After the rather unfortunate episode 5 of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” from my point of view – and discussed controversially in the comments below my review – everyone was of course curious about the grand finale of the season (or series? – I think it will be a sequel give) would bring. So much can be said in advance: It was solidly completed.
From my point of view, that was due to one thing in addition to a few really good productions: the reflection of the series on the previous films. The team of authors Stuart Beattie, Joby Harold, Andrew Stanton and Hossein Amini really did some things right and were able to save it. Let’s look at these reflections in part 6.
There’s the opening scene, of course, with a Star Destroyer chasing the Rebel ship – I’m sure any “Star Wars” fan would have thought directly of the opening scene of the film Episode IV. Then it’s straight on to the episode’s parallel plot to the actual main storyline (the fight between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan) – Reva goes in search of Luke. Of course, this only comes about because of the really badly constructed template from Part 5 – but anyway, it was probably there to save the Reva storyline in Part 6. Still, there are a few good moments here – when Owen and Beru defend Luke (and their home) from the overpowered but injured Reva. And there’s Luke, who’s finally allowed to say something. Not much, but at least that was important: “I’m not afraid”. A phrase Luke says to Yoda in Episode V. In both cases, of course, it’s not true – or as Yoda would say: “Yes, you’ll be scared.” Unfortunately, the storyline then ends relatively inglorious for everyone involved: The later rebel hero rumbles down from a ledge and remains unconscious. Reva’s inner struggle was to be expected and well staged, but told in an uninspired way. I definitely think more could have been made of Reva. There have been rumors that Reva will have its own spin-off, but I can’t really believe that.
Let’s get back to the reflections – and thus to the central element of the episode: the juxtaposition of Darth Vader and Obi-Wan. Darth Vader gives chase to Obi-Wan’s ship, then orders his shuttle ready because he “has to face him alone” – as Luke later puts it in the movies when he has to face Vader alone. Later, Obi-Wan tells Anakin that he will do what he must – a reference to Episode III and the start of a really well-crafted fight between Master Kenobi and his one-time apprentice. I like the aggressive and boisterous nature of Darth Vader here, who has even more Anakin in him than later in the original trilogy. And we recognize that
old young Obi-Wan Kenobi from Episodes I – III and The Clone Wars when he fights with Darth Vader, cue Soresu lightsaber pose.
I also found it well told how Obi-Wan finally regains his power. It’s the memories of his padawan that come to mind as he’s buried under the rocks. Return of the Jedi then leads into a true show of force, ending in the near annihilation of Darth Vader. For Obi-Wan to hit back like this and for Anakin to have such an ending was really surprising and arguably the strongest moment of the series. In addition, Deborah Chow was able to direct both the fight scene and this personal moment between Anakin and Obi-Wan extremely well.
The destroyed “armor” of Darth Vader with the presumed origin of the head injury that we see at the end of Episode VI with Vader without a mask, the alternating voice between Darth Vader and Anakin, the marked Anakin, again left behind by Obi-Wan, who is extremely moved by this moment himself – that was something. Also, there’s the resolution to why Obi-Wan told Luke in Episode IV that Darth Vader killed Luke’s father. That’s what Vader claims in the dialogue with Obi-Wan himself. Nice side note that Anakin says Master to Obi-Wan again, and Obi-Wan says Darth to Anakin for the first time at the end.
That’s not the end of Darth Vader, of course – we’ll see him later in the animated series and in the three original films. The series then leads Darth Vader once again to the dark side of power – including the imperial music theme. And the Emperor himself is involved, appearing as a hologram at the end and questioning Vader’s feelings for Obi-Wan – just as he does regarding Vader’s feelings for Luke in Episode VI. The Emperor stops Vader from chasing Obi-Wan any further, which also explains why Obi-Wan will be living on Tatooine for the foreseeable future.
There he actually meets Luke again at the end, gives him the toy from episode 1 – and finally, finally meets his master Qui-Gon Jinn, who briefly points out to him that he just couldn’t see him until now because he couldn’t had been ready. In principle, it’s also a good template for season 2, which could possibly also be based more on the Marvel comics about Obi-Wan – after all, he wore the outfit from the comics in the final scene.
The connection between the two contacts of Leia and Obi-Wan is also closed – Leia is back with the Organas, and Obi-Wan offers her to turn to him anytime she needs the help of an “old man” again. needed. We know how that turns out.
And so, a forgiving final episode closes this season of Obi-Wan kenobi, which has certainly underperformed at some points. However, part 6 makes up for a lot, and if you then actually get through to a 2nd season (which Ewan McGregor already wishes for in various interviews), then please just let Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau get to the topic – then it should be that good will be like part 6. At least.