Out of the Blue

Disney's stewardship of the Star Wars franchise has been a mixed bag at best, and I've found myself pretty unmoved by the hype of recent projects. But the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is different. The premise and tie-in to the previous movies is a strong draw, and it only took seeing about two promos to suck me in. The first two episodes debut today, and I am risking disappointment by allowing myself to get pretty excited about watching them.

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Re: OotB: Old Ben Kenobi?
May 27, 2022, 13:51
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Here's my viewing last night in order and personal rating.

Halo season 1 finale. Good. 8/10. The episode left the series in a good way. There is still no sign of the Kwan Ha / Soren-066 storyline, which is great because it had nothing to do with Master Chief or Halo. The series is at its best when it focuses on the main story and the auxiliary lore characters. Kwan was an aimless and meaningless "side quest," and I'm glad the producers decided to end it.

Strange New Worlds, season 1, episode 4. 10/10. Wow! That's the word that best describes this episode. It was amazingly well-done and focused on La'an. The story has many levels, and I'll probably need to watch it once more to catch the subtle details. In a surprising turn of events, the episode tries to stay true to science in an epic way while also bringing back a legacy baddie in a new way that makes them equally terrifying and cool! I could easily see "them" being the Borg of SNW.

Obi-Wan Kenobi season 1, episodes 1 and 2. Very good. 9/10. As this is the beginning of a six-hour story, it isn't easy to gauge trajectory, but the level of continuity is decisive here. It did a good job weaving the impact of the events from The Revenge of the Sith on the characters. I wouldn't say I like that it takes place some ten years after The Revenge of the Sith, which doesn't gel well with Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton. Those two have aged way more than ten years. They look twenty+ years older. It requires a suspension of disbelief.

The winner of the evening was Strange New Worlds! I highly recommend the show. 🖖 Smart

SNW is now tied with DS9 right behind TNG as my favorite Star Trek series.

1. TNG
2. DS9 and SNW
3. TOS
4. Voyager
5. Enterprise
6. Picard
7. Discovery
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