Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) in Lucasfilm's OBI-WAN KENOBI, exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

Annlyel explores the subplots of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the emotional attachments to the Skywalker lineage

First off, yes, Obi-Wan Kenobi lives up to the hype in every way imaginable. It’s shockingly cinematic. It’s incredibly intense, and yes, it’s emotional to watch with so many tiny tidbits connecting to the overall story. But more importantly, it has answered a question so many Star Wars fans have been asking for years in a way that has blown my mind.

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) in Lucasfilm’s OBI-WAN KENOBI, exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

“Why was Obi-Wan assigned to only watch over Luke and help train him to one day become a Jedi?”

It was a valid question considering that Leia does have the Force. So why was Obi-Wan so adamant about making sure that Luke was the one who saved the galaxy? I always assumed it was just the sexism of storytelling. The man is the chosen one, not the woman. So Leia was revealed to have the Force but it wasn’t until later that she’d get her official Jedi training. But now that question is no longer required because this show has given me something I didn’t even know I needed. Ben Kenobi taking care of a ten-year-old Princess Leia.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) in Lucasfilm’s OBI-WAN KENOBI, exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

JEDI PROTECTOR

Following the winning formula of a grizzled-but-cool warrior taking care of a cute child in The MandalorianObi-Wan Kenobi takes its own crack at this type of storyline by introducing Leia. And boy does it pay off. In this show, Leia’s tenacity, fearlessness, and incredible perceptiveness are highlighted so well. Pairing that level of cuteness with Ben, a man who knows her parents so well is an interesting dynamic. One that has already proved to be emotionally rewarding.

Now the quote, “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” is honestly one of the sweetest things in the entire franchise because of the relationship they’re forming in this show. I’m so happy right now. And yes, the Inquisitors are back and as scary as ever. That is a relief and an exciting prospect.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Parts 1 and 2
(L-R): Owen Lars (Joel Edgerton) and Reva (Moses Ingram) in Lucasfilm’s OBI-WAN KENOBI, exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

We’re only two episodes in and already I am beginning to wonder just how incredible the rest of this series could be. It has started so well and to think we have a Vader/Kenobi showdown waiting for us. Yeah, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan.

 

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is streaming exclusively on Disney Plus now. 

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