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After Obi-Wan Kenobi: We Need a Darth Vader Series | Digital Trends Spanish


The Serie Obi-Wan Kenobi of Disney Plus Y Lucasfilm has ended its six-episode run and put the titular Jedi Master on one more collision course with the galactic horseman of the apocalypse that is Darth Vader. Part VI of the series appropriately ended the series in a dramatic, emotional and cathartic closure between the two before their final fight in A New Hope. But, how well orchestrated was his last fight in Obi-Wan Kenobi could be eye-opening for a TV show starwars focused on the exploits of the Sith Lord.

How Disney was surprisingly willing to show Vader’s unfiltered rage and the armor-clad villain’s visceral drive in action could be a great opportunity for Lucasfilm to showcase a solo series that showcases a side of the Force that hasn’t been explored too much. on the screen.

The Great Jedi Purge

There’s a lot that Lucasfilm can do with the vast Star Wars timeline, and while developing a Darth Vader-led TV series would certainly continue to beat the dead horse that is the gaps between Revenge of the Sith Y A New Hope, it would also be an exciting way to embrace the Dark Side of the Force a bit more. Vader has long since transcended pop culture media to become one of the most iconic villains in history, and a show with him as the unconventional lead would be, in a way, an exciting “new” twist.

With Obi-Wan Kenobi taking place 10 years after the events of RotS Y ANH Taking place another nine years after that, a hypothetical Darth Vader Star Wars series could position itself on both sides of the show, but be able to use the same core premise. After the Empire established its rule of vice across the galaxy and enacted Order 66, it officially ushered in the era of the Great Jedi Purge, with none other than Vader leading the hunt.

Whether it’s the nine years before or the nine years after the just-concluded series, there are plenty of gritty exploits to write for the villain. The supplemental materials on the Star Wars franchise have firmly established that there were enough Jedi fugitives after Order 66 to generate compelling stories, so it’s not that far-fetched to be able to do so again in the context of a television series.

One of the shocking things about Darth Vader’s role in Obi-Wan Kenobi it was the extent to which Disney was willing to show the Sith Lord literally walking down the street killing people in the most brutal way. While an entire show couldn’t, or shouldn’t, be all about violence for the sake of shock value, it did show audiences that Lucasfilm might have more creative leeway in portraying an outright villain than we might think.

Similarly, gone are the days of the rigid technology required for Vader’s suit on set, as Hayden Christensen did an exceptional job portraying just how physical and kinetic the villain is in combat. Congratulations especially to Christensen and the action choreographers on the climactic fight in the Part VIwhich showed the fallen Jedi in all his terrible glory.

On a more nuanced level, and particularly in scenes with Obi-Wan, Darth Vader’s darker psychology was further fleshed out in live action since the original trilogy. In Obi-Wan Kenobi, Vader was perhaps the most vengeful and emotionally vulnerable we’ve seen him, and could make for a compelling serialized narrative to give audiences a closer look at the cracks that would eventually lead to his breakup and redemption in return of the jedi.

Vader’s final scene in Obi-Wan Kenobi with Emperor Palpatine he suggested this even more clearly, with the former showing his emotions becoming increasingly unstable even by Sith standards, while the latter openly suggesting he might be unfit for duty because of this. It’s a small sign, but it would unfold 19 years later when he finally destroyed the Emperor (or so we thought) and redeemed himself in the eyes of his son.

Marvel Darth Vader Comics

Coincidentally, the comics are another viable source of reference material for how effective a story like this could be. Accomplished industry writers like Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men), Greg Pack (X Men, planet-hulk) and Charles Soule (Daredevil, Star Wars: Light of the Jedi) have lent their talents to careers in comics Darth Vader from Marvel Comics, each providing something psychologically interesting to say about the character along with compelling story arcs and conflicts.

And with Soule in particular, he recently revealed that he is now officially Lucasfilm creative consultant. If not placed squarely in a writers room for a Darth Vader series, creative guidance from him, given his hands-on experience writing the character in comics, could prove valuable in translating this hit from page to screen.

Of course, an admitted challenge to this would be not being derived from what the comics by Soule, Gillen and more already told. The aforementioned loopholes both before and after by Obi-Wan Kenobi maybe they could make room for an original story, but another option could be (partially) adapting the comic’s source material.

Marvel’s current line of Star Wars comics since Disney acquired the IP from George Lucas is firmly canon to the main timeline, so while breaking canon would be reasonably out of the question, weaving original stories with adaptations of moments from the comics could simultaneously justify a Vader series while respecting the published work of the various comics writers.

Dave Filoni leading the animation

An alternative or compromise over live action, and one that might be easier to get the green light for, is to make a Darth Vader animated series. The general public expects to think of Star Wars as primarily a theatrical and live-action franchise, but Dave Filoni planted the flag for it on the sci-fi fantasy epic with beloved shows like Clone Wars Y Rebels.

These shows were credited for retroactively providing the prequel trilogy with much-needed context and supplemental storylines that have helped contribute to the films’ resurgence in popularity. Darth Vader himself appeared in Rebels and he was as imposing a figure as fans would expect of him in live action.

Filoni’s work has not gone unnoticed, as he has since taken on a more senior role within Lucasfilm and had creative direction on the acclaimed The Mandalorian from Disney+ and will have a hand alongside Jon Favreau in the series Ahsoka of 2023.

As for the voice behind the mask, as cool as it would be if Christensen continued his comeback and got more of those brief but gripping scenes out of the helmet, actor Matt Lanter has more than proven his mettle in the recording studio and has become a fan favorite for Anakin Skywalker’s portrayal in Clone Wars.

At some point, growing beyond the Skywalker legacy will be in Lucasfilm’s best interest in moving Star Wars forward. In the meantime, though, embracing the Dark Side of the Force with Darth Vader could be one more way to make the saga worth revisiting.

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