Star Wars saved from the waters on Disney+?

Star Wars saved from the waters on Disney+?

After a satisfying third episode, Obi-Wan Kenobi returns to calmer waters on Disney+.

WARNING: slight spoilers

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20,000 leagues under the Empire

Whether series Star Wars or Marvel, Disney+ has standardized in just a few years a production model based entirely on retention of information. Season 2 of The Mandalorian and The Boba Fett Book were the most convincing examples of this, stretching the rubber band more than necessary to create an artificial expectation around its biggest surprises.

In short, where any narrative requirement would encourage them to treat these stories as two-hour films, Lucasfilm prefers to extend over six episodes or more not always constructed narrative arcs, to the point of deliberately creating a gap filled by an element or two of fan service.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi: Photowet dog

To tell the truth, the current pop-culture seems entirely governed by this approach, and this from a marketing thought out to imply to the spectator what he expects to see on his screen. Never mind that the presence of the three Spider-Mans was discussed months before the release of No Way Home. What counts is the fantasy of the public, conquered in advance by the event, even when the latter is treated with criminal nonchalance. Anticipation prevails over the final result.

Unfortunately, hard to forgive Obi-Wan Kenobi these same wanderings, already mentioned in our review of the first two episodes, only shaped towards a third segment finally offering us the long-awaited return of Darth Vader. Now that the series has passed its midpoint pivot, here it is again cruising speed somewhat disappointing.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi: PhotoStar Wars in formaldehyde?

Deborah Chow struggles to hide that she signs here a transition episode, transformed into yet another rescue mission. This weariness is all the more unfortunate since the proposal is by far the most interesting of the series so far. By infiltrating the underwater base of Nur (funny idea, since it is a moon of Mustafar), the series finds this conceptual inventiveness of mythology Star Warsthat typical of extended universe video games (normal, we have already seen this setting in Jedi Fallen Order).

Moreover, while Obi-Wan gradually regains his powers and his sensitivity to the Force, the action scenes accentuate his sense of strategy, a bit like the RPGs linked to the franchise, trend Knights of the Old Republic. The Jedi is aware of his limits with each return of blaster fire, and these passages generate some rather gripping stakes during this progressive re-iconization of the character.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi: PhotoHe is still beautiful

Knights of the Grabataire Republic

In this situation, the staging is much more inspired, as during this sequence in full darkness, where only the blade of the lightsaber pierces the darkness to kill the Stormtroopers one by one. Truth be told, this episode 4 has some of the best ideas in the seriesstarting with its introductory scene, where the alternate editing further strengthens the bond between Obi-Wan and Anakin, both of whom are immersed in a vat of bacta to treat their burns.

The problem is that the retention mentioned earlier becomes an insurmountable barrier to the project of its director and showrunner. Obi-Wan Kenobi clearly would like to be an intimate series, oriented towards the tormented face of Ewan McGregor as a reflection of his trauma and his guilt.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi: PhotoThe best idea of ​​the episode

The memory of Anakin, and the Old Republic more generally, seems to seek to spread like a virus, but the episodes never have time to deal in depth with their repercussions. After four chapters, we still do not know more about the motivations of Reva (Moses Ingram), even if we guess his past as a Jedi apprentice.

There is, however, reason to dwell on the turning point of a galaxy which accepted without flinching its transition to a totalitarian regime. Where Dave Filoni’s series (starting with The Bad Batch) manage to maintain this backdrop, Obi Wan seems entangled in his manhunt.

Unless it is due to the fact that it attacks one of the mythological pillars of Star Wars, to one of the most fundamental parts of its canon, which cannot fully implement in the “little” history of the galaxy far, far away. But isn’t it this little story that Disney+ is aiming for with its multiple series?

A new episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi is available on Disney+ every Wednesday since May 27, 2022

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi: Official Poster


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