Synopsis: While Obi-Wan and the refugees flee Reva’s plot backfires. When Darth Vader easily repels her attack an injured Reva discovers Obi-Wan’s communicator. Finding a message from Bail Organa implying that Owen Lars on Tatooine is harbouring someone of tremendous significance.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Part 6. Begins with Vader’s Star Destroyer pursuing the refugees’ ship. Hoping to buy them time, Kenobi flies away from the refugees in his own ship. With Vader in hot pursuit. Meanwhile, Reva searches for Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. Intimidating a local thug for information. Back on the unknown planet, Ben duels Vader, who buries his old friend beneath a mass of rocks. Moreover, the Jedi General calls on the Force to break free. Again, Vader and Obi-Wan do battle. Kenobi summons awesome power to batter the Sith Lord with boulders. Eventually slashing open Vader’s helmet with his lightsaber. In a disturbing scene, the Dark Lord of the Sith states that he killed Anakin Skywalker. Not Kenobi.
Over and above that, Reva makes her way to Owen Lars’s homestead. Where Lars and his wife Beru mount a defense against her. Luke flees into the Dune Sea and Reva gives chase. A rockslide leaves Luke at Reva’s mercy. Only for the Third Sister to find herself incapable of murdering a child. On top of that, Kenobi meets up with Owen and Beru. Only for Reva to return the unconscious Luke to his adoptive parents. In like vein, Ben pronounces both he and Reva free from their pasts. Furthermore, we are treated to a touching scene of the Jedi General saying goodbye to Leia on Alderaan. As well as his first meeting with Luke on Tatooine. Thereafter, Obi-Wan Kenobi rides into the sunset. Only to meet Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force ghost.
Ewan McGregor knocked it out of the park in Part 6. His facial acting upon seeing Anakin’s ruined face was perfect. As was his tearful apology to his old friend moments before that. Additionally, McGregor showed why Obi-Wan was such a great Jedi in his scenes with Moses Ingram‘s Reva and Vivien Lyra Blair‘s Leia. I had a lump in my throat when Obi-Wan spoke to Leia for the last time. O Shea Jackson Jr showed Roken’s intensity and leadership skills well. Kumail Nanjiani showed Haja’s decency which nicely brought his arc full circle. Moses Ingram depicted Reva’s rage well. Moreover, Ingram portrayed Reva’s conflict over whether to kill Luke brilliantly. Speaking of Grant Feely, I loved when he said “I’m not afraid”.
Going back to Ingram, her tearful rejection of the dark side was a stupendous piece of acting that she deserves major credit for. Hayden Christensen stepped up his game. Giving us the true Darth Vader, the thing that murdered Anakin. Bonnie Piesse was great at showing Beru’s courage and resolve. Joel Edgerton was utterly believable as a tough moisture farmer. Who cares deeply for Luke. Ian McDiarmid convinced me of Palpatine’s conniving insidiousness in just a few lines. Jimmy Smits was likable as Bail Organa. Rupert Friend was OK as the Grand Inquisitor. Vivien Lyra Blair was absolutely charming as Leia. And of course Liam Neeson was every inch the Qui-Gon Jinn I remembered. Not forgetting James Earl Jones‘s iconic Darth Vader performance.
Part 6’s CGI was stupendous as always. I adored Darth Vader’s Mustafar castle. And the planet where Vader and Obi-Wan fought gave me a real At The Mountains of Madness vibe. The CGI of the Star Destroyer chasing the smaller ship really made the show feel like Star Wars. And of course the FX of Obi-Wan levitating the boulders was great. As was Vader’s earthquake that buried the Jedi General alive. Into the bargain Alderaan was beautifully realised.
Part 6’s incidental music was excellent and once again helped create the show’s world well. Reva had a great dark theme for when she was stalking Luke. Further, Vader and Obi-Wan’s battle theme was epic and really put over the idea that this was a sequel to their Mustafar duel. Undoubtedly Obi-Wan’s score when he does battle with Vader the second time was brilliant. Moreover, there was a lovely gentle theme which helped convey Reva finding the goodness within herself. And of course the theme when Obi-Wan says goodbye to Leia really encompassed the beauty and romance of Star Wars.
Obi-Wan Kenobi has been an incredible show. It has told an epic, swashbuckling story that blends old and new Star Wars together perfectly. With plenty of fan pleasing moments along the way. Huge thumbs up from me.
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