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I am among the minority who had little interest in the original Star Wars movie but has a liking for the prequel story of Anakin Skywalker in Episode I and II. Anakin, who later evolved into the sinister Darth Vader, was a cute, helpful, and sacrificial 9-year-old boy in Episode I. In Episode II, the twenty year-old Anakin was a skillful, precocious, and daredevil Jedi apprentice who considered his mentor¡¦s instructions overbearing, sidestepped the rule that forbade romance for Jedi Knights, and erred on the side of reckless abandon.

In one defining moment, when Anakin and his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi were chasing an assassin in a space mobile at night, Anakin sped dangerously with no regard for the crowd or his own safety and chased the suspect through the crowded streets and airspace. No angle, acceleration, and altitude were disliked by the driver Anakin. Just as they had lost the assassin¡¦s ship, Anakin threw himself overboard, glided his body through air and traffic, and landed his body perfectly on the suspect¡¦s space mobile.

Obi-Wan Kenobi could only mutter, ¡§I hate it when he does that!¡¨

In another incident, Anakin massacred a whole village, including women and children, to avenge his mother¡¦s death at the hands of intruders.

Lucas explained to Time magazine why Anakin turned into the evil Darth Vader: ¡§He turns into Darth Vader because he gets attached to things. He can¡¦t let go of his mother; he can¡¦t let go of his girlfriend. He can¡¦t let go of things. It makes you greedy. And when you¡¦re greedy, you are on the path to the dark side, because you fear you¡¦re going to lose things, that you¡¦re not going to have the power you need." (Time 4/29/02 ¡§Dark Victory¡¨ http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101020429/story.html)

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