I said we needed a series about Princess Leia, one of the most iconic female heroines in cinema, and we’re having a little chat with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Played by the charismatic, cute, and excellent child actress Vivien Lyra Blair, responsibly debuting a complex role.
As we know, after Padmé (Natalie Portman) died in childbirth, Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Yoda agreed to separate the twins of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), also supposedly dead, to protect them from the Empire. Leia was adopted by Senator Bail Organa (Jimmy Smit) and Luke was taken to Anakin’s family on Tatooine. Obi-Wan made a pact to always be close to the boy, even if hidden. In fact, this option put him at greater risk of being found, but within 10 years, he achieved isolation. However, unbeknownst to him, not only did Anakin survive, he became Darth Vader, hungry for revenge.
With Obi-Wan being the obsession of the villain and his sidekicks, clever Reva (Moses Ingram) hatches a plan to kidnap little Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) to force Senator Organa to ask the Jedi Master for help to save his daughter. Reva doesn’t even suspect that she has one of the – or the greatest – assets in history, as no one knows of Leia’s real paternity. The princess even wishes and asks if Obi-Wan is not her biological father, which some found offensive when he replied that he “I wish he had been”.
Here is my parenthesis, it was not a romantic allusion to Padmé. Obi-Wan had affection for the princess and even more for Anakin. As he was present at the birth of the twins, he began to feel connected to the two, only contributing to Anakin’s jealousy being justified. Later, as we know, Luke does not hesitate to throw himself into the void than to choose to side with his father. His connection is always in relation to Obi-Wan, never another. That hurts.
But let’s get back to the Disney Plus series. There are only two episodes left for its conclusion, we know that the timeline gives us spoilers that Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, and Leia survive and are fine, not so much about the fate of “new” characters, like Reva. By this point, Leia has already fallen into the villains’ hands and escaped three times, tiring out the now nearly elderly Obi-Wan but reinforcing the connection between the two. Only he understands why the Force is so strong in the princess, not even she suspects, but she is firm, quarrelsome, and brave as we saw her years later.
In current times, at least Obi-Wan’s character hasn’t been canceled out as much as other male heroes (always thinking of you, Jon Snow!) because Leia has always been a symbol of feminism, never depending on men, not even when was only 10 years old. In some ways, the series has been more about her and Reva than the old Jedi master.
At this point, Darth Vader still hasn’t seen his daughter in person, but surely their fates will cross. He inflicted physical pain on his former mentor when they dueled for the first time in 10 years, showing his superiority in martial arts and mind control. But Obi-Wan cannot be underestimated. Ewan McGregor is as always wonderful in character and all the clichés we’re seeing don’t matter. The series is not to innovate, it is to feed nostalgia. And it’s hitting. In the heart.