So…. this happened.
Darth Vader, with James Earl Jones’s voice and (potentially) Hayden Christensen in the suit, made much more impact in this episode than I thought he would, but we are now half way through the series. Vader cements himself as one of, if not the, best movie villains ever. He dominates every scene and he shows his anger with every breath. His very presence is amazing.
This episode was a big step back. I loved episode 1 and I found episode 2 to be a big step backwards. While I still think episode 1 is the best of the series, episode three made some huge strides.
There were so many great things in Part III. Everything with Vader was awesome. The Vader vs. Obi-Wan confrontation was epic and showed how low Obi-Wan had fallen. Vader’s stroll through town, breaking the necks of random people, was intense and frightening.
The interactions between Obi-Wan and Leia were absolutely enjoyable. The dialogue was well written and heart-felt. The entire scene in the back of the truck with the Stormtroopers was gold. When Leia asked if he was her real dad, my heart broke. You can see how different the two of them were, with Obi-Wan broken and pessimistic and Leia positive and full of life. It creates a great contradiction between them.
Then, Leia is a great improv partner. The young actress playing Leia is named Vivien Lyra Blair and she has been doing an incredible job, especially in this episode. She really reminds you of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
This episode though is not a slam dunk. There are a few problems I had with Part III. I did not like some of the choices made. When Leia sent Talia back to help Obi-Wan, I thought that was ridiculous. Sure, she wound up helping, but she promised to get Leia back to her father and she dumped that quickly. Then, how did Reva get to the end of that tunnel? I rolled my eyes big time when she showed up. That should not have happened.
What is wrong with these Stormtroopers? They are supposed to be hunting Jedis and they get into a truck with a guy that couldn’t be dressed more like a Jedi if he tried. This is starting to be a running joke.
Finally, the episode seemed to have all kinds of barriers that seemed to prevent people from moving forward that could easily be WALKED AROUND in just a few seconds. Then, how did the fire caused by Talia stop Vader and the Stormtroopers when, one- it was not that huge and two-Vader just used the Force to put out the other fire. Why couldn’t he do that again? (I think he may just be letting him go). It’s little things like that which brings the episode down a little.
Things did get much better this episode. We saw a Stormtrooper cut in half.
By the way, people on the internet who are spending their days tormenting and leaving racist and hatred toward Moses Ingram (Reva) need to stop. You are the worst. She has every right to not be harassed just because she is playing a role you do not like. Morgan Ingram is not the problem. You are. Stop it.