The initial two episodes of the latest Star Wars series on Disney+, Obi-Wan Kenobi, are finally streaming on the Disney streaming network. And most critics now agree: the Force is now REALLY strong with this one.
While writing this piece, Obi-Wan Kenobi held an 85 percent approval rating from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, alongside an audience score of 75 percent. Out of the 95 professional reviews, 84 have declared the show as “Fresh,” while only 11 call it “Rotten.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi is off to a strong start with critics
“Obi-Wan Kenobi is masterfully guided by Ewan McGregor,” wrote Nick Schager of The Daily Beast. This sentiment is echoed by Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times, who wrote, “Some 17 years after McGregor was last seen as Obi-Wan, he brings more depth, more of world-weary wisdom to the role. It’s commanding work.” That said, some critics are levying criticism against the show, like Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com. “This kind of forgettable storytelling just doesn’t last like the properties that inspired it,” he wrote.
Here’s the tweet by Rotten Tomatoes:
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) May 27, 2022
While reviewing the Star Wars series, CBR’s Blake Hawkins wrote, “As expected, Ewan McGregor does an outstanding job of portraying the “broken” and “faithless” Jedi master… In a noticeable improvement from The Book of Boba Fett, the series doesn’t get bogged down by a slow-developing plot. By the time Part 1 ends, everything is set in motion.”
When Is Obi-Wan Kenobi Set?
The show will be set about ten years post the events of the Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), Obi-Wan Kenobi shall see Ewan McGregor returning to reprise his role as the Jedi Master, as the events of the show take place during his self-imposed exile on Tatooine. Obi-Wan is eventually forced out of his hiding place on the Inquisitors’ account, which happens t0 be an elite Jedi-hunting force answering to Darth Vader (played by Hayden Christensen) himself.
Here is an official synopsis for the show which can be found below:
Obi-Wan Kenobi lives a humble existence on Tatooine. Despite the dangers of being a Jedi survivor at the height of the Empire, Kenobi is forced to emerge from hiding.
The initial two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are currently streaming on Disney+ while new episodes premiere on Fridays. The show will run for six episodes through June 22nd.