In The Force Awakens, clothes make the man. That’s not a stray observation, it’s a defining principle. It’s the same reason why the First Order requires their Stormtroopers to wear their completely useless armor — it makes them look scary, and it denies them their humanity. The same thing that makes them intimidating also allows us to cheer when thousands of them die. At the beginning of the movie, we feel Finn’s anguish when he doesn’t want to kill villagers, but an hour later we cheer as he mows down dozens of Stormtroopers. Now that we know that each Stormtrooper is an individual with thoughts and feelings, why do we still cheer?

Todd Alcott is killing it with his series on TFA’s main characters.

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