Actor, Writer, Jedi, Singer,

Actor, Writer, Jedi, Singer,
You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Star Wars Challenge Day 12

"All Time Favorite Scene"
They're are many amazing scenes in the Saga but there is one that really stands out for me.
Okay, here goes.

So, my favorite all time scene is the end of the Battle of Mustafar.
It's dark, it has emotion, and is the end of everything for both characters.
The scene is my favorite because of the lines exchanged- the best lines I have come across period; the acting is so good, it seems like it is actually happening; you can see the pain on both their faces as the battle comes to it's close and we, the audience, know that there is no going back(for a long, long, time, anyways).
I'm going to discuss the whole scene from beginning to end and give my thoughts on everything that takes place.
Once Obi-Wan flips onto the lava bank, he knows what coming; he will soon have to deal the killing blow- and it's something he does NOT want to do. He tells Anakin that it is over, that he has the high ground and that he should surrender. Of course, Anakin doesn't listen; he's too full of hatred and anger to see clearly and he responds as such- saying that Obi-Wan underestimates him. Obi-Wan than tries one last time to get Anakin stop and see reason- to not take that leap of rage that will make Obi-Wan do what he has to do. But Anakin jumps anyway; because he thinks he can, because he thinks he is unbeatable now, and because he thinks everyone has betrayed him. But what he doesn't realize is that he has betrayed himself- to the darkside. And with a crazed, fury-filled, extremely powerful Sith Lord leaping at him with a lightsaber prepared to kill, Obi-Wan swings and performs a Mou kei on his one-time apprentice. When Anakin falls to the ground, Obi-Wan looks shocked and numb for a moment while deactivating his lightsaber and putting it on his belt. Then emotion explodes in him and we see how heart broken he truly is- "You were the chosen one! It was said you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!" When he says this, he is expressing all the emotions in him- horror, grief, and defeat. Everything has fallen around him and he tries to address his regret at what has transpired. He wishes that Anakin hadn't turned- he wishes that the Sith were gone; but instead he is one of the last Jedi in a galaxy strangled by evil. He starts to leave, weeping, taking his fallen friend's lightsaber, when Anakin, who has started to burn, screams out "I HATE YOU!" This really hurts Obi-Wan and he turns back around and only says tearfully, "You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you." He didn't say "I hate you too!" or ignore it, he said that he loved his dead friend, Anakin. I really find this poignant since "I love you" is something Obi-Wan doesn't go around saying; in truth, I believe this is the only time he ever says it out-loud to anyone. To me, Obi-Wan seems the type who finds it hard to express the feeling love- he feels it like everyone else but, like me, doesn't know quite how to put it into words. This is one of the reasons I am able to identify with him.
Also, he never got to tell this to anyone he cared about as they died; he wasn't able to tell his Master, he wasn't able to tell Siri, he wasn't able to tell all his friends who were murdered in Order 66, and he wasn't able to tell Anakin before his turn. So he says it now, wishing he had said it sooner, wishing that none of this had happened as he walks away, crying, leaving Darth Vader because he does not want to kill and unarmed being.
This is a very powerful scene, and seeing Obi-Wan so heartbroken is greatly saddening. We can see here that he is human- a great Jedi.....but only human who can be hurt just like everybody else.
And as he walks away, we see the weight that now rests on his shoulders- the weight of guilt he feels for everything that has transpired.

Now I'll post my all-time favorite Star Wars related tribute. It's for Obi-Wan and goes to my favorite song "Give me a Sign" by Breaking Benjamin


  1. Your description of the scene and your commentary was really good. Between that and the video I actually got a little choked up. Very good.

  2. Wow, thank you very much! So glad you liked what I wrote :).
    And I love that video. It's a favorite of mine.

  3. I actually cried at that scene. After watching the movie, reading the book, and now this.
    It broke my heart in more than one way

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