Alright, having finally seen the first 2 episodes, here are my thoughts:
Overall, the best way I can describe the show is “dumb fun”. I know that’s not a very flattering way to describe a show about one of the most tragic characters in the entire franchise, and I wish they focused more on introspection and character drama, but I’m not too bothered by it. It feels like an intentional continuation of the space opera cheese in the prequels, and for people who aren’t too bothered by that style it works fairly well.
By far the best part is the title character: Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan. He is an absolutely stellar actor, and he infuses this mostly corny series with some much-needed pathos. Unfortunately, that just means the subpar performances of the other characters stand out even more. This especially applies to the Inquisitors, who chew the scenery so much that they tend to be more hilarious than threatening (which isn’t helped by their mediocre costume design).
One of my biggest problems with the series is a character no one else seems to have a problem with: Leia. She’s way too snarky for a 10 year old who looks like a 5 year old, and the scenes where she runs away from people are absolutely ludicrous. Are we really supposed to believe that a 3 foot tall girl can consistently outrun legions of trained warriors?
But still, despite all the problems I have, I can’t bring myself to hate this show, because it’s just so fun. I was smiling like an idiot the entire way through. If they keep up this level of pure cheesy entertainment for the next 4 episodes, I’ll be a happy camper.