The Full Wiki

More info on Chad Vader

Chad Vader: Wikis

  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

(Redirected to Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager article)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager
ChadVader.jpg
Chad at work, Episode 1
Also known as Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager
Genre Comedy
Created by Aaron Yonda
Matt Sloan
Directed by Aaron Yonda
Matt Sloan
Starring Aaron Yonda
Matt Sloan
Brad Knight
Christina LaVicka
Paul Guse
Craig Johnson
Rob Matsushita
Voices of Matt Sloan as the voice of Chad Vader
Composer(s) Andrew Yonda
John Lee
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18
Production
Producer(s) Courtney Collins
Editor(s) Matt Sloan
Aaron Yonda
Location(s) Madison, Wisconsin
Camera setup Tona Williams
Running time 4-6 minutes approx
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 101
YouTube
Original run June 25, 2006 – present
External links
Official website

Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager is a series of comedy shorts by Blame Society Productions that has gained popularity on the Internet, particularly through viewings on YouTube and MySpace. It was originally created for Channel 101, where it was cancelled after two episodes. However, the creators continued to develop the story arc and publish the series in other venues. The first episode has been viewed over nine million times on YouTube. A portion of the episode IV video was aired on Good Morning America on October 12, 2006. Though Sloan and Yonda did not create Chad Vader as a "fan film" series, it won the "George Lucas Selects" award at the 2007 "Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge."

There are eight episodes in Season 1, each between five and six minutes long, written and directed by Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda. Season 1.5 (released on DVD in Fall 2008) features the collection of "Chad Vader Training Videos" and other material created after the release of the Season 1 DVD. The first episode of Season 2 was released on the internet on February 1, 2009 and subsequent episodes have been periodically released. Season 3 will start being released on the internet in early 2010. The "Empire Market" scenes were filmed on location at Willy Street Co-op, Madison, Wisconsin.[1] The mayor of Madison, Dave Cieslewicz, appears in two episodes of Season 1 (six and eight).

Chad Vader has been translated into at least 6 languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, French, Chinese, Hebrew and Lingua Franca Nova. The series also has a DVD, which contains all 8 of the first season episodes, and one for season 2's ten episodes.

Contents

Plot

The storyline centers around Chad Vader, the younger brother of Darth Vader, who works as a day-shift manager at a supermarket named Empire Market. The story presents Chad's clash with customers and other employees while incorporating dialogue and concepts from Star Wars.

Season One Synopsis

Episode One: A Galaxy Not So Far Away

This episode establishes the character of Chad Vader, the day shift manager at a grocery store called Empire Market, as well as his co-workers, including his boss, Randy, and night shift manager Clint Shermer, with whom Chad has an intensely adversarial relationship. Chad manages to convince attractive cashier Clarissa to have a date with him, under the guise of discussing "some plans I have for a more powerful laser checkout system". Later on, Chad gets into a fight with Clint, threatening him with his lightsaber. However, Chad trips on a banana peel Clint throws under him, and is left in pain on the floor by Clint.[2]

Episode Two: "The Date"

Chad Vader continues his training of two Empire Market employees, Tony Edwards and Jeremy Wickstrom. Edwards, annoyed with Chad's behavior, leaves him with the more enthusiastic Jeremy, whom Chad takes under his wing as his "apprentice". During his date with Clarissa, Chad confides to her that the reason he wears his suit is for life support after he accidentally rode his bicycle into a volcano; the suit was given to him by his "famous brother". Clarissa expresses sympathy for Chad. Later at work, Chad is caught using his hologram to spy on Clint while he is complaining to Randy about Chad's behavior. Randy, furious, gives the day manager position to Clint while giving Chad the night shift.[3]

Episode Three: "The Night Shift"

It's Chad's first shift as night manager, and he finds that Empire Market is inhabited by strange employees and customers when the sun goes down. "Commander" Jeremy Wickstrom, Chad's new "apprentice", has transferred to the night shift to assist him. After dealing with some of the store's unusual customers, Chad calls Clarissa on the phone. It is revealed that Clarissa stood up Chad on their second date the previous night. After Clarissa abruptly ends his call, Chad gets into a physical confrontation with a gloating Clint, who, to Chad's horror, reveals that he has begun to date Clarissa.[4]

Episode Four: "A Dog in the Store"

Chad is still on his first night shift. Jeremy urgently reports to Chad that a dog is loose in the store. After giving Jeremy the job of finding the dog, Chad spends some time to himself on the loading dock out back, using his hologram to spy on Clarissa sleeping. He is later joined by "Weird Jimmy", Empire Market's eccentric janitor. Weird Jimmy reveals to Chad that he was once a day shift manager himself, but had some "minor problems" after being given the night manager position. Chad and Jeremy later chase down the dog loose in the store, which turns out to belong to the store's slightly deranged night-time cashier, Lionel. The following morning, Chad sees Clint complaining to Randy about their fight earlier that night. When Randy confronts Chad, and refuses to give him back the day manager position, Chad quits his job.[5]

Episode Five: "Drunk" (a.k.a. Holiday Blues)

It's almost Christmas, and Chad Vader, now unemployed, gets drunk at a bar while spying on Clint and Clarissa nearby. Clint and Chad almost have a fistfight, but Clint relents to go to the bathroom. When Chad confronts Clarissa, she asks Chad to "do something useful with your life and stop being so lame". A drunk, spurned Chad leaves the bar. Later on, Chad stands on a bridge at a park, contemplating suicide. Just as he is about to jump, Chad is met by a Force ghost named Ben, the spirit of a drunk driver who died after he ran over a gas pump that exploded. Ben manages to help Chad take Clarissa's advice to do something with his life, and Chad resolves to find another job. Chad is later seen at his new job, wearing what would pass for a business suit.[6]

Episode Six: "New Job"

Over the course of two days, Chad is hired as a telemarketer and a printer, but is quickly fired due to his erratic, aggressive behavior. Ben appears to Chad again to persuade him to return to Empire Market, but Chad balks at the idea and runs away. Meanwhile at Empire Market, Chad's old co-workers, including Jeremy and Clarissa, begin reminiscing about Chad's career there. It is revealed that Clint, as day manager, has begun to bully his subordinates, including Clarissa. Chad, meanwhile, is hired and quickly fired both as a janitor and a cleaner for the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, Dave Cieslewicz. Chad has begun working as a taxicab driver when he is again visited by Ben and is finally persuaded to go back to Empire Market to get his old job back. Chad Vader returns to the store, confronts Randy, and demands that he be re-hired.[7]

Episode Seven: "The Plan" (a.k.a. Trapped in the Trash)

Chad threatens to not leave the store until he gets his job back. He vows to buy an item once every hour to avoid a loitering charge. However, Chad admits he's broke to Jeremy, but the latter hatches an irrational plan to shut down the store's power. After another visitation from Ben, Chad realizes he must settle his score with Clint once and for all. Dubiously assuming Clint's identity, Chad begins to sully Clint's reputation by verbally assaulting customers and behaving erratically. He is helped by Clarissa—whom he reconciles with—when she gives him Clint's name tag, which Chad prominently displays on his suit. This leads to customers unloading a ton of complaints against Clint. However, Clint deduces the ruse and angrily confronts Chad. As he does so, Jeremy, with Weird Jimmy's help, cuts off the store's power supply. In the dark, Clint and Chad begin their final battle.[8]

Episode Eight: "Clint vs Chad" (a.k.a. "Chad Fights Back")

Clint manages to gain the upper hand once the store's emergency power kicks in, and knocks Chad to the floor. Chad feels like giving up, but finds upliftment when Clarissa, Weird Jimmy, Chad's co-workers, customers, former employers, and Mayor Cieslewicz profess their belief in him. Chad is further provoked when he sees Clint bullying Jeremy. Using the Force, Chad manages to attack Clint with a barrage of lemons, and pushes him into a display of lettuce. Later on, Chad tells Randy that Clint damaged the lemons and cabbage display by himself and quit, claiming his former enemy "has mental problems". Randy reluctantly gives Chad the day manager position back, on the condition that Chad change his attitude. Randy further tells Chad that there's talk of a conglomerate buying out Empire Market. Later on, Clarissa and Chad arrange another date, and Chad discovers that Jeremy has begun using the Force. The first season ends with Chad telling his apprentice Jeremy about his new plans for Empire Market.[9]

Season Two Synopsis

Episode One: "The Takeover"

The day has come when the conglomerate Red Leader Foods finally takes over Empire Market. After arriving late for the occasion on his bicycle, Chad, along with his co-workers, meets the owner of Empire Market, Champion J. Pepper (Clint's father), as well as Red Leader liaison Margaret McCall, and her assistant, Libby. Chad and Libby seem to be instantly attracted to each other. Randy and Champion move off to discuss some business, leaving Chad with the task of giving the two visitors a tour of the market, including his project, the "more powerful laser checkout system" mentioned during the first season. They go to the deli and meet Lloyd, who Chad disciplines with the Force choke for making inappropriate comments towards the two women. Clarissa tells Jeremy to let Chad know the laser checkout system is malfunctioning.[10]

Episode Two: "Laser Trouble"

Randy and Champion talk at the water cooler, where Randy tries to apologize for what happened with Clint in the first season. Champion pardons Clint for being "a Shermer...something about that family ain't right." Meanwhile, Chad continues his tour of Empire Market with Margaret McCall and Libby. After some rather uncomfortable encounters with one of Chad's cleaning droids and Weird Jimmy, Chad takes the pair to the cash register to demonstrate the checkout system. Jeremy desperately tries to stop them, only to be repeatedly dismissed by Chad. When McCall decides to purchase a can of beans with the checkout system and Chad swipes it, a beam of light shoots out of the machine, exploding the can and covering McCall with beans. She angrily vows to keep watch on Chad and all of the other employees, and chastises Randy for supposed incompetence[11].

Episode Three: "Into the Basement"

During an Empire Market staff meeting, Chad sits next to Libby and makes conversation with her while a jealous Clarissa watches nearby. McCall announces that she is the new general manager, while Randy has been transferred to the dreaded night shift. She also rolls out a new series of strict rules and regulations, which includes the prohibition of employees to date each other. After the meeting, McCall tasks Chad with the yearly "boiler recalibration", which requires Chad to go down into Empire Market's mysterious basement. Chad goes into the basement with Jeremy, telling his apprentice that venturing there will help Jeremy uncover his "dark soul half." However, the two are soon separated after Chad hears a woman calling his name. The voice comes from a ghostly vision of Libby, who disappears when Chad tries to embrace her, falling into a hole. Chad soon hears groaning inside the hole. Meanwhile, Jeremy encounters a strange droid with lightsabers for hands, before being attacked by an unseen presence.

Episode Four: "The Basement Strikes Back"

Jeremy, asleep, is woken up by Weird Jimmy. The two travel to the boiler room to fulfill Jeremy's task at recalibrating it. On the way, Jeremy sees strange visions of himself and McCall in a mirror. After Jeremy and Weird Jimmy recalibrate with the boiler, they find Chad behind a door, apparently attached to the hole he was trapped in. As they try to make their way out of the basement, they run into three hostile droids, including the one Jeremy encountered earlier. The trio fight the droids, but Chad and Weird Jimmy are soon dispatched. Jeremy vanquishes the droids with Chad's lightsaber. The trio hold an impromptu memorial serivce for Weird Jimmy's beloved mop -- which was cut in half during the battle—with Weird Jimmy playing a somber saxophone tune. On the way out of the basement, Chad admits to Jeremy that the droids were failed experiments of his meant to be substitutes for absent employees. Chad says that after the droids began assaulting him and stopped doing any work, he put them in the basement, which Jeremy deems "irresponsible."

Episode Five: "The New Employee"

Chad encounters Hal, a strange customer who is shopping for food to feed his doll. Chad is then hit with a marshmallow with the number 1 written on it. During the night shift, Chad visits Randy, who has gone insane after two weeks as night shift manager. When Chad visits McCall to ask about Randy, she tells him that she is reversing many of Randy's decisions as day manager. She has started with the re-hiring of Robby Johnson, who was fired by Randy for taking Chad's questionable training videos too seriously. McCall orders Chad to train the enthused Robby as his new apprentice, and to stop spending time with Jeremy. After Chad and Robby leave, McCall tells Libby that "everything is happening exactly according to plan". While training Jeremy and Robby, Chad becomes impressed with Robby's superior knowledge of the store. Chad leaves with Robby to continue his training, leaving a spurned Jeremy behind. McCall approaches Jeremy and implies that Chad hates him and doesn't recognize his "true talent", and that "we will be monitoring the progress of your career very closely."

Episode Six: "First Kiss" (a.k.a. Chad Gets Libby)

An insane Randy confronts Hal in Empire Market and tells him he has clothes for his doll. When the doll starts talking to Randy, he snatches it from Hal and claims it as his own. Chad again tries to talk to McCall about Randy. She instead reveals that she has created an "employee rewards program" to improve her strict image among the employees. She also reveals that Robby is the program's first winning employee, with the reward being dinner at a restaurant. McCall tells Chad to accompany Robby there. To ensure they don't spend too much money, McCall tells them that Libby will be joining them. While an ecstatic Chad expresses his happiness to finally go out dating with Libby, he is hit by another marshmallow, this one with a number 2 written on it. At the restaurant, Chad requests a round of an alcoholic beverage. Libby initially rejects the idea, but eventually follows through. Before long, all three are drunk. When leave the restaurant, Robby runs off to a bar, leaving Chad and Libby alone. Chad tells Libby he wants to date her again despite the new rules. The two then embrace each other, kissing as best they can through Chad's breathing apparatus. Unbeknownst to them, Jeremy has been spying on them the entire time. He returns to Empire Market to report what he saw to McCall.

Episode Seven: "Goodbye, Chad"

Chad, enthused from his kiss with Libby the previous night, arrives at work and happily (and annoyingly) greets customers and co-workers, including Weird Jimmy, Lloyd, and Clarissa. Chad also encounters a bitter Jeremy, who tells him that McCall wants to see him in her office. When he arrives, McCall tells Chad that she is aware of his relationship with Libby, in violation of Empire Market's new rule against dating. Chad initially denies her charges, but eventually admits his relationship with Libby and offers to let McCall punish as she pleases. McCall, however, says that Chad will not be punished. However, she also tells Chad, much to his dismay, that she had Libby deported back to New Zealand for "having her papers out of order". McCall gives Chad a letter left for him by Libby, in which she apologizes for being deported and professes her love for him. She also mentions that she doesn't know why her work visa was revoked when she had her papers in order, implying that McCall is responsible. Chad is left feeling depressed at his loss. Chad then discovers the person who has been throwing marshmallows at him: the Marshmallow Bandito, a strange man in a chef costume who claims to be Chad's archnemesis.

Episode Eight: "Bandito Beatdown"

The Marshmellow Bandito reveals his origins, showing a flashback of him as a customer complaining to Chad about marshmallows that were still supposed to be on sale. Chad denied it and claimed that he ended the sale, unwittingly causing the Bandito to plotting his revenge against him. In the present, Chad and the Bandito start a fight. The Bandito attempts to hit Chad with more marshmellows, but Chad easily repels them with his lightsaber. Chad manages to overwhelm the Bandito with the Force and defeats him. However, he continues to show grief over Libby. Jeremy sees this and feels terrible about betraying him. He admits what he has done to Weird Jimmy. Meanwhile, Randy and the doll, Baby Cookie, have a conversation in which Baby Cookie makes Randy dance for him to prove his loyalty. To Randy's shock, Baby Cookie asks if he would also kill for him.

Episode Nine: "Showdown"

Jeremy has a private meeting with McCall, expressing his guilt over Libby's deportation and doubt over whether he should continue working at Empire Market. McCall responds by taunting him with his potential promotion to general manager. This quickly pacifies Jeremy, who is sent to a two-week management training camp. Meanwhile, Chad learns that the Sean Banditson, a.k.a. "Marshmallow Bandito" -- sans costume—has been hired as a new market employee, purely to make Chad's career miserable. Two weeks later, Jeremy returns from the training camp dressed in a business suit, in the same manner in which he saw himself in the mirror in the basement. McCall joins him and announces he is Empire Market's new general manager, giving him the first task of firing Randy. Chad, seeing that things "have taken a turn for the even worse", decides to intervene. When Jeremy arrives at the market during the night shift to fire Randy, Chad confronts him. When Chad learns from Weird Jimmy that it was Jeremy was responsible for Libby's deportation, an angered Chad and a resentful Jeremy begin a lightsaber duel.

Episode Ten: "Somebody Dies"

Chad and Jeremy continue their lightsaber duel despite Jeremy and Weird Jimmy's wishes. They continue their duel into the back of the store. As they pass by, Randy, with Baby Cookie around his neck, comes out of a cabinet and follows them. Chad forces Jeremy onto his back on a cart, failing to notice Randy is sneaking up behind Chad with a sword in an attempt to stab him. Jeremy warns Chad to no avail. As Randy is about to stab Chad, Jimmy shoves Randy out of the way to save Chad, but Jeremy attempts to stab Randy to save Chad. In the confusion, Jeremy ends up stabbing Jimmy. Jimmy limps away, looks up, sees a ghost of his beloved mop and then disappears, leaving his clothes behind, which Chad inspects with his feet. (An obvious reference to when Ben Kenobi dies in A New Hope) Some time later, at a staff meeting, McCall announces that Jimmy has not shown up for work for the past two days and is going to make Randy the custodian. She then announces that the general manager position is open since Jeremy failed to keep it. She will allow every employee one day of being General Manager to see who is best, even though Chad is supposedly next in line. After the meeting, Jeremy confronts Chad to tell him how sorry he was about Jimmy. Chad then tells him that it was really his fault and to console him, he reveals he discovered Jeremy's old helmet, fished out of the trash, while cleaning out Jimmy's locker. Jeremy puts the helmet on and Chad calls him his "apprentice". Outside, Jeremy is happy that things have managed to work out...until he sees a ghost of Jimmy appear with his mop, calling him a murderer. Meanwhile, Chad is so angry at McCall that it causes lightning to erupt from his fingertips which he responds to by saying "I didn't know I could do that."

Empire Market Training Videos

Chad was asked to make a series of training videos to teach the potential employee of Empire Market. Using his brand of aggressive solutions to problems, he will "complete your training".

Video 1: "A Spy in Produce"

This begins the series of training videos, where Chad deals with "customer satisfaction". This episode deals with a multiple choice question that Chad presents on how to deal with a shady individual spying on the beets to try to gain insight on Empire Market's "new pricing system". Typical of Chad's aggressive solutions to problems, the choices include "draw lightsaber, slice spy's hand off" and "advance menacingly, demand that they leave", "contact base", or "all of the above".[12]

Video 2: "Custodial Empowerment"

In this video, Chad lets Weird Jimmy teach the potential employee about "custodial duties", or "mopping". Weird Jimmy digresses from talking about the grip, to talking to "Mop"; Chad concludes, "Avoid Weird Jimmy whenever possible".[13]

Video 3: "Decoding the Dress Code"

Chad discusses the importance of the dress code, using Commander Wickstrom as a model. Chad show that the dress code requires an apron and nametag, "free of detritus", and that "disfiguring injuries" should be covered "tastefully", with choices such as "a pair of mechanical hands", "full-length body robe and cloak", and "a full upper torso exoskeleton with breathing apparatus".[14]

Video 4: "Are You Fit for Command?"

In this video, Chad planted a hidden camera in Randy's office, since Randy was "too busy and important" to participate in the video. Chad regards Randy in very high regard, saying that he was not worthy to "look at or be friends with", despite Randy's disapproval of his aggressive solutions to problems and occasional rudeness to customers. We find out that Randy spends his time yelling at food suppliers, describing to doctors his foot fungus, sleeping, and yelling at Chad. Eventually, Randy discovers the hidden camera in his office.[15]

Video 5: "Shoplifting: Never Lower Your Guard"

Here, Chad discusses the perils of shoplifting. He produced this episode by himself, and attempted to use various employees of Empire Market to act like a shoplifter, but they all fail to meet Chad's expectations, so he was forced to use a video of himself acting like he was losing a fight, and a video that showed him acting like he was winning a fight, then splicing the videos together.[16]

Video 6: "Patrolling the parking lot" (a.k.a. "Retarded Policeman")

Also known as "Chad Vader," an episode featured in the first series of the Retarded Policeman.

Main characters

  • Chad Vader (Aaron Yonda/voiced by Matt Sloan) - The main character and day shift manager of Empire Market. Sometimes using lines lifted from the Star Wars films, Chad's main goal is to crush Empire Market's competition and help make the store dominate the food retailing industry. While he has antagonistic or rocky relationships with some of his co-workers, most notably Clint, he has better ones with others, such as Jeremy, whom he adopts as his "young apprentice". Chad implies in the second episode that his older brother is Darth Vader, and that Darth gave Chad a life support suit and helmet similar to his own after Chad accidentally rode his bicycle into a volcano. This fact is mentioned explicitly on the Blame Society website (www.blamesociety.net). Though he uses a red Sith lightsaber as a weapon to threaten opponents (and shoplifters), he may not be a Sith; he is never referred to as "Darth", the title given to all members of the Sith order. He is, however, referred to as "Lord Vader" by some characters. Chad had lost touch with his family when they moved to Tatooine without him. Despite Sloan being a local comedian and voice actor, LucasArts were impressed by his Darth Vader impression. This led to him becoming the new voice actor for Darth Vader. His voice appears in the games Empire at War: Forces of Corruption[17][18], Soulcalibur IV, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed[19].
  • Clint Shermer (Matt Sloan) - Chad's nemesis, the former night shift manager. Clint is a bully who is constantly finding ways to abuse Chad, and does the same with his co-workers after Chad quits his job including tossing Jeremy's helmet on the floor. It becomes apparent in the second episode that he has wanted Chad's day manager position for some time. Chad forces Clint to quit his job after he is defeated in their final battle. It is revealed in the eighth episode that Clint's father owns Empire Market, explaining Clint's spoiled demeanor. Matt Sloan also performs as the voice of Chad.
  • Randy Morgan (Brad Knight) - Chad's boss as the general manager of Empire Market. Chad, who takes his day manager job very seriously, practically worships Randy. When Chad meets with Randy, the former always kneels and calls Randy "Emperor", which causes Randy some considerable discomfort. In the 4th Empire Market training video, Chad describes Randy as, "a man I am not worthy to look at or be friends with", and a "true managerial genius", despite the fact that Randy disapproves of Chad's aggressive solutions to problems (Like slicing off produce spy's hands.) And his surveillance on Randy via hologram, often saying "Chad stop spying on me with your hand." But after the events of the second episode of the second season he eventually goes mad and tries to murder Chad at the request of Baby Cookie.
  • Clarissa (Christina LaVicka) - A cashier at Empire Market who went on a date with Chad, but later dated Clint. She ultimately asked Chad if he wanted to go on another date after Clint had quit his job. Chad said he had to check his schedule. She has appeared in season 2 episode 7 asking if she and Chad could go on a second date which Chad declined saying that he was dating Libby.
  • Jeremy Wickstrom (Paul Guse) - An Empire Market employee who idolizes Chad and wears the headpiece of an Imperial ground officer (which is the back piece of the Hasbro Darth Vader Voice Changer mask); Vader usually refers to him as Commander Wickstrom and treats him as his "young apprentice". Jeremy eventually transfers to the Night Shift with Chad, until Chad went back to being a Day Shift Manager. In the second episode of the second season he is shown to have the power of the Force when he pulls a broom to his hand. Wickstrom sees Chad more as his leader than his boss. In the second season, Chad neglects Jeremy in favor of Robby Johnson, which leads to Jeremy being persuaded by Margaret McCall to betray Chad by spying on him with Libby. In season 2 episode 8 Jeremy is shown to be very upset about Chad's apparent betrayal and very confused about what he should do. He also regrets telling McCall about Chad dating Libby. After his fight with Chad in episodes 9-10 in the second season they eventually make amends.
  • Weird Jimmy (Craig Johnson) - An insane janitor. He used to be the day shift manager, but has become unstable since moving to the night shift and losing his position as manager. This was revealed during a conversation with Chad outside the store in Episode 4. He consults his mop (named "Mop") before he does anything, "believes in elves" and has, shown in Episode 7 and Vader's fifth video in the Empire Market Training series, a gun with a very long silencer. In season 2 episode 10, Weird Jimmy was accidently killed by Jeremy. He then reapears as a ghost and terrifies Jeremy calling him a murderer.
  • Margaret McCall (Karen Moeller) - The new owner of Empire Market. She is the liaison for Red Leader Foods that Mr. Pepper sold Empire Market to. On the surface, she seems nice, but has many unpleasant qualities under the surface. She is very indifferent to others' well being, and apparently has a very small amount of values, especially when she starts turning Jeremy Wickstrom into her personal spy, using a technique similar to that Emperor Palpatine did to Anakin Skywalker. McCall is responsible for driving Randy insane after assigning him to the night shift, and for having Libby deported to her native New Zealand after she learns of her romantic relationship with Chad.
  • Libby (Kate Sprecher) - McCall's assistant whom Chad begins to fall in love with. The two of them kiss in season 2 directly before her being deported back to New Zealand by McCall after learning of her relationship with Chad.

Minor characters

  • Champion J. Pepper (Matt Sloan) - The original owner of Empire Market. He sold the market to Red Leader Foods, a corporate conglomerate. He is Clint's father. He wears a cowboy hat and speaks with a Texas twang, and is fond of introducing himself every time he enters a room, a "new thing he is trying out".
  • Ben (Mike McCafferty) - A Jedi ghost who stopped Chad from committing suicide and helps him get his life back on track. He claims his death was caused by driving drunk over a gas station pump (which then exploded). He appears suddenly, but disappearing requires additional effort, such as performing a song and dance. He finally finds another way to disappear — by screaming 3 times.
  • Hal (Aaron Yonda) - An odd man who searches for strange things such as a live chicken, goat's milk, a goat's hoof, and a goat for his "voodoo ritual." He is one of the main characters in one of Blame Society Productions other series, Fun Rangers. Aaron Yonda also plays Chad (but does not provide the voice).
  • Tony Edwards (Asa Derks) - An employee in Empire Market who doesn't like Chad very much. He can be seen in the first two episodes. Chad refers to him as "Commander Edwards," much to Tony's annoyance. He also hates being told to search his feelings to find an aisle.
  • Lloyd (Rob Matsushita) - An employee in Empire Market who often makes fun of Chad about his relationship with Clarissa. Chad uses the Force to choke him for saying too much about him and Clarissa. Despite this he eventually ends up missing Chad being the day manager due to Clint's more mean-spirited attitude.
  • Tammy (Kealynn Kees) - An employee in Empire Market who refuses Chad's proposal for her to work an extra shift in Episode 1. She also shows up here and there.
  • Lionel (William Bolz) - A weird employee in Empire Market who always says that customers "save a lot". In one of the episodes he asks Chad if anything is faster than the speed of light (referencing Star Wars spaceships). He also asks Chad if he likes light bulbs. He brings his dog into the store in episode 4 but refuses to search for him saying "I'm not supposed to leave the cash register".
  • Star Wars Nerd (Steve Agee) - A Star Wars fan whom Chad sees when he's about to commit suicide.
  • Mayor (Mayor Dave Cieslewicz) - The mayor of Madison. Chad tries working for him but it didn't work out.
  • Bartender (Drew Foerster) - The bartender who serves Chad in Episode 5.
  • Baby Cookie a doll that Hal and eventually Randy carries around. He wears a black mask and no clothes but some pink socks.
  • Sean Banditson, a.k.a. "Marshmallow Bandito" (Sean Moore) - A former customer of Empire Market, who complained to Chad that the marshmallows should be on sale, to which he replies "I ended the sale. Pray I don't end the sale any further". Banditson vowes to torment Chad with marshmallows from then on. In two previous episodes before his debut, Banditson throws two marshmallows at Chad with the numbers "1" and "2" on them. On the third, Banditson reveals himself as the Marshmallow Bandito in the episode "Goodbye Chad Vader". Chad uses his lightsaber to deflect the marshmallows thrown at him by Banditson, before defeating him and forcing him to eat marshmallows that he threw. Banditson later returns in the episode "Showdown" as the new employee for Empire Market. His reasons: to annoy Chad.
  • Mouse Droid a somewhat Dalek like droid that cleans the floors and attacked Hal in season two.

Awards and recognition

  • Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda were awarded the George Lucas Selects award for The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards 2007, presented at Star Wars Celebration IV, for their work on Chad Vader. George Lucas personally selected the short movie as the best fan movie of the year. The annual competition is hosted by AtomFilms.[20]
  • Chad Vader appeared on the cover of Isthmus Magazine, January 25, 2007.[21]
  • Clips from episodes 1 and 4 appeared on the October 11, 2006 episode of ABC's Good Morning America.[22]
  • Chad Vader appeared on YouTube Live on November 22, 2008
  • The character appeared as a guest riffer on Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back for Michael J. Nelson's RiffTrax service.[23] Nelson and fellow riffer Kevin Murphy also appeared in a special episode of the series.[24]
  • Chad also appeared in an episode of a YouTube series called "Retarded Policeman" starring alongside the eponymous learning impaired policeman.

References

External links

Chad Vader:Day Shift Manager at tv.comvader&tag=search_results;title;1

Youtube.com


Chad Vader
Also known as Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager
Genre Comedy
Created by Aaron Yonda
Matt Sloan
Directed by Aaron Yonda
Matt Sloan
Starring Aaron Yonda
Matt Sloan
Brad Knight
Christina LaVicka
Paul Guse
Craig Johnson
Rob Matsushita
Voices of Matt Sloan as the voice of Chad Vader
Composer(s) Andrew Yonda
John Lee
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 13
Production
Producer(s) Courtney Collins
Editor(s) Matt Sloan
Aaron Yonda
Location(s) Madison, Wisconsin
Camera setup Tona Williams
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 101
YouTube
Original run June 25 2006 – present
External links
Official website

Chad Vader is a series of comedy shorts by Blame Society Productions that has gained popularity on the Internet, particularly through viewings on YouTube and MySpace. It was originally created for Channel 101, where it was cancelled after two episodes. However, the creators continued to develop the story arc and publish the series in other venues. The first episode has been viewed over seven million times on YouTube. A portion of the episode IV video was aired on Good Morning America on October 12, 2006. Though Sloan and Yonda did not create Chad Vader as a "fan film" series, it won the "George Lucas Selects" award at the 2007 "Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge."

There are eight episodes in Season 1, each between five and six minutes long, written and directed by Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda. Season 1.5 (released on DVD in Fall 2008) features the collection of "Chad Vader Training Videos" and other material created after the release of the Season 1 DVD. The first episode of Season 2 was released on the Internet on February 1, 2009 and subsequent episodes have been periodically released. The "Empire Market" scenes were filmed on location at Willy Street Co-op, Madison, Wisconsin. The mayor of Madison, Dave Cieslewicz, appears in two episodes of Season 1 (six and eight).

Chad Vader has been translated into at least 5 languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, French, Chinese, Hebrew and Lingua Franca Nova. The series also has a DVD, which contains all 8 of the first season episodes, and has also spawned a merchandise line.

Contents

Plot

The storyline centers around Chad Vader, the younger brother of Darth Vader, who works as a day-shift manager at a supermarket named Empire Market. The story presents Chad's clash with customers and other employees while incorporating dialogue and concepts from Star Wars.

Season One Synopsis

Episode One

This episode establishes the character of Chad Vader, the day shift manager at a grocery store called Empire Market, as well as his co-workers, including his boss, Randy, and night shift manager Clint Shermer, with whom Chad has an intensely adversarial relationship. Chad manages to convince attractive cashier Clarissa to have a date with him, under the guise of discussing "some plans I have for a more powerful laser checkout system". Later on, Chad gets into a fight with Clint, threatening him with his lightsaber. However, Chad trips on a banana peel Clint throws under him, and is left in pain on the floor by Clint. [1]

Episode Two: "The Date"

Chad Vader continues his training of two Empire Market employees, Tony Edwards and Jeremy Wickstrom. Edwards, annoyed with Chad's behavior, leaves him with the more enthusiastic Jeremy, whom Chad takes under his wing as his "apprentice". During his date with Clarissa, Chad confides to her that the reason he wears his suit is for life support after he accidentally rode his bicycle into a volcano; the suit was given to him by his "famous brother". Clarissa expresses sympathy for Chad. Later at work, Chad is caught using his hologram to spy on Clint while he is complaining to Randy about Chad's behavior. Randy, furious, gives the day manager position to Clint while giving Chad the night shift. [2]

Episode Three: "The Night Shift"

It's Chad's first shift as night manager, and he finds that Empire Market is inhabited by strange employees and customers when the sun goes down. "Commander" Jeremy Wickstrom, Chad's new "apprentice", has transferred to the night shift to assist him. After dealing with some of the store's unusual customers, Chad calls Clarissa on the phone. It is revealed that Clarissa stood up Chad on their second date the previous night. After Clarissa abruptly ends his call, Chad gets into a physical confrontation with a gloating Clint, who, to Chad's horror, reveals that he has begun to date Clarissa. [3]

Episode Four: "A Dog in the Store"

Chad is still on his first night shift. Jeremy urgently reports to Chad that a dog is loose in the store. After giving Jeremy the job of finding the dog, Chad spends some time to himself on the loading dock out back, using his hologram to spy on Clarissa sleeping. He is later joined by "Weird Jimmy", Empire Market's eccentric janitor. Weird Jimmy reveals to Chad that he was once a day shift manager himself, but had some "minor problems" after being given the night manager position. Chad and Jeremy later chase down the dog loose in the store, which turns out to belong to the store's slightly deranged night-time cashier, Lionel. The following morning, Chad sees Clint complaining to Randy about their fight earlier that night. When Randy confronts Chad, and refuses to give him back the day manager position, Chad quits his job. [4]

Episode Five: "Holiday Blues"

It's almost Christmas, and Chad Vader, now unemployed, gets drunk at a bar while spying on Clint and Clarissa nearby. Clint and Chad almost have a fistfight, but Clint relents to go to the bathroom. When Chad confronts Clarissa, she asks Chad to "do something useful with your life and stop being so lame". A drunk, spurned Chad leaves the bar. Later on, Chad stands on a bridge at a park, contemplating suicide. Just as he is about to jump, Chad is met by a Force ghost named Ben, the spirit of a drunk driver who died after he ran over a gas pump that exploded. Ben manages to help Chad take Clarissa's advice to do something with his life, and Chad resolves to find another job. Chad is later seen at his new job, wearing what would pass for a business suit. [5]

Episode Six: "New Job"

Over the course of two days, Chad is hired as a telemarketer and a printer, but is quickly fired due to his erratic, aggressive behavior. Ben appears to Chad again to persuade him to return to Empire Market, but Chad balks at the idea and runs away. Meanwhile at Empire Market, Chad's old co-workers, including Jeremy and Clarissa, begin reminiscing about Chad's career there. It is revealed that Clint, as day manager, has begun to bully his subordinates, including Clarissa. Chad, meanwhile, is hired and quickly fired both as a janitor and a cleaner for the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, Dave Cieslewicz. Chad has begun working as a taxicab driver when he is again visited by Ben and is finally persuaded to go back to Empire Market to get his old job back. Chad Vader returns to the store, confronts Randy, and demands that he be re-hired. [6]

Episode Seven: "The Plan"

Chad threatens to not leave the store until he gets his job back. He vows to buy an item once every hour to avoid a loitering charge. However, Chad admits he's broke to Jeremy, but the latter hatches an irrational plan to shut down the store's power. After another visitation from Ben, Chad realizes he must settle his score with Clint once and for all. Dubiously assuming Clint's identity, Chad begins to sully Clint's reputation by verbally assaulting customers and behaving erratically. He is helped by Clarissa -- whom he reconciles with -- when she gives him Clint's name tag, which Chad prominently displays on his suit. This leads to customers unloading a ton of complaints against Clint. However, Clint deduces the ruse and angrily confronts Chad. As he does so, Jeremy, with Weird Jimmy's help, cuts off the store's power supply. In the dark, Clint and Chad begin their final battle. [7]

Episode Eight: "Clint vs Chad(a.k.a. Chad Fights Back)"

Clint manages to gain the upper hand once the store's emergency power kicks in, and knocks Chad to the floor. Chad feels like giving up, but finds upliftment when Clarissa, Weird Jimmy, Chad's co-workers, customers, former employers, and Mayor Cieslewicz profess their belief in him. Chad is further provoked when he sees Clint bullying Jeremy. Using the Force, Chad manages to attack Clint with a barrage of lemons, and pushes him into a display of lettuce. Later on, Chad tells Randy that Clint damaged the lemons and cabbage display by himself and quit, claiming his former enemy "has mental problems". Randy reluctantly gives Chad the day manager position back, on the condition that Chad change his attitude. Randy further tells Chad that there's talk of a conglomerate buying out Empire Market. Later on, Clarissa and Chad arrange another date, and Chad discovers that Jeremy has begun using the Force. The first season ends with Chad telling his apprentice Jeremy about his new plans for Empire Market. [8]

Season Two Synopsis

Episode One: "The Takeover"

The day has come when the conglomerate Red Leader Foods finally takes over Empire Market. After arriving late for the occasion on his bicycle, Chad, along with his co-workers, meets the owner of Empire Market, Champion J. Pepper, as well as Red Leader liaison Margaret McCall, and her assistant, Libby. Chad and Libby seem to be instantly attracted to each other. Randy and Champion move off to discuss some business, leaving Chad with the task of giving the two visitors a tour of the market, including his project, the "more powerful laser checkout system" mentioned during the first season. They go to the deli and meet Lloyd, who Chad disciplines with the Force choke for making inappropriate comments towards the two women. Clarissa tells Jeremy to let Chad know the laser checkout system is malfunctioning. [9]

Episode Two: "Laser Trouble"

Randy and Champion talk at the water cooler, where Randy tries to apologize for what happened with Clint in the first season. Champion pardons Clint for being "a Shermer...something about that family ain't right." Meanwhile, Chad continues his tour of Empire Market with Margaret McCall and Libby. After some rather uncomfortable encounters with one of Chad's cleaning droids and Weird Jimmy, Chad takes the pair to the cash register to demonstrate the checkout system. Jeremy desperately tries to stop them, only to be repeatedly dismissed by Chad. When McCall decides to purchase a can of beans with the checkout system and Chad swipes it, a beam of light shoots out of the machine, exploding the can and covering McCall with beans. She angrily vows to keep watch on Chad and all of the other employees, and chastises Randy for supposed incompetence[10].

Episode Three: "Into the Basement"

During an Empire Market staff meeting, Chad sits next to Libby and makes conversation with her while a jealous Clarissa watches nearby. McCall announces that she is the new general manager, while Randy has been transferred to the dreaded night shift. She also rolls out a new series of strict rules and regulations, which includes the prohibition of employees to date each other. After the meeting, McCall tasks Chad with the yearly "boiler recalibration", which requires Chad to go down into Empire Market's mysterious basement. Chad goes into the basement with Jeremy, telling his apprentice that venturing there will help Jeremy uncover his "dark soul half." However, the two are soon separated after Chad hears a woman calling his name. The voice comes from a ghostly vision of Libby, who disappears when Chad tries to embrace her, falling into a hole. Chad soon hears groaning inside the hole. Meanwhile, Jeremy encounters a strange droid with lightsabers for hands, before being attacked by an unseen presence.

Episode Four: "The Basement Strikes Back"

Jeremy, asleep, is woken up by Weird Jimmy. The two travel to the boiler room to fulfill Jeremy's task at recalibrating it. On the way, Jeremy sees strange visions of himself and McCall in a mirror. After Jeremy and Weird Jimmy recalibrate with the boiler, they find Chad behind a door, apparently attached to the hole he was trapped in. As they try to make their way out of the basement, they run into three hostile droids, including the one Jeremy encountered earlier. The trio fight the droids, but Chad and Weird Jimmy are soon dispatched. Jeremy vanquishes the droids with Chad's lightsaber. The trio hold an impromptu memorial serivce for Weird Jimmy's beloved mop -- which was cut in half during the battle -- with Weird Jimmy playing a somber saxophone tune. On the way out of the basement, Chad admits to Jeremy that the droids were failed experiments of his, ment to be substitutes for absent employees. Chad says that after the droids began assaulting him and stopped doing any work, he put them in the basement, which Jeremy deems "irresponsible."

Episode Five: "The New Employee"

Chad encounters Hal, a strange customer who is shopping for food to feed his doll. Chad is then hit a marshmellow with the number "1" written on it. During the night shift, Chad visits Randy, who has gone insane after two weeks as night shift manager. When Chad visits McCall to ask about Randy, she tells him that she is reversing many of Randy's decisions as day manager. She has started with the re-hiring of Robby Johnson, who was fired by Randy for taking Chad's questionable training videos too seriously. McCall orders Chad to train the enthused Robby as his new apprentice, and to stop spending time with Jeremy. After Chad and Robby leave, McCall tells Libby that "everything is happening exactly according to plan". While training Jeremy and Robby, Chad becomes impressed with Robby's superior knowledge of the store. Chad leaves with Robby to continue his training, leaving a spurned Jeremy behind. McCall approaches Jeremy and implies that Chad hates him and doesn't recognize his "true talent", and that "we will be monitoring the progress of your career very closely."

Empire Market Training Videos

Chad was asked to make a series of training videos to teach the potential employee of Empire Market. Using his brand of aggressive solutions to problems, he will "complete your training".

Video 1: "A Spy in Produce"

This begins the series of training videos, where Chad deals with "customer satisfaction". This episode deals with a multiple choice question that Chad presents on how to deal with a shady individual spying on the beets to try to gain insight on Empire Market's "new pricing system". Typical of Chad's aggressive solutions to problems, the choices include "draw lightsaber, slice spy's hand off" and "advance menacingly, demand that they leave".[11]

Video 2: "Custodial Empowerment"

In this video, Chad lets Weird Jimmy teach the potential employee about "custodial duties", or "mopping". Weird Jimmy digresses from talking about the grip, to talking to "Mop"; Chad concludes, "Avoid Weird Jimmy whenever possible". [12]

Video 3: "Decoding the Dress Code"

Chad discusses the importance of the dress code, using Commader Wickstrom as a model. Chad show that the dress code requires an apron and nametag, "free of detritus", and that "disfiguring injuries" should be covered "tastefully", with choices such as "a pair of mechanical hands", "full-length body robe and cloak", and "a full upper torso exoskeleton with breathing apparatus". [13]

Video 4: "Are You Fit for Command?"

In this video, Chad planted a hidden camera in Randy's office, since Randy was "too busy and important" to participate in the video. Chad regards Randy in very high regard, saying that he was not worthy to "look at or be friends with", despite Randy's disapproval of his aggressive solutions to problems and occasional rudeness to customers. We find out that Randy spends his time yelling at food suppliers, describing to doctors his foot fungus, sleeping, and yelling at Chad. Eventually, Randy discovers the hidden camera in his office. [14]

Video 5: "Shoplifting: Never Lower Your Guard"

Here, Chad discusses the perils of shoplifting. He produced this episode by himself, and attempted to use various employees of Empire Market to act like a shoplifter, but they all fail to meet Chad's expectations, so he was forced to use a video of himself acting like he was losing a fight, and a video that showed him acting like he was winning a fight, then splicing the videos together. [15]

Video 6: "Patrolling the Parking Lot"

Chad discusses the importance of maintaining a safe parking lot. He parked his bicycle in a handicapped parking spot, to attract a policeman's attention, so Chad could show the rules of the parking lot. Unfortunately, the Retarded Policeman showed up as a special guest, and Chad was forced to deal with the Retarded Policeman's titular trait before getting the point across of "don't park in a handicapped spot". [16]

Main characters

  • Chad Vader (Aaron Yonda/voiced by Matt Sloan) - The main character and day shift manager of Empire Market. Sometimes using lines lifted from the Star Wars films, Chad's main goal is to crush Empire Market's competition and help make the store dominate the food retailing industry. While he has antagonistic or rocky relationships with some of his co-workers, most notably Clint, he has better ones with others, such as Jeremy, whom he adopts as his "young apprentice". Chad implies in the second episode that his older brother is Darth Vader, and that Darth gave Chad a life support suit and helmet similar to his own after Chad accidentally rode his bicycle into a volcano. This fact is mentioned explicitly on the Blame Society website (www.blamesociety.net). Though he uses a red Sith lightsaber as a weapon to threaten opponents (and shoplifters), he does not hold the title of "Darth", meaning that Chad, despite his fantasies of attaining power, is not really a Sith.Template:Fact Despite Sloan being a local comedian and voice actor, LucasArts were impressed by his Darth Vader impression. This led to him becoming the new voice actor for Darth Vader. His voice appears in the games Empire at War: Forces of Corruption[17][18], Soulcalibur IV, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed[19].
  • Clint Shermer (Matt Sloan) - Chad's nemesis, the former night shift manager. Clint is a bully who is constantly finding ways to abuse Chad, and does the same with his co-workers after Chad quits his job. It becomes apparent in the second episode that he has wanted Chad's day manager position for some time. Chad forces Clint to quit his job after he is defeated in their final battle. It is revealed in the eighth episode that Clint's father owns Empire Market, explaining Clint's spoiled demeanor. Matt Sloan also performs as the voice of Chad.
  • Randy Morgan (Brad Knight) - Chad's boss as the general manager of Empire Market. Chad, who takes his day manager job very seriously, practically worships Randy. When Chad meets with Randy, the former always kneels and calls Randy "Emperor", which causes Randy some considerable discomfort. In one of the Empire Market training videos, Chad describes Randy as, "a man I am not worthy to look at or be friends with", and a "true managerial genius", despite the fact that Randy disapproves of Chad's aggressive solutions to problems and his surveillance on Randy via hologram.
  • Clarissa (Christina LaVicka) - A cashier at Empire Market who went on a date with Chad, but later dated Clint. She ultimately asked Chad if he wanted to go on another date after Clint had quit his job. Chad said he had to check his schedule.
  • Jeremy Wickstrom (Paul Guse) - An Empire Market employee who idolizes Chad and wears the headpiece of an Imperial ground officer (which is the back piece of the Hasbro Darth Vader Voice Changer mask); Vader usually refers to him as Commander Wickstrom and treats him as his "young apprentice". Jeremy eventually transfers to the Night Shift with Chad, until Chad went back to being a Day Shift Manager. In the last episode he is shown to have the power of the Force when he pulls a broom to his hand. Wickstrom sees Chad more as his leader than his boss.
  • Weird Jimmy (Craig Johnson) - An insane janitor. He used to be the day shift manager, but has become unstable since moving to the night shift and losing his position as manager. This was revealed during a conversation with Chad outside the store in Episode 4. He consults his mop (named "Mop") before he does anything, "believes in elves" and has, shown in Episode 7 and Vader's fifth video in the Empire Market Training series, a gun with a silencer.
  • Champion J. Pepper-The original owner of Empire Market. He sold the market to Red Leader Foods, a corporate conglomerate. He is Clint's father. He wears a cowboy hat and speaks with a Texas twang, and is fond of introducing himself every time he enters a room, a "new thing he is trying out".
  • Margaret McCall- The new owner of Empire Market. She is the liaison for Red Leader Foods that Mr. Pepper sold Empire Market to. On the surface, she seems nice, but may have unpleasant qualities under the surface as evidenced by dialogue between Randy and Pepper:
    • Randy: Well, she seems nice.
    • Pepper: Huh! That's what you think!

Minor characters

  • Ben (Mike McCafferty) - A Jedi ghost who stopped Chad from committing suicide and helps him get his life back on track. He claims his death was caused by driving drunk over a gas station pump (which then exploded). He appears suddenly, but disappearing requires additional effort, such as performing a song and dance. He finally finds another way to disappear — by screaming 3 times.
  • Hal (Aaron Yonda) - An odd man who searches for strange things such as a live chicken, goat's milk, a goat's hoof, and a goat for his "voodoo ritual." He is one of the main characters in one of Blame Society Productions other series, Fun Rangers. Aaron Yonda also plays Chad (but does not provide the voice).
  • Tony Edwards (Asa Derks) - An employee in Empire Market who doesn't like Chad very much. He can be seen in the first two episodes. Chad refers to him as "Commander Edwards," much to Tony's annoyance. He also hates being told to search his feelings to find an aisle.
  • Lloyd (Rob Matsushita) - An employee in Empire Market who often makes fun of Chad about his relationship with Clarissa. Chad uses the Force to choke him for saying too much about him and Clarissa. Despite this he eventfully ends up missing Chad being the day manager due to Clint's more mean-spirited attitude.
  • Tammy (Kealynn Kees) - An employee in Empire Market who refuses Chad's proposal for her to work an extra shift in Episode 1. She also shows up here and there.
  • Lionel (William Bolz) - A weird employee in Empire Market who always says that customers "save a lot". In one of the episodes he asks Chad if anything is faster than the speed of light (referencing Star Wars spaceships). He also asks Chad if he likes light bulbs. He brings his dog into the store in episode 4.
  • Star Wars Nerd (Steve Agee) - A Star Wars fan whom Chad sees when he's about to commit suicide. Some[who?] believe he was in fact a hallucinationTemplate:Fact
  • Mayor (Mayor Dave Cieslewicz) - The mayor of Madison. Chad tries working for him but it didn't work out.
  • Bartender (Drew Foerster) - The bartender who serves Chad in Episode 5.

Awards and recognition

  • Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda were awarded the George Lucas Selects award for The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards 2007, presented at Star Wars Celebration IV, for their work on Chad Vader. George Lucas personally selected the short movie as the best fan movie of the year. The annual competition is hosted by AtomFilms.Template:Fact
  • Chad Vader appeared on the cover of Isthmus Magazine, January 25, 2007.Template:Fact
  • Clips from episodes 1 and 4 appeared on the October 11, 2006 episode of ABC's Good Morning America.Template:Fact
  • In an obvious homage to Chad Vader, one of the achievements on the Xbox 360 version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is entitled "Worst Day-Shift Manager Ever".
  • The character appeared as a guest riffer on Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back for Michael J. Nelson's RiffTrax service.[20] Nelson and fellow riffer Kevin Murphy also appeared in a special episode of the series.[21]
  • Chad also appeared in an episode of a YouTube series called "Retarded Policeman" starring alongside the eponymous retarded policeman.

References

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

For other uses of "Star Wars", see Star Wars.

Chad Vader is a Star Wars fan film series that has gained popularity on the internet.

he sucks== Chad Vader ==

  • What is thy bidding, my Master?
  • Strike me down with your hate and claim your refund!
  • I sense a disturbance in the store....
  • Can someone have this droid repaired?
  • I searched my feelings--all of them!
  • I spy on people every day, and I don't need to go where they are to do it.
  • I ended the sale. Pray I don't...end the sale any further.
  • What do you mean error 412?! I've checked the manual--there is no such error! Now do my job! DO! MY! JOB!!!
  • Admiral, you came out of light-speed too close to the system! [Imitates laser sounds]
  • Your baby is ugly!
  • And now, witness the true product scanning power of this fully armed and operational laser check-out system!
  • [before he and Jeremy begin their lightsaber duel, Jeremy takes out an oddly constructed Lightsaber handle] I see you have constructed a new lightsaber...it looks like a piece of crap.
  • [after using force lightning on a cleaning droid] Well....I didn't know I could do that!
  • And this ladies is Meat Sector Zero. And this unfortunately is Lloyd..

Contents

Jeremy

  • There's something alive in here. I've got a bad feeling about this....
  • RACCOON!!!!
  • There's a guy sleeping on the meat!
  • Lord Vader, there's a dog loose in the store!

Clarissa

  • Why don't you do something with your life and stop being so lame?!

Clint

  • And once more, I hate you. You're a total A-hole. A total asshole.

Margret

  • Everything is happening exactly according to plan....[evil laugh]
  • [after she tells Chad Libby was deported] She left this for you. I was gonna burn it, but I couldn't find any matches.
  • Jimmy has not showed up to work for the past two days. If anybody knows his whereabouts please let me know as.....wait on second thought, don't waste my time.

Other

Weird Jimmy: I believe in you Chad! And I also believe in elves.
Robbie Johnson: I'm gonna go that that store across the street. I wanna stay drunk forever!

Dialogue

Season 1

Day Shift Manager

[Chad walks over to Store Clerk who is stocking items]

Chad: What is the meaning of this?
Clerk: [not even shaken] The meaning of what?
Chad: I ordered this task to be completed an hour ago!
Clerk: Yeah, you did.
Chad: You have failed me for the last time!
Clerk: That's what you said the last time.
Chad: I have been too forgiving in the past. Do not fail me again!
Clerk: Because that will be the last time.
Chad: Yes...no....I don't know....continue stocking! [walks away]

Chad: May I speak with you a moment, my Master?
Randy: It's just Randy, okay, Chad?
Chad: Yes, my Master. (Chad kneels.)
Randy: And don't kneel! It's...weird.
Chad: I have grave news.

(Flashback)

Chad: Tammy, I need you to work an extra shift on Saturday.
Tammy: No. (Tammy walks away.)

(End flashback)

Chad:...and then she walked away!
Randy: Okay. So?
Chad: Our plans to make this station fully operational on Saturday may be jeopardised!
Randy: Look, uh, just get someone to take her shift, okay, Chad?
Chad: As you wish, Emperor.
Randy: It's Randy! RANDY! I'm not an Emperor!

The Date

Chad: I sense potential in you, young one.
Jeremy: Yeah!!!
Chad: I shall take you on as my apprentice, Jeremy. Together we shall decimate the competition and conquer the food retailing industry!
Jeremy: That would be awesome!
Chad: (swinging his lightsaber) Yes, it SHALL be awesome! (Chad's lightsaber smashes through a display case.) Oh, um...clean that up, Jeremy. (Chad walks away.)

Clarissa: So, I've always wondered, what's up with the suit and the helmet?
Chad: I--I was in a biking accident.
Clarissa: You ride a motorcycle?
Chad: No, a bicycle. I lost control on a road and I went over an embankment, down a hill, into a volcano.
Clarissa: Oh my gosh!
Chad: But my brother--I have a famous brother--he sent me this suit. I can never remove it or I will die.

The Night Shift

Chad: Hello, Lionel. I am Lord Vader, the new night shift manager.
Lionel: 25 cents a can.
Chad: What?
Lionel: Tomato sauce. It's on sale. That lady bought like...10 cans. She saved a lot.
Chad: Uh, what lady?
Lionel: She was here about an hour ago. She saved a lot.
Chad: Yes.... Well, I must return to my--
Lionel: Muffins. Swiss cheese. Roast beef.
Chad: Okay...?
Lionel: Say, do you like light bulbs?

Weird Jimmy: You're doomed! Doomed! DOOMED!
Chad: This is bullshit.

Dog in the Store

Hal: Excuse me, where are your live chickens?
Chad: We do not carry that item.
Hal: I found some frozen ones, but they won't work for my voodoo ritual.
Chad: We do NOT carry that item.
Hal: But where are they?
Chad: I told you already! We do NOT have live chickens. Does this look like a chicken coop? Do not ask me where they are because they are NOT here!

Weird Jimmy: She dumped you...didn't she? [referring to Clarissa]
Chad: How did you-
Weird Jimmy: You and I have a lot in common, Chad. I used to be the Day Shift Manager here, at Empire Market. Then they made me the Night Shift Manager...just like you. Soon after, I developed som mi-minor problems. [snickers] Now...my life is over.
Chad: Well, I must go back inside now.
Weird Jimmy: Chad...it doesn't have to be like this. You always have a choice.....UNLESS YOU'RE ME!! [laughs like a mad-man]

Chad: Return the day shift to me, Randy. You do not realize the power I posess! Together we can rule Empire Market as General Manager and Day Manager!
Randy: Come on, Chad. You've had a rough first night. Let's go into my office--
Chad: You will join me or die!
Randy: Do you really mean that, Chad?
Chad: No. Please give me my day shift back.

Drunk

Bartender: That job meant a lot to you, huh?
Chad: Yes, she did.
Bartender: She?
Chad: Clarissa. My supposed former girlfriend is out on a date with my arch-enemy Clint.
Bartender: But you know, they're sitting right over there.
Chad: Yes, I know...

Clarissa: I saw you following us.
Chad: No, you didn't. Stop lying.
Clarissa: Chad--
Chad: How does it feel to be such a liar?
Clarissa: Why don't you do something with your life and stop being so lame?
Chad: I can't help it, Clarissa. I'm lame! LAME!

New Job

Chad: You think you have won this round, eh? Wait until I send a service droid to your house to destroy your communication--
Telemarketing Boss: Hey, Chad?
Chad: Hmm?
Telemarketing Boss: It's not working out.
Chad: Fine. If you want to fire me after one phone call, fine. I don't care....

[Chad was just fired from his second job]

Ghost: Chad, chad! I's me, the ghost, remember?
Chad: What do you want?
Ghost: Why are you here? Don't you know that the store is where you belong?
Chad: I am NEVER going back to that place! [to people talking see Chad in a fury with the Ghost, but don't see who he is talking with] EVER! [Chad runs away screaming]

[crash offscreen]

Ghost: He's all right! My- my fault.
Chad: [offscreen] My knee!

Resturant Boss: (In Spanish) Hey, Chad.
Chad: (In Spanish) Yes?
Resturant Boss: (In Spanish) It's not working out.
Chad: (In Spanish) What a suprise!

[in a reference to the opening scene of episode 1] Thursday; Chad is wiping down the Mayor's desk]

Mayor: What is the meaning of this?
Chad: [startled] The uh, meaning of what, Mr. Mayor?
Mayor: I ordered this task completed an hour ago!
Chad: Oh, I umm....you did?
Mayor: [darkly] You have failed me for the last time.
Chad: Uhhhhhhhh...I don't get it.
Mayor: [normal] Chad, it's not working out.
Chad: [sighs] FIRED AGAIN!

Trapped in the Trash

Ben (Ghost): I have some information for you.
Chad: Really? What?
Ben (Ghost): Clint hates you.
Chad: (sarcasm) Oh, I had NO idea!

Jeremy: The power switch! Too weak...!
Weird Jimmy: What, this? Oh, I don't know, I have to consult with Mop! (Holds a silent conversation with his mop) Nope, sorry! Can't do it!
Jeremy: No!
Weird Jimmy: Just JOKING!

[the power goes out]

Clint: What, you think I'm afraid of the dark?
Chad: You will be. [draws lightsaber] You WILL be...
Clint: Let's end this.

Chad Fights Back

Chad: Turn and face me.
Clint: [annoyed] What now?

[Chad uses the force to throw a lemon at Clint]

Clint: A lemon? That's all you got?
Chad: It's all I need....

[after Chad gets his job back]

Randy: Now, Chad you're going to need to make some changes in your attitude.
Chad: WHAT?! Uh...I mean...Yes, my master. [bows]

Season 2

The Takeover

Randy: Hello everyone, uhh, welcome to Empire Market.
Champion J. Pepper: Hello. I'm Champion J. Pepper.
Randy: Yes, I know. We've known each other for years, Mr. Pepper.
Pepper: I know that. I just like to introduce myself every time I enter a room. It's a new thing I'm trying out.
Randy: I...see.

Laser Trouble

[a mouse droid appears]

Chad: Ahh, that cute little guy. By the end of the month, I hope to construct a fleet of these cleaning droids. It will increase our maintenance efficiency by 18%.

[Hal walks over to the mouse droid]

Hal: Excuse me, do you have diapers...for fresh babies?
Mouse Droid: [begins to spark] EXTERMINATE-IMPURITY!!

[Hal runs away in fear]

Chad: Uhh...still working the bugs out...
Mouse Droid: EXTERMINATE!! EXTERMINATE!!

Chad: ...and this is...Weird Jimmy.
Margret: Well look at you!
Weird Jimmy: I'd prefer you didn't.
Margret: What does Weird Jimmy do?
Chad: He...uhh...excellent question.
Weird Jimmy: What I do before noon, would make a grown man cry and skip his breakfast. I swoop down in the night, with claws and a beak, like the shadow of a scary dream bird! When you wake up, all sweaty and nervous, you better pray to whatever god you believe in that you NEVER know the darkness that I have seen!

[pause]

Margret: So you're the janitor?
Weird Jimmy: [normal tone] Pretty much, yeah.
Chad & Margret: Let's move on.

Into the Basement

Chad: Is this man bothering you, Libby? [referring to Lloyd]
Libby: Not really.
Chad: Hey Lloyd, let me see that cookie for a second.
Lloyd: [gives the cookie to Chad] Sure thing, Chad.

[Chad throws the cookie at Jeremey's helmet causing Lloyd to go get it, Chad takes Lloyd's seat]

Chad: He was bothering me! [laughs] That's a good one. Do you like jokes? I have more.
Libby: [shaking her head] No, I don't really like jokes or conversation. I prefer to sit in silence and pray.
Chad: Umm....yeah.
Libby: It was a joke, Chad.
Chad: Oh! [forced laughter]

The Basement Strikes Back

Jeremey: [recalibrating the boiler] I think it's done! I think I finally did something right!
Weird Jimmy: That's what the last guy said. Right before everything went GLOOM!!! [laughs]

Weird Jimmy: Hey, guys. What would you do if I told you there were three killer robots waiting for us outside this door?
Chad: [giving normal response] Oh, I would hide and probably cry. You?
Jeremy: I would fight and smash!
Weird Jimmy: Well you're gonna need to do that.

The New Employee

:Chad: Robbie, how are you?
Robbie Johnson: Happier than I've ever been in my entire life! I'm back where I belong. Forever!
Margret: I want you to personally supervise Robbie's training, Chad. He's your...apprentice if you will.
Chad: What about Commander Wigstrom? He's my-
Margret: You are to stop wasting time with Jeremey and focus on Robbie, is that clear?
Chad: As you wish.
Margret: Is. That. Clear?
Chad: Yeah. As you wish mean o-
Margret: Good. Dismissed. [Chad and Robbie leave] Everything is happening exactly according to plan! [evil laugh]

First Kiss

Robbie Johnson: All this food looks so foreign and exotic. I think I'll have the....pasta.
Chad: I'm going to start this special meal off with a delicious chocholatinee.
Libby: I'm sorry Chad, Maggy said we couldn't order any alcohol.
Chad: Of course. How silly of me. I'm going to start this special meal off with some delicious....water.

Goodbye, Chad

Chad: Clarissa. Looking lovely as ever!
Clarissa: When are we gonna go on that second date?
Chad: No-can-do. I'm seeing someone! Heh heh. Audious, moochacha!

Chad: [after reading Libby's farewell letter] Gone. Libby! NOOOOOOO- a marshmallow hits him in the face] Huh?
Marshmallow Bandit-o: Chad Vader!
Chad: Who the hell are you?
Marshmallow Bandit-o: It is I, Marshmallow Bandit-o.
Chad: [not even shaken] Uhh-huh.
Marshmallow Bandit-o: You would do well to cower before my might! I am your arch-nemesis.
Chad: You picked the wrong day to mess with me, nerd. [the Marshmallow Bandit-o spits a marshmallow at Chad] Don't make me destr- [the marhmallow hits him in the face] Eww.
Marshmallow Bandit-o: [laughs]

Bandito Beatdown

Marshmallow Bandito: You may wonder, the details of my descendent abilities.
Chad: [immediatly] Nope.

[Chad is chasing the Marshmallow Bandito with his lightsaber]

Marshmallow Bandito: Today, I flee my enemy! But soon, I'll-

[Chad uses the force to throw a package of paper towels at the Marshmallow Bandito]

Marshmallow Bandit-o: OW! I am defeated! I just want a ride home [Chad throws more stuff] Ahh!

Chad: You like marshmallow's huh? Well here's some marshmallows. Here's all you can eat!
Marshmallow Bandit-o: I don't even like marshm- [Chad stuffs a marshmallow into the Marshmallow Bandito's mouth]
Chad: Eat! Eat! [stuff more into his mouth; and laughs evily with pleasure] Yeah! They're free this time! [laughs even more and is stuffing marshmallows into the Marshmallow Bandito's face; his laughter slowly turns to crying] LIBBY!!

Jeremy: ....they went out. And they didn't even invite me. I just feel so betrayed!
Weird Jimmy: So you ratted him out. YOU TRAITOROUS SWINE!!

Showdown

Jeremey: Becoming general manager? That would fulfill Grandpa Wigstrom's dying wish!

[flashback]

Grandpa Wigstrom's Voice: My boy! I want you to manage something, like a store! That is my wish for you.
Jeremey's Voice: Your dying wish, grandpa?
Grandpa Wigstrom's Voice: I'm not dying! Who said I w- GAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!
Jeremey's Voice: Ah! I didn't do it!

Lloyd: Hey! Chad have you met the new employee yet?
Chad: Nope. Is he cool?
Sean Banditson: CHAD VADER! The Marshmallow Bandito returns!

[Chad grunts in annoyance]

Sean: Although, now you can refer to me as Sean Banditson...my real name.
Chad: Wait! You're not the new-- Oh no!
Sean: Rent was due, and the white make-up made me get a rash. So now I am here to make minimum wage, and make your life a maximum hell! [laughs evilly]

Somebody Dies

Chad Vader: [during the lightsaber duel] You have learned much.
Jeremy: You'll find I'm full of surprises!

Weird Jimmy: [sees a customer during Chad and Jeremy's Lightsaber duel] Hey guys! Customer.

[Chad and Jeremy hide their lightsabers behind their backs]

Customer: [looking oddly at the two] Uhh...can you tell me where the baking soda is?
Chad and Jeremy: Aisle six.

[brief pause of staring]

Chad: Yep. [Jeremy nodds]
Customer: Thank you....[leaves]
Chad: See you later.

Jeremy: [freaked out] Wh-what happened?!
Chad: You killed Weird Jimmy.
Jeremy: WELL THAT'S NOT GOOD!!

Jeremy: I can't believe everything worked out! And I didn't even get in trouble for killing someone!

[Weird Jimmy's ghost appears in front of Jeremy; who is surprised]

Weird Jimmy (Ghost): Hello....MURDERER!!!! [Jeremy hrieks and runs away, leaving Jimmy alone who laughs crazily]

Training Videos

'Weird Jimmy: [talking about mopping: The most important aspect of mopping is the grip. You have to hold your mop as if it were a shovel, or a Civil War rifle, of a knife.......a giant knife...
Chad: [nervous laughter] Uhh...Jimmy?
Weird Jimmy: But more imortant than the grip is listening to your mop, because mops talk. [Chad sighs and shakes his head] They tell you where the dirtiest parts of the floor are.....and the dirtiest parts of your soul.....
Chad: What is he doing? Jimmy. Wake up.
Weird Jimmy: A lot of people don't believe me when I say there are such things as elves...
Chad: ARGH! The Goddamn elves again!

External links

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has an article about:







Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message