Kathleen Kennedy Describes The Obi-Wan Kenobi Series As A Limited Series, But That Could Be A Good Thing

Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most beloved characters of Star Wars. From Alec Guinness, to Ewan McGregor, to James Arnold Taylor, to Stephen Stanton, he was been consistently portrayed very well by talented actors, and he has a very compelling story. Naturally, fans have been wanting an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off for years. Finally, at last year’s D23 convention, it was announced that there would be an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+ set eight years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and featuring Ewan McGregor back in the role.

Fans have wondered just how many episodes the series will have. While there is no exact number confirmed at the moment, Kathleen Kennedy spoke with The Wrap about the series, with her wording indicating that it is a limited series.

"It’s been very exciting to see the talent that’s come in. And we’re now developing the limited Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Deborah Chow, and she’s just been doing a phenomenal job,"

It seems that intention is to tell a complete story within just one season, rather than try to expand it into a multi-season story. As much as people love Obi-Wan, especially McGregor’s portrayal, it seems that there will not be a whole lot of episodes.

On one hand, this could be a great thing. This Obi-Wan story seems to have been in development for years. It even seemed that it would be one of the standalone films. With the A Star Wars Story line of films falling by the wayside after the underperformance of Solo, Lucasfilm reconsidered. The Obi-Wan story was restructured as a limited series. Frankly, that is a better format than a film. This is the return of a beloved character, and a film, which could have been two to two-and-a-half hours in theory, might not have felt like enough time to spend with the character. Depending on the execution, the pacing could have felt off to some viewers. With a limited series, there is room to breathe, and the character can have more time to be explored on a deeper more intimate level. There is no need to worry about the story rushing between action sequences. Plus, if this is a story originally considered as a standalone film (again, just speculating), then expanding it into multiple seasons might have stretched the story too thin.

Of course, there might be fans who would want more than just one season, with perhaps each season telling a new story featuring this fan favorite Jedi Master. But really, how much can be done on Tatooine? Theoretically, Kenobi could be taken offworld, but many fans are of the belief that he remains on Tatooine for all those years in order to watch over young Luke Skywalker. Could viewers remain interested in a Tatooine-set series for more than one season?

Another thing that should be taken into account is Ewan McGregor’s availability. Sure, he has done television before. He did a season of Fargo, but that was just the one season. For all we know, he could have a busy schedule filled with films in which he wants to take part. He really did not need to say he would come back for this Kenobi series, but he wanted to and decided to do so. For all we know, he may have agreed under the condition that it be a limited series. Even if it is that small amount of episodes, we should be grateful that McGregor is coming back at all. And who knows? Maybe this could end up being a well-told one-season story with an ending that makes us feel like it is complete and would remain perfect without a follow-up.

Source(s): The Direct