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The final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi has finally arrived. So far, the series has been fantastic. Obi-Wan Kenobi has certainly proved to be some of the best work Disney has done to date for Star Wars. Tonight’s finale was no different. In what could be his final performance as Ben, Ewan McGregor, as always, delivered a fantastic performance.
As the episode began I feared we would be running into a trap I feel has had multiple negative consequences past Star Wars media, the slow chase. I’ve never been a fan of the bad guys slowly chasing our heroes through space and luckily the series didn’t put us through that. Seeing Roken and the rest of this early band of Rebels escape gave the series a bigger impact on the main story than I previously thought it would.
The interactions between Leia and Old Ben in this series were top-tier. I was nervous we’d trend down a Mandalorian path and it would just be a constant feeling of needing to rescue the cub. Now having this backstory of the two’s adventures together I think will only improve future viewings of A New Hope.
The one aspect of this episode I did not care for was Reva’s chase of Luke. In the end, I believed it didn’t do anything to further her character. Even with her breakdown and talk with Ben at the end, it didn’t feel impactful. It probably should have been left out for a larger focus on Kenobi and Vader. Her ending should have been in last week’s episode. It’s truly a shame Reva wasn’t fleshed out more in the series. Her character had serious potential and that is one thing I believed this series missed on.
Let’s get to why you’re all here though. The big one. Vader vs Kenobi, their epic clash. This battle was everything I thought it would be and more. I expected the epic fighting but I was not convinced there would be that level of emotion. Seeing Vader at the height of his power battle a dishevelled old Ben Kenobi should have been an easy win for the Dark Lord. While Vader’s immense power was showcased, seeing Obi-Wan once again school his former Padawan felt earned. Obi-Wan is the master and Anakin will forever remain his apprentice.
While I should have seen the emotion in the fight coming, I just couldn’t. I thought Vader was too far gone. The connection the two had felt deep and real. Obi-Wan finally formally confronting his apprentice gave us some great emotional moments. While of course the “I killed Anakin” stuff was a retread, having that not be their only conversation was nice. The actual conversation the two had was much better than when Vader encountered his former apprentice, Ashoka. Of course, when these two sassy bitches got together again they echoed their lines from Revenge of The Sith.
I can say I was shocked by the Qui-Jon reveal. To be honest, I didn’t think they’d actually do it considering previous canon explanations. Hopefully, he’ll bring up Obi-Wan promising to “end this” and then once again leaving Vader alive.
There is so much more that could be said about the series as a whole. Too much to be covered in just this review. I’m glad this series happened. My initial scepticism was wrong. Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the best pieces of Star Wars media we’ve ever received. Deborah Chow and Ewan McGregor knocked it out of the park with this one. –Collin Stetzner.
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