Director: Deborah Chow
Writers: Hossein Amini, Andrew Stanton, and Joby Harold
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Vivian Lyra Blair, Rupert Friend, Kumail Nanjiani, Joel Edgerton, Jimmy Smits, Bonnie Piesse, and James Earl Jones
It feels like the last few weeks have just flown by and Obi-Wan Kenobi is already over. The final episode completes the story, further bridging the gap between the prequel and original Star Wars trilogies. After the events of last week episode Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) separates from the rest of the group to cause a distraction, knowing that Vader (Hayden Christensen) will follow him, and allow the others to escape. At the same time, Reva (Moses Ingram) heads to Tatooine to seek out Owen (Joel Edgerton).
Like last week’s episode, this episode hits the ground running, without wasting any time. It’s one of the quickest paced episodes of all live-action Star Wars so far, and for the most part it doesn’t miss a beat. It makes the entire series feel like a vital addition to the universe and not just a spin-off that’s not really needed. For the most part episode six is split into two, one with the long-awaited true rematch between Obi-Wan and Vader, and the other showing Reva hunting for Owen and eventually Luke to get her revenge. The series ends on a real high with a really satisfying finale.
Watching Obi-Wan fight Vader while being at full power is probably the highlight of the entire series. After spending so much of the series disconnected from the force, and trying to find his strength, Obi-Wan goes all out here. The choreography is brilliant, with some really cool moments in the fight that just look awesome. It’s definitely one of the best fights of the franchise. Sadly, there’s some choppy editing and strange overhead shots that make it feel less fluid than some other duels from the franchise. It would have been so much better to have really long shots, so you don’t feel like you’re missing anything or trying to catch-up with what’s going on. It’s a minor issue, and doesn’t detract that much, but it’s still there. It’s still absolutely awesome to watch.
There’s a moment when the fighting pauses and Vader and Obi-Wan have a moment to talk to each other, and McGregor really shows how good of an actor he is. Seeing him return as Obi-Wan has been really great, and this is by far his strongest performance as the iconic character. Without spoiling anything, as someone who grew up with the prequels, this feels like a perfect addition to Revenge of the Sith.
Shortly after the fight Obi-Wan rushes from one planet to Tatooine and seems to get there in a few minutes, which is a little bit jarring. It doesn’t impact the plot really, but it does stand out as an odd choice, especially as he could have arrived hours later with no change to the story. It’s all made up for in the final ten minutes or so, which gives us some really excellent fan service moments. It is really a joy to watch as a Star Wars fan. There’s nothing quite as good as Mark Hamill returning in the season two finale of The Mandalorian, but it’s close.
Obi-Wan Kenobi has been a really strong Star Wars series. Seeing the characters return and filling in some gaps in their history has been really entertaining. It’s another example that the future of Star Wars, at least for now, is on the small screen.
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