After five episodes in which ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ has passed without pain or glory (well, with more pain than glory) on Disney +, at last goes back and is the series that should have been from the beginning in its sixth installment. The good part? That manages to balance very well the sentimental part and the spectacular. The bad? Which is his last chapter.
The last hope
There were not a few who, after the premiere of the first episode of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ they denied the evidence. “No, that’s the way Star Wars has always been”; “It’s only the beginning, but in the second it already improves”… And, in the end, the only chapter that has survived expectations is, precisely, the end. Is it worth the walk just to see it? Of course not. Can you watch without having seen the rest of the series, just with a couple of notions of what has happened? No problem.
And the big problem with this spin-off is that, really, nothing has happened. Beyond some surprise twist taken from the manga, the characters are the same during the first five episodes, the situations have not evolved and its almost four initial hours are still a game of cat and mouse with papier mâché decorationsrepeated situations until exhaustion and very, very little affection.
However, the series he wanted to say goodbye in style, and in its sixth part it gives us everything that it did not give us in the previous ones: raw emotions, epic fights, characters with depth and the right dose of nostalgia. If they were able to do it that well, Why hasn’t it been done right all the time? If you can cook a sirloin, why do we have to settle for a one euro hamburger?
Beware: there will be spoilers from here on. You are warned.
endings and beginnings
Episode 6 is divided into two very well differentiated parts: on the one hand, the ultimate fight between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan, which culminates not only with a clean sword strike (that helmet split in half, impressive and iconic, revealing the face of an underused Hayden Christensen), but with the power of words and disappointment. The loss of a friend, the frustration of defeat, the future revenge… There is more ‘Star Wars’ in the conversation between Vader and Kenobi than in the rest of the series (and, if you push me, in any of the series so far). It is a moment written with care for the detail that defines the two characters, and that deserved to be in a better series.
On the other hand, Reva has decided that if she can’t take down Darth Vader, will kill his son. Although this part of the episode is not that interesting (among other things because we know that Luke Skywalker is still alive and well in episode IV), it does have an ending that serves at the same time as a mirror of the villainwith a metaphor that they repeat eight times just in case you were looking at your mobile, and as preparation for a possible series of the inquisitor.
But to this rise in quality of the plots, which until now were more similar to “Obi-Wan and Leia run away and Reva almost catches them, but in the end she doesn’t” is added an obvious improvement on the technical plane. The chromatic range, the lighting and the settings become strong in chapter six, which is also the one that most reminds us of the original saga due to its camera movements, visual effects and soundtrack. Because treating nostalgia well is not to put four characters from the prequels and hope that the public will already be worth it: also it is a stylistic and artistic exercise that ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ has only understood right at the end.
And now that?
As much fun as we had with the ending, including a somewhat absurd cameo, we must recognize that ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ it has been a disaster that has ruined Darth Vader as a villain, demystified Obi-Wan as a hero and caused many disagreements with little Leia. Disney is realizing that if you’re going to get into old waters, you better do it with a good planan interesting story and you can tell something really impressive.
What will the almost unanimous bad reviews mean for the future of the saga? There are not a few voices that are raised asking to get out of the frame of the Skywalkers, and it seems that we will soon see more series set far from Tatooine and in other times that are still strange to us in film and television, such as the High Republic. That’s not to say that in ‘Ahsoka’, for example, the creators are going to resist putting Darth Vader in, but, hopefully, his appearances will be much more sporadic so that the public can fear him again and stop being, simply, the pop appearance necessary to have an impact on networks.
And this is how far our coverage of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ has come, a series that has had its positive pointslike seeing Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen together again, or a final fight that honors the saga … But that will be remembered by everything that could be and is not. A shame, because right at the end we were allowed to take a look at that ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ we’ve been asking for all along. Hopefully someone is taking note. May the Force (to continue watching the ‘Star Wars’ series) be with you.