The triplets aren’t into watching movies yet so we decided to go ahead and read a picture book based on Return of the Jedi.  The book has been in the family for years.  They’re six months old now.  The triplet’s reactions are as follows.

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Mabel

Wait a second they just rebuilt the same Death Star from the first movie and then left the same fatal flaw in it only this time Lando blows it up using the Millenium Falcon instead Luke having to make a miracle shot using the force?   I guess I’m just too young to understand why this makes sense.

Else

But where did the teddy bears learn how to fight like that?

Honeybear

The thing is that Luke keeps dressing in black throughout this movie.  Traditionally we associate that color with evil and we naturally do so in Star Wars because Darth Vader wears all black.  So why is Luke making this choice?  Lets think of the possibilities.

1) Luke is a tough guy and tough guys wear black.  I think we can pretty safely rule this one out.  My Dad does a good impression of Luke that sounds like a prepubescent 12 year old.

2) Luke may actually turn evil.  I’ve read the book and know that he doesn’t turn evil but I think that we are supposed to think that Luke turning evil is a possibility.  The problem is that at some point Luke whines this line of dialog,  “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!”  Evil just isn’t an option for him.

3) Luke wears black so he can feel close to his father.  This sounds about right to me.  We’ve already ruled out the possibility of Luke being tough and Luke being evil.  So what does a completely non-tough mama’s boy do to feel closer to his father?  Anything he can.  In this case he dresses like him.

But really this whole story is about redemption.  It is possible to not only make serious mistakes in life but to recover from them and become a better man.  Darth Vader’s decision to finally betray the Emperor and stand up for what he knows to be right redeems him.  Many lives were lost because of Vader’s decisions and who knows where he will end up in the next life.  I just know that he was able to change for the better despite no one believing it would be possible.

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