In case you haven’t heard, Star Wars has had quite the banner year in 2015, between the release of The Force Awakens and two books in the New York Times bestseller list (Hard Contact and Aftermath). But bear with me; the new show on the CW, Obi-Wan Kenobi, takes some of its strongest cues from this galaxy far, far away.
It has been a long time since fans have seen Obi-Wan on the big screen. The last time was in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, and while Ewan McGregor did an admirable job, he was playing a much different Obi-Wan than the one fans know and love. The new Disney+ show does an excellent job of bringing back the iconic character, played once again by McGregor.
Jackson as Mace Windu, Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa, Ray Park as Darth Maul, and Frank Oz as Yoda.
The first episode of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ is a masterclass in reintroducing old characters. The show starts with a simple premise: Obi-Wan is living on Tatooine, keeping an eye on Luke Skywalker. But it quickly becomes clear that this is not the same Obi-Wan we remember from the original trilogy. This Obi-Wan is weary, jaded, and struggling to find his place in a galaxy that has moved on without him.
He’s been forgotten by history, and those he once held dear have long since left him behind. He’s seen too much to ever be the naive Jedi he once was, but at least now he can rest in peace knowing he fulfilled his destiny of bringing balance to the Force.
Resurrecting Old Threats
The first episode of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ is a masterclass in how to bring an old threat back to life. The show begins with a short flashback to the events of Revenge of the Sith, and then follows Obi-Wan as he tries to protect Luke from Darth Vader. The writers do an excellent job of bringing back familiar elements from the original trilogy while also introducing new threats that feel fresh and exciting.
The first episode of the much-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series aired today, and I could not be more pleased. The show is a return to form for the character, with Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the prequel trilogy. The story picks up 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, with Obi-Wan living in self-imposed exile on Tatooine.
We find him living as a hermit tending to local Tusken Raider tribespeople, who he teaches how to read and write.
Concluding Thoughts on ‘Episode I’
The first episode of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show was everything I could have hoped for. The writing was sharp, the acting was superb, and the direction was top-notch.
If you’re a fan of Star Wars or just want a good sci-fi/action drama on your screen, then this is a must watch.