Season 1 ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Finale Overthrows George Lucas Canon – Deadline

Season 1 ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Finale Overthrows George Lucas Canon – Deadline

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains details about Disney+/Lucasfilm’s Season 1 Finale Obi Wan Kenobi.

Disney+/Lucasfilm’s Season Finale Obi-Wan Kenobi wrapped its six-episode arc into what has been 4 hours and 40 minutes in its entirety since its May 27 debut.

You could actually say that’s a very long Star Wars movie; 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedic being the longest at 2 hours and 32 minutes.

Yes, no doubt, this was a significantly improved series compared to Boba Fett’s book who had stolen all his mojo by the Mandalorian, live in the shadow of that series. And there were some intriguing elements that showed up here in the franchise after 2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

But in general it was Obi-Wan Kenobi good enough? How did it get? Star Wars canon? Half the time it didn’t, and half the time it did.

Little Princess Leia Organa’s early, reckless days were quite charming, but how stupid is it that she becomes the princess constantly kidnapped by the Imperial powers? Surely she cannot be kidnapped again until she is taken hostage by Darth Vader and her planet Alderaan is smashed to pieces. If Lucasfilm has that in store in the future, will Princess Leia fall in love with her Imperial captors ala Patty Hearst?

The constant risk to Disney and Lucasfilm in expanding the classic backstories of characters from the Star Wars universe is that franchise architect George Lucas, on screen at least, didn’t go to the source often enough, unlike star trek, which has been relentlessly tapped from the start.

for decades, Star Wars fans are stuck in their rigid ideology of what works and what doesn’t and fits in a universe with many black holes. When Disney starts to fill in those gaps, say with the backstory of Han Solo or Obi-Wan, a steady hand is required and making everyone happy is an impossible task.

What annoys fans the most? When canon is broken or tampered with (i.e. “Han shot first”), and Obi-Wan Kenobi does add some guilt to that. More on that later.

The only benefit here for Disney is that any lack of success in a Star Wars TV series i.e. few viewers can be hidden, especially compared to the public scrutiny of a deranged box office (Han Solo: A Star Wars Story displeased the crowd, finishing as the lowest grossing film in the franchise at $213.7 million domestically, $392.9 million worldwide).

So what was trying to move the needle forward here? Star Wars lore in the Obi-Wan Kenobi season finale? Darth Vader was quite obsessed with hunting down his old master for nothing more than revenge, while in Empire strikes back his pursuit of Luke was the simple fact that he is his long-lost son. Was Darth angry that Obi-Wan split his body in two? Revenge of the Sith† Or is it just about good and evil? Or the tax on trade routes? What was the point of seeing Darth Vader and Obi-Wan once again fighting in a lightsaber battle – the finale’s aorta – with the latter temporarily buried under a pile of boulders? I would say the arc in here Obi-Wan Kenobi This ancient Jedi is regaining his strength after hiding in the desert during an Imperial Jedi purge. Ben again damages Darth Vader, killing his helmet and breaking the switch box on his chest. Ben sees Anakin’s face, calls out his name, and apologizes. “You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker,” Darth Vader bellows. “I did.” And then in a play on a line by Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, Obi-Wan replies, “Then my friend is really dead.” Well. We knew that all along.

But what about Obi-Wan? It’s back to a hermit in a Tatooine desert cave until the events of the 1977 film take place.

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Reva, played by Moses Ingram
Disney

We had a feeling at the end of Episode 5 that Imperial Inquisitor Reva would survive if she reached for that comlink, thus learning Luke’s whereabouts. She was clearly on her way back to Tatooine to get the kid. Seeing Uncle Owen shoot a laser gun after the third sister was a bit much; he’s a farmer, not a fighter, and he’s had nothing to do with fighting evil spacemen. When we first meet Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in the 1977 film, they are peaceful people in the middle of nowhere. They are slaughtered by stormtroopers. Now, in his early days, Owen has the load to take on a dark Jedi with a blaster. Go figure.

What is redeeming here in Reva is her transformation to the light side. She’s moved enough as she approaches young Luke in the Tatooine Rocks to see herself falling victim to Order 66. That’s when Anakin and the Clone Troopers raided the Jedi Temple and killed the youngsters; Little Reva’s life was spared because she played dead, as we saw in flashbacks on the show. Reva carries Luke’s body back to Obi-Wan. “You didn’t abandon them by choosing grace,” Obi-Wan tells her. She throws her saber into the sand. “Now you are free,” says Obi-Wan. It’s a beautiful moment. Typically when dark Jedis have turned to the light side, i.e. Vader and Kylo Ren, it is moments before their death. if they love Obi-Wan Kenobi it will be interesting to see how Reva lives in the light and her struggle to keep up.

Two major cameos in the episode are Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor and Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn force guest. The latter is just a blip at the end, and something fans have been looking forward to for quite some time. “Come on,” Qui-Gon says to Obi-Wan as he walks through the desert with him. “We still have a long way to go.” Where was your Qui-Gon Jinn on the show before? You could have been Obi-Wan’s only hope.

Great to see the Emperor, but what has been the result of his conversation with Darth Vader on Mustafar? “You seem excited,” the Emperor Vader teases, as if the cyborg man still has feelings for Obi-Wan. “Kenobi means nothing,” Vader replies.

Leia is back with her adopted parents, of course, wearing Tala’s holster (which she gave her earlier in the finale by Obi-Wan) and sharp brown combat boots. It is a junior variant of the Princess Lea from the original trilogy. She’s got a lot of spirit after her latest adventures with Obi-Wan, but we know she’ll be caught again.

But unfortunately Lucasfilm ends with rewriting Star Wars legend at the end. The 1977 film left the impression that it was Leia’s first encounter with the enigmatic Obi Wan. We had no idea that as a child she roamed the universe with him.

Ditto for Obi-Wan’s encounter with Luke, which takes place at the end of the season finale. Owen gives the green light for the old Jedi to finally introduce himself to the boy. The series spent the entire season making sure that Obi-Wan and Luke would never meet by staying true to Episode IV† he would watch over the boy’s welfare only from a distance in the desert. Until now, after Ben gives Luke a toy T-16 skyhopper – the toy we see Luke picking up in the Lucas-directed movie.

Granted, the interaction opens up more opportunities for Obi-Wan and young Luke to embark on an adventure in Season 2, should that happen. But why mess with the original? Star Wars commanded? It’s smarter to write around the rules.

Obi-Wan definitely had more important things to do in the desert before coming into the life of the much older Luke.

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