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January 5, 2010

What happens on Tatooine, stays on Tatooine…

"Bye, Threepio. Hope to see you around. Maybe we can get together and freeze some smugglers in carbonite or something."

"Bye, Threepio. Hope to see you around. Maybe we can get together and freeze some smugglers in carbonite or something."

If Anakin was born on Tatooine, built C-3P0 and knew R2-D2, how come he never acknowledges these things as Darth Vader? It’s not realistic.

First of all, how or why do you think he should react to all these things? If he even still recognizes Threepio or Artoo at all, he probably doesn’t care at that point. And what’s he supposed to do? Buy them a drink and reminisce with them about the good ol’ days?

Not only is he a vastly different man at that point, but there’s approximately a 20 year gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Do you remember all the people who passed through your life 20 years ago? And consider that in the Star Wars universe, droids are fairly common things, nothing special. It would be a little like you remembering what kind of refrigerator or blender you had 20 years ago. (Think hard. Can you remember either of those? Would you recognize them today?) Further, would you get all nostalgic and emotional about seeing them again. Very unlikely.

When The Phantom Menace came out, there was a lot of needless wailing and crying about the problems that details in the prequels introduce, but none of them were really problematic at all. One of those frequently cited “problems” was that if Anakin were born on Tattooine, why does he not seem to acknowledge or remember it in A New Hope when he’s capturing Leia.

Umm… because maybe he was a litle preoccupied at the time. The task at that point for Vader is to retrieve the stolen Death Star plans, not to reminisce about a time and place he likely wanted to forget anyway.

Oh, and possibly because the scenes in A New Hope would play something like this:

“Comander, tear this ship apart until you’ve found those plans, and bring me the prisoners. I want them ALIVE… oh and did I mention that I grew up here on Tattooine? Yeah, lovely place, lots of fun memories and… oh! The pod races. Sigh…”

So, to some extent, prequel characters recognizing each other would seem a bit of a stretch anyway. The whole issue is nullified by time and memory.

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