May the 4th Be With You: TIE Fighter tells Star Wars story from the Empire’s side

(image (c) Paul Michael Johnson via Laughing Squid)
(image (c) Paul Michael Johnson via Laughing Squid)


You know how they always say they’re always two sides to every story?

While we’re not supposed to think in those terms in regards to classic good vs evil films like Star Wars where there’s a glossy, shiny good protagonist/s we should unreservedly cheer and champion (the Rebel Alliance aka Luke, Leia and Han etc) and a nasty, cruel antagonist (the Empire aka Darth Vader, the Emperor) who should receive none of our understanding or love, the reality is that even here there’s another side to this riveting tale.

And talented storyteller and animator Paul Michael Johnson has found it, bringing to gloriously animated life the story of the Empire’s side in a 1980s anime-inspired telling of a take-no-prisoners battle in space between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire, with the narrative emphasis most firmly on the bad guys we’re not normally supposed to pay to much attention to, save for the fact that they make the good guys look extra specially virtuous and cheerable.

Using music by Zak Rahman and sound effects taken from video game Star Wars: TIE Fighter (1994) Johnson has crafted an engaging tale that grants us a whole new perspective on the epic battles that defined the Star Wars universe “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”.

Star Wars: TIE Fighter is a masterfully immersive, engaging, and wholly original, hitherto untold take on a tale we’ve come to know and love but from a whole different perspective.

To see more about this film and the characters who populate it to devastatingly good effect, go to Mediafire.

(source: Laughing Squid)


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