Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Fun But Incredibly Familiar | TV/Streaming

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McGregor brings a nice gravitas to this iteration of Obi-Wan, convincingly bridging the gap between “Sith” and Sir Alec Guinness’ version of the first film, which felt like he carried grief and trauma through his time. with Luke Skywalker. And McGregor is surrounded by talented performers, including the ever-solid Edgerton, and fun tricks from Nanjiani and Flea. Ingram gives the most interesting first performance, setting up a powerful foe for the season, but I’m afraid she’s got to play second fiddle to the Anakin/Obi-Wan reunion that’s bound to happen. Why flesh out a new character when you can fall back on the old ones?

Ultimately, it’s impossible to truly judge “Obi-Wan Kenobi” after only a third of its six-episode season. Is this just the prologue to something that stands on its own two feet, or will it be ready to lay on the Lucasverse foundation for four more hours? I can not tell. There are signs in both directions. On the one hand, the set is ready for the challenge of telling a new story instead of just a familiar story. On the other hand, the creators of this show seem so content to color within the bounds of fan expectations, perhaps burned by the responses the few times the “Star Wars” universe has. has felt different over the past decade. The truth is, people seem to be content playing in a sandbox they already recognize and love. Familiarity is comforting and safe. But it does not stand the test of time.

My concern is that the Star Wars Disney+ universe is a lot like Obi-Wan in the first episode – stuck on Tatooine, watching Luke’s memory from afar, doing his job, but also questioning his purpose. I imagine the show following this premiere will help its main character find that purpose. Hopefully the Star Wars TV machine does too.

The first two episodes screened for review. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” airs weekly on Disney+.

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