The following contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
One of the Star Wars franchise’s most beloved characters, Obi-Wan Kenobi, has returned to our screens finally with the first two episodes of his highly anticipated limited series. Fans have been clamoring to see the return of Obi-Wan for some time now. Tonight the first two episodes of the limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi have premiered. The recent trend in Star Wars media produced by Disney had me skeptical of this series. The current trend of Star Wars becoming just fan service has left a bad taste in my mouth. While I’m sure Obi-Wan Kenobi will have some fan service, I hope it won’t take the series over.
The first episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi opens with a bang. As most Star Wars fans I just can’t get enough of a good Order 66 flashback sequence. Presumably, this is the origin of our 3rd sister. The limited series’ decision to open on such a pivotal moment in Star Wars lore is sure to invoke such strong feelings in fans. While I thoroughly enjoyed this moment, I was scared it would lead to the series possibly relying on fan service to entice us. I was wrong.
While Obi-Wan Kenobi certainly relies on fan service to some degree, it’s clear so far it won’t hinder the series. The mixer of focusing on Kenobi while building upon previous material in Star Wars has so far been excellent. Of the Disney productions, this series has done the best job of balancing the story while also including things we know and love. Being that this is the first two episodes of the series, I could see it progressing into relying too heavily on fan service and limiting Obi-Wan’s story.
To no one’s surprise, Ewan McGregor kills it once again as Obi-Wan. McGregor is a fantastic actor of course, but it’s clear that Obi-Wan is the role he was born to play. While most performances in the show outside of him are okay, seeing Jimmy Smits and Joel Edgerton reprise their roles was fantastic. Both play Bail Organa and Uncle Owen so well. As for the Inquisitors, I was worried about Rupert Friend as the Grand Inquisitor based on the look of the character but I’ve enjoyed his portrayal. I hope Moses Ingram gets her character expanded upon more as her just being the angry and unhinged Inquisitor doesn’t make her that compelling of a character in these first two episodes. I’m anxious to see if the Third Sister will receive better treatment within the story or if she’s doomed to only be this.
The show so far has looked amazing. Chung-hoon Chung’s framing and shots have made Obi-Wan Kenobi look incredible on our screens. I’m anxious to see how the eventual lightsaber fights will look. Deborah Chow’s direction of this series is such a plus. Her work is amazing and it’s no surprise that she once again is delivering us some terrific Star Wars content. There was no better choice to helm the series.
The first two episodes of the series have been fantastic. I am very much looking forward to seeing what comes next from the series. Ewan McGregor has done it again as Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series is sure to go only up from here. Deborah Chow has proved me wrong and restored my faith in Disney as they helm the franchise. – Collin Stetzner
Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres Wednesdays on Disney+.
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