ByKory Glover, writer at
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Kory Glover

Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, people have started to see life back into a franchise that has been on the brink since 1999. The Force Awakens brought back the fun, action-packed goofiness that fans love in the original trilogy, but they didn't necessarily think it was a perfect film. One of the biggest complaints from audiences was that the villainous First Order was almost completely identical to the Empire from the original trilogy. However, that might not be the case, according the Star Wars veteran voice actor, Sam Witwer.

Sam Witwer on 'Being Human' [Credit: Syfy]
Sam Witwer on 'Being Human' [Credit: Syfy]

When Witwer was asked if he was once again voicing the troopers for , he danced around the question but ended up describing the difference between the First Order troopers and Empire troopers:

“I cannot confirm nor deny whether I’ve done any voice work for The Last Jedi. Having said that, I will say this: First Order Stormtroopers are different than Episode IV, V, and VI Troopers. ... They're younger, they're a little bit more emotionally available ... they actually scream at each other and stuff like that, whereas [Original Trilogy] Stormtroopers never get really beyond a five or a six in terms of excitement.... They just don't get that excited, except when they get killed, then they freak out, they go, ‘AHHHHHH!!’ They lose it when they get killed, have amazing death screams. But Episode VII Troopers yell at each other more. They're a little bit more younger, more excitable type folks.”

Witwer's acting credits include providing the voice for Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine and Starkiller in a number of different projects. His most recent Star Wars work included voicing the Stormtroopers in The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Witwer continued describing how the original "voice actors" used a certain distinction for their performances:

“In Episode IV they were a bunch of DJ, disk jockeys from, Northern California, you know (laughs), who were not actors, but they had that very disk jockey voice. ... then when you put them through the filter, they suddenly sound like Stormtroopers. And so I try to bring that to Rogue One.”

Disc Jockeys are known to pump up an audience with loud voices and an upbeat attitude, which could sort of fit the characters of the original trilogy Stormtroopers. The Empire troopers were academy graduates who were basically on a career path, while the work ethics of the First Order is a little different. People are taken from their homes and lives to fight for a cause they were forced to follow. During Finn's confession to Rey about not being a Stormtrooper, he confesses that he was taken from a family he'll never know and raised to follow the way of the First Order.

Finn in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' [Credit: Disney]
Finn in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' [Credit: Disney]

That could leave some troopers with a lack of motivation to fight for a cause they don't fully believe in. Much like Finn, some recruits could lack the stomach to slaughter innocent people on command compared to the original trilogy troopers who all volunteered to do such things. It's very possible that Finn isn't the only Stormtrooper that feels this way.

Hopefully we'll see more development of the First Order Stormtroopers in Star Wars: The Last Jedi or in another future film.

Who do you think is worse, the Empire or the First Order?

[Source: Comic Book]


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