After a three-month vacation, Lucasfilm and Disney are back in business with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor’s first appearance in the live-action franchise in 17 years. With this series having been in the works for the better part of three years, fans are ecstatic to see the former Jedi Master return to the spotlight.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the fourth instalment in the long-running Star Wars franchise, and it finally fills in the Jedi’s untold story between 2005’s Revenge of the Sith and 1977’s A New Hope. McGregor’s hero is tasked with safeguarding a young Luke Skywalker from the Dark Side’s Inquisitors, as depicted in the animated Star Wars: Rebels series, and is in for probably his most difficult adventure yet.
Fans at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration had the opportunity to see the first two full episodes of the programme with the show’s stars, especially McGregor and Darth Vader star Hayden Christensen. The first reactions to Obi-Disney+ Wan’s story have been released into the wild as fans around the world watch those two episodes and reunite with McGregor’s legendary Star Wars heroes.
At Star Wars Celebration 2022, fans and critics discussed their reactions to the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which were shown in their entirety at the event before being released on Disney+ at 12:00 a.m. ET (three hours ahead of schedule).
During Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan is drawn into the action in an “unexpected way,” according to Total Film.
“The first episode is over, and wow, what a way to start Obi-Wan, with a truly spectacular premiere that unexpectedly pulls Obi into the action. It’s a good thing they’re releasing two at once; one isn’t enough!”
Brandon Davis of ComicBook regarded the first episode as “very shocking” with “a pretty exciting start,” implying that there’s a lot more to come in the next four episodes:
“The first episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi is quite shocking! I had a lot of fun with it in unexpected ways. It drives it to put up a pretty exciting start with some significant character moments and surprise plot threads. There still seems to be so much more to come.”
After Episode 2, Davis sent fans an update, just encouraging them to find out for themselves how fantastic it is:
“Obi-Wan Kenobi has a fantastic start. The first two episodes were fantastic. Just keep an eye on it. There are no spoilers here!”
Obi-first Wan’s episode received a perfect score from JoBlo, who praised it as a “great bridge” between the first two Star Wars trilogies and noted that people in the audience at Celebration: Star Wars were in tears.
“Obi-Wan is a ten out of ten. The prequels and the original trilogy are connected by a great bridge. In the audience, people are crying. Soon, a full evaluation will be available.”
Clayton Sandell, a Newsy correspondent, termed the series a “masterpiece”:
“Obi-Wan Kenobi is a work of art. The best of both old and new Star Wars. This is truly next-level stuff. With so many twists and turns, the plot is truly cinematic. It’s going to have a very important place in the Star Wars canon.”
Warren Thompson aka Cosmic Wonder, a YouTuber, commended the series for its nostalgic plot elements:
“Kenobi’s first two episodes are fantastic. Full of nostalgia and delves deep into Obi Wan’s feelings following Episode 3 of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So far, the narrative has been incredible. AMAZING. I’m completely sucked in.”
Jenna Anderson of Comicbook.com was moved by Obi-Wan Kenobi, who said she had “forgotten what it’s like to be this unashamedly, hopelessly in love with Star Wars:”
“During the first two Obi-Wan Kenobi episodes, I sobbed about a half-dozen times. Everything about this programme already feels like it’s one-of-a-kind. GOATS are Deborah Chow and Natalie Holt. I’d forgotten what it’s like to be completely, hopelessly smitten by Star Wars.”
These early reactions to Lucasfilm’s third live-action Disney+ show demonstrate that the franchise isn’t about to slow down anytime soon. Whether it’s new storylines like The Mandalorian or throwbacks like Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the galaxy far, far away continues to deliver exciting stuff to contribute to the growing legacy.
While no spoilers have been released, Lucasfilm and Disney surprised fans by releasing the first two episodes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Disney+ at 9 p.m. PST instead of the customary midnight time slot. This allows viewers to begin discussing how Obi-Wan returns to the fold even sooner, commemorating the cosmic franchise’s return to greatness.