Obi-Wan Kenobi’s (Ewan McGregor) main challenge all along with was not beating Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen), but the Star Wars saga fans who were divided and complained about the liberties or “flaws” in the Disney Plus mini-series narrative. My opinion is not popular, because I loved it. And to thrill me, the Jedi Master theme, which did not exist, was composed by the genius John Williams, mixing the themes of the rebels (the original of the franchise) and the Force (one of the most beautiful melodies of the maestro). But let’s talk about the details of the final episode of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Without worrying about spoilers, of course.
So the premise of the series is relatively simple. 10 years after Leia and Luke were born, Obi-Wan is holed up on Tatooine, watching the growth of Anakin Skywalker’s son from a distance, especially since the boy’s uncle Owen Lars (Joel Edgerton) prefers it that way. When Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) is kidnapped, Obi-Wan is compelled to come out of his exile and help, but he needs to reconnect with the Force and believe in himself again to succeed.
Radicals complain of plot holes, but all content that connects transitions deals with obstacles. For example, it has to bring news, but we already know what will happen to everyone in the future, so we know that everyone who appears older in Star Wars – A New Hope would be fine, including the Skywalker twins, Luke’s uncles, Obi-Wan and, of course, Darth Vader. So only new characters could bring elements of surprise, but given the historical gigantism of dealing with four legendary names, let’s agree that it would be almost impossible to please, right? So the unpopular Reva (Moses Ingram) called the shots.
A great narrative alternative was precise to avoid revealing Luke’s childhood, the tedious of being controlled by an adventure-averse uncle, and to bring in the impetuous Leia, who we knew little about and still need more. No one can deny that the opening scene of the original 1977 film didn’t get more emotional when we heard her ask, “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” She can justify respecting him because she fought Senator Organa (Jimmy Smit) in the clone wars, but we now know it’s more significant than that.
In the penultimate episode, we had the confirmation of Reva’s intentions, left for dead by Darth Vader only to discover that there is a weak point that could hit the villain in the heart: killing his son, Luke Skywalker. Obi-Wan is then forced to save the rebels, Leia and Luke once again dueling their former apprentice.
And what a duel.
In a wonderful scene, perfectly played by good actors, we see Darth Vader with apparent greater control of the Force and nullifying his former mentor, just as Obi-Wan finally comes out of psychological inertia to once again take the upper ground of the complex relationship with Anakin. Skywalker. A fight that is made in detail for the fans, with gestures and movements full of easter eggs and rhythm.
But the beauty of the scene is not the ex-friends’ new confrontation, but what they finally say to each other. Because Darth Vader’s helmet is cut off, we see both sides of him, including Anakin in his original voice (at times). Ewan McGregor‘s emotion in his sadness, regret, and compassion in the face of Anakin’s anger is contagious. Alternating the voices of Hayden Christensen and James Earl Jones also gave the story’s angst another perspective. When Anakin is presumed dead by Darth Vader, it solves one of the biggest problems with the original version’s narrative (when Obi-Wan repeats this to Luke) and also explains the Jedi’s weakness in dueling. For Obi-Wan, he’s always fighting Anakin, not Darth Vader. Once again he asks for forgiveness, only to run into the hatred and resentments that have destroyed the former apprentice’s soul.
Darth Vader, whose kindness only Padmé and Luke could feel hidden in Anakin’s remains, hears from Palpatine an important phrase to contextualize this current: “Perhaps your feelings for your former master have weakened you. If your past cannot be overcome…”, warns the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid). For now, Darth Vader has yet another defeat for Obi-Wan, but we know what their last reunion will be like. And hearing the Empire theme was chilling.
On Tatooine, Reva easily faces Luke’s uncles and even the boy, who because of the fear around him, hasn’t developed his talents yet. However, the villain cannot kill Luke, who she saw as revenge against Anakin, because she sees the child’s innocence. Her redemption leaves her still free for another part of the story, dealing with the Inquisitors, but for now, she has not aroused empathy.
The happy ending brings even more emotion. Obi-Wan is officially introduced to little Luke but agrees he needs a childhood and “just being a boy” before taking on his role in the universe in crisis. It also says goodbye to Leia (and we finally hear her theme!) marking the last time the two are likely to see and speak to each other.
On the way to his future home in the desert, Obi-Wan finally meets Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson). As if time had not passed, the Jedi is once again treated as a teenager by the former master, who criticized him for having lost his faith and connection to the Force. And so, as we know, Qui-Gon will teach Obi-Wan the ability to connect even more strongly with the Force to the point of overcoming physical death, which will help Obi-Wan always be with Luke even after he lets himself be killed by Darth Vader in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Thus, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series fulfilled its role, tying ends and mainly, being a great source of nostalgia. Too bad it came to an end!