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For Star Wars Sake Obi-Wan Should Leave Tatooine In The Kenobi Series

By Ishita Chatterjee
October 2,2021

The Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries is one of the most anticipated Star Wars shows. Ewan McGregor is all set to reprise his role as the titular character along with Hayden Christensen, who will be coming back as Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader.

Accompanying them is an impressive cast of new and old faces. Bonnie Piesse and Joel Edgerton, who appeared in the prequels briefly will be playing Beru Lars and Owen Lars respectively again. This casting has only added to the mystery of Obi-Wan’s exile on Tatooine.

Details About The Obi-Wan Kenobi Show

Darth Vader Vs Obi-Wan Kenobi

Darth Vader Vs Obi-Wan Kenobi

The Disney+ series is helmed by Deborah Chow, who has worked on two episodes of The Mandalorian before. As for the plot, not much is known about that.

But it has been revealed that the story will take place a decade after the collapse of the Jedi Order in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Along with this, fan anticipation is especially running high because the show will supposedly feature a record rematch between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

As such, discussion and theories about the plot of the series had been going on since the show was first announced. One major discussion point in fan communities is regarding Tattoine.

Many think that the Jedi Master should leave Tattoine as that would benefit the success of the show as well as Star Wars generally as well.

Why Does Obi-Wan Need To Move Away From Tatooine?

Obi-Wan Kenobi And Luke Skywalker In Tatoonie

Obi-Wan Kenobi And Luke Skywalker In Tatoonie

Recent wrap gifts and set photos have revealed the twin suns logo of Tattoine that has severely become oversaturated in the Star Wars canon. It’s quite likely that it is the most visited planet in the franchise. Its locales have even shown up in The Mandalorian.

Now, completely eliminating Tatooine won’t work since as per the time period the series is set in, the show should partially be set on Tatooine. After all, Obi-Wan’s main mission during this time was to look after a young Luke Skywalker.

However, fans believe that the focus of the series should be expanded. They think that to get a unique and memorable vision, Obi-Wan has to leave Tatooine and explore the wider galaxy that is often overlooked in Star Wars media.

Beru and Owen are coming back in the Obi-Wan Kenobi show

Beru and Owen are coming back in the Obi-Wan Kenobi show

All Obi-Wan Kenobi needs to do is begin the story on Tatooine and end the story on the desert planet as well. There’s potential for sure to spotlight the Jedi’s life as a hermit in the desert and deepen his relationship with Beru and Owen.

But these characters should bookend the show. In the original Star Wars of 1977, Owen displays a hostile attitude towards Obi-Wan even though they never share any screen time. It is this friction that could lead Obi-Wan to reconsider his presence on the desert planet Tatooine and then go off-planet.

Why Obi-Wan Might Need To Leave Tattoine?

Obi-Wan and Darth Vader Fighting

Obi-Wan and Darth Vader Fighting

He could have to leave the planet if he got lured into a mission for an early faction of the Rebel alliance. Who knows, he might even have to rescue a surviving Jedi.

After this, the highly anticipated and teased rematch with Vader could prompt Obi-Wan to flee to Tatooine back. Basically, the show has a lot of heavy lifting to do. It has to explain Kenobi’s absence from Rebel activity and also explore his connection to Darth Vader before their Death Star fight takes place.

After all, the Sith Lord (and his supposed Inquisitors) will surely be searching the galaxy for the guy who mutilated him. As such, Obi-Wan’s story clearly can’t be told on just one planet. Moreover, Luke needs to stay hidden, and this will surely limit the emotional stakes and tension of a show if it was solely set on Tatooine.

Obi-Wan Needs To Explore Star Wars

Ewan McGregor As Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor As Obi-Wan Kenobi

If new planets aren’t explored, then it will surely be a wasted opportunity. Moreover, it will show that Disney really hasn’t learned anything from its mistakes. After all, the Star Wars galaxy is diverse with endless possibilities. This needs to be shown. But recent Star Wars media has failed to do so.

They have stuck with the same well-known planets or those which have similar terrain. Now, the mysterious and exciting landscapes of Mygeeto and Felucia were only seen a little in Revenge of the Sith. But that’s not enough.

However, credit needs to be given where it’s due. The various Star Wars animated shows over the years have been able to effectively expand the universe. Star Wars Visions that’s streaming right now on Disney+, finally allowed the franchise to freely experiment.

After all, the animated anthology contains shorts made by various studios that will be non-canon to the Star Wars franchise. As such, the makers will have pretty much free reign to do what they want.
Obi-Wan Kenobi can do the same to honor George Lucas’ original vision and inspiration.

Obi Wan and Inquisitors

Obi Wan and Inquisitors

Moreover, it will build on Star Wars’ mythology in entirely unexpected ways. On Tatooine, only a set number of stories can be told, especially as per Obi-Wan Kenobi’s timeline.

As such, the Disney+ miniseries will be better off showing the interplanetary manhunt of Vader and building the Kenobi/Vader relationship from the Star Wars prequels.

Moreover, the show can also explore new locations that still aren’t under the control of the increasingly powerful Empire. Overall, the more the show will explore, the better stories it will be able to tell.

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