Disney+ is bringing a Star Wars show that fans have wanted for years. The upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show is everything Star Wars fans have asked for.
It will see the titular Jedi Master face off against Darth Vader, played by Hayden Christensen, who is also reprising his role for the series. This is expected to break all sorts of records.
But that depends on how the plot, fight, etc., is set up and carried out. The show will take place a decade after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. In the movie, after the Mustafar battle with Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi went into exile on Tatooine.
There he committed to watching over Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker’s son Luke Skywalker. Till now, viewers have known that Kenobi spent the entire time on Tatooine.
But it looks like the show might change that or at least play around with that time period. After all, the rematch with Darth Vader might need a location change. Hayden Christensen will surely be putting on the iconic helmet again for the first time since Revenge of the Sith.
Right now, plot or character details aren’t known. But since Christensen’s involvement has been announced this far ahead, so that means he will play a pretty prominent role in the show. There are already rumors that Vader will bring his Inquisitors.
Along with this, there are other rumors about Ahsoka Tano cameoing as well. But none it this has been confirmed. What has been confirmed is the fact that there will definitely be a rematch between the two beloved Star Wars characters.
The news of this rematch between Vader and Obi-Wan was confirmed by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy herself at the Disney Investor Day in December 2020. Also, there’s concept art to back up this talk.
The art seems to confirm that there will be a lightsaber battle, and the duo will cross their swords more than once. So if that’s indeed the case, and more importantly, if that does end up happening, then it will shatter a Star Wars record.
Till now, Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi have faced off twice in the Star Wars franchise. They fought in Mustafar and then once again in the Original Trilogy where Vader struck down this previous master.
Apart from this, Vader has crossed sabers with Luke Skywalker in 2 movies of the franchise- Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back. In the Sequel Trilogy, we can see Kylo and Rey have 3 lightsaber fights in total but in two different movies only.
They first fight in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then twice in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We can assume that Vader and Obi-Wan’s rematch is probably going to be a lightsaber duel of some sort, even if the Force is used, like in Kylo and Rey’s second fight.
If that happens then this could end up actually being the first trilogy of lightsaber fights that takes place over 3 different live-action Star Wars media. Even if we factor in animation, the fact that Darth Vader and Obi-Wan will be spanning their rivalry across a trilogy will be an impressive feat.
But it won’t really be a unique one. Both the characters have had multiple duels in Star Wars. Starting from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan engages in several fights with Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The duo fights for the last time on Star Wars Rebels.
Similarly, between Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and then again in Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker has fought Count Dooku multiple times. Most notably, they fought in Clone Wars.
In both of these cases, there are some issues. First of all, most such fights aren’t really one-on-one fights like the ones between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan or Luke and Vader. Obi-Wan is involved in those Dooku fights with Anakin. On the other hand, his fights with Darth Maul tend to be against his brother, Savage Opress as well.
He fights the two with the help of Asajj Ventress (in season 4 of the Star Wars The Clone Wars episode 22 titled, “Revenge”) and Adi Gallia (in episode 1 of season 5 titled “Revival”).
After that Kenobi gets lured into a trap by Darth Maul. This happens in episode 16 of season 5. In the episode, he gets captured before even being able to start his lightsaber.
The rematch between Obi-Wan and Vader can give Star Wars fans the true lightsaber fight trilogy they were looking for. This is akin to the fabled real-world fight trilogies like that of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s three boxing matches.
Obi-Wan and Vader being in a one-on-one fight already feels epic. But its intensity is increased by the fact that their relationship stretches over 19 years and 3 different shows and movies that feature direct one-to-one fights. And it is these fights that make Star Wars’ most memorable and greatest duels.
Also, it makes sense that such an important record would be given to these two characters. After all, they were the ones who had the first lightsaber fight ever in Star Wars. They began in the Original Trilogy and previously ended with the last of the Star Wars prequels.
These two characters are special in Star Wars. They are the ones whose respective journeys and relationship defines a lot of Star Wars lore and myth. Without them and their relationship turned enmity, the franchise would have lost something valuable.
As such, it’s a blessing that as Disney moves into a new era focused on the Disney+ shows rather than the movies, that they would incorporate the Obi-Wan/Vader fight to be a part of it. After all, this is another chance for them to make history.
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