Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Vader Duel Echoes Rebel Moments… But Why?

Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi is bathed in the blue light of a lightsaber.

Obi-Wan looked at a familiar face.
screenshot: Lucasfilm

star warson many levels, exists in a series of couplet– The rise and fall of darkness, the cycle of fall and rebirth of light, echoes of a story told in generations of families and civilizations. “it’Like poetry, they rhyme,” George Lucas says inside The Phantom Menace Record start, statement It could be a meme now But still one of the truest things about the distant galaxy.

but when star wars‘ Poetry’s dominance starts to feel like robbing a part of itself for reference?

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While watching this week’s sixth and final episode (at least for now), a thought crossed my mind Obi-Wan Kenobi. after a short game sohalfway point in reesthe long-awaited duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan whizzes through an unknown rocky world, followed by a series of connections scattered across the world star wars legend.Obi-Wan and Anakin’s opening lines here reflect a conversation they had before the Mustapha fight, where their swords clashed with that fight and their eventual duel new Hope. even though star wars the sequel gets Some nods as Obi-Wan summons the Force to throw a string of rocks at Vader, instantly levitating them, reminiscent of Rey clearing the way for her friends The Last Jedi. But the most interesting rhythm of the fight is preserved for its dramatic climax. In moments of clarity and even rage, having just wailed at his opponent with a barrage of lightsaber strikes and hammer blows, a determined Obi-Wan pounced on Vader, drawing a laceration that melted the Dark Lord’s mask… revealing the man in the below the machine layer.

star wars Fans will of course know that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this happen, as Anakin Skywalker’s staunch ally has literally uncovered the truth about his identity as Darth Vader.Ahsoka Tano does the same– though chronologically, years after the duel – at Malachor’s star wars rebelsObi-Wan’s wound is on the right and hers is on the left, but the images there are striking and much the same: Darth Vader’s face, smoldering and cut open to reveal the damaged flesh of Anakin Skywalker below. The emotional environment is the same – the people behind each strike are shocked to realize that, deep down, the people they once called friends are now trapped inside a giant evil body.

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screenshot: Lucasfilm

Don’t get me wrong, the immediate consequences are KenobiThe ending is far from an empty repetition – Hayden Christensen managed to say so much with a visible eye, while Ewan McGregor, on the contrary, Obi-Wan hangs all the pain and emotion in the decisive choice to accept that Anakin is really gone, and only Vader is left (well, calling him Darth a bit also Far from proving a single line new Hopehowever, let’s allow star wars At least this indulgence). Obi-Wan and Ahsoka can only cut off Vader’s mask, ultimately requiring Luke himself to lift it off once and for all. Return of the Jedi– an echo on an echo, as in star wars love so deeply. But seeing Ahsoka’s strike get Obi-Wan’s response this week still feels a little hollow.

It’s not the context of the moment that bothers me – as I said, Obi-Wan’s choice of emotion is strong enough to allow the scene to connect in all the ways it needs to, which is what repositions Obi-Wan’s arc in the finale An important step after the events of the prequel, he accepts his place in the galaxy and finds peace by honoring what he lost in the process.This is a duplicate from the image rebelsno matter how subtly different, which annoys me. star wars Likes to borrow itself, especially in its rebooted classic era, the old extended universe cut off from the continuity of the present and has proven to be fertile ground for concepts and characters Jump back to current story in a changed form. But there are some different things like, rebels Bringing Marshal Thrawn into the current canon – giving him an origin story, borrowing elements, but not the Codices, his story in the EU – and Obi-Wan Kenobi A shot of raising the lightsaber to cut through Vader’s mask, revealing Anakin below.

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screenshot: Lucasfilm

The latter is part of a pattern that has recently persisted in the current wave star wars TV, characters and ideas from the franchise’s post-prequel period, mostly animation effortsr is now pulled into the realm of reality TV.In the past, the boundaries between film and film were always tighter star wars and TV star warsbut the lines are clearly blurring now – television is arguably the vanguard of a galaxy far, far away, at which point anyone (and we mean anyone) can appear in them, initially animation-specific characters or otherwise.Read cynically and feel like these stories and characters verified only in the eyes of wider fans when they were presented in a live-action version once described as “proper” star warswhatever that is – Ahsoka Tano and Bocatan are now on their way The Mandalorian Compare rebels or clone warsthe former is about to take the lead and continue directly rebels exist Live-action form. As beloved as those animated series, star wars‘ Now to focus on these streaming shows, with all the borrowing from the animated heritage in them, it’s possible to see where people are coming from.

So, months and years from now, when people think about that shot — Anakin’s eyes are on Sparks emanating from the mask Vader dug up – when Ahsoka was the one who stabbed in, would they think? rebelsor they would think Obi-Wan Kenobi? And in endless tirade star wars‘Echoes of nostalgia, does it really matter? Time will prove everything.but charming and powerful Both events are for their respective series, and I can only hope that the audience and star wars It remembers itself that cycles are formed by respecting past moments, Just copy them.


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