Author: Kyp Karrde
Date posted: 3/4/2003 12:45:07 AM
Kyp Karrde's Comments:
My senses are still quivering, my veins still thundering with the intense emotions this piece evoked. This was no fan fiction; this was a work of art. Setting any Star Wars connection aside for the moment, this writing as itself is wrenching and masterful. From a Star Wars perspective, it's a tour de force, a vital background, seeming almost to have been written before the films as source material, in which Vader's actions were all based on the emotions described here.
I always liked Vader for being being a hateful, completely evil villian with no weak spots. But he always seemed a bit jerky in his actions and emotions, as would befit the machine he became - but then how to explain his apparent love for Luke and his subsequent turnaround? His actions didn't seem to be coherently linked. Oh, it stood up well enough, I guess. But this piece pulls it all TOGETHER, doesn't make him out to be an old softy inside, or a secret weakling, or a one-dimensional evil droid, as I've read in other fics and books. The Vader here is evil, twisted; but he is also human, and tortured, and suddenly he is not just Evil in a black cape. He has become alive in a way that I've never understood before. In every single piece of writing I've read (and they are many) on Vader other than the movies' novellizations, he's "cheapened" - no other word for it. You were right, this does forever change the way you look at the movies - now it all holds together.
It all held together seamlessly (are you SURE a FEW writers wrote it together?! Rarely to styles blend so beautifully. Kudos to you.) Beyond for the overall enjoyment and the emotionally - twisting journey, I also loved little quirks here and there - calling Han Solo "the Pirate", for instance, because that is exactly what Vader would have mentally referred him as. The authors obviously spent lots of time researching and thinking it through, BECOMING Vader, thinking like him, reacting in human ways (and not necessary the cliche, expected ways.) All scheduling, etc. was carefully thought out - WE know Yoda died, but Vader didn't; Vader wonders who trained Luke besides Obi-Wan...remember, Luke was at Dagobah alone! No trip-ups. The nods to Mara Jade and Xixor were appreciated, too - and the final scene with the Solos actually coaxed tears to my ears and tightened my throat...(although Mara married Luke when Anakin was nine. Where is she? Oh, well, I think Vader -er, Anakin Sr.'s - spirit would have had a really difficult time understanding that one.)
This was just incredible. I think I may have been the very first to read this, and it's a real honor- to read a fan fiction that transcends the genre! A real first class job on a really difficult subject, one that could've been messed up in a million ways. Now, I can't imagine introducing anyone to Star Wars without this...Vader suddenly becomes painfully alive, no longer the contradictory figure he once was. Many fanfics detract by contradicting or trivializing characters. This fan fiction does the opposite, fully fleshing out the character everyone thought they knew, explaining the character and entire movie set instead of sending "Urgh, he'd NEVER do/think/feel that!!" flags popping up in my brain . Brilliant idea, nearly flawless execution. Gives you a whole new dimension. Congratulations on a breathtaking job.
P.S. I never write essays on fan fics, but I was just blown over by this one. And I still have got more to say...
Date posted: 3/4/2003 8:54:35 AM
Possibly the best fanfic I've read. Ever.
I've always felt sorry for Anakin, stuck inside Vader's body. You're right, I'll never see him the same way again.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 10:18:24 AM
Breathless. This piece left me absolutley breathless. My prayer is that George (lucas) has read this. If he has not, or will not, it will be positively criminal.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 11:00:10 AM
I was also blown away by this story. I don't have anything palpable to say about it that wasn't already said by the first reviewer, but I did want to say that not only will it change my perception of RotJ, but Empire as well.
I have to admit I was a little concerned as the 1st person narrative approached the moment of his death, as it's pretty difficult for narrators to tell their OWN death story, but in this case it was handled brilliantly.
I'm sure I could say a lot more about this story, but I'm still trying to sort through all my impressions and feelings about it.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 11:24:37 AM
Author: Fox Mcleod
Date posted: 3/4/2003 11:34:46 AM
Fox Mcleod's Comments:
This is a really great fanfic. Awesome job keeping styles together, otherwise the story would have been really messy. Nice references to EU and the prequels allowing it all to tie together. There is even foreshadowing to the NJO era which I really like.
I hope more people read this as it deserves to be. Greak work!
Date posted: 3/4/2003 12:28:41 PM
Encore, Encore!! This was quite possibly the best and most touching fan fiction I have ever, or will ever have the opportunity to read. Thanks for writing it.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 1:30:15 PM
OH MY GOD!!!!! THIS IS WAS GREAT....For once An excellent FAN FIC....BRAVO. I will never see Vader the same way and he's my all time favorite character....
How bout a Boba Fan Fic.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 2:53:07 PM
Extraordinary. The single best fan fiction I've ever read, and better than many of the books. The emotional impact of this story is stunning, and the descriptive language is utterly amazing. You four should be writing novels. I am impressed.
However, if I do poorly on the essay I was supposed to be writing while I read this, I will hold you all responsible...
Date posted: 3/4/2003 3:23:22 PM
Date posted: 3/4/2003 3:33:14 PM
Date posted: 3/4/2003 4:06:31 PM
Great FanFic. I have never read one until now, but am glad I finally did. I wish I good go and watch ROTJ now, for I would indeed view it differently.
Since we are talking movies from a different POV, how about the Prequels from Palpatine's POV. That would be fun to read IF WRITTEN correctly.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 4:07:18 PM
This is a great insight into the mind of Darth Vader. It is very creative and I'm in awe at how real Vader seems.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 4:07:26 PM
Great FanFic. I have never read one until now, but am glad I finally did. I wish I could go and watch ROTJ now, for I would indeed view it differently.
Since we are talking movies from a different POV, how about the Prequels from Palpatine's POV. That would be fun to read IF WRITTEN correctly.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 4:15:52 PM
amazing work...should be published somewhere...
lucas would love it...or SHOULD love it..
Date posted: 3/4/2003 5:56:40 PM
AHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I loved this story! It was long, but very very good. you captured vader perfectly, through his thoughts and flashbacks. cheers to ur great work!
Date posted: 3/4/2003 6:41:27 PM
In all honesty, after seeing Episodes 1 & 2, I never looked at Vader the same again. I could almost sense the conflict Luke described in ROTJ.I have often sat and pondered Vader's thoughts during ROTJ. For this story, I thank you. You put my own thoughts into your words beautifully. I'm so happy to know that others thought the same as me. That although Vader seemed all evil, all darkness and black, he wasn't. He was a human. What I'd love to read (and I think you guys could seriously pull this off) is what Anakin's thoughts were as he made the transformation to Darth Vader and realized he was again the one thing he despised being. A slave. Kudos for not ending it at his 'death'. I loved that you went on beyond to when he joined the Force. That was nice. Great job guys, I'll be recommending this story.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 6:43:34 PM
I have by now read nearly all of the archived stories on this board, and only felt the need once before to post a comment. This deserves it! The thin line between sentimentality and seeming ingnorance of the pure pain and human emotion anyone,I have to beleive, even a willingly sworn Sith, would face in the situation Anakin/Vader is and had been in, is easily and disastrously crossed in so many stories. This story, in my opinion, walks that line like a professional acrobat. Dipping and twirling and nearly falling off at times, maybe, but always coming back to center. I also agree that the styles mesh quite convincingly. A testament to the power of pooling several minds over such a relatively long piece of work. I imagine it must have taken QUITE a while of planning, and likely strained egos as well (If any of the authors are anything like I am).
May the force be with our word processors, good luck and good night.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 6:59:19 PM
This was absolutly breath taking. You should get this published.
Author: RU ARTOO?
Date posted: 3/4/2003 7:42:49 PM
RU ARTOO?'s Comments:
Wonderful, the introspection and the understanding of the conflict in Anikin was very well played out. One of the best I've read!
Author: Arden Yoshi
Date posted: 3/4/2003 7:50:07 PM
Arden Yoshi's Comments:
Thank God for the fans......thank God for giving us a means to share are talents with one another. Being a writer I approached this story with the mild intrest that I give all the fan fics I read. It captured my senses from the start and left me weeping at it's end. I remember seeing Return of the Jedi for the first time and the excitement that came with it. I have never experianced the joy or pureness of emotion(in regards to Star Wars)since now. This piece has reaffirmed my passion, my love for this saga. I can say without a doubt that this is the most awe inspiring work of Star Wars fiction that exsits. This is the vision that I feel G.L has in his mind, for the saga of Anakin Skywalker. The prequels have diminished the aura of this brillant epic. Never has Vader/Anakin been portrayed so human, so real. This work makes Episodes 1 and 2 better pictures. I have nothing but respect for the individuals who created this piece. It is often true that although we may possess the talent and creativity to crate someting of this magnatuide, we often lack the determination to sit down and translate a vison into words. Art takes work, this is a prefected piece of art. It lacks flaws on every spectrum. My only trouble, was with the resolvement of Anakin's and Obi Wan's realtionship, at the finale. This is however my personal taste and matters very little in regards to the force and power in which this writing comes off. I feel more inspired than ever to get back to work on my first fan fic. The bar has been rised. This is the best, this is what you have to beat for the top. Once again, a huge thank you to all the writers on this work, thank you for sharing and bringing joy back to my passion. To all the writers, keep writing, your fourm is here, the world is waiting for your opus. Stay focused and spread the love.
Date posted: 3/4/2003 9:12:00 PM
Ah, very good. ;) It was quite interesting to read this story, and see Vader through the eyes of the different writers. The differences in each author's portrayal is there, but all the parts seem to fit anyway.
Good job. :)
Date posted: 3/4/2003 9:47:09 PM
WOW. I am so blown away by this, especially the way the good and evil battles are written. This is definitely one of the best fanfics in this archive. This should be published!!!!
Date posted: 3/5/2003 2:36:31 AM
Wow... this fic is so incredibly great. Words cannot express the sheer enjoyment this fic brings. This is definately a candidate for illegal publishing ;).
Date posted: 3/5/2003 5:43:10 AM
This is not only one of the single best fanfics I have read, it is, as far as I am concerned, canon. This is it. This is exactly what happened and how he thought and felt, and I will know it every time I watch the OT.
I thought everything was handled beautifully, but the way you revealed Vader's relationship with the Emperor was exceptional. What was it like? What did it feel like? What kind of a grip did the Evil One keep over Vader? You showed it all - the pain, the humiliation, the belief that it could not be any other way.... until....until....
I also thought Vader's mistaking the death of another for that of Luke was sterling.
Thank you for writing this!
Date posted: 3/5/2003 11:19:29 AM
WOW! I just LOVE this. My absolute favourite story EVER! :D :D :D :D :D
Date posted: 3/5/2003 12:52:38 PM
You gentlemen should really give ol' Lucas a call.........send him this!!!!!!!
I cried when I read this..Just like every time I still cry when I watch the end of Jedi............You really hit it on the nose..........Im serious when I say you should write for Lucasbooks.........
Date posted: 3/5/2003 12:55:13 PM
Umm... OK... feeling very overwhelmed at the moment. On behalf of the group, whom I am sure will be coming along here at some point, I'd just like to say thank you for the amazing comments.
I know that we all felt a lot of pleasure writing this, and we were all drained by the end, but this kind of response makes it all worth while.
Again, thank you.
Date posted: 3/5/2003 2:25:49 PM
o.O Wow. Thank you guys so much for all these incredible comments. We had a great time writing, and it was really amazing how nicely our styles clicked together. I was afraid it wouldn't at first, but Jairen, DLJ, and FW are all incredibly talented. Writing with them was a real pleasure. I am very happy to see this up here, and the response has been stellar.
Thanks again. Ja matta.
Date posted: 3/5/2003 3:28:14 PM
.... I'm not exactly sure what to say. But i know I want to say something... uh
Wonderfully excellent? No no no, story was far better than that. Uh... fantastically awesome?.. still no.
Ok, I got it... take the best compliment you were ever given... then multiply it by like... 10000. There, that's my compliment to this story.
Well done guys, I look forward to reading your next (i hope i hope i hope) submission.
Date posted: 3/5/2003 4:38:04 PM
Dear Clarus, Dark_Luke_Junkie, Force-Weilder, and Jarien,
Your fan fic is stunning mostly for its depth and detail and epic scope. I admit there were parts of it that did not strike me as 100% realistic the first time I read it, but afterward, I could not get your story out of my mind. It posesses such a richness of detail that it surpasses the movies themselves (in that respect). Now, whenever I think of Vader or ROTJ, emotional impressions that I got from reading your story rise immediately and undeniably to my mind. Regardless of my first judgment of your story, its content left lasting impressions--not just a main idea, but hundreds and hundreds of details, quirks, Vader's feelings. I have a sense that whether I like it or not (I'm a purist), this story is canon for me and will always have a life and vitality that will accompany Darth Vader through the byways of my memory forever.
The thing I especially appreciated about your characterization of Vader was the way you made him so unpredictable, even to himself. It gave him humanity because most people are like that, but rarely will an author let a character change his mind without some logical reason or external stimulus. You've captured reality in a way most novelists never will.
I read this fan fic during a quiet hour at work, and I floated between the stars of some other galaxy for the rest of my day. You became Vader to write this story, and you made ME become Vader to read it. For the rest of my day, I found myself really SEEING the things around me and the people I helped at the counter. It was as though the rich details of your characterization of Vader jumped out at me from the words and the faces of those I served. I was seeing everyone around me as potentially on your fine, terrifying line between evil and goodness; I saw everyone as a potential Anakin Skywalker. I couldn't help it.
I want to thank you for the inspiration and for adding something to my world.
Jacquelyn E. Pillsbury
Date posted: 3/5/2003 8:28:52 PM
Wow. Very good. My compliments. Dark and touching and dramatic and everything you'd want from a tragic tale.
Date posted: 3/5/2003 10:52:34 PM
*Takes a bow and then falls over from the praise.* I really enjoyed writing this story with Clarus, Jairen, and DLJ who unfortunately didn't finish it through. Whereever she may be, I hope she logs on and reads the wonderful responses that I have so far. We wrote this back in 2001 and I edited it only a few short months ago with the others' permission and I never dreamed it would become the first multi-authored story in the archive. I guess I thought there more, but this is a first for the boards I guess and it makes me feel even prouder than before. Thank everyone for reading it and their comments (good and bad) along the way. I fancy myself a very amateur writer at best, but this story and its fellow creators brought out the best in me. Thanks again. You hear that Lucas...lol
Date posted: 3/6/2003 12:29:40 PM
This was better than a good majority of the EU books I have read. Lucas needs to be offering a job I think. Bravo!!
Date posted: 3/6/2003 4:59:12 PM
Oh my god guys...
this is the frist fanfic i ever cryed for..when ani saw qui gon at the end when he became one with the force..i just broke down and let a few tears drop.
To try to feel what anikin was feeling when he saw qui gon and then felt padme..
you guys are great lucas really needs to say something about how good this is, i sure as hell would watch ROTJ in theaters again if they did it like this.
Date posted: 3/6/2003 8:21:43 PM
I am simply blown away in the care taken to bring this story to life.I have never felt the need to make a response to any fanfic,but this one should be taken to GL and have him forced to read it.Unbelievable story.
Date posted: 3/6/2003 8:55:53 PM
Vader was always the character that I loved to hate and hated to love, but you have finally given him the gift of humility, in my eyes. This was the most emotional fanfic I have ever read. I am glad that it was writtten as beautifully as it was!! Superb!!!!!!!!!
Date posted: 3/7/2003 1:10:20 AM
I absolutely loved it!!!!!!
Date posted: 3/7/2003 2:00:21 AM
*sighs in frustration*
Your stroy was so long and engrossing, now that I've finished it, I'm so down the comment list that you probably won't even have time to read it! Not that I have anything to say that hasn't been said before. I only know that here it is, two in the morning, and me having to be up at five, just now finishing your story. But I loved how you combined all the different genres to make this phenomenal story. I'm glad you were able to portray Vader for who he truly was instead of making him appear weak, as if Anakin were somehow weak just because he fought for good.
Since no one as of yet - I hope! - has mentioned it, I wanted to tell you guys that my favorite part came after Anakin said, "You haven't changed a bit. You're exactly the way I remember you in my dreams." I always wondered what happened 'after'. And what you guys wrote just fit perfectly. I also liked how you chose to write in different colors, as the story was so seamless it would have been impossible otherwise to tell where one author ended and another began.
I really enjoyed this story, far more than words can express. The way you portrayed Vader/Anakin's destiny, and that of the entire universe, fascinates me to no end. Thank you for a wonderful fan fic! :p
Date posted: 3/7/2003 2:52:34 PM
Wow! I'm glad that this made it into the archives! I knew it would when I beta-read it! Congrats!
Date posted: 3/8/2003 4:08:32 PM
OMG!!! George should put that in the super special edition of the OT. Awesome work man! I am still quivering with emotion, my heart is punding with excitement, and I feel a joy for Vader as I have never felt before. This made me reallize how much Vader had suffered, and how great his rescue was.
Thanks alot and keep up the good work,
Author: Obi Anne
Date posted: 3/9/2003 12:34:05 PM
Obi Anne's Comments:
I had to wipe the tears out of my own eyes when I read about Vader/Ani seeing the Solo family. This is the best characterisation of Vader that I've read! Most of the things I want to say have already been said, I wont repeat them.
Date posted: 3/9/2003 6:58:33 PM
Words cannot do this story justice. It w3as extraordinary and very well done. I enjoyed it very much and it is the best I have read yet. Definitely better than some of the storied I have read in the published books.
Author: Ryape Molay
Date posted: 3/10/2003 10:23:07 AM
Ryape Molay's Comments:
I have to say that this was the best Fan Fiction that I have read to date. The power of the emotions that Vader felt, and actually seeing/hearing the conflict that was raging within him was just incredible.
So many times we fail to see that humanity in Vader and the love and compassion that he had for Padme and his children.
Reading this has caused me to look at the OT and the Prequels in an entirely new light.
Thanks for this.
Date posted: 3/10/2003 10:55:42 AM
Someone help me pick my jaw up off the floor. I think this story even helped me come to some realization about my own life and my personal choices, my bond with my parents and children... This brings so much more life to the OT.
Impeccable. GL should be proud.
Author: Jedi XCool
Date posted: 3/10/2003 6:39:13 PM
Jedi XCool's Comments:
Woah woah woah woah woah!!! This is the best Star Wars fan fiction that I've ever placed my eyes on! Vader was the best villian of all time. And now we get to hear what is in his mind! The conflict that Luke was mentioning all this while was perfectly depicted by this fan fiction! I suggest that this be made into a Lucas-approved novel. Great reading!
Date posted: 3/11/2003 8:28:32 PM
This story was amazing, not like i have to say it since its been mentioned so many times before.
I have always been a huge Anakin/Vader fan and always am looking on things to read up on but never would i think to come across such an amazing touching story.
Date posted: 3/12/2003 8:20:56 PM
Wow, that was the most amazing fanfiction I've ever read, I swear I was crying my eyes out when it ended, it was as bad as when ROTJ ended (big tearfest.)
I really loved when Anakin/Vader compared his eyes to Luke's. It was so innocent and sweet but threw in so much action and drama you'd be forgiven for thinking you were back in
the theater watching ROTJ for the first time.
Author: Squidhead Jax
Date posted: 3/14/2003 5:13:15 AM
Squidhead Jax's Comments:
This is the first time I have cried while reading. Ever.
Vader's inner thoughts are captured with perfect humanity, and the reader's heart is twisted around as terribly as his is. I am in awe.
Author: Master Solo
Date posted: 3/15/2003 1:42:17 AM
Master Solo's Comments:
That was soooo touching!
Date posted: 3/16/2003 5:34:50 PM
This story was a masterpiece! I have been a SW Fan for a long time and I have always read Star Wars Fan Fiction here and I got to say this was the best one i have read so far This captures all the experience and emotion of Darth Vader aka Anakin Skywalker and what he has to go through. I LOVE THIS STORY!!
Date posted: 3/17/2003 7:39:31 PM
This is the best fan fictions I've read. Possibly the best. I loved how you managed to get Vader, the real Vader, the one I think Lucas envisions for his story.
Your story was a perfect blend of drama, realism of thought, and even humour! I love that Anakin/Vader could still be sarcastic as his soul became the battleground for both sides of the force. You have really tapped into the real Anakin, the one that non-Anakin fans don't see and don't understand why we see it. Bravo to you all!!!
Author: umich jedi
Date posted: 3/20/2003 6:40:21 PM
umich jedi's Comments:
I've always wondered just what was going on behind the mask....was he all evil?...what did he think when he looked at his son?...was the Anakin from Ep.I and II truly dead? This Fan Fic will now make me forever view ROTJ in a whole new way. The ending...when Anakin was a spirit, and encountered past friends and loved ones, was just unreal!!! I loved it!!!! Thanks-possibly the best Fan Fic I've ever read
Author: Lady Padme
Date posted: 3/21/2003 4:55:47 PM
Lady Padme's Comments:
This was absolutely wonderful! A brilliant tour-de-force fic! This was an all-encompassing, awe-inspiring character study of operatic scope and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved how elements of the prequels through to the post-saga stories were added in to give this the feeling of a true multigenerational saga.
Even though four people wrote this, I really felt it was written with one voice. There were never areas of jarring discordance. It was all Darth Vader to a T. You made him into a true three-dimensional human being, complete with flaws and flashes of the Light.
I normally never give fics a perfect ten, but felt I could do no less here.
LP bows in homage to this superlative piece and its authors.
Date posted: 3/25/2003 8:15:22 AM
i loved it! a truly wonderful piece of fanfic!
Author: Elinon Byebth
Date posted: 3/27/2003 10:58:31 PM
Elinon Byebth's Comments:
This piece is absolutely breathtaking and chilling and just plain amazing.
You guys were right-ill never watch ROTJ the same way again!!
Author: Sith Master 21
Date posted: 3/29/2003 10:46:15 PM
Sith Master 21's Comments:
I will never watch ROTJ in the same mind set again. I didn't think any story could top "Apprentice Sidious". Thanks, its great to be proven wrong.
Date posted: 3/31/2003 5:54:22 PM
Perfect...just absolutely perfect!
Date posted: 4/12/2003 2:22:09 PM
This story brought me to tears. Guess I better put ROTJ in the VCR! The thing that always amazes me about fanfics in general, including my own, is the conceit of the writers that they know these characters better than their creator; yet there is nothing here I cannot imagine Vader/Anakin thinking or feeling. Had to give it a 10, and I give very few things a 10.
Thanks for the ride, keep it going!
Date posted: 6/1/2003 6:48:07 PM
I am just completely blown away! I'm still in shock! I have never read a fanfic that so totally filled in the gaps in the movies. Vader's character now finally seems full and I need to watch ROTJ again to get the real sense of his character. You never really see what's behind that mask; he always seems so evil and focused, but now he is a real character, not just a simple villain. Hats off!! This one gets a 10!
Author: Lady MR
Date posted: 6/7/2003 7:54:15 PM
Lady MR's Comments:
Wow. I'm speechless... This is a masterpiece, it should be published. This piece made me cry at the end and I can honestly see Anakin feeling and acting this way... It was perfect. ^_^
Author: Sky Zalom
Date posted: 7/23/2003 5:45:18 PM
Sky Zalom's Comments:
Wow! This was beyound fanfiction - this was a peice of true art. I have never been so emotionally involved with a peice of work like this one!!! This work, in my mind, should obviously be published - its is MUCH better then 90% of the EU.
This obviously is my number one fan fic, and not only that, probley one of the top 15 star wars books I've ever read! I would pay money for this story, that's for sure.
Keep up the good work, even if you will never read this comment down at the bottem ;)
Date posted: 7/29/2003 12:47:18 PM
I read this story outloud to someone, and there were times of such emotion it became difficult to speak...my throat tightened, my eyes teared up. This is by far the best fan fiction ever. You must write another.
Date posted: 8/23/2003 8:35:57 PM
Wow, people are still reading this and enjoying all these months later...cool. It sure was a blast to be involved with. I am also a fan of this story like so many others apparently. Keep reading and we will keep writing...if I can only get Clarus to the computer
Date posted: 9/4/2003 11:50:57 PM
This is by FAR the most compelling piece of Star Wars fanfiction I have ever read. Such refreshing insight into the most misunderstood villain in film history is a rare and welcome treat indeed. 'In Another's Eyes' has forever changed my view of Darth Vader. Already a personal favorite, my affection for the character has now been reaffirmed a thousandfold by this masterpiece of a story. Kudos to the authors for creating such an exceedingly well written, emotional, inspired epic.
If you'll excuse me, I think I need to rewatch the entire OT now...
Date posted: 10/13/2003 1:03:50 AM
You, my good sirs and/or madams, win the game. This is some of the best writing I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and it fits so well into the context of the movies. Vader has always been, since his conception on screen in '77, an archetype of evil. This has changed that, and shown the human side that those who only watch the movies get to see for a mere five minutes. What else can I say? A masterpiece.
Date posted: 10/17/2003 2:08:27 AM
Whew. Incredibly awesome. The part about the color in Padme's eyes was my favorite, by far. If he had said that in Episode 2 I would've cried, haha. Instead he talks about how her skin is unlike the wastelands of Tatooine. Lucas needs to hire you as a screenwriter.
You and the other authors are true geniuses.
Date posted: 1/8/2004 11:00:20 AM
Words simply defy how awesome this fan-fic is. You not only captured Vader/Ani perfectly, but everyone he spoke to as well. If that plastic tauntaun thing can get the George Lucas selects award, this should be included with the DVD release.
I repeat, wow!
Date posted: 4/15/2004 11:17:49 AM
Date posted: 4/15/2004 11:36:50 AM
I canīt find any words for this, I just canīt speak or write. This one canīt be described by any words and I canīt describe the emotions this one cause in my heart. Itīs just unbeliveable. I only wanted to read a bit, because I was bored, but I couldnīt stop reading and it took me five hours to read it, because Iīm German and have my problems with reading English fanfics. I think it is the greatest one Iīve ever read and I read many others! It is just Vader you describe, just him. Itīs like all of you had been him, itīs a crazy idea but I think the only way to describe his emotions and feelings so wonderful is that you all were this person. All of the things you wrote fits and nothing sounds wrong. I canīt believe it and Iīm still crying. I think I canīt sleep this night, because of you all who wrote this wonderful piece of art, emotions, feelings and all.
All I want is to thank you all for this wonderful touching fanfic. Nothing ever in my live touched me like this did and I will keep your names in my mind. Please continue this wonderful work and write much more of this powerful stuff.
Author: Count Boobu
Date posted: 6/4/2004 2:20:37 AM
Count Boobu's Comments:
I don't agree with some of the other comments made on this message thread here that this is better than GL's works with the prequels, but I do agree that it's a great companion piece to them. It's obvious that you feel very strongly about the character of Darth Vader, bringing out the human side in him that he burried for over 2 decades. I commend you and your fellow writers for all of your hard work in writing this great piece of fiction.
Author: Smuggler Shidakis
Date posted: 7/27/2004 1:04:54 PM
Smuggler Shidakis's Comments:
I was bored and going through the archives when I found this... this... masterpiece doesn't seem to describe it! It showed all the conflicting emotions of the furious inner battles that everyone has at some point (though ours don't decide the fate of the galaxy. I think). 'The voices' were awesome. Voices inside your head are a joke in lots of humor fics, and a joke with me and my friends, but the voices in this story weren't ridiculous or unrealistic. To quote my priest's wife (an insanely nice lady), they were 'The good angel and the bad angel'.
I still can't believe it was written by four people- the only way to discern between the different authors was the color coding. While reading I actually forgot that there was more than one author.
This was, frankly, ******* amazing. Thanks for a great story and an awesome look into our favorite hero turned villian turned hero.
Edit: That word needs to be starred out.
Date posted: 9/14/2004 9:58:57 AM
Quite honestly....pure genius....thnx 10/10
Author: Darth Carious
Date posted: 9/16/2004 11:15:05 PM
Darth Carious's Comments:
oh my god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! without a doubt the greatest fanfic ever written. i never really looked at vader that way. always torn between two sides. as a fan of the sith i never got to lok at it from anakin's pov. his views as vader are 180* that of maul. beneath all the armor and the helmet, he's just a sad man trying to reconnect with his family. loved it.
Author: K9: The First
Date posted: 10/2/2004 11:23:25 AM
K9: The First's Comments:
THAT WAS FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sure it took me forever to read it all, BUT I 'LOVED' IT!!!!!!!!!!
Date posted: 2/19/2005 5:24:56 PM
I really enjoyed this story!!!!! It was awsome!!!! Anakin/Darth Vader is my favorite character, and I am always on the look out for new peices that explore his thoughts. When I started reading this story, I thought that perhaps it portrayed Vader as too emotional. But now that we are nearing Episode III, and I have learned some new details concernig it, I think that there is a side to Vader we never knew existed. This story did an incredible job of explaining the struggle within Vader's mind. I also loved him having a chance to see Anakin Solo. I always thought that it would be awsome for him to know that his grandson had been named for him. Wow!!! Awsome writting, and a real joy to read. I loved it. Thank you for writting it!
Date posted: 3/20/2005 3:44:43 PM
Wow. That's like, all I can come up with. Wow. I love it! You should now write one where it states Luke's feelings or Leia's or Han's or Ben's or Yoda's and countless others. You did great kid. Totally amazing. Keep at it!
May the Force be with you.
Author: padme's faith
Date posted: 3/28/2005 5:50:15 AM
padme's faith's Comments:
over two years after... i've discovered Star Wars only few weeks ago watching ROTJ in polish TV. By this time I've read all original scripts of all movies and.. I've been haunted by Anakin trapped in/by Vader. Each time I closed my eyes I'd been taken by the visions of his slavory and final liberation. And what you guys wrote perfectly fulfilled my dreams. I've alwas had faith in anakin and goog in him - thank you for proving that even evil can love...
ps. sorry for my english ;)
Author: online casino slot
Date posted: 5/7/2005 3:24:49 PM
online casino slot's Comments:
Date posted: 5/21/2005 10:37:33 AM
THE BEST OF THE BEST! THE BEST OF THE FIRST 3 MOVIES, SO EMOTIONAL, AMAZING, COOL, BRILLIANT, FANTASTIC, ABSOLUTLY WONDERFUL, AND SPECTACULAR!!!!
THANKS GEORGE LUCAS!!
Date posted: 7/5/2005 6:17:22 PM
Just checking in to say, once again, thank you on behalf of all the authors. It is a real pleasure to read these comments, and I find real inspiration for my writing by coming back here to see them on occasion.
Author: Darth Slaya
Date posted: 7/30/2005 3:21:05 AM
Darth Slaya's Comments:
That was the most breath taking peice of star wars fan forum i have ever read i can actuly immagion Darth Vader doing these things i always wondered how he could be so heartless but now i understand it was all a cover up i mean who before they read this can imagine Darth Vader crying? i will never look at him the same way it tied together so well with the story it was like it was acctualy part of the story and it was so imotionaly moving he was constatly having conflic with himself as he wanted so much to break free but not dare in fear of what the emporor might do to him. it hasall the makings of a great feature film.
Author: Darth Slaya
Date posted: 7/30/2005 5:33:04 PM
Darth Slaya's Comments:
Ps from my other comment above i just have to say that this perfectly dicribes darth vader he is my favorite character in star wars ever and i just love the self conflics he has all the time i will definitly be sending this story to my friend because we are both star wars fanatics and i know she will LOVE it and who knows her mom probibly will too she loves star wars nearly as much as us!
Date posted: 8/23/2005 12:16:29 PM
That is the only word I could come up with for this one...and that does not happen to me very often...!
Best fic I have read!
Date posted: 8/23/2005 7:12:11 PM
Its overwhelming to me that after all this time people are still reading this and leaving their own judgements on the story. It was fantastic to be a part of this and I hope the readers keep coming back to this. Thank you everyone.
Author: Master Thorne
Date posted: 10/11/2005 6:47:24 PM
Master Thorne's Comments:
Excellent piece of work. I was very interested in the thought process of Vader. It took him a long time, subtley through Palpatine, to become the evil being he was; and he would not revert instantly back to a being on the light side. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Keep up the good work.
I did note, however, the use of lines pulled from an old episode of Cheers, spoken by Sam Malone, about the sunset and a girl's eyes. Not sure if a young Anakin would have used a line like that, though. ;)
Date posted: 10/12/2005 9:20:35 PM
The CHEERS part was sloppy on my part. I put that in there because I liked that particular speech...in my defense, it has taken someone this long to say anything about it...almost got away with it too...the rest of the story was totally original though...nice catch btw.
Date posted: 3/29/2006 8:14:24 PM
Its been 3 years and this is still on here...I reread and edited a little of it to send to a friend and it is still as good as it ever was...brillaint maybe...ok, too much...but still excellent if you like Star Wars...
Author: Darth Auntie
Date posted: 10/9/2006 12:05:12 AM
Darth Auntie's Comments:
Wow...this was great. I just happened to run into this website. I used to write alot of this kind of stuff when I was kid, but threw it out when I started college. Wish I would have saved that stuff now
Author: Arwen Skywalker
Date posted: 3/5/2007 9:40:05 PM
Arwen Skywalker's Comments:
**Stands up and applaudes with tears running down her face** Amazing fic all of you!!! Thank you all so much for writing this. I was never the same after ROTS, and I will never be the same after reading this. Bravo!! May your days as a writer be long and prosperous!!!! Love ya!
Date posted: 8/27/2008 10:26:52 AM
I know I am WAY after the fact here, and all the way at the bottom, but I felt an incredible desire to comment on this story...As the others said, I agree with every positive comment about this story that has already been said...This was absolutely breathtaking! There are no true words to describe it! I have known and loved the SW saga nearly all my life (being 31 and all), and this story did something for me, that I'd wanted since I was a child - it made Vader into a true human, not just some confusing bad guy. When I was a kid, SW seemed like a ton of fun & adventure, and now, though it still does, I see it through adult eyes, as well, with the feelings and emotions behind the characters, and this story perfectly depicts how I thought Vader would have felt, especially after Eps. 1 & 2. You guys are amazing, and truly gifted! I dearly hope you will keep them coming, even though I entered this well after the fact. I will search the archive for more of your writing!
Again, absolutely superb! No words could really do this justice! I will never watch ROTJ the same again!