Season 1, Episode 6, “Part Six”

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) in Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) in Obi-Wan Kenobi
picture: 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd.

The problem with prequels is that you know how you’re going to end up. There can be excitement in that. The star Wars Prequess faced this puzzle. For many fans, knowing that Anakin Skywalker will turn into imposing Darth Vader hasn’t detracted from their enjoyment, for example, Revenge of the SithBecause his plots felt like a shadow of humanity that the iconic villain needed to get rid of New hope. In the case of a movie like rogue oneknowing that the rag of temporary heroes we met would work (but at what cost?) made this heist breeze fun not only because the stakes were really high across the franchise broad but rested on some great characters.

But either way, you find yourself kind of always anticipating the moment when its ending will prove itself to the story we already know. It is no coincidence, Obi-Wan Kenobilike these other two features finds themselves colored in a story before the movie that started it all: New hope. everybody star Wars Roads lead to him, apparently (hey, even single, Although the less talked about this movie, the better). Go to this last episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi We knew two things had to happen: Obi-Wan, Leia, Luke, Owen, and Beru would all survive. So does Darth Vader. Our honorary grandfather will become a hermit. Oh, and the secret of Luke and Leah’s parents will remain that way. This means that we will finish roughly where we started.

If a narrative gamble sounds a little boring, you’d be right. But then again, there was only so much ambitious artistic licensing one could take with these characters once you decided that this was the story you wanted to tell. I still wonder what Obi-Wan Kenobi Had these six episodes not been for Leia and Vader and instead focused on a more investigative character exploration of Obi-Wan’s solo years in Tatooine. But maybe that doesn’t sound very exciting. Once Disney/Lucasfilm decided they were going to give us a showdown between Vader/Kenobi and the sassy little Leia, it was clear that what we’d get was everything we’d gotten time and time before: In fact, as I’ve indicated in many of these summaries, this limited series felt , sometimes, like a restart star Wars He hits. And this ending was no different. An unreasonable escape from the empire with all its might? Examines. Jedi and Seth battle over a distant rocky planet? Examines. Civilians fending off a powerful Sith with explosives only? Examines. Even the appearance of a certain ghost at the end didn’t seem like a fan-service surprise (though it was) more than an expected narrative necessity from star Wars the end.

When it boils down to it there were two things going on in this episode: Vader was trying to finish Obi-Wan, and the third sister was trying to kill Luke. Once again, we all knew how these two stories would end. Except, of course, what will happen with the third sister (but a little more on that).

I admit that the confrontation between Vader and Kenobi was interesting to watch. Give me the silhouette of Jedi and Sith fighting in an inhospitable setting, and I’m in. (The scene was aided by Natalie Holt, in large part, the haunting and dramatic score.) And the moment Vader’s helmet is torn, the revelation of the devastated “Anakin” beneath him makes for an absolutely stunning picture – a man broken and clearly shielding himself to avoid thinking of himself weak. Also, it’s the only moment Frankenstein’s casting of Hayden Christensen and James Earl Jones actually pays off as Vader/Anakin sees him as a man truly divided both literally and figuratively: “Anakin’s gone,” he might say. “I’m what’s left.” But it’s hard not to see some Anakin out there even if it’s those lines and that scene that ultimately convinces Obi-Wan that his ex-Papaduan is a lost cause: only an actor of Ewan McGregor’s caliber can pull off the increased drama he’s called playing here.

Queen Breha Organa (Simone Kessell) and Senator Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) in Obi-Wan Kenobi

Queen Breha Organa (Simone Kessell) and Senator Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) in Obi-Wan Kenobi
picture: 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd.

The third half sister of the episode, on the other hand, was, let’s just say, a little disappointed, in part because the feeling that she’s fueled by revenge seems to have made the point. But that’s also because, for someone we’ve seen spread cruelty so easily, Third Sister felt tame here while looking for Luke. I mean, what stops her from killing Owen and Beru other than the story requires them to survive so we can meet them years later when New hope Started? I’ve felt for a long time Obi-Wan Kenobi It was a much more fascinating story when seen through her story — a tale of revenge turned atonement that reversed and flipped Vader’s story instead of Kenobi — but this last episode hampered her telling so much that she felt redundant. especially Because we really don’t give any idea what’s going on with her. The final scenes show us what Luke, Leia, Obi-Wan, and Vader want, and where and how their stories will unfold (which we already knew! We’ve seen the movies, folks!). However, the only character whose future we do not know remained in the dust. One wonders if there could be a secondary part in the works? Moses Ingram deserves one, frankly.

I wouldn’t even ask if any of us needed this six-episode short story. This question seems unnecessary in our IP-saturated media ecosystem. What I will say is that I doubt if the heights of the show (Ewan, Moses, some Leah’s little jokes) were enough to justify his existence. Every time I find myself upset seeing certain scenes or enjoying a great plot, I end up disappointed with some of the narrative choices or the character’s rhythm. Vader was probably talking to and about Obi-Wan Kenobi Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Your strength has returned. But your weakness remains.”

stray notes

  • “You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. I did.” Again, if we can’t love star Wars Stories When they spout such delicious, unintentional campy dialogue like this, what do we do? (See also: “Who you become is up to you.”)
  • Speaking of dialogue, a lot of him in that last scene was doing some heavy lifting to make sure all the dots are crossed and dotted. How else could Obi-Wan explain to Leah, “No one should know or we can put both of us in danger” after I told her she could reach out to him if she needed his help? It’s a way of letting us know why she’s known to ask for his help (“You’re my only hope”) when she’s in danger but it also explains why their relationship isn’t/was left implied in this original movie. Also, it was Kenobi who gave her the holster? I know the gesture was supposed to make me smile, but it mostly made me roll my eyes. Sometimes, you don’t need to explicitly plant every detail elsewhere: Even her most unique wardrobe piece wasn’t made by her!
  • Given that we’ve been getting cues from The Emperor and the ghost of Qui-Gon (Liam Neeson!), I’m amazed that the show’s creators didn’t find time to squeeze in other fan favorites for no other reason than: Where was our glimpse of Jar Jar Binks? Hint for what it was C3PO and R2D2? (Although honestly, it also made me wonder what happened to Lola? If we know one thing about robots, it’s resilient! RIP Lola, wherever it ends up!)
  • where will star Wars Franchise going from here? I can’t imagine we’ll get a second season of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Although, really, I wouldn’t put it too far for Disney/Lucasfilm to find another way to expand this story in ways that feel both unnecessary and profitable.) Until then, may the force be with us all!