SPOILER WARNING: This post contains details about the Season 1 finale of Disney+/Lucasfilm Obi Wan Kenobi.
Disney+/Lucasfilm’s season finale Obi-Wan Kenobi completed its six-episode arc for a total of 4 hours 40 minutes since its May 27 debut.
You can basically say it’s really long Star Wars film; year 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi maximum 2 hours 32 minutes.
Yes, that’s right, it’s a much better series compared to Boba Fett book, whose all mojos were stolen by Mandalorian, live in the shadow of that series. And there are some interesting elements going on here in the post-2005 franchise Star Wars: Episode III – Sith Revenge.
But overall, is Obi-Wan Kenobi pretty good? How does it improve Star Wars canon? Half of the time it doesn’t do that, and half of the time it does.
The early days of the adventurous little princess Leia Organa were quite captivating, even though how bad could she be being the princess who was constantly kidnapped by the Empire? Of course, he couldn’t be kidnapped again until he was held hostage by Darth Vader and his planet Alderaan was blown to pieces. If Lucasfilm had that plan, would Princess Leia fall in love with her Imperial kidnapper a la Patty Hearst?
Constant risk for Disney and Lucasfilm in expanding the backdrop of classic characters from Star Wars universe is the architect of the franchise George Lucas, on screen at least, doesn’t go down the well often enough, unlike star journey, which had been bugged relentlessly since its inception.
For decades, Star Wars fans have been stuck in their rigid ideology of what works, doesn’t, and is appropriate in a universe that has lots of black holes. When Disney starts filling that gap, say with a Han Solo or Obi-Wan backdrop, it takes a steady hand, and it’s an impossible task to keep everyone happy.
What annoys fans the most? When the canon is damaged or forged with (i.e., “Han is shot first”), and Obi-Wan Kenobi did bear some guilt in that. More on that later.
The only advantage here for Disney is that any lack of success in Star Wars TV series, that is, low viewership, can be hidden, especially compared to the public spotlight on box office disappointment (Han Solo: The Star Wars Story disappointed the masses and ended up as the lowest-grossing film in the franchise with $213.7 million domestically, $392.9 million worldwide).
So what’s trying to move the needle forward here Star Wars knowledge in Obi-Wan Kenobi last season? Darth Vader is somewhat obsessed with one note in pursuing his old master for nothing more than revenge, whereas in Empire Strikes Back her pursuit of Luke is simply the fact that he is her long lost son. Is Darth angry that Obi-Wan split his body into two parts? Sith’s Revenge? Or is it just about good and evil? Or trade route taxation? What’s the point of seeing Darth Vader and Obi-Wan fight again in a lightsaber battle – the last aorta – that sees the latter buried momentarily beneath a boulder? I will say bow here Obi-Wan Kenobi did this old Jedi regain his strength after hiding in the desert during the Imperial Jedi purge. Ben damages Darth Vader again, killing his helmet and breaking the control box in his chest. Ben saw Anakin’s face, and called his name, and apologized. “You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker,” thundered Darth Vader. “Yes.” And then in the drama in the line from Luke Skywalker in return of the Jedi, Obi-Wan replied, “Then my friend is really dead.” Well, duh. We knew that all along.
But what now for Obi-Wan? Back to being a hermit in the desert cave of Tatooine until the events of the 1977 film happened.
We have a feeling at the end of episode 5 that Imperial Inquisitor Reva will survive when he grabs the comlink, thus knowing Luke’s whereabouts. He was clearly heading back to Tatooine to catch the kid. Seeing Uncle Owen with a laser gun shooting after Third Brother was a bit of an exaggeration; he’s a farmer, not a warrior, and has no business fighting evil extraterrestrials. When we first meet Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in the 1977 film, they are peaceful people in the middle of nowhere. They were massacred by stormtroopers. Now Owen in his early days has cajones to take out the dark Jedi with the blaster. Go.
What’s redeeming here at Reva is her transformation to the bright side. He was quite moved when he approached young Luke on the rocks of Tatooine to see himself as he fell victim during Order 66. It was then that Anakin and his army of clones stormed the Jedi Temple and killed the young children; Little Reva’s life was saved because she pretended to be dead as we saw in flashbacks on the show. Reva brings Luke’s body back to Obi-Wan. “You didn’t disappoint them by choosing mercy,” Obi-Wan told him. He threw his sword in the sand. “Now you are free,” said Obi-Wan. It’s a good moment. Usually when the dark Jedi have switched to the light side, namely, Vader and Kylo Ren, it is sometime before their death. If they stay Obi-Wan Kenobi away, it will be interesting to see how Reva lives in the light and struggles to keep up with it.
The two cameos in this episode are Emperor Ian McDiarmid and Qui-Gon Jinn power guest Liam Neeson. The latter is just a blip at the end, and something fans have been dying to see for some time. “Come on,” Qui-Gon told Obi-Wan as he walked with him in the desert. “We still have a long way to go.” Where were you Qui-Gon Jinn at the start of the show? You can be Obi-Wan’s only hope.
Nice to meet the Emperor, but what did his conversation with Darth Vader in Mustafar accomplish? “You seem restless,” the Emperor teased Vader, as if the cyborg man still had feelings for Obi-Wan. “Kenobi means nothing,” Vader replied.
Leia of course returns with her adoptive parents, wearing the Tala scabbard (given to her by Obi-Wan earlier in the finals) and wearing brown war boots. It is a junior variation of Princess Lea from the original trilogy. He had a lot of courage after his last adventure with Obi-Wan, but we knew he would be caught again.
But sadly, Lucasfilm ended up rewriting it Star Wars legend in the end. The 1977 film left the impression that it was the first time Leia met the enigmatic Obi Wan. We had absolutely no idea that she roamed with him in the universe as a child.
Ditto for Obi-Wan’s encounter with Luke, which happened at the end of the season. Owen gives the green light for the old Jedi to finally introduce himself to the boy. The series spent an entire season making sure that Obi-Wan and Luke would never meet to be loyal Episode IV; he would only watch the boy’s welfare from a distance in the desert. Until now, after Ben gave Luke a T-16 skyhopper toy — the toy we saw Luke pick up in the Lucas-directed film.
True, those interactions open up more opportunities for young Obi-Wan and Luke to adventure in Season 2, if that happens. But why mess with the original Star Wars order? It’s smarter to write about the rules.
Of course, Obi-Wan has more important things to do in the desert before entering the life of a much older Luke.