If you couldn’t tell by now, I really enjoy looking at character position within a frame. It tells us a lot about individual characters, but it also tells us something about their relationship to other characters in the story.
In part 1 we compared Obi-Wan’s body position to Yoda and Ki-Adi-Mundi, showing that he was in conflict with the Jedi.
What do I find even more interesting?
Guess who Kenobi’s framing is often identical to???? Darth Maul, of course!!!
And this one is my favorite:
Those last 2 frames are almost back-to-back in the episode. There’s a slight transitional wipe cutting from Obi-Wan in the Jedi temple to Maul on Mandalore.
Why is this framing significant? Because it is deliberate.
When you cut from one character to another and they visually occupy the same space in the frame, and even have nearly identical expressions on their faces, it indicates they are connected somehow. The audience will subconsciously register this connection.
This duality can tie into the bigger mythos that heroes and villains are often identical in many ways. For example, Obi-Wan and Maul are both intelligent, powerful, determined, loyal to their own beliefs, and strong with the Force.
One of the few differences between them is their ability to accept fate. Time and again Kenobi accepts events as they unfold, but Maul veritably rails against fate, desperate to control whatever he can.