When Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader meet at A new hopethe resulting battle was the first time the star wars creative team had never depicted a lightsaber duel.
Dueling is particularly understated, less fluid and flashy than the franchise’s later lightsaber battles. As a result, some fans see it as a weak point in the film, expressing frustration at the technical limitations that hamper the fight between two fan favorites – a much more heightened remake of the scene exists online, brilliant fan fiction.
However, the A new hope the duel isn’t as disappointing as some make it out to be; it’s as much about the conversation as it is about the lightsabers. The simple exchange between the two tells the viewer everything we need to know about their history, their conflict of values, while the duel itself is tense and painstakingly careful.
It’s a clash between two old masters who are both holding each other back; nor unleash the full force of their lightsaber, and the fight ends abruptly, as Obi-Wan sacrifices himself to Vader.
Therefore, the highly anticipated rematch between Obi-Wan and Vader in the season finale of Obi Wan Kenobi offers a more exciting battle, benefiting from today’s digital effects, but also takes time to delve into the story between the two and expose a glimmer of Vader’s humanity.
Excessive camera shake aside, it’s a well-executed scene, giving Obi-Wan a horrifying look at Vader behind his mask, after the good Jedi manages to subdue his former apprentice, cutting off his breathing apparatus and his helmet.
Fans seem to enjoy seeing Darth Vader at his most powerful and unhinged, like tearing apart a ship like tissue paper, slicing through soldiers in a hallway, or messing with Reva like she’s a rag doll.
Refreshing, something that stands out in the Kenobi Dueling is Vader’s terrible weakness, the tragedy of his very existence – it’s the first time Obi-Wan sees the ravaged face of the young man he left for dead, his greatest failure and source of guilt. .
The crisp baritone of James Earl Jones’ Vader voice is mixed with the softer, uneven tone of Hayden Christensen; the spraying sound underscores just how intimidating Vader’s presence rests on his suit, a fearsome mechanical shell that covers a broken man.
In response to Obi-Wan’s horror, Vader appears to be comforting his former master, or perhaps, resenting his pity. That distinctive Christensen smirk emerges from the broken helmet, and Vader absolves Obi-Wan, taking full responsibility for his fall to the dark side.
On some level, it seems like Vader is really talking to himself, trying to get himself to believe that his transformation was inevitable, that it had to be. Or maybe it was the last flicker of Vader’s humanity, before he was fully restored in Return of the Jedi.
It’s a great character moment, arguably the best scene in this series, as well as the sparring duel between the two which takes place via flashbacks in the previous episode – both duels examine the dynamic between the two , the lightsaber action echoing their philosophical differences.
The tragic relationship between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan is one of the richest in star warsand Kenobias uneven as it was, managed to deliver a truly satisfying scene between the two iconic characters.
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