'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Recap: "Part 1" and "Part 2"

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"Hello there"

If you thought I was going to start a recap of Obi-Wan Kenobi with anything other than that now famous quote, you'd be sorely mistaken. Like welcoming back an old friend, the long-awaited series has finally arrived on Disney+.

Regardless of your feelings on the prequel trilogy, fans and critics are in universal agreement that Ewan McGregor's portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi was a highlight of those three films.

Stay Hidden

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The series begins with another heartbreaker as we open on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in the middle of Order 66. A group of Younglings is in the middle of training with a Jedi Master when clones break into the room and begin attacking.

She fights them off briefly but is eventually gunned down alongside the rest of the Jedi. The Younglings run and try to escape the Jedi Temple.

We then move forward ten years and move to Tatooine, where the Inquisitors, led by the Grand Inquisitor, have arrived on the search for a Jedi. At this point, we're not sure if it's Obi-Wan they're looking for, but they head to a bar and question the owner about this Jedi.

They've heard rumors of a Jedi on the planet helping people because, as the Grand Inquisitor says, "they cannot help it, the Jedi Code is like an itch."

One of the Inquisitors named Reva/ The Third Sister picks up a knife and throws it in the face of the bar owner, when suddenly the blade stops, floating in the air. There is a Jedi, Nari, amongst the patrons, and he's forced to reveal himself to protect the bar owner. He runs and is chased by the Inquisitors and is nearly killed by Reva before the Grand Inquisitor stops her.

She's on the hunt for Obi-Wan, hoping to earn more reputation and likely impress Darth Vader.

Finally, we see Obi-Wan in all his bearded glory, blending in as an ordinary worker at a meat packing shop. He lives in seclusion, using the name Ben, in a cave near the Lars' homestead. A Jawa arrives and sells him parts for one of his machines and a toy space shuttle.

Obi-Wan still suffers from PTSD, struggling to live with Anakin's fall to the Dark Side and his "death," as Obi-Wan believes. Obi-Wan reaches out, asking for help from his master Qui-Gon Jinn, who Darth Maul killed at the end of The Phantom Menace.

Yoda had informed Obi-Wan that Qui-Gon had discovered the means to return as a Force Ghost upon his death, and Obi-Wan continues to look to him for guidance.

He drops off the toy shuttle for Luke, attempting to maintain a presence in the young boy's life. As he leaves the Lars' home, he's found by Nari in the desert, who begs him for help. Obi-Wan attempts to remain anonymous, but Nari knows his true nature.

Nari is shut down by Obi-Wan, who tells him to leave, bury his lightsaber in the desert, and stay hidden. Obi-Wan is broken; he admits that the time of the Jedi is over and that helping others is no longer possible for them.

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It was predicted that much of Obi-Wan Kenobi would follow him on a mission to protect Luke somehow, but in a bit of a surprise, it is a young Leia who needs his help.

The show goes to Alderaan, where, in true Princess Leia fashion, she isn't following the rules and has elected to try and skip out on an event she's supposed to attend. She's found by her mother, who brings her back to the palace, and as they return, we see an ominous figure observing them from a distance.

Obi-Wan is then met by Owen, who throws the toy spaceship on the ground and warns Obi-Wan to stay away from them. He pleads with Owen, asking him if Luke has begun showing signs of being Force sensitive. Suddenly the Inquisitors arrive again, demanding answers as to where the Jedi is. Reva has something to prove; she is ruthless and willing to do whatever is needed to find the Jedi.

After cutting off a woman's hand, she gets in Owen's face, asking if he knows about the Jedi. Owen lies, saying he knows nothing of any Jedi; Reva doesn't believe him and tells everyone in the crowd that she will kill Owen, Beru, and Luke if they don't give the Inquisitors answers.

Obi-Wan watches from a distance, nearly getting involved, when suddenly another Inquisitor, the Fifth Brother, stops her. The Fifth Brother warns Reva that going after Kenobi is pointless and that he's long gone. She believes she is owed more than she's gotten, and by capturing Kenobi, Reva will get what she wants.

Obi-Wan thanks Owen for not saying anything, but Owen admits he didn't do it for him. By not revealing anything, his own family is protected, and so is Luke.

We go back to Alderaan and get reunited with our old friend Bail Organa, who greets an awaiting delegation, including Leia's obnoxious cousin. As Bail and some other partygoers discuss some issues, we spot another good friend C-3PO briefly before Leia is talked down to by her cousin. Using her force sensitivity, most likely, she sees inside of him and cuts him down to size immediately.

After being reprimanded by her mother, Bail talks to Leia about her future and how she'll follow in his footsteps as a Senator. She expresses some self-doubt about being an Organa, to which Bail immediately reminds her that she is his daughter and that she has a great destiny ahead of her.

We see her run back into the forest to play without her parents knowing, and a unit of guards is sent to find her. Leia is chased and then captured by a group of mercenaries.

Obi-Wan receives a message from Bail, asking him to find Leia and bring her home. He doesn't believe that he's the right person for the job, expressing doubt that he'd be able to save her.

He heads to town, where he sees that Nari was killed by the Inquisitors and strung up as a message to everyone else. Bail finds Obi-Wan in his cave, pleading with him to help find Leia. He tells Obi-Wan that they're heading to the planet Daiyu.

Bail finally convinces Obi-Wan, and he heads back out to the desert where he digs up two lightsabers: Anakin's old one, which he took after their duel on Mustafar, and his own.

It turns out the mercenaries that captured Leia were hired by Reva, who is using the Princess to bring Obi-Wan out of hiding.

After some brief hesitation, Obi-Wan boards a ship headed by Daiyu.

Once Upon a Time on Daiyu

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Obi-Wan arrives on Daiyu, at a dark and nefarious-looking city, a perfect place for someone to disappear. He was tracking the mercenaries' ship but is told at the docks that all signals are blocked on the planet, so the tracker no longer functions.

He observes a marketplace, hoping to find a clue as to where Leia is. Obi-Wan asks Qui-Gon for help once more, hoping for an answer from his former master.

A destitute former Clone Trooper (shoutout to Temeura Morrison for the cameo!) asks Obi-Wan for some credits, and he gives him some. The trooper is dressed in blue and white armor, used by the 501st Clone Battalion, the unit that Anakin commanded during The Clone Wars.

Obi-Wan is stopped by a woman looking to sell him spice; he instead asks her for information regarding his "daughter." She tells him that no one leaves Daiyu and to forget about her. He's then approached by a kid on the street, who tells him that a Jedi is in the area and can help him.

The "Jedi" is being paid by a mother to get her and her son, who is said to be Force sensitive, off the planet. After he helps them, Obi-Wan approaches the conman, named Haja Estree, and immediately exposes him for not being a Jedi.

Obi-Wan asks for Haja's help, and after refusing to pay him for his services, Obi-Wan demands information. It's an interesting moment for Obi-Wan, as he holds Haja at blaster point, something he would have never done during his years as a Jedi.

Haja directs him to an, let's just say seedy, establishment, which is a cover for a spice lab. Obi-Wan disguises himself as a dealer and uses the distraction of an exploding batch of chemicals to make his way to the back of the building where Leia is being held.

Two gang members attack Obi-Wan, but he's able to fight them off after a brief scuffle, demands to know where Leia is. The mercenaries who captured Leia get the jump on him and take his lightsaber. He uses a vial of spice that he took from the lab to escape, causing the mercenaries to collapse.

Obi-Wan finds Leia, who attacks him, thinking he's there to hurt her. He tells her that he's there to help her, but she's reluctant to trust him. He's able to get her to leave with him after some convincing, but she—being a kid, after all—is not exactly conspicuous and nearly reveals them.

Reva finds the mercenaries high and nearly passed out but leaves, realizing that questioning them is pointless. The other Inquisitors arrive on the planet and immediately call her out for kidnapping Leia. She fires back, saying they've done a whole lot worse.

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The Grand Inquisitor calls Reva the least of them and tells her that she's no longer required on the search, sending her off the planet. However, she refuses to leave and puts a bounty on Obi-Wan's head, promising a reward to anyone who captures him.
Obi-Wan and Leia continue their escape, and she makes it increasingly difficult to remain hidden as she wants to see, touch, and interact with basically everything.

Haja and his accomplice find out about the bounty on Obi-Wan's head and, being the credit chasers that they are, set out to capture him. The Inquisitors shut the port down, leave stormtroopers on the planet, and discover Reva's bounty on Kenobi's head.

Leia thinks that Obi-Wan is the one that is responsible for her kidnapping and runs away. He chases after her, but she's able to disappear into the crowd, and after he dispatches a bounty hunter, she makes her way onto a rooftop and continues to run. When he nearly catches up, another bounty hunter arrives, and Obi-Wan is forced into a gunfight as Leia escapes.

Reva spots the fight happening and heads in the direction of the gunfire. Haja spots the gunfire as well, and he heads that way. Obi-Wan is finally able to kill the bounty hunters, but Leia falls off the roof and grabs a wire, struggling to hold on.

She falls and calls for his help, and Obi-Wan, for the first time in a decade, uses the Force to float her to safety. He had cut himself off from it to stay under the radar, so it's tough for him to pull it off.

They're found by Haja, who is actually there to help them get off the planet. He gives them passes for a cargo freighter that will help them escape.

Haja is found by Reva, who uses the Force to pull the information out of his head, discovering where Obi-Wan is going.

Leia and Obi-Wan talk about what they'll do next as he is still hesitant to trust Haja's information, but Leia reminds him that they really don't have any other options.

He doesn't mention her by name, but Obi-Wan says she reminds him of an old friend, thinking that she is just like Padme Amidala. Leia asks if she's still alive, but Obi-Wan tells her no, to which Leia apologizes.

Reva catches up to them at the dock, igniting her lightsaber and searching for Obi-Wan. He gives Leia the key to start the automated freighter, saying that if he doesn't catch up to her, to leave without him.

Reva says that she is there to capture, not kill him…at least not today. She's going to take Obi-Wan to "him" and says Lord Vader will be pleased.

She realizes that Obi-Wan didn't know Vader was alive. For the past decade, he was convinced that he'd left Anakin to die on Mustafar.

Menacingly, she says, "Anakin Skywalker is alive."

Even after all this time, Vader has been hunting him, and we figure out why Reva wants Obi-Wan so bad: If she delivers him to Vader, she will surely be rewarded.

The other Inquisitors have caught up to them and say that she cannot proceed and that the Grand Inquisitor will take him in. She deceives him and stabs him in the gut with her lightsaber.

Obi-Wan uses this distraction to get to the freighter and escape with Leia. Still in shock over learning that Anakin is alive and hunting him, the camera focuses on Obi-Wan, and he says, "Anakin."

Suddenly, we cut to Vader, out of his armor, in a Bacta Tank floating with machines attached to him. His iconic breathing is heard, and the camera cuts to black.

Final Thoughts

For the most part, Obi-Wan Kenobi is off to a strong start. It was a nice twist to make the reason for Obi-Wan leaving Tatooine be Leia, rather than Luke, and helps explore their relationship further. It gives more depth as to why she trusted him, and only him, to deliver the Death Star plans in A New Hope.

The Inquisitors have proven to be not as intimidating as I would have hoped for. In addition, any fan that has seen Star Wars: Rebels will be confused about the "death" of the Grand Inquisitor, as he is a central character in season one of that show. However, many characters have come back from a lot worse than a lightsaber to the gut in this universe.

Darth Maul was chopped in half and fell down an energy shaft, so I'd say anything's possible at this point.

All that being said, it's just so great to have Ewan McGregor back as Obi-Wan. He's slipped right back into the role, and his performance as a broken, depressed man struggling with his failures, is as good as it gets.

With the tease of Darth Vader coming next, the hype for their confrontation only continues to build.

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