‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ (Season 1) TV Show Review: It Was This Close

“Have You Ever Been Afraid Of The Dark? How Does It Feel When You Turn On The Light? It Feels Like That

I never thought the day would come when we’d see Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) between the events of the Clone Wars and Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Now that the time has come how did the show do? Was it able to live up to the hype it generated?

Overview

Obi-Wan Kenobi has been hiding out on Tatooine for the past 10 years, keeping an eye on the son of his former student. In the meanwhile, he has been hunted by inquisitors, former Jedi.

Leia and Obi

One of the best aspects of this show is the relationship Obi-Wan has with Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair). To begin the old Jedi’s quest, she is abducted early in the series. Once united they end up playing off of each other well. Ewan McGregor also must be recognized for his phenomenal acting throughout the entire series.

When the season began there was a bit of skepticism on my part about the role but I was proven wrong. It’s hard to have a child actor perform well and I’d say she was even out acting some of the adults.

Setting the Tone

Regardless of how good the program is, I believe Disney has done a good job of establishing the tone for its Star Wars TV productions. Obi-Wan has severed his connection to the force. He spent most of his life relying on this power. He’s just an old hermit who isn’t the same fearless general he used to be.

He doesn’t simply make a slight alteration throughout the series, which makes this component very nicely written. He’s lost and terrified, and he needs to find himself again. It’s one of the things I like best about this season.

Slow Start

Reva Sevander (Moses Ingram) is arguably the most notorious character; from the minute she appeared on screen, she drew harsh criticism. I truly don’t think it’s her fault, though.

She is on the quest for Obi-Wan, and nothing will stop her from succeeding. Even while this may be a fulfilling plot, we know there isn’t much tension because Obi-Wan lives. This along with the fact the creators give us one of the most irrelevant twists in Star Wars.

When you have a story about an established universe you can’t do much to change things up. You can’t kill off certain characters or even impair them in a meaningful way unless in an earlier story that already happened. Therefore, this show just doesn’t have much wiggle room which definitely bogs it down.

Just Unnecessary

Have you ever had to reach a quota for work or a homework assignment? Maybe 60-70% was genuine great work but by the end, you were just adding filler to finish the project. This series has that vibe. Unfortunately, there is a lot of fluff that only serves to detract from the good that is present.

For most fans before this show began, I think we all knew where it was heading. There’s nothing wrong with that and honestly, the ending has some of the best content this season has to offer. However, getting to that point was just not an amazing experience. The earlier parts of the show simply don’t compare to the last two episodes of the series.

After finishing the show it just doesn’t feel like it needed all of this. A film could have sufficed or a mini-series of just a few episodes. Instead, they try to stretch the content out to make a show and those are the worst parts of it.

Conclusion

Who would have imagined that so many years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, we would have another adventure with the main actors reprising their roles. I detest to say it, but perhaps they shouldn’t have.

For me, Obi-Wan Kenobi is all that it needed to be. Seeing my favorite Jedi back on the big screen having to face his demons. What I didn’t expect was for him to have such a great relationship with Princess Leia.

When the adventure first began I didn’t realize her role would be so large but it works. The formula of guardian and child is just something that functions well. I believe that they had a connection in the story and some emotional beats couldn’t have been hit if they didn’t have the chemistry they had.

One aspect of the show you can’t really question is how they established the tone of it all. This is not the same Jedi knight we all know and love. He’s scared and he’d be willing to let an innocent die to stay hidden from his pursuers. We are more accustomed to him doing all in his ability to defend the vulnerable, so we aren’t too used to that.

I believe Evan McGregor’s character to be one of the greatest aspects of the entire series, which couldn’t be stated about the last Disney+ series, The Book of Boba Fett. Unfortunately, I don’t believe you’re missing much if you don’t care too much about his character.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is at its best when it focuses on Darth Vader and his master. It’s why we’re here in the first place. They deliver in those moments but those don’t make up the entire series. We spend a lot of time without them both sharing the screen and a lot of those sections feel unnecessary. Like they didn’t know how else to stretch out their story.

Worst of all they set up some really lackluster twists because if you follow the Star Wars universe you’d know that certain characters live many years past this point. So if the show tries to kill one of those characters off you know that they’ll be back. Then this program will treat it as some sort of big twist when it just feels like a waste of time. You could argue that going in blind would be more interesting but if you don’t care about the universe, especially the prequel films I don’t know why you’d wanna watch this show in the first place.

Lastly, I don’t hate this series in fact I loved watching it. If you’re willing to turn off your brain a bit and just enjoy seeing Obi-Wan and Darth Vader on the screen you’ll probably have a great time. If you’re looking for a very well-written story, with plenty of twists, and surprises you’ll probably be disappointed.

Verdict 6.5 out of 10 Stars

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