Post-STAR WARS, it's not logical that, with Tarkin dead, Darth would hold any high level position, let alone be the Emperor's righthand!
|Posted: March 14 2018 at 8:23am | IP Logged | 5
It should be noted that the shooting script for STAR WARS described Vader as “right hand of the Emperor” in his first scene. Of course, this would presumably have been more in a “blunt instrument” or “scary guy who does the dirty work” sort of way, rather than as an apprentice (since the concept of the Emperor as a Force-user didn’t come along until EMPIRE) or BFF.
In terms of character evolution, Vader is fascinating. When STAR WARS was filmed, he was just supposed to be a high-ranking henchman sent by the Emperor to get the Death Star plans, who wore an armored spacesuit (originally intended for a version of the opening scene where he crosses open space to board Leia’s ship, but which became a permanent fixture during filming). By the time of post-production, it was decided that the suit was actually a walking iron lung, and so the breathing sound was added. That decision resulted in the backstory of his falling out with Kenobi and subsequent mutilation. Then he was retconned into being Father Skywalker, so as to eliminate the redundancy of the latter character, and provide a twist ending for the first sequel film. And so on and so on.
At the time STAR WARS was filmed, the character was very simple. He was a Jedi Knight who embraced the dark side, betrayed and killed Father Skywalker, left Kenobi’s tutelage (presumably without any sort of major falling out or duel between them), and helped the Empire hunt down and kill the Jedi. He wore a spacesuit much in the way that stormtroopers and TIE pilots wore their armored suits when on duty.
Then, Lucas (and the viewing public) fell in love with the character, and it all snowballed from there, for good and for ill.