Author Chester Burton Brown
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Author Chester Burton Brown

20050518

Darth Vader Superstar


My name is Anakin Skywalker.

I was born forty-nine years ago, less a day. I was born a slave, as billions are born slaves. When I was a child I did not immediately imagine that I deserved freedom, for this was not my mother's attitude. Suffering was to be endured. She admitted a patient hope for less cruel masters, when we were between them. She taught that if freedom was in our destinies, fate would find us.

We were not starved, and were seldom beaten. I didn't think it was so bad. My mother Shmi and I looked out for one another. When the loathsome Gardulla the Hutt lost us to Watto the junk-dealer I got my first chance to take machines apart and put them back together, and it was amazing. The more I fixed things the more things Watto gave me to fix. My mother was also profitable. It was a happy relationship that more than halfway resembled a family, much like the one Watto had lost years before on Toydaria.

Everything changed after the Mandalorian came. With a cold manner he made his cruel desires plain. My mother refused him. Watto backed her up and the Mandalorian attacked him, casting him about the shop like a sack of meal. He could not protect her. I ran out and stuck a knife in the Mandalorian's thigh. He struck back at me savagely. I lay dazed in the corner as he laughed and turned on my mother.

I could not protect her.

I was six.

That is when the dreams began, in which I could fix the mechanisms of life as easily as I could machines. At night I saw an elaborate tapestry of iridescent threads that connected all things to all others, backwards and forwards through time forever. To play a song upon its fibres required only the gentlest flexing of my mind, the resonating harmonies describing new patterns in the network of connection that in turn rippled through to the arrangement of real things. The dreams were incredible. Like flying. Like being free.

One night near Boonta Eve I was working to exhaustion to repair Watto's sponsored racer in time for the next day's qualifier. I was so tired I began to dream with my eyes open. I could see the strands that bound all things with my waking vision, swimming and forking in reaction to my thoughts and movements. Suddenly the solution to a vexing problem with the starboard thruster was as clear as day -- it was obvious, when one could read between the lines.

And then I dreamed that I wielded a sword of fire, and that I slay any enemy that stood in my path. I dreamed I was a warrior, and that I could protect everybody. It was better than flying. I was a hero.

I mentioned the dreams idly to my mother one day. To my surprise she took the matter very seriously. "Anakin," she said, touching my shoulders and looking into my eyes, "has anyone ever told you about the Jedi?"

I shook my head. "What's a Jedi?"

"They are warrior-monks from the Republic. Their weapons are laser-swords."

"Just like in my dream!"

"Just like in your dream," she echoed. "You are a very special boy, Anakin, and I believe that the Force speaks through you."

"What's the Force?"

She smiled and closed her eyes for a moment, asking me to do the same. I closed my eyes. She said, "Anakin, in the quietest night, without sand-crickets or womp-rats, when the temperature is so perfect you can't even feel your blanket, and everything is still, and your mind is quiet...even if you seal out every part of the world you feel -- there is still something there."

"Yes," I whispered.

"That is the Force, Anakin," she said, putting her hand on my heart. "And it will never leave you. It is always there for us. It is a part of being alive."

That was a long, long time ago.

It is she, Shmi Skywalker, who haunts my thoughts tonight as I stare out over the night forest of Endor's moon. I miss her. But in some ways she is alive again, for I saw her spectre in my son's eyes, and heard it in his voice. It was a like physical blow.

Galaxy save me.

My son said, "I know there is good in you. The Emperor hasn't driven it from you fully. That was why you couldn't destroy me, that's why you won't bring me to your Emperor now."

He looked out into the forest spread out beneath the landing platform, his back to me. I ignited his light-sabre, its green glow filling the corridor. Smooth action, nice gyroscopic response. I always end up fiddling around with gadgets whenever somebody says something that makes me feel uncomfortable. "I see you have constructed a new light-sabre," I said, retracting the blade and turning the handle over in my hands. "Your skills are complete. Indeed you are powerful as the Emperor has foreseen."

I turned away then, my feelings threatening my composure and the stability of my left leg. I felt Luke's mind open to my own, reading my heart in a rush of communication I was too slow to interrupt. His thoughts were flavoured like mine, and my defenses could not discern them. His mind is mine.

"Come with me," he implored suddenly.

Through the fabric of the Force I could feel him reaching out to me, his hand open. It just about broke my heart. Only Shmi Skywalker knew love that pure, and I felt her spirit stir within him to my horror and shame. I took hold of the railing, fearing I would fall.

And then I felt the slithering tentacles of Darth Sidious' mind descend upon my consciousness, encircling my wounded heart and cooling it. A voice in my thoughts asked me what destiny of chaos I would have the galaxy face if not for the strength of the enduring New Order. My spirit suffused with a dark light, and my leg began to feel normal again.

I turned around to face my son. "You don't understand the power of the dark side. I must obey my master."

Luke made his appeal again, stepping up to me and searching my lenses with his eyes. "I feel the conflict with you, let go of your hate!"

Poor fool, if only he knew. Innocent as a junior temple youngling, he parroted the dead preachings of an extinct order of loveless charlatans. If only the difference between dark and light were so simple as not being afraid. He cannot conceive of the fear he must know if he is to face the burden of the true Force.

It is too late for me. My hour has come and gone. Words would gain us nothing. And I could stand the torment of his gaze no longer. I ordered Skywalker be flown up to the Death Star without further delay. "...My father is truly dead," said my son as the lift closed.

My leg drooped and I stepped over to the railing again, facing my own dim reflection in the windows. My throat filled with bile as I considered that I had just lost the faith of the one person in this universe who would forgive me, and whose love could redeem me. I have just closed the door on my salvation...

My name is Anakin Skywalker, and I am responsible for the death of my mother, because I broke our bond to pursue my ambition. I am responsible for the death of my wife, the mother of my child, the only woman strong enough and smart enough to win my faith. I am responsible for the death of Jedi Master Obi-wan Kenobi, who once tried to show me the real meaning of friendship and loyalty. And then there was Qui-gon Jinn who could have been like the father I never had, but Palpatine stole him from me.

Palpatine!

I think I have always hated him, channeling my jealousy at his power and dignity into a sick kind of devotion. I wanted him to love me, but he is not really a man with a heart -- whatever daemon rules him has its tonsils deep in the darkest layers of this galaxy.

I know now that my master, Darth Sidious the Emperor Palpatine, means to betray the Sith and subvert the prophecy. He means to replace me with my son as his prodigal servant. So armed he means to rule the stars himself, forever.

This job has a glass ceiling.

I should never have been born. Without me, Palpatine would be lost. I was essential. But now I am nothing. My very life inside this mechanized mockery of a body relies on the raw power of the dark side that is focused through him. I could not be without his blessing. And his blessing fails, so I go to join Tyrannus.

I was not strong enough. I have failed everyone.

...And yet, there is my son with Shmi in his eyes -- a product of love, before the storm. He is no Jedi, for his passion blows too hot, but perhaps he is not Sith, either. He is an instrument of change. He is the catalyst at the centre, the fulcrum on which pivot fates. To see him is to be blinded by the glory of the Force that orbits him like living netting.

My meditation was interrupted by the scintillating spirit of Qui-gon Jinn appearing at my elbow. "Anakin," he called, his voice sounding far away. "Take heart: the prophecy is fulfilled on the morrow."

"But how?" I asked, shaking my head. "How can that be? What can I do?"

Qui-gon's eyes sparkled. "You will make the right decision, when the choice lies before you."

"Sidious must die, but I cannot slay him. And Luke cannot hope to have enough power to do so himself."

"There are different kinds of power," Qui-gon pointed out. "You are the Son of Suns. Nothing can change that, Ani. Just because you cannot see the path does not mean it is not beneath your feet."

And with that he faded away, leaving me alone.

The world crept back in. First crickets, then the buzzing lights of the corridor, the call of a raptor, the rustling leaves. The living Force undulated around me, my breath carried away to mix with the wind. I drank deep. One must never forget to taste the present, the fleeting, sweetest moment you can ever know no matter how many adventures you pursue. There is nothing like the now, to cleanse you.

Qui-gon was right. My mother was, too. The Force has shaped this life of mine, from birth to this holy now. Every turn in the path has been an instruction in a series of lessons designed to make me the monster I am, to breed my unwilling heart for whatever lies ahead tomorrow.

Qui-gon said I would have a choice. I cannot fathom it but I have faith.

If he's right, I need not die a slave.

The sun is rising. Morning birds are singing. The mist is burning off the trees. I have already delayed too long. I must join my son on the Death Star, and bring him before my master. Come what may.

And so, dear reader, I must bid you adieu. You have been along with me for much, but you cannot join me on this final journey.

I go now to meet my destiny.


972 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely brilliant - bravo. Fair brought a tear to my eye!

18.5.05  
Blogger seth said...

The end is nigh! May the Force be with you, always.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow first! This one is the best so far. Hate to see it end.
-Dave

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Blogger Syldran said...

Wow. Just, Wow.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful Brother!

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Anonymous Will Collier said...

Bravo! Great job all around.

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Blogger Matt C. said...

You speak moving words, oh Dark Lord of the Sith.

I think you have truly found the essence of Lucas's tragic hero, Anakin Skywalker.



- Matt C.-

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Blogger Cheeseburger Brown said...

If you haven't seen it, Maurice Mitchell has interviewed me about the creation of The Darth Side blog. Check it out -- I'm verbose and pompous TO THE MAXXX!

http://mauricem.blogspot.com/2005/05/interview-with-blogger-matthew.html

Love,

CheeseburgerBrown

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Anonymous Niora said...

Wow. That was excellent.

Big thanks for posting this before I have to go back to the laboratory for the rest of the afternoon (local time).

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Blogger ketsugi said...

Over the entire prequel trilogy we have never really seen the good in Anakin. From a bratty kid to a tempestuous youth to a gullible adult, we have seen him fall again and again. In the original trilogy we see him only as a being of fear and evil, dark power meshed with cold machinery.

And yet somehow you have brought forth the human, the man in Darth Vader. Bravo and thank you for sharing it with us.

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Blogger Little Miss said...

May the Force be with you.
Thank you so much for all your entries - have brightened up my days no end. Thank you.

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Blogger Andy Brandt said...

Brilliant. Great writing. When we will see your first book set in your own world?

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Blogger Sirius Green said...

A great end. I'm looking forward to your A New Hope diaries, too - Make sure you keep your word!

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Anonymous Obi Wan said...

Remember, the Force will be with you. Always!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go get him, Skywalker. It's what you were born to do.

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Anonymous Neil Ford said...

Wonderful.

Thank you Cheeseburger Brown, I enjoyed this very much indeed.

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Blogger Jim Winter said...

Cheeseburger, you know Luke would make a decent guest blogger, maybe even transcribing for Anakin.

Just a thought.

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Blogger Darth Nepharia said...

Yes, Wow. And Wow. Good luck to you, what ever you face tomorrow.

Nepharia

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Magnificent work! This has been one of the most entertaining sites I've found on the web and I'm sincerely sorry to see it end.

-Mark

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Anonymous Indigo Skye said...

Thank you. I have read nearly every novel in the Star Wars Universe. Your writings (humorous, but also poignant) put me in the universe as well as the best of those novels. In fact, my upcoming viewing of Episode-III has already been wonderfully 'plused' by your insight into the persona of Anakin Skywalker. I grew up with the characters from Episodes IV-VI, they remain my true passion in the Star Wars mythos. I hope that, if you get feel an urge, any urge, you'll point your talents at the mythos again. Thank you.

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Anonymous Yappy said...

Wow, absolutely fantastic. Am sad it's at an end but good luck for the future!!

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Anonymous Miracle Max said...

Have fun storming the castle!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brillinat. Just bloody brilliant. I salute you who wrote this.

May you have greater success for the effort.

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Anonymous Optimus Prime said...

Lord Vader, one shall stand, one shall fall.

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Anonymous Padme's Handmaiden said...

Bravo!!!

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Blogger Doug the Jedi said...

I'm pretty sure if I were alive back in your day I could have taken you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well done! I have very much enjoyed reading these entries!

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Blogger Jake said...

Wow. I can only echo the sentiment of everyone lese here. Astonishingly well done.

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Anonymous Matt said...

CheeseburgerBrown, you really ought to have a link to your tip jar up here. I found it over at mfdh.blogspot.com, so I guess it's not essential, but this is the type of content that I'm happy to pay for, and I can't imagine I'm the only one.

Now get cracking on that novel.

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Anonymous don Jaime del Resfriado said...

Wait, Lord V. I thought Watto said "Two for the price of one!" when you were born. So how did you remember anything about life under Gardulla the Hutt? You know, in your post "For Shmi"?

Man, you really are Force sensitive. Must be softer than Charmin.

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Blogger AC said...

At the end of the day, all I can is an inadequate Thank You.

Here's wishing you all the luck in all future endeavours.

Stay sharp Lord Vader

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wept as I was reading this post. Thank you for making us understand and love your tragic hero.

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Anonymous Merikari said...

Sorry to post just another "me too" comment, but this was just absolutely inspired! Brilliant. We're not worthy.

Never give up writing.

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Anonymous Axeman89 said...

Wow!

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Anonymous Axeman89 said...

Let me clarify---that was beautiful. The best yet, and touching.

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Blogger stupid said...

BRAVO!

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Blogger Jenn said...

(OOC) What a wonderful storyteller! I was reading your article, and was commenting how rich your words are. It's a bit unexpected to hear such words come out of the Dark Lord's mouth, but, as you state, if you can imagine James Earl Jones say them, it sounds believeable. I'm only sorry this saga has ended. Perhaps we will one day get a blog from the era between Ep III and Ep IV?

If not, bravo on a blog well done. This last entry brought tears to my eyes as Vader saw Shmi in his son's eyes. truly beautiful writing.

jenn m.
Oxford, MS, USA

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Blogger Geek_Aus said...

Very moving and descriptive. Love the detail. Brilliant.

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Anonymous Miss Piggy said...

I am so sad. My Vader is gone. I am without my darkness. I am so utterly all alone, alone with my trachea. That is my destiny. Sob, sob, SNORT, sob. I will always love him. I will always wear black from now on when I eat roast beef. Sob.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have taken Lucas' barely two-dimensional character of evil and turned him into a complete person. One able to rationalize his actions, one hounded by his past and present mistakes, and one suffused with a dark but witty humor.

Your Vader is on par with the Fausts and Macbeths of literature. Seriously.

Very well done. I hope you can reap the benefits of all the hard work!

Best,
A new fan

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Anonymous rednever said...

Brilliant. Just brilliant. This last entry has greater depth and insight than anything George Lucas has ever done.

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Blogger Michael said...

This has been my favorite piece of Star Wars fiction. You've given a world of depth to the character, giving him dimension and humanity that he has never had, and making him an ultimately tragic antihero. Thanks for creating this....it has been a great build-up to the movie release.

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Anonymous Marishka said...

I can't find words of the correct magnitude to say how much I have enjoyed this blog over the past few weeks.
Thankyou for expressing so beautifully the man behind the mask - Episode 3 is going to be so much better after this!
Good Luck with the novel :)
Another addicted reader,

Marishka.

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Blogger Cyber Punk said...

Dude, you are the God of Blog. No, really, you rock *bows down and worships* :)

18.5.05  
Blogger Winston said...

To bad they didn't give you a shot at writing "Labyrinth of Evil".

Excellent writing. I hate to see it end.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, its too bad that Vader is later killed during an attempted robbery at Starbucks while getting his favorite coffee: an espresso shot. He knows the caffiene makes his left leg act up, but he finds solace in the strength of flavor and intensity of the drink.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a word, amazing. You have brought back the magic I remember from watching the original trilogy as a kid. :-)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best things on the Net. Absolutely brilliant!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Claim your destiny, redeem your life. May the force be with you, Lord Vader... Anakin.... always.

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Blogger NYPinTA said...

Damn!! I nearly wept for the heartless, legless, armless bastard.
I can't believe how sad I am there will be no more Vader.
Bravo.

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Anonymous recurring said...

I don't think it's fair to call Lucas' character of Anakin/Vader superficial, clearly he inspired this blog. But having said this, this has been one of the most captivating, insightful, humourous and moving depictions of an initially perceived 'evil' character I've ever read. Your writing and use of vocabulary weaves sentances as marvellously as your depiction of the Force.

And so let's not forget the fulfillment of the prophecy penned decades ago. :)

"...And in the time of greatest despair there shall come a savior,
and he shall be known as: THE SON OF THE SUNS."
Journal of the Whills, 3:127


"The Star Wars" By George Lucas
Lucasfilm Limited
Second Draft
January 28, 1975


The greatest despair - the rebellion was lost and Luke was about to fall to the Emperor's power. Anakin is indeed the savior Lucas always meant him to be. It just took him some time, and a journey through soulful darkness, to get there.

Please release this as an actual publication!

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Blogger Chuck said...

May the Force be with you, Anakin Skywalker.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can I say that hasn't already been said?
I am actually in tears as I finish reading this wonderfully touching entry. I thank you for adding so much to these last weeks that I've spent waiting for Episode III.

You have captured an essence of Anakin that has yet to be seen on film or in any of the prequel novels. Your work has truly made me feel his greatness and mourn his "fall to the Dark Side". I can only hope that Episode III does half as much...

You are a gifted and talented writer who has made an outstanding contribution to the Star Wars universe. I hope your work (both original and SW universe) are soon published so others can enjoy as much as I have.
-BinarySunset

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Blogger DJ Drummond said...

Well done.

Well done, indeed.

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Anonymous CSP said...

This has been an excellent read, and I am sorry to see it end. Congratulations, this entire blog has been extremely well done.

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Anonymous Darth Valius said...

Do us all a favor and print this blog in a book we can buy and cherish forever! I would already pre order it :)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great reading. Somehow captured Anakin's persona in comic and dramatic ways. Somehow able to remain true to the Star Wars universe.

Cheeseburger, you're a talented writer.

You do need to translate this stuff to other languages.

Meditate on this!

Thank you very much!

Darth Nerdious

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Blogger javafoofoo said...

Best...post...ever.

I will greatly miss your daily musings. Goodbye and thanks!

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Anonymous Kevin said...

This blog has made my last month, and you've even done what I thought was impossible--made me want to watch the prequels again. Damn I hope this isn't the last entry even though I know it probably is. I hope you do just one more, either set just before Vader and Luke square off for the final time or as a "If you're reading this, then I've become one with the Force" kind of deal or as a final entry from Luke. Must...have...more! You've given more life and sympathy to the character of Anakin Skywalker than even George Lucas ever could. Sorry to see it end, but like all good things, it must.

This has been the greatest blog I have ever read. I'm going to miss checking it daily for the latest update.

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Blogger VW said...

*****ROUTINE TRANSMISSION*****

FM: Dr. Hirome Sheon, Imperial Science Academy School of Paranormal Studies
TO: Sithlord Darth Vader, c/o Endore Task Force
SUBJ: Post-Death Activity

1. I have received several artifacts from the planet Dagobah, reputedly belonging to the former Jedi known as Yoda.

2. Among them is a journal, written in Corellian standard, which documents Yoda's studies of the so-called Force. (I am treating this with the usual skepticism, but of course you may feel differently.)

3. One of his most intriguing notations is one dealing with the Jedi mode of death. Yoda's theory is that it is possible to physically merge with this so-called Force upon the destruction or disruption of a Jedi's physical form.

4. A side-effect of this is that a Jedi who initiates such a merger can manifest himself in a form that can be seen and heard by others who are sensitive to this Force. Such a form, while corporeal, would not be physical in nature, but would still be able to interact with electrical impulses.

5. Yoda's specific application of this theory is that such a Jedi "ghost" could communicate with a non-Jedi by manipulating energy that manifests on the physical realm, such as makinig characters appear on a computer screen.

6. The implication of Yoda's premise would be that a dead Jedi who willed himself to merge with the Force (and, by extension, a dead Sith Lord who did the same thing) could keep a public weblog after his death.

7. Your thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

*****END TRANSMISSION*****

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Anonymous Scott said...

It's easy to forget that the villian rarely sees himself as evil. Even Hitler and Stalin thought that what they did was for the betterment of their people.

We forget that Vader is human and it was human emotion that brought him to do what those outside of him would call evil. Within his own heart he saw what he did as bettering the universe, somehow. He was bringing order to the chaos and those who stood in the way were opposeing order.

No doubt if asked after participating in the slaugher of the jedi why he did it, some variant of "it's for the children" would have come out. The final justification of all manner of horrible actions.

Thank you for reminding us all that the most horrible of monsters is at heart a human who wants to think good of himself.

As for the next incarnation of a blog, why not do something new and zany. Blog from the perspective of an awakening AI who is in charge of a large metropolis. As time goes on and "it" discovers the little creatures infesting itself, what will its reaction be? What "evils" might it commit as it comes to be more and more aware?

Just a thought.

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Anonymous T.Karde said...

My god. I never saw it before.

[i]...And yet, there is my son with Shmi in his eyes -- a product of love, before the storm. He is no Jedi, for his passion blows too hot, but perhaps he is not Sith, either. He is an instrument of change. He is the catalyst at the centre, the fulcrum on which pivot fates. To see him is to be blinded by the glory of the Force that orbits him like living netting.[/i]

Balance, Not Jedi, Not Sith. but the best of both worlds. Anakin created him, and destroyed all that were not in balance. it makes perfect sense and I never saw it before.

I bow before a true master.

I think it would be wonderful for you to write a novel that takes place between III and IV. From Vaders point of view. I'd buy it in a heart beat.

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Blogger Alena said...

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I was placing bets as to whether or not this post would be today or tomorrow.

Thank you for bringing my favorite character to life so well. :)


-Alena

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Blogger Jack Roy said...

Awesome. Truly well done. I'll get more work done in the morning from now on, but it won't be worth it.

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Anonymous Sgt. Valder said...

Lord Vader,

Thank you for this fascinating and insightful journey through your world. While I regret that we will not have your perspective on the events that take place between yourself, your emperor, and your son on the morrow, I understand that some things must remain unsaid.

This was a beautiful journey, masterfully told. I've no doubt that the Force will be with you in all your future endeavors.

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Blogger Lee said...

Bravo.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

*tip o' the hat*

Truly one of the best pieces of writing I've read in quite a while. And I'm a voracious reader...

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Anonymous anne said...

A kiss on your cold metallic cheek,and a squeeze of your black gloved hand.

Thanks for the ride.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously the most brilliant entry so far. Please let there be just one more....something...anything at all about what comes next...

Okay, I'll stop begging now.

If there is nothing more, at least now there is some literature out there that reached the center of an iconic character better than the films ever did.

You gave him depth that made him more than a monster. And you have my most sincere praise for it. I salute you. Thank you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"whatever daemon rules him has its tonsils deep in the darkest layers of this galaxy."

Must be an infection, those tonsils are huge.

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Anonymous Dan said...

Simply Awesome... Really, just... wow, awesome...

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Blogger Oldsmoblogger said...

Well done, sir.

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Anonymous CM said...

Your blog has been the bright spot of my day for the last 2 weeks. I'm sad that it has come to an end. I would like to extend my thanks to you for having written such a great piece of work. You are trully a master of the pen my friend.

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Blogger Cyber Punk said...

Oh, mate, I linked you from my blog. Hope you dont mind? :)

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Blogger GJ said...

Thank you for putting some much-needed meat on the old Star Wars bones. Your timing and content were impeccable!

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Blogger Chuck said...

Wouldn't Darth have time for an entry as Luke was dragging him to the shuttle?

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Anonymous Jeffrey said...

Someday I hope to be able to write material as good as this. Way to go out strong, Mr. Vader.

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Anonymous T.Karde said...

Man, I'm still blown away. I have a whole new understanding of the story that I never saw before. I always thought it was a story of good versus evil, but it's not. It's a story of one extream versus it's opposite extream, each feeling the other represents everything that is wrong with the universe, and how they ultimatly destroy one another. I don't think I could ever thank you enough for this. It quite possibly not only changed my views on the story, but on life itself. I am truly touched.

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Blogger JB in TN said...

I agree that this is great. I wish I had the time to go back and read from the beginning, but I'm afraid I would get fired for not working!

Please produce a compilation of these posts from start to finish. I would buy it, and it appears others would as well.

Seriously. I mean it. I'll buy it.

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Blogger a said...

Wow. The empathy you've shown for your character is astounding. You've done an amazing job at filling in the background story that the films cannot tell. I've been convinced that before it was all over Lucas was going to completely alter the way we look at the original trilogy, but you've already done that. Fantastic!

18.5.05  
Anonymous JonesingForMore said...

cheeseburgerbrown,
Dude. Sweet.
Can Darth not send one last message, a retrospective from the other side of what he learned, of his redemption, of his thoughts during that scene where the movie editing goes like this:
close-up Darth: looks at Luke
close-up Luke: writhing in agony
close-up Darth: looks at Palpatine
close-up Palpatine: lighting from fingers
(repeat preceding four shots about 30 times)

Just think of all he has left to teach us as he expounds on this cautionary tale.

We're begging you cheeseburgerbrown, you're our only hope. C'mon, you know you want this to continue. Seems like you're just getting momentum.

18.5.05  
Blogger Benji said...

Truly amazing, entertained me whilst counting down the time till i go see Episode 3, the anticipation for that made me nearly wet myself, and the jigging leg actually made it happen.

May the force be with You Always

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the ride!

18.5.05  
Blogger lUIS said...

"Just because you cannot see the path does not mean it is not beneath your feet."

What a brilliant line. I also had to hold back tears. So much of these writings have had so much life. Please, as just one of the thousands, just one more.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Darth Xander said...

Superb. I've read this blog avidly for the past couple of weeks and have really enjoyed how you've developed the character of Vader from a trachea crushing monster to a thoughtful, eloquent and even humourous individual driven down by his life and suffering a crisis of faith. It really picked up on elements touched on in the films but left largely undeveloped. I particulary like how you've highlighted the importance of the issues of being enslaved and wanting to protect people in influencing Anakin's actions. I doubt Revenge of the Sith will make me feel half as much for the character as this blog has. Today's entry was the best yet and a perfect conclusion to the piece, so as others have said, bravo.

I really want to watch RotJ again now.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Suz said...

*claps* Bravo.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Carnifex said...

Cheeseburger -

I've played along with you a few times in the comments, an out-of-gas Dengar, a disgruntled Bespin guard, followed by a disgruntled maintenance worker, and the Galaxy Environmental rep.

The entire thing was amazing to read, and even more fun to play along with - I have no idea who first thought that the comments field was a good place to play "Vader's E-mail" but being able to participate in some small way in something so great was wonderful fun.

Today I had nothing - no stormtrooper escorting Luke out of the jungle, no At-At driver complaining about too many trees in the way - today it's all about you and the story.

Thanks much for a great few weeks of entertainment - checking the RSS feed for a new post has been the first thing I've done every day as soon as I get into the office since I first found the blog.

I hate to see it end - thanks again for spending the time.

18.5.05  
Blogger Garoo said...

Like everyone: Wow. Beautiful finale.

18.5.05  
Anonymous recurring said...

I think how this has ended in the best way it could. Based on this perspective on the Darth we love, what's going through his mind beyond entering the Emperor's chamber is evident, yet should be left up to our own interpretation. :) Great lead up to both the climax of ROTJ AND Episode III, how you've managed to build up to both the emergence and end of Vader is amazing. :)

18.5.05  
Anonymous Jillster said...

Beautiful ending. You are a poet, Cheeseburgerbrown...your words weave passion and humor into a perfect tapestry.

I have enjoyed reading this blog, and I'll miss it. But even if you never do a blog like this again (and, honestly, how could you ever follow it?), I'll be satisfied. And I'll keep on reading your other stuff, too. Hey...I guess that means I'm a fan! :)

18.5.05  
Blogger Callie said...

Props dude. You have incredible talent. That just completely deepened and enlightened my view of Anakin. Make a book man.

18.5.05  
Blogger Dave said...

Wow, the first mistake (I believe) I've seen you make.

I had heard that Shmi was pregnant with Anni when she was sold to Watto (hence him saying "I get two slaves for the price of one).

Maybe I'm wrong....

18.5.05  
Anonymous vik said...

best blog entry ever

18.5.05  
Blogger tee said...

wow.

18.5.05  
Blogger Cactus said...

Just too bad they pick that fuckwit Hayden to portray this man.

18.5.05  
Blogger Keith said...

Dude. Awesome.

18.5.05  
Anonymous grape said...

I got a little misty, CBB. Now where's my giant ROBOT!?!?!

18.5.05  
Blogger Zuriel said...

Brilliant.

18.5.05  
Blogger Silent Bob said...

That was great dude..my hat off to you. probably one of the best i have ever read.

18.5.05  
Blogger Fuzzball said...

No no no this can't be the last entry!

18.5.05  
Blogger Trooper1138 said...

I think I've read most literature about Star Wars out there, and I've never read anything as entertaining and just plain fun to read as this. You have a wonderful gift. Thank you for your words.

18.5.05  
Anonymous meekachan said...

Such beautiful writing...

It's been a long time since I've
read something so very rich and
satisfying.

Thank you Darth :) And may the
force be with you!

18.5.05  
Anonymous Ray said...

O M G. This is the single most impressive thing I've seen online to date.

Keep it up.

Impressive. Most impressive.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

typo:

"Through the fabric of the Force I could feel him reaching out to me..."

18.5.05  
Blogger WordsSayNothing said...

Qui-Gon would be proud.

18.5.05  
Blogger johnny d said...

If only Lucas put his heart into these characters as our writer did.
I've enjoyed this immensely, and I only knew too well it must soon pass.
Thank you for your wonderful writing.

18.5.05  
Blogger Ko Saipetch said...

Thank you very much for sharing such a beautiful story with us.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Neal Attinson said...

"The best, Jerry. The Best!"

Thank you, sir. More words would be superfluous.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Steve said...

You have done what I thought would be impossible... You've made me excited to another Star Wars movie! I can't wait! Thanks!

18.5.05  
Anonymous ethernet_jock said...

Thanks for this blog! I haven't voiced any opinion this entire time, but I've enjoyed your incredible skill enraptured daily by your entries as I sit in my boring corporate life. Never before have I truly enjoyed the essence of star wars like this... I just thought it was a dumb action movie. This kind of approach is for much more than just geeks ;)

Thank you.

Give the book idea some thought, please, I would buy more than one!

You are truly gifted with words and emotion - don't let anyone take that away.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Adron said...

Excellent beyond words. I've read many of the Stars Wars novels, and none have been as compelling as this simple blog. If Lucas doesn't hire you, he's a fool. I think you have a clearer understanding of the character than anyone besides George himself. And if you don't have some fiction in print soon, I (and countless others) will be sorely disappointed.
-adron

18.5.05  
Anonymous -id said...

Another "me too; utterly inspired; astonishingly brilliant; thank you so much for your time and effort and for sharing your talent and perspective" comment..
Another commenter on this thread put it best: you gave this character a depth that Lucas should *wish* he could have given him-- inspiring a whole new perspective to IV, V and VI for me, renewing the series - (not easy, seeing as how I've seen them all countless (and I mean countless) times), and I appreciate it. I've looked forward to these posts every day, and it saddens me that they are coming to a close.
Thank you.
(Utterly brilliant, totally love it, btw, in case I wasn't clear.)

18.5.05  
Blogger Jason said...

Bravo! Bravo! Encore! Encore! Huzzah! Huzzah! Friggin' fantastic. I'm walking into Episode III with a whole new perspective. Thank you.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a great thing, and I wish there were more to come, but you have been great...

--Jim
sheeple.us

18.5.05  
Blogger Errante said...

Simply brilliant. This is the best blog I've seen.

It ended. I'm sad. I found it midway through the tale and was mesmerized. But it had to end and it ended today.

I'm sad. I'm mostly a lurker, but I had to compliment you for the blog, for the ideas and for the writing. They are all brilliant.

Congratulations.

Make the book. I will buy it.

18.5.05  
Anonymous best of luck said...

If only Lucas had your vision... You made me very happy with your work. I wish you the very best in your life.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Pablo said...

I have no words.

Thank you

18.5.05  
Anonymous Antoine Thisdale said...

Masterful writing, energetic humour and truthful characterism of Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader's True identity.

This work is amongts the most insightful and poignant the StarWars universe has offered, even tho not sanctionned by LucasArts.

I would highly recommend putting these writing in a book, with notes from the author, notes from the creator (lucas) and an array of pictural work from the movies.

Not only would it sell well, but it would be worth every penny.

18.5.05  
Blogger @;) said...

words fail, o lord vader. truly truly wonderful writing, a symphony of feelings in a melody of words. may the force be with you, anakin skywalker! may the force be with you, darth vader!

18.5.05  
Blogger Squatting Jedi said...

Wonderful. From start to end you captured the heart of Anakin.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the CG effects in the world can't substitute for good writing. Well done . This has been an outstanding read. At the beginning there was more goofy humor that worked because it was out of place for Vader to say many of the things you wrote. But then you really explored Vader in a more realistic manner, and it rocked. Sorry to see it end.

18.5.05  
Blogger Damien said...

A great end to a great character. You have done with a Blog what the movies were unable to do with film - truly amazing.

Some have mentioned Luke would be someone to continue the saga. I think he is too developed to re-animate. But there is another...a sister...a daughter.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Zoomba said...

I have to say, definitely the best of your articles so far. You've managed to present both humor and great insight and throughtfulness in the character of Vader. I hope to see more great stuff like this from you in the future... you're definitely very talented

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep the humor coming! We all love it in the office. Thanks.

18.5.05  
Anonymous pb said...

Beyond words. Wow!

18.5.05  
Blogger bow down to the king of the bumpy road said...

Bravo... work of art!

18.5.05  
Blogger Billy The Kid said...

That was beyond anything I have ever read as a fan. I don't think anything in the movies or in the books has ever really had that kind of emotional impact.
That was beautiful and tragic.
Good Lord. If only the movies were half as good.
They are supposed to do a TV series set between episode III and IV. THIS is what is needs to be.
Vader.
I am moved.

Thank you.

18.5.05  
Blogger Jenn said...

I'm almost certain this is not the case, but with all the grief Lucas has gotten over the prequals, how funny would it be if Lucas wrote this blog and fooled us all?

I just thought of that as I was reading post after post of kudos and how this blog has put "Sith" in perspective for us all. And I read a comment or two about how, because of this post, folks were going back to watch "TPM" and "AOTC" again. That's funny.

But, I'll state again with no apologies that this is fantastic work. I would like to see it printed. Does anyone know what Lucas thinks of it, or has he seen it?

jenn m.
Oxford, MS, USA

PS: I'm really going to miss hearing about the Ewok barbecues and crushing one's trachea with your mind. A co-worker and I have used that phrase in many a meeting over the past few weeks. :-) It makes us smile.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Haplo said...

Unfortunate and inevitable as it is, all things come to an end.
This is the best fanfic I've read about Star Wars, very clever and enjoyable.
This last post brought tears to my eyes, wich, at least, says much about the impact you can put in your words.
Do the pdf thing you've mentioned before, or sell it as a book, what ever, I'd buy 10 and give them to my friends. This is a read to share.

More unfortunately is the fact that we have now to look for other things to read, shame it'll be hard to find one as entertaining as this.

Back to work now, the Empire stands still.

Farewell Lord Vader.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Darth Marieño said...

OOC - The poignancy of this final post finally brought tears to my eyes. Please make haste for the Skywalker Ranch and barge in on the production meetings for the forthcoming TV series, this blog in hand!
Thank you so much for filling out one of the most important characters in modern American "literature".

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Just because you cannot see the path does not mean it is not beneath your feet."

What great writing! Did you write that one yourself, or did you borrow it from somewhere. A fortune cookie, perhaps?

Sad to see it over, but I sense that you are smarter that Lucas in getting out before the well runs dry.

Did you actually plan to perfectly time it to end on the eve of the last movie?

Well done, sir!

18.5.05  
Blogger Alan said...

Good work, Cheesy. Ever since I stumbled upon this, I've been enjoying your portrayal of Vader in a new light, one not easily visible from the orignal trilogy. (And while I'm not crazy about the current pre-trilogy, one has to look beyone the 'midichloran' junk just to see the gems.) I personally wish you could continue, but if it's beating a dead Dewback, then by all means don't.

The AI suggestion is a nice one--may I suggest Alpha Centauri's 'Self Aware Colony', perhaps in a faction like The Spartans or The Human Hive? It's up to you, of course.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: Palpatine, EMP HMGE
From: Piett, Adm. HMGE
Date: 18 MAY 2005
Subject: URGENT - Skywalker

COMINT/XLINT #180505
REC: TRANSIT: SECTRANS

It's no coincidence. The rebel Skywalker is in fact the sun of Anakin Skywalker. Darth revealed this to me himself today. He did so in confidence, so you didn't hear this from me - I'm not one to gossip.

Incidentally, I'd like to install force lasers around the core. I know this sounds crazy, but there's actually enough room in the access ducts to fly a small ship into the core. Such a mission would be suicide, but the rebels are getting desperate. We have some force lasers in the tier 231 storage bunker that won't be needed for another month, and by then the access to the core will be blocked by plasma ducts. I'll await your permission. No hurry.

18.5.05  
Blogger kr said...

I've been telling all my friends about this blog since I found out about it (from Slashdot, I think). It's been the highlight of my daily web reads. Very well done. *clap clap* etc etc

Rice Krispy,

-kr

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has been an amazing blog. I really really really hope you decide to publish this, because I would buy it for sure...please make it happen!

18.5.05  
Anonymous Sobby Kenobi said...

May the force be with you.

This has been an amazing read. It is too bad it all ends so soon.

Like that I do not.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, U transformed Darth Vader from the trachea crushing "Knight-bastard" that lucas portraid him as, and then have made him complete. the last 7 or so entries have been some of the most heartful things that I have read in a long time. This is truly great work; Lucas should be taking notes.

Please do eather some afterdeath posts or "back to the beginning" writing. This is too good to end.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a great writer and a wonderful imagineer!! I have looked forward to this story everyday for the past couple of weeks and have enjoyed every word of it. I would also buy this in book format, so get to work!

18.5.05  
Blogger MegaDestructo said...

Absolutely fantastic. I teared up reading it! Just...brilliant.

18.5.05  
Blogger Peter said...

best... blog... ever...

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome. Do R2D2 next! We all know that under his benign exterior filled with whirs, beeps and clicks lies a lecherous, sexist droid with things on his mind!

18.5.05  
Anonymous C. Scott Ananian said...

Well done. I enjoyed this a lot.

18.5.05  
Blogger Randy said...

The finest work I've read anywhere in any form in I don't know how long - many thanks for your dedication to your muse. More! More!

18.5.05  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

nifty

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you realize your effect on the economy brought about by the loss of productivity in the workplace.

I wonder if George Lucas reads this blog. He should.

18.5.05  
Blogger Corax said...

As the best in showbiz do, you've left us begging for more. Bravo!

18.5.05  
Blogger Drew Price said...

Anakin! You can totally blog from the other side and let us know what it's like being one with the living force!

Good luck to you!

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff. You have restored my love for Star Wars, and I am sad to see it end.

18.5.05  
Anonymous John Toh (Malaysia) said...

Matthew aka Cheeseburger,

My sincere salution to you!!! This is the best blog site I have come across in my life (to date...)

As a true admirer, I have never dreamt that someone can impersonate Lord Vader so well... You are the one and only! Thank you so much for making a "dent in our universe"... meant so much.

God bless you...

p/s: Wonder whether Vader's spirit will return to blog?... Perhaps a last blog to lead us to another new site????

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, GREAT blog. Your metod of storytelling is well thought out, and your devotion to the character is amazing. "Professional" writers could not do any better!

If you must end this blog, then that's ok. You've done a great job and it's understandable considering the Star Wars hype will not last long after the movie is released. Yet seeing a blog written by you from the perspective of R2D2 would be very interesting. Give it some thought.
-BAS

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo. Just brilliant.

18.5.05  
Anonymous C-3PO said...

YES! I support BAS' suggestion of a new blog from R2D2's perspective. Would be really cool to finally hear what's going thru the mind of that tin can...

C-3PO

18.5.05  
Blogger Dakiwiboid said...

Bravo! That was moving, strongly written, and filled in some much-needed holes. Thank you so much for this blog!

18.5.05  
Anonymous darth howard said...

Yay. This has been fantastic. From twitchy legs to loose bladders, from throat/mind conflicts to the rare insight that Boba eats like a slurpy shameless fatso....Yay again.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*applause*

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant! Well done!

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn...God damn your good! If only Lucus wrote so well...

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prequel blog! Prequel blog! Prequel blog! Prequel blog!

(Things missing: Episode 4! And then go back and do Ep 1 - 3! 'cmon this is good stuff! please please please!!!11!!oneone)

18.5.05  
Anonymous Ash said...

You made the right decision, Anakin, Good Man. Go save the Universe!
--
Thanks for the insight, it added so much depth to the character. I'll watch all the episodes with a new (and better) perspective after this. Awesome.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Alex H. said...

Thank you for that.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Jaradel said...

I just found this blog recently (linked off of washingtonpost.com I think), and I was completely hooked. It was funny and touching all at once, and you have penned a truly beautiful, poignant, and emotional end. I was wondering, the other day, where the blog would end - at which point during ROTJ - and now that the end has come, I am sad. I wish there were a way to know Anakin's thoughts when the Emperor unleashes his Force lightning on Luke, and what he was thinking when he made the decision to save his son and destroy his master. Then again, maybe we know all we need to know from that one shot in ROTJ, where Vader looks at Luke, then looks at Palpatine, and makes his choice.

18.5.05  
Blogger The Purgulist said...

Good writing in the blogosphere is hard to find. Thanks for the engaging read!

I never knew there was extra stuff going on in the comments section! I read this blog directly from my bloglines account. Now I have to go back and read from the blog so I can get that added layer!

I really like the suggestion about following Leia. When ROTJ ended, I was wondering what would happen to her...if she would pursue becoming a Jedi with Luke or what she would do to harness the force. Wow...even all the stuff dealing with finding out that Luke was her brother after all this time of being attracted to him. Yikes- imagine the possibilities if she hadn't been told they were brother and sister. How does Lucas feel about incest?? Yikers!!

May the force be with you always...

~The Purgulist

18.5.05  
Blogger Rusty Shackleford said...

Thanks for the memories....it's been fun.

18.5.05  
Anonymous robertpate said...

Bravo! Excellent work. I am enlightened by your perception of humanity and depth of character you put into Darth Vader. I hope to see future works by you, and not just ones limited to the star wars universe. Perhaps, a tale of your own?

18.5.05  
Anonymous An Impressed Reader said...

I just got back from Episode III.

Sir, your entry today is a poignant, powerful and amazingly (considering I do not think you have seen EPIII yet?), AMAZINGLY accurate...wow.

You really understand this character. You really understand Anakin Skywalker.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, sir, allow me to congratulate you. My own jealousy aside (i only wish that i could write this well) you have done a fantastic job! I am a HUGE fan of the starwars universe, and have HATED what lucas did with the first two. I own sixty out of the seventy or so books written after rotj. I love it. But you have given life to a character that i didn't even know needed one! Wonderful! I agree with my fellow fans when they say, more! more! more!

(Last thing...it wouldn't hurt my feelings to read one more, a parting shot if you will. I like the idea of it leading us all to the next one, but that's entirely up to you. And I support the R2D2 idea. I think that it would be friggin' fantastic!!!!!)

Deployed to Iraq

18.5.05  
Blogger Doug the Jedi said...

Here's one that will anger all of you Star Wars nuts...and this is coming from the Last of the Jedi.

http://kevinantcliff.blogspot.com/

18.5.05  
Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

I take it you do not want to join the Federation?

18.5.05  
Blogger Matthew Lewis Carroll Smith said...

Wizard! I was so choked with emotion I thought someone was crushing my trachea.

18.5.05  
Blogger FerGil said...

Absolutely great writing. It's a shame it has to end.

18.5.05  
Anonymous DeusExMachina said...

Dude, you are the man. That was so cool to read. When I first read a part of I thought it would be a good for a laugh or two, but some of those pieces you wrote actually moved me in a way that the movies never really did.

Well done and I'm sad to see it's over actually...

18.5.05  
Anonymous JP said...

Thank you so much for having done this. Just 4 days ago, I watched RotJ again just to be "in tune" with your final posts. I'm glad I did. Having Luke's eyes fresh in my mind when you reference their resemblance to Shmi's was perfect.

I posted a week or two ago as 'Palpatine' (kinda in & kinda out of character). The comments did help add ambiance, creating a sense that this really was the blog site of Darth Vader.

Kudos to you. Now, hopefully you will take Lucas' offer to write the updated version of Doogie, "Darthie Vader, S.L.".

jp

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have shown the world the vader that i loved as a child. this is the vader that can only be seen by those that haved walked some small part of the path of his life. thank you.

18.5.05  
Blogger Dan said...

Very well thought-out and written. Cheers to the author in his future ambitions.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Hardy said...

I've been impressed by this work for such a long time. It's introduced me to so many new paradigms, of which I've never thougth of before. Quite possibly, tis is the best fanfiction ever.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear CBB,
I have been amazed that you have taken a "Decently" written part like that of Darth Vader and given it so much life. Before I was going to see EP III and just be glad that the whole thing was finnaly over however, with this the final (and I don't realy know how you can top this one) post I can really see the path before Anikin and where he will eventualy end up. Many of the choices Vader makes in the 4-6 trilogy seem to be based on being a bad guy and yet you show us that Luke is right "There is still good in him I can feel it" and with that I must admit that the only thing I can say to express my gratiude to you CBB is Thank You.

P.S. You could tell us what Vader realy thinks about also having a daughter. (hint hint)

18.5.05  
Anonymous Hans Olo said...

I'm sure your spirit will find a way to show us your final thoughts.

May the force be with you, Anakin...

18.5.05  
Anonymous Luthe said...

Not only have you taken my favorite character and my favorite scene and enriched them, you have also made them beautiful beyond the point of no return. I have nothing but love for the writer of this post, and my perspective will be forever changed by it.

May the Force be with you.

::goes to watch RotJ again::

18.5.05  
Anonymous SfK said...

Lord Vader,

Your insight is bewildering! To see such a character in such a role, with such thoughts and feelings and emotions, is astounding!

Haha.. honestly, I don't think Episode III will hold a candle to such a well-played tapestry of the role behind the masque..

I've been an avid reader, and I hate to see it go.. but all [good] things must (supposedly) come to an end.. like it or not... to whatever may come from this, my hat is off to you!

Cheers!

(i could only hope to transcribe as eloquently as you! :P)

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Masterpiece.

Thanks.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I really enjoyed this blog. I'd like to put a vote in for no more vader blog, though. This piece stands perfectly as is. Adding more, or blogging vader earlier in life would somehow detract from the rather complex character he turned out to be.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Dr. Romay said...

Dear CheeseburgerBrown
and Dear Everyone:

I fully believe everyone out there agrees with me in this being one of the most beautiful reads out there in the galaxy. I've no doubt, Cheeseburger, that, as Sgt. Valder stated earlier, the Force will be with you in all your future endeavours.

Qui-Gon would definitely be proud.

These past few weeks, I've slept less, yet enjoyed my barbarian profession much more, with images of Ewok barbabecues and trembling left legs swimming through my mind.

You know we all thank you heartfully and deeply for this masterful insight into Lord Vader's soul.

I also want to thank all you guys out there who made this read even better (if that's possible): the hilarious womp rats, Lorelai, Padme's sexy Handmaidens, Miss Piggy, NYPinTA (who's been here since the beginning as well as our tall/short? wookieehobbit), the multiple Lukes, the angry Obi-Wan Kenobis, Alena & her heartful greetings, the tons of Anonymous, grape, PolesPosition, the various officers and representatives from some of the major (and not so major) institutions and organizations of the galaxy, the oh-so-many heroes and villians (Eskeletor, James Bond, Batman, among many others), Chris, Alxsteele and his Association of Colored (and furry) Little-people Union (ACLU), our various Darths and Siths (Nexus, snoopy, Sidius, Revan, Naska, Plagueis, Simpson, Malice, Steinbrenner, Cletus, Ren...) sophisticated-name Jean-Luc Picard, Nescafe with his greetings, always-present Dave, Spaceman Spiff, Pablo, the love-befallen stormtroopers, anne and her great interview... and so many others I should definitely have named...

Thanx, everyone, for the unforgettable ride.

MTFBWY all,

Dr. C. Romay








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Anonymous ronald snijder said...

What can I say? You made me laugh, and now you leave me with sweet sorrow.

It has been a wonderful experience, thank you very much.

-ronald-

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for writing this! I've really enjoyed it! It's going to be hard to watch Episode III without thinking about what I've read of Vader here...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said...

But to say nothing would be Unfair. An insult, almost.

Thank you for this experience, CheeseburgerBrown.


- Trooper TK0244

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Blogger Nik Ordway said...

Really great stuff! I'm sad to see it end, but I loved every minute of it. Thanks for all your efforts

18.5.05  
Blogger Mr. Booni said...

This has been a brilliant series. Thanks for sharing it. I salute you.

18.5.05  
Anonymous James said...

Excellent work. I commend you.

Though many try to tempt you down a dark path, remember the ancient wisdom:

Always leave them wanting more.

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Blogger Nic said...

Holy COW! Bloody brilliant. I got a little veklempt as I read it and it truly made me feel sorry for the man within the monster. You can redeem yourself and are well on the way to doing it. Your death will be one of dignity and will bring you back into the fold of the ones who love you the most on the other side. Godspeed and farewell brave warrior who has not forgotten, but instead remembered, in the end where you came from or what matters most. May the Light Side of the Force be with you now and forever! Your impending death will not be in vain.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

O_O
OMG
INCREDIBLE!!!

18.5.05  
Anonymous some dude said...

Nice way to time the ending for the eve of the worldwide release of Episode 3. You've obviously been working on this for a while...and what a great job you did. I hope you get a really good writing gig out of this. Good luck in your future endeavours!

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Blogger Daniela said...

Marry me.

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Blogger snaars said...

A great mix of insight and humor. I enjoyed the occasional anachronism here and there throughout the blog. Even those scenes we are familiar with are enriched by the perspective you present. Thank you.

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheeseburger,

This was fantastic, of course.

Now how about a blog of Lord Voldemort's?

Or even better...Professor Snape?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo!!!
Encore!!!

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Anonymous Commander Erbo said...

Oh wow.

I have always felt that there was a lot going on in Vader's mind in that scene on Endor when he confronts Luke for the first time and Luke tries to help him turn away from the dark side, but you've just brought that moment into a degree of focus never before seen. Certainly that Lucas never articulated.

You've helped remind us that the story of Anakin/Vader is one of innocence lost, of a downfall into darkness, and yet of ultimate redemption. In more ways than one, "the circle is now complete." We've seen a different side of the man behind the mask, thanks to you. I salute you!

18.5.05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you had assisted in the writing of the prequels, they would have been much better.

And I mean that as a major, major compliment to you!

Excellent work.

That compliment does not do your work justice!

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Anonymous nanfoodle said...

What a perfect way to set up tomorrow's movie. Bravo, well done, and thanks!

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Blogger The Complimenting Commenter said...

Fantabulous post and site. Thanks for the writing.

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