Obi-Wan Kenobi has finally been released in its entirety, for all viewers to enjoy. Ewan McGregor resurrected the whole role, claiming that he yet had the best performance. A co-star of his prequel trilogy played Hayden Christensen, who played Darth Vader in some of the most chilling moments in Star Wars history.
Obi-Wan Kenobi''s article is packed with spoilers.
For all of its shortcomings, the series finale for Obi-Wan Kenobi was a tremendous success. Despite the series'' large screen sticking the landing, many viewers can be overlooked. Kenobi was a key to accomplishing all of the key emotional feats necessary to complete the characters'' journeys, and it certainly succeeded in doing so. One of Star Wars'' greatest moments was the confrontation between Obi-Wan and a Vader.
When the series premiered, Ewan McGregor described Obi-Wan as a character fans would find broken. However, there were more than their share of people having nightmares with another Luke Skywalker situation. Despite the fact that Obi-Wan Kenobi perfectly executed the hero returning to form. Kenobi was able to find faith again in the Jedi, mostly through the hope provided by Anakin Skywalker''s children.
The series'' ending was good. Star Wars requires a win, and it''s not astretch to say that everything was riding on Obi-Wan Kenobi. The galaxy was a fantastic addition far away. Could it have been better served in a different format?
Most are aware that the film was initially intended as a theatrical film, which was originally to be directed by Stephen Daldry. Following Solo''s horrific bomb at the box office, Lucasfilm and Disney chose to blame an over-saturation of Star Wars films. Upon completion, The Rise of Skywalker was immediately announced, marking plans for the Jedi Master''s return to the screen.
Disney+ reached homes in late 2019, and The Mandalorian''s amazing success prompted Lucasfilm to go all-in on Star Wars television in the near future. As such, Obi-Wan Kenobi shifted to a streaming series, and the rest is history.
What if Lucasfilm had agreed to release the project as a movie? The narrative takes on more screen time and emotional beatings to complete. However, there is a compelling argument to be made about whether Obi-Wan Kenobi would have been a film, perhaps better than it was as a Disney+ show.
The Ultimate Experience
While Star Wars may have been influenced by serial television, George Lucas'' world-changing creation began as a single theatrical film. Everything from The Maker''s six-film film has been explored in two formats, and the animation has certainly played a major role in expanding the galaxy. There are still a lot of things about Star Wars in theaters.
There''s a fun build-up to the new movies, people get excited to drop unfathomable amounts of money on merchandise, and there are cheers when "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away" appears on silver screens. It''s an experience like no other, but it''s an accomplishment to watch Star Wars since 2019, and it has only provided a small taste of it once more.
An invitation to participate in the premiere of Obi-Wan Kenobi''s first two episodes was extended for those who attended the "Lucasfilm Studio Showcase." Additional beverages and free popcorn were provided, making the viewing party a movie-going experience.
The opening episodes of Order 66 were caught with overwhelming sadness, which set the tone for the audience and series. Fans cheered when Obi-Wan made his first appearance and reconnected with the Force. She also made for light moments as the final reveal of Vader in his bacta tank was released. Imagine having a different duel in a similar environment.
Welcoming the entire cast to the stage was an additional pleasure. Most movies include nominations from the filmmakers, screen-used outfits displayed in glass, and a handful of free goodies, but the general desire and excitement at Celebration sparked frustration since the credits'' roll. It was certainly not unanimous like the reception to Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The ending resulted in a fantastic experience, which any fan should feel after Star Wars. It''s nice to have an episode to watch each week and chat online, although tuning in from the couch isn''t as exciting as making a trip to the theaters, though it''s cheaper. This works for serialized shows like The Mandalorian, and for something as large as Kenobi, the whole feature film experience was warranted.
Mickey''''s Movie Money
The Disney+ series has been made on a much lower budget. Both Star Wars and MCU projects have struggled to overcome these obstacles. Jon Favreau had to think outside the box to make The Mandalorian possible, combining with Lucasfilm engineers to develop The Volume stagecraft technology. Although the Mandalorian is relatively revolutionary and effective, the massive screens have their flaws.
The volume requires things to be scaled down, removing the scope of what''s happening in the story. Similarly, shooting shots of Mustafar are combined with a sensational CG, and then followed up with the brutal Volume set for Vader''s throne room. Both episodes have been selected for moments with poor visuals, and it''s difficult to miss them.
The base on Jabiim looks like "Star Tours" without the 3D glasses. The technology also restricted any sequence that required an actor to run; Reva appears to be attempting to catch Kenobi, Leia, and Tala at Fortress Inquisitorious, but the confines of the set make Moses Ingram run with a piano on her back. The first encounter between Obi-Wan and Vader appeared to be shot in someone''s backyard in LA.
The Emperor was despite his skill as the Grand Inquisitor, but his appearance has been roasted six ways to Sunday. Would it have required movie money to recreate the Pau''an appearance for Revenge of the Sith? The live-action reference point exists, but the character just appears to be a guy with gray face paint. The finale in the show isn''t as bad as the trailers indicated, but it also gives us a baffling appearance that a film would presumably never allow.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a project deserving of more than $100 million, although Andor has been given the funding required to create real sets and practical effects, and the brief footage available looks phenomenal. If Kenobi wasn''t given that kind of money as a series, then $200 million for a film production would have been more than enough.
The Maestro''''s Swansong
John Williams is the heartbeat of Star Wars. Like George Lucas, the films would have never been successful without The Maestro''s music. After he was caught away with the Kenobi series earlier this year, he personally asked Kathleen Kennedy for the opportunity to write a theme for Obi-Wan. The piece, done in just two weeks, is perfectly encapsulating where the Jedi Master is emotionally, while giving hints of his main theme to signify his hope.
The rest of the episode''s music is undoubtedly worthy of praise. William Ross adapted the Obi-Wan theme, finding numerous ways to incorporate it in important moments. Instead, Natalie Holt received the most straightforward action notes she could have imagined. At worst, the music was totally atrocious.
Most of the flaws the show has can be overlooked. For the better or the worse, the hazy visual effects make bad things in the area more enjoyable. However, the music, though, can''t be ignored, and it proved to be the most disappointing component of the series by a country mile. Fans of "Duel of the Fates" in the advertising will have to pay attention for "Action Song C."
It''s possible that Obi-Wan Kenobi''s rise would be the last of John Williams'' Star Wars movies. However, with the proper time and budget, it''s unlikely that Holt''s score would never be accepted for a movie. However, a film full of the "Imperial March," "Leia''s Theme," "The Force Theme," and the return of the iconic "Battle of the Heroes" would have left audience members in tears.
Despite being understood throughout the prequel trilogy, Kenobi was the last chance for fans to see many of Williams'' pieces. Sadly, Holt overthought the process, believing the above themes were in their "genesis" in the series. Musical continuity is as important as what''s being seen, and a project of Kenobi''s stature warrants the best of efforts. One last go at Star Wars for The Maestro could have made for one of the best scores ever created.
There are just as many, if not more, that favor Obi-Wan Kenobi being a limited series. Even a longer film hovering around the three-hour mark would require the writers to shorten up the narrative. However, many parts might have been removed to clarify the plot, but this would have been done for others.
Although visual abilities would have been improved under a higher budget, there are fewer oddities to distract the audience while action is taking place. Perhaps it would have prompted filmmakers to avoid using the shaky cam during lightsaber duels, which reached points where it was so overwhelming that choreography couldn''t be appreciated. John Williams'' theme for Obi-Wan is fantastic; who would not want an entire film of his work?
The story would be divided into two sections as a series or film. Nobody would be talking about outrageous appearances or musical missteps when enough money is spent to improve efforts. The quality of the narrative and the actors'' performances, the latter of which has surpassed expectations from top to bottom.
Although this is the show, it is a shocking fact. It''s worth discussing, however, as several Star Wars projects are considered for series and films, it''s important to be cautious. One day, fans will be back in theaters for the appropriate cinematic experience. Everything will be transported to a distant place.
All six episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are available for download on Disney+.