Question: Did Palpatine Truly Care About Darth Vader?

 

I’ve seen a lot of information and theories flying around about Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine (Darth Sidious). There are theories that Darth Vader was a means to an end, that Darth Vader was disposable and the Emperor would do away with him as soon as someone else came along that might be better, or even worse, that Palpatine was some kind of celestial being (possibly Darth Plagueis) who could jump from body to body and was planning to jump into Anakin once he was properly prepared.

First of all, people… stop with the Plagueis theories. They’re getting old very quickly… Palpatine’s mentor was Plagueis, Palpatine is Plagueis, Snoke is Plagueis, the Grand Inquisitor is Plagueis…

Here’s a thought, maybe nobody is Plagueis. Maybe Palpatine made the whole thing up. Anybody ever thought of that? All right, moving on.

So we know that Palpatine is not above using pretty much anyone to get what he wants. He’s also not above sacrificing those people if need be. However, that being said, is it possible that in some way Palpatine actually cared about Vader/Anakin and cherished his friendship?

Maybe this is my own personal bias because I believe that everyone has some good in them. Palpatine is painted pretty much as bad as anyone can get, we know this. However even some of the worst people throughout our own history had friends, family, and people they genuinely cared for.

So the question is posed, based on what we know of Palpatine, SOLELY FROM Level 1 Canon, in other words forget the books, video games, etc. Based solely on Lucasfilm’s work (movies and TV shows)… does Palpatine truly care about Darth Vader or is he simply a means to an end?

Honestly, it’s a tough question to answer…

I mean if we look at scenes like the Opera chamber in Episode 3…

It’s… pretty clearly Palpatine planting the seeds of manipulation in order to make the dark side more tempting.

We also have this scene where Palpatine laughs as Darth Vader is defeated and attempted to goad Luke into killing him and taking his place.

However I don’t know if this is evidence or not… for a couple of reasons. One, we don’t know what would have happened if Luke had tried to kill his father. Would Palpatine have stopped him? Two servants are better than one.

 

Even if he did let Vader die, Vader had conspired against him in the past (Episode 3 and 6), something no doubt the Emperor sensed and decided that, despite his feelings, Vader was now a threat.

So then what evidence do I have that he actually cared about Vader? Well… it all boils down to two specific clips;

“You will not stop me. Soon Darth Vader will become more powerful than either of us.”

He’s placing a lot of faith in Darth Vader here and it almost seems as though he’s counting on Vader surpassing him and perhaps one day succeeding him as Emperor, maybe?

However the biggest piece of evidence that favors this argument is a later clip from Episode 3:

If there was ever a good place to leave Darth Vader for dead, this was it. He was broken, dying, completely mad with rage, and wounded to the point of not being able to survive on his own.

Simply put; the Emperor didn’t need Darth Vader anymore. The galaxy had turned on the Jedi, they were already being hunted down by clones, and soon the inquisitors would be joining that hunt, and the Emperor had all but achieved his goal of galactic domination. Granted having Vader around as his enforcer made things easier, but the pieces would likely have fallen into place without a second ambitious Sith Lord being a liability.

Yet the moment that the Emperor sensed that Vader was in danger, he hopped a shuttle and made his way to the Mustafar system. Once he arrived, at seeing Vader’s broken form, he could have easily either finished him off or left him to die painfully. Instead he immediately directs the attention of his guard to where Vader is. Upon seeing him, the Emperor appears both shocked and relieved. He orders his men to get a medical capsule and then goes down to Vader and… by the looks of things attempts to comfort him.

But what about when he lies about killing Padme’? 

Did he lie though? Think about it, why did Padme’ die? The medical droids couldn’t figure it out, they simply said that she lost the will to live. Now silly as this is, since this is the plot point… what caused her to lose the will to live? The answer; Anakin.

A certain point of view? 🙂

I think this evidence is enough to make the case that he did in fact care about him on a friend level. However, I’m curious to what everyone else thinks. Let’s open this one up to a discussion.



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You May Not Know…

Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron have met before… in the movie Inside Llewyn Davis, we see them along side Justin Timberlake singing a song that… ironically seems a little anti-space-travel. I haven’t seen this movie, so I don’t understand the context of the song though…

Also is it just me or does it look like Kylo Ren is the only one having any fun in this video? 🙂



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Star Wars Trailer Released!!!

 

Liking what I’m seeing so far… was that Luke saying that it’s time for the Jedi to end?

… I wonder what he means by that. Love the new cruiser design, loved seeing an old A-Wing there.



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Thoughts on ‘The Last Jedi’

Who is/ will be the last Jedi?

Its amazing how many freaken theories come up when A SIMPLE TITLE is released. Good lord! Already theories have abounded about who the last Jedi is or what the title may mean.

So lets dive in, shall we?

  1. Who is the Last Jedi?
    1. Rey – This is the most obvious choice. She’s likely to be trained by Luke and is going to carry on the Jedi mantle. It will be a surprise to nearly everyone if this is not the case, though Daisy Riddley’s comments on the matter have fans thinking that this may be ambiguous.
    2. Luke – Second most obvious… MOSTLY BECAUSE THE TITLE CRAWL DURING THE FORCE AWAKENS LITERALLY CALLS HIM THE LAST JEDI!!
    3. Kylo Ren – Perhaps he is the last Jedi? Killing his father may have taken it’s toll on him emotionally and this may in turn aid in his path back to the light. So in this case, what about Rey and Luke? There is a standing theory that Luke is actually no longer a Jedi and is in fact a new concept known as a Gray. This is a Jedi that recognizes the use of both sides and practices their abilities as such. This makes sense as we’ve seen Luke travel at least partially down the path of anger and hate.
    4. Supreme Leader Snoke: Ugh… not even getting into this one. It’s pretty insane.
  2. The Last Jedi could refer to more than one:
    1. This could refer to Luke and Rey.
    2. Perhaps the ‘Knights of Ren’ as it could be that they were a return to ancient Jedi ways.

Any thoughts? Other wild theories?



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Star Wars, Never As Good…

I’ve heard a lot of people question whether or not we’ll ever get another movie as good as the originals… The prequels were a disaster, the spinoffs have been decent to laughable, and The Force Awakens was good… ish?

Sigh… So the question remains, will we ever get another movie as good or as groundbreaking as the original trilogy?

Well get your pitchforks ready, Star Wars fans, because I’m about to drop a bomb on you.
The big question isn’t whether or not we’ll ever get a movie as good as the originals, the question is whether or not you’re judging the newer movies through nostalgia goggles or if you’re placing them against the originals as they are.

What do I mean by that? Well… we all grew up with Star Wars (okay, most of us). They’re beloved classics and nothing could ever replace them. They were groundbreaking and their fandom has endured for decades.

Phew… that’s a lot to live up to… at face value.

The truth is that if you watch the movies, specifically ‘A New Hope’ without nostalgia goggles, you start to realize a few things…

  1. The acting is horribly dated. I mean seriously. It really seems like any other hokey acting from the 1970s that just does not hold up very well by today’s standards. Now to be fair, we can attribute this to the fact that originally Star Wars was little more than a cheesy Flash Gordon spinoff (read the original script if you don’t believe me), and wasn’t meant to be serious. That all changed when better writers took over.
  2. The movie is full of potholes.
    – Maneuvers = Listing lazily to the left.
    – Why did Obi Wan let himself get killed?
    – Why didn’t the X-Wings cover the Y-Wings better.
    – Why did the fighters in the trench just let themselves get shot up, despite a million ways they could have saved themselves.
    – Why did Princess Leia bring the plans to the base when she knew they were being tracked
    – Why didn’t the Death Star just destroy Yaving?
    – Why didn’t the Death Star hyperspace into the system on the correct side of the planet?
    -How does two torpedoes destroy a battle station that size!? (Yes I know this one was covered in Rogue One, but before now, we were accepting this!)
    (This is just off the top of my head!)
  3. The plot is as basic and linear a hero story as they come. Yes, we’ve seen the plot of this movie before… many many times, just not quite told this way.
  4. The reason Star Wars was such a huge phenomenon was, among other things, because it was the first true summer blockbuster. People had never seen a big budget movie of this magnitude before, making this historic and driving people to flock to the theaters.

When you factor all of these things together, you slowly embrace the horror that the prequels were actually not nearly as bad as you think or as people say. In fact, they’re actually fairly decent movies by comparison.

However, then reality sets in even more when you look at Rogue One and The Force Awakens. Yes, they are as good as the originals. As good as A New Hope and maybe slightly trailing behind Empire and ROTJ.

So will we ever get a Star Wars movie as good as the originals?

-Nostalgia Goggles Answer: No
-Critical Eyes: We already have.

So am I right? Am I missing something? Or am I way off on the original trilogy. Let me know below!



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Unpopular Opinion: Yes, The Ewok Adventures ARE CANON!!

Someone needs to make a fan film ‘Star Wars Infinite: The Canon Wars.’ Directors, get on it!!!

Yeah for a very long time now we’ve seen fans arguing back and forth over what is and is not canon… and my understanding is that the ONLY things that are considered canon now are the films and anything that George Lucas himself had a hand in…

So sadly that means this is canon:

 

But this is not…

 

This is…

Not Canon:

Canon:

Not Canon:

Canon:

Ugh… NOT CANON…

You get the idea!
So what does that mean for Star Wars?

Well basically it means that anything in the books, comics,  video games, fan films, etc. are out. Anything directly made by LucasFilm, are in. (Except MAYBE for the Knights of the Old Republic stories as there is SOME evidence of them in the new material.

Where does that leave us?

Definitive
Potential

Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2
Old Republic
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Clone Wars: The Animated Series (Both versions)
Revenge of the Sith
Rebels
Droids
Rogue 1
A New Hope
The Holiday Special
Empire Strikes Back
Shadows of the Empire
Return of the Jedi
Caravan of Courage
The Battle For Endor
The Ewoks Cartoon
The Force Awakens

Look unfortunately in such an expansive universe, we’re all going to find things we don’t like… I personally dislike more than I like of the things I know about in OUR universe. Like it or not, these things are canon, we can pretend they don’t exist, but we’re really doing ourselves a disservice by doing so.

You gotta take the good with the bad, otherwise it just doesn’t feel as real.

Just some food for thought. Think about it.



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Rare Reviews… Star Wars Darth Plagueiss

… … … You remember how I said that I HATE having to denigrate someone else’s work? Well…

All right, I went into this book SUPER ENTHUSIASTIC!!! I didn’t even read the synopsis. I wanted to hear about the tragedy of Darth Plagueiss The Wise. To me, this was something that I’d been curious about for a long time. So I finally sat down and began to read…

And I read….

And I read…

And for change of pace… I read…

And then about half way through I bought the audio book…

And I listened…

And I… yeah you get the idea.

This book is long, REALLY REALLY long and drawn out! It is as slow moving as they come. This basically starts off with Plagueiss betraying his master and becoming the lord of the Sith. He disagrees with Bane’s rules and seeks to understand the will of the force… and even become the physical embodiment of it.

Unfortunately the book sort of tries to balance Plagueiss’ life between his dark side pursuits and his dealings in galactic politics, including the Trade Federation and the Banking Clan… because that worked out so well in the prequels.

Unfortunately, the dark side aspect seems to lose out and we find ourselves dealing more in galactic politics. If you’re looking to hear about the Sith and their philosophies… you’ll get it, but it will be sort of more of a footnote than anything else. You’ll also get a lot of background to Palpatine and how he came to be a senator.

Spoiler Alert:

This book confirms a theory that I’ve long dismissed as inaccurate, because the evidence doesn’t back it up… 

Palpatine was the apprentice who slew Plagueiss. UGH!!! Look, one of the few redeemable qualities about the prequels took place in Episode 3, which in my opinion was the only one that was really up to par with the original trilogy. Specifically this scene:

 

This scene is powerful on several levels, but perhaps the most impressive part is the story Palpatine tells about the tragedy of Darth Plagueiss. This was powerful because it is the first time in the actual movies that we are exposed to the Star Wars Universe’s mythos and beliefs. The tragedy of Darth Plagueiss could have been a moral tale about the quest for power. When I hear Palpatine speak of it, I think of Plagueiss as an almost shakespearian tale. An ancient Sith Lord that had discovered powers within the force that, by the time of Palpatine, had long since been forgotten.

This book ruins that. Essentially it turns Plagueiss into little more than a pawn in Palpatine’s rise to power and that’s it.

It’s my personal opinion, but in the end… I didn’t care for this book.

The story: When it actually deals with the dark side, its decent… However the politics of the galactic senate are as boring here as they were in the prequels. In the end, it explains too much that should have been left to the reader’s imagination.

The Characters: Honestly, I found them somewhat stale and predictable.

The Writing: WAY too slow. This whole story is far too drawn out for my taste.

My Rating…
2/5 Stars…

Honestly its okay when it actually deals with Sith topics and actually can get interesting. However weak character development and an unnecessarily long and drab story that doesn’t really even show the extent of Plagueiss’s power can’t cover that.

My advice: If you want a good Sith Tale, go with Bane. If you ABSOLUTELY INSIST on reading this one, get the audiobook. It’s well-read and makes it more manageable.

Anyway, let me know what you think. Is this book better or worse than I gave it credit?



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.  I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

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Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

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-Jim