Picking up ten years after Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan, now known as Ben, is a broken man, haunted by Anakin’s turn to the dark side. After Leia is kidnapped, Obi-Wan sets out to rescue her; unaware that the kidnapping is a ploy to lure him out of hiding. He is relentlessly pursued by the Inquisitors and Darth Vader, leading to an inevitable rematch with his old padawan.
After watching all six episodes, I’m sitting here, wondering what the point of this series was. It was purely fan service, anticlimactic and quite frankly dull. When Princess Leia showed up and it was made clear she’d be playing a large part, I thought, I am so sick of the Skywalkers. This was not what I wanted. There was absolutely nothing at stake. Oh no, Leia and/or Luke are in danger… They’ll obviously be okay because they are notable characters in the subsequent six Star Wars films.
Now, the actors. It’s always very odd that people attack the actors when the problem is ultimately a character issue. This brings me to one of the issues I had with the series, the Third Sister, Reva. There were already several Inquisitors in existence so why did they choose to shoehorn in another? Reva reminded me a lot of Rose Tico; one-dimensional and unnecessary. Instead of this new Inquisitor, I’d rather have learned more about the Fifth Brother or Ninth Sister. I can’t believe they’re considering giving Reva her own series. Who would watch it?
I mainly watched the series for Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen. I love the prequels and their chemistry, so that had sold me initially but in the end, I don’t think it was worth it and the series didn’t really add anything new. After the first rematch, I felt hoodwinked. Did I endure kid Leia and Reva for that? But my mom didn’t raise a quitter, so I pushed on. The final episode made up for the crappy first rematch, but was it enough to make this series great in the end? No. I think it was a mistake to even have them duel again. The final duel on Mustafar was nearly perfect and one of the best of all the films. That should have been the last fight before A New Hope.
I was expecting a series about Obi-Wan reconnecting with Qui-Gon Jinn and learning more about the force. That’s what the series should have been, with flashbacks to the Clone Wars. Or, the focus could have been The Path and Quinlan Vos. Instead, we got a pointless series that didn’t impact or add anything to the Skywalker Saga. It was nice to see Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen back in action, but that was about it. I didn’t need every plot hole filled. This series was hollow and lifeless. I know I’m part of the problem; I’m a Star Wars fan that keeps watching these movies and series all the way through. You know the saying, this is a meeting that should have been an email? Obi-Wan Kenobi was a six-episode series that should have been a movie.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is available to stream on Disney+
I’m a Data Analyst, from the land of Matthew McConaughey. I’m an avid movie-goer and love seeing films in theaters. My most recent favorite films are Good Time, Only Lovers Left Alive, TENET, and England is Mine. When I’m not at the movies, I’m either reading or watching obscene amount of true crime and historical documentaries.