The Star Wars prequels hold a special place in my heart. As such, I was ecstatic that Obi-Wan was getting his own series. Every time I re-watch Revenge of the Sith, I always tear up. Seeing Obi-Wan (played by Ewan McGregor) spill his heart out to Anakin (played by Hayden Christiansen) about how he was his brother and how he was supposed to destroy the Sith and not join them. It’s heart-wrenching. Like many other fans, I was nervously waiting for Obi–Wan Kenobi to drop episodes on Disney+ This series was well worth the wait. I wanted to talk about some of the highlights of the series instead of doing a full review of the show.
I was not expecting a young Leia to appear in Obi-Wan Kenobi. I liked this aspect of the show because I felt it helped link Revenge of the Sith to A New Hope. It gives more background as to why Leia requests Obi-Wan’s help. Little Leia is portrayed as this sassy child who wants to see more of the world. I thought she complimented Obi-Wan’s journey and helped provide levity to the series.
Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place 10 years after Order 66. Jedi are being hunted by Inquisitors and are driven into isolation. I liked that Obi-Wan Kenobi reveals what this post-Order 66 galaxy is like. There isn’t a lot of Star Wars canon content that talks about this part of Star Wars history. The show felt more adult because of the heavy themes it tackled. There were a few scenes from Order 66, and allies to Obi-Wan are dispatched (RIP Tala, played by Indira Varma). The whole aesthetic of the show was intriguing.
There is so much content within the show that feels like it’s for the fans. Obi-Wan meets Luke and says his infamous line, “Hello There”. There’s a scene where Anakin and Obi-Wan are fighting in a training session. There’s the cameo of all cameos! Obi-Wan finally being able to see the force ghost of Qui-Gon (reprised by Liam Neeson). The show felt like it was created for the super fans of the prequels and I was here for it.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was so worth the wait. Episodes can be streamed on Disney+