Obi Wan Kenobi Part I and II Review

It has been a long time coming. Many of us have wanted to see Ewan McGregor tell Obi Wan’s continued story after the Clone Wars. In fact, shortly before George Lucas sold Lucas Arts to Disney, John Jackson Miller penned an excellent novel about Kenobi. The story took place shortly after Kenobi went into exile on Tatooine. Now the story is branded as legends. Thankfully, Disney saw the wisdom in telling Obi Wan Kenobi’s story so that we can all enjoy it. Here are some of my thoughts and observations.

1. Review. It was a nice touch to review the highlights of the pre-quel trilogy. This set the tone for the series. The opening scenes covered elements of the 501st executing order 66 at the Jedi temple. I don’t think this was done by accident. It is highly likely one or more of those younglings were raised to be inquisitors. Perhaps one of them was Reva.  

 

2. Enter the Inquisitors. The hunt for the Jedi brings the Inquisitors to Tatooine in the town of Anchorhead. Rumors of a particular Jedi attracted the attention of the Grand Inquisitor, Fifth Brother and Third Sister. Reva, also known as Third Sister, is fixated on locating Obi Wan Kenobi. She is ambitious. However, there seems to be a deeper reason for her obsession with Kenobi. Perhaps she was a youngling, and she blames him for the loss of her friends. Perhaps she merely wishes to rise in station by impressing Lord Vader. Whatever her motivation, she is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to accomplish her goal.

3. The Job. We finally get to see Obi Wan Kenobi. He is not living a hermit’s life. Rather, he is living as common laborer at a meat packing facility. It is apparent he leads a quiet non-confrontational life. He does not wish to attract attention. Still, he is obviously bothered by injustices that he observes around him. 

4. Rejection. The hunted Jedi finds Kenobi in the desert and requests help and assistance. Kenobi himself is torn between his duty to watch over Luke Skywalker, as well as his duties to the force. In the end, he advises the Jedi to bury his saber and live a normal life. Part of Kenobi really believes the war is over. It is clear that the loss of Anakin has crushed his spirit. He appears to have no fight in him, yet…..

5. Protective Uncle. Owen Lars is as crusty as a young man as he was as an old man. He is dead set against Luke being influenced by Kenobi. Despite this, Owen does not hate the man. Kenobi understands that Luke must be trained, and says as much to Owen. It seems Kenobi’s only mission is to ensure the safety of Luke and properly train him when the time comes. 

 

6. Precocious Princess. Lea is as much of a handful as a child as she was as an adult. She has strong opinions. She does what she wants when she wants. Her precocious nature is what finds her in the most trouble. Still, she is very insightful for just 10 years of age. She has a powerful bond with Bail Organa.

7. The Trap. Reva did her homework and found a connection between Bail Organa and Obi Wan Kenobi. She hired bounty hunters to kidnap Lea in order to draw Kenobi out so she could capture him. Her idea almost worked. But for the Grand Inquisitor getting in the way, it is highly likely she would have accomplished her aim. Who knew Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers would make a great bounty hunter in Star Wars?

 

8. Daiyu. Star Wars introduces yet another planet to Star Wars fans around the globe. It appears to be a cesspool of violence, gambling and spice. I found the lack of chain code identification interesting. I also found it interesting that there were Storm Trooper patrols, and not a one of them picked up an obvious vagrant clone trooper still dressed in his armor while using his helmet at a collection plate. I wonder if we will see more clone troopers in the future?

9. The Trickster. Kenobi was introduced to a con-man passing himself off to be a Jedi. Kumail Nanjiani was the perfect casting choice for this role. He was a funny, engaging slimeball who turned out to be a great asset in the end. The trickster showed Kenobi where to go, and wished him luck.

 

10. The Rescue. Kenobi has not lost all of the tools in his tool belt. He is still very wise and very cunning. He used his cunning to locate, and secure Lea. His fighting skills are a bit rusty but they came back to him quick.

11. The Flight. Lea didn’t make things easy. She asked too many questions and she even questioned Kenobi’s identity to the point that she ran away from him, drawing unneeded attention to them. She is quite perceptive. She figured out that she was the bait to draw him out. After Kenobi saved her life, she realized her mistake and agreed to follow him. The trickster gave Kenobi and Lea the tools and guidance needed to escape the planet.

 

12. The Reveal. Reva’s abilities in the force include pulling information out of someone’s head for her own use. She tracked Kenobi down and had him in her proverbial grasp. As she was toying with him, she revealed that Anakin is still alive. A shocked Kenobi processed this information as Reva and the Grand Inquisitor exchanged words. Kenobi made his escape as Reva punched her lightsaber thru the Grand Inquisitor’s solar plexus. Given his appearance in Star Wars Rebels, it is unlikely that he passed.

All in all, these were great episodes to watch. I find it very interesting to see Kenobi’s initial indifference to everything that was going on around him. Not only was he indifferent, but he felt sorry for himself. It is hard to believe that he has been training with Qui Gon Jinn and he feels sorry for himself. Reva even mentioned that Kenobi was fearful. He has fallen away from some of his original beliefs. Perhaps it is a product of his hiding. However, I think it has more to do with his self-loathing and his part in how Anakin eventually turned out. He has yet to come to terms with Anakin Skywalker’s turn to the dark side. 

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