This is one of those reviews where I really had to think about all the good and bad before writing. Obi-Wan Kenobi was a very interesting roller coaster of a series. Many things didn’t work in the show, but there are times where the show just nails it. Well, time to express how I truly feel about the series in this review.
Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The series follows a broken and less confident Kenobi, and while staying out on Tatooine watching over Luke Skywalker, he receives an SOS from Bail Organa because his daughter has been kidnapped. It’s up to Kenobi to save Princess Leia from the Galactic Empire, which leads to an emotional confrontation with his former Padawan, Darth Vader.
Even though I consider the series fun, the writing is really rocky. To me, the first two episodes were fantastic, then the next two made me go “Huh? ok,” then the last two was ok but at least the fanservice were great. Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s writing just wasn’t consistently good, which is slightly disappointing.
I think what made the writing suffer in Obi-Wan Kenobi is the fact that it’s only six episodes, and those episodes were either somewhat long or short. This series has a lot of good ideas that could’ve been fleshed out with ACTUAL one hour episodes or just make it longer than six. For the series to be six episodes, and with each episode being a different runtime, you can tell where the story starts to rush, which somewhat messes up the execution of the series. Just because the six episode format works for one series, it doesn’t mean it should be the norm for all of Disney+’s big hitters.
The writing for the main characters in Obi-Wan Kenobi were great. Watching a broken down Kenobi become who he once was when confronting Darth Vader in the finale was done so well. Speaking of Vader, watching his internal conflict in live-action was so cool to see and satisfying, especially as someone who usually read it in books, Vader never disappoints no matter where he’s in. I’m team Reva, and I thought the writing for her was strong and solid, so I can’t wait to see where the future will go for the character. And Leia was fantastic overall and is one of my top characters in the series.
The writing for Obi-Wan Kenobi might not be the best, but at least there are things in the series that are good.
The main cast for Obi-Wan Kenobi is for sure the best part of the series.
Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi was the best part of the Star Wars‘ prequels, and in the series he continues to prove why he was the best in those films. Just incredible acting as Kenobi, especially during the character’s lowest and emotional moments. Hopefully, there is a season two because I can never get tired of Ewan McGregor.
Hayden Christensen returning to the series as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader was just a treat to see. The slander he got in the prequels were so overblown because all I see is praise now of his portrayal of the character, which should tell you a lot. I do believe that Hayden Christensen should get his own Darth Vader series to fill in the blanks between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope because there’s so much lore that they can pull from. Great job from Hayden Christensen in this series. Also, James Earl Jones still got it!
I loved Moses Ingram as Reva, like a lot. As a new character in the Star wars franchise, she easily became one of my favorites. Moses Ingram was just a certified badass playing the character, and seeing how the series ended, I want more Moses Ingram as Reva.
Vivien Lyra Blair plays a young Leia Organa perfectly in Obi-Wan Kenobi. The moment she came on screen and seeing her mannerisms, it was like watching a young Carrie Fisher. This awesome kid is going places in Hollywood for sure if she’s already killing it at such a incredibly young age.
Some of the supporting and returning cast in Obi-Wan Kenobi did a good job as well. I don’t think anyone did a bad job in the show. At least the acting was the consistently good part of the series.
Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s VFX and cinematography can be a hit or miss. There are times where the series looked really damn good then starts to look incredibly cheap, regarding the VFX. When it comes to cinematography, we get some amazingly shot scenes seeing the worlds and environments, but man, the shaky cam during the action and chase scenes are ridiculous. The show has great fight choreography, but those shaky cams filming those action scenes doesn’t do it justice at all.
Regarding the score, it was just alright. Don’t get me wrong, the music in Obi-Wan Kenobi did have some good moments, but at times it felt off. I think Kevin Kiner should’ve composed for Obi-Wan Kenobi because I feel like his style would’ve meshed well. I would love to see Natalie Holt come back for a Reva series or any other Star Wars project that’s for sure.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a somewhat rough series, but it does have many fun moments that I’m sure Star Wars fans would love. As someone who had a lot of time to think about the series, there was just many things that I couldn’t let slide. If there’s a season two of the show, I hope whoever is involved with the series does listen to or read some of the valid criticisms (not those weird online hate that’s all over social media). Overall, Obi-Wan Kenobi was an enjoyable experience, but it could’ve been better.
I recommend watching Obi-Wan Kenobi, especially since people’s opinions on the show varies. I’m just on a strong middle regarding my feelings for the show.