So now I am not as confident.
After, what I thought was a sensational first episode, Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode II came back down to earth. Simply put, this felt like a giant step back in terms of just about everything.
It was not terrible. I’m not going to stop watching the show because of this episode, but it had a feel like much of the Book of Boba Fett series. I found it paced incorrectly, the characters felt just wrong, and the dialogue was not up to par on the first episode.
The show truly feels as if it is trying to recreate the Mando/Grogu dynamic with Obi-Wan and Leia, and, sadly, it did not seem to work for me.
I’m not sure why they rushed through so much of what could have been a strong story, but Obi-Wan found Leia, got her out of the clutches of the villains, avoided the Inquisitors and escaped the planet with her.
I did enjoy the appearance of Kumail Nanjiani as a fraudulent Jedi, scamming people for credits, but he also seemed to switch up his character midway through the episode and that felt too quick as well. Nanjiani is always welcome, but I’m not sure this was executed to its fullest extent.
The rooftop chase scene felt silly too. The Third Sister was the one standout of this show, but the whole conflict with The Grand Inquistor did not mean as much to me. I have not watched the animated Star Wars shows so the apparent retcon when Third Sister killed him (or so it seemed) did not register with me. I’m also not sure of the connection between Obi-Wan and Third Sister so I hope we find out why she was so obsessed with him.
I do like how Obi-Wan is struggling with using the Force and that he has to use a blaster because he does not have the fortitude or the confidence to wield the weapon of a Jedi.
I just found this episode disappointing and I hope Obi-Wan Kenobi gets back on the fight track now that Obi-Wan and Leia are together.
However, that last scene of the show with the shot of Vader…. that was powerful. Excited for his return.