The fighting style in Kenobi is more like prequels than sequels says Hayden Christensen. To be honest, this quote has a ton of fans excited, and myself pretty worried. I guess this all comes down to what kind of fighting style you prefer. To me the prequels went too over the top as the trilogy moved on. By the time we get to Kenobi v Anakin, it’s all twirling and dancing with very little dialogue. To be honest, much as I dislike the sequel trilogy, I thought the fight choreography was better and more akin to what we had in the OT.
My only hope at this point, is that some making Kenobi realized this and attempted to ‘bridge the gap’ as it were between the two trilogies. Here is what Hayden said when asked about whether Vader’s style in the show is more like prequels or sequels when he spoke to Total Film Magazine recently.
“We’re more in line with the prequels than we are with how the fights are in the original trilogy. These characters have aged, but not that much yet,” he explained.
The video below is an exaggeration. However it definitely represents a lot of the problems that people of my generation had with the prequels. I know Kyle and I have discussed this many times on The Cantina. Whereas when Shockey is on the show, he loves that prequel fighting style and wants to see more. Ok, we gang up on him, but the point is that I’ve seen many prequel era Star Wars fans get very excited by this news. They didn’t like the slower more realistic fighting approach used in the sequels.
Ultimately it comes back to being a generational thing. Those like me who grew up wit the OT and were already grown up by the time of the prequels felt it was just too silly. Those who grew up as kids with the prequels thought the Sequels were boring, actually wait, we all hated that sequel trilogy. However, I mean the fighting style.
Again, I can only hope that the choreography in Kenobi is more of a bridge between PT and OT. If we see Vader twirling his Lightsaber five times behind his back, I may just switch it off. That’s how much I dislike that silly fight choreography. Kenobi V Anakin was one of the worst fights in the PT. Whereas Kenobi/Jinn V Maul was the best. The difference between the two was the choreographers getting more and more wild as things went on.
You may completely disagree with me and that’s fine. All of us can only call something like we see it, if you like, you like, if you don’t, you don’t? However for me personally, I am worried by this quote.
The fighting style in Kenobi is more like prequels than sequels says Hayden Christensen. Does that concern you like me, or excite you like Shockey? (P.S. Haven’t actually asked him his thoughts on this, but he’ll be excited.) Share your thoughts below or over on our Discord server, now 80% more active than previous.