Little Leia steals the show in the first episodes of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Spoilers
Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is back with his own series, but the first two episodes, which are available on Disney +, mainly feature a very young Leia Organa full of eagerness and rudeness. Or at least, the little one shines with his rudeness and his intelligence. But of course, Obi-Wan Kenobi reminds us that the protagonist is plagued by his past, he is exposed to nightmares that haunt him every night. He could not save Anakin, but can he save his children?
First section ofObi-Wan Kenobi is pretty much what fans could have expected, namely a look at Kenobi’s life in his unworthy time, hiding out on Tatooine and keeping an eye on Luke Skywalker while the evil empire flourished. The section does a good job of highlighting the monotony of Obi-Wan’s life: He works as a butcher for a handful of ears; chases the Skywalker family while dealing with Jawas, who apparently tears him off.
This routine is interrupted by the arrival of inquisitors at Tatooine, looking for a Jedi on the run. It turns out that the Jedi are Nari (Benny Safdie), not Obi-Wan; however, one inquisitor in particular, the third sister (Moses Ingram), is obsessed with Kenobi and almost sniffs at him. She is ready to do anything to find him and even goes so far as to have little Leia kidnapped to capture Obi-Wan.
The Princess Leia show
What viewers probably did not expect was to see the first episode of Obi-Wan turn into “Saving Princess Leia Show”. In fact, the main story that brings Obi-Wan out of retirement is not his unfinished business with Anakin Skywalker or a threat to Luke. Instead, the young princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) is kidnapped by Flea (from Red Hot Chili Peppers) and her gang of cheap thugs. Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) begs Obi-Wan to join the fight and fulfill the same duty to Leia that he has to Luke. Obi-Wan ends up doing so reluctantly and returns to the galaxy to save the girl.
The decision to send Obi-Wan on a mission to rescue little Leia is a bold decision for many reasons. It is a clear disturbance of the continuity of Star wars established by A new hope, who saw Leia send a message to Kenobi as a long-gone Jedi master. The new story between Kenobi and Leia only fits because the two characters never meet directly in Star Wars: A New Hopeso there is no contradictory moment of non-realization to fear.
Face to face setup
While it sometimes feels like the series lacks a clear vision and leans a little too much on the nostalgic side, we do feel that director Deborah Chow and showrunner Joby Harold are trying to draw a parallel to the Nazis.
George Lucas imagined the empire as a reflection of many things, however Obi-Wan Kenobi really leans towards the Nazi parallels. The incredibly tense sequence in Cantina, where the great inquisitor intimidates the urban population to hide a Jedi, evokes the Third Reich’s inhuman hunt for the Jewish people.
Episodes 1 and 2 certainly do the work of setting the story up for the event series, but at the same time, the series feels something like a confusing mix of different parts of the franchise. Star wars, rather than a bridge between the films, which was promised. The producers have also promised a real match between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader, and we’re looking forward to it. For now, things are falling into place, and Obi-Wan has just discovered that his former Padawan is alive. This is the start of the cat and mouse game that fans have been waiting for.
Next section ofObi-Wan Kenobiwill be available from Wednesday, June 1 at Disney +.
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