The upcoming Obi-Wan mini series has become one of the most highly anticipated Star Wars shows outside of the Ahsoka mini series and The Mandalorian Season 3. Seeing long time fan favorite actor Ewan McGregor once again play the part of the now self exiled Jedi Master has people shouting with joy. But like Darth Sedious lurking in the shadows it appears that a dark force may have had influence on the new series.
Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and spoke about the production of the series. As you may know the Kenobi series was originally meant to be another film under the A Star Wars Story banner like 2016’s Rogue One and 2018’s Solo. But with the double whammy of Solo bombing at the box office and the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic the story was then reworked into a series.
But one issue that came up was with the subject of the scripts. The original scripts for the series were essentially tossed out for being “Too bleak”. She explained:
“We’re looking, ultimately, to make a hopeful, uplifting story. It’s tricky when you’re starting with a character in the state that Obi-Wan would be in coming off of Revenge of the Sith. That’s a pretty bleak period of time. You can’t just wave the magic wand with any writer and arrive at a story that necessarily reflects what you want to feel.“
When she felt “concerned” for the series. Kennedy had the series put on hold in early 2020 and ordered extensive rewrites and dismissing nearly everyone from the previous iteration of the project.
This recent statement from Kennedy makes people a bit concerned about the show. These came before Lucasfilm started to take a direction that won fans back with The Mandalorian headed by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.
Another red flag for some fans revolves around the new Inquisitor Reva character. Some fans are worried that the series will ultimately follow her; Similar to how The Book of Boba Fett put a lot of focus on the character Fennec Shand over the titular fan favorite character.
As the force-sensitive Inquisitor Reva, Moses Ingram will prove a formidable new foe in #ObiWanKenobi as she seeks out Jedi-in-hiding for the Empire. Director Deborah Chow and writer Joby Harold describe the character as ruthlessly ambitious. https://t.co/brdtgkB0J4 pic.twitter.com/XjXD0CXVky— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 9, 2022
With Kennedy supposedly heavily involved with the series and her track record of firing directors and writers over not agreeing with her vision for the franchise some are wondering if they will once again “subvert our expectations” like in The Last Jedi or The Rise of Skywalker.
Let us hope that this doesn’t come to pass as fans are really hopeful for this series. We don’t need another Book of Boba Fett on our hands.
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