Last week on the Livestream, Yoda said he was non-plussed by Obi-Wan Kenobi and told me that I seemed angry about it. He was right. I was expecting more from a Star Wars series, where I should have had my expectations way lower.

This week is the last episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi and I went into it less angry and hoping for a decent finish. Now that I have watched it, I’m back to angry again and here is why.

*Spoilers Ahead*

Let us not forget that last week gave us this complete awfulness:

This week picks up from there, and we find out that the ship the Obi-Wan and Leia are escaping on is stuck in the old The Last Jedi trope of very slowly getting away while being shot at. We know the ship won’t get destroyed since it’s got two of the main characters on it. Therefore not only is there zero tension, but the entire premise is rendered completely pointless.

Obi-Wan decides the best thing to do is get on a smaller ship and get Vader to follow him, so the others can get away. Time is a huge factor here, since the ship could blow up at any moment, but there is enough time for Obi-Wan and Leia to a moment together, where she can inspire him. God forbid we see a middle-aged white male do things on his own.

Obi-Wan leaves and Vader has to make a choice, destroy the Jedi once and for all or chase Obi-Wan. Obviously, he chases Obi Wan, because stopping all the Jedi isn’t all that important when we have to give the fans a good lightsaber fight.

I don’t know, but I would have thought a Star Destroyer would have had a squadron of Tie Fighters? But no, it’s only got room for one Lambda Class Shuttle, so the others get safely away. Phew!

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In the mean time, Reva is off to find Luke and returns to Tatooine. I, for one, was glad about this as this is Star Wars and we hadn’t been back to Tatooine for about 4 episodes and I was getting worried.

Reva lands at the correct spaceport and immediately finds someone who knows Owen and Beru. Talk about a small planet! The guy she speaks to immediately warns Owen and Beru to prepare for battle.

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Beru seems to know that Reva will attack at night, somehow. “Somehow” is the new Star Wars phrase for when a “writer” cannot make up a good story. For example in The Rise of Skywalker when Poe says:

“Somehow Palpatine returned.”

No need for silly things like an actual explanation when the word “somehow” will do. Anyway, Owen and Beru get ready to stand their ground and protect Luke. It’s a good job they did, since Obi-Wan wasn’t anywhere to be seen.

We now get to see Obi-Wan and Vader face off. I didn’t know what the outcome was going to be, so this was very exciting. #sarcasmoff

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The fight was OK, but the photography and editing was bad. There are ways to shoot a fight and, sorry, but Deborah Chow doesn’t know how to shoot a fight. As I said the fight was OK but the prequel curse of knowing an outcome so having zero tension is ever present.

What I couldn’t believe is that Vader gets the upper hand, thinks Obi Wan is dead, and just walks away. This is a Dr. Evil level of stupidity.

Obi-Wan is OK where he’s buried and thinks about Leia who once again saves him.

The fight continues and Obi-Wan gets the upper hand. There’s a moment, the same moment we had on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith, where Obi-Wan and Anakin have a moment. This time though, Anakin pretty much forgives Obi-Wan, tells him that Vader killed Anakin and it’s not Obi-Wan’s fault. Hooray, redemption!

Again, with a level of stupid I cannot fully understand, Obi-Wan could have easily killed Vader but, once again like on Mustafar, he just leaves him there. He knows the devastation that Vader and the Empire have caused but he doesn’t seem to care about that? He’s just going to leave him, just the same as he did in Revenge Of The Sith.

Of all the ways the fight could have ended, they somehow chose the stupidest option once again.

Meanwhile back on Tatooine Reva, the bad ass Sith/Inquisitor/Force User, cannot beat two farmers. Prequel rules / zero tension once more as we know who survives. She ends up not killing Owen and Beru (phew!) and runs after Luke into the desert.

You’d think a force user could pick up a little child if they can grab spaceships in flight, but no. When there needs to be some fake tension they run after each other instead.

Meanwhile, Obi-Wan is flying around space and somehow senses Luke is in danger. He flies off to save him. Interestingly, his ship has hyperspace which he didn’t use when the Star Destroyer was chasing him because Star Wars.

Luke gets there in a matter of minutes, even though A New Hope shows that getting anywhere from Tatooine on the Outer Rim takes some time. Luke lands at the Lars homestead and goes off to find Luke, finally resuming his job.

Reva has Luke and is going to kill him, but here I got confused. She says she wants vengeance, but against Vader? If so, how will killing Luke get that? She doesn’t know Luke is Vader’s kid, right? If so, how the hell didn’t Vader know that? I may have missed something here, but the writing made zero sense to me.

Anyway, Reva brings Luke back to the Lars, gets redemption and it’s all OK and the entire Obi-Wan Kenobi series now feels like a set-up for an upcoming Reva series.

Obi-Wan stretches canon even further by visiting Leia on Alderaan and tells her how amazing she is and how great she is and how she’ll grow up to be the bestest thing ever in the entire Star Wars universe.

Obi-Wan meets Luke, gives the toy we see in A New Hope and says:

“Hello there!”

Much to the excitement of all the fans.

He then leaves Luke and finally meets up with the force ghost of Qui Gon as now he can finally see him.

Overall

The series, overall, is a huge let down if you love the canon of Star Wars. If you don’t care about details, plot or characters we all know and love, I’m sure you’ll love the series.

It’s a show that never should have been made. There was no reason to go into the back story of Obi-Wan and there was no need to literally piss all over the canon. Someone recently said:

“The more you add to something, the less special it becomes.”

And this is so true of Star Wars at the moment. Disney have to churn out content, so they rushed Boba Fett and they have rushed this. Both have destroyed canon, cheapened beloved characters and simply made a mockery of everything precious about Star Wars.

Obi-Wan, like Boba Fett and the Sequel Trilogy, I will never watch again. It’s just not good. I am a Star Wars fan. I am not a Disney Star Wars fan. They are two very different things.

I will say, that talents like Ewan McGregor and Deborah Chow are wasted on things like this. It’s such a shame they had to rush the entire thing out, since it might have been OK with a bit more care and attention.

I have lived in hope that something from Disney Star Wars might be good, but I know now to lower my expectations a lot. New rule of thumb, if Disney is involved and Jon and Dave are not, then it’s not going to be any good.

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