Star Wars: The Last Jedi disappointed some fans when Luke Skywalker's story ended without paying respects to Obi-Wan Kenobi - but that's a problem fixed in the comic book adaptation of the movie.
This isn't the first time we've praised the comic adaptation for 'fixing' Last Jedi's most controversial moments, but it may be the most meaningful for fans who felt old Ben Kenobi should've played a role in Episode 8, since Luke steps into his former role when asked to train Rey in The Force. At the very least, the comic version shows that Luke finally understood Kenobi's last (living) lesson shortly before his death. At most, that Luke truly understood how The Force had turned the student into the master... and showed how he could follow Obi-Wan's path himself.
- This Page: Obi-Wan's Sacrifice For Luke
- Page 2: Luke Finally Understands Obi-Wan's Last Lesson
Obi-Wan Kenobi Chooses NOT To Fight
It's a moment that fans may not recall, assuming they don't have every line of dialogue or Jedi motto committed to memory. As the heroes of the first Star Wars movie arrive at what used to be the planet Alderaan, they find in its place a field of debris... and the biggest battle station they've ever seen. Instantly, they're pulled into the villains' clutches as the hotshot smuggler Han Solo boasts that even the Empire won't be able to take him in without a fight.
For Han, dying is a victory in itself if it happens while violently fighting against a bigger, stronger, and more victorious enemy. But it's Obi-Wan who voices a sentiment that, at the time, audiences couldn't perceive in its full importance. Obi-Wan knows their chances, and tells Han that "you can't win. But their are alternatives to fighting." And he doesn't mean surrender, either.
Obi-Wan's 'Alternative to Fighting' is Sacrifice
Obi-Wan doesn't say it at the time, but his plot to embrace stealth, misdirection, and sabotage can only accomplish so much. The tractor beam drops, sure, and the rest of the young heroes make their way back to the Falcon. But for Obi-Wan - once a proud Jedi Knight who leaped into combat with pride, confidence, and determination to win the day - the pull of The Force takes him elsewhere. Face to face with his former pupil, whom he failed to keep to the Light Side.
Obi-Wan crosses sabers with Anak-- with Vader for a time, but when he sees the next generation of heroes making their escape, only then does he truly embrace the 'alternative to fighting.' It should be a sad moment, now that Obi-Wan's story is fully known - and his chance to "finish his fight" is stolen from him - passed to a new generation by the will of The Force. But The Last Jedi suggests this was the very moment Obi-Wan became a true Jedi Master, in all that those teachings and distinctions used to mean. As Yoda puts it, Obi-Wan has met "the true burden of all Masters... We are what they grow beyond."
The Last Jedi gives that very same moment to Luke Skywalker, or something close to it. But only the comic adaptation reveals that Luke actually knew fate was repeating itself before he ever faced Ben Solo, his own former student... and chose an alternative to violence himself.