The Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries has only recently premiered, and while we have already seen both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader make proper appearances, we also had the opportunity to analyze and explore other characters, like Reva, the Third Sister. Now, we have already seen that Reva is a very ambitious character and that she is ready to betray her superiors to fulfill her ambition of becoming the Grand Inquisitor. But she keeps failing at it, so we decided to analyze why and also tell you why Darth Vader keeps putting up with her.
The main reason, as it seems now, for Reva’s failures is her overzealousness. She has an idea on what to do, but she is not up for the task because she underestimated both Obi-Wan and Leia, thinking them to be far too inferior, whilst both of them are extremely powerful. Vader, on the other hand, probably sees her potential and that is why he still tolerates her.
This article is going to be dedicated to Inquisitor Reva in the Star Wars universe. At this moment, we have to say that we know very little about her aside from what the first four episodes showed us, as she is an original character whose story is going to evolve over the remaining episodes, but we are going to give you as much as we can under the current circumstances, i.e., with the information we have.
Why does Reva always fail in her tasks?
In 9 BBY, rumors began to surface that another Jedi survivor was hiding in one of the cantinas on Tatooine. The Grand Inquisitor, the Third Sister, and the Fifth Brother traveled to the planet to hunt down and destroy the target. The Grand Inquisitor interrogated the cantina’s owner, trying to intimidate him into getting information.
However, the Third Sister did not wait until the end of the interrogation and used the Force to throw a knife at the interrogated man, forcing the Jedi to reveal himself in order to save an innocent man. The Inquisitors surrounded the victim and were intent on capturing it. However, Reva attempted to kill the Jedi, not considering him a significant enough target, but was stopped by the Grand Inquisitor.
Disagreements between the hunters allowed the Jedi to escape, after which the Grand Inquisitor stated that the Third Sister was too obsessed with the idea of catching Kenobi, which casts doubt on her competence. He promised to remove Reva if she did not give up her idea. The Third Sister and Fifth Brother continued to follow the trail of the fugitive Jedi’s target, Nari, and interrogated the locals who had gathered in the square.
At the suggestion of the Fifth Brother to reward the one who betrays the Jedi, Reva began to threaten the local people, cutting off the hand of one of the townspeople. The Inquisitor also interrogated Owen Lars, gaining information about his family, and promised to kill them all, including Owen himself, if the Jedi was not caught.
However, despite being intimidated, Lars did not betray Kenobi, who was, in fact, also on Tatooine and watched the Imperials from a distance. The Fifth Brother ordered the Third Sister to stop, after which the interrogation ended. Later, the Inquisitors quarreled privately, and the Fifth Brother chastised Reva for getting too carried away.
Nari was subsequently caught and killed, and his body was hung up in the town square to intimidate others. The Third Sister soon arranged for the kidnapping of Leia Organa, daughter of Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan, in order to attract the attention of Kenobi, whom Organa might ask for help. She recruited Vect Nokra and his gang, giving them orders via voicemail.
The Inquisitor’s ploy worked, and the Jedi Master actually went to save the princess. Still, the mercenaries hired by Reeva failed, and Obi-Wan, along with Leia, fled from captivity to Daiya. Meanwhile, word that the Inquisitor had kidnapped the daughter of an Imperial Senator had reached the leadership of the Inquisitors. The Grand Inquisitor, accompanied by the Fifth Brother and the Fourth Sister, flew to Daiya to take control of the situation.
After chastising the Third Sister, he called her the worst of the Inquisitors and noted that the capture of Kenobi would not advance her position. The Pau’an also announced that he would personally deal with the elimination of Kenobi, and Reva would be expelled from the ranks of the Inquisitor. Unwilling to give up her booty, the Third Sister informed the underworld that Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi was hiding on Daya.
Thus, the Inquisitor wanted to drive him into a corner, forcing him to fight with hostile gangs of bandits. Watching the firefight from the roof of one of the buildings, the sister tried to overtake Kenobi. Still, she was blocked by the self-proclaimed Jedi Haja Estree, who tried to delay the Inquisitor, impersonating the one she needed.
However, Reva immediately sensed the deception and pressed Haja against the wall, after which she read his mind and discovered that the one she needed had gone to the cargo port. When the Third Sister finally managed to track down Obi-Wan, she revealed that she knew Darth Vader’s true identity and intended to take Kenobi to her former apprentice, earning the favor of the Sith.
The news that Anakin Skywalker had survived the duel on Mustafar shocked Kenobi. Suddenly, the Grand Inquisitor appeared, who would no longer tolerate Reva’s ambitions. He attempted to use the Force to reach Kenobi, who was hiding behind the containers, but the Third Sister stabbed the pau’an, avenging him for humiliating him and trying to take her credit for herself.
After gaining some time, Kenobi and Leia left Daiya, and Reva failed to reach them. In the wake of the departing ship, Reva shouted that Obi-Wan would not be able to escape from Darth Vader, and the Inquisition would once again hunt down the fugitive Jedi. Reva would later end up capturing Leia and taking her to the Inquisitor’s headquarters, where Obi-Wan again managed to save her under Reva’s nose. Her new failure was almost punished by Vader, but she managed to place a tracker on Leia’s robot, so we’ll have to see where it goes.
As you can see, plot-wise, we always had something that foiled Reva’s plans. Initially, Owen Lars opted not to betray Kenobi. Then, the Grand Inquisitor showed up, which Obi-Wan used to escape. On Mapuzo, Obi-Wan was saved by the Path and while Reva did capture Leia, she was once again saved by Obi-Wan thanks to Tala’s help. It was always something, a think that Reva could not foresee. This is a result of her inexperience and her overzealousness, as she thinks that forcing the cause will, eventually, bring results, but since we know that she did not capture and kill Obi-Wan, it was ultimately a failure.
Out-of-universe, Reva is an important character and her constant failures are a way to advance the plot, keep the continuity intact and to include her in the plot of the series in all of the episodes.
Why is Darth Vader putting up with Reva?
Well, the reason for this hasn’t been thoroughly explained. She is a good liar, Reva, and she managed to convince Vader, on several occasions, that she was going to do what was needed of her. Now, she failed once and almost payed the price, but as Episode 4 has shown us, Reva was able to make amends with it by infecting Leia’s robot.
Of course, knowing what this could bring him, Vader would spare her, but his patience is definitely running out as he would have certainly killed her had she not done what she did. He saw some potential in her and her loyalty, but Vader is so superior to her in every aspect that he wouldn’t really consider her a potential ally. She was, to him, a mere puppet, just like all the others, but if he has some use of her, he’ll keep her around. How long will it last? We’ll have to wait and see.
Also, there’s one explanation for Vader putting up with her – the plot. This is an out-of-universe explanation, since it involves the fact that Reva is a major character in the series and that Moses Ingram is starring in the series as a lead character. This is why the writers wouldn’t really just kill her off that easily; she became a relevant part of the lore and they’ll keep her around as long as they can, even if her being there is not always – believable.