The time has finally come. Star Wars broke the news just before 4:00 p.m. (CT) Wednesday with a photo of Obi-Wan walking through the desert.
Ironically for me, I tweeted out earlier in the day that I was tired of seeing fan-made edits of the cover art, and Star Wars decides to drop this. Was it because of me? No, but we can pretend for now.
We know Hayden Christensen is returning as Darth Vader. The question is, how much will we see him and in what capacity? Rumors have gone around about force dreams, flash-backs, and an in-person duel between him and Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan. I’m hoping for all three.
I also hope we do see Ahsoka Tano at least for a little. I want there to be an emotional scene between her in Vader live-action. We saw in Rebels the duel they had, and it might’ve been the greatest scene in the entire series.
When it comes to flash-backs… How cool would it be to see Anakin and Obi-Wan in Clone Wars armor live-action like we saw them in Clone Wars, the animated series? Let it be brand new material we didn’t get to see in the show.
It sounds like we’re also going to see the Inquisitors play a role in this show. We’ve gotten a taste of what they’re like in both Rebels and Jedi: Fallen Order when you play as Cal Kestis.
Which also raises a good question. Will Cal be in the show? My assumption is, no. He did face off against Darth Vader in the video game, but I think Lucasfilm needs to be careful with how much they bring in other characters.
People want to see Obi-Wan, people want to see Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. If you begin to add in too many characters, it will water down the product and disappoint the fans. I also can’t mention other characters without throwing in Darth Maul and Crimson Dawn. We saw him & the syndicate in the movie, Solo, but it’s unsure if they will return or in what capacity. This could be a good way to bring them back into the fold, but I also think they could take away from the conflict between Obi-Wan, Vader, and the Inquisitors.
This is also coming off a hit-or-miss Book of Boba Fett series. Some people loved it, some people were extremely disappointed. Episodes 5 & 6 were widely loved, but they were also referred to as “Mandalorian 2.5.” The finale just dropped today (2/9), and the majority of feedback I saw was… not good. I watched it myself, and can concur with that notion.
So I think Star Wars is at a fork in the road. The Mandalorian has brought back the greatness of the franchise, but it seems the Book of Boba Fett has caused some fans to worry. Not to mention the division the sequel trilogy caused for fans.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi show needs to blow people’s minds. Those are the expectations I have for the show, and I think most of the other Star Wars fans have a similar mindset.
The moment I see Ewan and Hayden back in the Star Wars universe, it will be a wonderful day. Since Attack of the Clones, Hayden Christensen has been one of my favorite actors. Anakin Skywalker has always been my favorite fictional character (tied with Bruce Wayne/Batman).
What are you most excited for in the Obi-Wan Kenobi show? Let me know your thoughts.