Ok, folks. Baby C had been on a Star Wars kick lately so we’ve been watching a TON of Star Wars. I’m not complaining because, you know, Star Wars, but as soon as he comes into the house he points to the TV and says, “Star Wars!” So in the past couple of weeks we’ve watched all six movies and all three seasons (that we have) of The Clone Wars.
When we were watching The Empire Strikes Back the other day it came toward the part where Yoda berates Luke for his “failure in the cave.” As many times as I’ve seen this movie (it has to be over 1000 – seriously), I’ve never understood exactly how Luke failed in the cave.
Let’s analyze the facts. Luke asks what it is. Yoda says it’s strong with the dark side and that he must go in there. Luke heads toward it and grabs his weapon belt. Yoda says he doesn’t need them. Luke puts it on anyway. Then Luke gets into the cave and comes face to face with an apparition of Darth Vader. Luke ignites his lightsaber, but doesn’t attack. Vader makes the first move and attacks Luke. Luke defends himself and beheads Vader. The helmet rolls to the ground and the front of it explodes, revealing the face of Luke underneath.
Got all that? Good. Moving on.
Where precisely is the failure? What did Luke do wrong? Other than going against Yoda’s wishes and taking his weapons with him, he made no false moves. He didn’t act aggressively. He didn’t call upon the dark side. He didn’t act selfishly. In fact, when Vader appeared before him he looked like he was about to piss his pants.
So help me out, Stuph Maphia™. My Unshitty™ brain cannot unravel this mystery. What do you think Luke’s failure at the cave was? Or do you not see it either?