Embed from Getty Images Captain Phasma was cool looking, but the reality she did very little to make my list of great Star Wars Villains. Star Wars is well know for the heroes and villains the franchise has put out over the years. Fans argue, they agree, they are passionate. In this opinion piece I will explore my list of great Star Wars villains.
Orson Krennic: Star Wars: Rogue One, portrayed by the great Ben Medelsohn, Krennic was a strong leader who played a huge part in getting the first Death Star built. The prideful, arrogant Orson Krennic, felt overshadowed by Darth Vader and betrayed by Grand Moff Tarkin.
Grand Moff Tarkin: Star Wars: A New Hope/ Rogue One (CGI). portrayed by the late Peter Cuchings, Tarkin was a ruthless leader. Even the CGI form of Tarkin in Star Wars: Rogue One, Grand Moff Tarkin towers over Director Krennic and the brief glimpse we get of Darth Vader.
Darth Vader: Star Wars:Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Rogue One. No greatest Star Wars villain list is, should or would be complete without Vader. He is a villain, you know you should hate but simply can not.
For me the greatest Star Wars villain, is Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine. The man played both sides in order to gain control of the galaxy. In a stunning turn of events, Emperor Palaptine, is seemingly alive and will be in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Making him the landslide greatest Star Wars baddie hands down.
That is my list and I am sticking to it. What’s that you say? No Boba Fett? No re-watching the original trilogy Fett actually did very little and got knock around by a partly blind Han Solo. No Darth Maul? No it was difficult keeping him off the list.
If it makes you feel better I did almost put Jar-Jar Binks on my greatest villain list.
Embed from Getty Images Star Wars fans have always been under the assumption That Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader were both the most important character and the chosen one who would bring balance to the Force. What if that is wrong? What if it is Luke Skywalker’s former Padawan Ben Solo/Kylo Ren?
It is well known through the teaser trailer and the D23 “hotreel” Kylo Ren is now Supreme Leader. Taking the place of Snoke whom Ren seemingly killed in “The Last Jedi.” There is one slight catch, Kylo Ren does not seem to this point to be fully committed to the Dark Side.
With that in mind, the question is, is Kylo Ren really the chosen one? Far fetched you say? Not so fast. The fact that Ren seems almost tormented about the Dark and Light side suggests that he could both be redeemed and is trying to please a grandfather he never knew. A grandfather who returned to the Light after being Dark.
In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Ren says he “feels the pull to the Light.” While “The Last Jedi” Rey is confident Kylo Ren will turn to the Light and become Ben Solo once again. Luke Skywalker does not feel Kylo will not let the past die. Therefore will stay Dark.
Luke implies, if Ren continues killing the people who love him, he will just heap guilt on himself. Kylo Ren seems to be in some sort of conflict with himself. He is not 100% committed to the Dark. While not wanting to surrender to the Light.
If he is redeemed perhaps it is all under the watchfulness of his grandfather Anakin Skywalker. Well his Force ghost anyways. If Ren turns to the Light in “The Rise of Skywalker” he may just become the most important person in the Skywalker saga.
After all, a Skywalker will have to rise. A Force ghost Luke and/or Anakin are unable to rise.
Embed from Getty Images Could it be Yavin 4? Could it be Endor? That is what fans first thought was when “The Rise of Skywalker” teaser trailer was finally released. There is a clear shot of Rey looking out at a chunk of what is could be the second Death Star from 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.”
In a new book from famed Star Wars author Timothy Zahn, “Thrawn: Treason, the book may and I stress may offer some clues. An excerpt from the new new book has been released and Star Wars fans now know, Palpatine, Thrawn, Director Krennic and Grand Moff Tarkin were together. Palpatine put Thrawn in charge of a massive project.
Perhaps the Yavin 4 or Endor is the wrong thought. What if Rey went somewhere else entirely like where the very first Death Star protocol was? What if the very first Death Star either was not up to standards and crashed as they worked on perfecting it? Or it was complete and it was destroyed to get rid of evidence?
Those rabid Star Wars fans also know that as part of cannon, Emperor Palatine and Thrawn have a close connection. Thrawn also helped get the First Order up and running. The same First Order that is chasing Rey and company.
It is also known Thrawn has extensive knowledge on many unknown regions. Including Jakku. Which all leads to a very interesting question, With Thrawn’s deep history and place in the Star Wars universe, with Emperor Palpatine seemly set to make an appearance in “The Rise of Skywalker,” Could Grand Admiral Thrawn also make an appearance?
That would please a very scared fan base. It would also set up what could be the next wave of Star Wars stand-alone films. The Thrawn trilogy. I know I said trilogy right after stand-alone. Disney/Lucasfilm could break the films up into three stand alone films and not run an entire trilogy.
Whatever happens, the plot has thickened. That is the great thing about Star Wars in my opinion, it lets the imagination run wild.