When it comes to trailers for series, games, etc., we like to talk about how they make you want more. And I felt the same way when I first glimpsed Obi-Wan Kenobi, the latest Star Wars series on Disney+. Ewan McGregor as a Jedi again? Focus on a war hero carrying massive trauma? Count me in! But now that the series has started and I’ve been able to watch the first two episodes … where is the desire for more? I think she was trampled on by a ten year old stumbling around.
Spoiler alert: This article is about the content of the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+
Fancy Obi-Wan? Hey look, there’s Leia!
I’m not a child hater, I’ve found quite a few children’s characters “wise beyond their years” great. But why exactly does the Obi-Wan series have to revolve around a growing Leia with smart-ass dialogues in a not exactly small part? Because no one would tune in to The Adventures of Young Leia alone? Allegedly. Still, it kind of breaks me to think about how gripping dialogue is between Uncle Owen (Joel Edgerton) and Ben Kenobi – both played by great actors. And then again I have to watch how three adults can’t immediately manage to hold down a ten-year-old who’s fumbling around like a five-year-old.
Painfully unbelievable scenes
Did I end up with the gummy bear gang? We’re talking about the same series in which the opening sequence has stormtroopers massacring the population of the Jedi Temple. Of course, the editing is also a bit to blame if you don’t make it look believable that Ewan McGregor “runs after” his young co-star (he’s more like jogging) in episode 2 because she’s just toooo fast for him. Have you ever seen children? How hard would it be – in a life-or-situation – to hold a child and keep you?! But the problem isn’t unique to the child in the cast.
Worst Star Wars enemy?
While I can understand the young Leia performer’s scenes needing to have some room for, “okay, let’s just assume she can do that,” there’s no excuse for Obi-Wan’s antagonist. Inquisitor Reva, the Third Sister, is not presented as intimidating or threatening in any way. Rather, she seems like a completely unstable, pseudo-badass Jedi hunter, whose colleagues shouldn’t really be able to get along with her for a day.
Her entire performance is overdone, every line screaming “I PLAY A ROLE” – honestly, she sort of acts like she’s on another series. Although their inquisitor companions only survived the change from Star Wars cartoon to gritty realistic live action to a limited extent – some characters are probably not made for both media.
Compared to another Star Wars creep
A comparison to Kylo Ren is of course obvious – an impulsive dark character who you don’t want to take seriously as a wannabe villain. But while the inner conflict trickled through Adam Driver’s acting while he possessed truly menacing skills, Reva lacks that. She just comes across as ONLY a teenager having tantrums – that she’ll be tolerated by people of the same rank is a huge question mark.
My big fear: Reva will get a redeeming story, she is probably one of the young students from the Jedi Temple in the Order 66 intro of the first episode. And all I’ll think about then is how Reva cut off a woman’s hand for speaking back on a destitute planet. The question remains: Am I even looking further? how do you see it? Were you able to pick up the first episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi? Or are you (still) avoiding the new Disney+ series? Tell me in the comments!