Star Wars fans have been waiting a long time to see prequel favourite Ewan McGregor return as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. And it seems that in the next year or two their wish will be granted. The Disney Plus Obi-Wan Kenobi series is a go, though it does seem to have been delayed. Here’s what we’d like to see happen.
While we don’t know too much about the series at this point – the expected release date is sometime in 2022 – we do know a couple of things.
What Do We Know About the Obi-Wan Series?
First, we know that the series will be set eight years after Revenge of the Sith, which means it’ll involve Obi-Wan in exile on Tatooine.
However, rumour has it it will involve flashbacks. Rumour also has it Hayden Christensen will be involved. This seems to fit (of course, he could also be playing a fully-suited Darth Vader as he did in Revenge of the Sith).
Flashbacks in one way or another would make sense – Obi-Wan might not have that much to do just hanging out in a house in the Jutland Wastes of Tatooine!
It also seems that the series will be limited, running only a single season. We have no problem with this if it tells a good story. Honestly, the chances of it telling a good, focused story are increased if the story is shorter. Better this than it dragging on, stuffed with fan service and Obi-Wan adventuring around the galaxy when he should be hiding from the Empire!
What We Want for the Series
Below, we’ll take a look at 9 things we want to be included in the show. While it probably won’t include everything on our wishlist, or yours, it’ll probably include some of them.
1. Luke Skywalker
Alright, this one pretty much goes without saying. Everyone will want to see an 8-year-old Luke Skywalker. It’s probably safe to say we’ll see him at least once given that Obi-Wan lives (according to Wookiepedia) 134 kilometers from the Lars Homestead.
It would be cool to simply see Obi-Wan watching over him from a distance as we saw in Star Wars Rebels. Maybe we’ll see a silhouette of a child playing with his aunt and uncle, twin suns setting in the background, or something along those lines.
This could be the safer choice – fans might not like the way Luke is portrayed if he does show up in the story, as we’ve learned from the reception to the Last Jedi. That being said, it’d be harder to “mess things up” when showing the legendary character as a child rather than a grizzled old hermit.
Knowing Disney, though, we’ll probably see some kind of direct interaction. This could work out fine if done right. When we see 19-year old Luke in A New Hope, he was aware of the “old hermit” Ben Kenobi living somewhere out there. So them interacting in some way would not necessarily break established canon.
Maybe Luke simply sees this robed man standing on a cliff and runs away in fear. Or even talks to him briefly before Uncle Owen (who, as we saw in a New Hope is not a fan of “Old Ben”) pulls him away. We can imaging Own yelling at Obi-Wan, telling him to leave them alone and let Luke grow up in peace.
One thing we hope NOT to see involving Luke is him using the Force in some way. It would just be too silly and too predictable.
2. Character Exploration
The series’ main focus should be on Obi-Wan as a character.
While we don’t want it to be just an in-depth character exploration. We do expect a bit of action here and there – we think it would make sense for Obi-Wan to be reflecting on all the things that have happened to him.
It’s no secret that the poor man’s been through a lot. His Master being killed by the first Sith to appear in 1,000 years. His best friend betraying him. The organisation he dedicated his life to being destroyed by that friend, etc.
Maybe he deserves some romance in his isolation, maybe he could meet someone, father a girl, then the partner goes into hiding to avoid Vader and protect the child, she could be called Rey…No wait that’s been done and they went a different route with it.
The Jedi life is all about meditation and introspection. This is the perfect opportunity to explore that and see how Obi-Wan is feeling in regards to what has happened. Has he lost faith in the Jedi Order? Does he blame himself for what happened?
In our opinion, without getting some insight into how Obi-Wan views the catastrophic events of eight years past, this series would be a waste. We want more internal exploration than external exploration, which brings us to our next point.
3. Don’t Go Off Tatooine Too Much, if At All
We would honestly be fine with Obi-Wan not leaving Tatooine at all. It would make a lot of sense since he’s in hiding from the Empire. We think it’d be a little bit ridiculous if he goes galavanting around the Galaxy wearing some kind of cheap disguise.
However, knowing that the plot needs to be moved along, he may leave the barren world at one point or another. Maybe he’ll fly to Dagobah to consult with Yoda, and discuss their post – Order 66 plan – specifically, it would involve updates on how Luke is doing. This could be interesting to see.
Perhaps he’ll meet up with old love interest Satine, oops no, wait, going down the Rey route again there. Or even get involved in some way against Darth Maul’s criminal syndicate.
Things need to be balanced out, and he should only be able to leave the planet if all ensuing plotholes are satisfyingly explained away.
4. A near miss with Darth Vader
Ok, we know that they cant meet. But most of us would be intrigued to see Obi-Wan and Darth Vader play cat and mouse with each other. Similar to how the latter’s erstwhile apprentice Ahsoka Tano did in the Clone Wars.
An encounter of some kind, whether just through force visions or not, is certainly possible. We know Vader is hunting him so let’s see that play out a bit more than shown in the Rebels series.
Perhaps Vader eventually works out where he is, but his desire not to return to Tatooine to awaken memories of Anakin is the reason they don’t meet until A New Hope.
5. Exploring his “Ben” Identity
In a New Hope, Uncle Owen tells Luke that Obi-Wan Kenobi died around the same time as his father. Therefore, Luke thinks Obi-Wan and Ben are two different people. Obi-Wan’s not a name he’s ever heard before hearing it in Princess Leia’s famous message.
It would be interesting to see if “Ben” has a cover story – does he say he’s a retired moisture farmer or something like that? It would make for some good comic relief moments.
Maybe we’ll learn a bit about how he has hidden so well from the Empire over the past eight-years.
Additionally, how does he survive? Does he go into local towns for supplies, or hunt? All of these things would be cool to explore and add a layer of depth to the show.
6. Why Uncle Owen Doesn’t Like Him
Uncle Owen famously dismisses Obi-Wan as a “crazy old hermit” – in A New Hope. He seems to want to have nothing to do with him.
In this show, we will hopefully learn why this in the case. Did Obi-Wan do something specific to anger Mr. Lars?
There was a clash in the 2005 Star Wars Visionaries comic books. Where Maul and Obi-Wan faced off in front of a young Luke causing Uncle Owen to dismiss Kenobi. But this is no longer canon.
It’s possible Owen was just protecting Luke and/or was angry at the Jedi Order for being a seemingly self-destructive organisation. It wouldn’t be unlikely that he’d view the Jedi Order as this strange, destructive cult. And want to keep Luke as far away from any ex-Jedi as possible.
Either that, or he doesn’t want to lose his extra farmhand.
While there’s no evidence of Liam Neeson reprising his role in the series as of yet. It seems likely we’ll see him (or at least hear his voice, as we did in the Rise of Skywalker).
Qui-Gon’s ability to interact with the land of the living as a Force Ghost was a major plot point at the end of Episode III and not greatly explained. It continued throughout the Clone Wars series, and it is he who taught Obi-Wan how to acquire this ability.
Therefore, we may see Obi-Wan being taught how to become a Force Ghost by an incorporeal Qui-Gon. This could also explain how his body “disappears” when Vader finally kills him in Episode IV.
There’s a lot of room for character exploration here though, too. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan discuss Anakin. Given that Qui-Gon was the one who felt the latter was the “Chosen One” and pushed so hard to train him as a Jedi? We’d imagine there would be some tension after Qui-Gon’s insistence on this point lead to the destruction of the Jedi Order!
It would be interesting to see Qui-Gon attempt to defend his position even after the disastrous events of Revenge of the Sith.
8. Darth Maul
Darth Maul returned to the silver screen for the first time since his 1999 appearance in the Phantom Menace in the 2018’s Solo. People who had only seen the live-action movies must have been pretty confused since he was cut in half by Obi-Wan at the end of Episode I.
However, those who had watched the Clone Wars and Rebels knew he had survived this ill-fated encounter. It would be interesting to see Obi-Wan made aware of Darth Maul prior to their Star Wars Rebels encounter, where he seemed aware of his presence. Obi-Wan would be pretty intrigued that he was able to survive. Perhaps Maul using the Dark Side to survive could be contrasted with Qui-Gon’s Force Ghost ability?
The issue is that Obi-Wan could not interact directly with Darth Maul in this show. Darth Maul doesn’t know of his location until Rebels which is set farther along in the timeline.
Obi-Wan was known for his quirky sense of humour in the prequel movies, less so from the Alec Guinness appearances. From “the negotiations were short” to “Hello there!” It would be nice to get a few quippy lines like this, showing that some part of pre-Order 66 Obi-Wan has survived the tragedy he’s been through. As long as the humour is better than the answerphone gag that ruined The Last Jedi before it had got going.
Additionally, we’d get a few more memes, and that would be nice, wouldn’t it?
This show has a lot of potentials. But there’s also a lot of room for things to go wrong.
We hope the writers balance out common sense with ambition and, most of all, we hope that it gives us a satisfying look into Obi-Wan’s character.
Before we call it a day, there’s one final question we need to be answered in this show: What happened to Jar Jar Binks he’d be a great cameo right?
Just kidding! Though for those interested, the question was answered Chuck Wendig’s 2017 novel Star Wars: Aftermath – Empire’s End. In a sort of meta-commentary on the character’s reception, our favourite Gungan senator became a street performer. Loved by children and hated by adults
Here’s to hoping the Obi-Wan series is as well as the Mandalorian and does justice to the storied character that’s been with us since 1977!
And that’s our list of 9 things we want to see in the Disney Plus Obi-Wan series. What do you think? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.
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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review
Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!
Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.
This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.
Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.
Shades of grey
This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.
With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.
This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.
Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.
Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10
Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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