In the words of the famous “Star Wars” character Obi-Wan Kenobi, “Hello!” And welcome to my review of Disney’s latest addition to the franchise, a spinoff series aptly titled “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
The show’s six episodes were released on Disney + in May and June, and focus on Kenobi’s adventures in the time between the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy and the original “A New Hope” movie.
The series begins by showing Kenobi’s worldly life as he watches a young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine, where he is forced to hide his true identity due to the threatening threat from the inquisitors, a group of Jedi-chasing villains.
His boring life is interrupted when he is asked to save a young princess Leia, who has been kidnapped. Along the way, Kenobi avoids the inquisitors and struggles to reconcile his troubled past with former student Anakin Skywalker (a returnee Hayden Christensen), also known as Darth Vader.
Unfortunately, I concluded that the series was only mediocre as the final text of the last episode rolled.
That, of course, was a lot of positive. Ewan McGregor’s acting was one of the show’s strengths. Having done an excellent job of playing Kenobi in the prequel trilogy, this performance does not disappoint. For example, in the show’s opening scenes, he very clearly portrays Kenobi as a shell of his former self. In addition, he makes several emotionally charged scenes between Kenobi and Darth Vader all the more compelling by demonstrating Kenobi’s constant anguish over losing Vader to the dark side.
In addition, several other famous characters appear throughout the series, some fan service that I found entertaining.
But for every positive trait “Obi-Wan Kenobi” can offer, it seemed like a negative trait was pulling it down.
My main complaint has to do with continuity issues. Much of the program’s action contradicts the established events that take place in the most important “Star Wars” movies. While my father and I watched the show, we constantly found ourselves pausing and discussing why the action simply did not make sense.
I also found the story to be repetitive and unoriginal. It seems that Disney quickly threw together the plot of “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, knowing that everything with the “Star Wars” name would be profitable, regardless of quality.
At the end of the twin sun day, “Obi-Wan Kenobi” is still a worthwhile watch as long as you do not have incredibly high expectations. Ultimately, when it comes to the “Star Wars” spinoff show, I wish Disney would focus on quality rather than quantity.