Stripped of any actual grit or chunk, and largely relegated to board conferences, taking naps in a bacta tank, and working errands round Tatooine, Boba doesn’t get all that a lot to do as the brand new daimyo of Mos Espa, and the flashbacks that inform us how the bounty hunter survived the ordeals that adopted his demise in Return of the Jedi by no means actually shock however as an alternative overexplain. Regardless of one or two memorable motion sequences, together with one that includes a child rancor, the present simply by no means actually will get going — besides when its protagonist is unceremoniously ushered off the stage fully in order that the collection can observe up on a largely unrelated story about totally different characters, a alternative that continues to be one of many greatest head-scratchers of the Disney period. Boba Fett and star Temuera Morrison, who’s as charismatic as ever despite the questionable materials, deserved a lot better than this e book.
4. Obi-Wan Kenobi
This continuation of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker’s tales was a highly-anticipated occasion for a era of Star Wars followers who grew up with the Prequels. Seeing Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen again of their respective roles actually pulls on the coronary heart strings, however Obi-Wan Kenobi falls wanting the epic scale one would count on from such a giant reunion. The present plods alongside for its first couple of episodes, with the motion and Obi-Wan sulking going down on surprisingly artificial-looking units that by no means dwell as much as the usual of the opposite Disney+ exhibits. The cave units on Jabiim have a very distracting styrofoam high quality, whereas the ultimate showdown on a fog-covered wasteland makes it painfully apparent that is all unfolding on a Lucasfilm soundstage.
All that mentioned, Obi-Wan Kenobi has some top-notch performances from McGregor, Christensen, and particularly newcomer Moses Ingram. She performs an Inquisitor named Reva, who you could or might not find yourself rooting for by the tip. Bringing in Vivien Lyra Blair as a youthful, energetic Princess Leia to pal round with a battered and depressed Previous Ben got here off as low-cost sentimentality and nostalgia to some (severely, your mileage might differ with this Star Wars collection particularly), however we’d truly name it a stroke of genius. It’s Obi-Wan’s relationship with little Leia that finally ends up being the emotional hook of the present. And also you get some scary moments with Darth Vader as a bonus.
Ahsoka is actually not missing in huge concepts — evil Drive witches, zombie stormtroopers, new galaxies, and even time journey from a sure perspective — or nostalgia for the Star Wars tales that got here earlier than. However, whereas it’s an entertaining watch total, particularly if you happen to’ve tuned into the Rebels animated collection and skim the previous Legends novels starring Grand Admiral Thrawn, and does ultimately push the story of the Mandoverse ahead, it makes lots of the similar errors as a few of its predecessors. For one factor, Ahsoka by no means truly feels prefer it facilities its important character or interrogates her emotions about something — a typical challenge throughout a lot of the latest Disney+ exhibits. The collection additionally suffers from “eight-part film syndrome,” with a number of episodes ending abruptly (or actually under no circumstances) or slowing all the way down to a crawl as a result of they’re in no actual hurry to get to the fascinating bits. And when the present does attain its huge turning level on Peridia, the reunions and rematches do really feel a tad underwhelming after six episodes of build-up.
Nonetheless, there’s lots to love in what showrunner Dave Filoni has cooked up, together with loads of references to The Lord of the Rings, mystical planes, and even a couple of Drive gods. Star Wars has additionally discovered an absolute star in Natasha Liu Bordizzo, who’s all however stolen the present by the third act. You could at first tune into this present for Ahsoka, Thrawn, and Ezra, however there’s little question you’ll keep for Bordizzo’s Sabine, because it’s her story that seems to be the guts of this collection.
Credit score should even be given to the visuals and cinematic look of Ahsoka. A mixture of Lucasfilm’s trademark video wall and CGI assist deliver scenes on unique planets to life in addition to the a number of dogfights in house. Not many Star Wars collection look wherever close to this good. It’s only a disgrace the present doesn’t have the pacing or central character to match.