June 22, 2022

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

Positive, it’s a metaphysical impossibility in the actual world (for anybody exterior of an X-Information episode), but it surely’s nonetheless a superb factor that none of us know for sure how our family and friends are going to die. It’s the type of information that may cling over each interplay, make us surprise if each determination they make is one which can deliver them ever nearer to their final destiny — it’d be exhausting to attach together with your family and friends, in the event you knew how they had been all going to die. It’d make it exhausting 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 bought to see Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) as soon as once more face off in opposition to his former apprentice Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen/James Earl Jones), whereas again on Tatooine Owen Lars (Joel Edgerton) and his spouse Beru (Bonnie Piesse) shield their nephew Luke (Grant Feely) from the vengeful ex-Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram).

Each sequences, as directed by sequence helmer Deborah Chow, had been technically competent. However it was fairly exhausting to have interaction, 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 finally duel with Obi-Wan to the demise, however not till they meet once more on the Loss of life Star. And child Luke Skywalker, after all, 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 trustworthy it was exhausting to get too invested in her final destiny, given how muddled her character motivations felt at that time. She needed to kill Luke as revenge for Darth Vader… killing different kids? Maybe it is sensible 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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