Obi-Wan Kenobi is Star Wars’ very first true spiritual successor to The Last Jedic

Obi-Wan Kenobi is Star Wars' very first true spiritual successor to The Last Jedic
Obi-Wan Kenobi is Star Wars' very first true spiritual successor to The Last Jedic

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series is happily accepting The Last Jedi, making it the very first Star Wars project to do so, and also is all the much better because of it.

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi took the legend in strong brand-new directions. Building upon the foundation laid by J.J. Abrams’ acquainted as well as classic Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi internalized the styles, influences as well as style of George Lucas’ original movies and also sought to chart a program that would certainly enable the franchise business to do greater than rehash its biggest hits. While The Last Jedi was successful, causing a significant film that made go crazy evaluations and brought in over a billion bucks at the box office, it was obtained rather controversially in certain corners of the web.

In the years since The Last Jedi’s launch in 2017, Lucasfilm has actually appeared increasingly unclear of how to proceed following this reception. The Mandalorian returned to much more secure, acquainted ground. Abrams’ own Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker tried to pacify stated corners of the web by undoing much of what The Last Jedi had done. Now, in even more means than one, it shows up that Deborah Chow’s Obi-Wan Kenobi is ultimately delivering on the pledge of Johnson’s film, with the collection becoming Star Wars’ initial true spiritual follower to The Last Jedi.

The Parallels Between Obi-Wan and also Luke’s Exiles

The connection between The Last Jedi and Obi-Wan Kenobi is a really welcome yet unanticipated surprise that makes best sense. Both stories chronicle the tale of Jedi being asked to return to a battle they believe they have actually shed, and both are essentially character-driven works checking out the interior loss and also subsequent restoration of belief in their corresponding characters. As George Lucas has actually always said, Star Wars “rhymes,” and so to attract deliberate parallels in between these 2 personalities’ expatriations throughout projects as well as years offers to enhance each because of this, putting them into active conversation with one another. The initial telltale indicator of just exactly how seriously Chow and Co. are taking this with Obi-Wan Kenobi came in the series’ extremely initially episode, with Obi-Wan’s duplicated denial of the call to action.

Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces played a substantial function in George Lucas’ design of the storytelling in his Star Wars movies, as well as the very first step of Campbell’s now-iconic hero’s journey demands that the hero declines the call to activity. The Last Jedi is steeped in Campbell-inspired storytelling, particularly in exactly how Johnson crafted Luke’s arc, and Obi-Wan Kenobi completely accepts this from the start. In the very first episode, Obi-Wan rejects the call to activity not when however multiple times. This, in keeping with the hero’s trip, makes his eventual acceptance of his role as a hero all the more impactful because it is not something that is forced upon him, however rather a decision he actively makes, similar to Luke’s decision in The Last Jedi.

The partnership between Obi-Wan and also Vader in the collection likewise appears to intentionally echo that of Rey and Kylo Ren’s in The Last Jedi. Chow has actually spoken freely concerning locating Obi-Wan and also Vader’s partnership even more of a love than an outright rivalry. Between this as well as the method which the series has actually linked them narratively and visually, the series builds on the vernacular of The Last Jedi. When Obi-Wan initially finds out of Vader’s survival, it reduces from a close-up of Obi-Wan’s face to a coordinating close-up of Anakin’s face, aesthetically creating a connection between them across time and also room. In a similar way, Obi-Wan has been haunted by visions of Anakin throughout.

The fourth episode even revealed Obi-Wan to be straight-out linked to Vader using the Force as Chow dynamically intercut shots of both personalities in bacta containers, leading to Obi-Wan panicking as he really felt Vader’s visibility. These series use the very same aesthetic grammar that Johnson developed for Rey as well as Kylo Ren’s Force links. Narratively and thematically, this selection serves the exact same purpose for Obi-Wan Kenobi as it provided for The Last Jedi: binding the lead character as well as antagonist of the corresponding tales in suddenly intimate methods.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Shows the Jedi Spreading Hope in the Galaxy

Obi-Wan Kenobi seems to be accepting one of The Last Jedi’s crucial styles: the spread of hope. Each episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi therefore much has wonderfully recorded little moments of Obi-Wan’s actions touching the lives of various other frustrated characters, whether that be Kumail Nanjiani’s Haja, Indira Varma’s Tala or O’Shea Jackson Jr.’s Roken.

One more element reminiscent of The Last Jedi and also Lucas’ films is exactly how the series treats its young characters. Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace unapologetically turns into a children’s movie anytime young Anakin is onscreen. Johnson took this to heart and ensured to deliver children-focused help The Last Jedi’s scenes centering on young Temiri Blagg and also his fellow stable-hands on Canto Bight. While a collection like The Mandalorian mores than happy to make use of Grogu for cute exploded view gags, the target market is seldom entrusted Grogu to experience the world via his (relatively) childish eyes. Obi-Wan Kenobi treats young Leia’s scenes with earnestness. The results are loaded with virtue as well as admiration, with scenes like her kidnapping in the timbers of Alderaan playing as something unabashedly out of a children’s movie.

In between all of these core tale as well as aesthetic options, Obi-Wan Kenobi presents restored objective for Lucasfilm as well as its titular character. No longer afraid, Lucasfilm is accepting the appeal of The Last Jedi in ways that are exponentially reinforcing Obi-Wan Kenobi in its entirety.

The Season 1 finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres June 22, on Disney+.

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