Hello friends, and happy weekend!
A few things to talk about with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Star Wars Celebration, but first: books.
I’ve been reading Brotherhood by Mike Chen, and it’s really quite good. I love seeing how Obi-Wan and Anakin have to re-evaluate their relationship after the start of the Clone Wars and when Anakin gets promoted to Jedi Knight. They’re on fairly equal footing now, and both of them have to learn how to deal with that. We also get to see the Neimoidians in a new light here. Instead of seeing just the Trade Federation and their shady dealings with Darth Sidious, we see regular Neimoidian citizens on their home planet of Cato Neimoidia (a planet that has remained neutral in the war so far), and learn a bit more about their culture. Not only do we see them differently, but both Obi-Wan and Anakin are forced to re-examine their prejudices and expectations.
I love the writing style of Chen and how the chapters are fairly short and alternate between several different characters. I wouldn’t say anything truly spectacular happens in the book, and so it’s not an urgent page-turner (I’m about 2/3 of the way through after having it for a few weeks), but it’s a pleasant and interesting read about beloved characters, and I recommend it to canon fans.
I’m pretty hyped to see some release dates and a few covers for the next phase of The High Republic:
I believe Convergence is the adult novel, Path of Deceit is the YA novel, and Quest for the Hidden City is the middle grade book. I’m looking forward to all of them!
So Star Wars Celebration was this past weekend, and I’ve been watching a few of the events on Youtube as well as the trailers for new projects that were released. I loved watching Ewan and Hayden talking to the crowd about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, as well as Diego Luna and Genevieve O’Reilly talk about Andor.
I LOVED seeing the Andor trailer, as we haven’t seen nor heard much about it since learning of its existence, and it looks fantastic! Cassian Andor was a great character in Rogue One and I wanted to know more, and I’m so happy we’ll get his story here; but there seems to be so much more, too. Seeing Mon Mothma in Coruscant dealing with the political climate in the Imperial Senate is going to be so cool, and there just seems to be many other things going on too that look exciting. We’re going to get 12 episodes in Season 1, so there’s plenty of room for storytelling in this series. It comes out in August and I can’t wait!
We also saw the Bad Batch Season 2 trailer, and as someone who really liked this animated series, I’m pumped. I think it takes place a year or two later, as Omega looks older and she’s quite adept at her fancy weapon; I think the Batch are going to move toward a new goal beyond just surviving and possibly join the fight against the Empire. Or at least help people in need. And I heard Commander Cody will be in it, and that’s awesome. We’ve all been wondering about what happened to Cody, and now we’ll find out.
Okay, now: Obi-Wan Kenobi Part 3. Um, wow! I won’t go into an entire episode review here, there’s just too much, but there’s a few things I want to talk about. When Leia and Ben were on the transport and there was that moment when Leia says, “You knew my real mother, didn’t you?” I’m loving these little nods to Padme–in the same vein as it’s not just about Luke, but Leia too, it’s not just about Anakin but Padme, too. And when she asks him if he’s her real father, he says, “I wish I could say that I am. But I’m not.” Hmmm, that’s an interesting answer. I’m not saying he actually wishes he was Leia’s father, or that he had a thing for Padme or anything; it’s just an interesting thing to say instead of just, “No, I’m not.” I think maybe he just meant that, for her sake, it would have been better if he was the father rather than Anakin, a man who had turned to the dark side. Maybe I’m just reading too much into it, lol. And then to hear him talk about his vague memories of his birth family–we’ve never heard that before, and it was really neat.
I loved the safe room that Tala brings them to–you can see Ben’s eyes light up a bit when he sees Quinlan Vos’s name. He’s delighted that he’s still alive, but also that he’s helping others in the best way he can. The Jedi Order has been decimated, but they’re not completely dead. The spark is still there. I think that heartens him a bit.
And then, of course, there was Vader. You thought the Rogue One hallway scene was badass? Yes, it is, but in that scene he’s simply being efficient, doing what needs to be done to get the Death Star plans. Here, he’s trying to draw Obi-Wan out, so he’s being deliberately cruel and ruthless. Choking that man and snapping his son’s neck, dragging that person through the street–daaamn! And the whole encounter with Obi-Wan was riveting. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Master and Clone Wars general, is running away. Yes, he’s drawing Vader away from the town, but you can also tell he’s scared shitless. And in the ensuing lightsaber battle, he’s a pale shadow of what he once was.
But Vader doesn’t want to kill him–yet, anyway. He wants him to suffer as he had, so he nearly roasts him alive. I think Obi-Wan should have been injured and burned far worse than he was, but okay. He got a little taste of Vader’s pain. I’m not sure why Vader let him get away, and there have been theories, but maybe we’ll find out in the next episode. Which I cannot wait for! Wednesdays cannot come soon enough, lol.
I just want to mention one Marvel thing, and that’s the show Assembled: Moon Knight. I really enjoy these making-of docs for the Marvel shows (as well as the Galleries for Star Wars). I thought Moon Knight was fantastic, and I loved getting some behind-the-scenes information on it. So bravo Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke, and the entire cast and crew for making one of my favorite Marvel series. I’m hoping for an announcement for a Season Two!
That’s everything for this week. What’s been entertaining you? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!