darth dream

My roommates and I were rewatching A New Hope a few years ago, and when Vader says “I sense something, a presence I haven’t felt since…”, someone asked why he just walked off.

Of course, the immediate response was “he sensed sand and ran away!”, but it was a good question. If he suddenly sensed Obi-Wan and this was the only ship that had shown up in the past five minutes, why didn’t he just tear the whole ship apart?

I finally realized the answer:

He wanted to be dramatic.

Darth Vader had dreamed, for years, of meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi again. He had envisioned their meeting, their duel, their final battle, the rematch of the millennium…and he would bury himself in a giant sandbox before he allowed that meeting to open with him lifting the floor panel off a freighter. 

So he stormed out, eagerly told Tarkin about this to help him maintain some level of patience, counted for ten minutes (the minimum amount of time it would take Obi-Wan to disable the tractor beam), and then walked into the hallway outside the ship and turned on his lightsaber.

When Obi-Wan appeared at the end of the corridor, it was everything Vader had ever dreamed.

  • Someone: the clone wars is a kid's show right?
  • Me: *has flashbacks of Darth Maul and Savage Opress brutally murdering half the characters in ways not even darth vader could dream of, a Death Watch woman slapping Ahsoka's ass, the incredibly disturbing scene where Rex learns he's shooting at his own men, the Nightsisters, the slavers threatening to do unspeakable things to Anakin and Ahsoka, the many strippers and overall naked people, and much, much, much more*
  • Me: yes it is totally a kid's show totally DEFINITELY

Don’t leave me here alone. Don’t go where I can’t follow.


so @watson-sighs-and-tuts made this gifset and the tags are everything I need in season 3

Maul had spent most of Clone Wars shirtless; during TCW Mandalorian Ark he wore a rather revealing V-neck; his first appearance in SWR had him shirtless, but in a hoodie; and further on he only put on a light dark shirt, with almost no sleeves.
The comic books Always have him shirtless, even on the kriffing snow planet, where everyone else wore warm clothes. 

With that in mind let’s agree here - he likes open clothes. Okay. 

Now why the kriff would he show up on a Hot Desert Planet With Twin Suns fully dressed? 

(And less importantly, why is he putting on his fake “old man” posture here? Last time he only did it to fool Ezra into thinking he was weak/defensless/harmless.)

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In the Special Editions of the Original Trilogy, they remove the original Vader actor’s eyebrows cuz he gets them burned off apparently indefinitely in Episode III on Mustafar. But as what I can only see as an FU to the hated Special Editions, the new show Star Wars Rebels brings Vader’s eyebrows back. I mean, sure, he’s evil, but I am sure that someone like him, who lost most of his body to robotics, would like to have happiness in at least fleek eyebrows. Let him dream.

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Seriously, someone help this man; no wonder Anakin is so messed up since he lacks a decent, good sleep. He either dreams nightmares or doesn’t sleep at all…


  • In Rogue Planet Anakin was around 12 years old. Obi-Wan - and I’m guessing Jedi Council too - knew about Anakin’s frequent nightmares / troubled sleep.
  • In AotC - when Anakin was 20 years old, he had constantly nightmares about his mother who by month was tortured by Tuskan Raiders. Via Force Anakin could feel her pain from far away, yet Jedi didn’t let him go to rescue her. Obi-Wan told him the dream will “pass one day”.
  • During Clone Wars era, Anakin didn’t sleep any better. He hated dreams. Also the TCW series at least once pointed out that Anakin was overworking himself; like instead of resting, he was studying holomaps / working on new strategies, etc. In EU he usually was fixing things as a stress relief
  • The dreams of Padme & unborn child death didn’t help at all
  • Even as a Lord of the Sith, sleep never come easy to him. Both because of his health conditions but also because of what Empire does to others. In case above, it was a night when Vader learnt about slavery being a new part of Palpatine’s regime.