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Darth Vader the Sellout

Last night on TV there was some ad for... I don't remember what, actually, but it had Darth Vader in it. I mean, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting some kind of Vader-touting-this-thing. He's everywhere, and trying to sell everything from Cheez-Its to soda to I guess Slurpees at 7-11 or whatnot. It's very odd seeing the Dark Lord of the Sith* being such a huckster.

So I said to Toly, "Man, Darth's become such a sellout."

Toly said, "What's worse for me is knowing what he was before he became Darth. Darth Vader in the first** three movies? He was a total bad*ss. Knowing he's actually some whiny emo loser... feh."

I said, "I was thinking 'goth,' but emo's better."

Toly said, "He became a goth. He dresses all in black and has a cape. He probably LARPs too."

...We're going to see this movie, I know, and I will honestly try to like it, but it's discouraging with this kind of backstory going on. :/


*That is his title, right? I'm not a Star Wars fanatic, so I might be wrong here.

**"First three" meaning Episodes 4-6, 'cause we're old-school, or something.

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silverlightstar
May. 13th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say goth because he doesn't wear makeup. He's got that helmet-thingy. I'd say he's more emo than goth.
Gah, whatta sellout, yo. He's also hocking Star Wars video games and candy. BLAH!
laridian
May. 13th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
No, he doesn't wear makeup, but apparently he becomes pasty-white at some point, since that's how we see him later in the series...

But, yeah, emo, bigtime. And selling everything! I expect DV Depends ads, or Lanacane, or even Hallmark Cards next. Gah. He's just not villainous if he's that commercial!
silverlightstar
May. 13th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Well, since I haven't seen the entire movie series (An exboyfriend ruined it for me, but I digress.) I wouldn't know what Darth Vader's pastiness looks like. Maybe that's a good thing. XD

Hallmark cards I can see. Depends...if the dude does those commercials I won't fear the dude; I'd pity him instead.
thatnickguy
May. 13th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
or even Hallmark Cards

I can just see it now:

You want to be with me!

Search within your heart, you know it to be true!

Woman: NOOOOOOOOO!!!!
laridian
May. 13th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'd buy that one. :P
saintnicster
May. 13th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
*as James Earl Jones* "I cast `Magic Missle`" *resperator noises*

heh
laridian
May. 13th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
Heehee! :D
momsdinercodelj
May. 13th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Darth Vader LARPing . . . Of course, he'd RP as whatever the games closest equivalent to a fuzzy bunny elf princess is to look sensitive and get chicks, and whenever someone did something he didn't like, he'd whine on his LJ about it for a few days before actually getting around to blowing up their house.

And the commercials . . . I'm just waiting for the Got Milk? billboard, or has there already been one?

Basically, it comes down to the fact that George Lucas must have never even watched his own movies since everyone who has seen the original trilogy, even if they're indifferent to or just didn't like them, think he blew it big time.

And due to the changing dynamics of the U.S. population, there aren't enough little kids who haven't seen the originals to constitute a fan base for them.

I at least believe this one won't be actively bad like the first two...

laridian
May. 13th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
The commercials, yeah - there's one in the fast food place, it's just... eghh.

Lucas is ignoring such a huge cash cow, not releasing the original movies. I'd buy those, the ones without all the "improvements". Maybe after he dies, then his estate will do it.
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laridian
May. 13th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
It still just... *sigh* really takes it out of the whole mythos, you know?
redwolf
May. 14th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
You know you want a Darth Vader Mr Potato Head.
laridian
May. 14th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
What, is that for real?! Although my kids don't play with Mr Potato Heads (we tried) and what with picking up toys all day, I'm much less inclined these days to buy toys for myself.
redwolf
May. 14th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Isn't he adorable?
laridian
May. 14th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
My word. O_o;

I think it's the big staring eyes that get me. It's just strange looking.
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