Darth Vader returns to Star Wars.

Voiced by James Earl Jones… and not bodied by David Prowse. Apparently that particular feud was ported over to the new owners.  And I can’t… actually, I’ve decided to not have an opinion on said feud.  Life is too short.

As for Darth Vader being in Rogue One: well, geez, easier to have him in there than to say why he’s not, right?  I mean, it’s taking place when he’d be around, and all they need to do is to have James Earl Jones read some dialogue.  I assume that JEJ is hale enough to do that, and it’d be cool if he did.

Wired.com’s Danger Room made one critical mistake in their analysis of the Battle of Hoth.

Mind you, they get the details right on why the Battle of Hoth was such an unmitigated disaster for the Empire, but they miss the ‘why.’  It’s actually very simple: Darth Vader had no intention of ‘winning’ that battle in the first place.  His long-term strategic goals absolutely required Luke Skywalker escaping that death-trap (and, subconsciously at least, Leia Organa as well); Vader’s original plan must have been to encourage the Rebel Alliance to make an orderly retreat and evacuation – but one where Vader could easily dedicate resources to securing his kid in the process.  Only, Admiral Ozzel’s scream-and-leap messed all of that up, so Vader had to spend the next few days messing up the attack and Force Choking idiots*.

Mind you, Vader was always pretty sh*tty when it came to strategy.  As witnessed by, well, most of Episode III.

Moe Lane

*Which, admittedly, must have been a temptation for him to do all the time anyway.