Hot take: Darth Vader was right. Maybe not about everything — we here at ScreenCrush do not condone youngling murder — but the situation is a little more complicated than “Darth Vader is the ultimate bad guy of Star Wars.” Look closer at the world of Star Wars during the prequels and you see that many Jedi, not just Anakin Skywalker, were not living up to their ideals and their code of conduct long before he turned into Vader.

In the video below, we break down the broken politics of Galactic Senate, and how they are rooted in the era known as “The High Republic” of Star Wars. We explore how and why the Jedis allowed themselves to be manipulated, whether the let Anakin down, and whether his ideas about politics might have been correct. Check it out:

If you liked our video on why Darth Vader might have had a point about the Republic, check out some of our other videos below, including the three most important scenes in all of Star Wars, all the Easter eggs in Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 1, and our comparison of Return of the Jedi and Rise of Skywalker. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. New episodes of Star Wars: The Bad Batch premiere on Fridays on Disney+. Every Star Wars movie is streaming there as well.

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