Best Episodes of Obi-Wan KenobiHey everyone, I'm darthvadern. So today, on June 22nd of 2022, the final episode of the the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series aired, and I've got to say, I was pleasantly surprised with how great this show turned out, especially after the rather average Book of Boba Fett, and so, I thought, why not make a ranking video of the episodes? No one has done that so far, and it's short enough. So with that being said, let's get started!
Part VI. Obviously, the finale is the best episode. Ok, that's not always obvious, I mean sometimes the finale is kind of underwhelming, in fact a lot of the times it happens to be, but in Kenobi, I can safely say that I was blown away! I don't even have the words for it. In terms of Star Wars TV-show season finales, it is up there alongside Victory and Death, and Twilight of the Apprentice. It's the epic culmination of what happened right in the square middle, between Revenge of the Sith and a New Hope. The entire episode consists of merely two seperate duels. One of them sees Reva trying to avenge her dead friends by killing the one thing Anakin has left (his son), while the other sees Obi-Wan meeting up with Darth Vader, to settle it once and for all. And this lightsaber duel is lit. There's so much emotion in the air, when you've seen their confrontation on Mustafar. You truly feel Vader's wrath, and Kenobi's will to protect those he love. In fact, it's probably my 4th favourite ...more
This episode was absolutely phenomenal. I'd say the duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader is one of the best in the entire Star Wars franchise. Also, it was great to see Qui-Gon at the end again. I spent the whole series hoping we'd see him as a force ghost.
In 4th place we have Part I, the first episode of the bunch. And I've got to say, it's a pretty good way to start off this series with. The opening scene, with the Inquisitors landing on Tatoonie to hunt jedis, was perfectly handled. Prior to watching this, I had little to no hope for these characters. The Grand Inquisitor looked nothing like his Rebels counterpart, or the Pau'ans in Revenge of the Sith, the Fifth Brother didn't ooze any danger at all, and where the hell was the 7th sister? But I was pleasantly surprised with this first scene. Rupert Friend was surprisingly great as the GI. He didn't have quite the same personality as in Rebels, as he was a little less sassy, but I'm willing to let that slide. The rest of the episode is great too. You can truly feel Kenobi's depression during the aftermath of the Clone Wars, and it was perfectly portrayed by Ewan McGregor. And then there's also the Leia storyline, which ultimately ties into this rescue mission I'm not so fond of but ...more
Part V, was probably the episode in the series when it transitioned from simply okay, to great. Which is admittedly too late for a 6-episode series, but hey, better late than never. And there are a few reasons as to why. The Leia Rescue storyline has finally toned down, and as a result, the focus could be put on other more interesting aspects of the show, and they sure did. Up until this point, Reva was a bland character. Nothing about her really stood out, other than the fact that she was impulsive, and slightly ambitious. In this episode, we finally get to see her motivations and why she's been so obsessed with catching Kenobi, which, spoilers, is so that they could kill Darth Vader together after he slaughtered all her friends during Order 66. After knowing this, her aggressiveness makes much more sense, as she wants to finish off Anakin as quickly as possible. But not only does Reva become a much better character, the somehow, the Grand Inquisitor returned. We all knew he survived ...more
Now Part IV is a bit of the opposite to Part II. Story-wise, it's not the best. Just a repeat Episode II, with Obi-Wan rescuing Leia, but now with the help of an imperial spy, it's meh, nothing unusual. And unlike Episode II nothing really important of notice happens either. In fact lots of people don't seem to care for it. No no. The reason Part IV managed to be much better than not only Part II, but even I and II, was in the setting. No matter how deep or interesting Star Wars may be, at its core, it has always been about escapism, like I've already said when discussing Ep. 2. And this episode, utilizes that the absolute best with its setting. And underwater prison fortress, with sub-surface windows, and a tomb of carbonite-freezed people, this episode truly exemplified exploring the unknown, something completely different from anything on Earth. It was such a unique area to be immersed in that it ultimately became one of my favourite episodes of the bunch, in spite of the bland ...more
Coming in at last place, we have Part II, which premiered alongside the first episode. In my opinion, there are a whole array of reasons for why this was always my least enjoyed episode of the bunch? I wouldn't say it's bad..., ok it kind of is, the problem with Part II is combination of events that don't matter or ruin the show in the long run, and the very gloomy setting. At its core, Star Wars, for all its deep and intricate storylines, has always been about escapism. Exploring new worlds, completely different from ours. Unfortunately, this one is largely set in a slum of con-men and what not, which kind of just reminds me too much of the current world. Story-wise, Part II doesn't really do it for me either. The biggest single problem this series has for me, is that the overall main story is just, boring. 4 out of 6 episodes are all about saving Leia from the Inquisitors, and while it's a decent way to maybe kick off a series, it should not dominate a series about Kenobi dealing ...more
In 5th place, we have Part III, which is, slightly better than Part II, but likewise it shares a lot of the same problems as the previous episode. For starters, story-wise, it offers even less to the overall bigger picture than what Part II does. While that episode had the godawful Grand Inquisitor death scene, at least it served a bit of a purpose in developing Reva's character. The highlight everyone talks about when discussing this episode, would be the Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader duel, and admittedly, it is pretty cool. It's almost built up like a horror movie, in how the sith lord creeps up from nowhere. You can really feel Anakin's rage as he tortures the rusty Kenobi. Unfortunately, I don't think this duel should've happened at all, since it kind of ruins the dialogue in a New Hope, and it results in probably the 2nd worst thing in this entire series, the ending. Just as you think, finally this rescue mission is over..., Reva comes out of nowhere and kidnaps Leia..., again. Like we ...more