STREAMING,TV OBI-WAN KENOBI EPISODE 6 (ANALYSIS)

OBI-WAN KENOBI EPISODE 6 (ANALYSIS)

Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 6 is the finale of an American science fiction television miniseries created for the streaming service Disney+, featuring the Star Wars character of the same name. Set ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), the series is directed by Deborah Chow, with Joby Harold serving as showrunner.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 6 left us confused. The episode came across like a finale to a different series — one in which the plot points were effectively set up in the earlier instalments to achieve such precise resolutions. Switch and bait was once more the order of the day regarding this series. Now it seems that instead of effective writing, Disney Star Wars is content to give us fan-service, Easter eggs and twists for their own sake!

READ OUR ANALYSES OF OBI-WAN KENOBI

Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 6 might just have been – together with the first episode – the best of this divisive series. Here’s what we liked from the series finale –

One, the Kenobi – Vader rematch was handled much better than the one depicted in Episode 3. This time, Kenobi was the superior combatant and bested Vader. No explanation as to how Kenobi went from feckless (in episode 3) to peerless in this finale. Maybe Obi-Wan just got his mojo back – guess we weren’t supposed to question that.

Anyways, in the end, both Kenobi and Vader acknowledged that Anakin Skywalker was dead and Darth Vader had ‘killed’ him. Kenobi addresses Vader as “Darth” when he leaves, which explains why he referred to Vader in that manner on the Death Star in the Star Wars movie. Continuity left intact!

Second, Reva was given an arc of sorts. But the problem is that apart from the Order 66 flashback, we are never given any context whatsoever for Reva’s personality. What a missed opportunity – instead all we got was bad writing and Disney Star Wars covering their tracks by accusing its fans of racism! Still not sure what was achieved with having Reva come after Luke on Tatooine. What a poorly crafted character!

Finally, does Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 6 help to solve the continuity issue with Kenobi and Leia’s relationship? Partly. Kenobi instructs Leia to never reveal to anyone everything that transpired in the series but considering their bond, Leia’s lack of emotions after Kenobi’s death becomes very bizarre. However, we were duly given sweet Easter eggs to distract us from these possibly consistency issues.

In the final analysis, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series begs the question as to whether there is any artistic merit in reviving these legacy Star Wars characters? Probably not. Disney Star Wars need to move forward beyond the Skywalker saga, and truly leave the past behind.

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