Star Wars is bringing back Ewan McGregor in Obi-Wan Kenobi and, as exciting as that is for many fans who grew up during the prequel era, there is a downside. The bummer in all this is that Kenobi's return to the galaxy far, far away will occur during a period in the Star Wars timeline that's arguably one of the worst for Jedi. And it's sounding like upcoming Obi-Wan-led Disney+ series might be the bleakest project yet on the platform, and with good reason.
Obi-Wan Kenobi writer Joby Harold recently spoke about the series and laid out just how dire the situation is in the Star Wars universe during this period. Harold talked to EW about what’s happening in the franchise at the time the show takes place, and his words give us a better idea of what life is like for the Jedi at that point:
Order 66 wiped out a great number of the most powerful Jedi in existence but, as Star Wars Rebels (which Disney+ subscribers should stream now) and other works revealed, other Force-users besides Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi survived the ordeal. Many of them like Ahsoka Tano, another character with a series on the way, survived not just by being skilled but by staying on the move and keeping a low profile. It’s fair to assume not every Jedi was as skilled as those names, though, and fell victim to either Darth Vader or his Inquisitors.
A life of fear and hiding, even if you’re a powerful warrior, isn’t exactly an ideal existence. This sets the stage for the Disney+ series, and Joby Harold further explained where Obi-Wan Kenobi comes into the story:
It's safe to say Kenobi's journey won’t be an easy one. This is partially due to the fact that the series will bring in Darth Vader (who will be slightly different), which means Obi-Wan will likely have to face off against student-turned-enemy, who was once known as Anakin Skywalker. It’s possible that the man soon to be known as Ben Kenobi feels some measure of guilt due to Anakin's dark descent. Add on the fact that the Imperial Inquisitors are trying to pick off surviving Jedi, and it’s not hard to see how this show might be more upsetting than inspiring. In either case, I’m excited to see it all the same and hoping fans enjoy the adventure as well.
Obi-Wan Kenobi kicks off on Disney+ on Friday, May 27th, and the first two episodes will be ready to stream at launch. Here’s hoping that even if the show is a downer, it'll possess the quality fans are looking for and will make Ewan McGregor's return to Star Wars well worth the wait.
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