The first and second episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are now streaming on Disney+, picking up 10 years after Revenge of the Sith and filling viewers in on what Obi-Wan Kenobi got up to while watching over young Luke Skywalker (and presumably how he aged from Ewan McGregor into Alec Guinness). Given that this new series takes place between two movie trilogies, there are a your of references and allusions to the wider Star Wars mythos, all of which have been detailed in a new video on the Heavy Spoilers channel.
In episode one, Obi-Wan is shown to put his own survival above other injustices, ignoring the fact that his fellow factory workers are being ripped off, and flat-out refusing to come to the aid of the Jedi who arrives on Tatooine seeking his help. While this draws on familiar Western tropes that Star Wars has always mined for inspiration, it also tracks with what we know of Obi-Wan’s time on Tatooine: the comics say pretty much the same thing when they show Luke Skywalker reading from his old master’s journal. (Obi-Wan secluding himself following his failure to save Anakin from the Dark Side also mirrors Luke’s journey in The Last Jedi.)
The Inquisitors make their live action debut here, having previously featured in the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. But while the Grand Inquisitor meets a sticky end in episode three courtesy of the impatient Third Sister, fans of the game will know that he lives to hunt Jedi another day.
We also get introduced to a much younger version of a beloved Star Wars character in these episodes: Princess Leia. Currently just 10 years old, Leia is repeatedly shown to be incredibly perceptive and able to read people. While the character won’t find out about her true heritage and connection to the Force for many years, it is likely that these intuitive gifts were written into the series to show that she is already strong in the Force, albeit unwittingly. She also dons a green poncho in the second episode which looks similar to the one worn by her older self in Return of the Jedi.
Following her kidnapping, the Organas reach out to Obi-Wan for help via hologram, a scene which evokes the now-famous message that Leia sends to him in the first movie.
Fresh off his appearances in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba FettTemuera Morrison reappears in the second episode, although this time the actor is playing one of Jango Fett’s clones who has fallen on hard times, echoing the events ofThe Clone Wars.
There are also a bunch of smaller, subtler visual references in these episodes, like the blue milk being served at the tavern in Mos Eisley, first shown in At New Hope. While living out in his cave, Obi-Wan eats a similar kind of self-cooking dehydrated meal that Rey eats in The Force Awakens. And the toy that the Jawa brings to Obi-Wan and which he tries to pass onto the young Luke is actually the same T-16 model that the character can be seen holding as a young adult in A New Hope.
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