A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, people still sympathized with the announcements of entertainment companies trying to spin off the material of hit movies from a galaxy far, far away.
In the here and now, sympathy is expressed above all in the anger of an audience that lashes out when entertainment formats do not do justice to the fans' claims of ownership.
In truth, the aversion feeds on paralyzing satiety.
The entertainment industry, too, often seems so overfed that it rarely seems aware of the substances it is ingesting, only to spit them out again in such a way that they are mass, identity and fan compatible at the same time.
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So now "Obi Wan", along with Master Yoda, one of the great failed mentors in the "Star Wars" universe now ruled by the Disney Empire.
One looked, if it concerned one, with trepidation to this new narration of that period between the third and fourth episodes of George Lucas' space opera, which, among other things, is supposed to show what happened to Leia and Luke, the children of Darth Vader aka Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, continues.
Because: If it was still manageable that with "The Book of Boba Fett" you drove a fan-loved villain character with sleepwalking certainty together with his multicolored hover moped gang against the wall, with Obi Wan it would have been more than just a huge shaking of power resulted.
For that, Sir Alec Guinness, even if he later considered it a mistake,
loaded the character with too much grandfatherly credibility;
every young “Star Wars” fan would like such a space stoic as a teacher.
Ewan McGregor also performed well under adverse circumstances in the first three episodes and matured to the point where you could imagine him becoming Ben the hermit in Episode IV, hiding in the sands of the desert planet Tatooine.
The “last coal of a dying age”
Obi Wan takes place ten years after Order 66, an operation in which the Empire nearly wiped out the entire Jedi Order.
Luke and Leia, meanwhile, were separated after birth and hidden from their severely singed father, who after some hiccups had surrendered to the dark side and now, as a leather-wearing transhumanist and right-hand man of the Emperor, has the remnants of the Jedi hunted by his inquisitors.
As the "last coal of a dying age", Obi Wan (Ewan McGregor) not only has to stay under cover, but also take care of the youngest members of the Skywalker family, who have found shelter in foster families on Tatooine and Alderaan: Luke at the wet farmer ( yeah, that's what it's called) Owen Lars (Joel Edgerton), and Leia at Senator Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits).
Of course, while expectations are muted, there's still that tingle of hope when the Lucasfilm logo appears and one wonders how that narrative thread will tie back to the franchise's ragged carpet.
The series stars Obi Wan as a burned-out guardian angel who ekes out a living under an assumed name as a day laborer in a meat processing plant and looks out for his pupil Luke (Grant Feely) from afar.
He is opposed by Darth Vader's inquisitors, most notably the ambitious "third sister" whose fury we like to believe in Moses Ingram, who she embodies.
In the first two episodes - Disney dared not show more - we meet Obi Wan, who ventures out of hiding to rescue the kidnapped Leia.
We also see that the plot doesn't all come together as quickly as in "Boba" or the more successful "Mandalorian".
Cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon's panoramas, which director Deborah Chow calls up especially towards the end of the episodes, also indicate that "Obi Wan" is no longer in the circle class of "Star Wars" entertainment.
You dare more and reflect on the tried and tested.
"Make me float," calls the young Leia (plietsch: Vivien Lyra Blair) to an overwhelmed Obi Wan, who doesn't even seem to be sure anymore whether he even has his lightsaber under control.
But if things go well in the coming episodes,
then "Obi Wan" has what it takes to make a real world-building contribution to the Skywalker saga, i.e. to make things float after all.
Because the question of what it might mean to be a Jedi, even in the darkest of times, concerns us all.
, at Disney, next episode on Wednesday.Keywords: