Disney Star Wars has killed off Han Solo; killed off Luke Skywalker; and now you are going to wish they killed ol’Ben off…but long before Lucas had him die at the hands of Vader, Ben Kenobi was getting disrespected, humiliated, and made to look like an incompetent buffoon! Its Obi-Wan Kenobi Honest Trailer Time!
Obi-Wan is part of the Star Wars franchise and stars Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, reprising his role from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Set ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), the series follows Kenobi as he sets out to rescue the kidnapped Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) from the Galactic Empire, leading to a confrontation with his former apprentice, Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen).
The project originated as a spin-off film written by Hossein Amini and directed by Stephen Daldry, but it was reworked as a limited series following the commercial failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). McGregor was confirmed to be starring in August 2019, and Deborah Chow was hired to direct a month later. Production was scheduled to begin in July 2020, but the series was put on hold in January 2020 because Lucasfilm was unsatisfied with the scripts. Joby Harold was hired to rewrite the series and serve as showrunner in April 2020, executive producing with Chow, McGregor, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan. Additional casting took place in March 2021, with co-stars such as Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Jimmy Smits, James Earl Jones, and Christensen reprising their prequel trilogy roles. Filming began by May 2021 in Los Angeles, using StageCraft video wall technology, and wrapped by September. Natalie Holt composed the score, while Star Wars film composer John Williams wrote the main theme.
The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi premiered on May 27, 2022. The subsequent four episodes were released weekly until June 22. The series has received positive reviews from critics, with praise for McGregor and Christensen’s performances and Chow’s direction, but some criticism of the writing.
Disney announced that Obi-Wan Kenobi was the most-watched series premiere for the streaming service in its opening weekend. According to Samba TV, “Part I” was viewed in 2.14 million U.S. households from May 27–30, surpassing the premieres for The Mandalorian second season (2.08 million) and The Book of Boba Fett (1.5 million).During June 22–26, the Obi-Wan finale was watched in 1.8 million households, up 20% from Book of Boba Fett’s 1.5 million.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 83% approval rating and an average score of 6.60/10, based on 290 reviews. The website’s critics consensus reads, “This won’t be the Obi-Wan Kenobi some viewers are looking for, but Ewan McGregor’s soulful performance and some refreshing twists make this a satisfying – if circuitous – addition to the Star Wars saga.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi is streaming on Disney Plus.