A newspaper profile of Darth Vader from 1977, when he was a nobody

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Darth Vader is many things: iconic villain, tragic figure, ambiguously Jewish Sith lord. But back when Star Wars opened, Darth was nothing but — as The San Francisco Chronicle put it — a run-of-the-mill "star creature" and "metallic creature." For more fun with Darth Vader and local papers, see the time David Prowse accidentally spoiled the ending to The Empire Strikes Back.

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"employs his extrasensory powers. . ."

Did Vader actually do anything with his extrasensory powers in Star Wars? I mean he's mean with a lightsaber, but I cant recall him doing any Jedi tricks. That all came in Empire.