Obi-Wan Kenobi''s first six-episode run focuses on people and it only applies to how much I have missed them in other Star Wars stories.
Ewan McGregor plays a broken man in exile, a soldier who knows he lost the war but is still being asked to fight it, keeping a constant vigil over the young Luke Skywalker. Every note of Obi-Wans'' journey ring true, mostly thanks to McGregor''s performance.
McGregor is extending his role as he first played over 20 years ago and redefined for a second generation of Star Wars fans. He isn''t quite certain how he used to, but his actions reveal a story that he was hidden from view and fear in the first half of the show, and moving and fighting with determination. Over six episodes, Obi-Wan progresses from a frustrated Jedi who has once again found strength and purpose.
Moses Ingrams Reva, a persistent, ruthless Inquisitor who is attempting to hunt down Kenobi. As Reva, Ingram is powerful, fueled by passion and rage, and a formidable physical presence in a world that is increasingly defined by larger-than-life figures with obscure faces. However, Ingram''s performance is underserved by the narrative she says. Clear motivations, once revealed, lead to baffling actions.
Reva, as its slowly revealed, was a survivor of the Anakins youngling shooting in Revenge of the Sith, and has become zealous in her quest for revenge. However, there is a tragic tale here that you can infer from Ingrams'' performance, which is largely broken down and built back up in her quest for revenge, but it comes up with her in her quest for Luke Skywalker, even if her goal of killing Vader is now gone.
Both Obi-Wan and Revas arcs emotionally ground Obi-Wan Kenobi in their specific focus on loss. Combined, they are there to illustrate the difference between losing and being lost. Obi-Wan never says this theme out loud, but it is for this reason why the series can still feel worthwhile in spite of its appearance as a prequel where the fates of the most major characters are known from the start.
Obi-Wans'' interiority is unknown: Is old Ben Kenobi at his post in A New Hope because of his obligation or dedication? Well, the space for Obi-Wan Kenobi to express anything meaningful at all is incredibly narrow, with the aim of director Deborah Chow and her many collaborators, so that when Obi-Wan stands in front of a young Leia Organa or a ship filled with refugees, it is possible to examine whether or not he can find it in himself to inspire
Or that when Kenobi does a seemingly penultimate reunion with his former apprentice in A New Hope, it''s clear that Anakin makes Obi-Wan Kenobi the most meaningful modern invocation of Darth Vader yet, while his sharp face briefly seen through a split helmet in the finale gives viewers a glimpse of what the war has cost. Darth Vader in name promises to become Darth Vader in purpose, aside his failed attempts at revenge to fully become the gloved fist of a fascis
It is unassuming that the challenging challenge for resonance Obi-Wan Kenobi faced is a problem of Star Wars'' own design. The present state of the franchise is one of cynicism, which prefers to exploit old supporters'' passions instead of winning new ones. Ultimately, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a shamble in a complex and still-ongoing project.
cynicism took root as it is will not to do. Whether it be from a fictional character processing his place following a bad guy''s victory, or the challenge of artmakers and artisans in the most lucrative arena can be overcome. Obi-Wan Kenobi set himself apart and built him up as a person once more.