Obi-Wan Kenobi is still the coolest: our review of the latest Star Wars series

Obi-Wan Kenobi

After 18 years, Ewan McGregor has lost none of his composure and charisma. It fully (or almost) carries this exciting new adventure, but with a limited scope.

He will have made us wait 18 years. But this time, here it is: Obi-Wan Kenobi is back! The new series Star Wars of Disney + began this Friday with two first promising episodes, which confirm what we all thought: Ewan McGregor is really the best Jedi in the whole Galaxy far far away…

Especially since there, it is older, more damaged, darker. And therefore even cooler than before! We find him after the events of Episode III. The Sith have taken their revenge and now hunt down the remaining Jedi, all the way to the Outer Rim. This is where Obi-Wan hides, after having struck down his former padawan. Order 66 has wreaked havoc. Palpatine’s hired clones have decimated the Republic Knights. Kenobi is one of the few survivors. He has lost all hope. He is devastated, haunted by his past and his fatal error in judgment. Far from everything, he lands on Tatooine and leads a solitary life with a single mission: to monitor little Luke from a distance.

We already know the beginning and the end. Stuck between the epilogue of Prelogy and the first minutes of Episode IV, this series Obi-Wan Kenobi has little room to really express itself. She has no choice but to methodically follow in the footsteps left by Alec Guinness in the sands of Tatooine. In autopilot mode, it therefore introduces a Kenobi depressed, who has left the Force behind him, to lead a humble existence of penance: he works in the factory, does not make waves, no longer lives in phase with the Code, no longer carries his lightsaber… Between two nightmares, he will make sure of his promise made to Padmé, by going to see if Luke is well… Everything we imagined in fact, for two decades. And besides that ? A somewhat anecdotal story. Quite quickly, we understand that the Disney + series can only have a limited scope.

How Ewan McGregor convinced Disney to bring back Obi-Wan Kenobi

And that it rests first and foremost on Ewan McGregor. The Scottish actor was already the one who had allowed the prequel trilogy not to collapse on itself. He is here the Alpha and Omega of this Disney + series in his name, in his glory. Hyper-charismatic, his Obi-Wan Kenobi is just as exciting as it was 18 years ago and maybe even better. McGregor has also matured and brings the character more depth, more wisdom.

On his way, the authors have placed the excellent Inquisitors that fans of Star Wars know well, since they already played a crucial role in the 4 seasons of the animated series Star Wars: Rebels (and in some video games too, notably Fallen Order). A rather terrifying Empire Gestapo – for those who are going to discover it for the first time – and which does the job perfectly to bring a little challenge to the series… while waiting for the one we’re all watching: Darth Vader at the peak of his strength! Because, it’s obvious, what we all dream of seeing since the announcement of Hayden Christensen’s return to the cast is the final duel (which we guess for the last episode) between Kenobi and his former apprentice. . The revenge of the Revenge of the Sith. The ultimate fight of the whole Galaxy! Of all Star Wars !

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Fortunately, the series Obi-Wan Kenobi is only six episodes in total and the wait won’t be too all-consuming. Especially since to make us wait, the writers have imagined an icing on the cake. A surprise we weren’t expecting: the debut of a bubbly little Leia (played by the excellent Vivien Lyra Blair who crossed paths in bird box), as a fun and annoying sidekick. The story traces the childhood of the one who will become the Princess of the Rebellion and delivers some interesting explanations about her character, while creating an unexpected “backstory”, between her and Obi-Wan, which holds up perfectly. Director Deborah Chow brings out the buddy movie card that made the salt of The Mandalorian. Din Djarin and Baby Yoda on the loose give way to Obi and Baby Leia on the run, fortunately allowing the story to get out of Tatoinne…

The rhythm is explosive and the action sequences are very successful. Looking at the flop Boba Fettthe comeback ofObi-Wan Kenobi is already a success.

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