Watercolor Wednesday – Generals and Grumps

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"V is for General Veers" by Red Herring IllustrationAdmiral Piet and General Veers…We saw a lot of commanders disappoint Darth Vader over the course of the three original Star Wars films, so these two stand out as ones that didn’t displease him. It was impressive how mater of fact and down to business Veers was.

“Yes, Lord Vader. I’ve reached the main power generators. The shield will be down in moments. You may start your landing.”

He wasn’t messing around. He had a job to do, and went and did it. None of the whiny excuses that preceded the end of so many of his contemporaries. This got me to thinking. Did he enjoy his job, or was he just good at it? Was he worried that his superiors would be displeased, causing him to second guess himself ever? Did he feel like he was on the side of good?

Comparing films like “Star Wars” to books like “The Killer Angels” where there are two sides who both think they’re in the right…Do you think Star Wars is more of a Story like the Civil War, where history paints a broad picture using a lot of gray tones, or like World War Two, where it’s pretty black and white who the good guys and bad guys are?

"W is for Walrus Man" by Red Herring IllustationSpeaking of bad guys on the way in to Mos Eisley, Obi Wan warns Luke that he’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Indeed, our heroes did run into a bit of trouble on more than one occasion in their short trip to the spaceport.

It was a bad day to go looking for trouble in that cantina. Did anyone else think it was funny how nonchalant the heroes were about the mess they made?