Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job? Well, a new YouTube video sure wants you to believe it was. “Luke’s Change” is a parody of the 9/11 truther video “Loose Change.” In the video, creator Graham Putnam illustrates the connections between those who responsible for destroying the Death Star, siblings Luke and Leia, and the one person who survived the explosion, their father Darth Vader.
The video offers a humorous take on the style used in “Loose Change,” but is also jam-packed with “Star Wars” trivia that might even impress the biggest of fans. Referring to the Rebel Alliance as a “terrorist organization,” the video questions how Luke Skywalker, who wasn’t a trained fighter pilot, was able to get close enough to blow up the Death Star with only one shot.
The faux-documentary even goes so far as to hint that the whole thing may be some sort of financial scam, jokingly claiming a construction company owned by Anakin Skywalker (Vader) was awarded the contract to build a replacement Death Star. In the end, Putnam just wants viewers to question the likelihood of what he calls the “official story,” saying, “A simple farm boy with minimal combat training, while working for his sister’s terrorist group, manages to blow up the most heavily fortified battle station ever made, that happened to belong to his father, who happened to be the only surviving crew member.” When he puts it like that, it does seem pretty unbelievable.
After being posted March 16, the video is already nearing 800,000 views. With J.J. Abrams on board to direct, “Star Wars” will be returning to theaters in 2015 with the seventh installment in the movie franchise.