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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Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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