We’re working a recap collection of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+. There are spoilers, duh! You’ve been warned.
It got here as some mercy that Obi-Wan Kenobi started with a recap of the prequel trilogy, simply in case it’s been a minute because you’ve fired up these previous movies. And in case you take difficulty with me calling the prequels “previous,” I remind you that the 16 years between The Return of the Jedi (1983) and The Phantom Menace (1999) is one yr lower than the time that’s elapsed between Ewan McGregor taking part in Obi-Wan Kenobi in 2005’s The Revenge of the Sith and right this moment.
Ahhh, there it’s once more, that humorous feeling. You and I are getting previous, buddy.
However quite than let that thought linger, right here I am going recapping their recap.
Obi-Wan Kenobi had as soon as been the apprentice to Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and accompanied Jinn (together with Jar Jar Binks) to the desert planet of Tatooine the place all of them came across a younger Anakin Skywalker. Jinn decided Skywalker was the foretold Chosen One who would carry steadiness to the Power, and resolved to coach the younger Skywalker within the Jedi Manner, regardless of objections from Grasp Yoda and the remainder of the Jedi Council.
After Jinn’s premature demise, Skywalker’s apprenticeship moved below Kenobi’s tutelage. The remainder of the prequel movies are the story of Skywalker’s gradual drift away from Kenobi’s teachings to the darkish aspect of the Power, and his give up to Emperor Palpatine’s affect.
Anakin Skywalker was topped Lord Darth Vader, which led to a closing confrontation with Kenobi. That ended with Skywalker legless, burnt past recognition, and left for lifeless alongside a river of lava on the planet Mustafar. Spoiler: He wasn’t really lifeless. However essential to this collection, Kenobi thought he was.
The Emperor salvaged what was left of Anakin’s damaged physique and changed the remaining with ghastly equipment. That was Anakin’s curse, rivaled solely by the loss of life of his spouse, Padmé Amidala, and the fad and despair which accompanied it.
Now we decide up the story ten years later. Obi-Wan Kenobi lives as a recluse on the dune seas of Tatooine. Having deserted the title Obi-Wan, the previous Jedi Common now goes by Ben and has been decreased to a lifetime of hiding, guide labor, and maintaining watch over Skywalker’s “orphaned” son, Luke.
The Jedi are all however extinct at this level, with the remaining few methodically hunted and extinguished by Power-wielding darkish brokers who report on to Darth Vader himself. They’re the Empire’s Inquisitors.
Kenobi is maintaining his head down, closing himself to the Power, and rejecting his previous lifestyle to the purpose of dismissing pleas for assist from a fellow Jedi who’s come below the Inquisitor’s sights; he admonishes the younger man to bury his lightsaber within the desert and maintain a low profile. In the meantime, his recurring nightmares depart Kenobi racked with guilt and reliving the fear of Anakin’s flip to the darkish aspect.
If it feels such as you’ve heard this stanza earlier than, that’s as a result of the Star Wars anthologies are inclined to rhyme like poetic verses, which suggests we’re meant to recall the time Luke Skywalker went into hiding after his scholar, Ben Solo (named after Kenobi), broke unhealthy below the affect of Supreme Chief Snoke. Luke responded by going into hiding, closing himself to the Power, and rejecting a younger Jedi’s pleas for assist in The Final Jedi. In that occasion, quite than bury his lightsaber within the sand, Skywalker tossed the blade over his shoulder.
However in a lot the identical approach Luke snapped out of his malaise and finally agreed to assist Rey and the Resistance, the curmudgeonly Kenobi was no match for a hologram plea for assist from an previous buddy, Bail Organa, who got here to the Jedi with an attraction to get better a kidnapped Princess Leia, the opposite Skywalker sibling.
Persevering with with the rhyming stanzas, it is a direct callback to the occasions of A New Hope, which takes place some 9 years after the occasions of this collection. Within the 1977 movie, Princess Leia recorded the same hologram in her most determined hour. And in case you recall these phrases that many people can recite from reminiscence, Leia’s plea was made on her father’s behalf: “Years in the past, you served my father within the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to assist in his battle in opposition to the Empire.”
So Kenobi is off to rescue the precocious ten-year-old Leia Organa from the clutches of her kidnappers, unaware that your complete scheme was a ruse by the Third Sister Reva to attract him out of hiding. You’ll forgive Kenobi for being just a little rusty after residing in hiding for ten years. He was once a lot better at sniffing out traps like this.
To be honest, Kenobi had no cause to assume an Inquisitor would take a particular curiosity in him. Certain, he had some stature among the many former Council and rose to the rank of Common. However he didn’t but know that Anakin survived their climactic duel of the fates on the volcanic planet Mustafar.
However all that modifications on the finish of episode two when Reva reveals the terrible fact to Kenobi: Anakin lives.
This undoubtedly provides one other layer of guilt to Kenobi’s recurring nightmare. At the least within the killing of his beloved brother, Obi-Wan had carried out the mandatory evil of ridding the galaxy of a horrible risk. Now, to study that he had even failed at that, one should think about it’s a burden too horrible for the previous man to bear.
No matter occurs within the remaining 4 episodes of this collection, I anticipate we’ll study the extent of Kenobi’s effort to show Vader again to the sunshine. Do you recall the interplay between Luke and Vader in The Return of the Jedi?
“I do know there’s good in you,” Luke implored his father. “Include me.”
Vader’s response: “Obi-Wan as soon as thought as you do.”
One of the best, most biblical message from the unique trilogy was Luke’s unconditional, sacrificial love for Anakin, which led him to supply his life to the Emperor with a purpose to redeem his murderous, traitorous father.
If my greatest hopes for this collection are fulfilled, it’ll be the redemption of Kenobi’s arc and seeing that Luke was not alone in his hope for Anakin. As a substitute, Luke stood on fertile floor already tilled by his mentor. From Vader’s personal telling, no matter effort Obi-Wan made to carry Anakin again from the darkish, it was on the entrance of Vader’s thoughts moments earlier than Luke accomplished the work.
“I’ve failed you, Anakin,” was as soon as Kenobi’s hopeless cry. That’s the nightmare that has haunted his goals.
Now he has a second probability. There’s hope for Obi-Wan, in spite of everything.
A brand new hope.