Arguably the most anticipated Star Wars production in the past years finally had its premiere last Friday. Here’s Brig’s no-spoilers review of the first three episodes.
Deborah Chow’s Obi-Wan Kenobi starts with a recap of the prequel trilogy and provides previously unseen, tear-inducing flashbacks. So far, the series manages to find the golden mean between action and emotion, showing just the right amount of fighting, as it does with feelings.
Die-hard Star Wars fans are certain to not only be satisfied with and entertained by the show, but also moved. Kenobi dives deep into its characters’ feelings, influencing the viewer emotionally with how wonderfully written it is. It portrays trauma and grief, while also mentioning the socio-economic impacts of the Galactic Empire’s rule.
The show introduces new characters, but the focus remains on those we know and love from the main saga, depicted in a new light. The Obi-Wan we meet in this series is a completely different character than the one from the prequels and the Clone Wars. The difference between the current Ben Kenobi and the man introduced in A New Hope (1977, dir. George Lucas) is colossal. He is depicted as a broken man, a former Jedi, who has lost all hope. It will be quite interesting to watch him grow into Alec Guinness’ version of the esteemed Jedi Master.
The cinematography is beautiful enough to soften the hearts of even the harshest critics, while Ewan McGregor’s ability to act with his eyes alone only adds to the flames of the scorching fire that are Part I, Part II and Part III of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The third episode is particularly stunning, playing with lighting in a way providing a slightly horror-esque touch to darker scenes. Not many expect to be scared while watching Star Wars, but Part III of the Kenobi series can truly curdle one’s blood momentarily.
So far, the show has been getting better with every episode, leaving the fanbase excited for more to come with the second half of the series.
The first three episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are now streaming exclusively on Disney+.
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