Warning: This article contains spoilers for Episode 6 of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The final episode of Kenobi is an action-packed thrill ride that is quite possibly the best episode in the series. The writers really saved the best for last this time around!
Even after their escape in the last episode, Obi-Wan and company are still being pursued by Darth Vader, in a scene that is once again very reminiscent of A New Hope’s opening. Obi-Wan knows that the only way to save all these people is for him to face Vader and like Luke many years later he insists he needs to do it alone. Obi-Wan still believes that it is his responsibility to end Vader and rid the galaxy of what he had a hand in creating. And of course, Obi-Wan would never put so many people in danger when it can be avoided. This leads to a nice moment between him and Leia which helps to strengthen their bond and adds to why she called for him years later. Leia sneaking Lola into his robes also made me smile.
Like Obi-Wan, Vader also insists that he must face his old master alone. He touches down on the surface and is greeted by Obi-Wan silently standing alone who then proceeds to ignite his saber. Their brief exchange feels similar to Vaders confrontation with Ahsoka in Rebels and ends with Vader claiming “Then you will die”. Finally, after six episodes we get the duel we have been waiting for. Obi-Wan is no longer weakened by his own past and brings everything he has got to this fight. Both Jedi and Sith unleash their full might in an epic duel that could be a contender for one of the best fights in Star Wars.
But what takes away from this is the constant jump in events over to Reva who is on Tatooine. Reva has tracked down the Lars farm and intends to kill Luke. Anyone who has seen the Original Trilogy knows that she can’t possibly succeed so I felt the moments between Vader and Obi-Wan were hurt by this. But what I did like was Owen and Beru finally getting a moment to shine and taking on Reva.
Meanwhile back with Obi-Wan, Vader gains the upper hand, or as some might say the high ground, burying Obi-Wan alive beneath a barrage of rocks. It’s the memories of his time with Leia that give him the strength to survive and we can truly see how important their bond is to him. Rejuvenated, Obi-Wan resumes his fight with Vader and we see the power of a true Jedi Master on display. He defeats and wounds Vader, shattering his mask and revealing a bit of the monster beneath. This scene is chilling as Vaders voice continuously flickers between Anakin and what he has become. At this moment Obi-Wan finally accepts that Anakin is dead and never coming back. He turns his back on his former apprentice and is more at peace than before.
Reva makes peace with herself as well after being unable to strike down Luke. She realizes that becoming Vader isn’t what she wants and as Obi-Wan tells her, what she becomes next is up to her, nobody else. With Luke safe once again, Obi-Wan takes one final trip to Alderaan. The reunion between him and Leia is bittersweet knowing that they will never cross paths again. But it goes to show that Obi-Wan is a different man now. When the series started he was broken and believed that he could be of no help to anyone after what happened to Anakin. But through Leia and others, his eyes slowly began to open and see that Anakin wasn’t the end all be all of his life. He might have failed him but he can still help others. In one final moment, Obi-Wan meets Luke, bringing back the iconic line, “Hello There”, and speaks with Qui-Gon who is once again played by Liam Nelson. He tells Obi-Wan that he has been here the whole time and only now was Obi-Wan ready to see him.
And with that Obi-Wan’s journey is complete. From a broken man to a Jedi Master once more Obi-Wan Kenobi has given us a fantastic final episode that wraps up the series and delivers on the showdown everyone had been hoping for. It’s a thrilling new chapter of Star Wars that will be loved by fans for generations to come.
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