Making prequels is tricky business. Especially those that involve multiple characters in a long time gap. Many fans were rightfully nervous when Obi-Wan Kenobi decided to explore this territory. The characters and storylines are so beloved that the wrong move in a new series could alter the older installments. There’s a huge risk to providing new perspective to existing canon. It could be for the better or for the worst. For the better would mean creating new and positive insight to something already well known. And with this week’s latest episode, we got to see the show do just that.
In Star Wars: A New Hope, Princess Leia delivers her famous line to R2-D2: “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” It’s never revealed how she knows of Obi-Wan. I always assumed that she knew of him because of her father, but she never actually met him. Obi-Wan was just a rumor or a legend that she hoped to reach out to. I’m sure many fans felt the same way. This show obviously changes that canon. I was hesitant about the change, but this episode solidifies just how important that change is. It doesn’t mean that Leia is reaching out to the aged Jedi because of his reputation. She’s reaching out to him because he’s her savior. He showed up when all hope was lost for her and protected her when he promised he would. To Leia, Obi-Wan is someone she can rely on and trusts on a personal level. Now that’s great insight.
Of course, the series isn’t over yet. With two episodes left it will be interesting to see how things wrap up yet still remain open so that A New Hope may happen. Plus, the villainous Reva definitely has some time to shine in this episode. Previously, her villain presence felt forced or contrived. But this episode shines some light on her character and explore why she does what she does. I believe this week’s episode has been the best of the series and for the first time has left me eager to see more.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is now streaming on Disney+.
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