From the very first moment a Stormtrooper stepped on screen in the original 1977 classic A New Hope, fans noticed something right away. Stormtroopers are a lousy shot. And they never hit their intended target. The latest clip from Rogue One, the first in many upcoming Star Wars movies, drives this point home, almost to comical lengths. Now, one Texas Police Officer has decided to lend a helping hand in fixing the problem.
When fans settled in to watch the first Star Wars movie in the summer of 1977, they soon discovered that their heroes weren't in much danger whenever they were faced with a battalion of Stormtroopers. Heck, Han Solo and Chewbacca even faced off against a dozen of them while running around the deep hallways of the Death Star. And the troops' aim hasn't gotten any better over the past several movies.
The Fort Worth Police Department has debuted a new recruitment video. With cops currently under fire all over the United States, it's been a tough go getting new enlistees to come aboard. So they are now using the appeal of Star Wars to get more boys in blue on the street. But in Texas, they can't have troopers who don't know how to shoot.
Fort Worth premiered this recruitment video from their Police Department on the official Fort Worth Police Department Facebook on Friday. The short features one shooting range instructor and his pupil, a man dressed in full Stormtrooper armor. They run through how not to fire the weapon, and the best stance to take. The video runs 90 seconds, and it's a worthy watch for all Star Wars fans.
In the opening moments, the unnamed Imperial warrior predictably misses all of his shots when aiming at a target head on. The instructor hates the way the Stormtrooper shoots, and begins to berate the boy in white.
"Stop jerking the trigger. You're still jerking the trigger!"
The trooper mouths off, whining in true millennial fashion, 'It's not as easy as it looks.' Angered, the instructor whips out his pistol and fires off several rounds. He hits the bulls-eye with every single shot. Perhaps this was fixed in post. But the magic of the video has truly touched some fans, and the viral teaser has become a sensation.
The Fort Worth Police Department recruitment video is nearing One Million Views as of this writing. And it appears to succeed in giving police recruits a fun alternative. Maybe it's not the best way to go, but it sure is fun to watch. And it helps introduce the Texas Police Academy at a time when recruitment numbers are down and Star Wars fever is at an all-time high. If you watch the entire thing, you'll also get treated to a cameo from none other than Darth Vader. Take a look.