The Force shouldn’t be sturdy with Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Debuting just a few hours sooner than anticipated on Disney+, the primary two episodes of the Ewan McGregor starring miniseries are nearly all undiluted nostalgia with no knowledge to impart and never a lot of a narrative to inform. Lacking the attraction of The Mandalorian and embracing the hackneyed efforts of The Book of Boba Fett, the adrift Obi-Wan Kenobi performs approach too coy and cute to be taken severely as something greater than s slick-ish subscriber seize.
Taking place within the netherworld interval between the rise of the Empire in Revenge of the Sith and the destruction of the Death Star in New Hope, Obi-Wan is basically a redemption story. Yet, as George Lucas discovered the profitable approach, somewhat little bit of Joseph Campbell could be good for the parable however dangerous for the execution.
Full of kidnapped princesses, Outer Rim office monotony, disaster of confidence, well-timed throwbacks and plot holes, the opening of the six-episode sequence is s dirty mosaic of its influences. Which, regardless of how a lot Lawrence of Arabia you combine in with the unique Blade Runner, some Matrix and an unseen Home Alone sequel, wilts sooner than an orchid underneath the grueling twin suns of Tatooine. A demise made all of the extra scorched by the truth that vital swaths of Obi-Wan have a mid-Nineties syndication cheapness to them, with barely higher lighting.
All of which is simply so disappointing, and but unsurprising at this level for the small display model of the Star Wars franchise. By the time Smits’ Senator Bail Organa tries to implore McGregor’s dejected Obi-Wan to take up the Jedi trigger once more in service of his adopted daughter Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair), strains like “You couldn’t save Anakin, however it can save you her” appears nearly germane, and that’s simply stated