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Offline Brian

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Did the Prequels Change Your Perception of Darth Vader?
« on: March 11, 2008, 01:51 PM »
I remember as a kid, when I first saw the OT movies (ANH and Empire in particular), Vader really seemed like a "bad guy", and to some extent, "scary" to a little kid.  Not the "terrifying" type of scary, but more like there's no question he's the baddest guy in the SW universe.  Granted, the OT is a story of his redemption (ROTJ in particular), but overall there was no question he was the main SW baddie.

Did the portrayals of Anakin/Vader in the prequels change how you look at Vader at all?  Does it make the character better/deeper, does it weaken the character and make him less of an imposing figure?  Overall, did the prequels change your perception of Vader for better or worse?

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Re: Did the Prequels Change Your Perception of Darth Vader?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2008, 06:51 PM »
Not really.  When I first saw Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back as a kid, he was definitely the baddest of the bad guys, but when he destroyed the Emperor in Return of the Jedi he became the tragic hero.  The prequels just reinforced that.
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Re: Did the Prequels Change Your Perception of Darth Vader?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008, 06:40 PM »
Changed mine.  He went from a redeemable baddie in the OT to more of a tragically misguided figure in the prequels. You also get a feel for how set up he was by the Emperor - he didn't just decide to be a bad guy, he was heavily pushed in that direction by Palpy.  When I see the OT now, I feel more pity for him than anything else.
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Re: Did the Prequels Change Your Perception of Darth Vader?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2008, 02:58 PM »
the prequels gave insight into Vader past, his frontiere between good and evil passed through anger, hate, love, doubt, fear, impatience, etc.

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Re: Did the Prequels Change Your Perception of Darth Vader?
« Reply #4 on: July 6, 2008, 10:02 AM »
The prequels are so different in tone and structure from the OT that I often think of them as to different properties. Therefore, I tend to pretend the prequels never existed, thus not effecting the way I think about classic Vader.
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