Warning: spoilers for Obi Wan Kenobi ahead! Come back now if you haven’t seen the entire series!
Obi-Wan Kenobi has proven once and for all that Darth Vader deserves his own spin-off show. Now hear me out, you may be thinking that the Skywalker Saga contains more than enough Vader already, but, as the Obi-Wan show has shown, there are always more stories to tell.
In fact, Obi-Wan Kenobi had some of the best Darth Vader scenes ever. If the Sith Lord was ripping sky transports, dragging Obi-Wan through the flamesOr simply opening eyes in a bacta tank, Internet could not get enough. We’ve never seen Vader like this before: even in rogue one, which saw him cut through countless rebels on a quest to retrieve the Death Star plans, wasn’t nearly as terrifying as the Vader we saw blasting his way through a village or besting a vengeful Reva using only the Force. Unleashing Vader in his own spin-off would allow us to see even more of the Sith Lord in his brutal best.
Of course, a solo series shouldn’t just exist on its own – a Vader show could shed more light on the main Star Wars movies, just as Obi-Wan Kenobi has enhanced the original trilogy. Thanks to the adventures of the Jedi with the young Leia Organa, her iconic line “help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you are my only hope”. has even more meaning. The last episode also finally reveals why Obi-Wan tells Luke Skywalker that Vader killed Anakin; is something Anakin says to the Jedi in their climactic duel. Even a minor detail like Luke’s Toy Hovercraft it is more resonant after the series. A Vader show could easily do the same thing and elevate the already existing films while telling a compelling new story in its own right.
Vader is also more than capable of being at the center of that story. While he might be thinking that the Sith Lord is best used as a shadowy villain, the Vader comics show that he can run his own convoluted plots. A TV series could also bring in some animated supporting characters from the Star Wars universe – we already know that Vader and Boba Fett have a working relationship, for example – and while comic book stalwart Doctor Aphra has yet to make the leap into action in alive, considering his adventures with the Sith Lord, it would make sense for him to debut in a Vader show, and she could be just what the saga needs.
Regarding logistics, Hayden Christensen has already expressed interest in returning for her own spin-offas well as a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2. The actor has received the warmest of welcomes to the Star Wars saga, and that goodwill would no doubt extend to a solo project. “It’s been extremely special to me,” Christensen told Total Film in celebration of Star Wars. “Waiting backstage, before we came out, and watching the video [a montage of Star Wars movies and shows] they put together, I was having a hard time not drowning. This is a world I care a lot about. It feels great to be back.” It would be a shame, then, to say goodbye to Christensen’s Anakin so soon after his return.
And while the actor has said he’s open to appearing in a second season of Obi-Wan, it’s unlikely more installments could introduce the Sith Lord again without breaking canon or, more importantly, lessening the emotional impact of the film. episode 6the battle of Beyond the Ahsoka Disney Plus show (which Christensen may or may not be part of) a solo series is our best bet on another Vader appearance.
For now, Vader’s future in the Star Wars saga is unclear, but Obi-Wan Kenobi is all the proof we need that a spin-off has a lot of potential. If we never see the Sith Lord again (which, let’s face it, is extremely unlikely), then the disney more show is more than enough to get us out of trouble… although it would certainly be a shame.
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