Ever since it debuted in the late ‘70s, Star Wars has always been the subject of fan theories. Hell, some could argue that the film inspired these kinds of film discussions, given the kind of fan-base it has these days, though that might be a bit of a stretch. In a funny twist of fate, a LucasFilm executive named Phil Szostak has decided to myth-bust a number of popular Star Wars theories and fans are eating it up.
His first post myth busts the idea that George Lucas planned for Darth Vader to be the father of Luke Skywalker from the very beginning since “Darth Vader” supposedly means “Dark Father” in Dutch or German. Well, Szostak went to work, noting how Lucas confessed that he had no plans to make Vader Luke’s father until writing for The Empire Strikes Back began and “Darth” has no meaning in Dutch or German.
2. “Darth Vader, a tall, grim-looking general” appears in the May 1974 The #StarWars rough draft— Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) August 3, 2019
3. Darth Vader is not Luke Skywalker’s father until the April 1, 1978 second draft of #EmpireStrikesBack
4. “Darth” doesn’t mean anything in Dutch or German
MYTH BUSTED pic.twitter.com/UaxMKKMwtK
Szostak also busted the myth of AT-ATs supposedly being based on Oakland container cranes, pointing out how they were actually inspired by some of the spaceships seen in War of the Worlds. Plus, he also pointed out how Lucas denounced the myth years ago, which is cheating but hey, who’s counting?
2. Johnston’s two-legged tank evolved into a four-legged one, inspired by a 1968 Syd Mead illustration of a walking truck, General Electric’s 1968 walking truck prototype and the alien invaders of H.G. Wells’s classic sci-fi novel War of the Worlds#StarWars pic.twitter.com/2fW1qoo1AR— Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) August 3, 2019
You could argue that behavior like this is a bit unhealthy since it almost resembles elitist fans telling casual/new viewers that their perception of entertainment is wrong. Then again, he seems to be doing this for fun and it looks like fans are enjoying the posts, which is always what matters.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is coming to theaters this December.