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Review: Stranger Things and Obi-Wan Kenobi

After a hiatus of almost three years, Weird stuff has finally made its way back to the fans’ Netflix feed. The series, which became a legitimate phenomenon for the streamer, epitomized everything about the binge-watch culture that has normalized and been the go-to strategy for Netflix.

The fourth season is split into two halves, with the final two episodes premiering in July. The kids it targets are more mature and older, and the horror they deal with is quite ramped up.

It’s a challenge to hold onto the landing for shows this big that have gained an engaged and devoted fan base. The new season is doing a lot, and that’s reflected in the episode runtimes, all of which go past the hour. The first half of the final season is mostly setup work and backstories filling, setting the characters and audience ready for an intense series finale. The season’s mythology is explored in depth with Eleven’s storyline about its origins and how all the dark dimension stuff started.

It was an interesting choice to divide the characters into subgroups, but by design, the eventual reunion between all the scattered parties in the upcoming final episodes of this season will be that much more impactful. (A fifth season will reportedly be the last for the series with a possible 2023 release date.) There are a lot of tasks or quests to do on multiple fronts as characters are all over the country (and the world), and it could be the show quite slow. Some scenes last longer than they are businesslike.

Despite the first half of the season being all “set up” there are some great set pieces, and the horror elements are definitely up a level or two. The newcomers in previous seasons, such as Maya Hawke’s Robin and Sadie Sink’s Max, helped expand the group from the previous seasons, making splitting up all the main characters feasible.

Season 4 newcomers, Argyle (Eduardo Franco) and Eddie (Joseph Quinn), are cool additions to the ensemble, adding their distinct personalities to these already established individuals we’ve spent hours with. Netflix seems to be trending away from these big-budget projects, and it’s probably unlikely we’ll ever see anything like it Weird stuff again once the final season airs.

Stranger Things is available on Netflix.

click to enlarge The Return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi - SCREEN SHOT

The Return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Star Wars is now television. One of the most popular and iconic franchises in pop culture has shifted to television, changing philosophy and branching out into different ways of storytelling. After the last batch of movies that had mixed results with some of the best moments and movies in the franchise and some that are best forgotten, Star Wars has reset what it sets out to do and took full advantage of the streaming explosion that is unfolding. occurred over time. Recent years have come about new era on the small screen.

Obi-Wan Kenobi
is Disney+’s biggest Star Wars show to date, marking the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan in a concept story that fans have been hoping for for decades. The series has a lot to accomplish. Like everything in the franchise these days, it should be everything to everyone and it stretches to satisfy as many people as possible. While it has issues that are hard to overlook, the show has delivered some excellent moments that make the exercise so far worth it.

The series looks at the time Obi-Wan spent between Revenge of the Sith and A new hope, something fans have wanted for a long time with McGregor, who was often the best of the prequel movies, returning to the role. The show is yet another story about adults protecting children, almost the same conceit as The Mandalorianwhich started the Star Wars television era.

The Lone Wolf and Cubification of Star Wars is now seemingly their go-to narrative strategy, allowing the show to continue treading in nostalgic waters without really offering anything new. Obi-Wan must find and protect a young Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) and must confront his past while protecting the future. On the surface it’s fine, but putting half the responsibility for storytelling on a very young actor probably isn’t the best idea (even if the young actor is good), given the history of some of the much-maligned moments. The seams of the show are way too visible at times when it seems like details and plot are just tools to get characters from A to B so they can do C without any reason or effort in the how or why or if it makes any sense has not at all.

Throughout four episodes, there were moments of what you would hope an Obi-Wan show would be like, as well as moments that are brought down by nonexistent emotional interests related to new characters that are not fleshed out and have no interest. The connection to Darth Vader, his former student, their broken and tragic relationship, and the extermination of the Jedi with Obi-Wan being forced into hiding and coming to terms with his shortcomings are the most interesting parts of what surrounds the show. If it leans on those aspects, it’s good.

The series was nothing but fine until the fifth episode, where these iconic characters fans want to see can finally do cool things with lightsabers and the power with real emotional weight behind the episode’s big swings. The fifth episode, both action and narrative, was put together perfectly and lived up to the hype of what the show promised, delivering a finale where hopefully it ends with the same kind of cohesion and flair as the previous episode.

Obi-Wan Kenobi airs on Disney+.

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