Obi-Wan Kenobi Deepens into Anakin Skywalker’s Star Wars Tragedy – The Hollywood Reporter

[This story contains spoilers for the series finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi.]

The emotional stakes of Obi wan Kenobi were huge – even though much of the outcome was already known.

All over Disney+ Star Wars miniseries, it’s not the threat of life and death that sets viewers’ hearts racing, but the journey to better understand the deeply broken relationship between the master, Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor), and his padawan, Anakin Skywalker-turned-Darth Vader. . (Hayden Christensen). AND Obi wan Kenobi gives much more information about Anakin’s tragic existence.

With the release of George Lucas’ original trilogy, Star Wars chronicles the journey of Luke Skywalker’s classic hero, a young man who embarks on a quest to save not only the galaxy, but also his father, from the evils of the Dark Side. It wasn’t until the release of the prequel trilogy 16 years later that fans learned to Star Wars saga was not just about Luke, but actually a larger, interconnected story about the rise, fall and redemption of Darth Vader.

In just six episodes, Obi wan Kenobi adds more fuel to the endless fire of Star Wars narrative as it delves deeper into the tragic endings of Anakin’s arc. As the series follows Obi-Wan on his journey to release the remnants of guilt and trauma from the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sithpaints an even more desperate portrait of Anakin himself – the Chosen One turned ruthlessly evil man-machine.

One moment in particular comes to mind, brought about by the fan-anticipated flashback scene in “Part V”. It’s a brief sequel that serves an even greater purpose, as viewers are treated to a training duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin, set before Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

Throughout the flashback, it becomes clear that despite Anakin’s talent and power, his master always seems to be one step ahead. This feeling is paralleled throughout the fifth episode, as Obi-Wan once again gets over Vader, who can’t seem to get over his impatience.

Think of two conversations between Anakin and his future wife Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) in Attack of the Clones. In the film’s first act, and also later, after Anakin vengefully kills a camp of Tusken Raiders, the padawan expresses frustration with Kenobi, calling his master “overly critical” and misunderstanding.

“I’m really ahead of him,” a young Anakin tells Padmé. “I’m ready for the tests, but he thinks I’m too unpredictable. He won’t let me move on.”

If fans wondered how exactly Obi-Wan was “holding [Anakin] back”, is clearer now from the Obi wan Kenobi flashback. Except from an outsider’s point of view, Obi-Wan is wise in his decision to delay Anakin’s rise through the ranks. Anakin It is reckless, aggressive and very self-assured. Like his master, Kenobi sees this – not yet realizing it will lead the young Skywalker to the Dark Side, but as an obstacle in his Jedi development.

“You are a great warrior, Anakin, but your need to prove yourself is your undoing. Until you get over it, a padawan you still will be,” an aging McGregor tells Christensen as a young Anakin in Obi wan Kenobi.

It’s these personal shortcomings that never allow Anakin to truly defeat Obi-Wan. With this context in mind, “Part V” further reframes the pair’s final showdown in A new hope, in which Vader takes down his master once and for all. One step ahead to the end, Obi-Wan clearly lets the Sith Lord win. In keeping with Lucas’ affinity for overarching themes that continually arise throughout each of the films, it will always be Anakin’s destiny to stay with Obi-Wan, until he is able to finally redeem himself and return to the Light.

In “Part VI,” the series finale battle between Obi-Wan and Vader strikes a more emotional chord, as fans see Anakin fully transformed into Vader, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

“I failed you, Anakin,” Obi-Wan told Anakin in Revenge of the Sith. And it’s that guilt – this feeling that he created a monster – that Obi-Wan has carried around ever since. As seen in the first few episodes of the limited series, the hidden Jedi carries the weight of the galaxy on his shoulders, feeling responsible for not only losing Anakin, but the downfall of the Jedi Order and the Republic as a whole.

And as intended, it’s heartbreaking to see the emotion in Obi-Wan’s eyes as he tells Anakin what he’s been holding back for 10 years: “I’m sorry,” he says, finally able to see his padawan’s face beneath him. Vader’s helmet. In a voice that is an amalgamation of both the suit and Christensen, Vader delivers the lines Obi-Wan finally needed to hear to rid himself of his guilt.

“I’m not your failure, Obi-Wan,” says Vader. “You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. I did.” With that closure, Obi-Wan is able to walk away from the encounter, recognizing his old friend as “Darth” and letting go of his attachment to Anakin. And while it’s a triumphant moment for Obi-Wan, it’s yet another one. Tragic time for Anakin. Trapped inside Vader’s suit, he’s lost everything – his old life, his body, his wife, his friends, and his children. Now, he’s even lost Obi-Wan.

It’s these moments in the show that bring the characters of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader even closer together. While we normally see them as two separate beings (with 20 years passed between Episodes III and 4), the limited series gives a better look at the man – or what’s left of him – in the suit.

As Padmé says in her last words to Obi-Wan: “There’s something good about him.” And while Darth Vader may not realize it just yet, the public is well aware that Anakin is still buried somewhere deep inside the monster.

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