A spoiler-free discussion.
“The Force will be with you, always.” - Obi-Wan Kenobi
It should go without saying that we are all fans of the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi to varying degrees. From the kindly old man who introduced Luke Skywalker to his first lightsaber to the youthful Jedi Master that served during the Clone Wars, Kenobi has been as large a part of the Star Wars Mythos as any other character that he stood alongside.
That being said, for many years since the release of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, the idea of an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff was rumored and talked about being in production for a very long time. Now, six years after the show was first announced, we have finally been given our first glimpse at the trailer for the miniseries, and the reaction towards what the studio had put out was far from surprising.
Sure, there was much to feel excited about, especially when there was a new Star Wars project in the works. However, it has been noted that the reception to the trailer was rather lukewarm across the board. There could be plenty of reasons to suggest why such a reaction was elicited from audiences, but we strongly believe that the main reason for such a reception is due to the uncertainty surrounding many Star Wars projects as of late.
The most recent entry, The Book of Boba Fett, was a poorly made show about a character that seemed to lose his appeal the more he appeared on screen. This could similarly be the worry of most fans of Obi-Wan Kenobi. After all, much of his story has already been told throughout past Star Wars films, and based on the recent trailer for the miniseries; it is highly likely that the show would follow his life after his exile to the planet Tatooine.
As of the time of writing, it is virtually impossible to speculate on what events might transpire within the show that could garner any interest from fans of the character. In the original trilogy of films, it was already suggested that Obi-Wan lived his life as a hermit and merely watched the upbringing of Luke Skywalker from afar, not attempting to meddle in any affairs beyond those simple duties.
Therefore, it is difficult to say if this series really needed to be made for the fans other than for the simple decision of keeping the content flowing where Star Wars is concerned. There is certainly not much more than we can see to be added to the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi that we already know. Still, we would like to think that the studio does have a trick up its sleeve when it comes to the execution of this miniseries, and we will happily look forward to sharing our thoughts on the show once it is available to stream.
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