Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Darth Vader. Dead at forty.

I had a thought last night which I can't get out of my head.

How old was Luke Skywalker supposed to be in Star Wars, A New Hope? 17, 18, 20?

Whatever age him and Princess Leia were supposed to be, that makes Darth Vader about 40. Even if you put a couple of years between the events of A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, he can't be more than 45 tops when he pops his clogs.

You could argue that the stresses of such a high pressure job were to blame. It's a sobering thought for those of us who grew up on the original films and are now rapidly approaching that age. If only he'd calmed down, let some of the other suits have a bit of the glory (I'm thinking of Don Henderson here) perhaps it wouldn't have all gone pear shaped the way it did.

The magic all goes the older you get. When you start realising just how much raw material a Death Star would take. And the cost! They don't grow on trees you know. And they build two! It would have been
cheaper and far simpler to just lob a couple of big asteroids at Alderaan, but I suppose that lacks finesse.

Anyway, Darh Vader, dead at forty, full of self loathing, doing a high pressure job he hated. There's a moral in there somewhere, but I haven't got a clue what it is.


ade said...

I always wondered where the financial gain was for the Starship Enterprise to be fannying about in space for 5 years.
How much does it cost to build and man a massive starship? Factor in running costs, staff wages, a maintenance contract, supplies it's a wonder Starfleet is breaking even.
The wages they pay these Starfleet officers. Where do they spend it? Are there cashpoints on the Enterprise?
Am I reading too much into it?

Mrs Woman said...

I heard they sent apprentice officers to the local bookies to stick a fiver on the Podrace Derby or Bantha Rumble, depending on the time of year. The kid then gets to spend the change at the Death Star Tuckshop and usually gets a Cadbury Starbar*

*Could be untrue. It might have been a Twix.