Obi-Wan Kenobi Release Date Moved From Wednesdays To Fridays
In a new video posted to YouTube, Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor announces the release date moved. Also, after the success of Loki on Wednesdays, that became the new episode date for a number of their series. Yet, it seems that Obi-Wan Kenobi is headed back to Fridays, which is a more cluttered day of new episode drops. The new day is only two days after the original series release date on Disney+, but Lucasfilm offers fans a little palliative in the way of an additional episode of the series.
We still don’t know how many episodes this limited series will be. Most of the Marvel and Lucasfilm original live-action shows add to about six hours of runtime. The Mandalorian and WandaVision broke up that time into 8 and 9 episodes, respectively. Early reports on this series production suggested that there will only be four episodes of this series. So, with the release date for Obi-Wan Kenobi moved, we may get to see the first full half of the series on debut day. Along with the episode count comes the runtime. If we get four episodes, each of those episodes may be over an hour, meaning the total runtime of the series will still be about six hours.
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In the video, Ewan McGregor addresses the audience, thanking them for their support and excitement for this series. Ever since the credits rolled on Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith in 2005, fans of the prequel series wanted more, specifically more of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan. In fact, even in those early days when toxic fans lamented the prequels as childhood ruiners, two elements of the film series were universally beloved. The first, as always, is John Williams’ brilliant score. The second is McGregor’s performance as everyone’s favorite desert-dwelling Jedi Master. He had big Jedi boots to fill, as Alec Guinness was an actor who lent credibility to the early Star Wars films.
Now that the episode release date has moved to Fridays, it suggests that Lucasfilm and Disney are very confident with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Paramount+ and HBO Max typically release new episodes of their streaming originals on Thursdays. Amazon Prime Video typically releases episodes on Wednesday. So, when Disney+ debuted Loki on Wednesdays, it seemed they aimed for midweek so their shows could capture the zeitgeist early. However, in moving Obi-Wan Kenobi to Fridays, it means they think they have a serious hit on their hands.
This update video features footage from the series, some shots that I don’t remember seeing in the trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi. The plot seems to center on McGregor’s Kenobi hiding out on Tatooine and watching a young Luke Sykwalker. However, the arrival of the Sith Inquistors threatens everyone. So, Kenobi appears to go on the run, which will lead him to a confrontation with Darth Vader, as played by Hayden Christensen. The anticipation for this series cannot be overstated but getting two episodes instead of just one is a nice consolation for having to wait two more days to see it.
Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on Disney+ Friday, May 27th, 2022 at 3 am Eastern/12 am Pacific.
What do you think? How do you feel that the Obi-Wan Kenobi release date moved from May 25th, 2022 to May 27th, 2022? Share your thoughts, reactions, and theories about what’s going to happen in the show in the comments below.
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