Quick ‘Star Wars’ Review – ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

At last! I’ve finally seen it! The six-part ‘Star Wars’ series ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’, starring Ewan McGregor as the title character. I’m glad I’ve been able to check out another ‘Star Wars’ show on Disney+ this year, and this turned out to be a really enjoyable six-episode series featuring the Obi-Wan character.

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ is set between ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘A New Hope’. In fact, this series takes place ten years after the events of ‘Revenge of the Sith’. ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ was going to be one of the spin-off ‘Star Wars’ films, but because ‘Solo’ didn’t do well, it became a Disney+ series instead. 🙂

I find certain ‘Star Wars’ shows like ‘The Mandalorian’, ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ and ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ better than the recent ‘Star Wars’ films we’ve been getting like the sequel trilogy. I certainly enjoyed this more than the ‘MCU’ show ‘Moon Knight’, which turned out to be a hard chore for me.

In ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’, the series follows the Jedi knight on the planet Tatooine, looking out for the boy Luke Skywalker who is being raised by his uncle and aunt. He’s soon summoned to help rescue the kidnapped Princess Leia from the Galactic Empire, which turns out to be a trap simply for him.

What I enjoyed about ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ as a series is how it explored Obi-Wan’s character and how things were being connected between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. This is especially concerns Obi-Wan’s relationship with former apprentice Anakin Skywalker who is now Darth Vader.

And yes, Darth Vader appears in this series, played by Hayden Christensen and voiced by James Earl Jones. I enjoyed the lightsaber fights featured in this series, particularly between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader in the season finale, which I felt were lacking in ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Book of Boba Fett’.

Ewan McGregor’s performances as Obi-Wan in his own series are pretty good, and it’s no surprise he was one of the executive producers of this series. 😀 Ewan is really into the character of Obi-Wan and does a good job in building him up from the prequel films before he becomes Sir Alec Guinness.

It was also interesting to see Obi-Wan interact with a 10-year-old Princess Leia (played by Vivien Lyra Blair). The interactions between Obi-Wan and Leia were fascinating to check out, since it does build on how Leia comes to know Obi-Wan and requests his help when she needed it in ‘A New Hope’. 🙂

The cast also includes Rupert Friend as the Grand Inquisitor, Sung Kang as the Fifth Brother and Moses Ingram as the Third Sister, who’s determined to capture Obi-Wan and please Darth Vader. There is more to the Third Sister’s character than it appears, especially when her past gets unveiled.

There’s Kumail Nanjiani as Haja Estree, Indira Varma (who was in ‘Torchwood’) as Tala Durith, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Kawlan Roken. There’s Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars and Bonnie Piesse as Beru Whitesun Lars, Luke’s uncle and aunt, and there’s Simone Kessell as Breha Organa and Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa, Leia’s adoptive parents on the planet Alderaan, who were also in the prequel movies.

Surprisingly, Flea (who played Needles in ‘Back to the Future, Parts II and III’) appears in this series as bounty hunter Vect Nokru. Ian McDiarmid makes an appearance as Emperor Palpatine in the sixth episode of the series, and it was nice to see Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force Ghost at the end. 🙂

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ as a series has been great to check out. I know that sounds wholly positive compared to other opinions I’ve heard about this series, but I genuinely enjoyed ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ and found it worth my time. Hopefully, I will get on with checking out the ‘Andor’ series sometime. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂

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