Here’s What’s Going on Inside of Darth Vader’s Mask
StarWars.com gives us a look behind the Dark Lord’s mask….
This was a nice surprise. I could read this stuff all day. Emily Shkoukani brought the Dark Side of the Force to bear with a recent post entitled Star Wars Inside Intel: Darth Vader’s Suit.
Now, I was lucky enough to meet “Darth” back in ’77 or ’78. I was all of two or three and my dad thought he’d bring Johnny to the movie theater for the first time.
And, of course, I was blown away.
In fact, I think there is a pretty good facsimile of my own first Vader moment online meme-ing right now:
Smart dog. I only wish I'd thought of hiding behind the couch when I first met him. https://t.co/oi7XtNy8lA
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 8, 2021
Yep, I think Mr. Hamill is correct:
Smart dog. I only wish I’d thought of hiding behind the couch when I first met him.
Darth Vader was and is scary. And fascinating.
Since the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977, moviegoers have wondered about the villain in the suit and what lies beneath. It wasn’t until the prequel trilogy began in 1999 that we would begin to get answers… It’s obvious that Vader requires his suit to survive, but what functions does the suit have, and in what ways does it keep him alive?
Behind THE Mask
The helmet is the most important part of his suit. The most apparent purpose it serves is to help Vader breathe, but it’s far more complex than that… The mask is the most intricate part of the helmet. This is where Vader’s respiratory system lives, helping him intake and vent air to his sensitive lungs. The lenses aid Vader’s weakened vision, calibrating colors to accommodate his damaged eyesight and enhancing his field of view. In addition to these more obvious features, the mask also pumps air and helps regulate Vader’s body temperature.
Like I said, fascinating. Read the whole article. Here’s hoping they post more!