Update — February 20, 2020:
Since releasing this article, I have subsequently realized that I have been duped. In a nutshell, I did not do my due diligence to realize this is a fan-made trailer. The glaringly obvious here is that I have not watched Episodes I-III in many years, which would explain why I did not pick up on the regurgitated footage. As I slowly die inside, I will edit my previous stance to say, “Wouldn’t this concept be great? I can’t wait to see what Disney actually does with Kenobi.”
However… the original premise of this article remains true (and in some ways, is only reiterated by my negligence): Disney made Star Wars better. I stand proudly on this hill, and will gladly die in this battle.
Read on if you’d like to laugh at my expense. ~Morgan
Original article from February, 16, 2020:
Okay, I’ve been dying to write about this ever since I saw the first teaser. Can we stop what we’re doing for a moment to discuss KENOBI? Because Blessed Mother of the Wookies this looks so good.
If you haven’t watched The Mandalorian yet, stop reading this article, subscribe to Disney+ and watch all eight episodes RIGHT NOW. Then come back here and finish our discussion.
[Okay, I hate when authors do that. Acting like you’re really going to comply with their ridiculous demands and then come back to the article later. And here I am, writing the article that way. I’m sorry. Please don’t leave me.]
But seriously… if I’ve learned anything about Star Wars in the many decades I’ve been a fan, it’s that the extended universe is just as good, if not better than the canon. The Mandalorian, Clone Wars (the animated series), Solo, Rogue One… Controversial to some, I know. But I can’t help but love these side stories and expansions of the main story so much. Sometimes more than the originals. (Although NOTHING will ever top Harrison Ford as Han Solo. NOTHING, I SAY.) And now I find myself salivating over this new trailer for Kenobi. Because let’s face it: Ben Kenobi is probably the coolest character in the whole story. Okay, okay, except for the Mandalorian. And the Child. I get it. But I digress…
So let’s just break down a few finer points about the trailer here as we wait impatiently for December.
- LAWD JESUS IT’S A FIRE. I absolutely love reimagined pieces. It’s why I’m such a nerd for Hidden Citizens (go listen to them if you haven’t yet. They’re seriously ridiculous good.) So to hear these familiar melodies from the Star Wars epic reimagined into haunting piano solos and brooding movements… yeah. I’m a fan. Good job, Disney. I guess it pays to let a multi-billion dollar conglomerate buy out your brand. (Yes, in case you can’t tell, I’m not mad about what Disney has done to Star Wars. They’ve made it better. Fight me.)
- This is movie-quality magic here, folks. Watch it again and tell me I’m wrong. Gone are the days of crappy knock-off TV shows with poor filming and lousy sets. These Disney-made sagas are something other, my friends. And my videographer friend pointed out to me that The Mandalorian was filmed in front of a 360º LCD screen. (Say whaaaa??) I haven’t looked it up yet, but I’m guessing Kenobi will be the same. The technology is INCREDIBLE.
- Darth Maul, folks. Enough said. One of the few saving graces of Episodes I-III is back. I’m not mad at all. And an all-star cast of familiar faces and new faces, too. They’re putting their money where their Star Wars mouth is. So haters, listen up: like them or hate them, Disney ain’t playin’ around.
I’m going to leave it there at risk of sounding obsessed. But sufficient to say, I’m so excited for this next installment of the Disney-induced Star Wars Universe Expansion Kit. Here’s to Ben! And here’s to December!