Disney's Obi-Wan Kenobi presents a new character to the ever-expanding Star Wars universe. Her name is Reva Sevander (Moses Ingram). She is also known as the Third Sister. In the past, Reva was a Jedi. Today, if there is such a thing in the universe (i.e., a "now"), she is an elite member of the Empire who hunts down Jedis for the master of darkness, Darth Vader.
There is no doubt in my mind that Reva is presently (three episodes deep) the best thing on the show, which stars Ewan McGregor, the Scotsman who played a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy (1999 to 2005) of this endless space opera.
The creators of Obi-Wan Kenobi clearly hoped that the girl-Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) would become something like baby Yoda from The Mandalorian. But the latter is unquestionably adorable, even when they are doing bad things like eating the rare eggs of space frogs, whereas the former is just a brat, a galactic brat, a brat in a spaceship moving at the speed of light or landing on a purple planet. There is really no magic between Kenobi and girl-Leia, but he does have a superb villain in Reva, a character many white Americans are unhappy about because she is black.
We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist. pic.twitter.com/lZW0yvseBk— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
Let's for now ignore the racists—they will always be racist—and instead examine Reva. What makes her a great addition to all that is Star Wars? As presented by Moses Ingram, the character is driven by an anger that is as profound as it is resolved. Within her goal to catch and kill the remaining Jedis in the galaxy lives an intensity so powerful that those who work with her, particularly the Fifth Brother (Sung Kang), find it unhelpful. Reva is too brash, too determined, too quick to excite the lightsaber. And if we return to the online racists, Reva's color and ferocity has a ring that, for many white males, feels disturbingly authentic.
There is the anger of Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen), but it clearly emerges from the realm of acting. The anger of Reva, however, seems to have a direct source in American reality. This is the angry black woman, which some white Star Wars fans find even far more offensive than the angry black man. The latter has, at the end of the day, the right to be angry, because, in their mode of thinking, all men have that right. This is what made the book Black Rage a bestseller back in 1968. But in 2022, the double curse of Black Woman Rage will not do, even if it's in a galaxy far, far away.