Obi-Wan Kenobi Review: Star Wars’ Most Focused Streaming Series Yet

After two and a half years, it’s safe to say that Disney’s grand foray into a televised Star Wars universe has been a mixed bag. The Mandalorian Right off the bat, against all odds, Grogu/”Baby Yoda” was the most popular newcomer to the galaxy in decades. Boba Fett’s book started out aimlessly and boringly before giving up its premise – and main character – halfway through and morphing into another season of The Mandalorian. Obi Wan Kenobi, which released Friday on Disney Plus, offers a slight change of direction: a self-contained story centered around one of the saga’s most iconic characters. Judging by the first two episodes, it feels like it pulled through.

The six-episode miniseries stars Ewan McGregor as the whimsical, bearded Jedi he inhabited in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. Ten years have passed since the events of Vengeance of the Sith – but what is a year on a planet with two suns? – and we meet again with Obi-Wan, lying deep on the planet Tatooine, watching over a young Luke Skywalker from afar. It’s a miserable and thankless task for Obi-Wan, who is wanted by a trio of Inquisitors: former Jedi working for the Empire as Jedi hunters.

Ultimately, it’s not about Luke, but about his sister Leia, played here by Vivien Lyra Blair. In the series premiere, Leia is kidnapped from her home planet of Alderaan and used to lure Obi-Wan out of hiding, under the somewhat false argument that Obi-Wan is an old war mate of Leia’s adoptive father (Jimmy Smits). , reprising the role of Bail Organa). Of course, Obi-Wan takes the bait.

Obi-Wan’s best storyline in the prequels took the form of a noir detective pastiche attack of the Clone warriors; Episode two of Kenobi features a lot more gumshoes. The self-contained story there Obi Wan more purpose than some other Star Wars streaming projects – even if you suspect this would have worked perfectly as a film. Of course, the stakes are a bit muted as we’ve seen some of the key players alive and well A new hopebut it’s a series more about the chase than the goal.

Most of the time it’s just fun to see McGregor return to the role, a character borrowed from Alec Guinness but one he’s made his own. There is much about Lucas’ maligned prequels that has been the subject of revisionist reappraisals over the past decade; McGregor’s performance is one of the most recognized highlights. Here he adds new dimensions to the character without losing the old – his dry wit, his unwavering dignity. The Jedi has returned. Obi-Wan Kenobi Review: Star Wars’ Most Focused Streaming Series Yet


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