From World War to Star Wars: Imperial Officers
Last month, I examined the parallels between the rise of the Galactic Empire and the rise of the Third Reich. This month, it’s time to move the focus away from dictators and on to the individuals that make the Empire run. At the core of what makes the Empire operate are the Imperial officers, a cold and efficient group who in many ways were inspired by the events of World War II.
The fact that fascism inspired the look and feel of the Empire is no secret. In fact, Star Wars creator George Lucas even refers to the Imperial officers in The Empire Strikes Back as “Nazis” while giving his commentary of the film. He specifically mentions their militaristic dress, noting, “The Nazis are basically the same costume as we used in the first film and they are designed to be very authoritarian, very empire-like.”