5 Reasons to Watch Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return

September 5, 2022
Miguel Fernández 0
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This article discusses 5 reasons to watch the Disney+ Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return and does not contain any spoilers.

On September 8, Disney Plus is releasing a brand-new behind-the-scenes documentary that will take a look behind the curtain at how the Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi came to be.

5 Reasons to Watch Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return on Disney Plus

1. To learn more about the behind-the-scenes of the show

I adore learning more about the behind-the-scenes of movies and TV shows. This goes beyond whether I like the project or not, and at its core, it is an exploration of why I love filmmaking. Every single shot on a movie or an episode of television generally involves dozens if not hundreds of hours of work. These documentaries show how much love, passion, and respect are put into these projects, which is something worth admiring even if you didn’t ultimately like the final product. I also enjoy learning how certain shots were achieved, how certain scenes were filmed, and so much more about the minor details on set. While many may find it underwhelming to know how the magic trick was done, to me, it makes the trick even more magical.

2. Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor has been the biggest champion of this show since its inception. He campaigned for years to get it done and was involved with it every step of the way. He seems to genuinely be excited about the franchise, the show they made, and the director, Deborah Chow. He was an electrifying presence in every interview he did for the press tour of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and this will surely be the case once again here. The spark in his eye that appears when he starts talking about the series is not easy to replicate.

3. Hayden Christensen

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series was long promoted as the return to the Star Wars franchise of both Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen. Christensen had suffered a lot of backlash for her performance in the Star Wars prequels back in the early 00s, but the narrative has now completely changed. The discourse surrounding those movies is very different from what it was when they came out, in part because of the healing of time, and in part, because the Star Wars fandom now includes many people who grew up with those movies, much like people had grown up with the original trilogy when the prequels came out. Christensen insisted a lot on how delighted he was to come back during the press tour, but I would love to dive a little deeper in that, and perhaps, seeing how he approached it on a day-to-day basis while on set will help.

4. These documentaries have delivered so far

Whether it’s the eight episodes that Lucasfilm made on the making of The Mandalorian season 1, the two episodes on season 2, or the single episode on The Book of Boba Fett, the company has so far not disappointed with any of them. Each has provided an in-depth look at how their respective series was conceived and filmed and has also successfully explained the technological advancements that were made when they were made. Whether it’s the conception of the Volume for The Mandalorian season 1, the recreation of young Luke Skywalker in season 2, or the vast improvement on that for The Book of Boba Fett, all of these series have pushed the technology being used in movies forward. It will be interesting to see how Obi-Wan Kenobi benefited from that, and what, if any, technological advancements it achieved.

5. To support behind-the-scenes documentaries

Back in the day, behind-the-scenes documentaries were almost guaranteed to be coming with the DVD release of each movie. But as digital sales and piracy started to be more relevant, the studios’ home entertainment divisions started to cut costs to increase revenue. Now, documentaries like the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy are but a myth, but they are slowly coming back, and Disney is playing a major role here. Both The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker came with a behind-the-scenes 2-hour documentary about the making of each movie (they are both available on Disney Plus). When Disney Plus started to roll around, both Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios started producing documentaries on the making of each of their new projects. That’s how we got Disney Gallery episodes on The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, and how we now have Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return. If you enjoy this type of content like I do, make sure to let Disney Plus know!

Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return will start streaming on Disney+ on September 8.