Darth Vader is probably the best thing that happened to Star Wars and its entire franchise. Before Vader, all the villains in Hollywood productions were clichéd bad guys with a complete inclination for evil. In the real world, things do not happen in such black and white fashion. The real world is grey, greyer than most people would admit. Movies are supposed to be a reflection of reality. The people we think are evil – they have their reasons to do so, legitimate ones. No movie in the History of moviemaking showed that side of the Equation. Darth Vader was, by many accounts, Hollywood’s true villain.
The Star Wars started with Vader and ended with Vader. It was the Original classic trilogy we are talking about and not that shitty prequel abomination. It was him that carried the Empire’s entire burden on his shoulders. He became a name synonymous with terror. He was also the reason the Empire bit the dust. He killed the monster he created himself. But only the 70s guys and gals were able to witness it firsthand. Darth Vader made a short appearance in Rogue One. But The Last Jedi Trilogy, which happens in the real-time mainstream continuity, was devoid of Darth Vader’s eerie presence. A fan wanted more of Vader.
And they did. Darth Vader makes a somewhat hidden posthumous debut in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Were you lucky enough to spot it??? If not, fear not. For Quirkybyte has got your six.
Darth Vader’s molten and mutilated helmet makes an appearance in the Force Awakens. We were led to believe that Kylo Ren, his grandchild, is an avid admirer of gramps and a collector of Sith related relics and artifacts. A new book involving a visual Dictionary for The Last Jedi written by Pablo Hidalgo helps answer some popular questions from the Trilogy.
Kylo Ren is no more just a Sith fanboy. He has moved up in the world and now commands the largest army in the history of the Galaxy. But he still looks for inspiration from the legacy left behind by his Grandfather. After the destruction of the Star killer base, Kylo has moved his belongings to Supreme Leader Snoke’s Ship – The Supremacy.
But the belongings in his original room are not all in the First Order super ship. The book offers necessary insight into the Star Killer base room that used to be Kylo Ren’s former living quarters:
“Rescued from the Starkiller disaster, Kylo returns to his quarters aboard the Supremacy, Supreme Leader Snoke’s vast flagship. Here, Kylo’s isolation allows him to meditate on the Force. He has left Darth Vader’s charred helmet aboard the Finalizer, perhaps not ready to face that visage until he recovers from his failure.”
Yoda has come back into the world as a Force Ghost in The Last Jedi. Anakin has done that too after dying a nobleman in the classic trilogy movies. So the idea of Force Ghosts is not completely lost to Rian Johnson. Kylo Ren has not been visited by Anakin Skywalker yet. Maybe Kylo’s collections of his grandfather’s dark past are keeping Anakin from visiting his grandson.
But with the Star Killer base gone and Snoke dead, Kylo has proposed a new order free of both Sith and Jedi influences. He has no more connections to his past. This is the perfect time for Anakin to revisit the material plane and dissuade his flesh and blood from anymore pointless bloodshed. Kylo already has conflict in his heart. Anakin Skywalker just needs to exploit that and turn him back into a good guy like the way Luke did with him years ago.
So will Darth Vader return to the Last Jedi? Don’t look at us it is J.J Abram’s world now. With a new director come new ideas and new beginnings. Maybe it is time to listen to the fans after all.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is already in theaters. The official synopsis reads:
Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.