Another very controversial change, that I actually don’t mind (I even thought it was necessary) was Darth Vader’s “Noooooo!” As I try in vain to get you to see the positive side of the change, let’s delve into this in more detail.
Darth Vader had a decision to make: Either to watch his only son die, or to intervene and betray his own master and stop the torturing. With Darth Sidious (the Emperor) using his powerful Force Lightning, Vader decides to grab Palpitine and throw his old butt to the “abyss.”
We all know that. However, the change in question is when he shouts out a huge ‘No’ as he is doing it, apparently destroying Vader’s character.
I hear you, but hear me out, as this very much has to do with continuity and being in his shoes.
Imagine you love someone so much that you’d do anything to prevent her own death (the one you foreseen in your dream). Although actually a self-fulfilling prophecy, you’d save her no matter what the cost, so after a harsh burn and losing your best friend and wife forever, you get fixed up with a new armor, but found out that she died, not knowing what happened to your child (and you had no idea you had twins!).
I don’t know about you, but I’d feel pretty angry. It wouldn’t be a surprise if you yelled in anger, possibly with a ‘no!”.
I know, we’re talking about the Prequel where he says it, but I’m putting together the connection.
Vader later found out he has a son and that the product of Padmé and his love is alive; the only reminder that there is hope. To see him dying stirred up an emotion so huge; he couldn’t help but bring it out as he tosses Sidious.
I honestly wouldn’t believe that Vader wouldn’t even say anything as he tossed the old man over. Just because throughout the first two OT movies he’s not the kind of person to say much doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t when his own emotions is charged.
I think people created an image of him based off of what we know, when in fact, we didn’t know much about him (before the PT). In Episode II and III, we learned that he does indeed yell out in anger and speaks when out of place, so that makes the ‘no’s a lot more fitting.
So good job, Lucas, for making a change for a character HE created.
Question: Did you think the change made sense? Comment below.
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