July 7, 2022

Disney+’s ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Is a Solid Bridge Between Trilogies, With a Bonus Origin Story for Even the Most Casual ‘Star Wars’ Fans: TV Review

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains some minor spoilers for the first two episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” which premiered May 27 on Disney+.

The extensive recap of the “Star Wars” prequels that opens the new “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series is as utilitarian as it is canny. On the one hand, it serves as a reminder of the plot basics that led to this moment in the franchise, with Ewan McGregor’s jaded Jedi reluctantly digging up his old lightsaber 10 years after Anakin Skywalker went to the Dark Side. On the other, getting such a concentrated shot of those 20 year-old movies serves as a handy reminder of their infamy, how much has happened in Lucasfilm’s ever-expanding galaxy since, and why “Obi-Wan Kenobi” represents a singular opportunity within it. For as many “Star Wars” projects as there are in development, this one’s characters and mythology are the most directly tied to the original story that launched a thousand starfighters, making this show a bridge between one trilogy and the next.

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Source: Variety

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