Up to the middle of Part IV of Obi-Wan Kenobi many fans around the world wondered about the real reason for making a series about this piece of the history of starwars and the character of Ewan McGregor, one so sad that he could neither lift a lightsaber nor guard a 10-year-old girl. Whether she was needed or not, whether she had copied the model of The Mandalorian (for the protection of a minor in this case like Din Djarin with Baby Yoda) and if it was going to be a soulless production that could not even film the persecution of a young Leia in the first chapter well. There was evidence to think that way, but also a clear idea: Is it really a series? starwars if there is no controversy?
As Obi-Wan Kenobi begins to understand his new purpose, things have changed. It is true that the introduction to arrive at that evolution took almost four whole chapters, but it helped to present the framework. To know the situation of other planets, introduce the Inquisitors (remember that they are still new characters for the products live action), understand that there was not a rebellion already formed and established, and show the context of the Jedi (and the clones) in that galaxy dominated by the Empire. None of that excuses the director, deborah chow, of presenting three and a half episodes with bad decisions from the direction, the script and even absurd continuity errors. That existed. But somehow, it also helped make the last two episodes the best of the series. The closure was up to the task, the series as a whole, no.
Finally there is redemption. Not in the characters and their stories, that you will have to discover for yourselves, but for the director and the team of lucasfilm who carried the series forward. There was a different search regarding The Mandalorian or the movies, here the idea was to go from minor to major to explain the entire map in those unexplored years of the history of starwars between Episode III and IV. At the risk of not generating enthusiasm in a Obi-Wan Kenobi surrendered and turned off, added to how poorly directed some of the chapters are (their first battle did not have the detail or precision that a reunion like this needed), the series concentrated all its resources on its two final chapters and it shows. The presence of Darth Vader with all its potential, the battles at the end of the series, the visual display of those ships, everything worked in parts V and VI.
The idea of this article is to make an analysis of the series in general, but it is difficult to stay with the bad decisions at the beginning when there were two and a half quite long chapters that chained nostalgia, encounters and dialogues to connect the series with the movies and the famous fan service, those moments thought for the madness and the cry of the fans. Everything seems to add up in some way due to the low expectations that the beginning of the series had generated, a larger budget concentrated in the final episodes that raised the visual bar and, as expected, encounters at the height of the movies from lightsaber fights , to dialogue that connects with the history of the dramatic Skywalker family.
Separate paragraph for the performance of Ewan McGregor, who more than complied with his obvious evaluation. There is a clear path up for McGregor with very clear points in the even episodes. Part II shows him weak and far from the power he exhibited in the movies. Part IV already closer to the Force and believing not only in him, but also in that group of rebels that accompanies him on the mission to rescue Leia. And in Part VI, very difficult to comment without spoilers, but he is again at the height of his power as a Jedi master, but also as a guardian of the Skywalker brothers and a former general of the Clone Wars.
The other protagonists Hayden Christensen Y Moses Ingramwith a more irregular walk. Christensen With little time to show off, he succeeds, especially in Part V, which works both in the flash back as Obi-Wan’s Padawan and already on his way to being a Sith Lord. Moses Ingraminstead, did the reverse path to the series. She stood out in the first episodes as a fearsome rival with a specific purpose, but then she lost steam in her repetition. The last chapter of hers did not quite live up to what she had shown in her first appearances and in the fifth part, her saber fight, also poorly choreographed, left her in a bad position. However, on average, she turned out to be a good addition that could have her own series, according to rumours.
The high points of the series in general are the work with sound and image. Although they do not innovate in new CGI techniques, neither with a new graphics engine nor did they develop a new technique to create environments as they did. The Mandalorian With those huge LED screens, the construction of sound and image to create environments stands out in the technical section. The sound mix between the voices of james earl jones before and now together with those of Hayden Christensen at key moments they are the best in the series and it gives a coherence of excellence to that step of mask or no mask. Also in the visual section, all the scenes in the ships or in the combats are of a quality rarely seen in a television series.
I believe that Obi-Wan Kenobi accomplishes its mission. The series overall healed several wounds, sparked poignant encounters, and offered a glimpse into those uncharted years of such iconic characters in the live action Despite its weak start, without the necessary magic of starwars To convince all its fans, the series evolved to provide an episode of emotional value more than anything else. The last chapter completes the circle. And the next step, still without any confirmation, could be a new look but for the big screen. In the series, there are other more interesting paths to explore in Andor, The Mandalorian Y Ahsoka. The galaxy is full of minimal stories and charismatic characters, let Uncle Ben rest in peace.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is complete in Disney+.