Fine, fine, fine. You got me. You finally got me, hook, line, and sinker.
Yep, that’s what did it. That “hello there” moment between Obi-Wan and little ol’ Luke Skywalker finally made me okay with Obi-Wan Kenobi.
You see, I’m a curmudgeon, especially when it comes to Star Wars. I like the “old” Star Wars, though its heartlight has dimmed over the years, and I’ve had trouble coming to grips with “new” Star Wars ever since the release of the prequels. (This doesn’t count the multiple book series and other narrative incarnations of everything Star Wars, just the moving pictures entertainment.) Just like with The Book of Boba Fett, I approached Obi-Wan Kenobi with a why does this need to exist? feeling. That feeling pervaded five and a half episode of the series. It was only within the latter half of its episode six that the show finally won me over. That lightsaber battle, Leia with her holster, Obi-Wan meeting Luke — those divine moments saved the show from my own oblivion. Though, looking back, I suppose there is something to be said for everything else that happened, too.
- Just as the credit of episode 6 rolled, my husband quipped, “They better make a Vader series while James Earl Jones is around.” They had better do that, indeed.
- While I’ve no quarrel at all with Ewan MacGregor’s chill and eerily accurate portrayal of Obi-Wan, Leia and Inquisitor Reva won my personal gold stars for best in show. I can’t deny that I adored Leia and her sidekick Lola to itty bitty bits. And Reva’s drive + power + vulnerability made for an excellent performance.
- While that lightsaber battle at the end of episode six is my top pick for best lightsaber battle of all time, the whole series had some great combat scenes. The blues, the reds, and all the purples in between – so much worthy drama!
- I went into the series being mostly unfamiliar with the inquisitor roles, save for what I had seen of them in Jedi: Fallen Order. This further reminded me that I should really play that game…someday.
- Always, someday. [sigh]
- Anyway, is it just me or will Kumail Nanjiani always be the voice of Jarun Tann in Mass Effect: Andromeda. Just me? Oh, okay. Well, he was suitable sneaky and fun to watch.
- It seems pretty inevitable at this point that we’ll never really be able to get away from Tatooine in any future Star Wars anything, right? Like, it’ll become a thing where if a future Star Wars series doesn’t feature Tatooine, everyone will be all up in arms, maybe for the wrong reasons, but up in arms nonetheless.
- I’m not going to dump on Hadyn Christensen, but that’s about all the mention he’s going to get from me.
- Must admit that the whole refugees side story didn’t really win me over, and neither did Tala as a double agent/martyr. By the time things zeroed in on Reva vs. Vader vs. Obi-Wan, it was as if all that other stuff had been forgotten. Did those refugees make it safely to wherever? Haja (Nanjiani) got Leia back safely, obviously, but what about everyone else?
- Maybe there’s a Obi-Wan Season 2 in the wings?
- Better hop to it while James Earl Jones is around.
When I started in on this post, my brain felt like it was full of more points than I could type. But really, now I wish they had just made “Obi-Wan vs. Vader: Round One.” Or, maybe that’d be Round Two? Three? Hmm. I don’t know. But that’s the relationship I’m most interested in. The stuff between Obi-Wan and Luke and Leia (and their families) is alright, as is following Obi-Wan on journeys to and fro. In the end, however, at least as far as what was made clear in Star Wars (A New Hope) and the prequels, the Obi-Wan/Vader relationship is the one most worth exploring. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of further adventures in the Star Wars universe.