“Obi-Wan Kenobi”: why fans are delighted with the series


Four of the six episodes of the premiere series show that the film was a success. And episodes of space genocide are reminiscent of events in today's Ukraine

Disney+ streaming reported that its mini-series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” is breaking records in views, putting the successful “Mandalorian” (2019) on the shoulder blades. The new series reflected many Hollywood developments, but nevertheless it retained the unique features of the Star Wars universe, only adding new colors from borrowing.

Today, four out of six Obi-Wan Kenobi episodes have been shown : the fifth will be released on June 15, the sixth on June 22.

The preamble of the picture: the formation of the Empire, led by Palpatine, is taking place. Most of the Jedi are exterminated after Order 66, which started the civil war. The Sith and the Inquisitors (“repainted” Jedi) are hunting the last warriors of the Republic.

Let's say that the situation when there is hostilities in your country imposes a certain attitude to watching a movie about the war. Let it be stellar. Some scenes of the genocide of the civilian population are uncomfortable.

But we immediately analyze the essence: was the release successful or not? Yes!

The atmosphere of “Star Wars” by George Lucas is carefully preserved. Before us is a classic space opera, devoid of too daring postmodern experiments that led to failures. Even here, there is still the same symphonic music (the melodies are different, but the style is one to one) that was in the early series of the franchise, accurately conveying everything that is happening on the screen.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi”. Another way

The authors did not distort the Star Wars universe – they brought into it (mergers and acquisitions) the features of other movie universes – and this is a rather competent trick that James Cameron once allowed himself in Avatar (2009).

< p> For example, another genre was added to the space opera – a crime fantasy thriller, like the film “Total Recall” by Paul Verhoeven with Arnold Schwarzenegger (1990). Mars is there, and here a similar “garbage” planet is called Daya, although it could be safely called the Social Bottom.

This planet is a drug den. And the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi has to pull out a girl from there – 10-year-old Princess Leia. These adventures even resemble the mission of the hero de Niro in “Taxi Driver” (1976) by Scorsese, when he pulled a 12-year-old girl out of a brothel. Obi-Wan's remarks, knocking out a confession from a criminal, are reminiscent of the phrases of a combat veteran of the Vietnam War from De Niro: “You are a rat, and no one knows the sewers better than rats.”

More of the innovations. Social fiction was mixed into the space opera. Hiding from the Inquisitors, Kenobi lies at the bottom – sometimes on a farming planet, sometimes on a mining one. The local transport looks funny (hooray for the design!) there: something between a Soviet GAZ truck and a trolley. He even flies, limping: only a bucket hanging from behind is not enough to tinkle. This style is similar to the Soviet anti-utopia “Kin-Dza-Dza” (1986) or the American film “My Enemy” (1985): mines, mines, inequality, space “proletarians” and “farmers”. An admixture of fantastic dystopias added color to the premiere series.

Psychologically, everything is also true: after the defeat, the Jedi is forced to hide, he feels middle-aged and tired, and his entourage, “colleagues” in the cannery, too do not inspire optimism. But still, Obi-Wan Kenobi will find the strength to continue the fight. These details will perfectly fit an adult audience.

And the children's audience will be amused by the roll call with modern gadgets. The girl Leia has a flying little thing “Lola”, something like an iPhone 213 model: it talks, determines the type of ships in the sky, and can even get a file from its bowels if necessary. A useful thing in the household!

Healed, redrawn

As for the story of Anakin Skywalker's transformation into Darth Vader, there are almost direct analogies with the fantastic action movie RoboCop (1987) by the same Paul Verhoeven. We make a man-machine out of a seriously wounded warrior. Only there they got a law enforcement officer at the exit, and here – a natural space fascist. Darth Vader casually destroys the civilian population in search of an old enemy. These episodes cannot but resonate in the heart of the Ukrainian viewer: it all reminds the genocide of today's war.

New “Star Wars”: actors and elements

Ewan McGregor in the title role is convincing and humane in a good way. Of the antagonists, the Third Sister can be distinguished – Moses Ingram perfectly got used to the image (the actress recently almost received an Emmy for her role as the girlfriend of the main character in the popular TV series “The Queen's Move”): pressure, cynicism, cruelty – the inquisitor has everything.< /p>

Using the example of her heroine, we are shown that social elevators work perfectly in the Empire: the authorities value the Third Sister more and more for her service zeal, while neither connections nor noble origin help other inquisitors.

We would draw your attention to not thoughtless, which Hollywood often sins, but the symbolic use of fire in the picture. The future Darth Vader was once forced to go through a trial by fire, and now Obi-Wan is being tested for “fire resistance”.

Of the minuses – there are template plot constructions. Bad characters sin all the time, good characters constantly do worthy deeds. But these nuances do not discourage the desire to follow the adventures of the heroes: the atmosphere, personal stories and even borrowings – everything is cleverly built into the canvas of the space opera.

We are waiting for two more episodes – I wonder how it will end.

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