Star Wars

Star Wars

If you are like me, you never think of Star Wars being a movie with disability in it.  A friend recently pointed out that Darth Vader is so bad-ass that you never think about him being a vent-dependent triple-amputee!

I love that.  He is disabled, but so powerful that no one crosses him.

It would be  a problem to me if the movie suggested that he became a psychotic bad guy trying to take over the world because he was bitter about the disability.  Many writers would go that direction with it.

Star Wars doesn’t go there. ¬†The disability is completely in the background and not used as part of the plot, except for the way his suit makes him look and sound super scary.

That’s a win. ¬†Congratulations, Star Wars, I know you were just waiting for my approval!

(I know Luke’s hand gets cut off too, but I don’t really have anything to say about that)

1 Comment

  1. Sonja
    Aug 27, 2012

    Also, don’t forgeet about Luke Skywalker, an amputee since the end of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. And again they pretty much not mention it again, only in the end when it’s sort of a ‘connection’ between father and son in ‘Return of the Jedi’.

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