Written by Luke Barnes
Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor must come out of retirement to save a capture Princess Leia, played by Vivian Lyra Blair.
So this was a deeply mixed bag, though I would say there was slightly more good than bad.
The good first, I really enjoyed McGregor as Kenobi again he did a really great job of playing the broken Jedi who has all but given up. His interactions with the other characters always feel heightened by his acting prowess as well.
Moreover, I also enjoyed the tone and the more violent edge this series had, with the Inquisitors chopping off people’s body parts and actually feeling threatening. However, this was some what undercut by the fact that only one Inquisitor actually behaved as you would expect, that being Reva, played by Moses Ingram. I will get into later why Reva as a character doesn’t work and why it points out everything wrong with modern day Lucasfilm, but I will say that she was the only Inquisitor that acted the part wanting to hurt civilians for answers and being evil, the rest felt like they were holding back and the show didn’t explain why.
My issues with this series do mostly stem from how they use Reva, having her openly defy the Grand Inquisitor, played by Rupert Friend and thinking that she knows better than all of her male colleagues. A lot of very simplistic people online will scream that anyone who doesn’t like Reva is a sexist or a racist or both, however, I am here to tell you that these people are stupid and so obsessed with their own politics that they have to inject it into any media that they see. The reason Reva sucks is not because of the actor’s race or gender, it is because they have written her as one dimensional, her writing doesn’t feel in keeping with what has been established, by having her treat the Grand Inquisitor as her whipping boy it makes him lesser as a character; and his lack of violent response to her makes it worse. I thought we had all collectively agreed that the girl boss archetype that only existed as a shallow gesture within media to try and force in strong female characters was bad and tokenistic? Or did I miss the memo.
To move off Reva, this show continues another of Disney + Star Wars’ key issues and that is having humans be everywhere. Honestly, at times in this show you would forget it is supposed to be set in a wide interconnected galaxy and just think it was on Earth as humans are most of the characters you will meet. There are a few here and there peppered into backgrounds and in some small supporting roles but for the most part they don’t seem to exist.
Overall, I like what they are doing with Obi-Wan and the more adult tone, however, they need to do more with Reva to make her a better character, humble her and have her overcome something rather than just having her be super great at everything, oh and include some damn aliens in your space show.
The more mature tone
The order 66 flashback opening
The lack of aliens
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