Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” has concluded after six episodes and it seems to have ended in a better spot than shows like “The Book of Boba Fett.” Let’s look at some notable points.
We had an episode of little Princess Leia who winds up mimicking actions later in life. This little girl gets captured by Imperials, casting an odd glance at the adult diplomat’s actions-being held hostage by her own father. It plants a seed that Leia might have an admiration for Imperials that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
One big risk when Disney and Lucasfilm decide to go back and expand on the actions of established characters is that it may revisit the well far too often; something creator George Lucas rarely ever bothered doing. Fans of “Star Wars” have had literal decades to hammer out what does and does not work in a work of fiction involving space wizards and any further analysis of existing characters, especially when the powers that be choose to rarely ever acknowledge the Expanded Universe material is bound to dissatisfy some people. The chief sin of these reexaminations would be when the canon is messed with.
So what did Obi-Wan do to push the needle in its finale? Darth Vader was singularly focused on revenge against his former teacher when “Empire Strikes Back” Vader simply wanted to find Luke out of a desire to be a father. Is Vader still angry about Mustafar? Is this simply a white-hat vs black-hat matter? What do we gain from a saber battle between Vader and Obi-Wan that ends with rocks falling and leaves Obi-Wan back to the status quo of Episode IV.
Episode 5 implied that Imperial Inquisitor Reva would survive when reaching for comlink and discovering Luke’s location; this woman was headed for the child. Having Uncle Owen, a farmer, hold his own with a laser rifle beggars belief. Episode IV showed Ben and Beru as pacifists with no interest in trouble who are later butchered by stormtroopers. Somehow this younger Ben is competent and brazen enough to shoot at a dark Jedi.