By Martin Brown,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Solid Star Wars action series has sci-fi violence.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Features positive messages about selflessness and working for the greater good.
Positive Role Models
Characters show courage, compassion, and selflessness.
Star Wars has a history of casting actors of color in supporting but not lead roles. Obi-Wan Kenobi feels beholden to the predominantly White casting of earlier films but does cast actors of color in more prominent roles -- most notably Moses Ingram as the new villain.
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Violence & Scariness
Frequent action sequences featuring lightsabers and laser guns, even with stuff like Obi-Wan Kenobi that's geared toward younger viewers. Series opens with a violent attack on a primary school classroom.
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Products & Purchases
By nature tied in to the Star Wars merchandise universe.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are occasionally seen drinking alcohol-type drinks.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Star Wars miniseries about the great Jedi (Ewan McGregor) and his relationship with Luke and Leia when they were children. It's more geared toward younger viewers than some other recent Star Wars series: The tone is similar to The Phantom Menace and the '80s Ewok movies. The events take place between Episodes III and IV, after Obi-Wan has defeated Anakin and placed Luke and Leia with their adoptive families. Lightsaber fights are heavily featured, and the series opens with a violent classroom attack that may be upsetting for some viewers.
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More of a tense thriller than a kids' series. Some disturbing scenes.
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Entertaining and keeps you on the edge
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What's the Story?
OBI-WAN KENOBI picks up 10 years after Revenge of the Sith. Once-promising Jedi warrior Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) has become the evil Darth Vader, and his twin children, Luke and Leia Skywalker, are in their separate adoptive homes, each without knowing that the other exists. Anakin's former mentor, Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor), is hiding out and working as a butcher, while Vader's Inquisitors are hunting and killing the few remaining Jedi. But when 10-year-old Leia is kidnapped by bounty hunters, Obi-Wan digs out his old lightsaber and sets out to find her.
Is It Any Good?
The Star Wars universe's latest series attempts to recapture (and hopefully rehabilitate) the kid-friendlier vibe of The Phantom Menace. Star Wars series tend to work best as genre experiments that expand the universe while also telling unique stories that wouldn't fit anywhere else (the best example of this is the spaghetti western/space opera The Mandalorian. The series is unmistakably geared toward younger viewers in a way that, for example, The Book of Boba Fett isn't. The problem is that this attempt also replicates some of the major faults of Episodes I–III, resulting in a bland, familiar plot that ostensibly expands some minor characters' backstories without really adding anything compelling.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Star Wars. Where does Obi-Wan Kenobi fit into the big stories of Star Wars? Why is this series' story worth telling? Does it illuminate Obi-Wan or any other characters in new ways?
How does Obi-Wan's history with Anakin affect his relationships with Luke and Leia? What internal conflicts does he have? How does this inner conflict manifest itself in his actions?
Does learning more about Obi-Wan Kenobi's story change how you feel about him? Why, or why not?
- Premiere date: May 26, 2022
- Cast: Jimmy Smits
- Network: Disney+
- Genre: Action
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Robots, Space and Aliens
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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