You may basically say that’s a really lengthy Star Wars film; 2017’s Star Wars: The Final Jedi being the longest at 2 hours and 32 minutes.
Sure, palms down, this was a considerably improved sequence in comparison with The E book of Boba Fett, which had all its mojo stolen by The Mandalorian, dwelling in that sequence’ shadow. And there have been some intriguing parts occurring right here within the franchise put up 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith.
However total, was Obi-Wan Kenobi adequate? How did it elevate the Star Wars canon? Half of the time it wasn’t doing that, and half of the time it was.
The early swashbuckling days of little Princess Leia Organa was fairly charming, nonetheless, how lame is it that she turns into the princess who’s regularly kidnapped by the Imperials? Certainly, she will’t get kidnapped once more earlier than she’s taken hostage by Darth Vader and her planet Alderaan blown to bits. If Lucasfilm has that within the playing cards down the street, does Princess Leia fall in love along with her Imperial captors ala Patty Hearst?
Nevertheless, the fixed threat for Disney and Lucasfilm in increasing the basic character backstories of the Star Wars universe is that franchise architect George Lucas, no less than on display screen, didn’t go to the effectively usually sufficient not like Star Trek which was relentlessly tapped since its onset.
For many years, Star Wars followers have been caught of their inflexible ideology of what works, doesn’t work and stays correct, in a universe that has a whole lot of clean holes. When Disney begins to fill these gaps, say with the backstory of Han Solo or Obi-Wan, it requires a really regular hand, and it’s an unattainable activity to make everybody pleased.
The one upside right here for Disney is that any shortfall of success in a Star Wars TV sequence, i.e. low viewership, will be hidden, versus the general public scrutiny of a field workplace upset (Han Solo: A Star Wars Story displeased the lots and wound up because the lowest grossing movie within the franchise with $213.7M home, $392.9M WW).
So what tried to maneuver the needle ahead right here in Star Wars lore within the Obi-Wan Kenobi season finale? Darth Vader was somewhat one-note obsessed in chasing down his outdated grasp for nothing greater than revenge whereas in Empire Strikes Again his pursuit of Luke was the mere incontrovertible fact that it’s his long-lost son. Was Darth indignant that Obi-Wan break up his physique in two again in Revenge of the Sith? Or is it nearly good and evil? Or the taxation of commerce routes? What was the purpose of seeing Darth Vader and Obi-Wan combat once more in a lightsaber battle –the aorta of the finale– that sees the latter buried momentarily beneath a pile of boulders? I might say the arc right here in Obi-Wan Kenobi is that this outdated Jedi regaining his energy after hiding out within the desert throughout an Imperial Jedi purge. Ben damages Darth Vader once more, slaying his helmet and breaking the management field on his chest. Ben sees Anakin’s face, and calls out his title, and apologizes. “You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker,” Darth Vader booms, “I did.” After which in a play on a line from Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, Obi-Wan responds, “Then my good friend is actually useless.” Effectively, duh. We knew that each one alongside.
However what now for Obi-Wan? It’s again to being a hermit in a Tatooine desert cave till the occasions of the 1977 movie happen.
We had a way on the finish of episode 5 that Imperial Inquisitor Reva would survive when she reached for that comlink, thus studying the whereabout of Luke. She was clearly headed again to Tatooine to nab the child. Seeing Uncle Owen with a laser rifle taking pictures after the Third Sister was a bit a lot: He’s a farmer, not a fighter, and has had no enterprise in preventing evil area folks. After we first meet Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru within the 1977 movie, they’re peaceable of us in the midst of nowhere. They’re massacred by stormtroopers. Now Owen in his early days has the cajones to tackle a darkish Jedi with a blaster. Go determine.
What’s redeeming right here in Reva is her transformation to the sunshine facet. She’s moved sufficient as she approaches younger Luke within the Tatooine rocks, to see herself when she was victimized throughout Order 66. That’s when Anakin and the clone troopers raided the Jedi Temple and killed the younglings; little Reva’s life spared as a result of she performed useless as we noticed in flashbacks on the present. Reva carries Luke’s physique again to Obi-Wan. “You haven’t failed them by selecting mercy,” Obi-Wan tells her. She throws her saber within the sand. “Now you’re free,” Obi-Wan says. It’s a pleasant second. Usually when darkish Jedis have turned to the sunshine facet, i.e. Vader and Kylo Ren, it’s moments earlier than their deaths. In the event that they preserve Obi-Wan Kenobi going, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how Reva lives within the gentle and her battle to maintain up with that.
Two massive cameos within the episode are Ian McDiarmid’s the Emperor and Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn power visitor. The latter is a however a blip on the finish, and one thing followers had been dying to see for fairly a while. “Come on,” Qui-Gon tells Obi-Wan as he walks together with him within the desert. “We’ve acquired a protracted strategy to go.” The place had been you Qui-Gon Jinn earlier within the present? You may have been Obi-Wan’s solely hope.
Nice to see the Emperor, however what did his dialog with Darth Vader on Mustafar accomplish? “You appear agitated,” the Emperor teases Vader, as if the cyborg man nonetheless has emotions for Obi-Wan. “Kenobi means nothing,” Vader retorts.
Leia is in fact again along with her adopted mother and father, donning Tala’s holster (given to her by Obi-Wan earlier within the finale) and sporting sharp brown battle boots. It’s a junior variation of the Princess Lea from the unique trilogy. She’s acquired a whole lot of spunk after her newest adventures with Obi-Wan, however we all know she’ll get captured once more.
However sadly, Lucasfilm winds up re-writing Star Wars legend ultimately. The 1977 movie left the impression that it was the primary time Leia had an encounter with the enigmatic Obi Wan. We had zero clue that she was galivanting with him across the universe as a baby.
Ditto for Obi-Wan’s encounter with Luke, which happens on the finish of the season finale. Owen provides the go-head for the outdated Jedi to lastly introduce himself to the boy. The sequence spent all the season making certain that Obi-Wan and Luke would by no means meet in being trustworthy to Episode IV; he would solely look over the boy’s welfare from a distance within the desert. Till now after Ben provides Luke a toy T-16 skyhopper which we see his older model within the first Lucas-directed film play with.
True, the interplay opens up extra alternatives for Obi-Wan and younger Luke to go on adventures in season 2, ought to that happen. However why mess with the unique Star Wars commandments? It’s extra intelligent to put in writing across the guidelines.
Certainly, Obi-Wan had extra necessary things to do within the desert earlier than coming into the a lot older Luke’s life.