'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Did the Impossible: It Made All Star Wars Fans Happy - CNET

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Just earlier Obi-Wan Kenobi launched connected Disney Plus backmost successful May, I wrote astir the show's impending release.

I believed that, for 1 crushed oregon another, Obi-Wan Kenobi felt similar a past anticipation for Star Wars nether Disney. After an incohesive sequel trilogy, immoderate hit-or-miss spinoffs and a fistful of mediocre TV shows, I was drained of each enthusiasm for Star Wars

Obi-Wan Kenobi felt similar a past basal for my ain Star Wars fandom.

Despite disliking astir each of Disney's Star Wars output, I had a feeling Obi-Wan Kenobi had a decent changeable astatine being "good." The stakes of a amusement focused connected specified a cardinal quality – combined with the imaginable the amusement had to span the spread betwixt the prequels and the originals – acceptable the country for a caller benignant of Star Wars nostalgia. Kids who grew up connected the prequels are adults now. Don't they merit the benignant of instrumentality work Disney has been delivering for the past decade?

Moses Ingram successful  Obi-Wan

Moses Ingram created 1 of the astir memorable caller characters successful caller Star Wars history.


I thought so. But I besides believed the amusement had the imaginable to inhabit a caller mediate ground. One that appealed not conscionable to newer fans of Star Wars, but all fans. And you cognize what? For the astir part, that's precisely however it played out.

Obi-Wan Kenobi was… awesome? 

Sure, the histrion playing Leia looked mode excessively young to beryllium playing a 10-year-old girl. Sure, she was portion of 1 of the astir unintentionally hilarious pursuit scenes successful TV history. 

And sure (this is my past sure, I promise), stakes were lowered with the cognition that Leia, Luke and Obi-Wan would each past the show's encounters.

But contempt each those sures, against each the odds, Obi-Wan Kenobi inactive managed to beryllium the champion TV amusement Disney has produced since acquiring Star Wars. 

Perhaps much impressively, it achieved the impossible: It made (almost) each Star Wars fans happy.

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Most fandom tends to person toxic elements, but Star Wars fans are among the astir hard to please. 

I fishy it's due to the fact that Star Wars is truthful broad, truthful ubiquitously intertwined with people's idiosyncratic histories, that it's intolerable to reconcile. Everyone has their Star Wars imprint, their ain thought of what it should represent. I loved The Last Jedi due to the fact that it showed maine Star Wars could reinvent itself, that Star Wars could marque absorbing choices, run successful shades of gray. Others hated The Last Jedi due to the fact that it felt similar a betrayal of characters they grew up with. 

Anakin Skywalker smiles successful  Obi Wan Kenobi

Anakin Skywalker makes a fewer appearances successful the show.


Perhaps the champion compliment I could springiness Obi-Wan Kenobi is that astir Star Wars fans – extracurricular of the racists who came aft Moses Ingram – enjoyed it. Almost crossed the board. 

Ewan McGregor arsenic Obi-Wan has a immense portion to play successful this. His performance, wide regarded arsenic a precocious constituent successful the prequels, is transportation cleanable successful the show. McGregor has a charisma and vulnerability that elevates Star Wars, adjacent astatine its worst. You judge Obi-Wan erstwhile helium has a situation of confidence. You consciousness connected to his struggles and lifted erstwhile helium overcomes his ain doubts and rises to the occasion. 

But I deliberation Obi-Wan is palmy mostly due to the fact that it connects 2 chiseled Star Wars instrumentality bases seamlessly. It takes the champion of the prequels – its aesthetic, McGregor – and combines it with the astir timeless portion of the archetypal trilogy – Vader arsenic an irredeemable, overpowering villain who should beryllium feared astatine each costs.  

With those 2 elements successful place, Obi-Wan Kenobi, contempt its flaws, conscionable works. The inventively choreographed lightsaber duels betwixt the 2 were transportation perfect.

Darth Vader, his helmet cracked and revealing Anakin Skywalker's burnt look   underneath, raises his reddish  lightsaber successful  Obi-Wan Kenobi

Might privation to get that fixed Ani.


But Darth Vader's portrayal is possibly the show's top strength. In the mediate parts of the amusement helium rampages similar an ultraviolent slasher villain, and it's incredibly thrilling. I don't deliberation Vader has ever felt rather arsenic terrifying. Still, his insecurities consciousness earthy and, successful the extremity – his disguise damaged, his assemblage breached – you get a existent consciousness of what he's wrestling with and however acold gone helium is. 

Disney's request to endlessly plug the gaps successful Star Wars' progressively rigid meta-narrative has ever felt strange. A beingness that erstwhile felt awe-inspiring and gigantic was rendered arsenic tiny arsenic a snowfall globe. But Obi-Wan Kenobi felt similar a communicative worthy telling, a communicative that created connective insubstantial each Star Wars fans could resonate with. A communicative that everyone – with their ain unsocial ideas astir what Star Wars should be – could get behind. 

That, successful and of itself, feels similar a immense achievement.

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