Saturday, October 4, 2008

What was Yoda thinking?

Who would have thought while watching the first movie...(or is that the fourth movie?)...that is, my favorite of the six, now seven, that one day so much of the movies' storyline would be centered around the evolution of the freaky dude in the black robot suit and cape.

For the hardcore SW junkie it was necessary, I think, that Revenge of the Sith was made to allow for the storyline bridge linking the end of the Republic and Anakin's role in it to the action on the Tantive IV and what followed. It is satisfying and even amusing to see more of his story, as in this last cartoon movie. Heck, there was a time when one might have mentioned the name Anakin and immediately needed to follow it up with an identifying explanation of who he was in the first place. I am sure I have held the following conversation,
"So, who's your favorite Star Wars character?"
"Are you kidding me? Han Solo, dude. How 'bout you?"
"Anakin Skywalker. He became Darth Vader."
"Oh, so Darth Vader is your favorite character?"
"No, not really, I like the character of Anakin. He has dimension to his personality. Good guy, torn, falls, is resurrected."
"Forget it. I like Han, too."

Similarly to all this, I never would have guessed that Anakin would have his own padawan. Hmmm, what to think of this? I'm still not sure. I suppose when it comes right down to it, I may not trust Anakin, even as a little guy living with his mom on Tatooine. Yeah, I'm a good guys guy, a white hatter, and at his best, Anakin is character nuetral to me. It doesn't seem right that he should be given the opportunity to influence another. Especially when Yoda fosters the union.

That's my thinking as we head into this week's podcast.