Photo: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

It’s hard to argue that too much good came from the Star Wars prequels. But the YouTube channel Shahan Reviews makes a strong case that in small doses, the prequels can be quite effective. In a video entitled “Obi-Wan Remembers The Truth,” Shahan inserts clips of the climatic battle in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith into Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. And the results are unexpectedly moving.

Specifically, the video recontextualizes the scene in which Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker about the Clone Wars. As he explains to Luke that his father was murdered by Darth Vader, Obi-Wan flashes back to his own climatic lava fight with Anakin. “What I told you was true, from a certain point of view,” Obi-Wan later tells Luke in Return Of The Jedi. And this video drills home that tragic reality while also showcasing just how much weight Alec Guinness was able to bring to his performance even before his character’s full backstory had been established.

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