SALT LAKE CITY — It’s one of the culminating confrontations in the early "Star Wars" films.
In "Episode IV: A New Hope," Darth Vader meets his old Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in the halls of the Death Star for the first time since they fought on Mustafar and Anakin was left for dead. The two exchange a few fencing-like spars, and in a matter of two minutes, Vader slices his saber through Obi-Wan and kills him.
The moment in “A New Hope” is far shorter than you might expect or hope for after seeing the building relationship and tension between Anakin and Obi-Wan in the prequel films. It also lacks the same cinematographic flair and acrobatics of lightsaber duels in the later films.
Now one "Star Wars" fan has taken it upon himself to reinvent the duel between Obi-Wan and Vader, and the end result is pretty incredible.
Posted on YouTube Wednesday by FXitinPost, “Star Wars SC 38 Reimagined” shows off an epic battle between Vader and Obi-Wan reminiscent of the battle of Mustafar and with the similar visual punch.
The video intersperses scenes from “A New Hope” with new graphics and a dramatic soundtrack. It’s more tense, filled with more drama and it swirls together Anakin’s past identity and his current mechanized form with haunting dialogue from “Revenge of the Sith” playing in the background.
FXitinPost teased the video a year ago, stating it was a project they were VFX supervising. Since the final product was published on YouTube Wednesday, it has been viewed more than 3 million times.
Though Obi-Wan and Vader’s original duel remains an iconic moment in an iconic franchise, one can’t help but wonder “what if.”