It is official! For so many fans who have waited for years for this news, we can finally all rejoice, Obi-Wan is back! Personally I grew up with the prequels and so Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of my personal favourites and I know it is the same for many other fans. Even the fans who did not enjoy the prequels as much, we can all come together and say Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan was perfect casting. So what now? What do we know about the upcoming series? Officially….not much. We know the scripts have been written/partially are still being worked on and they will go into production soon. Let’s take a look at Obi-Wan’s past and see if we can figure out what the series will be about. Please do leave your ideas in the comments below or send us a message on our official facebook page (clone corridor community) to write a guest article about your theory! Some spoilers might be ahead if you have not seen the Clone Wars series!
In this post we won’t go into detail about the complete history of Obi-Wan (Although we can do that in a separate post if people are interested!) but we will start from the last point we saw Obi-Wan; on Tatooine at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Obi-Wan Kenobi personally delivers baby Luke to live with Owen Lars and Beru before going into hiding for years. The next we see him is in A New Hope (still) on Tatooine. So my suspicions are that the series will take place in this period between ROTS and ANH since we of course already have the in depth clone wars series about what happens in between AOTC and ROTS and Ewan Mcgregor is too old at this point to depict Obi in a prequel to the Phantom Menace. So what do we know about this time between the two movies and what happens to Obi-Wan Kenobi?
After dropping Luke off, Obi-Wan begins his exile on Tatooine and retreats into his own hut and pursues lots of medication on the force. During one of his meditation practices he begins to experience visions of the past which causes Qui-Gon Jinn (Obi’s old master) to appear as a force ghost. He proceeds to council Obi-Wan to let go of his attachments and move on with his life. Obi-Wan continues his life in exile but regularly checks up on Luke- to the dismay of Owen. Owen is scared that Luke will follow in the footsteps of his father and hence does not want Obi-Wan (who now goes by the name Ben Kenobi) to contact Luke in anyway. I found this quite interesting as I never knew how protective Owen felt about Luke and how much he almost ‘dislikes’ Obi-Wan or what he represents. Obi-Wan struggles with this and with having to repress his sense of duty as a Jedi which makes him unhappy and unfriendly to others around him. This give shim the reputation of being an old hermit and someone who hides away from many. However while he is discouraged to be in contact with Luke by Owen he still sees many traits that remind him of Anakin in Luke during his little check ups on Luke and decides to write journals for Luke’s future training. In these journals he mentions a mission to collect water tax from the Hutt’s which takes place during the Great Drought roughly 8 years into his exile. He wanted to stop Jabba from collecting water tax from the Lars family but this forces him to use his Force powers to make sure the thugs sent by Jabba don’t kill the townspeople, after which he decides to go back into more seclusion. However a young and adventurous Luke decides to go pay the Hutt’s a visit to retrieve the water they took which lands him
into big trouble and Obi-Wan is forced to go after him and save the young boy, once again using his force powers. It seems Luke has no recollection of this as it is never mentioned in any of the originals. Owen however is subsequently kidnapped by a bounty hunter named Black Krrsantan sent by Jabba who thought it was Owen who came to save Luke and had made a big mess. It seems Obi-Wan really can’t catch a break as he goes to save Owen, again forcing him to use his powers to save Owen who is hanging off a ledge and defeat the bounty hunter. Obi-Wan saves Owens life just as Luke shows up to find him too and the two of them go back to their normal lives while Obi-Wan goes back into hiding.
One day Obi-Wan goes to visit Mos Eisley and experiences a vision of a man names Garro. He had heard of Garro before as Master Yoda had mentioned him. Garro is a Jedi Master who had trained Yoda in the art of stone power. Attaining Stone Power allows individuals who are not force sensitive to be able to perform things like telekinesis etc. Not much more is mentioned about this and so I wonder if Obi-Wan Kenobi ever did anything with this vision or in fact even tried to contact Yoda about it?
From the Clone Wars series we know that after some time Maul arrives on Tatooine and is defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi during a short fight and is laid to rest. It seems like this is one of the final events before the beginning of ANH and so that is a quick summary of the timeline between ROTS and ANH, but what does it all mean?!
I wonder which part of all of this they will try to depict in the tv series showing on Disney + (if any). I also wonder whether we will see a fresh face depicting a young Luke Skywalker or whether that’s a move that is too risky and would upset fans. However it seems almost impossible to me to depict these years in exile without any mentioning of Luke or Owen. We might see the return of Jabba or if they play it closer to the beginning of ANH we might even see ray park reprise his role as Maul?! I personally would LOVE that just because I love Darth Maul however I know it is also a story line that was explored so heavily in the clone wars they might leave it at that and focus on something else. So what do you think? And how excited are you to watch it?!!