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TV review: A princess in peril? Obi-Wan Kenobi is same old Star Wars

Ewan McGregor lives in a cave, as the titular Jedi master in Star Wars spin-off Obi-Wan Kenobi
Ewan McGregor lives in a cave, as the titular Jedi master in Star Wars spin-off Obi-Wan Kenobi

The various Star Wars spin-offs had a promising start with the first two movies post-purchase by entertainment behemoth Disney.

Sweet-hearted samurai romp The Mandalorian was great too, but other entries have stalled, mostly thanks to persistent navel-gazing; almost all the magical back-stories at which the original trilogy hinted have been picked clean.

As a friend remarked: if there had been a space coffee machine in the original Star Wars, the movie would have shown us Chewbacca going to buy it.

Obi-Wan Kenobi sees oor Ewan McGregor return as the Jedi master; he should probably be called Obi Two now. A decade into his exile and he’s a grizzled, anguished hermit who lives in a small man-cave. Since his religion means he can’t have a partner, Obi is, essentially, an incel.

When he’s not posting on Reddit about how women shouldn’t be allowed to vote, Kenobi keeps an eye on a young Luke Skywalker but is dragged into a plot involving a young Princess Leia after she’s somewhat implausibly kidnapped by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who looks evil enough to subject her to his band’s music.

McGregor looks suitably haunted; Kenobi can’t quite feel the Force enough to extend his lightsaber, which happens to us men when we get to a certain age. Remember, lads: the answer is seldom found on Reddit.


Obi-Wan Kenobi, Disney+