The answer comes in “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” a six-episode Disney+ series whose first two chapters are a thrilling delivery that fans should expect from a show that’s as eagerly awaited as any theatrical blockbuster s things.
On the plus side, the plot format allows for a more laid-back approach in exploring the characters and laying out the story, after some unnecessary retrospectives – set a decade after the Jedi’s downfall and discovering that McGregor wasn’t exactly expecting to be Alec Guinness (Alec Guinness), but close enough.
While the Inquisitors have tracked smaller Jedi Knights across the galaxy, one in particular, Rewa (Moses Ingram), seems obsessed with locating Kenobi, who lives a life of desert drudgery while at the same time Hide out of plain sight. He looks at young Luke from a considerable distance, which is still too close for the boy’s Uncle Owen (Joel Edgerton), and he remembers vividly how he ended up in the lad’s care.
Directed by “The Mandalorian” veteran Deborah Chow, the episodes most notably concoct a very plausible explanation that shouldn’t be spoiled, leading Kenobi out of his cave and into danger. The situation also creates a lot of opportunities for callbacks, which, in a theatrical setting, will have fans yelling.
In addition to those other flourishes, McGregor — 17 years away from “Revenge of the Sith” — proved to be a huge asset, perfectly capturing the legendary Jedi at this stage, still because of Anakin Injured by the loss of the dark side of Skywalker, leaving hold mode wearily provides room for some hope, but not a lot as it stands.
Those considerations aside, the Disney+ series presents subscribers with a wonderful distraction that doesn’t require Jedi thinking skills. With four more installments on the way, the Force still loves “Obi-Wan Kenobi” so much based on liftoff, it may have a bit less stride, but for those who stick with it for the long haul, it’s not at all attractive Follow him unabated.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney+ on May 27.