Tarkin doesn't neccessarily break the news to Vader. Vader enters WITH Tarkin in that scene. I was always under the impression that they found out together, and Tarkin told everyone because Vader isn't exactly the P.R. guy for the Empire. I kinda felt like Vader was on the same level as Tarkin, but there as an observer, like Maul when he actually went to Theed in Ep1. So Vader respects his space and let's him command his "ship" basically.
Until ESB, is Vader even considered to be part of the hierachy of the galaxy? That would explain why Tarkin is considered "higher" than Vader. Vader is Palps personal bad-ass. He's not in the Senate or a Governor. He is just henchmen to the man in charge.
Then when Palps disolves the Senate, Vader then assumes a role in the Empire with an official rank.
So, showing Tarkin isn't as important as we may think. He's a highly ranked officer in the Emporer's military. Nothin more. He's not Vice-Emporer and he doesn't outrank anyone. A simple "You will be my right hand" type line to Anakin/Vader explains that he has "unofficial" power. Can't pass laws, but he can choke anyone who pisses him off. Kind of like Hillary's role in the Clinton administration.
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The darkside, to my knowledge, doesn't care what rank you are. There can only be one emperor. Vader and Tarkin serve the emperor. The rank any of them are given doesn't change the fact they will serve and be used by the emperor.
I my self would love to see Tarkin in ROTS. There has to be a nice bridge to walk across. Soon we will know.
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Tarkin sure acts like he runs the show in ANH. I understand Vader may just let Tarkin be the man on his own ship but you would think a Sith Lord wouldnt care where the hell they were and take tarkin out if he felt like it.
I mean if you think of it.Why would he be in star wars three?He is not until the fourth movie.
So why would he be in this one?I mean there would be no point.
Anyway I had not seen any pictures of the ones that you are talking about which is good because I don't think I do.Anyway JM
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Wasn't an actor in Ep. 3 suspected to be Tarkin? I remember a name coming up and when I compared a picture of him to the second "Tarkin" pic, it sure seemed to be that guy under make-up. He was a recurring character on Farscape, I think.
Registered: Oct 2004
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Very much does Vader let Tarkin be the man in charge on the Death Star! I think Vader more likely has a supervising role, in place of the Emp. A bit like in ROTJ, untill the old hazard himself pays an overseeing visit. Surely, Vader could open up a can of whoop-ass on Tarkin if he felt like it and say to his master that he didn't do a good paint job!!!
In episode 3, we will much likely see Vader, Tarkin and Palpatine do a good furniture job on the skeleton of the soon to be Death Star! (I hope...?!...!?)
Keep it going people, nice pictures
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