Sir Alec Guinness introduced us to the character, but it was Ewan McGregor who truly brought Obi-Wan Kenobi to life. Star Wars fans across generations have all come to embrace McGregor’s portrayal of the wise Jedi through the prequel series of films. That’s why many were elated to learn that he is officially reprising the role for a new Obi-Wan Kenobi series to air on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+ on May 25th.
But as everyone looks ahead to the release of the TV series, what are some unanswered questions everyone has that could be resolved?
How Did Obi-Wan manage to survive without Darth Vader or the Empire finding him?
Palpatine’s triumph in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith left the surviving Jedi reeling. Only Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi knew Anakin Skywalker had become Darth Vader – but they believed there was still hope. Anakin’s beloved wife Padmé had given birth to twins before she died, and the two Jedi believed the infants had inherited the potential of the Chosen One. Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan adopted Leia, while Obi-Wan took Luke to Tatooine, where he retired to watch over the boy.
Despite the tragedy of Obi-Wan’s mission, How the Jedi in exile survived undetected? Why was the Empire unable to find Obi-Wan on Tatooine?
Was Obi-Wan able to communicate with Qui-Gon Jinn?
Jinn was murdered by Darth Maul at the end of The Phantom Menace and, according to the book From A Certain Point Of View, trained Obi-Wan as a force ghost. The Tatooine outcast asks his old master for wise words of wisdom as he attempts to stick to his goal of protecting Luke from harm.
Liam Neeson has been out of the Hollywood spotlight in recent years, yet, speaking to Collider earlier in the year, acted coy over a potential return by saying: “I heard they did a film of Harrison [Ford]’s character, Han Solo, and that there was a bit of trouble with that. What do you think? Are Star Wars fans finished with it?”
Will Commander Cody die under Kenobi’s Hands?
Vader doesn’t appear to be the only villain who will be complicating Obi-Wan’s life. Reports have also claimed that Temuera Morrison, who recently reprised his role as Boba Fett in The Mandalorian, will be involved again as Commander Cody. Cody was a big ally to Kenobi during The Clone Wars but, like other Clone troopers, turned on the Jedi because of Emperor Palpatine and Order 66.
Cody doesn’t appear during the original or sequel trilogy, so it’s possible his pursuit of Kenobi won’t have the payoff he’s searching for. Kenobi isn’t a bloodthirsty murderer but, if his life is on the line, he could turn on his old friend. That would be pretty emotional given all the pair have gone through over the years.
Why Obi Wan claimed Not Remembering Owning A Droid
I know people might say “well, would you remember a toaster you had 20 years ago” but really these robots have a personality, and C-3PO is probably fairly unique having been hand-built by Anakin. How many people do remember cars, computers, TVs, and so on they used and interacted with throughout their life, or even closer, pets and work animals? I’d say most.
So, will the tv show give us some insight details about why he forgot all about R2-D2 and C-3PO after spending three whole movies with them.
Why Uncle Owen Hated Obi-Wan Kenobi
When viewers are first introduced to Owen Lars in A New Hope, it is obvious that Uncle Owen knew a bit more than he was willing to let Luke in on. When the discussion of protocol droids potentially belonging to “Old Ben Kenobi” pops up, Owen is quick to state that the “wizard is just a crazy old man.”
Owen’s distrust of Kenobi really came fully into focus when Obi-Wan presented Anakin’s son, Luke, to Beru, and him stating that the child needed a home. Knowing that Luke could potentially fall into his father’s footsteps and get mixed up with the Jedi, Owen and Beru did all they could to shield Luke from that life. This would be an excellent story to explore in the upcoming series, as the fate of Luke’s life hangs in the balance.