Originally posted by: Yoda Is Your Father
In my imagined backstory that I made up when I was about 8 years old and it was the nineteen-eighties, this is what I came up with:
"A young jedi named darth vader killed and murdered your father" - this makes me think that obi-wan's student, Darth vader, was young and inexperienced, and he fell to the darkside before he finished his jedi training, and therefore did not know that when somebody is truly one with the force, as obi-wan was, they disappear at death. Vader thought he was pretty hot shit, but he was a rank amatuer compared to Obi-wan, who truly understood the force, the universe, the way things are. Vader on the other hand gave in to evil and took the quick and easy path.
Of course, that was just a logical backstory based on the info we are given by the OT characters and has no relation to the actual backstory we were given in the PT. My imagined backstory had no 'jedi council' or any of that stuff. The jedi were more like wanderers, travelling around doing good heroic deeds.
exactly what i thought before seeing the prequels. that is why i dislike them so much: because they destroy my image of the original trilogy. all that midi-chlorian crap demistifying the jedi myth (it's only biology now...), the jesus subtext (making anakin special and not just a young person who turned bad, which happens also in the 'normal' world and hence is easier to relate to) and what i hate the most is Padme dying at child birth. totally destroys the emotional impact of the scene in ROTJ when Luke asks Leia about he rmother. now i know that it's not padme she's talking about, it's just Mrs. Organa, so Luke is not hearing about his own mother but just a random stranger with no direct association to him.
but to get on topic again: imo hayden as ghost was just a gimmick to anticipate ROTS. what does GL care that it does not make any sense if he can make more money out of it. again it destroys my personal theory: i thought that every jedi could do that, but then again, i also thought jedis were rare.
also, i don't agree that he looks young because that is when anakin died. anakin made the conscious decision to go to the dark side when young, so he shouldn't look like that as a force ghost. he managed to join the good side again when old, after becoming aware that the dark side ruined his life, and thus he gets rid of his darth vader persona and becomes an old jedi. that is his final image of himself and so that is how he presents himself to Luke (i like to think that one can choose one's appearance as a ghost). why would he like to be reminded of the moment when he made that fatal decision?