If you’re a regular visitor to the site then you will know that I wasn’t a fan of the Disney+ series of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was badly written, featured some bad casting and was too long.
The original version of Obi-Wan Kenobi was supposed to be a movie. It was written by Stuart Beattie and was due to be released in the theatres. Beattie has said the original story was potentially part of a trilogy, which is the current thing.
The Last Jedi didn’t do too well among fans. Then Solo: A Star Wars Story was the first movie in the franchise to actually lose money. Imagine that? Making a Star Wars movie and losing money on it. The Rise of Skywalker didn’t fare much better, only making half the amount of The Force Awakens.
True Star Wars fans voted with their wallets and didn’t give any more money to Disney. However, Disney+ was now and thing and, without the apparent interference of a certain Kathleen Kennedy, The Mandalorian did well and won some of the fans back.
With the failure of Solo and then The Rise Of Skywalker, Disney panicked and put all Star Wars movies on hold. This included an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. Disney decided that they can’t release any more movies and lose out on money at the box office, but releasing an 8 episode series means new subscribers for two months. So they started developing them into TV series for the new streaming service.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was just bad. It was overly long, seemingly had little attention to detail, and even ripped apart some of the Star Wars canon.
It turns out that I wasn’t the only Star Wars fan to think that, and one has actually done something about it. He re-edited the entire thing into 2 hour 30 minute movie.
This is not a perfect movie, but it is a lot better. It is actually watchable. Filmmaker Kai Patterson has used some of the original footage, new footage from other places, and some of the original score from the prequel trilogy and original trilogy to make a pretty good movie.
Before I go on, I will warn you that *SPOILERS* are coming. If you haven’t seen the series, this might all be news to you. I can honestly say that if you have avoided the series on Disney+ then I would give this Obi-Wan Kenobi Fan Edit a try.
A lot has been changed, I did notice subtle edits here and there as well as the big changes. What are you getting is a tighter story, cutting out a lot of the filler and just making it flow better.
The major things that are now missing or changed are:
- The Leia chase, which is now handled much better. Flea turns up and she is just grabbed, without the ludicrous and poorly realised chase, which is so much better.
- The Jedi in the cantina doesn’t run in this version. He is now just killed outright which makes the scene work so much better. Also, in this fan edit, that Jedi meets Obi Wan before the cantina scene which just makes much more sense.
- Obi-Wan doesn’t flash his lightsaber when he gets on the transport.
- Leia running away from Obi-Wan is cut down and handled in a much more adult way from the childish and stupid way the show presented it.
- The entire rooftop parkour action has been trimmed down to great improvement.
- The editing on the bus is better. It cuts down on Leia controlling the conversation to get on the bus, does not show Obi-Wan forgetting Leia’s name and just handled far better overall.
- When Obi-Wan shoots the controls to the laser grid, it is tighter on the edit, so he doesn’t look like an idiot.
- The entire first face-off between Obi-Wan and Vader is so much better. There’s no running away from Obi-Wan. The fight has better overall editing. The climax with the fire is handled better and gives the impression that Vader can wait to kill Obi-Wan rather that just give up because of some fire.
These are just some of the things I noticed. There are more. There are probably also many I haven’t noticed yet. The first two acts of this movie are just so much better than the original series as presented on Disney+. The third act is still messy, but then this is a fan edit and Patterson couldn’t exactly go back to reshoot the scenes. So, things that couldn’t be fixed are:
- Tala smacking the stormtroopers is still there and still looks utterly ridiculous, but it was needed for the story.
- The lightsabre fight in the hallway is still weak but is cut down and better.
- Leia under the coat of Obi-Wan remains ridiculous.
- The fight at the door of the rebel hideout is still badly done, but again, the editing is tighter, making it less stupid.
One huge difference was the end fight between Obi-Wan and Vader, which is handled better and has Duel of the Fates over the top of it, which improved the scene 100%.
When Obi Wan is trapped by the rocks I would personally have edited out him thinking about Leia. She was the main focus of the entire show and is not needed here. I would have had Obi-Wan push his way out when he heard Qui Gon’s voice, but that’s just me.
I found myself actually invested in the end fight and it all made much more sense.
The entire ending is then changed. After the fight with Vader, Obi-Wan heads to Alderaan to see Leia before heading home to look after Luke. This means that the entire Reva arc in the climax is missing, and that just makes it all better.
The original series was more like The Princess Leia Show acting as a launchpad for The All New Adventures Of Reva. Leia has been toned down in this movie to focus on the main character, you know, Obi-Wan! Reva’s stupid story arc, that makes no sense, of her killing Jedi to get to Vader who killed Jedi is now just a subplot. It is still there, but handled better.
It still has Vader and the Grand Inquisitor leaving Reva alive. This is nonsensical as both of them clearly know the danger of keeping someone alive. The Grand Inquisitor actually says:
“Revenge does wonders to the will to live, don’t you think?”
Vader has also told her he will not accept failure, but he’s happy to let her live even though she’s completely betrayed him? Vader will snap the neck of a random villager, but he won’t kill someone that tried to literally stab him in the back?
As I said, the overall movie isn’t perfect but it is so much better than Disney did. Imagine that? A multi-billion dollar company being outclassed by (with all due respect) some guy off the internet?
Obi-Wan isn’t such a buffoon as he was in the series. He isn’t there just as a sidekick to Leia and the whole thing doesn’t feel like a prologue to a new Reva series.
You can watch Obi-Wan Kenobi Fan Edit by Patterson on his website, and I would hurry as it has already been taken down once. Again, as I said, if you have avoided Obi-Wan Kenobi purely because of Disney then I would check this fan edit out.
It was amazing how you could lose 4 hours and 30 minutes of footage, but still present a better story and a well made final product. That tells you something.
It’s not perfect, but I would watch it which is more than I can say for the original series.