After The Book of Boba Fett made it socially acceptable for Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi also uses it: Flashbacks. And so Episode 5 of the current Star Wars series on Disney Plus reflects on a time before the Clone Wars, the fall of the Republic and the Jedi Order and the rise of the Empire.
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the one Scene the speech that should have made fans of the Star Wars prequels open their mouths: The flashback scene in which Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) dueling friendly on Coruscant some time before the events of Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones.
And if you look closely, you’ll see two direct quotes that allude to two key moments from Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith and Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi. But before we get to that, maybe take a look at the following article, in which we’ll take a look at how Episode 5 also applies to the game The Force Unleashed
How Kenobi reminds of The Force Unleashed
Two hints for the price of one
What happened? Kenobi, of course, plays between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. After Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) is kidnapped on behalf of Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram), Kenobi finds himself and the young princess on the run from Darth Vader himself. Backed into a corner on the planet Jabiim, the old Jedi Master manages to outwit his former student.
A flashback follows, showing a friendly duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Of course, this serves as a metaphor to make it more visually understandable for the viewer exactly why Obi-Wan can predict how Darth Vader will react or act. If you take a closer look, you will also see two clever allusions.
Revenge of the Sith: The finale of Episode 3 sees a heated confrontation between Kenobi and Skywalker on the volcanic planet of Mustafar. A furious duel ensues, which many fans still regard as one of the best in Star Wars history. Episode 5 of the Obi-Wan series alludes directly to this, in that the fight partly directly mirrors the choreography from Episode 3 – as Twitter users have said nightwaynes
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Return of the Jedi: However, not only Anakin Skywalker’s struggles are quoted, but also those of his son Luke. At certain moments in their arguments, both father and son try to bring their opponent to his knees with sheer strength and violence. While Anakin falls short in the fight with Obi-Wan because of this, Luke reflects on the true path of the Jedi in a duel with Darth Vader: Some conflicts are not resolved by fighting.
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What’s next for Kenobi?
The sixth and thus (for the time being) final episode of Kenobi will be released on 22. June 2022 on DisneyPlus. This is the end of Season 1, but it could still go on. Although the return of Ewan McGregor to the Star Wars universe was originally designed for just one season, Lucasfilm is now keeping all options open. A season 2 for Kenobi is currently not only conceivable, but even quite likely.
Regardless, Disney Plus won’t be short of new Star Wars content any time soon. You can read about the status of upcoming TV series such as Andor, Ahsoka, Tales of the Jedi or The Acolyte in our large overview:
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What do you think of Obi-Wan Kenobi so far: are your expectations met or do previous episodes leave something to be desired? Would you look forward to a second season or could you do without it in good conscience? Let us know in the comments!