The Chosen One
I know what you might be thinking right now.
“Did he really start things off with Vader?”
“Isn’t that a little cliché?”
If this is going through your head right now let me give an answer to those thinks…
No, I did not start things off with Darth Vader (he’s coming next), I started things off with Anakin Skywalker. As Obi-Wan tells Luke after he learns of his parentage to the Dark Lord of the Sith, “Your father… was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and “became” Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed.”
If doing this is cliché, color me sentimental, and don’t be a hypocrite!
Origin: One of the strangest turns ever in sci-fi movie regarding the unknown origins of a beloved character, the boy that would be Vader was “conceived” by the force in an immaculate conception even more mysterious than the one that produced Jesus Christ.
A weird way to bring things together, but ok, it’s different.
Born to the virgin Shmi Skywalker, a slave belonging to a Junk dealer named Watto on the dessert planet of Tattoine, Anakin was born into bondage (note: at the time of Jesus Christ’s birth Israel was under Roman occupation and were just short of being slaves, another biblical parallel).
After a series of adventures, Anakin began training as a Jedi despite the fears of the Jedi Council due to his powerful presence in the force.
Anakin was apprenticed to Obi-Wan Kenobi and was a pain in Kenobi’s backside more often than not before the start of the Clone Wars, a galactic civil war engineered by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious as a plot to rule the galaxy.
Anakin was seduced by the darkside of the force, being manipulated in the end to turn his back on all that he loved for power and trapped into being second fiddle to the now ruler of all things shiny, Emperor Palpatine.
Powers and Abilities: In addition to being an amazing pilot from birth due to his innate power from the force, that same power led him to be (arguably) the most powerful Jedi ever. Anakin was a dangerous lightsaber combatant, used the force aggressively in combat (sometimes in anger), was no pushover in an unarmed fight, and was strategically minded but with a unpredictable streak when it came to pulling things off.
My Thoughts: With all of the biblical parallels between Anakin Skywalker and Jesus Christ, it’s hard not see how much this is going to differ when you know who Anakin is going to end up being. Immaculate conception, born into poverty and bondage, came from a place that most people associated with scum and villainy like Galilee of Israel; see what I mean?
All that being said, the clone wars series and various other media that portrays Anakin before his transformation into Vader depicts the light side that would be seemingly destroyed, but never completely put out.
I think it is the fact that Vader still had traces of good in him that made the Emperor fear him the way he did (do some research). But that’s just my thoughts. What do you think?
Check in next time for post 2: Darth Vader: The Classic Villain or Hero in Disguise?