For being inspired by sci-fi serials, westerns, and samurai films, Star Wars can get pretty dense. Sure, at the end of the day the films are fun romps that take shape in the form of a space opera, but at its core, every line of dialogue serves a purpose, even if that reasoning doesn't make sense until 40 years after it is initially spoken. Because of this, a bunch of the more subtle lines in the series are overlooked and their deeper meaning will only hit you on repeat viewings.
This is a collection of seemingly throwaway lines from Star Wars that are a lot more significant than we thought. Vote up the lines that have the biggest impact the second time around!
- Photo: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox1
Beru's Assessment Of Luke's Disposition
"Luke's just not a farmer Owen, he has too much of his father in him."
"That's what I'm afraid of." - Beru and Owen Lars, A New Hope
On your first viewing of the Star Wars, this exchange comes off fairly light and almost jovial. On your second viewing after completing the Original Trilogy, it's a lot darker than it was intended to be. After the Prequels? Forget about it; this single exchange ended up being one of the best pieces of (retroactive, granted) foreshadowing in the franchise and doesn't get enough credit.Meaningful line?
- Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox2
“I have a bad feeling about this... It’s something elsewhere... elusive.” - Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Phantom Menace
Before anyone else, Obi-Wan senses the return of the Sith... somewhere.Meaningful line?
- Photo: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox3
Vader's Heartbreaking Affirmation
“You don’t know the power of the dark side. I must obey my master.” - Darth Vader, Return of the Jedi
When Luke confronts Vader on Endor, Vader’s tone and delivery imply that his life is far from easy and the dark side has consumed his life beyond measure.Meaningful line?
- Photo: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox4
Padmé's Realization In The Senate
"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause." - Padmé Amidala, Revenge of The Sith
Intended to be a button for the moment Palpatine seizes control of the galaxy, this single line of dialogue is the most underrated line in the series. Up until this moment, Padmé believed everything surrounding the Clone Wars and accompanying political discourse was business as usual, but slowly she realizes exactly what's occurred and that she is, partially, at fault.
Palpatine's goal was never to win; it was simply to amass and isolate power, and he did exactly that with a majority of the Galaxtic Senate supporting him.Meaningful line?