Originally posted by johnq
Right, in Jedi, Anakin kills the Emperor and brings balance to the force. Luke was a helpful distraction, to tempt the Emperor to think Luke would make a good replacement for Vader as the Emperor's new apprentice. (Remember, this was Vader offering that in Empire). This let Vader get Luke as close to the Emperor as possible. Vader knew Luke was good and powerful and would not kill his own father. This let Vader kill the Emperor himself when he was weakened/distracted.
The prophecy was right, it just took a while to happen.
It was my theory for years that Vader was actually good throughout the old trilogy. He killed plenty of fellow Imperials, and only a few odd rebels in the heat of battle (had to maintain a credible image for the Emperor).
i agree with you that now i realise how the prophecy was fulfilled. as the old republic crumbled, the dark side grew very very strong with palpatine... his 20+ year manipulations (not counting his apprenticeship to the dark side and killing of his master) made the force imbalanced.
edit: only Yoda and ObiWan really sensed this, so well and good that they were the only Jedi that 'survived' in the time of the Empire. the rest of the Jedi were clueless and deserved what they got
edit: well it was a long time of dark side imbalance, with him dismantling the old republic over 20+years, the 20+ year rule of the Empire, etc..
yup, it took a while, anakin had to go over to the dark side, then eventually kill the emperor in return of the jedi, and balance is restored to the force. prophecy fulfilled, just that obiwan and yoda gave up on the prophecy a little early (just like morpheus in the matrix, but keanu.. er i mean Neo eventually delivered the goods)
i think Vader did not do this in a very conscious way, eg. blowing up a whole planet... the thing is though that he had to journey through the darkness to see the light and restore balance (this parallels with non-dualism concepts of spirituality in our galaxy... or i mean solar system
Vader had to journey through the very depths of the dark side to understand it and return the balance
pre-Vader, anakin was confused about what was right and wrong, and only through Vader did he gain confidence and clarity, albeit in one brief second
admittedly in the time of the Empire there might have been flickers of regret/ guilt about being so evil and stuff in Vader.