Why Darth Vader was Weak Against Luke in Return of the Jedi – Star Wars Explained
Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith. Feared throughout the galaxy, he could end lives with a simple hand gesture. With his immense strength and full control of the dark side of the force (remember him at the end of Rogue One?), Darth Vader would crush anyone that displeased him, so how come Luke beat him down so easily at the end of Return of the Jedi?
Did it seem strange to you that Luke beat this powerful Sith with just one year of Jedi training? Seems weird right? A lot of people will understandably answer that Luke used his anger in the fight after Vader mentioned turning Luke’s sister to the dark side. His anger made him powerful, just as it did his father, but it wasn’t that, at least in part.
In both of his fights, did Darth Vader ever look like he was using his full potential? Therein lies the clue. In today’s Star Wars Theory video, I explain what was really going on when both father and son fought each other. The situation is a lot more complex than it would seem on the surface. Remember these words in The Empire Strikes Back; “Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny! Join me, and together, we can rule the galaxy as father and son”! Emperor Palpatine wasn’t the only one with plans it seems. It was never Vader’s intention to kill Luke at all.
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