Obi-Wan Kenobi review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s been a long wait for this show. A long wait for sci-fi fans. And, just like buses, you wait a long time for some great sci-fi and then two come along at the same time! Yes, it may not have escaped the more careful TV-fan’s attention but two shows are released today, Stranger Things, the programme that Netflix viewers have been waiting more than a thousand days for since season 4 dropped on 4th July, and now, of course the latest Star Wars TV series in the shape of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

This may mean that fans of the genre have a busy weekend. But the good news is, both shows are great. But you’re not here to talk about Stranger Things, so let’s get going with Obi-Wan Kenobi.

As is customary here on Screen OD, we have a video review of the show for you to watch right below. We always recommend heading to this for the most immersive experience – however, for those who don’t have time, haven’t charged their headphones or simply want to read a quick take on the show… read on for some more words!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEh99yz2ZiM

It’s fair to say that not all critics and fans were massively enamoured by the three prequels that George Lucas made of Star Wars beginning in the late nineties and spilling into the Noughties. Therefore, it is perhaps with some trepidation that some might approach this new six-part series from Disney which centres on Ewan McGregor returning to the role of Obi-Wan. But the first and most immediate thing you need to know, is there’s nothing to worry about here – this is a great TV series with a great leading performance from a versatile actor on top form.

Yes, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a series that brings together different elements of different eras of Star Wars and it beautifully blends them to not just much-needed continuity in the journey of the titular character, but in an inspirational way opens up a whole new set of exciting adventures for us to enjoy. Featuring nods to the original films, the prequels and even some of the animated series, the show has plenty to please fans, but without falling into the trap of becoming a tribute act. Under the brilliant direction of Debrah Chow, this is a visually arresting series that will take you to a galaxy far, far away and allow you to be immersed in it in new and interesting ways that you may never have seen before.

As for the story, so as not to avoid the plot we’ll keep this simple. Obi-Wan is on Tatooine living a simple life. He has retired his Jedi powers and is isolated in a basic existence. He is keeping an eye on the young Luke Skywalker from afar, while still haunted by the memories of Anakin’s turn to the dark side ten year’s previously. A shadow of his former self, things are about to change very fast as the Inquisitors arrive on the planet in search of him and other Jedi. Coupled with this he is called upon by an old friend to go on a mission of mercy to save a very important character who has been kidnapped. Can he say no? Well, you’ll find out pretty soon – but as you might expect – an exhilarating thrill-ride is about to launch as the series really begins to pick up speed.

As well as the excellent lead performance from McGregor, it’s worth looking out for really strong turns from Moses Ingram as your new favourite baddie, Reva and Rupert Friend as the grand Inquisitor to nae but a few.

If you are someone who grew up with the original trilogy, the prequels or are new to the franchise since the Disney acquisition and new films and TV series began, this is a show that you will enjoy. So why not gibe it a go right now?

You can watch Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ wherever you live.

Tim Glanfield

Tim Glanfield is a journalist, editor and broadcaster with more than 15 years experience writing about television, film and the entertainment business. He has been editor of RadioTimes.com, a writer for The Times (of London) and the Guardian as well as a freelance contributor to newspapers, magazines and websites across the world. He is author of the book Digital Economy or Bust: The Story of a New Media Startup and makes regular appearances on TV and radio in the UK.

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