As the conclusion of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ approaches, a look back at what we expect from the last episode.
Obi-Wan Kenobi it’s almost over already. The series centered on the Jedi camped by Ewan McGregor will come to an end next week, but not before a final which promises to be daunting. The noose is tightening for our heroes, the last part of their adventures should be loaded with revelations and twists. Back to the things we expect.
A (before) last confrontation between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader
We have already had a glimpse of the extent of Darth Vader’s powers through several confrontations. The character moves little by little before the eyes of the spectators, to become the terrible antagonist that he is in the first trilogy. If we had the opportunity to see him fight Obi-Wan, we can expect the two characters to set the stage for the grand finale. The outcome should not be fatal for any of them, since they will find themselves several years in A New Hope.
Luke finally on our screens
To our surprise, it was not Luke Skywalker who was at the heart of the story, but his sister Leia. To our delight, the series has thus explored the youth of the impetuous and tough princess. However, Luke Skywalker will obviously be back for this sixth episode.
After her defeat by Darth Vader, the Third Sister came across the message Bail Organa left for Obi-Wan. He refers to children, and in particular to the one on Tatooine. We can thus expect her to go looking for him to have a new lever against Anakin, who has no knowledge of the existence of his descendants. He should remain ignorant.
Reeva Saveder seems to have revealed all her secrets. As one might suspect, she was present during the execution of Order 66; the reference to this important moment in the prelogy was therefore not there by chance. She did not intend to serve Darth Vader, but to confront him to satisfy his revenge. This also explains how she was able to know his true identity.
If she is in rather bad shape in this fifth episode, the series has shown us that her determination is limitless. She will thus undoubtedly regain the hair of the beast to face Darth Vader again. A fight that could well be fatal to him.
This is undoubtedly the most exciting moment of this new episode, when the narration of the series fills in the gaps left between the second and third episodes. The series promised to explore in more detail the relationship between the Jedi and his former Padawan, it was not until the penultimate episode that these flashbacks are presented to us.
It’s a bit the part left unsaid in the trilogy of the 2000s, this construction of a strong relationship between the two protagonists, who will then tear themselves apart when Anakin switches to the dark side of the force. Obi-Wan Kenobi then sounds like a revenge, an opportunity for Star Wars to explore this concept in more detail. Still, this component is sometimes too indented, the series having to justify its existence within a colossal film franchise.
Was it really necessary?
If we do not sulk our pleasure with each appearance of Ewan McGregor on the screen, it is necessary to admit that the series did not have until this episode not much to tell. By pulling too hard on the rope, Lucasfilm risks tainting the rest of its saga. This series ultimately turns out to be quite anecdotal. The same observation applies to Boba Fett booka pure product of fan service, an order that never really manages to compete with the opuses on the big screen.
Whereas The Mandalorian benefited from a welcome singularity within a very defined universe, the series Obi-Wan Kenobi is prevented by its membership in the Skywalker saga. Hossein Amini and Joby Harold are advancing through a minefield and very rarely have the opportunity to deviate from the beaten track.
Let’s hope the last chapter saves the furniture, returning to what works best in the series: the Obi-Wan and Darth Vader duo. We wouldn’t be against some new little well-felt punchlines from the very young Leia either. See you next Wednesday on Disney+ to discover this final part.