The incoming debut of the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus series feels like a existent crosspoint when it comes to that milky way far, far away. Last Sunday, equally I talked virtually the current state of all things Star Wars with some fellow nerds, I realized I wasn’t sure if I’d finished The Book of Boba Fett or not. I’m not a die-hard Star Wars fan, mind y’all; I see myself as more of a casual fan (though I am wearing a Directed Past Rian Johsnon shirt in the Star Wars font with stars in the background equally I type this).
But not remembering the final episode of The Book of Boba Fett is pretty odd, since it turns out I did spotter it — I wrote our explainer on
The Volume of Boba Fett finale
for crying out loud. How could a season finale be so un-memorable if that doesn’t stick in my memory iii months later?
But that just reminded me of this 1 thought that’s stuck with me from The Volume of Boba Fett to The Rise of Skywalker. The people who are handling the old Star Wars characters merely don’t seem to really sympathise what to do with them. And it’s creating a dividing line betwixt the Star Wars stuff I think will be skillful, and the star warts that I will quietly do my all-time to overlook.
The old Star Wars keeps getting fumbled
“A whole show about Boba Fett!?!” The guy whose action effigy I loved, and whose spaceship I saved my pennies to get? This should accept been a home run. That feeling of expectations was familiar, as I went to Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker with similar vibes.
Merely when I sabbatum downward for both The Volume of Boba Fett and Rise of Skywalker? Both just tumbled down the proverbial stairs like Jason Derulo at the Met Gala. Boba Fett’south Book was being told through two simultaneous stories, each competing for the slowest pacing possible. Fans of that show told me how much they loved it, and it was articulate that they were coming to the show with a much greater appreciation for the character than I am.
Certain, the archetype western tale of Fett and the Jawas, as he showed his wisdom and maturity, has potential. Merely the way it played out? The show seemed unwilling to go all in on it, and so I just felt confused.
Meanwhile, Rise of Skywalker took all the goodwill that The Last Jedi built upwards and burned it in a pyre at Emperor Palpatine’s lair. The evil empire’southward overlord is hither with a agglomeration of “superlaser-equipped Star Destroyers” which sounds similar something Dr. Evil would say, and and then we acquire that Rey is in fact Palpatine’due south granddaughter. And his increased presence on screen is washed to the detriment of all, Rey feeling diminished by just being a granddaughter and Poe, Finn and Rose getting moved to the backburner.
Hopefully, Obi-Wan tells a simpler story, as the new Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer teases a rematch with Darth Vader.
The expert Star Wars is new and fun
But wait, there is another … Star Wars. While I walked into the launch of Disney Plus thinking “what, a Star Wars evidence?” The Mandalorian turned out to be fantastic. In that location’south some sort of magic to that show that lasted beyond the reveal of The Child. The series feels alive and fresh. Admittedly, though, it’s not always perfect: this article began germinating in my caput dorsum in The Mandalorian season 2 finale, when a weird-looking version of Luke Skywalker showed up to help — because Star Wars can’t help but bring in unnecessary fan service.
Outside of that clumsy moment in the finale, The Mandalorian almost definitely feels like The Way (pardon the pun) forward, right now. Requite united states of america new characters in new settings, and allow them practice fun things. Cad Bane — a blue-skinned, ruby-red-eyed weirdo baddie — was a neat addition (who I wish wasn’t killed off). The charming gunslinger Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) is thankfully still alive, and people are already calling him RoboCobb per his post-credits scene in the bacta tank.
I don’t actually “go” what’s going on with Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano (nobody’s been able to pull a Jedi listen fox and get me to lookout man a Star Wars animated series yet), only I don’t
her. Her appearances alongside Grogu are neat in Book of Boba Fett, and her debut appearance in The Mandalorian “Chapter 13: The Jedi” isn one of the best the evidence’due south ever had.
This isn’t to say new Star Wars is e’er better than one-time Star Wars. That pack of youths on speeder-bikes who seemed out of W Side Story In Space? I want to laser axle my memories of them out of my mind. Merely for the nearly part, the new Star Wars is good because the people working with the newer characters seem to accept a better grip on what to do with them. They aren’t struggling to tell new stories with characters who aren’t exactly of their creation.
Obi-Wan Kenobi outlook
As it stands now, the Obi-Wan Kenobi bear witness feels like information technology could be a bridge from the past to nowadays Star Wars. Not only does information technology have the titular Jedi Main and his old protege in Anakin, but immature Luke Skywalker is coming besides. And then, on top of the past, you’ve got the live-action introduction of the Inquisitors, as nosotros run across The Grand Inquisitor, a Pau’an male Jedi Knight spinning a dual-bladed lightsaber in the trailer. Inquisitors come from Star Wars: Rebels, an blithe series that began in 2014.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi show doesn’t demand to exist some sort of connective tissue between the Star Wars I grew up with and the more than recent films, though. It just needs to be
good. The meliorate this motion-picture show is, the more optimism I (and anyone else still rinsing the gustatory modality of The Book of Boba Fett out of their oral cavity) take for the futurity of Star Wars stuff.
If Obi-Wan Kenobi stalls and stammers, then it feels similar nosotros’ll have a clear line drawn in the electric current era of Star Wars stuff. You can either have fun with The Mandalorian and any new Star Wars characters he introduces usa to, or yous can be stuck in the past and slog your way through. And I don’t remember the management at Disney and Lucasfilm want bad thoughts nearly the by going into the
Rogue Squadron motion-picture show
pegged for December. 2023, and a
with a to-be-announced release appointment. If Obi-Wan doesn’t fare well, how excited will nosotros be for these glimpses into the past?
In other Disney Plus news, we’ve got everything you need to know almost that
Moon Knight mail service-credits scene
and what it means for the characters going forward.