Obi-Wan Kenobi – Episodes 1 & 2 Review

By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This review is spoiler-free.

Hello there!

As I left the cinema back in 2005, having just watched Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, I was incredibly sad. Star Wars was over. There was to be no more. The world I loved so much was finished! But who knew what the future of the galaxy far far away had in store for us? Now look at the world we live in…

The Star Wars prequels received so much, undeserved, hate from corners of the fandom in the early years, pretty much the same as we have seen with the sequel trilogy. Just like the more recent new stars, it was Hayden Christensen who took the flack during episodes 2 and 3, and, truthfully, I thought he’d never want to return! These issues have been well documented over the years and all I can say is that I am so happy to have both Hayden and Ewan back reprising their characters!

When I learned that they would be releasing two episodes on the premiere day, I already had in mind that the first episode was going to be more about re-introducing characters and bringing the audience up to speed with the current state of things in the galaxy. I was correct in this, as it was Episode 2 that really saw the action cranked up, but both of these episodes complimented each other well. It was a perfect blend of storytelling and action.

What we have seen glimpses of in the trailers is pretty much the content of these first two episodes, which I am very pleased about! They have done this with previous Star Wars Disney+ shows and I am happy to see this trend continue, as we are now in uncharted territory, and I cannot wait to see what surprises this series has in store!

As for the two episodes themselves, like I said, they are two very different episodes in terms of tone and content, but this gives you a nice indication as to the type of series this will be! The first episode does a great job of reintroducing you to the current state of affairs and brings you up to speed pretty quickly, which then allows the show to move on to a new story going into the second episode! There are plenty of nice surprises that Star Wars fans will really love! When it comes to the production, set and costume design, music, and the overall Star Wars aesthetic are on full display throughout!

In terms of the characters, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is in a very different place to when we last saw him and it was really fascinating to see what his life has become. In terms of other returning characters, Senator Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) and Owen Lars (Joel Edgerton) make positive impressions in these first two episodes and hopefully, they will have more appearances as the show progresses. Then we have new characters such as Reva Sevander (Moses Ingram) whose role within the Inquisitors is extremely interesting. The ruthlessness and ambitious Third Sister does not play well with others and I am dying to find out more about her past and the reason behind her motivation. We are also introduced to young newcomer Vivien Lyra Blair, whose role will remain spoiler-free for now, but she was incredible! She must be protected at all costs!

Overall, these first two episodes were a fantastic start to this one-shot series and with only four episodes left, the pacing has to be perfect – and so far, so good! The stinger at the end of Episode 2 is going to have audiences talking for the week ahead and the anticipation is already building! With so much hype and expectation, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is off to a very strong start and Deborah Chow continues to impress me, as she looks set to pilot yet another success in the Star Wars Universe!

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