Obi-Wan Kenobi, review of the sixth and final episode: what remains?

The review of the final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi (1×06), which closes the story of the relationship between the Jedi Knight and his old disciple.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: A striking image from the series

Here we are at the terminus: with the review of the sixth episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi we take our leave (for now, because of course there is already talk of a possible second season) from Ewan McGregor and his return as the Jedi Knight who made him an international star more than two decades ago. A return that half convinced, due to a structure that highlighted how much this was a film project turned into serial history for streaming and some unfortunate choices on a technical level (the decision to recreate the voice of Darth Vader artificially, a Italian dubbing suffering from real adaptation errors, subsequently corrected), before arriving at the two final episodes which are the real narrative and emotional fulcrum of an operation that has highlighted the fragility of a franchise that in recent times, instead of looking at the future, he found himself more and more prisoner of a petty nostalgia.

The rematch

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Obi-Wan Kenobi: a still photo from the third episode

We have left the protagonists of Obi-Wan Kenobi in a double trouble: on the one hand, Darth Vader is chasing Kenobi and through him he could damage Leia, albeit indirectly; on the other hand, Reva accidentally discovered that Luke Skywalker is Anakin’s son, and is therefore headed to Tatooine to deal with a painful past and the trauma of the death of her fellow Jedi apprentices, exterminated by Anakin / Vader during the massacre of Order 66. Somehow, Ben will have to intervene on both fronts, and perhaps finally come to accept the truth that he has always denied, despite Yoda having warned him ten years earlier: “Disappeared, your disciple is. Consumed by Darth Vader.“Phrases that Obi-Wan has always put aside, refusing to call his friend with his new title. For him he has always remained Anakin, but is he really still like this? Another duel, this time with the two fighters more or less au pair, will provide the answers on the matter.

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“I’ll do what I have to”

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Ewan McGregor in a sequence of the movie Star Wars ep. III – Revenge of the Sith

So said Obi-Wan to Anakin in Star Wars ep. III – Revenge of the Sith, before their dramatic duel on Mustafar. He repeats it here, on the occasion of the revenge that his disciple claims to reiterate what was obvious to everyone: “Anakin Skywalker is gone. I am what remains.“A statement that emerges from Vader’s mouth with all the anger that was in Hayden Christensen’s performance already in 2005, and that here has found its final form in what is the most successful and poignant interaction between him and Ewan McGregor. The latter, the main engine of the project since he was contacted by Lucasfilm to ensure that his answers to questions about a Kenobi return were sincere, plays his character with greater physical and acting maturity, and was the most compelling reason to follow the story through these six episodes, with what is his best performance as Obi-Wan.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Ewan McGregor in a scene from the Disney + series

But is this enough to justify an entire miniseries, net of the artistic outcome of the two final chapters? Because in the light of a writing that has lengthened, and not a little, the broth to arrive at an episodic structure in six parts (with the fourth that more than all the others knew of filler to get to the parameters dictated in the production the impression that the strong moments could be reunited in a film or, if it was really necessary to flesh out the catalog of original Disney + productions, a miniseries with a shorter duration, ever stronger. Because by dint of postponing what was the raison d’être of the project (Obi-Wan and Anakin face to face again, in the past and in the present) Lucasfilm made the same mistake that Netflix used to make until a few years ago. : commission a number of episodes incompatible with the actual amount of meat on the fire. And consequently, what remains? A nice ending (sufficiently open to justify a second year, with not indifferent premises) which, however, does not cancel the lack of dramatic force (or should we say Forza?) For almost two thirds of the duration of the operation. Because it is not enough to return to the galaxy far, far away to ensure great fun. A lesson that in theory Lucasfilm itself had already learned the first few times that McGregor and Christensen worked together.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: The real special effect is Ewan McGregor’s face

Conclusions

Having reached the end of the review of the sixth episode Obi-Wan Kenobi, we are satisfied with an ending that keeps its promises, while not fully compensating for the writing weaknesses of the series in general.

Because we like it

  • Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen are as perfect together as they were in 2005.
  • The references to the mythology of the franchise are integrated in a coherent way.
  • The farewell image is powerful in its simplicity.

What’s wrong

  • The impression remains that it didn’t take six hours to get to this point.

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