Will You Join The Dark Side? 'Star Wars' Fans, Test The Allure Of Evil With This Flowchart
Darth Vader, cloaked in black, breathing asthmatically, with his shining gladiator helmet, embodies the Force turned to evil. Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, clad in ivory robes and with bright-eyed optimism, represent the idealistic future of the Empire. Even 40 years after Star Wars was conceived, its first installment, A New Hope, continues to define the dark-light, good-evil binary. Its characters are so iconic, and its dialogue so emblematic of the franchise, that many figures from the original trilogy return for the rebooted Episode VII, The Force Awakens . Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker all confront the temptation of power promised by the dark side of the Force, but they overcome the impulse. Would you be so strong? Given the opportunity, will you join the dark side?
The dark side has a lot going for it: Galactic domination, infinite riches and a kingdom as far as the eye can — or can't — see, an army of powerful stormtroopers, and all the magic of the Force without the moral obligations of those on the side of good. That, and the sheer terror that overlords of the dark like Vader invoke, make the impetus to evil understandable. No one can truly know whether they'd succumb to the forces of evil unless confronted with the opportunity. As Obi-Wan Kenobi says in The Force Awakens, "The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded."
The Force Awakens introduces us to a whole new generation of good and evil, proving that the fight between powers is not just a battle of wits between Luke and father-Vader, but rather an ongoing struggle between darkness and light. Among the new batch of villains, Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma, and Andy Serkis' Uber all offer characters to revile or admire, depending on your perspective — and your susceptibility to the dark side of the Force. To be perfectly blunt, any character Adam Driver portrays is likely worth following to the end of the world, even if that world ends enshrouded in darkness.
Here's what's known so far: Kylo Ren built his cross-guarded light saber himself. An elegant weapon for a more civilized age, as they say. (Am I the only one who doesn't hate the new light saber? I'll only regret it if that satisfying light saber hum is retired for a more J.J. Abrams-approved sound effect.) He sports a Vader-inspired mask that alludes to his worship for the fallen dark lord. As for Captain Phasma, Christie's character is a rare female supervillain, originally conceived as a man but then cast as a woman when Star Wars filmmakers realized the dearth of women in their cast. She wears a gunmetal-colored stormtrooper suit, making her infinitely more bad ass. I'd follow her, too. The forces of evil are usually far more glam than the arbiters of good. Even less has been revealed about Andy Serkis's character, but he may be an evil zombie and Uber might be a code-name, according to the International Business Times.
As Abrams told Entertainment Weekly, "There are two sides to the Force. Both sides, arguably, would see themselves as the hero of their story." Will you join the dark side? Bustle has created the definitive flowchart to help you find your way
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