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Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4 Easter Eggs Explained 

This week’s Obi-Wan Kenobi is Episode 4 — and Episode IV of the original Star Wars series was 1977’s A New Hope. So it’s probably not a coincidence that this “Episode IV” has so many references to A New Hope. 

Here’s our guide to the references and easter eggs in this week’s episode:

Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dunked In A Bacta Tank

The episode kicks off with Obi-Wan taking a trip into the Bacta Tank, after Darth Vader beat him up and tossed him in some fire at the end of Episode 3. We’ve seen the Bacta Tank many times before, most recently in The Book of Boba Fett. Luke Skywalker notably spent some time in one after a battle himself in the original trilogy.

Obi-Wan’s Breath Mask

In one scene, we watch as Obi-Wan swims his way into Fortress Inquisitorius. He seems to be wearing a breath mask that looks very similar to the one he wore in The Phantom Menace while diving down to the Gungan city of Otoh Gunga under the surface of Naboo.

Leia’s Interrogation Copies A New Hope

Captured by Imperial Inquisitors, young Princess Leia sits cuffed in an interrogation room, pleading with Stormtroopers about how her father is a senator, and she’s a “princess from Alderaan.” This scene is almost a exact copy of New Hope when Carrie Fisher’s Leia was imprisoned aboard the Death Star and her famous line, “I’m a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan.”

Jabiim

Obi-Wan finds himself on Jabiim. This is an outer rim planet, and this is the first time in live-action we’re seeing it. Ore mining is a big part of the planet. This place is the final stop on “The Path” for Jedi during the Great Jedi Purge. Eventually, this planet would fall under control of the First Order.

Welcome to Nur

Obi-Wan and Tala head to the Fortress Inquisitorius in order to rescue Leia. This is on the planet Nur, a planet that’s mostly water in the Mustafar system. The fortress is used to train Inquisitors and interrogate Jedi. It’s not a good place if you’re not working with the Empire.

The symbol

Reva shows Leia the Jedi symbol carved into wood while interrogating her. This is the Jedi Insignia of the Jedi Order. It represents the order’s role in the galaxy and their beliefs. However, now that the Jedi are being hunted, it represents standing up for what’s right more so than keeping order in the galaxy–as the Jedi are no longer in control.

The dead Jedi museum

The fourth episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi includes one of the show’s most darkest moments, where numerous Jedi corpses are preserved in Fortress Inquisitorius. The Empire’s depravity didn’t stop at simply murdering Jedi, however, as the Sith Order and Inquisitor Program also corrupted Jedi to the dark side, in many cases through torture. As evidenced by the Obi-Wan Kenobiseries, the Empire also preserved the bodies of Jedi for sinister purposes. So who were the jedi in the tomb?

The first and most obvious Jedi corpse in Fortress Inquisitorius in Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 4 is that of Tera Sinube, an elderly Cosian who debuted in The Clone Wars as a friend and mentor to Ahsoka Tano when the padawan lost her lightsaber in Coruscant’s underworld. 

This Obi-Wan Kenobi scene also shows numerous other bodies, from an Ongree to several humanoids, and even, tragically, a Jedi youngling. The Ongree corpse may belong to the Jedi Master Coleman Kcaj, who appeared as a member of the Jedi High Council in Revenge of the Sith and several episodes of The Clone Wars. The youngling was likely one of the many Jedi initiates killed during Darth Vader’s attack on the Jedi Temple during Order 66. One of the humanoids vaguely resembles Quinlan Vos, who was mentioned in a previous episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi. As with Mace Windu, it’s highly unlikely that Vos, who is a friend of Obi-Wan’s, would be so nonchalantly shown as a corpse among other dead Jedi in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series without at least getting an emotional response from Kenobi.

Purge Troopers

The black-armored stormtroopers seen leading the charge as Obi-Wan tries to escape the flooding hallway are Purge Troopers. They were introduced as an elite enemy class in Jedi: Fallen Order. Like the rest of the stormtrooper corps, the Purge Trooper ranks started out filled with clones. Regular humans were introduced in later as the Empire phased the Grand Army of the Republic out.

T-47s From The Empire Strikes Back

The Path possesses a couple (well, one now) of T-47 airspeeders. These iconic light vehicles were first seen in The Empire Strikes Back, famously used by Luke Skywalker and his fellow Rebels to take down AT-ATs during the Battle of Hoth. The modified versions are more commonly known as Snowspeeders.

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