SPOILER ALERT: This post contains details about the season 1 finale of Disney+/Lucasfilm Obi wan Kenobi.
The season finale of Disney+/Lucasfilm’s Obi wan Kenobi ended its six-episode arc in what has been in its entirety 4 hours and 40 minutes since its May 27 premiere.
You could essentially say it’s a long Star Wars movie; 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi the longest being 2 hours and 32 minutes.
Yes, without a doubt, this was a substantially better series compared to The Book of Boba Fett, who had all his mojo stolen by The Mandalorian, living in the shadow of this series. And there were some intriguing elements going on here in the post-2005 franchise. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
But overall it was Obi wan Kenobi good enough? How did you raise the Star Wars canon? Half the time I wasn’t doing it, and half the time I was.
Little Princess Leia Organa’s early swashbuckling days were quite charming, but how stupid is she to become the princess who is continually kidnapped by the Imperials? Certainly, she cannot be kidnapped again before she is taken hostage by Darth Vader and his planet Alderaan blown to pieces. If Lucasfilm has this in the cards in the future, does Princess Leia fall in love with her Imperial captors like Patty Hearst?
Disney and Lucasfilm’s constant risk of expanding the backstories of classic characters from the Star Wars universe is that franchise architect George Lucas, at least on screen, didn’t go to the well often enough, quite the opposite. Star Trek, which has been relentlessly taken advantage of since its inception.
for decades, Star Wars fans got stuck in their rigid ideology of what works, doesn’t work, and is suitable in a universe that has many black holes. When Disney starts to fill in those gaps, say with the backstory of Han Solo or Obi-Wan, it takes a steady hand, and it’s an impossible task to make everyone happy.
What pisses fans off the most? When canon is broken or falsified (i.e. “Han shot first”), and Obi wan Kenobi bears some guilt about it. More on that later.
The only advantage here for Disney is that any deficit of success in a Star Wars TV series, i.e. low ratings, can be hidden, especially compared to the public scrutiny of a box office turn (Han Solo: A Star Wars Story displeased the masses and ended up being the lowest-grossing film in the franchise, with $213.7 million domestically, $392.9 million worldwide).
So what tried to move the needle forward here in Star Wars knowledge in Obi wan Kenobi end of season? Darth Vader was quite obsessed with pursuing his former master for nothing more than revenge, while in empire strikes back her search for Luke was the mere fact that he is her long-lost son. Was Darth mad because Obi-Wan split his body in two back there? Revenge of the Sith? Or is it just about the good and the bad? Or the taxation of trade routes? What was the point of seeing Darth Vader and Obi-Wan fight again in a lightsaber battle – the final aorta – that sees the latter momentarily buried under a pile of rocks? I would say the bow here in Obi wan Kenobi it’s this old Jedi regaining his strength after hiding in the desert during an Imperial Jedi purge. Ben damages Darth Vader again, killing his helmet and breaking the control box in his chest. Ben sees Anakin’s face, calls his name and apologizes. “You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker,” Darth Vader explodes. “I did.” And then in a play in a line from Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, Obi-Wan replies, “So my friend is really dead.” So it is. We knew this all along.
But what now for Obi-Wan? He is back to being a hermit in a cave in the Tatooine desert until the events of the 1977 movie take place.
We had a feeling at the end of Episode 5 that Imperial Inquisitor Reva would survive when she reached this comlink, thus discovering Luke’s whereabouts. She was clearly heading back to Tatooine to get the boy. Seeing Uncle Owen with a laser rifle shooting Third Sister was a bit much; he’s a farmer, not a fighter, and it has nothing to do with fighting the evil of space. When we meet Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in the 1977 movie, they are peaceful people in the middle of nowhere. They are massacred by stormtroopers. Now Owen in his early days has the drawers to take on a dark Jedi with a blaster. Who knows.
What is redeeming here in Reva is her transformation to the light side. She was moved enough when approaching young Luke on the rocks of Tatooine to see herself as she was victimized during Order 66. That’s when Anakin and the clone troopers stormed the Jedi Temple and killed the pups; little Reva’s life was spared because she played dead as we saw in the show’s flashbacks. Reva carries Luke’s body back to Obi-Wan. “You didn’t fail them by choosing mercy,” Obi-Wan tells her. She throws her saber in the sand. “Now you’re free,” Obi-Wan says. It’s a nice moment. Usually when dark Jedi turn to the light side, namely Vader and Kylo Ren, it’s moments before their deaths. if they keep Obi wan Kenobi going, it will be interesting to see how Reva lives in the light and her struggle to keep up with that.
Two big cameos in the episode are Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor and Liam Neeson’s force guest Qui-Gon Jinn. The last one is just a blip at the end, and something fans have been dying to see for some time. “Let’s go,” Qui-Gon tells Obi-Wan as he walks with him in the desert. “We have a long way to go.” Where were you Qui-Gon Jinn at the beginning of the show? You could have been Obi-Wan’s only hope.
Great to see the Emperor, but what did your conversation with Darth Vader on Mustafar accomplish? “You look agitated,” the Emperor teases Vader, as if the cyborg still has feelings for Obi-Wan. “Kenobi means nothing,” Vader retorts.
Leia is back with her foster parents, wearing Tala’s holster (given to her by Obi-Wan at the beginning of the finale) and wearing sharp brown battle boots. She is a junior variation of Princess Lea from the original trilogy. She has a lot of courage after her latest adventures with Obi-Wan, but we know she will be captured again.
But unfortunately, Lucasfilm ends up rewriting Star Wars legend in the end. The 1977 film left the impression that it was Leia’s first encounter with the enigmatic Obi Wan. We had no idea that she was wandering the universe with him as a child.
Ditto for Obi-Wan’s meeting with Luke, which takes place at the end of the season. Owen gives the go-ahead for the old Jedi to finally introduce himself to the boy. The show spent the entire season ensuring that Obi-Wan and Luke never found themselves being faithful to episode IV; he would just watch the boy’s well-being from a distance in the desert. So far, after Ben gives Luke a T-16 toy Skyhopper – the toy we see Luke pick up in the Lucas-directed movie.
It’s true that the interaction opens up more opportunities for Obi-Wan and young Luke to venture into season two, should it ever occur. But why mess with the original Star Wars commandments? It’s smarter to write around the rules.
Certainly, Obi-Wan had more important things to do in the desert before he came into the much older Luke’s life.