Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 3 Easter Eggs  You might have missed

Warning: major spoilers ahead for episode 3 of “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

If you thought you’d be waiting until the series finale for a face-off between Vader and Kenobi, think again.

“Part III” reunites former Padawan and former Master in an explosive battle. Perhaps that’s fitting because, in many ways, the third episode reads like a love letter to Revenge of the Sith.

Here are all the Star Wars references, easter eggs, and cameos we spotted in episode 3:

The return of Hayden Christensen and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader

Hayden Christensen returns from the Prequels as Anakin Skywalker. It’s a reunion many fans thought would never happen as the actor drew flack for his performance under George Lucas’ direction. In the TV series, he even shows his face in a vision.

Star Wars legend James Earl Jones brings the original Darth Vader voice back for TV. He first provided the iconic voice of Darth Vader in the original 1977 film, while actor and bodybuilder David Prowse wore the suit.

Darth Vader’s Throne Room On Mustafar

Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 3 shows Darth Vader’s fortress on the volcanic planet of Mustafar and throne room – the lava planet where Anakin Skywalker “died” and Vader was truly born.

The castle acts as a Sith stronghold and Vader’s personal abode, and was conceptualized in “Rogue One.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi Debuts Fortress Inquisitorius

Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 3 featured the Fortress Inquisitorius, a major Imperial stronghold that serves as the base of operations for Darth Vader’s sinister Jedi hunters.

Fortress Inquisitorius was a heavily armed underwater stronghold located on the moon Nur. It served as a headquarters of the Imperial Inquisitor Program after they were moved off their previous headquarters on Coruscant due to the rogue Inquisitor chase.

Project Harvester and Jedi Master Quinlan Vos

When Obi-Wan and Leia are taken to a safe house by Indira Varma’s Tala Durith, Kenobi notices that one of the carvings belongs to Jedi Master Quinlan Vos who, as Durith explains, helps out by “smuggling younglings.” She confirms the Empire isn’t only hunting Jedi, but Force-sensitive children too. This project was known as project Harvester.

Project Harvester was the codename for an Inquisitorius operation by the Galactic Empire to capture young Force-sensitives and turn them into Imperial agents skilled in the ways of the dark side of the Force, all while trying to prevent the Jedi Order from recovering.

Jedi youngling helmets and sabers

In Episode 3 of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the series follows Reva to the underwater Fortress Inquisitorious, which appears to have lightsabers and even Jedi youngling helmets on display as Inquisitor trophies. These Easter eggs can be seen all around the room when Reva addresses the other Inquisitors. 

These items are never addressed or acknowledged by the Inquisitors, but the helmets bear the same color and egg-shaped design as those worn by young padawans in training in Attack of the Clones; and, again, most recently in that Obi-Wan Kenobi Order 66 flashback where, if the theories are true, worn by a young Reva. 

Star Wars Keeps showing Stormtrooper Incompetence

Stormtroopers are not very good at their jobs; and this episode remind us another reason why. During a scene we see the stormtroopers are looking for a Jedi but don’t realize a bearded guy in brown robes might actually be a Jedi. In fact, why do they need a droid to scan Obi-Wan? Can’t they just hand out a photo of the guy?  

Obi-Wan’s Brother?

Obi-Wan has a brother? His mention of dimly remembering a sibling from before he was taken to train as a Jedi is a major reveal. However, this little piece of lore has a long history. In an early screenplay of Return of the Jedi, Owen Lars (Luke’s adoptive uncle, and Anakin’s step-brother) was revealed to be Obi-Wan’s biological brother. In fact, this reveal can still be found in the original 1983 novelization of the film written by James Kahn. A 2015 short story re-contextualized this as a vision in which Obi-Wan was mistaken about seeing the past instead of the future.

In a less literal sense, Obi-Wan having a biological brother is just another way of twisting the knife about Anakin. Having grown up with an early sense of the loss of a sibling could have primed him to grow very close to his apprentice. Who he then also loses…

Princess Leia and the Force

When asked by Leia if he can use the Force to make their ship go faster, Obi-Wan tells her, “That’s not how it works.” That line is very reminiscent of Han Solo’s (Harrison Ford) quip to Finn (John Boyega) of, “That’s not how the Force works.” It was much funnier coming from Han.

Leia’s cute green outfit evokes memories of her commando garb in Return of the Jedi.

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