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Now the dust has settled, ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ is being viewed in a new light

Now that we're past the initial hype wave, how are people feeling about 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'?

Ewan McGregor in character as obi-wan kenobi
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Before Obi-Wan Kenobi came out, it was the greatest thing that Star Wars fans could ever wish for. When it premiered, it was the most popular and spine-chilling television series to grace the streaming plain. Now, with hindsight to back up our retrospective critique, a lot of fans are looking back at Ewan McGregor’s long-anticipated spinoff, and not as fondly as you’d imagine.

The limited series delivered on all of its promises, like an epic “rematch of the century” between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader that still gives us the tingles when we think about it. But for all the things it got right, a lot of galaxy far, far away enthusiasts took issue with the disjointed and unfocused narrative, culminating in a weirdly paced pursuit thriller that felt… uncertain, above all else.

One chief criticism — or perhaps realization — is that Obi-Wan Kenobi would probably have worked better as a standalone movie, just like the Mouse House had originally intended. In fact, a lot of folks think the story would’ve landed better with them had it been presented in the form of a movie.

Another major take is that Obi-Wan Kenobi was decent enough, but perhaps not the monumental gem that a lot of people were expecting to see.

With all the filler storylines justifying what we were all there to see in the first place — the fight between Obi-Wan and Vader — a lot of Star Wars veterans think Obi-Wan Kenobi was simply forgettable.

Let’s get one thing straight, though: Kid Leia was amazing!

If like many fans, you too are having a difficult time remembering what the show was even about, you can fortunately re-watch all six episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney Plus now.

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Jonathan Wright

Jonathan is a religious consumer of movies, TV shows, video games, and speculative fiction. And when he isn't doing that, he likes to write about them. He can get particularly worked up when talking about 'The Lord of the Rings' or 'A Song of Ice and Fire' or any work of high fantasy, come to think of it.