Reva’s End in ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Breaks With Dark Side Tradition

Reva’s End in ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Breaks With Dark Side Tradition

Many times, one wonders what the level of indignation reached by the followers of a franchise like that of starwars. It’s just a story, folks; told with better or worse manners or with more or less sharpness and understanding of its essential elements, but only a story after all. Perhaps his anger exemplifies the importance that fiction can have for people and, ultimately, the bile it has caused Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022).

Perhaps, if we feel good thanks to art and the catharsis that is capable of providing us with a proper narration, poor proposals or those that seem that way to us due to an intractable subjectivity cause us discomfort. But you have to know how to get over it. An issue that, as far as the miniseries starring him jedi by Ewan McGregor, you can relate to the emotional arc of it from sorrow for Anakin Skywalker to consolation.

But this is not the only evolution we see here. Another quite relevant one is the of Inquisitor Reva, which is played by Moses Ingram. Not surprisingly, the initial sequence of Obi-Wan Kenobi is dedicated to her. But what they make us believe at first is that his ambition is focused on replacing the guy who heads his perverse order, seeking great success that will catapult it for its indisputable merits in the eyes of the imperial executor, the iconic Darth Vader . But they deceive us.

Reva’s emotional arc in ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’

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In reality, this character was a little apprentice when Anakin Skywalker betrayed the jedi in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) and, on the orders of Sheev Palpatine, set about slaughtering them, including the youngest Force-sensitives, who were preparing to become such knights. But Reva survived and was taken in by the dark side, and all these years into adulthood she devoted herself to prepare his revenge against the murderer of his companions.

In this way, it complies with what Vito Corleone recommends in The Godfather (1972), an approach repeated by his son Michael in the sequel and Deep Throat in The X-Files (since 1993) and which comes from The Art of Warthe famous military essay by Sun Tzu (s. V.): “Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer”. In this way, one will be able to properly know their weak points and, due to this and their proximity, destroy them with superior ease.

But Darth Vader had always been ahead of Reva in Obi-Wan Kenobi and, when he finally gets ready to finish him off, he is not a worthy rival. Knowing her origin and her intentions, she had used the inquisitor’s abilities to reach her former master, the jedi of Ewan McGregor, on his own path of revenge. Which he doesn’t achieve either, on the other hand. Y the frustration of her leads her to attempt to kill the innocent offspring of her enemy, Luke Skywalker.

Eluding the fate of Darth Vader and Kylo Ren

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However, Moses Ingram’s anti-heroine remembers the slaughter of the apprentices about to take the poor kid’s life and does not want to continue with the murder. “Have I become him?” she asks Obi-Wan Kenobi later, and he replies, “No, you have chosen not to.” With which, two things are achieved: a triumph of jedi having helped her as it was not possible with her padawan and break with a dark side tradition of the force in starwars.

Reva's End in 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Breaks With Dark Side Tradition

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The first delves into the relief of the tribulations suffered by the character of Ewan McGregor, such as discovering that the one who had really “killed” Anakin Skywalker was Darth Vader himself according to the last words they exchanged; and the second, that Reva does not end up the same as the most mythical villain in Star Wars: return of the jedi (1983) and that Kylo Ren at the end of the rise of skywalker (2019): with death just after his redemption. A novelty, no doubt.