Star Wars Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi will indeed connect to the larger Star Wars canon. The recent video released for the show on Disney+ Day included footage of Ewan McGregor, who will be reprising his role as the Jedi Master. The clip also featured director Deborah Chow, who discussed various details regarding the show. She has most notably directed episodes of season 1 of The Mandalorian.
The show is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It will explore the desperate times after the Galactic Empire came to power. Now, Obi-Wan’s job is to watch over Luke Skywalker and protect him from the Sith-led fascist regime. We all know that almost two decades between the Original and the Prequel Trilogies have been covered pretty extensively in Star Wars canon. Let us check them out:
There have been video games like Jedi: Fallen Order and the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Along with these, there was also the Solo movie that explored the initial days of the Empire. As the timeline neared the Original Trilogy, the Star Wars Rebels animated show, and the Rogue One movie showed the struggling days of the Rebel Alliance.
Rogue One is even directly tied into the beginning of A New Hope, just like the Star Wars radio drama did in the Legends continuity. However, Obi-Wan’s time on Tatooine has been left primarily alone by Star Wars canon projects. Some Marvel comics have touched on it, and there was a Rebels episode that did explore it. But that was it. That Rebels episode showed the final fight between Kenobi and Maul.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi video showed concept arts and revealed that the show would be full of broader canon lore and Star Wars connections. There might be surprising details that tell a different story between the trilogies than the movies might have implied. So let us explore what we saw in the Obi-Wan Kenobi sizzle reel:
One of the very first pieces of Kenobi concept art featured an Imperial craft with a dark armored being departing it. Two stormtroopers escort the figure. Fans well-versed in Star Wars canon material will know which character that is. It is an Imperial Inquisitor. A dark-side, Sith trained Jedi hunter who works for the Empire.
Inquisitors have been shown in Star Wars comics, Jedi: Fallen Order, and Rebels. They are one of the deadliest agents of the Empire, even though they aren’t officially part of the Sith Order. Sung Kang had previously said in an interview that he was going to wield a lightsaber. So maybe it is his character who is the Inquisitor. Also, the moisture evaporator and architecture of the concept art have indicated that the figure will be on Tatooine. This certainly won’t be great news for Kenobi.
Multiple concept arts have indicated that Kenobi will not be on Tatooine for the show’s entire duration watching over Luke. It was shown in his Rebels appearance and at the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith that Obi-Wan’ Ben’ Kenobi was not in exile but on a long-term mission.
He lay low on remote Tatooine to watch over Luke and bid his time to train him as a Jedi. The sizzle reel showed new locales, and those might not be set on Tatooine. Now, Kenobi will take his mission seriously. So whatever makes him leave his position must have been severe. It’s possible that he fought and then killed an Inquisitor on the desert planet.
And this might have forced him to flee the planet to throw other Inquisitors off his trail and also for Luke’s safety. Ben also might have come into contact with Ferus Olin, who is a Jedi Purge survivor like he did in Legends.
Two images imply that maybe the upcoming Disney+ show will bring the Jedi Master back to Coruscant, the previous capital planet of the Republic. The first image is of a dingy seedy city with a cityscape peeking out between buildings. That reminds one of ground-level Coruscant as seen in Attack of the Clones.
In another image, there’s a building full of Imperial Stormtroopers. If Kenobi went to Coruscant, then he would be stepping right into the lion’s den. But it will surely provide special high-tension situations. Thus, Obi-Wan would have to work his body and mind to get out of there without revealing his Jedi identity.
One interesting image from the sizzle reel caught our eyes. It was of a hangar full of T-47 airspeeders in what seemed to be a snow-filled environment. Star Wars fans will be able to immediately recognize these machines as the primary air support vehicle of the Rebel Alliance. They were used extensively in The Empire Strikes Back’s Battle of Hoth.
Now, the Obi-Wan Kenobi show will take place in 9BBY. That is seven years before the Rebel Alliance gets formally established. However, Rebels cells like that of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans did exist for years before they became part of the Rebellion. So the speeders might belong to such a group.
Along with Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen will also be reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader in the show. The video clip for the Kenobi show showed concept art for Darth Vader as well. He can be seen sitting on a throne. The place seems to be his Mustafar castle. Vader’s castle was first seen in Rogue One, and it is based on his Legends Bast Castle.
However, his Bast Castle was situated on Vjun. But in canon, his castle is on Mustafar. The entire history of the castle has already been explored in multiple Marvel Star Wars comics. Vader’s throne room is a new addition to the castle. And we are hoping that the show will reveal more locations within the structure that we haven’t seen in Star Wars canon before.
It can’t be denied that fans are hyped about Kenobi and Vader crossing lightsabers in the show. This duel will confirm that the duo has fought once between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Similar to the fights between Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku in the Clone Wars, having Kenobi and Vader fight before they meet on the Death Star could end up contradicting their dialogue in A New Hope.
But with careful and intelligent writing, the fight could still fit into the timeline without causing continuity problems. Their fight might also act as a vision for both (or one) of them. Thus, it would allow for a fantastic duel while also staying true to the franchise’s first movie. Now, whether it is accurate or ends up being a force-vision of sorts, that remains to be seen.
However, note that Kenobi and Vader’s fight doesn’t seem to occur on the desert planet. The two combatants seem to be fighting on some walkway in an industrial location.
As such, the planet could be Coruscant. Or it could be anywhere apart from Tatooine. If the fight ends up being accurate, then it could be related to Obi-Wan’s potential encounter with an Imperial Inquisitor. This will surely get the attention of Vader. Now, in the end, Kenobi might pretend to die, or maybe he is genuinely almost dead at the end of his duel with Vader in the upcoming show.
This will allow him to return to Tatooine and resume his mission, as seen in other canon materials of the franchise. Obi-Wan Kenobi is THE highly-anticipated Disney+ Star Wars show right now. It will release sometime in 2022. However, the rumor is that Lucasfilm wants a Star Wars day release for it. Will it happen? Stay tuned.
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