The grueling, incredible expansion of the Star Wars universe

At the beginning of second episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi, our bearded hero enters a spice laboratory in the city of Dayu. This is not his first stop since arriving from Tatooine in pursuit of abducted Princess Leia. Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor, in perhaps the most necessary brackets I’ve ever written) has already passed a clone soldier clone, repulsed a teenage spice merchant, and faced a Jedi-posing charlatan. But now he has found the place where he thinks Leah is being held and needs to be distracted.

The answer lies in a heated flask containing bubbling blue liquid. Standing a few steps away, Obi-Wan concentrated slightly; the chamber is cut tightly on the flask; Natalie Holt’s musical score swells as the blue liquid swirls. When the flask explodes – as it should so that Obi-Wan can grab the guard’s key in the ensuing small chaos and slip into a locked corridor – she does so with all the credibility of Morbius extraction. A brief flash of smoke, Foley’s artist somewhere presses a “ringing sound of glass” and the flask is gone.

As for the disappointments, it is insignificant. Director Deborah Chow chose a small CGI shortcut – and so what? This is what dozens of middle-class TV series do all the time. It saves time, saves money and saves practical effects for bigger moments like Obi-Wan and Darth Vader’s showdown, episode 3. In addition, we’ve already got enough fans to stifle the eopie, from Kumail Nanjiani as the fake Jedi trader to Temuera Morrison like the lucky clone – which, of course, has the same genetic reserve as Fet’s bounty hunters Morrison once played.

But the sad little explosion of the vial also reveals an inevitable greater truth. For all his Easter egg and winking canons, Obi-Wan Kenobi he shows us something more revealing: his stitches. That is middle-class television series. And as Disney prepares to produce more and more Star Wars shows, this may be the best that fans can hope for.

There wouldn’t be point in reciting blow after blow Obi-Wan Kenobi so far, except to say that it feels as recombinant as anything else coming from the Star Wars galaxy in the last few years. This time, things go awry – McGregor joins the reprise of Jimmy Smiths, Joel Edgerton and Hayden Christenson (who appeared in the trilogy as Leah’s father Bale Organa, Uncle Owen and Anakin Skywalker, respectively) – but the guesses hit – and soothing as well as when The power is awakening reunited the band in 2015

In recent years, prehistory has undergone a kind of redemption, fueled largely by younger millennials who grew up with the movies and may have played Padme and Jar Jar on vacation, not Leah and Lando. (Years ago, people’s feelings for ewoks were a convenient heuristic for determining their age range; now pod competitions are the litmus test.) Obi-Wan Kenobi it landed somewhere between the two generations, the belching smoke hovertracks of Tatooine, coexisting with the gleaming pixel panoramas of Alderaan.

Of all the ghosts lurking, the most menacing phantom in the show’s first three episodes could be Obi-Wan Kenobithe need to slow down to the speed of the child in his center. Sometimes literally: Vivienne Lyra Blair may be as charming as 10-year-old Leah, but her two early early chase scenes move like a cut and fucked-up version of The Benny Hill ShowC ‘ credit series. As monumental as Leah became in her lifetime, she was thrown here into a power-sensitive McGaffin – as if only to save Obi-Wan from retirement and realize that his former protégé had survived in Mustafar’s lava rivers.

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