Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, David Prowse

Star Wars: Anakin Skywalker “Rise”

I am a huge fan of TheBatBoy12345 on YouTube and his Star Wars retrospectives.  As the Saga grows next month from seven to eight films, even more material to show the threads woven through all of the Star Wars films is available to talented YouTubers like BB (who if you aren’t following, you should be).  He offers an epic, three-chapter look at Anakin Skywalker including footage from Rogue One (a film that I think is really going to enlighten fans on exactly how Vader became known to the Rebellion and why he instantly became their most feared adversary).  Check it out and head over to YouTube to look at some of the other retrospectives.  It’s a good time to escape reality, and Star Wars has always been my go-to place for such times.

One thought on “Star Wars: Anakin Skywalker “Rise””

  1. I hope you did not find Rowlf, or Coddleston Pie, offensive. It’s just that Jim Henson’s work always brightens my spirits during dark times. The best kind of escapism is the kind that offers you some nourishment, some positive reinforcement, and everything Henson did was in the service of molding our minds to be gentle, intelligent, and kind.

    Star Wars is also good at filling voids. It doesn’t just distract you from them. George Lucas’s work would have been edifying and relevant a thousand years in the past, and I suspect it will be a thousand years in the future.

    Anakin is an everyman…

    You start out as a kid: happy, filled with nascent talents, and looking outward at a world filled with limitless possibilities. But then you leave home, and lose your compass. You fall in love with women you know you can’t possibly be happy with, and that job you always dreamed of performing is a wellspring of frustration and disillusionment. And somewhere along the line, without being able to pinpoint a single moment or cause, you give up. You use your soul. You become a slave to the system. Life is easier that way. And your only hope is that you have children who are smarter, and filled with better ideals, than you were.


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