The first two episodes of the much anticipated “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series were released late Thursday night on Disney+.
If you were on the fence about watching the new Star Wars series directed by Deborah Chow, get off of it and start watching.
The story begins 10 years after Revenge of the Sith with Obi-Wan Kenobi, played once again by Ewen McGregor, watching pre-adolescent Luke Skywalker from a far as he promised Yoda at the end of Episode III.
The pace picks up rather quickly in this series as Kenobi struggles with staying true to his duty of watching Luke and his Jedi instincts to help those in need.
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While young Luke is Kenobi’s focal point, Luke’s twin sister, Leia, is the central figure of the first two episodes. (That’s all I have to say about that. NO SPOILER).
Obi-Wan Kenobi brings back familiar characters like Owen and Beru Lars (Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse), Anakin’s step siblings, and their moisture farm, and Bail Organa, Leia’s stepfather, played again by Jimmy Smits. It also introduces new characters like Reva Sevander (Moses Ingram). Reva is still a mysterious character employed by the Empire and knows the ways of The Force.
I’m excited to see where the series takes a character like Bail Organa. I’ve always thought that his character plays a far more critical role in the Star Wars story than what was portrayed in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. I thought the role was waisted in those movies and Smits is far too talented of an actor to be just a guy in a robe with only a half dozen lines and minimal screen time compared to what the character’s role meant to the Republic. Smits had twice as many lines in the first episode of Kenobi than he did in the two prequel movies combined.
In just two episodes, there’s already been plenty of intriguing plot development, plenty of action, twists, turns and even a guest appearance by Red Hot Chile Peppers legend, Flea.
Two episodes in and I’m already hooked and ready for more. Personally, this series came along at the right time as I will be without “Better Call Saul” until mid-July.
May The Force Be With You.
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