Star Wars has some exciting shows on the way such as the second season of The Bad Batch, Ahsoka and more. So, let’s discuss 5 hopes for Obi-Wan Kenobi. This series will explore the character’s life following Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. With the Jedi Order destroyed and The Republic gone, Obi-Wan must survive on Tatooine while being hunted by the Inquisitorius.
Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts 5/27/22 on Disney+.
The story of Obi-Wan and Anakin is dark, which is not this franchise’s specialty. Revenge of the Sith had flaws, but for the most part succeeded in capturing the darkness of the tragedy at hand. The tale of Obi-Wan and Anakin is a story of a little boy living as a slave, who is then taken from his mother with the promise of becoming a hero. But in reality is forced into another life of servitude, in which he cannot properly confront his traumas. Then he is chopped up and forged into a monster. A dark tale indeed, very much the works of William Shakespeare.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is in many ways a continuation of that tragedy, so it should capture that same darkness. There are a few great ways for Obi-Wan to relive the traumatic events of Revenge of the Sith in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Exploration of Obi-Wan’s Regrets
One way is for him to meet people that knew Anakin as a child. The trailer reveals that he will have scenes with Uncle Owen. Maybe he’ll meet some of Anakin’s childhood friends too. Imagine Obi-Wan sitting in Mos Eisley Cantina, overhearing some of the characters that watched Anakin build his podracer in Episode 1 telling stories about Anakin years later in a bar as adults. As he overhears them recounting their old friend the sound of Anakin screaming as he is burnt alive on Mustafar plays while Obi-Wan looks down at his drink. That would be an incredible scene and hopefully Obi-Wan Kenobi will have a scene like it.
Flashbacks with Christensen as Clone Wars Anakin
Disney has finally started warming up to the prequels. Hayden Christensen’s return to the franchise signifies an acceptance that Episodes 1, 2, and 3 are part of Star Wars despite their imperfections. Many fans and critics weren’t fans of Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy.
George Lucas needed more than 3 films to tell the story that he wanted to tell. So, much of his vision for that era of the Star Wars universe didn’t make the cut. Consequently, Anakin Skywalker was only shown on screen during the most emotionally ravaging times of his life, which made him come across as winey, arrogant, etc.
However, that was not how Lucas had envisioned him being for most of his Jedi life. So, Lucasfilm tried to redeem the character with the animated series, The Clone Wars, which takes place between Episodes 2 and 3. That series gave Lucasfilm a chance to portray the character how Lucas had envisioned him being for most of his Jedi life. During a time when Anakin’s life was simpler and he behaved much more naturally. Many fans and critics were very pleased with Anakin’s portrayal in The Clone Wars. Making the attempt at redeeming the character a success.
Now, Kenobi has a chance to take it further by having Hayden Christensen reprise the role in flashbacks. This series can give Christensen a chance to play the character during a time that he wasn’t conflicted to the point of desperation. Put simply, Christensen can act like the animated version of Anakin. Imagine seeing The Clone Wars again, but this time in live action starring Hayden Christensen as Anakin and Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan. This series has a chance to show us bits and pieces of that through flashbacks. This seems the most realistic of these 5 hopes for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Hope for Liam Neeson to Return?
It would also be great to see Obi-Wan having flashbacks that take him even further back than that. Picture seeing Obi-Wan meditating in his hut on Tatooine, recalling a younger version of himself learning an important lesson about the force, from his master Qui-Gon Jinn. Liam Neeson played Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode 1, and recently told ComicBook.com this about a potential return to Star Wars.
Oh, I think so, yeah, yeah, yeah, I think so … if it was a film. Yeah, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to TV, I must admit, I just like the big screen, you know?
So, Liam Neeson is open to a movie, but a show is a different story. Perhaps if Disney does agree to a film, he’d also agree to an appearance in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Or maybe he’d be willing to record voice overs that can be played during Obi Wan’s meditations in place of appearing on screen.
Qui-Gon Jinn is a great character, and he plays an integral role in Star Wars. Unfortunately, he doesn’t appear much in the franchise. Flashbacks present an opportunity to further explore Obi-Wan’s master. Let’s hope that Qui-Gon Jinn will play some role in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
This franchise has always tried to walk a line between believable violence and kid friendliness. Some might say that has been the biggest flaw of Star Wars since the beginning. With that in mind this seems the least realistic of these 5 hopes for Obi-Wan Kenobi, but there is always hope.
One of the ways Disney tries to walk this line is by avoiding showing anything very morbid happening to humanoid characters. For example, Greef Karga is badly wounded in first season of The Mandalorian. However, the scene was purposefully very dimly lit, so that the audience couldn’t see the wound that well. Here’s another example, in the last episode of The Book of Boba Fett a Rancor eats someone, but none of its teeth actually impale the victim.
Hopefully Obi-Wan Kenobi will take a more believable approach to violence than other recent Star Wars content has. Showing Darth Vader train the Inquisitors is a good place to start. For those who haven’t read the Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comics, Vader always makes sure to sever at least one of their limbs during training. So, we may see Reva lose an arm, or a leg to Vader at some point in this new series.
That concludes this breakdown of 5 hopes for Obi-Wan Kenobi. Let’s hope for flashbacks, darkness, and believable violence in this upcoming series.