The New Kenobi Series Is Taking Over In Good And Bad Ways

The New Kenobi Series Is Taking Over In Good And Bad Ways

By David Valdes, Staff Writer

The highly anticipated Disney+ show, Kenobi, released its first two episodes on May 27th, and the third and fourth ones recently. This six-episode special occurs 10 years after the events of Episode III and follows the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi while he tries to avoid being captured by the Inquisitors, who are Jedi hunters.  Episodes are being released every Wednesday.

Kenobi is directed by Deborah Chow, who has also helped develop The Mandalorian, a Star Wars fan favorite. Ewan McGregor continues his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi from the prequels, and Hayden Christiansen returns as Darth Vader. McGregor is also the executive producer of the show. Over the debut weekend, Disney tweeted that Kenobi became the most streamed Disney+ series globally. Views of other Star Wars titles tripled on this same weekend.

The Kenobi show is still going through controversy, despite all of the good reviews and positive feedback. After the airing of the first two episodes, some Star Wars “fans” were unhappy with actress Moses Ingram’s role as the Reva Sevander, aka the Third Sister. While it is not wrong to critique an actor or how their character is played, people are taking it to an extreme level.

Ingram has been receiving racist messages and harassment through social media, simply because people do not enjoy her character. Some people are upset because of her character killing another fan-liked character, and some just dislike the character. One specific message that Ingram shared said, “You’re a diversity hire and you won’t be loved or remembered for this acting role.” Nevertheless, the things that these so-called “fans” have done are uncalled for and flat out not right. Ingram responded on her Instagram story by saying how thankful she is for the fans who actually are supporting her, and to the people who have sent her hate and racist comments, she said, “yall weird.”

Ewan McGregor also released a Twitter video defending Ingram. He said how he loves working with her, and how she is an amazing and talented actress. He also added, “We love Moses, and if you’re sending her bullying messages, you’re no ‘Star Wars’ fan in my mind.”

The official Star Wars Twitter has also come to the defense of Ingram, posting a statement saying, “We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist.” Unfortunately, this is not the first time that an instance like this has occurred in the Star Wars community. Similar situations have occurred with other ethnic actors/actresses like John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran. Although, there could be a lot more done by the Disney and Star Wars companies rather than just a tweet.

Even amidst all this controversy, fans are enjoying the show very much and are excited for what is to come in the future of the series. Ewan McGregor is by far the best actor to play Obi-Wan and it is nice to see some new characters as well as old ones all together in one amazing show.

Wayne Hills freshman Cameron Hacker who has watched the show said, “I loved the show. It had very good special effects and cleared up some parts of the original Star Wars series that had not been answered in the movies.”