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Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 1

The show starts off with a recap of the events of the Prequel Trilogy, which seem unnecessary. Anyone who is watching “Obi-Wan Kenobi” will likely be familiar enough with the events of the films (and why Obi-Wan is hiding out on Tatooine) to not need a recap of what led him there.

The very first scene of the show takes place during the events of Revenge of the Sith, after Order 66 was given by the emperor. This order is what led to the attack on the Jedi and is what caused their near extinction. The difference between what we see of Order 66 during this opening scene (and the scenes of it that we saw during the film) was that we were shown a group of younglings appear to escape being killed. Whether or not they made it out of the temple and into some kind of safety is not for certain at this point, but at least there is some hope that more younglings (and Jedi) survived the purge than we were originally led to believe.

We then, get into the show proper and the current timeline for the events that the show deals with.

Obi-Wan is working on Tatooine, trying to keep his head down so that he is not found out by anyone from the empire. He is also keeping an eye on Luke, which upsets Luke’s Uncle Owen; Owen thinks that having Obi-Wan around will put Luke in danger. At one point, he tells Obi-Wan to stay away and not harbor any ideas of training Luke as a Jedi; he mentions how Obi-Wan failed when it came to training Anakin, and he is afraid that the same thing will happen to Luke.

Inquisitors (Jedi hunters) are also on Tatooine at this time, and one of them is determined to find Obi-Wan. She has such a bee in her bonnet about locating him that it makes her blind to anything else that is going on. It is almost as though finding this one specific Jedi is the only purpose that she has in her life, making her come across as a complete fanatic.

Scenes of Leah and Alderaan are interspersed with what is going on with Obi-Wan on Tatooine. Leah is shown to be a bit of a wild child. By the end of the episode, Leah has been kidnapped by the Inquisitors, in their effort to try and find Obi-Wan (by their logic, since Obi-Wan and Bail knew he each other, they are sure that Bail would go to Obi-wan for help). When the Organas contact Obi-Wan after Leah is taken, they beg him to help find her, but he says that he cannot leave Luke.

The episode ends with Leah still with her captors, and Obi-Wan going about his life on Tatooine.

The problem that I have with Obi-Wan being unwilling to help Leah is that he is implying that her life is not as important as Luke’s. Both Luke and Leah are Anakin’s children; it is important that both of them are protected (from Vader and anyone else who might find out who they really are). And the right to be trained (even somewhat) in their abilities as Force sensitive individuals should be given to both of them; the right to be trained should not be exclusive to Luke; the fact that he seems to be the only one of the two of them that is worthy of getting trained has heavy hints of misogyny.

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While there are elements of the show that are somewhat disappointing, overall (so far) it still seems like there is hope that the show will be better than “The Book of Boba Fett,” and giving the show a bit more of a chance to self-correct the parts of it that might have been clumsy in the first episode might be worthwhile.

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