It’s nearly half-past 2am as I write this, yet I am absolutely wide awake because I just watched the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and my mind is blown. The trailers did not give anything away. In fact, what you see from the trailers is practically everything from these two episodes.
From the literal first second the show lets you know that this was made for the fans. It’s been seventeen years since we thought we’d never see Star Wars again, leastwise Obi-Wan Kenobi’s story continued and yet…here we are. From there, as Samuel L. Jackson says so eloquently in Jurassic Park: “Hold onto your butts.”
Both episodes together combine for a total of an hour and a half of Star Wars greatness. And through this magical runtime, there’s a lot to experience as a Star Wars fan. One can feel emotion at simply Obi-Wan’s pained expression or you can feel a sense of wonder watching Kenobi being the sand hermit we always knew he was. There’s also a genuine sense of fear when the villains come around because they are exactly that: villains.
These are not grey antagonists with morals. These are the BAD guys. This is the Empire at its strongest and its most wicked. And thankfully, the show did not water that down.
There’s so much to unpack but I think what I’m most surprised about is how little about the show I thought I knew. This series is not the series you will fully expect but it is also the perfect conduit for the emotional confrontation that awaits us: the Vader/Kenobi showdown that we have been promised. To say any more than that would inevitably lead me into spoiler territory so I’ll just leave it at this.
I loved the first two episodes and I can’t wait to see what next week’s episode has in store for us.
Wow, wow, wow.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.