Well, we are finally here, at the end. Ergo, here is my Obi-Wan Kenobi finale review. As always I will begin with some non-spoiler thoughts and then progress into more detail after a spoiler jump. Thus far, I have been up and down with my feelings on Obi-Wan Kenobi. There’s been some good and some less than good, but rarely some bad. Saying all this, that episode 3 ending seems weirder and weirder now I look at the series as a whole. I mean when Vader just lets Kenobi be rescued by the droid. I.e. there was some bad, for me, but as said, it was rare.
In some ways, the finale is a very simple episode structurally, as often happens in many third acts. I think in hindsight I’d say Obi-Wan Kenobi should be viewed and reviewed overall as one story. It’s too long for a movie, but the best way I think to consume Kenobi would be a binge watch. Less time to focus on some of the clunkiness in earlier episodes with bot the writing and directing/editing.
It’s always hard. especially in this kind of finale to discuss without spoilers, but I’ll have a go.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Review – Non-Spoilers
My three favorite parts of this show have been Vader, Obi-Wan and Owen. Perhaps given that these are three of the OG Star Wars characters that’s hardly surprising. However my point is that all three are excellent in the finale, plus Piesse as Beru finally got something to do, and she nailed it.
I think most fans/viewers will know where this finale is headed and that’s another confrontation between Kenobi and Vader. The fight does not disappoint. I won’t go into detail, but I enjoyed this fight far more than the one in Revenge of the Sith. There was a little twirl here and there that I didn’t care for. Thankfully though that was kept to a minimum, and a more restrained choreography helps these fights feel more alive, and kinetic for me. Vader, well he’s just perfect here for me and has been throughout the series. The conclusion of his arc in Obi-Wan Kenobi seemed satisfying to me.
As for Reva and her part in all this. I can’t deny I was less interested in the conclusion to this thread. It also scared me far more in terms of where it could push those cannon boundaries again. Thankfully, I think it was pulled off rather well. My only issue with Reva is that the show didn’t spend enough time making me understand her pain. Leaving so much to the penultimate episode, I’m not sure was the best call. At least not from the point of view you give the audience. I’ll leave the rest for the spoiler jump.
Overall, the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale was a satisfying conclusion with some nice moments of geekgasm thrown in.
Kenobi Finale Review – SPOILER Time
To carry on from where I left off up above in more detail. Let’s start with the highlight, which is Vader v Kenobi. What I would add to what I said above of this battle was that there was far more emotion here. Once Kenobi got his second wind, we definitely saw some of Vader’s limitations, namely the suit he has to wear. In raw Force power, Vader is top, But Kenobi is no slouch and by targeting Vader’s suit he leaves him vulnerable for once. Fans I’m sure will also love the face mask being damaged so we could get a conversation between Hayden and Ewan again. I also loved how the voice switched between Vader and Anakin.
I got slightly worried when Vader tells Obi-Wan he did not kill Anakin Skywalker.’ Oh no, where is this speech going?’ However, it actually worked out great. The pity in McGregor’s eyes as he walked away (chef’s kiss). Once again Obi-Wan has spared Anakin’s life after defeating him. That, as we see, hurts Vader. However there is a moment at the end with Papa Palp’s, and it was the perfect way to get Vader back on track and to stop obsessing over Kenobi again.
As for Reva, I think it’s clear we are going to see more of this one. Reva is left in a strange place towards the end of the show, and when she goes after Luke, there were canon alarm bells going off in my head. Thankfully, an unconscious Luke, helped with most of that. As for where Reva does go next, I have no idea? Will she continue down the avenger route and try to kill Vader again? Or will she take a new path and have her own story away from both Kenobi and Vader? I’d be interested in a Reva vehicle far more if the character had been better realized in Obi-Wan Kenobi. We’ll see, I guess?
Overall I did enjoy this Obi-Wan Kenobi finale. Oh, and the Qui-Gon cameo was nice, not overdone, just a little touch at the end.
Could have been A+, which is annoying, and so easily with a few little changes. Unfortunately the overall show is littered with strange moments which drag what was essentially a great idea down a few pegs for me. Still, I could, and will watch Obi-Wan Kenobi again. If you are not a huge geek for Star Wars like I am, I could easily see this topping out at a B- or a C+ though.
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