The truth: I was having trouble coming up with a Star Wars Day “May the Fourth” feature that would be just as good or better than what I wrote last year. I had more time then, I do a lot of reviews now, and my brain wasn’t working. Luckily, I ran into my friends Brad and Christine who provided me with an idea. Based on the passion with which they spoke about it, it seemed like something worth talking about, especially since “Hans shot first” is obviously out of the way. The question?
Why doesn’t Darth Vader or Obi-Wan acknowledge C-3PO (or R2-D2), when the former built Threepio as a child and hung around a lot with R2, and the latter spent so much time with them?
Here are some of the running theories:
1) When Anakin Skywalker fully became Darth Vader at the end of Revenge of the Sith, it was supposed to erase any traces of who he was – the part that had his humanity. We know that didn’t take because of his redemption story.
2) They both remember the droids. They just pretend not to know them. Obi-Wan: “I don’t seem to remember ever owning a droid.” That’s true. He never owned either of them.
3) Darth Vader doesn’t care. It doesn’t matter. Irrelevant.
4) Just a plot error, a hole created later on: When the first three movies came out over 30 years ago, there was no intention of connecting Vader to the droids. Obi-Wan, maybe, but I still think it wasn’t a thought in anyone’s head. When the prequels came along, it was an idea that maybe could be explained away. Isn’t that what we are doing?
5) It’s possible that C-3PO is a different unit. Anakin may have built him, but there were many droids like that. There had to have been an abundance of protocol droids. Remember the silver-looking Threepio (E-3PO unit), our golden droid ran into during Empire Strikes Back?
6) Just like Obi-Wan used clever language to hide the fact that Darth Vader was Anakin in A New Hope, because of Luke’s eventual reaction, likewise, mentioning that those two droids were with his father almost his entire human life, may have taken them off the path Luke needed to follow.
7) Obi-Wan did not spend that much time with the droids in the prequels. Vader barely had encounters with them in IV, V, and VI.
What do you think the reason is?
Perhaps this will be spoken about or alluded to in the next Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Or maybe some other debate will catch our fancy. Can’t wait!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18th, 2015.
Enjoy the trailers once again! And May the Fourth (Force) be with you!
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