Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi - The Spence 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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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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Though there were a few sequences from the show that I quite enjoyed that were removed-- like Obi-Wan haggling with the Jawas, Leia’s interaction with her adopted mother in the forest, and of course the Prequel sparring duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin-- the narrative was fine and the pacing was improved without them. Other than a few janky cuts (like when Leia was kidnapped) the editing was nearly seamless.

Highly recommended.

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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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My god. Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a great movie. It was a pretty good series. But it is a great movie.

I can't believe that almost half of the run time has been cut out, and I didn't miss it at all. Less is absolutely more with this story. This version feels less like a drawn-out, redundant retread of A New Hope and more like a deep dive into Obi-Wan's character, using familiar Star Wars structures as a framework.

It's much faster paced than the series. It feels like a John Wick movie, if John Wick were a Jedi. Reva's subplot is streamlined and makes a lot more sense. The Obi-Wan vs. Vader duel is allowed to play out uninterrupted.

Excellent, excellent work.

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