The anticipated series with the iconic Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, was a project that took some time to get off the ground, but it came at the right time and in the right ways. With the first two episodes released today, May 27th, there’s only one word to describe them: spectacular.
With perfect rhythm, acting and plot, it only hurts the heart that it is a “short” work, of six episodes. If Han Solo had his movie, and Luke and Leia were important in the trilogy that ends the saga, it is undeniable that Obi-Wan should have had his own feature. But we are happy with the series.
Ewan McGregor is a talented and charismatic star, his Ben, the name Obi-Wan adopted after the extinction of the Jedi, is a bitter middle-aged man, skeptical of everything and only living the days he managed to keep to himself, hidden and isolated in the Tatooine desert. However, the Empire is on the hunt for survivors and we have an obsessed inquisitor, Reva (Moses Ingram) hot on their trail. Particularly, Obi-Wan’s.
We will have more spoilers from now on.
The first scene of the series shows us the reason for Reva’s particular hatred for the Jedi. As a child, still an apprentice, she survived Order 66 but felt abandoned by her masters. She seems to be currently the apprentice of Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) and has inherited from him his absolute hatred for Obi-Wan, whom they both want to capture and kill.
Here, as is common in Star Wars Universe, the versions change to fit the story of the moment, with an explanation for Obi-Wan and Anakin’s family’s decision not to change Luke Skywalker’s name. To them, Anakin was dead and they didn’t know that Darth Vader was alive. Strange in many ways because Darth Vader would be a name to know for existence, do you agree? But Obi-Wan didn’t know. Also, Leia looks too young to be only 10 years old as well as Obi-Wan looks too young compared to Sir Alec Guinness‘ age in the first movie, which is happening in this timeline in another decade, but can roll with it for the love we have for the saga.
Reva hatches a perfect plan without knowing she’s discovered gold. Upon finding Obi-Wan’s connection to Senator Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits), the Inquisitor kidnaps Leia (the kidnappers are led by Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers) in order to force Obi-Wan out of hiding. The plan works, but because Leia is exceptional, the two manage to escape. Now that he knows that Obi-Wan is still alive, his former apprentice is out to get revenge. The irony is that Darth Vader is still unaware of the fact that his children survived Padmé’s birth because the Emperor lied to him stating that they all died. For now, the children are safe.
Everything works in the series and has everything to be one of the biggest successes of the franchise. I still dream that Leia will also gain her solo prominence. Note 1000 for Disney Plus.