‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Premiere: Everything Fans Wanted

The two episode premiere of the highly anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi show is here. Ewan McGregor has reprised his role as the  Jedi, along with Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. The two have been on quite the media tour together to promote the show, and it is so heartwarming to see how much they are beloved by the Star Wars fanbase.

People are quick to forget because the Prequel Trilogy has aged gracefully, but much like the Sequels that Disney made, the Prequels were ragged on by fans. The dialogue was cheesy, the acting was stale, the story was boring, those were some of the complaints lofted at these movies. Now, 17 years after Revenge of the Sith, people cannot get enough Prequel Trilogy content. 

Look at how these two LEGENDS opened and closed Star Wars Celebration Day, capping with the debut of the Kenobi show.

I’m going to try and keep the spoilers light for this blog, as I intend to have a much more opinionated blog down the road when the series wraps at the end of June, and will be breaking the series down weekly on my podcast, From My Point of View.

WOW, the opening recap gave me goosebumps up and down my spine. These are movies I have seen countless times and can easily recite dialogue from, but seeing it laid out in this format was just so great. And the music, THE MUSIC during this recap was unbelievable, just a fantastic way to start the show.

Obi-Wan’s nightmares are something I imagine have plagued him for the past 10 years, visions of the past, of Yoda warning him and Qui-Gon that Anakin’s future is clouded, some severe PTSD for sure.

I think the Grand Inquisitor looked amazing. I know there was some social media criticism about his live action design, but they absolutely nailed it in my opinion.

I don’t think we’ve ever actually been to the surface of Alderaan before, but it is somehow exactly like I imagined it was. My only complaint about episode one was the chase scene with Leia, that was ridiculous.

As for episode two, Obi-Wan not knowing that Anakin survived their fight on Mustafar for 10 years is obviously very shocking, and Ewan McGregor does a great job of showing this fear and disbelief in his eyes. The strange part to me is that the Inquisitors know Vader was once Anakin Skywalker, the Third Sister knew, so it’s obvious the rest do too. But it’s clear she doesn’t understand the entirety of it because she claims “Anakin Skywalker is alive” which, of course, he isn’t.

I always thought Obi-Wan, Yoda and the Emperor were the only ones who knew Vader was once Anakin, but I guess that changed. The Inquisitors don’t exist during the Original Trilogy, so they must’ve been wiped out at that point, leaving only the above to remember Anakin.

Episode two ending left me speechless as well. I don’t even want to say more here. 

Those are my thoughts on the premiere, we’ll be back to discuss after the finale airs in June, till then, enjoy the ride.

PS: We absolutely need to get a Liam Neeson Qui-Gon Jinn Force Ghost appearance, right?

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