Obi-Wan Kenobi. After Four Episodes, Is He Damaged Goods or Sadly Something Else?

13 Jun

Obi-Wan Kenobi

If I was “Forced” to watch only one series set in the Star Wars universe, it’s no doubt going to be Obi-Wan Kenobi. There’s plenty of past and present products to put on an infinite loop with the PVR, and it’s rare to find a work that successfully bridges the gap between various narratives and returns to the familiar. That is, the tales from this franchise follows a checklist of tropes to appease fans.

One of them means seeing this Jedi weld a lightsaber. But instead, this miniseries doesn’t make use of this weapon right away. It’s more like a classic Cowboys and Indians challenge for the first three episodes, at least. But when we’re dealing with a Jedi Master, he’ll be swinging that lightsaber in no time!

Even though we know the fate of Old Ben Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness) is sealed, we never fully understood how his relationship to Princess Leia developed. After four episodes, we see how that has nurtured. He has to rescue the little girl from the Empire. Whatever their plans were for her, she’s been spared from death in the latest instalment.

The movies show Ben help Luke escape the life of boredom on Tatooine and teach him the ways of being a Jedi. Additionally, the idea about restoring the delicate balance between good and evil wasn’t introduced until Return of the Jedi because, when this franchise was in its infancy, all the world-building and Biblical prophecies weren’t established yet.

The debut episode excellently recaps those bits from the prequels without having to really watch them again. In what’s added are characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels–two of the better continuations of the franchise. There’s supporting characters making their live action debut. The big group concerns The Inquisitors. These former Jedi warriors are devoted to Darth Vader, and their mission is to kill any remaining Jedi. I think they’re hunting for any Force user. Should they choose a side, the Emperor’s hold over the entire galaxy can easily shift.

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As a result, Ben is monitoring Luke Skywalker like he’s supposed to. However, when young Leia Organa gets kidnapped, he accepts coming out of hiding to go rescue her. It’s all part of an ambitious plan of Reva Sevander / the Third Sister, and she’s a vicious character. Moses Ingram is excellent in the role. Her desire to prove herself to her masters suggests something about her past is haunting her, and I can’t wait to see where this series will go with it. It’s hard to say if she’ll turn against Vader in the end, but her obsession to capture Kenobi says a lot about her single-mindedness.

One aspect of the production that I love is keeping the Wild West look ongoing. The Mandalorian is my second favourite from the live action sets, and Boba Fett, it lost steam after episode three. Its maudlin narrative couldn’t keep up, as I stopped caring about this galaxy’s favourite bounty hunter. Star Wars Celebration revealed everything that’s still to come and I can’t say I’m excited for everything. I’ll follow Ahsoka, The Mandalorian and Bad Batch. The rest are passes.

Now that Obi-Wan Kenobi is well past the half-way mark, what I’m discovering is the fact he’s damaged goods. This fallen one still hasn’t gotten over leaving Anakin to smoulder in Mustafar. He’ll come to blows with Vader one more time before something makes him forget. That is because Episode III: A New Hope, showed the two adversaries having that preeminent confrontation. They won’t have time to talk about the events from this series, but it’ll be a plot point that needs to be addressed before this miniseries comes to a close. These episodes will air on Disney Plus on June 15 and 22.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Official Trailer

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