August 18, 2022

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the season finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi, “Part VI.”]

Certain, it’s a metaphysical impossibility in the actual world (for anybody exterior of an X-Information episode), nevertheless it’s nonetheless a superb factor that none of us know for sure how our family and friends are going to die. It’s the form of data that might cling over each interplay, make us surprise if each resolution they make is one which is able to carry them ever nearer to their final destiny — it’d be arduous to attach along with your family and friends, when you knew how they have been all going to die. It’d make it arduous so that you can care about what occurs to them.

Which brings us to the season finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi, an action-packed hour of tv the place all of its main climaxes had, for a Star Wars fan, completely nonexistent stakes. In “Half VI”‘s two semi-parallel sequences, we received to see Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) as soon as once more face off towards his former apprentice Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen/James Earl Jones), whereas again on Tatooine Owen Lars (Joel Edgerton) and his spouse Beru (Bonnie Piesse) defend their nephew Luke (Grant Feely) from the vengeful ex-Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram).

Each sequences, as directed by collection helmer Deborah Chow, have been technically competent. However it was fairly arduous to interact, as a result of there was little query about who would dwell and who would die right here. Owen and Beru can’t be killed by Reva, as a result of stormtroopers do the job 10 years down the road. Vader does ultimately duel with Obi-Wan to the loss of life, however not till they meet once more on the Demise Star. And child Luke Skywalker, in fact, has an extended and expansive future in entrance of him, together with a quick keep within the Uncanny Valley.

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The one character within the combine right here whose final destiny wasn’t pre-established by canon was that of Reva’s, and to be sincere it was arduous to get too invested in her final destiny, given how muddled her character motivations felt at that time. She wished to kill Luke as revenge for Darth Vader… killing different kids? Maybe it is smart on the web page, however the that means was misplaced in translation to the display, making certain that when she lastly proves unable to show absolutely to the darkish on the finish of the episode, it doesn’t fairly really feel earned.

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