*WARNING* THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR OBI-WAN KENOBI EPISODE SIX
You wouldn’t want the Grand Inquisitor coming back to hunt you down all over again, so make sure to watch Obi-Wan Kenobi episode six before reading!
It’s not an easy task to follow up an episode like we had with episode five of Obi-Wan Kenobi. While that episode was absolute perfection on so many levels when it comes to Star Wars, this episode was a bit disjointed. it had to wrap up the story of this excellent series of television while keeping in line with A New Hope. It didn’t break any of the canon (sorry whiny man-babies), and we got the rematch of the galaxy between a now fully powered Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. Was it perfect? No. Did it need to be? Also, no.
We got a satisfying conclusion to a hugely anticipated series. Of all the most recent Star Wars properties, Obi-Wan Kenobi was either the number one or tied with something like The Mandalorian season two in hype. Ewan McGregor coming back to play one of the most famous characters in all of film was something to celebrate. Bringing back Hayden Christensen as Anakin/Vader only added to the hype. It was reaching a fever pitch and like all good things, we had to wait. We got western themes, hard sci-fi themes, mystery, espionage, emotion, and even some babysitting. All of that coalesced into what we got from Deborah Chow and Joby Harold.
This finale followed a lot of other finales, not quite overtaking the penultimate episode, but offering more than enough for a satisfying end to the series. We got some more time with Luke and Leia and added some much-needed change to Reva for the better. Of course, the surprise and what everyone is going to talk about, is Qui-Gon making his long-awaited return to Star Wars as well.
Lucasfilm, Please Don’t Make A Season Two
I absolutely loved Obi-Wan Kenobi. I loved every minute of it. It was an emotional ride through nostalgia but added more depth to the characters we know and love. However, this series feels very tied up. It has to get to A New Hope somehow, and adding more to this would cheapen what we got. Unless they’re going to adapt something like what happened in Star Wars: Rebels, there’s not much more meat on this Obi-Wan Kenobi bone.
What could they do to top this? It would be an insurmountable task. Obi-Wan grew and changed through this series. He went from lowly former Jedi all the way to the man that we grew up with and loved from A New Hope. If the prequels were Anakin Skywalker’s story, but really should have been Obi-Wan’s story, then this makes up for that. We don’t need to see more from the character, as much as we all love Obi-Wan.
There’s no need for a Young Luke/Leia spinoff series, or an Owen Lars western-style series, we don’t need it. Reva getting some sort of spinoff or arc could be interesting, but we didn’t see where she went after her conversation with Obi-Wan. That might be best unexplained.
As for all of the fan-service moments in this one, I know people are going to complain. Here’s what I say to that:
Shut up. No one cares that you want to complain about fan service. If you didn’t pop for Obi-Wan doing his trademark stance, saying “hello there”, Qui-Gon, Anakin and Obi-Wan dueling, or any of the other small moments that made long-time fans jump with joy, shut up. Let people enjoy things, just like we all enjoyed Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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