Obi Wan? Now that’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time. Mainly because I didn’t watch those plasticy CGI kids shows. Not that I’m against children’s programming. Far from it, just I feel when you specifically target a younger audience than just telling a story yousa make-a big poodoo mistake.
Which believe it or not, Disney has been fairly hands off. Yes there are some awkward lines here or there to skirt around some more mature themes. They haven’t stopped a slowly bleeding out Obi Wan from legitimately using a cocaine bomb to drug out his captors and escape. Now I’m a fan of The Mandalorian and Boba’s Book. So I wasn’t worried going in. Honestly I didn’t know what to expect. Hell I didn’t even know what I wanted.
It’s a scared and emotionally scarred Obi Wan feeling out of place in the universe. Trying to bury his past and hide behind his obligation to Luke in order to shut out all other responsibilities a Jedi would come across. He works in a meat processing plant I believe? Not even making that up. He just bides his time taking life day by day. Until ultimately he can’t sit back and just watch those he could have helped strung up anymore. Not to mention that when he finally man’s up and goes out on a mission he discovers a galaxy shaking revelation. Anakin lives.
It’s been ten years of guilt and doubt wiped away with terrifying hope. There is still good in him. So how will Kenobi proceed knowing these facts? Well that’s the point of this little outing now isn’t it. A look into the early years of the rebellion. The final culling of the Jedi. Yes at times it seems like a desperate attempt to repair the prequel trilogy. Which I get it. I won’t say they were bad, or good, just they happened. So yeah the shadow of expectation hangs over every call back and flash back it throws at the audience. I’d be lieing if I didn’t say it kept drawing me out of the show. There is nothing that can be done to help that sadly. So love or hate the prequels you have to deal with it. Much like a certain Jedi Master has to confront his own feelings about the past. It’s just been 2 episodes so far, but the show excels in this little human moments. This new series is far from perfect, but full of potential. I’m honestly curious to see how this plays out because we’ll, we all know where it’s heading.
So there isn’t much stress or tension for the main cast. Which is rather freeing to be completely honest. Instead we get to see his friends and companions. The ones he left behind in order to watch over Luke and to try one last time to reach his pupil. I’ll be checking back in every Friday. Which is saying something when I base my week around it. So if it’s not apparent by now, I recommend it. Until next time.