After 17 long years, Obi-Wan has returned to the galaxy far, far away once again. Ewan McGregor, who reprises his role of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi in the titular Disney+ series, has returned with a much more refined portrayal of the character after Revenge of the Sith (2005). The limited series was released earlier than expected, with two episodes premiering on the opening date.
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After being first revealed back in 2020, Obi-Wan Kenobi finally premiered with a promising start as the series depicts one of the darkest phases of the galaxy. The series recaps the horrific Order 66 that almost drove the Jedi Order into extinction. However, the actual timeline of the series is a decade after the events of Revenge of the Sith, portraying a broken, hopeless Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is now a shell of the man he was before.
In which timeline is Obi-Wan Kenobi based?
As the show was released earlier than slated before, fans were ecstatic to have McGregor back as the iconic Jedi Knight. Set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi is expected to shed light on those missing years. As one of the most crucial timelines in the Star Wars universe, the series will also be an Easter Egg galore which the first two episodes clearly proved. From Clone Troopers to Sith Inquisitors, Obi-Wan Kenobi has left no stone unturned for the fans.
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After being driven to exile, the show lies entirely on Ewan McGregor’s shoulders as the actor transitions from a flourishing Jedi Knight into a helpless man haunted by his past. McGregor effortlessly captures the desperation and hopelessness of the Jedi Knight who has been in hiding for over a decade. However, the series also brings back another fan-favorite character, albeit a younger version to the series, to provide the much-needed push for the fallen Jedi Knight to rise again.
Obi-Wan Kenobi brings back the Inquisitors
Apart from McGregor’s serious acting chops, Obi-Wan Kenobi easily shines for its realistic yet vibrant atmosphere. From the sandy dunes of Tatooine to the neon vibe of Daiyu, Obi-Wan Kenobi nails the classic Star Wars vibrancy with its ultra-realistic effects and graphics. Moreover, Rupert Friend portrays the role of the ruthless Grand Inquisitor to perfection from Star Wars Rebels, alongside Moses Ingram’s ambitious Reva Sevander/Third Sister. As Darth Vader’s personal army to finish all remaining Jedi, they are also expected to play a crucial role in the series.
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As McGregor’s Obi-Wan finally leaves Tatooine, the series is expected to have a lot more action and adventure after a promising start. Additionally, the first two episodes perfectly set up the return of Hayden Christensen’s Darth Vader for the later episodes. With an epic re-match on the cards, this is where the fun begins.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will return with its third episode on June 1, 2022, exclusively on Disney+.