Obi Wan Kenobi at Disney + brought one of the greatest heroes Star wars the universe on screen, to the delight and admiration of countless viewers. But just as triumphant as Kenobi is in this six-episode series, it’s the villains that really shine in this tale of a galaxy far, far away.
Darth Vader and his Inquisition are perhaps the biggest threat to a pre-Death-Star galaxy, and every villain seen in the series has a chance to shine. Their abilities for struggle, presence, and intimidation are truly something to behold, but they also saw some of the best writing the expanded universe has seen, especially in the dialogue department.
The great inquisitor
“The Jedi can’t help who they are. They are Compassion Leaves A Trail.
The live-action version of The Grand Inquisitor may lack Jason Isaacs’ suave, eerie sophistication, but it certainly does not jump on his wordy, threatening nature. Right from his intro sequence, viewers are told how strong he and his leather-clad friends are to reckon with and how they establish their mark of order.
The Inquisition is more than Darth Vader’s team of enforcers, they are hunters, assassins and spies for the empire. A certain special touch of presence is required for this branch of the dark side.
“They were the only family I knew, and he slaughtered them.”
Despite some setbacks from fans, Reva is one of the most interesting and complex villains in the expanded universe. A former young Jedi became Sith Inquisitor, Reva’s desire for revenge and bloodshed is what drives her to become a dangerous force for Obi-Wan and Vader.
Reva played the long con to get into Vader’s good likes, which is an impressive feat in itself, and she has more than enough reason to want him off stage. In the end, the one thing she did not plan was that Vader planned everything else.
“I will get what I deserve, third sister. And you too!”
The fifth brother does not get much screen time on the show, but when he decides to speak, it is almost always something cold and crucial. Even with his ridiculous helmet on, he manages to maintain an absolutely relaxing presence, especially when faced with Reva.
The line he delivers in the fortress Inquisitorius to the third sister is not just a threat, it is a prediction. Oscar Wilde once said: “There are only two tragedies in life: one does not get what you want and the other gets it. Judging by what happens to Reva later in the series, it certainly looks like it fifth brother could have taken notes.
The great inquisitor
“Revenge works wonders for the will to live, don’t you think.”
Once again, the great inquisitor pulls out an absolutely wonderful and malicious quote, which this time reflects the obsession that will be Reva’s downfall. Reva wants revenge on Darth Vader for the events of Order 66 and nurtures his desire to survive and bring him down. Likewise, the inquisitor uses his betrayal to boost his desire to regain his position of power.
Sometimes a villain just needs to be a villain with no further exploration or explanation needed, and the great inquisitor fits this description into a T. This quote absolutely drips of malice and cold cruelty, and its delivery shows how much the character loves his position, reputation and disgrace.
“You should have killed me when you had the chance.”
When you see how practically Darth Vader is the face of the Sith, it only makes sense that he gets some of the best cues in the series. While the quote above may not seem like the character’s best work in terms of threatening moments, it does act as the spark that ignites his fire.
Like Reva, Vader is on the hunt for blood in his quest for Kenobi. His former master let him cut in half on Mustafar the last time they met, so of course he gets more than a little bit upset. This sentence is not a warning to his old friend, it is a certain threat.
“Not just any Jedi.”
One of the best details about Vader is his ability to say so much in so little. In this case, he is absolutely right. Kenobi is not just any Jedi, but one of the most powerful and even dangerous Force users in the galaxy. Aside from those like Master Yoda, Kenobi is a mix of cunning warrior and sovereign wizard, and Vader knows it.
With that earlier statement in mind, this may be one of the few instances where Vader actually shows a tremor of fear. He knows what a Kenobi powerhouse is, and defeating him means establishing his dominance in the universe.
“Fail me, and you will not live to regret it.”
Everyone who has seen the original Star wars The trilogy can testify to how utterly frightening certain Darth Vader quotes and threats can be. Of course, he could easily have ordered Reva not to make a mistake, or just “Do not disappoint me this time, Inquisitor.” but he never missed an opportunity to be dark and threatening.
It is not Vader who warns her that she will face consequences if she fails in her mission, it is he who says “If he lives, you will die before you even think about it.” Vader has not been in his costume for quite some time, but he has already established himself as the best dog among his henchmen.
“Your strength has returned, but your weakness remains.”
It is lines like this that confirm that Anakin has actually succumbed to the dark side and that Darth Vader’s alter ego has officially taken over. The way he speaks in a more wordy, almost Shakespearean way is what indicates that a completely different mentality is in the driver’s seat.
As shown in The Clone Wars and prequels, Anakin is an interesting and tragic character, but he does not speak as well as his older siblings. It is not to say that there is no hint of his old self still present, but it is almost as if he has been possessed by this other entity.
“Anakin is gone. I’m what’s left.
As if to fill in the previous claim, the show’s final showdown with Anakin / Darth Vader is marked by the revelation of the man behind the mask. Specifically, Skywalkers will be like Darth Vader. It’s not just a theatrical moment composed by talented storytellers, it’s a confession from Obi-Wan’s fallen apprentice.
It is at this point that Anakin knows that there is no way back, there is no possible way that anything good in him can still exist after his acts of terror and the lives he has suffered that he ruined. In a way, he’s right. Anakin would not have done those things, but it would be a Jedi seduced by the dark side.
“You did not kill Anakin Skywalker, I did.”
This line acts as the nail in the coffin of the Anakin saga. With this admission of guilt, Anakin dies with a rasp and hiss from Vader’s respirator. Along with confirming Kenobi’s statement that Vader killed Luke’s father, this is Anakin’s official verbal statement to leave the galaxy.
One interpretation may be to read this as Anakin’s official statement of submission to Sith, another may be his admission of guilt, but it is still one of the most poignant quotes in the series. The fact that Obi-Wan does not even go on to finish him off and just repeats that his friend is really dead only underscores the final statement further.
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