Obi Wan Kenobi is the new miniseries from Disney Plus that takes place in the Star Wars Universe. For many years, fans have been longing the return of our first Jedi to the screens. Ewan McGregor who played the role in the prequels expressed many times his willingness to come back to the role, but the project was never given a go, at least not until Disney itself jumped into the streaming service bandwagon. It was then that for the company, making an Obi Wan miniseries was a no-brainer.
The show is being directed by Deborah Chow and written by a handful of writers with tons of experience in the industry. However, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, the masterminds behind The Mandalorian, are not involved in the project and their lack of presence is felt throughout these first two episodes. There is a strange off feeling with these episodes, which are filled with stiff acting and dialogue, and also very questionable creative choices. The potential is still there, but we might have to wait for the next episodes to see it fully realized.
The next paragraphs contain spoilers for episodes 1 and 2 of Obi Wan Kenobi.
What Happens To Obi Wan In The Obi Wan Kenobi TV Show?
The miniseries takes place between Episode III The Revenge of the Sith, and Episode IV A New Hope, and sees Obi Wan Kenobi, one of the last surviving Jedi, hiding on the planet Tatooine as he watches over Luke Skywalker. Luke is the son of Anakin Skywalker, a student, and a friend of Obi Wan. Anakin is presumed dead by Obi Wan at the end of Episode III.
After the Jedi purge, Obi Wan has decided to live in solitude and not call any sort of attention to himself. It is a lonely life and Obi Wan needs not only to fight to remain hidden but also to not reveal himself by helping others. The Inquisitors, imperial officers trained to hunt Jedi, are already having a hard time finding new Jedi to kill, and they land on Tatooine looking for more.
Nari, a young Jedi, looks for Obi Wan’s help, but Obi Wan rejects him and advises him to just go away and live a normal life. After an encounter with the inquisitors, Nari is on the run. On the other hand, Reva, an inquisitor, is focused on capturing Obi Wan, the last great Jedi on the run, and hires bounty hunters to kidnap Leia Organa.
Leia is kidnapped, and Bail Organa calls for Obi Wan’s help. Obi Wan unburies his lightsaber and decides to go in search of Leia, as it is his responsibility to look for both children. Nari keeps helping people in Tatooine despite Obi Wan’s advice, and he is captured and killed. His corpse is being displayed for everyone to see. It is a hard decision, but knowing well that Leia’s kidnapping could be a trap, Obi Wan still makes way towards it.
What Happens To Leia In Obi Wan Kenobi?
Young Leia becomes a very relevant character during the second episode. Obi Wan tracks Leia to a planet called Daiyu, in there, Obi Wan sees what happens with a planet under the imperial fist. Stormtroopers roam the streets, and hope has abandoned people’s eyes and lives. Obi Wan pushes forward and meets some good people on the way, who lead them to the place where Leia is being held.
Obi Wan rescues Leia and starts earning his trust. However, Leia is a very difficult child to handle, and she keeps calling attention to her as they roam the streets. It seems like every sort of annoying stereotype is being placed on Leia, and it makes Obi Wan’s life a lot harder than it should be.
Reva finds her way to Daiyu and tracks Obi Wan through the planet, finally facing him. However, Reva’s superior, The Great Inquisitor, comes and stops her. He wants Obi Wan for himself. Reva doesn’t agree and in a surprise move ends up killing the Great Inquisitor. Obi Wan. This distraction allows Obi Wan and Leia to escape aboard a transport. They make way for planet Mapuzo, where they can find help.
During the confrontation with Reva, Obi Wan finds out that his old student and friend, Anakin Skywalker is actually alive, and now has taken the form of Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith. The revelation strikes Obi Wan’s heart and sees him distraught as he escapes with Leia.
The final shot of episode two sees Darth Vader waking up inside a bacta tank for his wounds. There is the insinuation that maybe Vader is feeling Obi Wan when he learns the truth about him being alive. Making evident that there is still an emotional force connection between the former friends.
The episode also leaves with the promise that Obi Wan and Vader might meet during this adventure, which could be a huge change to the Star Wars canon and change the dynamic of their encounter in A New Hope. There are only four more episodes in the miniseries, so we won’t have to wait too long to see how this mini adventure ends.