Tag Archives: SCIFI

DARTH VADER IN NEW CANON

I REALLY love how Darth Vader was reimagined in the new Star Wars canon. In the old Expanded Universe, there were several stories in which multiple characters who could beat Vader. I do not like this version of Darth Vader because the Galactic Empire would have fallen sooner than it did if Vader was that weak. Now, the new canon truly portrays how Vader instilled an all-consuming fear in the Empire’s friends and enemies. Disney has made us fear Vader again in ways we didn’t before. The greatest villains are not hated; they are feared. Darth Vader is not the most feared Jedi killer in recent history because he looks terrifying and is ruthless, but because he is STRONG!!! The new canon showed Darth Vader being too strong both physically and in the dark side, portraying him like a force of nature instead of a person. Even Vader’s subordinates whether if they are Inquisitors or Imperial officers would rather kill themselves than face his unstoppable wrath. With this version of Darth Vader, you can’t fight him and all you can do is run for your life. When it comes to Darth Vader, you are not running from a man or a machine but from death itself. Not only could most of his enemies not match him in lightsaber combat, but Darth Vader’s power in the dark side is so extreme that he could literally tear his surrounding environment apart if it means crushing his prey. Against weaker opponents, Darth Vader toys with them like a cat playing with a wounded mouse. I can see why Kylo Ren wants to be like his grandfather. Not just because of Vader’s immense power in the dark side, but also the respect he instilled in his minions and the fear he instilled in his enemies. The scariest thing of all is that the ancient Sith Lord Momin implied that the ancient Sith were even stronger than either Vader or Palpatine. I look forward to seeing this in future works. In the meantime, I get to enjoy watching Darth Vader in all his sinister glory in the new canon.

CURVED HILT SWORD

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A few years ago, I discovered the significance of swords with curved hilts like this katana. When a sword’s hilt is curved, you not only have better blade control and precision, but you also have a little extra power with each strike. The curvature of the hilt also makes your techniques and movements unpredictable compared to swords with a straight hilt. I will be featuring a sword with a curved hilt in my space opera story.

REALISTIC DUAL WIELDING

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I had an interesting skill to give one of my characters in my space opera story. I am thinking of giving them the ability to dual wield two weapons at the same time. I am thinking of modeling their fighting style after the Japanese Daisho sword pair. Normally, when these blades are used, the larger blade is used for offense and the smaller blade is used for defense. However, this character will not be using a katana and wakizashi, which are the usual blades for a Daisho sword pair. Instead, they will be wielding one large blade and a small blade at the same time. I won’t say which blades they will be using, but it will be impressive.

SPACE PSYCHICS

In many space opera stories, there have been examples of psychics with extraordinary powers. Spock from Star Trek had psychic abilities when he performed the Vulcan Mind Meld. The Jedi and Sith have prominently displayed psychic powers through the Force in Star Wars. River Tam was implied to have psychic powers in Firefly and Serenity. Sarah Kerrigan was one of the strongest psychics in the Starcraft franchise. The list goes on and on. I am thinking of carrying on this tradition by including an organization of psychics in my space opera story. These psychics will be the most prominent military and law enforcement organization in known space. Real life militaries often perform experiments to try and create an army of psychic super-soldiers. A prime example is the Stargate Project from 1991, which was conducted by the United States Army. One could argue that my organization is a manifestation of what that psychic army would look like if it ever bore fruit.