Series Released: 5/27/22 - 6/22/22

Review Published: 6/24/22

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney + Series)

The Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series on Disney + was something that a lot of people including myself were excited for, the question is did it deliver? The short answer is yes this series promised a bridge between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope" with a look at Obi-Wan and Vader and it was exactly that. This series shows in my opinion very well the mindset that Kenobi and Vader are in 10 years removed from the fall of the republic and their final duel on Mustafar. Something else this show does very well is show us a more in depth look at the imperial inquisitors. The inquisitors were first introduced in "Star Wars: Rebels" and further expanded upon in the Darth Vader comics and the video game "Jedi Fallen Order" I have loved getting to see all the different members of this group and how they each operate a little different. The other big question I had going into this show was how would they get Obi-Wan off Tatooine and I believe they found not only the best but the only possible solution. At this point in the timeline guarding Luke Skywalker is the biggest mission Kenobi has so getting him to leave would have to be something big. Vivien Lyra Blair gives an excellent performance as Princess Leia and joins a fantastic supporting cast alongside Moses Ingram, Sung Kang, Rupert Friend, and Hayden Christensen. The reunion of Kenobi and Skywalker was something we were told early on about the show and in my opinion it hasn't disappointed. While this show doesn't add anything extremely groundbreaking to the Star Wars universe like "The Mandalorian" it has been a chance to flesh out well know characters like Kenobi, Vader and Leia while giving us a nice emotional bridge from one trilogy to another. Seeing Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen back together as Kenobi and Skywalker has been a big enough reward for the shows creation so everything else is a nice bonus. A worthy addition to any Star Wars marathon.

Final Score - 8/10

Season 1 Released: 8/31/21 - 10/19/21

Review Published: 7/13/22

Photo of Selena Gomez and I outside the Season 2 premiere of "Only Murders In The Building" in Los Angeles

Only Murders In The Building (Hulu Series)

Season 1

I was completely unaware of this series existence before my family vacation to Los Angeles in the summer of 2022. While there I had the amazing pleasure of meeting Selena Gomez who not only stars in this series but was an icon of my childhood and my biggest celebrity crush since I was 8 years old. I happened to be passing by the Directors Guild Of America office and saw barricades, security guards, and a red carpet so I thought I'd check out what was happening. After some questioning I found out it was the season 2 premiere for a Hulu show called "Only Murders In The Building" and after a quick google search I knew this was an event to hang out outside and see if I could meet anyone in the show. After a few hours I got to meet Selena Gomez as she was leaving and it was an incredible experience and she was so kind to take time to say hi to everyone that was waiting and take photos. After meeting her I definitely wanted to check this series out and I was not disappointed. I'm not usually into the true crime and thriller genre but this series captured my attention with the first episode. Right out of the gate the individual acting as well as the group chemistry between the three leads, Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short is one of the best group dynamics I've seen on TV ever. The comedic timing and real feeling you get off these characters really makes you think they either are or very easily could be real people and that is all due to the phenomenal acting. The other major thing that made it impossible to stop watching was the use of cliffhangers and twists to end each episode. Framing the story as the trio doing a podcast on a murder made it very easy to end each episode with a new piece of evidence or a new suspect. Allowing the episodes to have thrilling endings and "send the investigation into a whole new direction" without feeling forced. That is the big reason why cliffhangers work so well in this genre and tend to feel forced or fall flat in others. While this series is a suspenseful investigation of a murder don't let its title fool you this is still very much a comedy as well and the jokes and gags of this series shine with the performances of not only the leads but also the supporting cast. I went into this series as a casual Selena Gomez fan and now I can honestly say I'm a huge fan of the entire series. With season 2 already four episodes in I can't wait to keep watching and see what happens next.

Final Score - 9/10