• Tarkin and Anakin Forge a Bond Escaping the Citadel in the Next New CLONE WARS

      After their ship is destroyed, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi must find a new means of escape from the Citadel. They lead the freed prisoners – including the Republic’s Captain Tarkin – across the planet’s perilous landscape as Plo Koon commands a Jedi armada through Separatist defenses in a daring rescue attempt. It’s the thrilling conclusion to a three-part Clone Wars storyline in “Citadel Rescue” – airing at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, March 11 on Cartoon Network.

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      Tarkin discusses exit strategy with Anakin and Obi-Wan in “Citadel Rescue,” an all-new episode of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS premiering at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, March 11 on Cartoon Network.

      For Stephen Stanton, assuming the iconic role of Tarkin – made famous by Peter Cushing in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope – was not a responsibility to be taken lightly. Using the first Star Wars film as a starting point and a foundation, Stanton immersed himself in the legendary actor’s filmography and early TV work, while at the same time dissecting the character for clues to Tarkin’s personal trajectory.

      “Peter Cushing’s original Tarkin was the epitome of someone who had succumbed to the dark side. [He] is that quiet, elegant, grandfatherly kind of villain that you want to believe in with all your heart. And when you do, he turns on you with a smile and says ‘You’re far too trusting’ – and then destroys everything that you hold dear,” says Stanton. “But since I don’t believe anyone is born evil, I approached the younger version of his character from the standpoint of a career military man who fervently believes that what he is doing is the right thing. That gave me a certain amount of latitude to ask questions of the character – like, what was he like before he embraced the dark side? On one hand, I am using Peter Cushing’s voice and performance as a template, so I want to keep the essence of what he did. But on the other hand, I’m creating the voice of a young Tarkin – who no one has heard before. I think these new episodes challenge our ideas of who Tarkin was in A New Hope more than it reflects his character and what we know about him at the end of his days.”

      Accused of “holding Vader’s leash” by the captive Princess Leia in Episode IV, Tarkin has the distinction of being the one Imperial officer with some authority over the menacing Sith Lord. He commands Vader with haughty impunity, publicly dressing down the master of the Force. According to Stanton, that relationship had to start somewhere.

      “The relationship between Anakin and Tarkin – and ultimately Vader and Tarkin – is what is being explored now in The Clone Wars,” he says. “Who exactly is this Grand Moff and why is he able to exert control over Lord Vader? It was never fully explained in the films, but we’re getting some hints of how it all might have started. For myself as a viewer, I think Tarkin recognizes a kindred spirit in Anakin. It’s the choices they make and why they make them that will determine their destination. How their story evolves should be quite interesting.”

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      Comments 8 Comments
      1. El Chuxter's Avatar
        El Chuxter -
        They're going to need a novel to iron out all the inconsistencies in Tarkin's backstory by the time they're finished. He's officially got more contradictions than Boba Fett can even dream of.
      1. Beast's Avatar
        Beast -
        No contradictions, since the EU doesn't officially count.
      1. JimJamBonds's Avatar
        JimJamBonds -
        Forge a bond!?!?! So I guess that goes south all those years later.
      1. Blue2th's Avatar
        Blue2th -
        What Bond is escaping the Citadel?
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Don't blame me, I didn't come up with the title, I just used what Lucasfilm sent. It's a really odd idea to have Tarkin and Anakin bond over their opinions that the Jedi aren't getting it done in the war.
      1. El Chuxter's Avatar
        El Chuxter -
        Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
        ...the Jedi aren't getting it done in the war.
        Please tell me an appearance by Larry the Cable Guy as an alien named Ma't-Er is in the works for next season.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
        Please tell me an appearance by Larry the Cable Guy as an alien named Ma't-Er is in the works for next season.
        Don't be ridiculous, that might entertain someone, and they just can't risk it.
      1. Blue2th's Avatar
        Blue2th -
        Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
        Don't blame me, I didn't come up with the title, I just used what Lucasfilm sent. It's a really odd idea to have Tarkin and Anakin bond over their opinions that the Jedi aren't getting it done in the war.
        Just tryin' to have some fun wif it.

        I think it's good to see Anakin's early inclinations of his contrary opinions to the Jedi code. We saw some of that in AOTC, then in ROTS and how he was put in an impossible position by Palpatine and the Jedi till he broke. The Jedi should have seen that coming from such an unstable individual, but destiny took it's course.
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