Stormtroopers: The Significance of Their Evolution In Star Wars 7

By JB Lazarte | 2 years ago
Stormtroopers: The Significance of Their Evolution In Star Wars 7

Stormtroopers in the Star Wars franchise used to be faceless goons that could not hit their lasergun targets even if their lives depended on it. Originally, the soldiers—the Empire’s henchmen, if you will—were merely clones or identical copies of the same person. You killed them by the hundred and you still felt no guilt. And their most striking quality: their white, pristine Stormtrooper armors that were supposed to strike fear in the heart of their enemy.

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This was well and good—at least, for the first six episodes of Star Wars. IN “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” however, the Stormtroopers are no longer clones, but people trained to serve the Emperor. They are now actual human beings, which you can see without their helmets. This small, yet significant change, has important repercussions. It adds a richer dimension to the moral complexity of the star Wars saga.

Says Cinemablend, for the first time in the saga, Stormtroopers have faces, personalities, their own identities as unique individuals.

Consider, for example, John Boyega’s Stormtrooper character Finn, who somehow develops a conscience after seeing awful things. With a moral sense of right and wrong, he actually makes a choice: to escape and go AWOL in order not to get involved in the Empire’s oppressive activities.

Star Wars 7 also puts forward a different explanation of how stormtroopers are produced—apparently, the Empire churns them out in almost the same way the Unsullied are produced in “Game of Thrones”—ruthless training, brainwashing and propaganda since birth. Yet, still, they are human enough to have their own thoughts and feelings and to actually change their minds, as illustrated by the Finn character.

Humanizing Stormtroopers in Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes with it a number of emotional and moral complexities that were not present in the previous episodes of the saga. The evolution of these Imperial henchmen also adds a deeper emotional gravitas in the latest installment.

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When he's not scraping the interwebs for intriguing news, JB writes fiction. His novel, 'The Third Lover', can be freely downloaded here (https://goo.gl/rqEEpA). His most recent novel is the young adult dark paranormal 'Dream Boy', a reimagining of Freddy Krueger's (A Nightmare on Elm Street) teenage years, available on Amazon and iBooks (http://goo.gl/x11Rie).