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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Really Blew the Ending | NEWSRUX

The Obi-Wan Kenobi TV present’s largest downside was its personal existence, nevertheless it dealt with that downside brilliantly — proper up till the ending. I had a blast seeing grizzled Ewan McGregor tackle terrifying Darth Vader in a pacy, action-packed Star Wars sequence, however within the episode 6 finale the entire thing simply fizzled out.

That large concern with Obi-Wan Kenobi (the present) was apparent earlier than it started: the tip of the prequels match neatly into the beginning of A New Hope, so a sequence set between movies has to weave into already fairly tightly-laced continuity. We knew Luke, Leia, Darth Vader and Obi-Wan all survive. Like so many prequels, this Disney Plus sequence existed to fill a continuity error that solely existed as a result of the sequence created it.

And but the present blasted off from the beginning with some good selections that bought me on board regardless of realizing the way it seems, and extra importantly, making me marvel if I truly did understand how it could end up.

The (obvious) dying of the Grand Inquisitor was a intelligent twist early on, telling followers to not get too snug pondering you understand how issues are going to go. The opposite good selection the creators made was to introduce new characters, and make the story about them. Certain, we all know the place Obi-Wan and Luke and Leia are headed. However what about Reva? Dropped at life by Moses Ingram, the ruthless inquisitor was a compelling and tragic character. And with no ties to beforehand established continuity, there’s area for her to dwell and possibly die, however most significantly to dwell and breathe and take us on a journey. 

As a result of that is the true energy of storytelling. It is not concerning the vacation spot — who lives, who dies. It is the journey — what do they be taught? How do they modify? We all know Obi-Wan does not die, however we will watch him dwell. We are able to be a part of this beloved and iconic character on an emotional curler coaster (in horrible disguises). That is my favorite factor concerning the present, that Ben is a damaged and overwhelmed man, a shadow of his former self. The Ben Kenobi we meet in A New Hope shouldn’t be the identical man we noticed within the prequels, and seeing why is the worth of this sequence.

The issue, sadly, is that the present does not stick the touchdown.

Solely a grasp of evil, Darth

Episode 6 featured a cool lightsaber battle between newly revitalized obi-Wan and Darth Vader as primal power of evil (I feel it was cool, I could not see a factor). However when the Emperor confirmed up, I realised I wasn’t having fun with the finale. Because the Imperial March swelled and the digicam pulled again from Darth Vader’s imposing throne, all I may suppose was… so what?

Obi-Wan had been on an emotional journey. I do not know why it was a contented ending — the galaxy is within the fingers of a tyrannical regime! Issues are worse than ever! However not less than he had been by one thing, and was now a distinct individual to who he was to start with. Development and alter are sometimes thought of the important character arcs that writers and storytellers should embrace of their tales to make characters compelling. Granted, the way you outline change is open to debate, however what’s clear is that progress and alter is necessary in storytelling as a result of progress is arguably the important human situation.

Darth Vader, in the meantime, hasn’t modified. At the beginning he was a ruthless tyrant, and on the finish he is a ruthless tyrant. After working so onerous to interrupt out of the restrictions of its placement in Star Wars chronology, the present out of the blue needed to reassert wider continuity. In these ultimate scenes, the bars of the present’s continuity cage slam closed once more. The toys are again of their proper place, even when that neat decision undermines the precise arc of the sequence we have grown so invested in.

For me, the presence of the Emperor highlighted a missed storytelling alternative. Liam Neeson’s look as Qui-Gon Jinn carried some emotional weight as a result of it symbolized Obi-Wan’s reconnection to the Drive. However Vader hadn’t modified, so the Emperor’s cameo is pointless.

However what if the Emperor had been a presence within the present from the beginning? What if Vader and Palpatine had been in some form of battle, one thing that recommended there was nonetheless some hope for Vader? In going through Obi-Wan once more, we may have seen Vader sink to his lowest level and grow to be actually subservient to the Emperor’s evil. Palpatine is a grasp schemer — what if the entire thing had been a plot to interrupt Vader to his will as soon as and for all? Or some form of political plot to get at Leia’s household, the rulers of Alderaan? Vader wanted some form of storyline. I lately argued that many TV sequence lately are stretched too skinny, however Obi-Wan Kenobi is a uncommon occasion of a present which may have achieved with a wider canvas — I am unable to consider I am saying this in a age when most TV is simply too rattling lengthy, however possibly Obi-Wan Kenobi wanted extra episodes. I actually would have fortunately frolicked with Ewan McGregor, with horror film monster Darth Vader, with Reva and with Leia (who was additionally unfairly ignored within the finale, however that is one other story).

Obi-Wan Kenobi, the present, got here so near justifying its personal existence. I positively loved it — and as my colleague Mark Serrels factors out, it pulled off the uncommon feat of really pleasing most Star Wars followers.

If solely it had nailed the touchdown. 

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