So my post about Colonel Wullf Yularen’s pants apparently has gained some traction recently (reread it here) . The post has acquired quite a few new views in the past couple of weeks and the images in that post have gotten a lot of clicks.
And I do mean a lot of clicks (at least relative to the obscurity of this blog as well as the definitive obscurity of the subject matter of that particular post.)
The only thing I can come up with to explain this phenomenon is the recent release of the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In case you haven’t seen it yet, go take a look immediately! Seriously, watch it NOW!
One of the tantalizing tidbits from that magnificent trailer which pertains to this discussion is the appearance of Ben Mendelsohn’s character who, from what we can tell, is a new Imperial villain.
What has me most excited about this new Imperial baddie is his uniform!
Look what we have here! It appears to be a variant of the same white and black ISB uniform which we see throughout the first Death Star during the events of A New Hope (refer to previous post for those details). As it so happens the plot of Rogue One is going to center around the first Death Star and the Rebel Alliance stealing the plans for that battle station!
What a coincidence. As it so happens that original Death Star was crawling with dudes who were dressed very similarly to this guy!
But if you’re a follower of this blog you’d have already expected that!
Now there are some differences between Ben’s uniform and the ISB uniforms which we see in the original Star Wars. I’m confident this is simply a stylistic choice on the part of the filmmakers but there is a slim chance that this uniform is something new and not meant to be in line with those seen aboard the Death Star.
Anywho let’s take a minute to discuss these differences.
First the tailoring itself. The cut and style of the white jacket seen above is very much the same as the grey and olive Imperial jackets seen in the three original Star Wars movies. However the white uniform jackets seen in A New Hope were moderately simpler and were essentially plain chefs jackets.
Secondly this jacket has the distinctive silver Imperial code cylinders located at either shoulder of the uniform. This feature and the small pockets set in the jacket are not found in any of the white uniform jackets we see in A New Hope.
Black gloves. Although it is very popular for Star Wars cosplayers to sport black gloves with their Imperial uniforms there are really very few examples of that in the actual movies and there are absolutely zero examples of black gloves being worn by the white coated ISB officers from A New Hope. However the preeminent Star Wars costuming group, the 501st Legion, does allow for the option of black gloves within their strict guidelines for most Imperial officer costumes, so there’s that.
Now that cape which is draped across this character’s shoulders is another major difference in the costume. This is something completely new for the Imperial era uniforms and I’m guessing indicates some sort of prestigious rank or position within the Empire. Head of the Imperial Security Bureau perhaps? We’ll just have to wait and see.
The rank insignia is also new to this uniform and again signifies importance. With 6 red bars above 6 blue bars that would make this character an admiral, at least according to the Empire Strikes Back system of ranking, making this character the highest ranking individual seen wearing this uniform (fun fact each movie of the original trilogy has a drastically different system of rank insignia all utilizing some variant of the red/blue/yellow rank bar combination).
With this new Mendelsohn uniform we still have the standard belt of the galactic Empire and thankfully this character is wearing the correct, BLACK PANTS, which I thoroughly discussed in the original post.
All in all I have no doubt this character will belong to the same branch of the Galactic Imperial Military as the original black and white uniformed Imperials that we see in Star Wars, now whether or not these guys are firmly defined as members of the Imperial Security Bureau, as was established in the now defunct expanded universe, is yet to be seen.
I guess what I’m saying is all of my analysis and speculation is wasted effort and that I should just sit back a few months and wait to see Rogue One! Until then I leave you with this pic of my personal ISB uniform because of course I have one, black gloves and all!
That is all!