‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ brings him home with a fantastic series finale

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The season, possibly series finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi dropped today on Disney Plus, and while the cast and showrunner announced they would be returning for another round, it has been written as a standalone series to begin with. And now that it’s aired, it’s pretty easy to see how they could end it here if they wanted to, and have it satisfying.

The quality of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s six episodes has been… variable, to say the least, but the last two weeks here have been pretty great, and this Season 1 finale I would actually call awesome.

Spoilers follow.

Let me repeat it, spoilers follow.

The main attraction here is a climactic duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan on a planet once Obi-Wan separates from the refugee cruiser, correctly guessing that Vader would pursue him.

The result is what I would call the best lightsaber duel I’ve seen in a live-action Star Wars production, including every movie and show so far. From the actual swordplay choreography to the use of Force powers, including Ben finally unleashing more Force potential than we’ve ever seen as he throws boulders at Vader, it’s all enough. spectacular. There are also throwbacks to the prequels, like an “I have the highest ground” moment from Vader, though thankfully it doesn’t explicitly say so.

This all culminates in Ben getting the better of Vader, slicing through his robot costume and through his mask, revealing his former friend Anakin’s scarred face underneath. It’s a powerful scene, well-acted by Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, ultimately justifying him being inside the armor this whole time. In my mind, this moment is so good that it justifies the whole series (although yes, I know Clone Wars did it first in the battle of Ahsoka and Vader).

I was a bit more puzzled about Reva’s storyline, which brought her to Tatooine to kill Luke, which she thought was revenge on Vader, given that she learned he was her son. Though it doesn’t seem like she knows whether or not Vader knows this, which makes it a somewhat confusing concept.

That said, I like the parallels of what they did with Reva, given that she was a young girl who saw her friends slaughtered by Vader, but ultimately chooses not to become that, a contrast to what we just saw with Anakin being too far (which is at least too far until the end of Return of the Jedi). If the rumors of a Reva spin-off are true, this would seem to be where it would start, but I still don’t know how crazy I would be about the concept.

We have good moments with Ben and Leia in the epilogue, and a great “Hello there” when he officially meets Luke for the first time. The show sneaks in two last-minute cameos, with the Emperor ordering Vader to stop pursuing Kenobi as it affects his most important job, and then Qui-Gon appears as a Force ghost, which the show broadcast would happen all this time. But it was still nice to see.

Again, Obi-Wan Kenobi could easily wrap things up here, but we’ll see if they return for a season 2. It wouldn’t make much sense to even stack After Vader-Kenobi clashes after that, but we’ll see what happens. Overall, I ended up loving the show, especially once it put things together for the finale.

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