreciation...disturbing. And that doesn't work out well for anyone.

Vader, with his bad sci-fi self, is the perhaps the coolest reason why I love science fiction and fantasy.

35 comments:

  1. Who doesn't love Darth Vader? He is the coolest bad guy, him and the emperor. Vader is the ringtone on my phone I like him so much. Great post!

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  2. I love Darth Vader. He is definitely one of the ultimate villains. Everything about him is just perfect.

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    1. And the voice can never be separated from the image.

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  4. Oh yes! Everything in him was perfect!

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  5. I had to read today's post, because this one I know! Not only the cool voice of James Earl Jones but one of the best and probably most repeated and messed with lines out there: I am your fahhther. Although, in all fairness, the similar scene with Buzz Lightyear-- the one Star Wars probably stole for Vader-- was pretty good. ;)

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    1. Folks have definitely had fun with that line.

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  6. One of the -best- villains of all time....hands down. He's also the source of one of my favorite movie quotes...

    "I find your lack of faith....disturrrrbing."

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    1. We don't like Vader to find anything about us...disturbing.

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  7. Vader is a cool villain. And the fact that he was once a hero makes his story even richer.

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    1. Yes it does. Talk about your three dimensional villains.

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  8. Darth Vader is one of the best villains of all time.

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  9. Ahh love Darth Vader, and Star Wars!

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  10. Darth Vader is definitely awesome! A wonderful villain.

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  11. He is somehow loveable despite his badassness!

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    1. Even before the prequels, that moment when his humanity resurfaced was great.

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  12. Just finished a rewatch of all six movies last night! ... another of Vader's catchwords ... "Impressive."

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    1. Surely not all six in one marathon. (although that would be cool.) I plan to do that with LOTR one day.

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    2. Oops ... dratted grammar ... no, one per evening ... did LoTR last month heh, heh, heh.

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  13. I love him. Good guy turned bad guy turned good guy. Make up your mind!! He's wonderful.

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    1. It does add a wonderful dimension to his character.

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  14. I love that you walked out of the theater wondering if their was a battle raging in the stars. You double scored on the Vader/Villain thing, too. Awesome.

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    1. Hadn't even thought of that, but you're right! Yes, it's true. I spent days with little else on my mind.

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  15. Vadar is perfect.

    And Star Wars was my first "by myself" movie too. Well, a friend and I walked to the theater while vacationing at the beach.

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    1. Weren't we the big stuff, watching a grown-up movie by ourselves for the first time and all? We did the 70s strut. :)

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  16. I love Star Wars, and I really like Darth Vader- great character.

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    1. The movies and character are both classics.

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