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Obi-Wan Kenobi: a Spoilers-Free Look Into the First Two Episodes

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The cultural impact George Lucas made with the release of Star Wars in the late ‘70s continues to be felt to this day. Movies, books, video games, graphic novels, and series have expanded the Star Wars universe through the decades. In the past couple of years, the Star Wars franchise saw a new trilogy and some new series continue the story of the Jedi. Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the most beloved characters, finally made his return to the small screen with Ewan Mcgregor at the helm.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is a limited series that explores the iconic Jedi as he lives a life in exile following the events of the 2005 film Revenge of the Sith. For children who grew up with the prequel trilogy, the news of an Obi-Wan Kenobi sequel is an exciting burst of nostalgia.

The first episode shows Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan (now using the name Ben) living on Tatooine, staying away from the watchful eye of the Empire. He is seen working aimlessly in a routine for his daily provisions, a far cry from his exciting life as a Jedi Knight. Obi-Wan’s PTSD is also apparent when he awakens from a dream, calling out to his deceased mentor, Qui-Gon Jinn.

Viewers also see a young Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa before becoming the legends that we all know and love. Obi-Wan plays a closer eye on Luke, who exhibits the same passion for flight that the young Anakin did in Phantom Menace, while Leia is seen to be just as stubborn and adventurous as her mother. 

While the movie fans are more familiar with the concept of the Sith, hardcore Star Wars fan will have squealed their heart out with the first live-action appearance of the Inquisitors, a group of force-sensitive individuals trained in the dark side of the force. One Inquisitor by the name of Reva (played by the talented Moses Ingram) is shown to be relentless in her hunt for Obi-Wan Kenobi. 

Obi-Wan’s presence on Tatooine may have given viewers the impression that his priority is watching over Luke, but the kidnapping of Leia in the pilot prompts Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) to seek the aid of the former Jedi knight, leading the second episode, which shows Obi-Wan on the hunt for Leia and features Kumail Nanjiani’s fake Jedi Haja Estree, and two cameos that will leave Star Wars fans breathless.

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