SPOILERS FOR OBI-WAN KENOBI
I have not reviewed any of the Star Wars Disney + series so far, including The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett or any of the animated series. However, after watching the first episode of the newest Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, I feel that this is a series that deserves a write-up.
I really enjoyed this first episode.
Ewan McGregor returned as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the time frame during the years that he was a hermit on Tatooine keeping an eye on young Luke Skywalker. We see Obi-Wan in his depressed state, struggling to deal with the failures of his past.
The episode actually started with a group of flashbacks to the prequels, making them look so much cooler. If only those three films were as exciting and well done as this montage.
So coming into the series, one thought that the story would be Obi-Wan watching over Luke and protecting the young future Jedi. However, that does not appear to be what is happening. Instead, Obi-Wan is on his way to try and help save the kidnapped Leia Organa.
How cool it was to see Alderaan and a young Leia running through the forest and playing with her droid, Lola. Everything made a lot of sense as Leia’s adoptive parents contacted the hidden Obi-Wan to ask for help from the Jedi Master.
Ewan McGregor is such a great actor and he is piling on the layers of Obi-Wan as he resisted the call to return to action. It worked extremely well and gave him ways to create tension and anxiety in a character that we know makes it through to Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope.
The villains are really introduced well, with the Inquistors making an impact right off the bat.
I am very excited to continue the series.