Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi - The Spence Edit

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Original Release Date:
2022
Original Running Time:
261 minutes
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145 minutes
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Synopsis:
The Kenobi show, trimmed down to a movie length. This series started life as a movie script, and the show just feels like a movie stretched to six hours. This keeps most of the main plot point, but makes it fit as an easily digestible Star Wars film.
Intention:
I liked the concept of bringing back Obi-Wan to see what he was up to between Episodes 3 and 4. However, like Falcon and the Winter Soldier, this was clearly originally conceptualized as a movie that was stretched to a 6-part series to provide content for Disney+. As a show, it's disappointing. It's inert and oddly paced, and lacks that swashbuckling adventure vibe that makes Star Wars Star Wars.

By trimming the story down to a more manageable 2 hours and 25 minutes (admittedly still a bit long for a Star Wars film, but cutting it further would've been to the detriment of the project) the story comes to life.
Other Sources:
4K83 (for the opening fanfare and Lucasfilm logos)
Star Wars soundtracks by John Williams
Special Thanks:
ArtisDead
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
The big stuff:

- The edit runs roughly 2 hours 25 minutes.
- Reva is still there, but the last we see of her is getting stabbed on Jabim. It’s implied that she’s dead, but left ambiguous enough that she could show up for further adventures. The whole Lars farmstead sequence is excised.
- I cut the training duel flashback, and many other instances of seeing Vader out of the suit. The only time I kept was when he and Kenobi are both in their bacta tanks. I think holding off on showing Anakin makes the broken helmet moment stronger. It also screams of “scene that was cool that we cut that we can now add back in because it’s a series”
- I removed the initial Order 66 flashback, keeping Reva’s motivations less obvious.

Smaller details:
- I didn't keep a detailed cutlist while working on this, but basically every scene has been edited in some way.
- I kept my eye on pacing and making this feel like an actual movie with a three act structure. There are huge chunks cut, but also more subtle changes that just trim a line or even a few seconds from a scene.
- A few, very selective scenes bring in some original Star Wars music. I didn’t want to go too heavy on this, but Leia’s theme, Imperial March, the Force theme, and Battle of the Heroes make appearances.
- Selectively added some Gradient wipes as scene transitions.
- Episode 2 probably gets the most cuts. The entire rooftop sequence is excised, and Reva never puts the bounty out on Kenobi. It can be implied through other dialogue that the Inquisitors put the city on lockdown and have people looking for them. Almost every scene in this section got a little trim.
- The first Vader duel got some trims for pacing, and to minimize the silliness of Kenobi running away a bunch of times.
- The rescue from the castle is also heavily trimmed, and Kenobi does not find the frozen bodies. I thought that was cool, but it doesn’t go anywhere with regard to the rest of the plot.
- Tala’s scene with Reva is also much shorter. She doesn’t try to play the double agent card.
- The battle on Jabim is much tighter. It doesn’t feel like the Stormtroopers miss a million easy shots anymore.
- Kenobi’s decision to leave the rebels and lure Vader happens a bit faster to keep the pace high.
- There are some trims to the big duel. But they were mainly to make the scene flow together well after cutting Reva stuff.
- I added the standard Star Wars end credits music.
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2022
Original Running Time:
261 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
145 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
image
Synopsis:
The Kenobi show, trimmed down to a movie length. This series started life as a movie script, and the show just feels like a movie stretched to six hours. This keeps most of the main plot point, but makes it fit as an easily digestible Star Wars film.
Intention:
I liked the concept of bringing back Obi-Wan to see what he was up to between Episodes 3 and 4. However, like Falcon and the Winter Soldier, this was clearly originally conceptualized as a movie that was stretched to a 6-part series to provide content for Disney+. As a show, it's disappointing. It's inert and oddly paced, and lacks that swashbuckling adventure vibe that makes Star Wars Star Wars.

By trimming the story down to a more manageable 2 hours and 25 minutes (admittedly still a bit long for a Star Wars film, but cutting it further would've been to the detriment of the project) the story comes to life.
Other Sources:
4K83 (for the opening fanfare and Lucasfilm logos)
Star Wars soundtracks by John Williams
Special Thanks:
ArtisDead
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
The big stuff:

- The edit runs roughly 2 hours 25 minutes.
- Reva is still there, but the last we see of her is getting stabbed on Jabim. It’s implied that she’s dead, but left ambiguous enough that she could show up for further adventures. The whole Lars farmstead sequence is excised.
- I cut the training duel flashback, and many other instances of seeing Vader out of the suit. The only time I kept was when he and Kenobi are both in their bacta tanks. I think holding off on showing Anakin makes the broken helmet moment stronger. It also screams of “scene that was cool that we cut that we can now add back in because it’s a series”
- I removed the initial Order 66 flashback, keeping Reva’s motivations less obvious.

Smaller details:
- I didn't keep a detailed cutlist while working on this, but basically every scene has been edited in some way.
- I kept my eye on pacing and making this feel like an actual movie with a three act structure. There are huge chunks cut, but also more subtle changes that just trim a line or even a few seconds from a scene.
- A few, very selective scenes bring in some original Star Wars music. I didn’t want to go too heavy on this, but Leia’s theme, Imperial March, the Force theme, and Battle of the Heroes make appearances.
- Selectively added some Gradient wipes as scene transitions.
- Episode 2 probably gets the most cuts. The entire rooftop sequence is excised, and Reva never puts the bounty out on Kenobi. It can be implied through other dialogue that the Inquisitors put the city on lockdown and have people looking for them. Almost every scene in this section got a little trim.
- The first Vader duel got some trims for pacing, and to minimize the silliness of Kenobi running away a bunch of times.
- The rescue from the castle is also heavily trimmed, and Kenobi does not find the frozen bodies. I thought that was cool, but it doesn’t go anywhere with regard to the rest of the plot.
- Tala’s scene with Reva is also much shorter. She doesn’t try to play the double agent card.
- The battle on Jabim is much tighter. It doesn’t feel like the Stormtroopers miss a million easy shots anymore.
- Kenobi’s decision to leave the rebels and lure Vader happens a bit faster to keep the pace high.
- There are some trims to the big duel. But they were mainly to make the scene flow together well after cutting Reva stuff.
- I added the standard Star Wars end credits music.

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Incredible edit by Spence. Really the best way to watch Obi-Wan Kenobi, cutting the fat and maintaining a good pace. It highlights the story of Obi-Wan finding himself without its sluggish flow, strengthening what's already there. It works far better as a movie, Will be my go-to version to rewatch (if ever) until at least Kenobi: Trial of the Master.

I will say, there is a moment where a black screen shows at the scene where Obi-Wan and Tala sneak Leia out of the tower Inquisitorius. It's the only distracting moment in the edit and I forgot about it, but it needs to be fixed.
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Removing the Lars farmstead sequence is a great idea; what’s with this series and every character being reborn twice or thrice? Overall, good idea trimming Reva’s scenes. Some other scenes with her could also have been removed; her character arc is not that strong (and a bit silly overall, trying too much to “subvert expectations”) and the actress is kinda weak.

Leia's cousin is a good example of a subplot that could have been removed; Leia changes almost nothing at the end (she’s already “deep and wise” to begin with), so there’s no need for her interaction with her cousin to remain in the story.

Editing was flawless.

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A masterclass in editing. Somehow Spence has reduced a six episode miniseries to feature-film length while keeping characterization and plot coherence perfectly intact. While there are flashier OWK edits out there, this is the one that feels the most like the Kenobi movie that we never got.
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This goes a long ways towards making this a solid SW entry. I still feel it is overlong and feels like it has an act 2a and 2b. If the whole of the “water pyramid” setting (I don’t remember what it is really called) could be excised it would go a long way. But I understand why it’s needed narratively. Thankfully it is mercifully brief here. I still feel some of the action is amateurish and a lot of it is in the water pyramid. The Vader/Reva duel is pretty bad and I wondered if some quick cuts could strengthen it. Speaking of Reva, I still think her backstory should be revealed very early. I feel that would make her arc much stronger, though that would likely necessitate a longer movie. The final act works really well and the music cues really add to it. Overall it’s a solid B+ SW movie IMO, which is a huge improvement from a very uneven series. And that’s coming from someone with almost zero investment in the prequel era. Nice work, @spence!

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I really struggled through the Kenobi series, forcing myself to finish it despite not liking the characters or enjoying it much as a whole. Just like so many things in post-OT Star Wars it's far too bloated with unnecessary fluff and cringe, but there is still something like a decent core in there somewhere. Spence has done an excellent job with this cut, turning it into a really enjoyable 2.5hr experience that's mostly focused on Obi-Wan as it always should have been. The quality is great, and the editing seamless. Nothing but absolute praise on that front! Great work.

The reason I took points off my rating is that despite loving the beginning and ending, the second hour feels like it really drags on. I felt the tempo slowed down way too much, especially since the first hour was very well-paced, and the finale so well-executed. Hard to turn episodic structure into three clean acts, but I think a lot of Mapuzo, the Fortress, and Jabeem could be cut and still achieve what's needed while also maintaining more tension. There's only so much you can do with the source material ofc, but I'd love to see this story told with a runtime closer to 2 hours.

Overall though this is truly fantastic! I never thought I'd watch this story again, but this edit made me like actually like precocious little Leia and down-and-out Obi-Wan. Definitely how I'll be watching this going forward. Cheers!

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Really good edit. Makes it to be what I thought the series should have been when I first watched it. Removed so much fluff from the series that really dragged it out and makes it run so much smoother. I like how he kept the same music in and didn't add any other star wars music to change the tone of the series. I didn't notice any choppy transitions or anything and it all seemed to connect well. I love this movie and it fits really nicely alongside the other movies. Visually it looked great. Audio was very clean. Reva's character was definitely better than in the series, but still not great, at least to me, but that's more a problem with the writers and not the edit. There were a couple short scenes I wanted to be kept, but I understand why they were taken out. Would highly recommend this edit.

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Great job! Significantly improves on the original show and turns it into what it just should've originally been. Watched it in the middle of a 12-day Star Wars marathon and it feels completely natural in that context. It will likely be a staple of Star Wars viewings going forward.

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This is an incredibly easy edit to recommend. As others have noted, this edit really takes the best of the series and turns it into an "all killer, no filler" experience. The narrative is cohesive and coherent, not just in the broad sense of the story arc, but also at the level of a given movement, and even within scenes. This edit shows a really good sensibility for visual storytelling as well, often adopting what feels (to me) like a "just enough" approach to convey a sense of internal logic to the story without sacrificing meaningful cues and information about what is happening at any given moment.

Very nicely done!

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Spence has done an amazing job with this edit! I wasn't totally sure how a six episode tv series could be cut down to movie length, but Spence pulled it off masterfully. The story is more focused on Obi-Wan, Leia and Vader, so a lot things not directly related to them is cut. There were a few things from the series that I missed seeing here, but with the slight refocusing of the story I get why they were cut. All in all, this version of the story is great and I highly recommend checking it out, whether you're a fan of the series or not.

The editing was perfect and I really liked the inclusion of the Fox fanfare and the original Lucasfilm logo! Once again Spence shows why they're one of the best faneditors!
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