Read up on Tornado S, and you learn that he loves bad guys. Like that’s his thing. Star Wars bad guys. Darth Vader, The Emperor, any Sith. And as he gets older, I get more worried.
Though he does seem to like Rey a lot…..
Any ways. It’s a problem. I mean, probably not a real problem. The kid isn’t torturing small animals. Just his little brother. The kid cries during nature documentaries when the herbivore is attacked and eaten by the carnivores. So, yeah, he’s a big, mean Sith Lord.
This last fall, there were cracks in the glass. My dad and I were watching a lot of World War II documentaries. The boys would run through the room, slow down, and then sit for a while. Tornado S was drawn the most.
Tornado S has already been forbidden from real bad guys. He also has the best grasp on symbolism. His analysis on Kubo and the Two Strings was brilliant. Where Lucas hinted at Nazis in the Star Wars series, Abrams made it obvious in The Force Awakens.
Tornado S: So the Nazis were the bad guys?
Me: Yes. Real bad guys. They killed a lot of people. They tried to take of the world.
Tornado S: Like the galaxy?
Me: (Thinking) Yes. If they could, they would’ve.
Tornado S: Did they have an emperor?
Me: No. A Chancellor. But he had ultimate power.
Tornado S: Like the Emperor?
Me: Yes, like the Emperor.
Tornado S: So Hitler was like the Emperor.
Me: In a lot of ways.
Tornado S: Hitler killed a lot of people. He wanted to kill all the Jews.
Tornado S: (pause and contemplation)
In this moral dilemma, I struck. I showed the boys Batman: The Animated Series cartoons. Every single one. Because seriously, who isn’t as cool as Batman? He’s the Dark Knight. Cool gadgets, cool one-liners, dark and brooding good guys. Everything to bring a young Sith Lord to the light.
And it’s working. But Tornado S does have a fondness for Joker. As in oh-for-Christ’s-sake-that-psycho!
We also started watching the Marvel movies, moving slowly through them on weekends that I desperately need a few hours to grade. Tonight we started watching the X-Men cartoons. I’m hoping Tornado S will gravitate towards Iron Man (though according to Tornado S, Batman would beat Iron Man) and Wolverine.
Then last night. As we were leaving Cub Scouts.
Tornado S: You know, Mama. I really like Red Skull.
Kid, I think you’re doing this to mess with me.
This weekend we’re either watching Captain America: Winter Soldier or World War II documentaries.