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Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a legendary Jedi. Hiding on Tattoine and watching over a young Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan is called to help save someone and along the way is confronted with Darth Vader, who was once his padawin known as Anakin.

Out of all the Disney+ shows that were announced, I was the most excited for this one. And while there were some definite cool moments littered throughout the show, I found the show to be a bit disappointing overall.

One thing I must give kudos to is Ewan McGregor. He was the best part of the prequel trilogy and again gives a great performance here, especially through his subtle facial expressions. It was also nice to see Hayden Christensen again. Darth Vader does do some pretty epic stuff in this series that actually makes him scary. Unfortunately, that basically sums up all the praise I can give to the show.

There are six episodes in this show. I liked two out of the six episodes, episodes 1 and 3. I thought episode 6 was mixed bag. And I found the other three episodes to be either mediocre or simply bad. Instead of doing something original and new, these Disney franchises rely on cameos, nostalgia, and big name characters to try and hide the lack of story, which in turn diminishes the story’s stakes. I like Kumail Nanjiani, but what was the point of his character? Plus everyone can suddently survive light saber stabbings now?

There are tons of nitpicks and plot holes in this series. The villain figure of Reva and the Inquistors in general turned out to be highly lackluster. I think most knew where her character arc was going and it just felt unnecessarily drawn out. The character that Obi-Wan has to save is also fun to see, but is put on the backburner in the last third of the show.

Music is also another essential and iconic part of Star Wars. I found the score in the series to be very generic. There was not a memorable music moment in this series, which is unfortunate. The CGI also could have been better in this show. I was confused on how a show as big as this does not even compare to The Mandalorian‘s visuals.

I would say Obi-Wan Kenobi is about on par with most of the other Marvel Disney+ shows. Depending on the story, six is either too many episodes or too few episodes. I think this had too many episodes, and would have been better as a film. While there were some cool character moments, I found the show to be severly bland. It has a story which is lacking in stakes because there’s a whole trilogy of movies that takes place after these events.

I give Obi-Wan Kenobi a C.

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