Upon its release in 1977, George Lucas's Star Wars metamorphosed the genre of science-fiction film. In previous SF films, possibly a reaction to American involvement in Southeast Asis, SF pointed toward an “unwelcome future worse than a bad present” (Sobchack 226). However, Star Wars destroyed this trend by creating a fairy tale taking place in space. Previously the cause for a nihilistic attitude in SF producers, “technological wonder had become synonymous with domestic hope” (Sobchack 226). However, behind the initial technological wonder of Star Wars, Lucas seems to question how man and machine function together in the same life form. Despite revolutionizing SF’s previously negative technological outlook, by creating Darth Vader as a cyborg, Lucas instills an association between evil and machines.
VADER AS AN EVIL CHARACTER