What you need to know to watch Obi-Wan Kenobi

the long-awaited series Obi Wan Kenobi arrives in the Disney + catalog on May 27 and promises a revenge between the Jedi master who gives the title to the series and his former padawan, Anakin, now transformed into Darth Vader. Although tied directly to the Skywalker saga, the miniseries will introduce new storylines and characters to the Star Wars universe.

Of course, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s plot involves much more than the clash between Master and former apprentice, so discover some important information to prepare for the arrival of the new Star Wars series:

The showdown between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader has been around since promo art and is part of everything you need to know to watch Kenobi (Image: Disney+/Disclosure)

Plot

The series will take place 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. With the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who becomes Darth Vader, the series protagonist is tasked with protecting one of Anakin’s children along with Princess Padmé Amidala: Luke Skywalker.

For the past 10 years, the Empire has worked to eliminate surviving Jedi from the command 66 – military coup that ended the Clone Wars with a joint attack on the Jedi – killing them or converting them to the dark side. Responsible for this work are inquisitorsForce-sensitive warriors used by the Empire to hunt down Jedi.

Jedi life since then has been on the run or in exile. Obi-Wan did the latter, but when wanted by the Inquisitors, Luke Skywalker’s protector decides to flee the planet Tatooine so that Darth Vader’s son stays off the Empire’s trail.

What should I watch?

prequel trilogy

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Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy (Image: Playback)

Chronologically, the series takes place between the prequel trilogy (1999 – 2005) and the classic (1977 – 1983). Ewan McGregor returns as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the same one he had in the previous films. And these are the fundamental works to watch for you to get to know the character. The show will do its best to reinstate the Jedi Master, but it will also make plenty of references to how he got here.

The other reason to watch the prequel trilogy is to see how young Anakin will be reflected in the Luke – child – we saw in the trailer. As you can see below, we already have a very “like father, like son” situation, with young Skywalker seemingly pretending to pilot a spaceship atop a building on Tatooine.

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Luke Skywalker as a child in the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer (Image: Reproduction)

Star Wars: Rebels

As mentioned earlier, the Inquisitors led by Darth Vader will have a strong presence in the series – something we already see in the trailers – and they were introduced in Star Wars: Rebels; there we meet the Grand Inquisitor as he takes orders from Darth Vader. We won’t spoil his story as it takes place after Obi-Wan Kenobi’s story, but it’s safe to say he’s a very powerful force.

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The Grand Inquisitor was the main villain of Star Wars Rebels season 1 (Image: Reproduction)

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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The conclusion of the series’ finished arc can be seen in A New Hope (Image: Reproduction)

Although not fundamental, it is in A new hope that we see Obi-Wan – played by Alec Guinness – complete his mission to protect Luke Skywalker from the Empire, which would amount to the conclusion of the story arc that has yet to be featured in the new series.

To be clear, this is where the character first appears on screen in theaters (1977), despite being the fourth film in the main timeline. In the other two films of the classic trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Obi-Wan appears as a “ghost of the Force” in the films, being a moral compass for Luke Skywalker’s development.

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Obi-Wan as the ‘ghost of the force’ in Star Wars (Image: reproduction)

What to expect again?

legends

Another interesting factor in giving Obi-Wan a solo job is that he’s always been a mysterious character. Much of what has been established of the character’s life outside of the films, such as relationships, parents, and home planet, has surfaced in the publisher’s books and comics. legends – formerly known as the Extended Universe. Therefore, the production of the series can canonize some of this information or simply create.

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The creators of the series have a huge source of character information in the comics (Image: Disclosure/Panini)

Character change

Although the series sells Kenobi and Vader’s rematch, chances are that this matchup won’t happen until the end of the season. Over the course of the series, we will follow Obi-Wan’s escape from the Inquisitors. Therefore, one of the main characteristics of the character, his diplomacy, will be of no use. Perhaps during this situation we’ll see a more “roguelike” side to the character, or closer to Alec Guinness’ version of Obi-Wan.

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The Inquisitors’ period of isolation and escape could bring Obi-Wan closer to McGregor than the version played by Alec Guinness (Image: Reproduction)

Second Season

Although Obi-Wan Kenobi’s headmistress, Deborah Chowcommented that from the start of development, the approach was a limited series, with beginning, middle and end, president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedydid not rule out the possibility of a second season.

We talked about the possibility (of season two), mostly because everyone came together and had an amazing time on set. Evan [McGregor] had a lot of fun, so did Hayden [Christensen].

So certainly, from that point of view, nobody would want it to stop. At the same time, there is the question: ‘Why would we do this again?’ If we decide to do more with Obi-Wan, we’ll have to have reason enough.

said the president of Lucas Film.

The truth is, if the show finds favor with audiences, it won’t be surprising to extend this Jedi master’s journey for another season. For now, all we know is that Obi Wan Kenobi arrives on Disney+ on May 27.

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