Ok, barely got this post in…I was afraid I was going to have to change it to “Scene it on Saturday”.
Is Grand Moff Tarkin really that surprised that Leia lied to him? Really? He didn’t know our Princess that well if that’s the case.
But then again…threatening to blow up someone’s home planet is a pretty good way to make them tell the truth. I guess I just can’t get over that Tarkin seems that surprised. Vader, however, knows that Leia has that strength of will to resist torture and threats to a certain extent, which shows how true she is to the Rebellion. And once you hear Tarkin order to terminate her, I believe it’s because he knows that at this point she is not going to tell him where the Rebellion is located. If she didn’t tell him when he blew her planet up, she’s not going to tell him ever, no matter what he does.
What also struck me about this scene though is how Vader says, “I told you…”, and he implies that he and Tarkin have strategic conversations together. I do believe that Vader and Tarkin had a mutual respect for each other. Tarkin knows the power that Vader holds though many have forgotten it, and Vader defers to the intelligence and expertise of Tarkin. And we see this is pretty much the only other person in the OT that Vader will defer to other than the Emperor.
Another option to explore is that George Lucas did not really know the hierarchy of his characters yet in ANH. All we are working off of is that Vader was powerful, dressed in black, and could fight with a blade as well as choke people with the air. Grand Moff Tarkin was a military strategist, clearly in control of the Death Star at that time. But I learned there were only a handful of Grand Moffs during this time period and that’s a big deal…out of the whole Empire, there were only a few and Tarkin was placed in a leadership position controlling the Death Star.
So were Tarkin and Vader equal colleagues? Or was Vader actually above Tarkin as we are supposed to understand from looking at the Saga as a whole?
I didn’t find much on Officer Cass in Wookiepedia. Seems like he really did die with the Death Star, loyal to his death. Not much back story on him.
INTERIOR: DEATH STAR — CONFERENCE ROOM.
Imperial Officer Cass stands before Governor Tarkin and the evil Dark Lord Darth Vader.
OFFICER CASS: Our scout ships have reached Dantooine. They found the remains of a Rebel base, but they estimate that it has been deserted for some time. They are now conducting an extensive search of the surrounding systems.
TARKIN: She lied! She lied to us!
VADER: I told you she would never consciously betray the Rebellion.
TARKIN: Terminate her…immediately!