Okay. I want to talk about the excellent characterizations of these two, particularly in regards to each other. What’s interesting about Tarkin and Krennic is that they’re always in conflict. There’s always a push and pull contest going on. The only thing is Krennic never wins. He never gets ahead of Tarkin, and this gets under his skin. And HOO BOY does Tarkin know how to get under his skin. Tarkin is always ahead of Krennic over something. ALWAYS. Krennic is impatient and hot headed, Tarkin is patient, calm and collected. Krennic snarls and barks when he gives orders (”Fiyah!”), Tarkin commands with firm politeness (”You may fire when ready.”). Krennic wants to be in good graces of the likes of Darth Vader and have an audience with Palpatine, Tarkin has the respect of the Sith lord and is on first named basis with The Emperor. Krennic strives to have control and power, Tarkin barely has to wave a finger for things to be done. There is even a scene in Rogue One where Krennic moves through a crowd of officers who one by one slowly shift out of the way for him. Meanwhile, Tarkin merely speaks and the officers go quiet. He then slowly turns, and the sea of officers part so he would have complete eye line of Krennic!
Even physically the contrasts are vast! Krennic wears a majorly white uniform complete with cape and sees himself as imposing, while Tarkin in standard olive uniform is severe and has no use for such flair. He’s already imposing. Their height, age, accents, even upbringings. Which brings me to something very ironic. I had a feeling Krennic didn’t even like Tarkin (as much as iyou can like the guy anyway) even when they met before Rogue One because he feels that he deserves whatever Tarkin has even more (and to none surprise he didn’t) . He’s climbed his way to his position all the way from the bottom. He’s has to prove himself so many times. Tarkin’s just a snob from a high-class family and probably was just handed positions and possessions from the get go. What does he know of struggle?
Except he couldn’t be more wrong if he tried. Tarkin was born on the Outer Rim. He has been taught to not take anything for granted since he was a boy. He had to go through a family tradition that required the males in the family to live in the wilderness and conquer it or die. He has killed things with his bare hands, gutted animals and eaten their organs when they were raw and bloody. He didn’t live to survive, he survived to live. The man was WILD. Throughout most of his life, Tarkin has had extraordinary encounters and near brushes with death more times than he’s remembered. He became a legend. He fought pirates when he was 16, fought Ewoks with his bare hands, was an ace pilot and star cadet, sought out by Palpatine himself not only to have the guy compliment him on his political skills but to persuade him to get into politics! He’s survived torture in The Citadel, became friends with Anakin Skywalker who turned into Darth Vader (whose identity Tarkin deduced by himself but was smart enough not to bring it up), and has endless scars and wounds from blaster fire! But what does he know of struggle? asks Krennic.
This is the Tarkin who faced a carnivorous beast on his last trial and faced it head on. Hell, the Tarkin I see in the last GIF seem to be saying, “I haven’t punched anyone in the face for 40+ years. So go on, I dare you. Give me an excuse to completely destroy you, you ungrateful piece of shit. I. Dare. You.” This is the Tarkin that has tasted blood, and liked it.
In the end, Krennic is an engineer at heart. Krennic is a man who builds. Tarkin, on the other hand has spent his whole life fighting and is good at it. Tarkin is a man who destroys. Krennic is a boy trapped in a beast’s cage.
fob sounded SO G O O D tonight and they were all so smiley and excited…patrick was dancing around getting his signature White Boy Moves out full force. pete has a snazzy new haircut and when i yelled at him NICE HAIR PETE he yelled back THANKS and patted his own head. joe looked absolutely content being able to play that night like he was truly having a good time. andy did cute little waves at the crowd, which spent every quiet intermission yelling ANDY 愛してるよ！！！and the likes.
most of all they all looked healthy and generally in jolly good mood and i feel so thankful for them gahhhhh