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OBI-WAN KENOBI SERIES REVIEW
A long time ago, before Disney purchased Lucasfilm and completely erased the Star Wars Expanded Universe, there were thousands of pages of comics and novels, as well as games, detailing every corner of the galaxy far, far away. There was so much content from so many different publishers, that even the most devout fans couldn’t decide what was or was not canon. Basically, you had to pick and choose what you thought counted. Since 2012, and the Disney acquisition, there has been a new Expanded Universe created exclusively by the House of Mouse, thus making it that much easier to know what is in fact part of the Star Wars canon. At least you’d think it would be easier. With each new piece of content, the fandom grows more and more divided. While some fall in love with Star Wars over and again (with most of Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau’s contributions lauded), some vocal few claim the franchise has been ruined time and again! That everything they love is now tainted by one horrible thing after another! Those same few choosing to forget the truly awful previous EU entries, like the Ewok Adventure movies, Rokur Gepta, Durga the Hutt and the Darksaber, or the >shudder< Star Wars Holiday Special. Is Star Wars any better or worse than it has always been? Michael, Drew, T.C. and Melina gather around the Jedi Council Chambers to converse about the newest entry into the timeline with what might very well be the most anticipated and desired piece yet: Obi-Wan Kenobi the Series. Set ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, Ewan McGregor returns as Obi-Wan, now just going as Ben, who is now on Tatooine, completely cut off from the Force, while keeping a watchful eye on the young Luke. Ben receives an emergency call from Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) that Leia (newcomer Vivien Lyra Blair) has been kidnapped. Reluctantly, Ben sets out to rescue the Princess while dodging Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) and the Inquisitors, specifically Reva, the Third Sister (Moses Ingram), who is obsessed with locating Kenobi.
DIRECTED BY: Deborah Chow
STARRING: Ewan McGregor, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Moses Ingram, Vivien Lyra Blair, Kumail Nanjiani, Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, Indira Varma, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Benny Safdie, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Simone Kessell, Flea, Jimmy Smits, Marisé Álvarez, Ryan Kihlstedt, Zach Braff, Maya Erskine, Ian McDiarmid, Ming Qiu, Grant Feely, Anthony Daniels, Temuera Morrison, Esther-Rose McGregor, Dustin Ceithamer, Liam Neeson
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
Drew Tinnin (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Deliberations of Doom)
Drew Tinnin is a Rondo Award nominated interviewer and critic who has worked at SiriusXM’s Fangoria Radio and Fangoria magazine in NYC, as well as the London-based Dazed Digital. Currently a regular contributor to the Dread Central Network, he’s excited to join up with some old friends and other film fans on One of Us as a new contributor to Screener Squad.
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