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ICYMI: Official Andor Trailer

I knew this had to be coming soon since it was originally set to be released at the end of the month. As you will see in the trailer, Disney pushed the release to September 21st, however we are getting 3 episodes on that date. I’m not surprised, to be honest. Disney has several new series launching soon and they were all going to overlap. I suspect they did this to spread things out a little more. In any event, here is the newest and official Andor trailer. Enjoy.

Now I’m Really Excited

This actually makes me more excited for the series. I am not going to do a trailer breakdown. If you are interested in something like that, I recommend listening to the Rebel Force Radio podcast. I’m sure they will be doing a breakdown this week or next.

What I may do later this month is a predictions post about this series, including characters I think may have cameo’s. Saw Gerrera was going to be one of the characters but I guess he no longer qualifies as a “cameo”.

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

MTFBWY

Kenobi Series Final Thoughts

Kenobi series

It’s been a few, quiet, solemn weeks since Obi-Wan ended. I was hoping to post this the week after it ended but I was on vacation and things became busy. However, the exciting news is Andor will be here in just under two months. I thought I would provide some final thoughts, talk about my favorite parts and perhaps address some of the criticisms.

Final Thoughts and Favorite Parts

If you’ve been reading my after show posts then you know that I really enjoy the series. If I have any “nits to pick”, they’re not many and I might get into those later. The years leading up to the release, and even before the first episode, I kept wondering what the story would be. We saw new planets in the trailers so we knew it wouldn’t take place solely on Tatooine. Honestly, I’m glad the story takes him off world, we just had an entire series take place, predominately on Tatooine.

The moment I recognized Alderaan I knew the one and only thing that could convince Obi-Wan to leave Tatooine is Leia. Vivien Lyra Blair is an amazing cast as young Leia, she made me believe she was a young Carrie Fisher. The best thing about this series is seeing that bond develop between Leia and Obi-Wan. It gives so much more meaning to the original trilogy and her excitement when Luke tells her he’s there with Ben Kenobi. It also gives more meaning to the sequel trilogy, when she names her son Ben. Also, the way she treats L0-LA is a testament to her trust in droids and the line “never underestimate a droid”.

This series ends by wrapping everything up nice and neat. Any loose ends, i.e. Reva, can be answered in future series but everything else fits well within current canon and lore. Personally, I don’t think we need another season. Granted I love Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and I could watch him everyday for eternity in that role. I think that’s the real reason fans are asking for more. However, we don’t need a second season just for the sake of a second season. The writing and story telling needs to be solid and thought out; they shouldn’t rush it.

A Few of My Favorite Scenes

This is already getting quite verbose so I will quickly cover a few of my favorite episodes/scenes. I don’t like to rank Star Wars but if I had to pick my favorite episodes, I’d pick Part III and Part VI. Granted I think all six episodes were great in their own way. Part III sticks out because of the confrontation at the end. Part VI sticks out because of everything in the episode.

The end of Part V is another one of my favorite scenes. The sheer ferocity of Vader when he pulls down that transport and rips it apart is terrifying. Then dueling with Reva without even drawing his own lightsaber is super cool. I think it’s a testament to Obi-Wan’s training.

Aside from Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, the cast of Vivien Lyra Blair is, by and large, one of my absolute favorite things about this series.

No Part II

I was debating about writing a Part II where I address some of the criticisms but I have decided not to do that. This post is already two weeks overdue. If you enjoyed it, then I’m glad. If you didn’t like it, that’s all right too. I don’t think it’s necessary for me to justify or defend the series.

I’ll gladly have a civil discussion about it or write the second part if requested; but I’m not going to preach to anyone as to why you should like this series. I hate it when people try to tell me that I should hate something just because they hate it so I’m not going to do the opposite.

May the Force Be With You

Obi-Wan Kenobi Part VI

Well folks, here we are. Kenobi Part VI, the final episode of the series. I’m sad that it’s over but we were told from the very beginning it would be a “limited series”. They delivered exactly what was promised, both in quantity and quality. There is so much happening in this episode. So many emotions. I will probably provide some final thoughts in a follow-up post. In the meantime, let’s get into it.

spoiler alert!!!

The following content contains spoilers for Kenobi Part VI.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Part V

Kenobi Part V is the penultimate episode of the season/series! The “Empire Strikes Back” episode (see last weeks post if you’re confused by that) and it’s so good! By this point we have seen everything that is in the trailers. Which means everything from this episode on is completely unseen content! Knowing what we know from last week, confrontation is inevitable as the Imperials close in on his location.

spoiler alert!!!

The following content contains spoilers for Kenobi Part V.

Star Wars Canon vs Legends

From USA Today – October 30, 2012

The fandoms first real controversy began with the prequels (if you exclude the “Han Shot First” deal). However, this isn’t about my opinion of the prequels (I love them, btw). This is about what happened 10 years ago, when George Lucas decided he was finished making Star Wars movies and sold the rights of the franchise over to Disney. One of Disney’s first acts was the “decanonization” of anything written after Return of the Jedi (also known as the Extended Universe, or EU for short). Thus begins the Star Wars Canon vs Legends discussion.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Part IV

Kenobi Part IV

This episode is a little slower than the last but still a great episode. There are two more left and I believe this one is setting up the final confrontation. The end of Part III is just a taste of the promised “re-match”, of this I am certain. There are more details, and theories, I want to get into for Kenobi Part IV but, as usual, I have to issue the spoiler warning first.

This one isn’t quite as riddled with easter eggs as the previous episode, but there is something familiar if you’ve seen The Clone Wars. Let’s pause here for the spoiler warning before I say too much.

spoiler alert!!!

The following content contains spoilers for Kenobi Part IV.

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