Obi-Wan Kenobi has just wrapped up its first (and only?) season. Ewan McGregor returns as the titular character in this mini-series set in this rapidly expanding Star Wars Universe.
Should you skip it or watch it? Read on this review to find out.
The Star Wars Universe Expands
I always figured there would be more Star Wars stories coming after the success of the first season of The Mandalorian series, which already has two seasons under its title, by the way. First with The Book of Boba Fett premiering back in December of 2021. And now, with a more well known and much beloved character with Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Set 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Birds of Prey) returns as the titular character. The show promises to take a deeper dive on the lives of the Jedi Master and his dark-side-turning Padawan Anakin/Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) after their fiery showdown in Mustafar. The Star Wars Universe has definitely expanded its reach with the addition of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
Obi-Wan is back. Darth Vader is back. That’s it. For most Star Wars fans, myself included, there is no need to say more. And yes, seeing both characters once again sharing the same scene and exchanging lightsaber blows just never gets old. It still gives me the shivers every time.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series succeeds in this aspect. The overwhelming sense of nostalgia just hits different when it comes to the Star Wars franchise. Seeing our favorite characters come to life once again along with a young Luke and Leia, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, and the Organas is always a feast for the eyes.
Yet in all the wistfulness, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series still fails. Mainly because there is really nothing to it. The show was supposed to take us deeper into the life of Obi-Wan Kenobi or Ben Kenobi as he prefers himself to be called during this time period. But no, instead of answers, the show just leaves us with more ambiguity which begs the question: what is (actually) the point of this show?
Sure, the show still manages to keep things tense even when we already know the fate of most of these characters. The confrontations of Obi-Wan and Anakin who is now in full Darth Vader mode keep the audience going. However, there’s got to be more than just nostalgia here.
All in all, it feels like the audience can just watch the first episode and go straight to the finale and they still won’t feel like they missed anything. The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith did better as far as giving Obi-Wan Kenobi a backstory. The series? Not so much.
I can’t help but feel like the producers would have been better off if they had created a series about the adventures of a young Princess Leia instead.
Skip or Watch?
Obi-Wan Kenobi heavily relies on the nostalgia brought about by the massive Star Wars franchise. Fans of the series will enjoy the show. However, it just fails to deliver to its promise of showing another side to the beloved Jedi Master. Ultimately, the series wasn’t just the one we wanted to see.
For the hardcore fans, this is a must-watch. But for the rest, maybe skip this one.
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