Disney has waved a big enough pay check under Ewan Mac Gregor’s nose to make him cave. He shall again don his bathrobe, pick up his chrome plated flashlight and once more play Obi Wan Kenobi. And it’s going to be a series.
Honestly, the Mandalorean looks much more interesting because there are going to be new characters in it. Maybe some call backs to the first trilogy but that’s okay in moderation.
Obi Wan has two fundamental problems (…actually three).
First and foremost. Plot armor. Obi Wan will die on the Deathstar. That is a fixed point. That is the final end to his story. Which means that he will be in no danger at all during the course of this series. While this is usually the case with any lead in a series, it’s rarely written in stone like it is here. Obi Wan will never be in any danger.
Second and worse. There will be no character arc. He had reached his endstate in the last scene of Revenge of the Sith. He went into the Dune Sea to become “a strange old hermit,” called Ben Kenobi*. Whatever adventures he has, he will neither grow nor change because of them. The character will remain static because he has to. This complete lack of character development means that the show will always have lead boots on. There can be no great stories in it because change is integral to a great story.
Those are the two obvious problems. Here is a potential one that I think is most probable. The likeliest opponent for Ben Kenobi is Darth Maul. In Solo he was established as being very much alive and exactly how he was seen in the Clone Wars/Rebels. You can have some run-ins between them here and there, during the show’s run but eventually they are going to have to reshoot the final duel between these two. The best case scenario is that the retread will be better than the original but the worst case is that isn’t..
Does it have anything going for it?
In truth not much. Although I will give credit where it’s due. MacGregor was, consistently, a much better Obi-Wan than Alec Guinness.
Get your jaw off the floor, note the use of the word “consistently”.
No question he was great in the first movie. But the role Sir Alec wanted to be remembered for was Colonel Nicholson in Bridge on the River Qwai. By the time the third movie had entered production it was obvious that this Shakespearian actor was only going to be remembered for being a space wizard in a kid’s movie. When Obi-Wan sat down on a fucking log in Return of the Jedi, Guinness was all but saying, Sir Alec is done acting here now, just accept it. MacGregor for his part always kept trying as a professional should no matter what he thought of Lucas’ silly-ass scripts.
Yeah, it’s gonna suck.
*Which come to think of it wasn’t the best possible cover name for a man in hiding. Maybe Kenobi is the Star Wars-verse equivalent of “Smith,” but I’ve seen no evidence of it.