‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Premiere Brings Back Old Favorites — But Not That

Go Over, Luke Skywalker: Why ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Hits the Right Nostalgic Note With One Key Character.

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Episode 1 and Episode 2, “Part 1” and “Part II.”]

Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres about 23 minutes star wars Friends appear. First there are fixed shots of an unfamiliar city and planet, then a montage of various people helping a small child into a pristine white tunic with purple accents. Even on such a small head, you can’t go wrong with a delicate hairstyle: this is young Leia Organa.

Well, not quite. It’s a pal Leia recruiting her mother as a prank, but as John Williams and Natalie Holt’s scoring victories swell, we quickly cut to the real Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair), sprinting through the woods , while her braids trailed behind her.

For too long — and probably still is — Star Wars hasn’t been able to exit Luke Skywalker. The hero of the original George Lucas film portrayed by Mark Hamill is a Jedi who deserves to be let down. The prequel eschewed him entirely, and the sequel got so caught up in everything Skywalker, Palpatine, and Solo that it wasted potential for new characters and stories. An age-reduced Hamill (played by Max Lloyd-Jones) was a surprise in The Mandalorian season 2, but overworked when he became the ostensible purpose of The Book of Boba Fett .

So the show is in immediate danger of a perpetually tantalizing but dangerous obsession when kid Luke (Grant Feiley) appears in the trailer for “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

After a scene where Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) peeks at him from afar, child Luke is never seen again. Meanwhile, Leia is kidnapped in her playful woods, and her parents plead with the retired Obi-Wan to rescue her.

Child Leia evokes a unique nostalgia, if you can call it that. We’ve never seen her before, but Blair captures the wit and warmth that made Carrie Fisher’s young princess so charming in 1977. Obi-Wan when he says she doesn’t sound like a 10-year-old represents everyone, that’s because she’s actually a shining vessel for the qualities of the older character. There’s an unshakable but not overwhelming sense that the character is emotionally manipulating the audience, but she’s cheeky, charming, and a perfect match for McGregor’s Obi-Wan in this particular moment – look at that pigtail, bring it on.

In an IndieWire review of the premiere episode, Ben Travers points out, the Jedi’s urge to do good will always come back to them in one way or another. In the first episode, we see Obi-Wan barely succumbing to this urge, telling Organas that he must stay on Tatoo and not hunt down Leia’s kidnappers.To their credit, Bail and Breha (Jimmy Smits and Simone Kessell) didn’t call Master Kenobi a sexist face to face, but he persuaded them by risking his life for Anakin Skywalker’s life other Boy, he happens to be force sensitive too. He and Organas say he hasn’t fought in ten years, he’s not the knight they once knew, and he’s weak – so what’s his qualifications to take care of Luke?Of course, we now know that Overwatch is a trivial excuse in itself, and Obi-Wan is just waiting for time until he can train the boy in the way of the Force – and he’ll work for it really Requires his old skills.

For the most part, Obi-Wan saves Leia without taking advantage of his dormant Jedi training (except that fall). If he hopes to train that boy to play the pilot on the wet farm, he’ll need to start saving people without the Force, or find a way to reconnect with the Force. By the end of Episode 2, Obi-Wan was driven by a new goal: to face Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) again, either to draw on his lingering virtues or to face off now Fight him as Darth Vader.

New episodes of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ premiere Friday disney+.

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