Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ is generally accepted, outside of hardcore fanboys, as a weak entry into the Star Wars canon. Poor writing, questionable casting, lazy-feeling execution and shonky special effects have marred what should have been an exciting return to the screen for some key Star Wars characters.
Ewan McGregor is a talented actor who clearly loves the role, and Deborah Chow directed some of the best episodes of The Mandalorian. So the quality control issues must be deeper at Lucasfilm. It is notable that the behind-the-scenes duo from The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, are absent from the credits.
The finale is nearly upon us, and while the whole thing weas originally conceived as a single, standalone event, talk has already turned to a potential second season. Hayden Christensen has spoken to the Radio Times and said he’s happy to go again:
“Well, it was definitely conceived as a standalone story. But I would love to continue with this character. You know, I think there’s certainly more there to explore and I would be so excited to get to do so.”
Director Deborah Chow also acknowledges the standalone nature and that things could change:
“You know, we always did conceive of this as a limited series. So it’s not an adventure-of-the-week sort of story. It’s one big story with a beginning, middle and end. So I think this story was very much conceived to be its own standalone.
I mean, there are of course more stories that you could tell. There’s obviously another 10 years before we get to A New Hope and with a character like Obi-Wan Kenobi, I think even just watching him ride across the sand sometimes is interesting. So, who knows? It’s hard to say right now, but it was not the intention.”
Ten years have already passed in the timeline since Revenge of the Sith, with only nine years to go before A New Hope. Obi-Wan Kenobi has already mangled canon to the point that Leia’s holo-message via R2-D2 and Vader’s Death Star revelations in Episode IV might now be head scratchers.
Would more Obi-Wan Kenobi just cause further damage?