Soul Search and Lightsabers

OUR latest offering in expanding Disney star Wars universe on tv Obi-Wan KenobiSix episodes aired throughout June, with the sixth and final episode finally airing. Obi-Wan Kenobi proved to be good, and everything that the fans were waiting for?

The action takes place ten years after the devastating conclusion Star Wars. Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and nine years ago Star Wars. Episode IV – A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi finds his protagonist in a strange place before plot shenanigans begin to take place.

Now one of the few remaining Jedi in the galaxy, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) hides out on the planet Tatooine under the alias Ben Kenobi, working by day and watching over the young Luke Skywalker by night. in a nearby cave.

It’s a simple monastic life, given that Kenobi’s life as a Jedi has come to an end, and his connection to the Force is weakening every day. The former Jedi Master also unsuccessfully attempted to communicate with his dead master Qui-Gon Jinn.

Elsewhere, the Sith Inquisitors, made up of the Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend), the Fifth Brother (Soon Kang), and Reeva, the Third Sister (Moses Ingram), are actively hunting down the few minor Jedi they can find until Reva’s plot forces the Inquisitors to find a way to draw out Obi-Wan – Leia Organa (Vivienne Lyra Blair).

This leads to an inevitable showdown between Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen/James Earl Jones) and Kenobi.

In a faraway faraway galaxy

It’s certainly a lot to digest, and the pacing and scripting of the first two episodes makes it even harder to swallow, as does the casual, conveniently silly narrative.

For example, Reva explains that she “looked through the archives” and found a connection between Kenobi and Leia, despite the fact that Leia’s birth (and the birth of her twin brother) was hidden from the world and their father.

Obi-Wan Kenobi undeniably blunt and slow in its first few episodes, especially “Part I” and “Part II,” which released on May 27, as the show’s writers do mental gymnastics trying to connect the dots to move the plot forward.

After the first two episodes aired, fans and casual viewers had about six days to sit around with a sour taste in their mouths.

Since “Part III,” things have taken off, not only in terms of plot, but also the quality and writing of each episode. The bad was aside, and Obi-Wan Kenobi moving on to the good and, dare I say, highlights of the series.

When he flies, he really flies

Many of the criticisms leveled at the first two episodes and how they set up the entire limited series are justified.

There have been many other ways to write the Kenobi story, set in the decades between Stone as well as ENGso why did they choose to go down that path by bypassing the continuity and introducing Leia and Luke to Kenobi so early?

This is a valid question, and the answer can be found in the last two episodes of the series. Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Criticism of the lackluster fight scenes is also addressed by series director Deborah Chow in the two fight scenes in “Part V” and the final fight in “Part VI”, as Chow combines the overly intense lightsaber battles from the prequel. A trilogy with the stricter dueling style of the original trilogy and the raw duels of the sequel trilogy.

Each duel also uses contrasting elements of who is fighting whom without spoiling anything.

The last two episodes also answer the question of why Hayden Christensen was brought back to play Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, while in the previous four episodes, Vader was voiced by Jones and stuntmen moved around in the costume.

“Part VI” in particular really makes use of Christensen’s presence and acting.

Returning to the role he was born to play and loves so much, McGregor is also skyrocketing throughout the series. Moments that illustrate who Kenobi is and who he is becoming are brought to life by the vivid performances and emotions of the actors, even despite the beard covering most of his face.

Kenobi is older than he was when he fought and killed Skywalker on Mustafar, and MacGregor, now more experienced than when he last played the role, easily returned to the role to bring a wiser and more reserved Kenobi back to life.

In other words, “Part VI” also closes the loops that will later arise in ENG that no one expected it.

However, despite its highs, indeed Obi-Wan Kenobi really justifies its existence?

Not really, but it’s great to see McGregor and Christensen in their iconic roles again.