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Why Darth Vader needs his own Disney+ series

Why Darth Vader needs his own Disney+ series
Why Darth Vader needs his own Disney+ series

Obi-Wan Kenobi was the pinnacle of Star Wars, thanks to Ewan McGregor, but also his old apprentice. Here’s why Darth Vader needs his own series.


There has been a long line of police officers with memorable movie villains in recent years. Bill The Butcher hacks and cuts Gangs of New York. Anton Chigurh and his cattle pistol chaos in No country for old men. And of course, Heath Ledger’s once-in-a-lifetime, totally anarchic take on the Joker i The Dark Knight. Reaching further back in film history, there is one figure in particular who was the bogeyman of his time and still haunts us today: Darth Vader.


Darth Vader is one of the greatest movie villains of all time. He has depth, a tragic and detailed backstory, and is ultimately redeemed. It is not a simple case of letting a mad dog off the chain after his or her enemies, or violence for fun. There is more to his motives and heart than pure brutality and destruction. He is a deeply conflicted character who walks right over the edge of a fine line into the dark side.

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We hadn’t seen much of him since Revenge of the Sith and a few short but outstanding scenes in Rogue One. That is, until Disney+ graced our presence with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Not only did the series bring back the beloved titular character portrayed by fan favorite Ewan McGregor, it gave us the most fleshed out Darth Vader scenes in Star Wars history. Spin-off Star Wars movies have largely been forced off the Disney slate, so a Vader movie is unlikely. But a series would serve Dark Lord of the Sith just as well if not better. Here’s why Disney+ needs to make a series around the character.


No shortage of material

Darth Vader battles Ahsoka in Star Wars Rebels
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The Star Wars lore has spread far beyond the outer rim. It has evolved and grown incredibly far beyond the confines of a few films in recent years, as well as the days before Disney dropped a bunch of money on George Lucas for the rights. Between animated series, comics and novels, there is a wealth of stories that can be told or adapted. Especially from the recent run of Marvel Star Wars cartoons.

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Only the stories that take place in between A new hope and Empire strikes back don’t just give a more in-depth look at Star Wars the galaxy at large, but follow Darth Vader closely in his maneuvering on behalf of and out of sight of Emperor Palpatine.

Wading down is a prime example of showing the sheer brute force in which Vader acts, crashing onto a rebel planet and taking on and taking out an entire battalion of rebels. “You are surrounded!” shouts the rebel leader to Vader. “The only thing I’m surrounded by is fear…and dead men,” Vader replies coldly before igniting his lightsaber. This was only a miniseries, but it explored in detail the absolute power that is Vader (no pun intended) and furthers his relationship with Luke before Empire. Wading down barely scratches the surface. Darth Vader Vol 1, Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith and the general The Star Wars series are all packed with quality material to be mined for a Vader series script. Not to mention the huge block of time in between Revenge of the Sith and A new hope.

The character’s conflict

Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi
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As mentioned and as we already know, Darth Vader is an extremely measured character who is constantly pulled in two directions between darkness and light. He is not a pure villain in any sense of the word or concept. He shows flashes of mercy, patience and at times even forgiveness, at least compared to the boss in the big chair, who is nothing but depravity and iron fists. Exploring the good in Vader, as well as the darkness, will make for a fascinating series arc.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi showed what his rage and thirst for revenge will do, like snapping the neck of one villager and dragging another cruelly through the dirt. Here we see him at his worst, hoping to draw out Kenobi to serve his own personal dark side. But what about the side that yearns to destroy the Emperor and reunite with its long-lost son? “It’s good in him,” we heard a sickening sound from Luke. And it was, even if it hit home at the very end of the character’s journey.

We already have a sample

darth vader obi-wan kenobi series
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Simply put, we’ve already seen extensive Vader in a series, and it was fantastic. It was almost perfect, from the booming pipes of James Earl Jones (retired and to be replaced by AI) and the fiery scenes from Hayden Christensen. From Vader’s first nasty lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan, to pulling a starship out of the sky with force, right down to his embarrassing final defeat at the hands of his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi wouldn’t be the same without Darth Vader. McGregor’s Kenobi was the engine of the series, but Vader was the adrenaline rush. Disney+ needs to recapture that feeling in a dedicated Darth Vader series.

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