Stormtroopers are essential elements to any Star Wars movies, but it was not until Star Wars: The Force Awakens that viewers were offered a glimpse of what it would be like to be an Imperial trooper. Beneath its cool, white armor is a living, breathing person who feels and thinks like everyone else, and that person probably have bills to pay and love ones to return too. However, that was as far as we are in touch with this iconic trooper and we don’t think Disney, or Lucas Film for that matter, will want to deal further into these characters. After all, heavy emotional drama does not mix quite well with sci-fi theme, do they? Also, I am sure most fans won’t be looking forward to an emo sci-fi action.
What businesses left out, you can be sure talented fans will have it covered at some point and that some point is now with TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story. Directed by Samtubia & Samgoma Edwards AKA The Brothers ED, TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story focused on a particular Stormtrooper who is forced to confront his past while in the midst of an epic battle. The short dealt deep into the emotions and baggages the soldier of the Imperial army carried with him into the battle, as told through the eyes of the soldier himself. It is a heart-wrenching journey and really makes one ponder about life.
Suddenly, a Stormtrooper is no longer just a white armor clad soldier who takes order from the top; the person at the end of the rebel’s barrel is also a flesh and blood that has emotions as whoever he is fighting against, and he too, questions the morality of the orders passed on to him. It is a powerful movie and easily one of the most powerful shorts I have watched so far. That said, it is easy to see why TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story is Star Wars Fan Film Awards 2016’s Filmmaker Select Winner at this year’s Star Wars Celebration Europe. It is a must-watch even if you aren’t a huge Star Wars fans, really.
Image: screengrab from TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story.
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