Obi-Wan Kenobi has another showdown with Darth Vader, while Leia Organa is returned to Alderaan and Reva, the Third Sister, hunts down Luke in the season finale, and possibly series finale, of the Disney+ Original Series, “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” The episode features a really good fight scene, a surprise return, some elements I didn’t like and some that didn’t hurt the series, but didn’t improve my overall enjoyment.
This episode was good. The series was good, but not great. It satisfied my wants and made me happier than “The Book of Boba Fett” did. I really liked how Darth Vader’s fighting style was the “whack-a-mole,” for lack of a better term, rather than the smooth, gymnastics style of the prequels. He’s now more machine than man, so it makes sense that he would have a more robotic fighting style. Plus, Obi-Wan isn’t the old man of “A New Hope” yet, but is still older than his glory days fighting in the Clone Wars. He’s lost a step, so his style looks slower. It’s a good creative choice that makes sense.
The part I really didn’t enjoy was the wrap up of Reva’s storyline. I thought she should’ve died at the hands of the Grand Inquisitor. While I was expecting that in episode 6, it would’ve been a nice end to episode 5. Darth Vader impaling her was a great start and the Grand Inquisitor finishing the job would’ve been great. Instead, we get an unnecessary assault on the Lars homestead on Tatooine and a redemption story arc where she doesn’t kill Luke. It wasn’t needed. Reva doesn’t need redemption. She needed a storyline that made sense. I went from not enjoying her story to understanding and appreciating her story to hating its ending. It’s a full circle moment because the actress did a good job playing what she was given, but what she was given didn’t exactly appeal to me. Plus, in “A New Hope,” Luke seemed mostly unaware of the dangers lurking off world. He knew of the Empire and that was it. Why would he not reference that time so woman attacked his home and tried to kill him in the desert? It created more questions than answers.
That surprise cameo at the end hit the feels for me while also being completely unnecessary. I understand Qui-Gon found a way to become one with the living Force and that helps him communicate from the Great Beyond. He wasn’t able to appear as a Force ghost at the end of “Revenge of the Sith,” but he figured it out in the intervening 10 years is fine. But, it would’ve worked if he was only able to get his voice through to assist Yoda and Obi-Wan in their training. I liked seeing Liam Neeson back, but I didn’t need it. Still, it helps Obi-Wan’s transformation from the broken man he was at the start of the series to the more personable hermit he was in “A New Hope.” It works, so it’s fine, but it doesn’t need to be there.
When it comes to television series based on “Star Wars,” I enjoyed this series more than “The Book of Boba Fett,” “The Bad Batch,” and “Resistance.” I didn’t enjoy it as much as “The Mandalorian,” “The Clone Wars,” or “Rebels.” It’s right in the middle for me and I’m fine with that. I hope more of you enjoyed it than didn’t.