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.