Star Wars

In Praise of the Mook

3457414-stormtroopersIn science fiction and fantasy we love our villains almost as much as our heroes. Luke Skywalker was (and is!) a personal hero of mine since kindergarten, but Darth Vader remained a close second-favorite. At the time I had no idea about the Skywalker family tree. It would be years until I saw Return of the Jedi so I saw him as nothing short of villainous. The guy killed Obi-Wan and Luke’s daddy and walked around in a scary monster mask, but I still loved him. Oddly, one of the things that I liked most about him wasn’t about him: It was his retinue of mooks – the Stormtroopers.

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