What Will The Kenobi Series Look Like?
Max explores the potential storylines of the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series
One of the biggest most awesome things on the horizon for Star Wars is the Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series. It begins filming in Boston next month. (Boston, England not Boston, Massachusetts) and fans cannot wait to see Ewan McGregor reprise his role as the titular character Obi-Wan Kenobi.
This series takes place in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope so it will show how Obi-Wan passed his time during his 19-year “exile”. Now Star Wars has explored this period and concept before. Jude Watson’s fantastic children’s series Last of the Jedi was about the adventures of Obi-Wan during the Empire. Watson was cautious about making sure nobody evil discovered Obi-Wan was still alive, but Kenobi did take risks by occasionally leaving Tatooine to participate in missions.
Now, will the Disney spin on this do this as well? Hopefully, they will not cause a continuity error by having Obi-Wan revealed to anyone in the Empire but much like Filoni’s retcon bulldozer that is The Clone Wars, perhaps the writers don’t care. Many years ago, a sharp-eared fan interpreted some dialogue from Return of the Jedi from Vader implying that he may have met him before his final duel on the First Death Star. “Obi-Wan once thought as you do.” This was said to Luke about coming back from the dark side and this fan thought that perhaps this option was presented to Vader in an off-screen encounter between the two.
I find this speculation highly unlikely but then again – what could this new show possibly have Obi-Wan doing? John Jackson Miller explored keeping Kenobi homebound on Tatooine and having a Western-styled adventure that was pretty cool. It was called fittingly Kenobi one of the last novels published before the Great Legends Purge. Now, this Disney show is limited with only 6 planned episodes; so there isn’t a lot of time for him to do a lot of stuff. Yet, do we want a story on boring old Tatooine? And this is presumably a lot of money and if it goes down the drain with fans, the paranoid super-entity that is Disney may revoke its plans to create TV shows.
Solo didn’t do well so Disney took a break from the cinema scene. I certainly hope Kenobi doesn’t cause another setback. I am excited to see Obi-Wan again but perhaps Disney should create stories with more creative freedom like the Cassian Andor series. I don’t find Diego Luna’s character to be very captivating but come on Disney. Prove me wrong.
What are you hoping to see in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series? Leave us a comment.
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!