Obi-Wan Kenobi Part VI Review: 9 Ups & 1 Down

Obi-Wan Kenobi's almost flawless finale ends the show on an emotional high.

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After six gruelling episodes, each with their own virtues and various flaws, Star Wars' latest live-action series Obi-Wan Kenobi has reached its conclusion, with a finale that surely deserves to be seen as an emotional high point for the entire franchise.

After last week's thrilling hour found Obi-Wan and his allies pursued by an enraged Darth Vader, and a wounded Reva on the trail of a young Luke Skywalker, Part VI wastes little to no time upping the stakes of Obi-Wan's latest mission, and forces him into conflict with his fallen apprentice once more.

Bursting with exhilarating fan service, stunning action sequences, and poignant goodbyes, the episode is easily the best of the show, dampened only by some brief flaws that have followed it since day one.

With that in mind, here are 9 Ups and only 1 Down from Part VI of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has just cemented itself as the franchise's best live-action series. As always, this article contains major spoilers.

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10. There Are Some Brief Pacing Issues

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The solitary flaw of Kenobi's final episode is mercifully brief, but worth pointing out all the same considering it's an issue that's followed it since the first episode.

Whilst by no means a deal breaker, there are moments scattered throughout Part VI where the pacing feels just that little bit uncertain. This is particularly true of its action centrepiece (which we'll get to), which is momentarily derailed by the editorial decision to chop between characters.

It's brief and easily overlooked due to the power of the action at play, but it does feel a tad jarring given what's happening.

This pacing issue also emphasises the show's supporting character problems, as it attempts to sell conman Haja as a great guy who's fully reformed and changed massively, despite the fact we've barely seen him.

Less time with him and the Path rebels in the opening act would've made Part VI a spotless episode of TV.

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