While fan edits can often be hit or miss, I have to say this one absolutely caught my attention in the wake of the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale yesterday. It takes the best scene in the series, the final showdown between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader, and rescores it with John Williams tracks from Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.
The change echoes the final fight from that film between the same two characters, albeit back when Anakin was still Anakin, pre-lava makeover. The result is…kind of stunning, even as I wonder how long this will remain up due to the fact that it’s probably breaking two different copyrights at the same time, “transformative” as it may be.
For now though, it’s been up for a day and has already amassed close to 250,000 views, with fans praising what a good job CineVore has done with it. Not that the actual scoring of that scene was bad by any means, but there’s just something about a booming John Williams track that screams Star Wars in a way almost nothing else can match.
Williams has not scored any of the existing Star Wars Disney Plus series so far. The Mandalorian, for instance, was scored by Oscar-winner Ludwig Göransson instead to create a new, iconic sound for that series. But now back in the land of the force and lightsabers, Obi-Wan Kenobi was scored by Natalie Holt, the first woman to score any Star Wars project. Again, not to discount her work in the least, but this is John Williams! John Williams!
I could watch this scene on repeat forever already, but now with the Revenge of the Sith track, it has even more life to it, and I want to go back and kind of listen to the entire prequel score set right now as a result. We’ll see if Williams ever returns to Star Wars in the future, and my guess is that we have not heard the last of him yet in the universe.
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