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Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6 review: the ending of a series with ups and downs

Last appointment with the review of Obi-Wan Kenobi: today it’s the turn of episode 6, the last of the series-event of Disney +

TITLE: Obi-Wan Kenobi. GENDER: action, science fiction. COUNTRY: USA. REGIA: Deborah Chow. CAST: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Joel Edgerton, Indira Varma, Kumail Nanjiani, Bennie Safdie, Jimmy Smits. DURATION: 6 episodes, 41-55 minutes. PRODUCTION: Lucasfilm. ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Disney+. EXIT: May 27 – June 22.

The most anticipated event series by fans of Star Wars and not only did it come to the conclusion. With its sixth episode the story of Obi-Wan and Darth Vader in the period between the prequel and the original trilogy: should we expect a revival of this version of the characters in the future? Probably not, although both protagonists said they were excited about a possible sequel to further explore the characters. In the meantime, let’s delve into the Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6 reviewto understand if the ending has lived up to the hype built in the past weeks and months.

An ending to the height? | Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6 review

It is difficult to speak univocally about this miniseries. After a brilliant startthe already high fan hype had skyrocketed, only to collide with an episode 4 of a one abysmal irrelevance when compared with all the others in the series. The situation has rearranged itself with a good fifth episode, but leaving an inevitable bitter taste in what could have been the best series in the Star Wars universe. This episode 6 keeps on the same line as the previous one, giving us a gift the long-awaited clash between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader, in a deserted and ghostly setting. At the same time, on Tatooine, a wounded and bruised Reva goes hunting for Luke Skywalker, after discovering her existence in the previous episode. The finale marks the farewell between Obi-Wan and Leia, finally brought to safety on Aldeeran by her family, as well as the final retirement from the scene of the protagonist, greeted by the late master Qui-Gon (Liam Neeson), which appears to him as a ghost of the Force. This episode gives the right sensations: the miniseries wanted to tell a story and it did and probably one less episode would have been enough to make it the perfect product for fans of the saga.

Miniseries report | Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6 review

Looking at it as a whole, Obi-Wan Kenobi represents a unicum in the serial universe of Star Wars. As I have already said in the past few weeks, we are light years away from the action and mystery of The Mandalorian, where it was possible to build the charm of the protagonist and his faithful companion Grogu (Baby Yoda for the less attentive) in very few episodes. Here the characters are not only known, but they are also gods institutions for the franchise. Obi-Wan and Darth Vader represent two columns of Star Wars since their first appearance in 1977 and this miniseries was an opportunity to enrich their background and create the right bridge between their appearances on the big screen. We now know how deep the Sith Lord’s resentment towards his old master is, just as we know how much Obi-Wan’s mercy and heart saved his young Padawan. The relationship with Leia was another important axis of the miniseries, which however appears a bit limited building a simple relationship of friendship, which we already know will not have a great future before Episode IV, set a decade later. The secondary characters introducedwith the exception of Tala and partially of Reva, are devoid of personality and little more than shadows and simple helpers in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s drawing.

Conclusions

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s final episode concludes a miniseries that it could have been so much more. The premises were excellent, the first three episodes even more, with the fourth one stumbled and got up a little more limping than before. The story told was less compelling than expected, with the rescue of Leia as a fragile backdrop to the long-distance duel and not between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. The performance of Ewan McGregor it proves convincing even after 17 years, while only a few scenes justified the return of Hayden Christensen as the Sith Lordwhose most distinctive touch, the voice, has been entrusted again to James Earl Jones as in the original trilogy. There technology used to bring this series are the extra engine, creating an immense detachment with the visual quality of the prequel trilogy where we last saw these characters. Surely the moments that will remain indelible in the memory will be the two clashes between Vader and Obi-Wan, which do not reach the tension of the duel on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith, but are highly spectacular. It was nice to see these characters again and waiting for their new appearance we just have to say: “Hello there!”

And you, what do you think of our review of Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6? Do you agree with our assessment? Is it the best series from the Star Wars universe? Let us know in the comments!

Points in favor

  • The final battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader does not disappoint expectations
  • The story ends with no frills

Points against

  • The miniseries could have been managed better over time (maybe one episode less)
  • The story could have been more substantial

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Romina Mezzatesta

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