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April 04, 2015

Darth Vader

Darth Vader is addictive. I distinctively remember how I first met him. Angry Birds Star Wars game on the I-Pad. He suddenly appeared on my son's favourite T-Shirt also. Until then I had no clue what all those pictures of robots were. Then one day my son had to speak a few words about his favourite superhero and he chose Lord Vader. To help his frame those words, I had to do massive research on Darth Vader and discovered that he wasn't really a hero! But my son was so in love with Darth Vader and I suspected the teachers wouldn't really go into specifics. So I drafted some lines on his qualities and his life support suit and how he was brave and the usual laurels. It drew me in nevertheless.

The only solution was to now binge on all the Star Wars Trilogy
movies. Due to some divine intervention, all those movies were being shown on some channel. The catch was the unearthly hour at which it was being televised. Another divine intervention. Lord of the house was away on business. I packed kids off early to sleep. Caught a few hours of sleep. Then enjoyed my movie. I was entirely hooked. I also watched them on YouTube during the day.

Darth Vader was indeed an enigma. The bad guy you absolutely loved. His evil had the most charismatic attitude to it. The music accompanying his entry was perfectly imperial. His peculiar breathing noise. The life support suit. His unmatched telekinetic powers. He could strangle you over the video, over Skype! And yet his emotional side. His realization that he is not the Jedi he is meant to be and wants more. His fear of losing his love. His trauma over the death of his mother.

Star Wars does indeed draw you into the inter amazingly galactic picturesque universe. I and my son tried to talk in the Yoda style for a while. Go, you must. Dinner, you should eat. Milk, I don't like. Sleep, I want to. Write, a story I must.

Darth Vader is remembered every day. Playing with light Saber or I-Pad. He is part of our lives.
Here is a video I found on YouTube Anakin's transformation to Darth Vader.


  1. I smile at how you jumped into this new realm to share your son's interest. I have done that so many times, too, no matter what their interests. Of course, my sons are Star Trek fans. Besides watching all the shows, I have sewn a costume and attended a Star Trek convention with them. Best of luck with your son's love of Star Wars!

  2. You didn't try to change perception of your son. thats commendable :-)

  3. Wow, what a choice for this letter. Nothing can beat this. Have a nice day.

  4. Darth has become a iconic image of the sci-fi genre.

    Hope all is well with you. In order to have your blog link remain on the A to Z list you need to keep updated. Do you plan to finish? At least post current letters and you should be safe unless you stop posting again.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


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