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The miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi has finally arrived at Disney +. The ability to find one of the most powerful Jedi in the universe Star wars in a dark and mature creation.

“You were my brother, Anakin.” With these words, the bromance between Darth Vader and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, ended at the end of Sith’s revenge (2005). Anakin Skywalker was destined to restore balance in power and preferred to join his dark side and exterminate, along with Emperor Sidious, all the Jedi in the galaxy. Only a few managed to escape the terrible Sith. Among them, Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor.

Back 17 years after the third part of the prelogue, the Scottish actor is resuming the lead role in the intergalactic saga. A comeback that fans of Star wars has been waiting a long time and which started on Friday 27th May at Disney +.

Jedi hunting

To give the Jedi its glorious moment, the company Mickey has chosen to offer him a series. The ideal format for reconnecting with the character. We find him on Tatooine, who lives as a recluse and keeps an eye on the young Luke Skywalker. He no longer uses the Force, in danger of being discovered by the Emperor’s henchmen, who are called the Inquisitors. They operate across this galaxy far, far away, with the goal of destroying the last remnants of the galactic republic. Among them, Reva (Moses Ingram), a former Jedi corrupted by the dark side, is determined to get his fingers in him, who now calls himself Ben Kenobi.

The Jedi are being hunted by the Inquisitors in Obi-Wan Kenobi.© Disney +

She is a charismatic and secret enemy. Driven by her ego, she is ready to do anything to pamper Darth Vader. She recalls the character of Moff Gideon from The Mandalorian (2019), though the character played by Moses Ingram, as ruthless as he is, struggles to get up to the level of that played by Giancarlo Esposito. Due to wanting to make it a major rival to Obi-Wan, the series gets lost in exaggeration and in a sometimes caricatured acting direction.

A series at the crossroads of the universe Star wars

She’s not the only one who wants Obi-Wan’s head. The Grand Inquisitor – Under which it’s hard to guess Rupert Friend (Anatomy of a scandal) – represents a frightening threat. Like the disfigured face of Darth Vader (briefly at the end of the second paragraph), to which Hayden Christensen lends his features. Speaking of the work with costumes and makeup is impressive and gives the series a dark touch. A wish already begun with Sith’s revengebut which has been immortalized for a few years on the small screen.

If it represents a certain maturity for the world created by George Lucas, it is also an aspect that Disney has supported more since the release of The Mandalorian by offering black content. These series also focus on nuanced and tortured characters, such as the bounty hunters Din Djarin and Boba Fett.

Moses Ingram plays Reva.© Disney +

This is what happens with Obi-Wan Kenobi. The platform not only orchestrates the return of one of the franchise’s most beloved characters, but it also immerses us in his traumas as well as his regrets. A chart similar to what the film could offer Logan (2017) by showing an originally infallible hero, now vulnerable, aged and left behind.

That’s what makes the series strong. If we regret the Jedi’s mischievous humor in the prologue, the Disney + show is closer to the character we knew in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), played at the time by Alec Guinness. The Obi-Wan Kenobi we find today is wiser, but he has lost his faith. Religious analogy has always played a major role in the saga; the series gives here to see a faithful lost and abandoned by his faith, an aspect hitherto little explored in the universe.

Rupert Friend plays Grand Inquisitor.© Disney +

Despite his new life, Obi-Wan does not lose his Jedi instincts. First because he hopes to one day train Luke, but also because he (like Logan and X-23 in James Mangold’s film) can not avoid coming to Leia’s rescue after she was kidnapped.

Pitfalls to avoid on the dark side

A gesture that could cost him dearly, but which really starts the rhythm of the series. We understand that our Jedi will have to cross the galaxy to escape the third sister. A journey that heralds major twists and turns as multiple issues and narrative arcs will collide. We think of Owen, again camped by Joel Edgerton, determined to protect Luke from his past, or even Reva’s origins were teased during the first few episodes.

We also hope to see the two key characters in Obi-Wan’s life, Qui-Gon Jin (Liam Neeson) and Anakin Skywalker. This would make it possible to flash to the tradition Star warsto fill some gaps in the franchise and establish the connection between the first two trilogies, such as the one proposed Rogue one (2016) in the cinema.

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Like the movie, Obi-Wan Kenobi avoid the trap of unmotivated and tearful fan service. An ingredient that the studios will definitely have to keep for the season finale, which will film the champion’s return match against his former apprentice. Before then, however, the show must be careful not to fall the easy way by making new adventures of the Jedi, from planet to planet, which had been suggested with The Mandalorian and his quest to protect Grogu.

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We rather hope to see his relationship with the Skywalker twins, especially with Leia, develop. In this regard, the series has chosen to highlight Luke’s sister over the latter. An interesting bias, which has the opposite view of the original trilogy, and where we can see a final tribute to the princess’ flagship interpreter, Carrie Fisher.

However, this subtle staging does not erase certain flaws. Admittedly, several scenes lack panache and rhythm, but also a certain credibility. One thinks of Leia’s abduction or the length of the first episode, which more serves to remind of an already familiar setting.

However, the pleasure of finding Ewan McGregor’s character after all these years is intact. Deeper and darker, this new understanding of the Jedi promises to offer a series close to what Disney now wants to offer. The studios do not forget the fans’ connection to the universe and the original codes for the franchise. Between fidelity and renewal, Obi-Wan Kenobi therefore has all the potential to become one of the best creations Star wars In recent years. To discover it, be patient and take the time to discover the four remaining episodes every Friday at Disney +. May the power be with us.

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