Darth Vader‘s mission on Shi-torum comes to a close as the Dark Lord of the Sith is able to fight off the attack of the force-sensitives Morit and Aiolin before returning to the front lines and offering Trios the Imperial support the new queen needs to put down the anti-Imperial rebellion on the planet.
The manner in which Aiolin falls is surprising, although it works as a callback Vader’s lightsaber battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith. With the battle already halted, and knowing he can’t possibly best Vader on his own, Morit’s actions to sacrifice his sister are perplexing. Whatever his true motivations, I’ve little doubt we will see the him return before too long.
As for Vader, his victory may be short-lived as he learns that Aphra has been found not by his mercenary bounty hunters but by Inspector Thanoth who has a few questions for the Dark Lord of the Sith. It appears Vader’s secret plan to finance his own clandestine missions for the Empire may be about to bite him in the ass. Worth a look.