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Where Does Dryden Vos Rank Among the ‘Star Wars’ Villains?

When I think of iconic villains the first character that comes to mind is Darth Vader. His bravado, his baritone voice, the black cape, and the iconic “I am your father” line makes this antagonist memorable for all of the right reasons. Ever since then there have been Star Wars villains that have tried to dethrone Darth Vader from his top spot and it took forty years but that finally was achieved with Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren has been such a joy to watch in this current trilogy as his story has grown more complex and made the movies so much more enjoyable. Now with Solo a new villain has arrived and it’s time to find out where he ranks among all of the antagonists that have come before him.

1. Kylo Ren

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There aren’t a lot of characters that I can’t imagine being played by anyone else because the actors have taken a certain role and made it their own but I honestly can’t imagine anyone but Adam Driver playing this emotional character. He brings such an intimacy to the role that I feel like I can understand the guy even though he’s just a fictional character. He’s also hilarious too. I can’t wait until Episode IX.

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Who’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Villain?

First of all, I would like to congratulate Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan for their beautiful wedding and celebration. It was absolutely stunning and the parade, the Royal Cavalry, all of it was utterly magical to witness. I’m so happy for them and I hope they have an absolutely beautiful time together for the rest of their days. Okay, now to the post at hand. 🙂

Throughout my time having this blog I have written my opinions on movies, the characters within those films, and just random awesome stuff in general but now the conversation comes to you, my dear readers. You have been such wonderful supporters of my blog and fellow movie fans that I can’t help but bring all of you into the fold and ask your opinions of what you think of these films as well. So today I’m asking you who is your favorite Star Wars villain? Here is the list.

The Classic Darth Vader

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Darth Vader is undoubtedly one of the most iconic villains of all time for his simple awesomeness. He’s frightening, menacing, the perfect main antagonist for the original trilogy, and incredibly memorable. You don’t even have to know what Star Wars is to know Darth Vader. He’s the bar that has been set for all future and current villains and there still hasn’t been a Star Wars villain as impeccably crafted and unique as this character.

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The Ten Characters That Should Have Their Own ‘Star Wars’ Story

When Disney bought Star Wars and announced they would be making new movies I could’ve never imagined the concept of Star Wars stories. With the addition of these new standalone films in LucasFilm’s repertoire they can tell stories in even greater detail by focusing on certain characters and events and bringing those personal tales that normally wouldn’t have been told to life. Rogue One was the first of these Star Wars stories and it showed me how versatile the Star Wars franchise has truly become as it conveyed a story that had been hinted to us but never fully realized until now. Now Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out in little over a month and that movie is going to provide us an in-depth look into how Han became the charming rogue that he was by the events of A New Hope. Yay? And it seems that Obi-Wan Kenobi will be getting his own standalone film in the coming years.

But there are so many more fascinating stories that can be told, stories that transcend just the timelines that we know and move beyond our recollection of Star Wars knowledge to tell brand new tales waiting to be seen. Of course, those stories probably won’t be portrayed anytime soon but there are a bunch of characters in this stretch of the Star Wars timeline that need their own movies to tell their stories. So, here are ten characters who I think LucasFilm should definitely consider taking a crack at in the near future. Enjoy!

10. General Hux

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Okay, I know it sounds a little odd imagining a Star Wars story involving General Hux, a character that I’m pretty sure isn’t an ultimate fan favorite, but just hear me out. Hux isn’t a major character by any means in this current trilogy but he does have a rather interesting back story that conveys how he became the ruthless General that he is in the first place.

His father, Brendol Hux, had an illegitimate son (baby Hux) with a mistress and as a result he treated his son poorly. Younger Hux grew up with immense disdain for his father as he slowly grew higher in the ranks of the First Order. By the time he was a young man he ended up having Captain Phasma, his newfound ally, assassinate his father, Brendol Hux, and in the process obtained the rank of general. Hux looks like someone who can be manipulated and easily run over but there is a lot more calculation and ruthlessness to the young officer than meets the eye. (I learned all of that interesting stuff about the First Order general through the book, Phasma.)

I think it would be fascinating to see his story in greater detail because of a couple of reasons. One, it’ll be an excuse to bring Phasma back into another Star Wars movie. 🙂 And two, there’s never been a Star Wars movie that has focused on the political inner workings of an organization. That could provide a refreshing change of tone in what we’ve come to expect from a Star Wars movie. There probably will never be a Hux Star Wars story but it’s still an interesting idea.

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The Five Best Scenes of ‘Revenge of the Sith’

Revenge of the Sith has its wins and its losses. On one hand you’ve got Palpatine and his horrid plan to wipe out the Jedi, which actually comes to pass and then you have Anakin…and Padme…and more Anakin. There are good scenes and there are scenes I wish could’ve been revised but overall this is one of the better Star Wars movies and the best Star Wars film of the prequel trilogy. So, I’m going to share with you my five favorite scenes from Revenge of the Sith. Enjoy!

1. The Space Battle over Coruscant

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There weren’t a lot of scenes that made me really happy in the prequels but the opening scene for Revenge of the Sith was legitimately awesome. From the shot of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s ships dipping out into a heated battle previously hidden from view by a giant Republic ship to Anakin spinning his ship to oblivion as he evades a pair of missiles. This scene has it all. In fact, Anakin isn’t even that annoying at this part which is a miracle in itself.

2. The Creepy Conversation

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There’s something deeply unsettling about this quiet scene in Revenge of the Sith. Palpatine was so crafty and calculated. He had Anakin wrapped around his pinky finger like a piece of string. I mean, he literally was telling him the story of a Sith legend! and that somehow didn’t send the young Jedi any warning signals? That’s weird. It’s silently horrifying as he throws Anakin the ultimate bait; the concept that the Force could teach those how to save people from death. He could sense Anakin’s fear of losing Padme in childbirth, he knew that information of the Force would be the catalyst to Anakin’s path as a Jedi, and he capitalized on it. And the final words spoken between Anakin Skywalker and Palpatine are utterly chilling.

Anakin: “Is there any way to learn this power?”

Palpatine: “Not from a Jedi.”

That was the beginning of the end. 😦

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Who Is The Evilest Villain in ‘Star Wars’?

Star Wars is full of heroes and villains, the light and the dark, good and evil, but of the many antagonists of the juggernaut science fiction franchise who is the most evil? From the diabolical plans of the Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine to the hateful wrath of General Hux there have been some rather evil dudes (and one lady) who have graced the Star Wars list of baddies and I’m going to tell you who I think is the most evil of them all. Enjoy!

6. Director Krennic

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When I saw the first teaser for Rogue One Director Krennic looked legitimately menacing. I had never seen an Imperial officer dressed in white before which gave him an air of superiority and intimidation that I had never seen. When I watched the movie it was disappointing to find out he wasn’t as terrifying as he appeared to be. Maybe he had been a little more frightening before the reshoots changed much of the film but the end product produced a bloated antagonist whose goal and motivations weren’t nearly as menacing as they could’ve been. He’s definitely one of the coolest looking villains in Star Wars but he’s also one of the lamest.

5. Darth Vader

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Darth Vader is undoubtedly an evil guy but he isn’t nearly as evil as the other villains later on in this list. He made a mistake, he went to the Dark Side because he thought Palpatine could help him save Padme, and after that of course he was evil. He’s definitely everything that Krennic is not; ruthless, terrifying, authoritative. Darth Vader’s no joke. He’s also not as villainous as he pretends to be though, that’s why Luke was able to turn him back to the light. Hate and the hunger for power is what drove him to become the monster that he was for so long but that good side of him was still in there. That’s why instead of killing Luke in the Cloud City he tried to get Luke to join him so they could rule the galaxy as, in his words, “Father and son.” That’s also why when he saw Luke again before he took him to the Death Star he had a private conversation with him instead of treating him like he didn’t care the slightest about him. Darth Vader is, of course, the main villain of the original trilogy but he definitely isn’t as villainous as some of the other villains in the franchise.

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The Top Ten ‘Star Wars’ Villains

I love Star Wars for many reasons. I love the characters whether they’re significant or not, I love the vast array of interesting planets, and I love the stories throughout all of the movies (maybe not so much the story of Attack of the Clones but that’s another topic.) Throughout all of the Star Wars films there is always a villain or villains and these notorious bad guys are part of the reason Star Wars is so great today.

Take the Star Wars merchandise for example. When I walk through Target and I see something affiliated with Star Wars who is the person usually on the products? Kylo Ren. His hooded masked face and his red lightsaber are so easily recognizable you don’t even have to look twice to know that the product has something to do with Star Wars. That’s how memorable the villains are in this sci-fi goliath.

I first wrote this post back in March of 2017 and now, after The Last Jedi, the time has come to update this list. Enjoy!

10. Count Dooku

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Count Dooku is not a great Star Wars villain in the slightest. He never felt menacing, he never oozed scariness, and I never could take him seriously. Despite that though he was a rather powerful Sith lord, he helped set into motion the Clone Wars, he hired Jango Fett to kill Senator Padme Amidala, and he was the leader of the Seperatists. And so, because of those simple facts, he sits as tenth on this list.

9. Director Orson Krennic

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Director Krennic barely made my top ten for a very valid reason…he’s kind of lame. If it weren’t for villains like the corny lightsaber-wielding machine General Grievous or the posh Count Dooku he would definitely be last on my list. Let me explain my reasons a little further.

Krennic does possess a very beautiful outfit. That white cape of his is so illustrious and gorgeous it’s really the only reason why he’s on my list but if you think about his role in Rogue One he really didn’t possess that frightening quality that I like Star Wars villains to have. Now, in the book Catalyst he was truly the villain he should’ve been in Rogue One. He was ruthless, conniving, witty, and as I read the book I was legitimately scared of him.

In Rogue One he was watered down considerably, I’m sure thanks to the extensive reshoots, and that is a shame. And yes, he ordered for Jyn Erso’s mother to be killed as well as Galen Erso’s assistant scientists but besides that he wasn’t very villainous. The real villain of the movie was Tarkin and that makes Krennic the white cape wearing lacky that he was. If you think about it, were he not to have that grand white outfit would he even be memorable…no! And that’s why he stands at number nine on my list.

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