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I have a theory

There's a huge flaw in how Anakin Skywalker went over to the darkside, in that it's very unrealistic. I have a theory to explain it: Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader isn't really evil. He obviously had some premonitions we're not privy to, that interstellar civilization would fall hard and possibly never recover unless he pretended to be evil, on the emperor's right hand so he could make sure the empire fell in a way that would let the republic be restored. Why else place C3PO and R2D2 in key positions where they could help out, lose a battle to his unskilled son, and so many other things that helped the empire fail? With the firepower the empire had, they should've been able to blast the planet and *then* the moon, crushing the rebellion before it could escape. But I suspect Vader manipulated things so they thought they had to wait until the planet was out of the way. It also explains why he wasn't in the Death Star when it went boom - he must have purposefully designed the thing to have that weakness, and knew that Luke would destroy it.

Of course, he had to really get into his role. He did everything he could to make it look like he was truly evil, and probably put up all kinds of barriers somehow to disguise the truth from anyone who could use the force. In order to fool the emperor and other darksiders, he had to fool everyone. He had to make everyone think he was evil. He knew he would forever be remembered as a villain, but that was less important than preventing civilization from falling. And it was a premonition only he was strong enough to see; no other user of The Force had the power to see that far into the possible futures.

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underlankers
Jun. 21st, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
I disagree and note that as per the Canon Darth Sidious was the best Sith of them all and really at least on the films didn't lead that much worse than the Republic did. Given that Jedi didn't notice a Sith Lord right across from them I think it's fair to note that the only logical problem is why Darth Sidious didn't simply kill Luke Skywalker the moment he realized Vader wasn't going to be killed by him by force-lifting him and throwing him down the reactor shaft.

He played everyone else like a set of cheap drums......
underlankers
Jun. 21st, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Not to mention that Palpatine orchestrated both sides of the Clone Wars to milk it for all power he could reasonably expect. So I mean if the guy's capable of doing *that* given that everyone else in the series is a bunch of fucking idiots......
uncledark
Jun. 21st, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
So murdering a village full of sand people and a temple full of children were just him getting into the role?

I'd argue that anyone who would do things like that because he'd had a vision of some kind is probably evil.
fayanora
Jun. 21st, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Hmm... forgot about that. *ponders*
uncledark
Jun. 21st, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
At the very least, Anakin Skywalker was prone to violent, occasionally murderous anger. He was also a chronic liar, oath-breaker, and really quite selfish. Not to mention whiny.

Was he evil from the start? No. Emotionally damaged, yes. The Jedi masters were right about him, at least insofar as his not being good Jedi material. If he'd been freed and helped to make a normal life for himself, he might have turned out no worse than many.

He didn't want the life of a Jedi, even if he wanted a Jedi's power. That Qui-Gon Jin's fanaticism and Obi-Wan's loyalty to his mentor shoved him into it didn't help.

But, no, the kid was never quite right.
underlankers
Jun. 21st, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
Given how most Sith Lords were Jedi and not even Jedi who'd gone through half of what Skywalker did, well......
christinathena
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Not only that, but wasn't it Vader who ordered the Death Star to fire on Alderaan?
uncledark
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Nope. That was Grand Mof Tarkin. Of course, Vader was there as the Emperor's representative, and could have stopped him. So he did allow it to happen.
christinathena
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
I'd say that makes him just as guilty as if he had given the order.
uncledark
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Kind of where I was going, yeah.
my_real_head
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
Hmm.

"Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you can imagine."
"Okey-doke! *bzzwoom*"

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