Vader is superior in terms of formidability which makes this even worse for him even he outranked him. This means Vader allowed a weaker man with no authority boss him around in front of their subordinates. That's your speculation.
He told him to cease and he listened like a *****. Vader looks embarrassingly bad if this is the case. Well done. Vader is now a cuck per his own prerogative.
Nah. Vader, at this point, is just the proverbial Mouth of Sauron. His authority derives entirely from his proximity to Sheev and has no position in the formal chain of command. He was relaying Sheev's orders. And Krennic wants to be able to speak to Sheev himself.
Tarkin bosses Vader around. Vader's not the kind of guy who suffers impertinence lightly, as R1 shows. He's not beneath Vader.
There is nothing in the dialogue suggesting Vader is relaying Sheev's orders. One would think that if that was the case, Vader would make it clear that the orders come from the Emperor. In fact, after he asks if he is in charge of the DS again, Krennic asks if Vader will speak to Palpatine. Yes, he has no formal rank and yes all his authority is derived from Palpatine. But then, ultimately, all authority in the Empire is pretty much derived Sheev. If he wants to, he could put a random Stormtrooper in charge.
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Last edited by ares834 on Dec 22nd, 2016 at 06:58 PM
Yeah Krennic asked Vader to grant him command of the DS. He didn't ask Vader to ask Palpatine.
Also Krennic wanted Vader and Palpatine to personally visit the demonstration of the DS. Tarkin was like "it's best to save you the embarrassment of it fails" or something. Again suggesting Vader's the top dog after Palpatine.
And even if it's a case of Vader being the channel to Palpatine, that on its own says a lot about Vader's standing.
Krennic asks if he's still in command. He never asks Vader to put him in command. Since we know for a fact Vader doesn't have any formal rank or authority at this point beyond his relationship with the Emperor, logic dictates that he is referring to the Emperor putting him in charge.
Again, Vader takes orders from Tarkin in ANH. Not suggestions, orders. Vader is not one to suffer that kind of impertinence from a subordinate. Tarkin is his equal or superior.
In the Tarkin novel Palpatine tells Vader for him and Tarkin to decide between themselves whose in command for that mission. Implying that neither has been given a higher overall authority over the other. So they probably decide on a case by case basis.
So there's definitely a level of parity there. R1 however seems to suggest it's a case of Vader =/> Tarkin rather than the other way around. Not that I'd have any issue with it being the other way around.