There was an unease with Reva Sevander’s (Moses Ingram) character, the “Third Sister” and her obsession with being an Imperial Inquisitor and pleasing Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen). She was far beyond being an asshole or ambitious, and her brilliance in locating the cunning Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and knowing Darth Vader’s true identity as Anakin, put her in an obvious position that “there would be more about your story”.
For those who didn’t notice from the very first scene, Reva was a Jedi apprentice who managed to survive Order 66, but having witnessed the massacre of masters, friends and children hardened and traumatized her. What didn’t make sense was to have supported precisely those who did this to her. “Did you think I wasn’t paying attention?” Darth Vader asks representing us all. What Reva lacks is subtlety.
But let’s not get any further: once again the Third Sister got her plan right, once again she’s got it and she’s bad ass. We have reunions, we have upsets, we have surprises and we have, what a pity, losses. Let’s warn you: we have spoilers.
Let’s talk about Obi-Wan and Darth Vader, who meet and face each other again. Master and apprentice are still linked, with a flashback sequence that shows the contrast between them. Obi-Wan is always empathetic, Anakin with a lot of anger and energy inside him. Basically not even having lost his legs and arms and almost being toasted to death taught the villain emotional intelligence. His strength and abilities are almost unbeatable, but every time he comes across Obi-Wan, he loses focus. A lesson in how we have to kill our ego. It’s almost easy for the Jedi to anticipate Darth Vader’s moves, as he knows what motivates him and how he handles an obstacle.
In that sense, though rusty, doubting, and suffering, Obi-Wan is a thousand years ahead of everyone else. Even when he resumes his role as General, he is sweet in his command, understanding of people’s faults, and is a natural leader. Her relationship with Tala (Indira Varma), who seemed to have potential, is blown up as our rebel sacrifices herself to save the fugitives.
And Tala’s story is complete with that of Reva, who finally reveals that what she always wanted was to gain Darth Vader’s trust so she could kill him and avenge his friends and children Jedi, coldly killed by him 10 years ago. That’s when we can revisit Hayden Christensen as Anakin, which is also how she knew about the villain’s identity. And it seems to work, but even smart, Reva underestimates (a lot!) the power of Darth Vader, who easily disarms and seriously injures her. In fact, he “always” knew exactly what was going on, making the twist that was recovering the journey of a very weak character, back to initial uselessness.
Leia (Vivien Lyra) once again saves the day with her dexterity, but when Obi-Wan shows no sign of life, Senator Organa (Jimmy Smit) assumes the worst and ruins the plans once and for all. Instead of being quiet, he sends a message talking about Luke Skywalker and if that wasn’t enough, he says what planet he’s on and with whom. For Reva, who had already given Uncle Owen work for free, thanks to Organa’s astronomical strength and now the one at risk is young Luke.
With a final episode coming next Wednesday, June 22nd, we know that Obi-Wan, Luke, Leia, and Darth Vader will all get away with it. Even Owen. Which leaves Reva at greater risk of paying the bill on her own.
Two things that came to my mind:
- Obi-Wan could have sent a short message to confirm he was with Leia, right? Worried parents don’t stay at home waiting for news without expecting the worst and trying to solve problems.
- How could Reva, who uses mind control to figure things out, even dream that Darth Vader wouldn’t have read her mind? As he says, “Did you think I hadn’t noticed?” Very arrogant, always.
- And it was hard enough to think that Luke and Padmé could say that there was still something good in Anakin… that without having seen him kill the children, something that has now been confirmed. Sorry for those who had hope, there is no forgiveness for this crime!
Let’s see how we come to a conclusion.