Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Reva Is a Tragic Mirror of Darth Vader

Editor’s Note: The article below contains spoilers for Episode 5 of Obi-Wan lucas once drawn a comparison between the original Star Wars trilogy and its prequels by saying: “It’s like poetry, it rhymes”. Many creatives who nailed a modern-day Star Wars project often takes his ideas to heart, whether in the structure (Star Wars: The Force Awakens reflects and/or refers to the key elements of Star Wars: A New Hope) and character (the bond between Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger in star wars rebels is meant to remind viewers that Obi-Wan is training Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke). And Joby Harold and Deborah Chow definitely kept in mind when crafting Obi Wan Kenobias the limited series antagonist Reva Savander (Moses Ingram) serves as a reflection of his master Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen), in more ways than one.


When Reva is first introduced as the Third Sister, she is shown to be ruthless and cunning – going out of her way to lure Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) to hide. His fellow Inquisitors, including the Fifth Brother (Sung Kang) and Grand Inquisitor (Friend Rupert) berates her at every turn, mocking her for her “ambition” and saying she’s little more than a “gutter rat”. They also mock his abilities, calling him the weakest of Inquisitors. Anakin underwent similar treatment before his transformation into Darth Vader. When brought before the Jedi Council at Star Wars: The Phantom Menaceboth Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) and Yoda (Frank Oz) say he’s too old – and carries too much anger – to be a Jedi.

Both Dark Siders manage to use their opponent’s compassion as leverage. Reva lures Obi-Wan into hiring bounty hunters to kidnap Leia Organa (Vivien Lyra Blair), leading his adoptive father Bail Organa (jimmy smith) to search for Obi-Wan. In the very first episode, the Grand Inquisitor says a Jedi’s compassion is his weakness – it’s clear that Reva plays on that, as she’s banking on Obi-Wan’s Jedi code for his downfall. Vader uses similar tactics in the original star wars trilogy, including The Empire Strikes Back. On Bespin, he captures a now adult Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in order to draw Luke Skywalker (Marc Hamil) to him. The trap works and Luke is deeply beaten emotionally and physically.

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But the most important thing the two share is how their emotional state has led them into darkness. For Anakin, it started when his mother Shimi was brutally murdered by Tusken Raiders; he seeks a Tusken camp and slaughters its inhabitants in revenge. Reva, too, is driven by revenge – the latest episode of Obi Wan Kenobi shows that she was a young girl at the Jedi Temple the night Anakin and a battalion of clone troopers executed Order 66. She was forced to watch the former Jedi slaughter his friends and swore revenge. In fact, the only reason she became an Inquisitor was to corner Vader and kill him.

This ambition is another link between the two and the source of their downfall. Anakin’s desire to save his wife Padme (Natalie Portman) led him into the thrall of Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and led him to become Darth Vader. Likewise, Reva is blinded by her desire for revenge which she lets Obi-Wan slip through her fingers twice. She even intends to torture Leia while the young princess is held captive in the Inquisitor Fortress, and Obi-Wan is quick to point out that his anger has consequences.

In fact, the episode features a pair of scenes that pay homage to Lucas’ theory and show that Reva may have become too Vader-like. Throughout the episode, flashback scenes show Obi-Wan and Anakin training at the Jedi Temple, with Anakin trying to use every advantage he has to win. Obi-Wan is able to defeat him and says his desire for victory is his undoing. This is true for Reva: when she finally gets the chance to confront Vader, he deflects his blows and inflicts a seemingly fatal wound on the Third Sister, with the Grand Inquisitor – whom Reva had apparently killed in the second episode – gloating that she would. back to the gutters.

Still, there may be hope for Reva in the end. Vader was able to redeem himself by Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, giving up his own life to defeat Palpatine and save his son. With the ending of this week’s episode hinting at a return to Tatooine and Luke possibly in the sights of the Empire, perhaps Reva can redeem herself by helping to protect young Skywalker and his sister. And she could potentially still be alive: Vader survived being burned alive on Mustafar, and the Grand Inquisitor apparently shook off an equally deadly wound. Reva’s fate – and the answer to whether she can overcome the flaws that consumed Vader – will more than likely be revealed in the Obi Wan Kenobi final next week.