“Obi-Wan Kenobi told an incredible tale without breaking canon, and I must commend Deborah Chow profusely for that,” says Max in his review
They say that all good things must come to an end, and sadly that is the case with Obi-Wan Kenobi. I have adored this series from the very beginning and was expecting something not short of spectacular to wrap it up. What we got was a little bit of a disappointment. But only because the bar was so high. The finale had many components that made it quite a fun end to a great adventure. Yet I found myself wanting a bit more. I confess that I wanted some ground-shattering event that would change my perspective of Star Wars as I knew it. Without breaking canon of course! And I wonder if perhaps the finale was lukewarm because of this very edict that they did not want to break.
Anyway, let us break down the components of the episode. It begins with Obi-Wan and the Path fleeing from an Imperial Star Destroyer helmed by Darth Vader. The graphics for the Star Destroyer are simply stunning and it employs a mixture of old-fashioned classic models with computer-generated imagery. Gorgeous. Obi-Wan quickly decides to split from the group to lure Vader away while Roken can get the hyperdrive online.
Vader is so determined to kill his former Master, that he lets the Path go. Even though the Grand Inquisitor urges him not to. Vader is dying to finally confront his former Master in a true duel of the fates and will not let anything stand in his way. Obi-Wan’s short-range fighter flies to a rocky, seemingly uninhabited planet. And not being Mustafar may have been a blessing in disguise. Returning to the volcano world may have been a bit cheesy. And the terrain certainly opens up a lot more possibilities for Force aided attacks.
Obi-Wan and Vader’s duel is extremely well choreographed. Anakin can no longer do the acrobatic, aerial jumps pre-suit and must rely on clunky chops and heavy movements. Obi-Wan has regained his strength, yet also is not 100% and it seems evenly matched. I got chills when Obi-Wan said “I will do what I must” echoing the very line that preceded the first duel a decade prior. And many Obi-Wan quotes throwback to the other movies.
I really really love how Obi-Wan accepts that his friend is dead and that he is fighting not Anakin but a Darth. It’s sad, poignant, and powerful all at the same time.
DEFENDING A NEW HOPE
The B plot is also very interesting. And we see just how devoted Owen and Beru Lars are to Luke, as they truly love him as their own. I was very impressed at how tough these two moisture farmers are in a fight. And was surprised that they were able to fend off Reva, albeit she has been considerably weakened. We finally get to hear young Luke speak and I must say the casting is very well done. He truly looks like the man he will one day grow into. Reva’s arc was wrapped up very nicely, and there is a lot of potential for her in the future. All the loose ends were tied, and while it may not be what I craved for, it delivered in the small ways that add up to a truly spectacular story.
2 appearances made my skin tingle as they are two predictions of mine come true. However, many questions remain. The crazy wizard old Ben has moved on. And aside from an incident with a very violent Wookiee bounty hunter, Obi-Wan keeps his distance from Luke. Especially as Owen’s patience, while restored due to his mutual understanding with Kenobi, does not last.
Yet, the show did its job. It told an incredible tale without breaking canon, and I must commend Deborah Chow profusely for that. Thinking about it, when Luke rescues his sister on the Death Star 9 years later and her worried yell of “Ben Kenobi” actually fits better than anyone in 1977 could have possibly imagined. I enjoyed this limited serial and hope that Disney continues to churn out content as dynamic yet rule-abiding as this.
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is streaming exclusively on Disney Plus now.
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!