Tracy HolmesComment

I was not quite fifteen when my older sister and I went to a matinee of the original Star Wars. It hadn't even been out for a week, but she'd already seen it, couldn't wait to see it again, and couldn't wait to see me seeing it for the first time. I remember loving the duo of droids; C-3PO and R2-D2 were so unlike anything I'd ever seen . And I recall being truly scared by the overwhelmingly imposing anti-Force force that was Darth Vader, clad head-to-toe in the blackest of black. A colour we often associate with evil, he was even more striking against white, a colour we often link with good, as in flocks of doves, or a heavenly host of angels. What a colourless but powerful entrance he had, in a white-walled corridor, flanked by ranks of white Storm Troopers, emerging on screen for the first time through a post-battle cloud of white smoke. Picture that scene, and I bet you can hear him breathing...

Wikipedia cites that the American Film Institute listed Darth Vader as the third greatest movie villain in cinema history, behind Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates. As a pillow, he is much less foreboding.

Day 5 of 'Leap Into Colour!' is all about he power of Black, how it can turn the brightest of Hues into the dark, darker, and darkest of Shades. If you haven't read 'The Dark Side' today would be a good day to do so. Why? Because it's May the 4th. It's Star Wars Day.

May the 4th be with you...