Warning! Spoilers in advance for episode 6 of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The six-episode run of Obi-Wan Kenobi hasn’t quite been a residence run. There have been a great deal of issues to appreciate in this sequence, like Vivien Lyra Blair’s pitch-fantastic functionality as a 10-yr-previous Leia Organa, but also some drawbacks, like the recurring trope of characters acquiring stabbed in the belly and surviving. But, in general, director Deborah Chow and co. have done a excellent job of filling in a hole in Obi-Wan’s historical past. In the finale, now streaming on Disney+, Chow sticks the landing with a thrilling summary that pulls all the storylines with each other.
Like each and every other episode to date, the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale reveals the largest problem with prequels. Correct off the bat, the audience appreciates who’s heading to endure. Obi-Wan’s sacrifice has no spectacular weight and Reva’s assault on Luke has no pressure, since their endings have presently been identified. Star Wars enthusiasts know they’ll be fantastic, no matter what.
From the starting, Obi-Wan Kenobi has managed a difficult tonal harmony. The collection explores a a lot more grizzled incarnation of its title character, but it also has Star Wars’ signature cuteness in spades. In the finale more than ever, Chow correctly balances the gentle with the dark. Obi-Wan’s brutal showdown with Vader is one particular of the show’s darkest sequences, but the episode also has some genuinely sweet times that tug on the heartstrings. Leia offers LOLA to Obi-Wan so he won’t be frightened. As he sees flashes of Luke participating in pilot on the farm and Leia keeping his hand on the Path’s getaway ship, Obi-Wan is encouraged by his perseverance to hold the Skywalker twins safe to rise from the pit where by Vader has trapped him.
Ewan McGregor continues to knock it out of the park with a lead overall performance that combines Kenobi’s acquainted heat and humor with the depth and nuance of a traumatized war veteran staying compelled to deal with his worst fears. Moses Ingram finally gets some more powerful material to perform with and nails Reva’s breakdown following recognizing she’s turn out to be what she hated. O’Shea Jackson, Jr.’s Roken is no for a longer period relegated to just offering exposition he will get his individual “We don’t trade lives” instant as the Path flees from the Empire. Joel Edgerton delivers his normal pathos to Uncle Owen, even though Bonnie Piesse emerges as a remarkably badass Aunt Beru who’s completely ready to take on an Inquisitor by itself to safeguard her adopted son.
Chow incorporates all the lover service that audiences could inquire for in the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale, and it is effective wonderfully simply because it’s never at the price of tale. The meme quotes in The Rise of Skywalker and No Way Household felt forced, but Obi-Wan Kenobi’s use of prequel memes like “I will do what I must” and “Hello there” never truly feel like compelled nostalgia-baiting at all they fit wonderfully in the context of the scenes they are in. Obi-Wan makes use of the previous line to, as soon as all over again, alert Vader of his intentions, and he takes advantage of the latter line to introduce himself to Luke.
Like some episodes of Moon Knight, “Part VI” of Obi-Wan Kenobi is let down by some gloomy compositions. Reva arrives at the Lars homestead in the center of the night time. Most of the time, it is way too dim to notify what’s going on. Obi-Wan and Vader’s rematch is as intense as followers experienced hoped, but it normally takes spot on a dreary earth whole of major rocks. This is nowhere near as visually interesting or thematically related as the backdrop of their very last major showdown, the volcanic landscapes of Mustafar.
The storytelling in “Part VI” could’ve been spruced up with some twists and turns and interconnectivity. The episode follows two disconnected narrative threads that only appear with each other at the pretty close. There’s no dovetailing Obi-Wan just heads about to the B-plot after resolving the A-plot. But this is a minor gripe. Star Wars has always been described by standard, archetypal mythmaking, and while the series’ plotting may well not be great, the poignant character beats are all there. The end result of the show’s run delivers an huge sense of closure. The series arrives entire circle with Kenobi getting his groove back and Vader contacting off the lookup for his aged learn. Almost everything is back again to ordinary and some certainly significant associations were being forged alongside the way.
From bidding Leia farewell to conference Luke for the initially time, Obi-Wan has lots of emotionally participating moments in this episode. But the most transferring sequence is an incredibly strong scene involving Obi-Wan and Vader at the close of their duel. Obi-Wan smashes as a result of Vader’s mask, letting him to glimpse his fallen apprentice in the eye and hear his true voice as he apologizes for his failure. A identical conversation at the conclude of their Mustafar duel was let down by meme-template dialogue, but below, the tragedy rings a lot more true.