Watched V3 last night. Outstanding work overall. For the most part the scenes cut do not feel missed and cutting them improves the narrative overall, so great choices there. One I’m not sure of is the ‘answering the call’ choice. I feel like ‘digging up the sabers’ doesn’t quiet work as well as the ‘getting on the ship’ scene. I think its mostly due to a combination of the music and the look on Kenobi’s face as the ‘sabers’ scene ends feeling doubtful, vs. the music and his look in the scene with the ship feeling more resolute/determined. But it still totally works how you have it now.
Also, I think the music right at the end of the Leah kidnapping scene in the woods might work better if it was more subtle and sinister rather than sudden and abrupt.
The first Kenobi vs. Vader showdown still bothers me but this is a problem inherent in the material and probably beyond the abilities of an edit to correct. Why doesn’t Vader use the force to pull Kenobi back through the flames or levitate him up and over the flames? Or the stormtroopers could just charge up the sides of the gravel hill and get to the droid (who wasn’t exactly moving fast), take it out, and recover Kenobi. I get that the intent is supposed to be that Vader is in some kind of PTSD moment with the wall of flames (at least I think that is supposed to be the intent–I’m not sure what else would make sense), but this is a digression that relates to the source material.
This really did feel like it could fit into a midquel watch between Solo and Rogue One as a stand-alone movie and hold its own. This will be how I watch it going forward, and I thank you for it!