Warning: This article contains spoilers from Obi-Wan Kenobi Episodes 1 and 2
While Star Wars has always been an essential part of life, for many fans, the stories we see often revolve around larger-than-life events. Whether our heroes and heroines are fighting a galactic war, summoning the force, or on a quest to return a child back to his people, many of the Star Wars stories we know are not always relatable to us as everyday people. One of the beautiful parts of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series so far is the encapsulation of the “every day.”
It begins with one of our first-ever looks into the lives of the Organa family. We get to see Breha Organa played by Simone Kessell and her interactions with the young Leia Organa. This section of the episode is an absolute treat as we get to see how Leia is formed into the headstrong leader of the Rebellion that we will be introduced to later. Whether it be the gentle arguing between parents or the childish pranks, these small interactions utility serve to humanize Star Wars.
This utopian (well other than the kidnapping, it is Star Wars after all) is brutally undercut by the introduction of the intimidating Third Sister, Reva. Her willingness to commit violence, combined with the absolute fear we see from people around and near Owen and “Ben” shows the hardness of life in the Outer Rim.
This hardness is even funnily pointed out by the conversation between the Jawa Teeka and Obi-Won as he is gently chided for his horrific smell. We also get to see a little bit more of a usual relationship attempt between Ben and Luke as he attempts to buy him a model.
It’s the simple things in this series, from the buying of a toy to the cute new droid, Lola, that make the Star Wars universe come to life in a different way than we have seen before. I sincerely hope that Star Wars will continue this trend with series such as Andor.