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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Missing Linc on Positively Nerdy! Topic: When Does Anakin Skywalker Become Darth Vader?

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A few weeks ago I sat down for a Skype call with my good friend Ryan Porter to tape an episode for his podcast, Positively Nerdy. Like your esteemed blogger here, Ryan delves into all types of fandom, from comics to movies and more. I was also pleased to be joined by my best friend, Star Wars artist Joe Hogan, and Hughes the Force producer Ruark Dreher. Joe and I met both Ruark and Ryan at a small get together a Miller's Ale House in Orlando for Star Wars Celebration V way back in 2010. It was the epitome of what a convention is supposed to do, bring fans from all over the country (and the world) together to share their love of Star Wars.

Miller's Ale House
Some of the best people you will ever ever meet.

On this particular evening, Ryan, Joe, Ruark, and I engaged in a debate as to when Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader. Is it when he pledges himself to Sidious? When he storms the Jedi Temple and kills the younglings? Or, was there always still good in him? We went on for over an hour about the power of redemption, the lure of the dark side, and a whole other range of topics related to the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker. I have to say, this was my first podcast and I had an absolute blast! For a moment it felt like we were back at Miller's, sharing some drinks and talking the night away. It truly is an amazing thing when the love of one saga can bring together so many different people.

Now get ready for some in-depth Star Wars talk!

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Anakin Vader
The ultimate identity crisis.

What do you think? Does Anakin ever really "become" Darth Vader? If so, what was the tipping point....and is there every any going back? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

For more positively awesome Positively Nerdy podcasts, you can go the website here or subscribe on iTunes.

Be sure to check out the amazing artwork of Joe Hogan, including his motion comic: The Siren of Dathomir.

And definitely watch the phenomenal John Hughes/Star Wars mashup that is Hughes the Force.

Thanks for reading...and listening!...and May the Force Be With You!


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