Content Warning: This list contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi finale ended with the titular character’s story coming full circle, where he relocates to the Tatooine plateaus that would become his hut in Star Wars: A New Hope. Though it seemed it was the end of Obi-Wan’s journey, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy suggested a season 2 is possible, so it may not be the last of the beloved Jedi Master.
Ahead of the series – or season – finale, many fans were eager to see how these stories of Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, Reva, and Young Leia would all resolve. Twitter quickly became like the Galactic Senate, rapturous celebration and thunderous applause over the show’s remarkable end.
“Everything We Wanted”
In the last episode of #ObiWan #KenobiWe got everything we wanted –
• A great fight between Darth Vader
& Obi-Wan Kenobi 🔥
• Obi-Wan has got his strength back
• Ian McDiarmid’s cameo as Palpatine
• Liam Neeson’s cameo as Qui-Gon
• A happy but emotional ending 🥺 pic.twitter.com/1JouAmORtS
– Sourav Dutta (@ duttasourav333) June 22, 2022
This final episode, simply entitled “Part VI,” is anything but simple. It is a complex amalgamation of decades of anticipation and in many fans’ eyes, it delivered upon what was promised. As it goes from one epic moment to the next, a single phrase resounds online – “everything we wanted”. The episode gives the audience what they had been asking for in the form of fights, cameos, and emotional beats.
This comes after weeks of, frankly, mixed responses to previous episodes, with some fans feeling like Obi-Wan Kenobi was not living up to their expectations. However, the show clearly stuck the landing in the end.
Ewan McGregor, MVP
Obi-Wan Kenobi was always on safe grounds with Ewan McGregor as its lead. While the prequel trilogy was very-much maligned at the time, his performance as Obi-Wan was universally celebrated, and now there is a positive resurgence of appreciation for those films. He doesn’t disappoint either, especially not in this final episode.
He is a tour de force, perfectly showcasing the extreme emotional stakes as befits the story. His tragic apology to Darth Vader is only matched by his sheer determination and feeling of hope at the end. This surely cements McGregor was always the right pick to play such an iconic character as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
A Character Like No Other
– sarah✨🏳️🌈 (@ seh221) June 22, 2022
While Hayden Christiansen’s return as Darth Vader was highly-anticipated, he was only one of the antagonists. He was joined by Moses Ingram as Reva, a character truly unique in such a vast franchise. Unfortunately, Ingram was forced to contend with the darker and toxic sides of the fandom, but she pushed through the hate thrown at her, and she is rightfully being celebrated by true fans.
She gave a nuanced performance throughout, shrouding Reva in mystery. Her true intentions were revealed in “Part V” – fulfilling what was once a wild fan theory; however, she finally learns how far she has fallen in the finale. She became the monster she wished to destroy, but in the end she didn’t let the darkness, hatred, and fear take hold. She still has a ways to go to achieve true redemption – which could play into a second season or even her own spin-off – but she is still alive, thus making her arc different than others like Darth Vader or Kylo Ren.
Of course, this episode had the long-awaited and epic duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. It was a thrilling experience from start to finish, not only for the impressive choreography and use of the force, but also the emotional weight. It all started with Obi-Wan striking his distinct and iconic pose first seen in Attack of the Clones.
This got so many fans hyped and that was only the beginning. When he lifted up the rocks – like Rey in The Last Jedi – people were on the edge of their seats. This duel truly showed how powerful both are, but especially Obi-Wan. In the context of the saga, he really shouldn’t be able to best as many foes as he does, but his resilience and resourcefulness helps him win in the end.
The duel culminates in Obi-Wan tragically accepting that his Padawan and friend, Anakin, is gone – consumed by Darth Vader. He slashes open Darth Vader’s helmet and is confronted with the face he hadn’t seen in a decade. Darth Vader delivers the incredible line “You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. I did. ”
Not only does this adhere to the line in A New Hope in which Obi-Wan tells Luke the same, but it actually helps Obi-Wan forge his path forward. In a way, this absolved Obi-Wan of the guilt and remorse over what happened on Mustafar that had been plaguing him for the bulk of the series.
Obi-Wan broke the right side of Vader’s mask and Ahsoka broke the left side of his mask
But only Luke was able to fully unmask Vader and bring back Anakin ☹️ pic.twitter.com/0icaJPBixT
– Lalo 🛡 KENOBIIIIIIII (@clonehumor) June 22, 2022
Many Rebels fans will recognize this integral moment when Obi-Wan truly bests Darth Vader from the incredible season two finale, “Twilight of the Apprentice.” In this, he faces off against his own former padawan, Ahsoka, on Malachor in one of the best duels in the entire franchise. She, too, is able to break open his helmet to reveal an eye.
Some fans noted that Obi-Wan revealed his left side – and probably gave him his signature scar atop his head – while Ahsoka revealed his right side. In the end, it was Luke who was able to take the entire helmet off and bring Anakin back from the darkness.
On top of the spectacular moves and effects throughout this thrilling battle, a subtle detail made it hit even harder emotionally. This would be when his face is revealed and Darth Vader’s voice modulates between the commonly recognized tone of James Earl Jones and Hayden Christiansen.
Honestly, they could’ve kept it as Jones voice, and even had anyone in the suit, and the casual fan would’ve been none the wiser. However, it was important that Christiansen was there, that Obi-Wan and viewers heard his voice again.
Luke & Leia
At the moment halfway through the duel before Obi-Wan gets the upper hand, he is trapped under rocks and rubble using the Force to stop himself from getting crushed. At this point, many fans were expecting that he would tap into the force to save himself, thus allowing him to reconnect with his long-passed master, Qui-Gon Jinn. However, they took a different and more deserving approach.
He finds strength in his mission to protect Luke and Leia. After years in the Tatooine dunes, slowly losing himself and his connection to the Force, he once again has something to fight for. This brief montage further adds to the connection between him and Luke and Leia, showing why he is ready to sacrifice himself in A New Hopeknowing they are together.
Oh To See Obi-Wan Happy Again
Overall, the series was quite morose and tragic, though never lacking in hope. He is forced to confront his past and accept his failures. However, along the way he connects with Leia, creating a truly beautiful relationship that helps him laugh again.
The last time viewers saw him happy or joyful is at the beginning of Revenge of the Sith before everything goes wrong. It was nice to see a little life come back to Obi-Wan after so many years with him torturing himself, and its even nicer that it came from young Leia.
Remaining His Friends
Fans were delighted to see Obi-Wan and Leia reunite on Alderaan after their recent escapade. Their unexpected relationship was a shining light in Obi-Wan Kenobi, but it also allowed for further appreciation of the prequels whenever she asked about her birth parents. He shares with her the best parts of both Padmé and Anakin – the parts also within her.
Their reunion was short, but meaningful, and she asks “Will I ever see you again”. The answer is yes, but it will be brief as it will be when she watches him sacrifice himself to stop Darth Vader on the Death Star – that is unless she returns in season two.
He Said The Thing!
Among the list of things most diehard fans wanted from Obi-Wan Kenobi were the duel against Darth Vader and Qui-Gon Jinn’s return as a force ghost, but also Obi-Wan’s iconic line, “Hello there.” The line was nothing special when Alec Guinness first said it in A New Hopebut it was repeated in Attack of the Clones that made it iconic.
Though only two words, it packs incredibly weight here – even more since he’s bringing Luke his T-16 toys – and while this could be simplified down to “fan service,” it’s a moment no one could be upset over.
Return Of THE Jedi
Obi-Wan Kenobi ends perfectly by finally bringing back fan-favorite Master Qui-Gon Jinn, played by Liam Neeson, as a force ghost. Many had theorized it would happen throughout the season – even during the fight with Darth Vader – but for the most part, they just expected a voice, not a full appearance.
Not only is this moment decades of nostalgia fulfilled, but it also sets up the potential second season impeccably. Many fans would be even more excited for a second season if Liam Neeson would return in a large capacity to continue Obi-Wan’s training to become a force ghost.
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