Even for the people who didn’t love George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, Ewan McGregor’s return to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi is a dream come true. Despite the fact that the prequels proved to be divisive, most people agree that Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of a young Obi-Wan was nothing short of terrific. That’s why Obi-Wan Kenobi, the new limited series on Disney Plus, is perhaps the most exciting Star Wars project in recent memory.
Now that Obi-Wan Kenobi has started streaming on Disney Plus, with the first two episodes landing together, I thought it would be fun to do a weekly mini review of each new episode. If you look below, you’ll find my reviews, which will be updated as every new episode is released.
The first episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi gets off to a near perfect start, taking Star Wars fans on a slower-paced, more mature adventure in the galaxy far, far away. Ewan McGregor steps back into the role of Obi-Wan with a grounded and deeply emotional performance, proving yet again that he was the perfect choice for the role.
Overall, the first episode offers a great introduction to the story, setting the stage for an incredibly satisfying and entertaining adventure.
We’re now two episodes into Obi-Wan Kenobi and I can officially say that this is one of the most exciting Star Wars projects so far!
In the second episode of, director Deborah Chow takes the Star Wars franchise in an outrageously fun direction. We delve deeper into the Star Wars universe and even though there’s more action and adventure, Obi-Wan’s emotional journey remains firmly at the centre of the series.
Episode two brilliantly sets-up the villains, including the eventual arrival of Darth Vader, and we get a good sense of how dangerous it is to be a Jedi during this time.
With an epic third chapter, Obi-Wan Kenobi solidifies itself as one of the best stories to come from the Star Wars universe.
Episode three of Obi-Wan Kenobi gives us everything we’ve been waiting for, from some truly terrifying sequences to epic-scale lightsaber action. Deborah Chow handles Vader’s return perfectly, giving the iconic villain a horrifying and thrilling introduction. As with the previous two episodes, Obi-Wan Kenobi episode three has a clear focus on character, even in some of the bigger moments.
Episode four of Obi-Wan Kenobi offers some great visuals and a handful of truly thrilling action sequences, but the episode stands as the weakest so far.
There’s plenty to enjoy in episode four of Obi-Wan Kenobi, from great lightsaber fights to some really exciting visuals. We finally get to see a glimpse of the Obi-Wan we remember and Ewan McGregor’s performance continues to impress. It’s just unfortunate that in order to have a more action-focused episode, we seem to have completely dropped focus on character. Every episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi so far has placed character at the centre, but episode four seems to have thrown that out of the window in exchange for a formulaic rescue mission.
A weak episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi is still great viewing, but I just wish the episode had remained focused on Obi-Wan’s emotional journey.
The penultimate episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi takes viewers on a thrilling adventure filled with twists and turns, but remains focused on Obi-Wan and Darth Vader’s personal journey.
Episode five isn’t just the best episode so far, it’s up there as one of the best things to come from the entire Star Wars franchise. Fans of the Star Wars universe, particularly George Lucas’ prequel movies, will find plenty to love with this penultimate chapter – as the series delves deeper into the conflict between Obi-Wan and Vader. We get some much-needed answers, as well as some of the most badass action to come from the Star Wars franchise in years, in what can only be described as an absolutely incredible episode of television.
I’m glad to say that episode five didn’t fall into the same trap as last weeks episode, managing to deliver some of the franchise’s coolest action while staying tightly focused on the emotional journey at the centre of the series.
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