Darthness on the Edge of Town
June 15, 2006
Which is more shameful, friends? That I was reading The Corner at National Review Online in the first place, or that I am the unnamed "reader" who felt compelled to correct Jonah Goldberg concerning Star Wars lore? Mr. Goldberg writes:
From a reader:
Your analysis of the non-rightwing nature of Darth Vader’s history contains a clear terminological error. So far as I can tell from episodes 1-3, 'Darth' is not a name but a title, indicative that its bearer is one half of the then-extant pair of Sith. Hence, Darth Maul [who has no other identity we know of], Darth Tyrannus [aka Count Dookoo] and the Emperor Palpatine as Darth Sidious. Darth is the equivalent of 'Sir' or 'Lord' (or 'Dark Lord').
Don’t feel bad, though:
Obi-WanBen Kenobi makes the same error in Episode IV.
Me: Point taken. However, the Count on Sesame Street is often called "count" as if it was a first name too. And his dialogue is often better written than the junk we heard in the last couple Star Wars movies.
This, if you are curious, is the item that inspired my moment of weakness. O! the ignominy of it all!
Which of the two is more shameful? You forgot the third alternative: that you knew the _Star Wars_ "saga" intimately enough to make the correction. That's the most shameful of all.
(Sorry! Couldn't resist.)
Posted by: A.C. Douglas | June 15, 2006 at 01:33 PM
Not clicking. Not clicking. Not clicking.
Everytime I read something by Goldberg, I get a little stupider. I can't take that risk, even is he is touching my beloved Star Wars.
Posted by: Jaquandor | June 20, 2006 at 05:31 PM