(So guys, I swore I had posted this yesterday, but looks like I still have to figure out WordPress’s new posting feature. Sorry about that! I guess it’s a Scene it on Saturday now.)
Let’s talk about this scene. Why didn’t Vader kill Piett? Clearly Admiral Piett fears that his death is coming. They disabled the hyperdrive on the Falcon, were planning on capturing the Rebel leaders, and then…the Falcon heads into hyperspace and they wiggle out of the Empire’s grasp once more.
And Vader does nothing? He doesn’t even glance at Piett for this mistake, but yet killed Admiral Ozzel and Captain Needa previously for their blunders. The only reason I can think of is that he was just talking to Luke through the Force.
Was Vader so engrossed in thinking about Luke, the revelation he just made, and thinking he may have a chance to take down the Emperor, that he doesn’t mind so much that they got away? Sure, he didn’t capture Luke as he intended, but his purpose was still basically completed. Was he already thinking of the next steps in his larger scheme that he didn’t pay much mind to the Falcon’s escape?
The only other option I can think of is that Admiral Piett was actually somewhat competent and he knew he would need his best men in the upcoming days. Maybe Ozzel and Needa just weren’t that good and made too many mistakes.
Whatever the reason, Piett looks just as surprised as everyone else. I mean, his face! When they lose the Falcon! Priceless. Such a great moment of acting on his part. You feel the fear with him as he knows his death has just come (as does everyone else if you watch them). And then…Vader keeps walking. WHY?
Please feel free to chime in.
INTERIOR: VADER’S STAR DESTROYER — BRIDGE
Admiral Piett and another captain glance at Vader in terror. Vader turns slowly and walks off the bridge, his hands held behind his back in a contemplative gesture.