Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Must Give Jar Jar Binks The Redemption He Deserves

The year is 1999 and seemingly all anyone cares about is Star Wars. After all, it’s been over a decade since the original trilogy ended with Return of the Jedi and now a new trilogy–the prequel trilogy–is set to introduce the series to an entirely new generation of future die-hard fans. The first entry in that trilogy, Episode I: The Phantom Menace is going to be the dawn of a new age for Star Wars.

In 2022, over 20 years later, we all know how that turned out. While the prequels were massive box office successes, the conversation surrounding them was typically pretty negative. For so long, it seemed everyone hated George Lucas’s tale of Anakin Skywalker and his journey to the Dark Side to become Darth Vader. What the conversation never accounted for, though, is the piece of the audience the movie was aimed directly at–children. In an age before social media, the conversations kids had about the prequels rarely made it to the forefront of the cultural conversation.

Now, though, those kids have grown up loud and proud of their love for The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. The tide has turned and for many, the rallying cry of “the prequels were good” is one they can stand behind. In fact, a continuation of those movies–reuniting stars Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader) is about to debut on Disney+ and, according to McGregor, that’s largely due to prequel fans.

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Author: Chris E. Hayner