Star Wars Is As Much About Obi-Wan's Legacy As It Is the Skywalker Family


It has been rumored for years that Disney planned to produce an Obi-Wan Kenobi exclusive project, and as far back as 2012, Ewan McGregor told The Guardian that he would be delighted to reprise his role.

Now, the rumor mill is turning again with increasingly believable whispers of Ewan McGregor signing with Disney+ for a series about Obi-Wan Kenobi. While no further details have been revealed yet, should the series choose to explore the 20 year gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, its timeline might overlap with Diego Luna and Andy Sudyk’s Star Wars spinoff about Cassian Andor and K-2S0 before the events of Rogue One.

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If this is the case, it could give us a 360º look at the state of the Galaxy during the Golden Age of the Empire, both from a Jedi and Resistance perspective.

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The timing is perfect, too. Not only does McGregor match the age of Obi-Wan Kenobi during that period, but with the final episode of the Skywalker saga coming out on December 2019, this series will shine a light into Kenobi’s actions and his legacy.

While the original saga was focused on Luke, and the prequel trilogy on the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan was a key figure that shaped (or rather, failed to shape) the Star Wars Universe.

Consider this: the Obi-Wan of the prequels, and even the Obi-Wan of Clone Wars, is the perfect Jedi paragon of what Anakin and Luke should have been. His training started very early, under Yoda and then Qui-Gon Jinn.

He was loyal to the Jedi order to a fault, completely selfless (like Luke would try to become) and could do nothing to prevent the Jedi Order's downfall. Like Anakin, he fell in love with a high-ranking woman that returned his affections, Satine, but he didn't do anything about it, and she later died in front of him.

Obi Wan's position in the Jedi Council didn't allow him to prevent Ahsoka's expulsion from the Jedi Order, and only inflamed the burgeoning animosity that Anakin had been feeling against the Jedi. He lost his padawan to the Dark Side, and had to cut him down in a hellish planet; Padmé, the only other friend he had, died in childbirth, and although he managed to smuggle Force-sensitive babies Luke and Leia to safety, he didn't teach them anything about the Force until they literally came asking for it on his desert doorstep.

However, he barely had 20 hours to teach Luke the basics of the Force before Darth Vader, his former, padawan, killed him. In The Empire Strikes Back, he came back thrice as a Force ghost to guide Luke, but his advice about doing nothing wasn't the most convincing, even without the background provided by the prequel trilogies and The Clone Wars series. Doing nothing, conforming to the status quo of the Jedi and repressing every emotion and gut feeling that he had was what drove the Republic-era Jedi order into the ground and himself into hiding.

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Consider too how Luke retreats to Obi-Wan-ish behaviour after the destruction of his Jedi Temple in Episode VII. The Force Awakens is basically Act One of A New Hope, with Leia once again looking for the last Jedi Master in existence -- this time her brother Luke. The Last Jedi is Act Two in Ach-To (pun intended) with Rey asking Luke to train her, and having her training cut short by his lies about his former student, and his terrible, terrible advice to stay still and do nothing, which is eerily similar to Obi-Wan’s behaviour.

Even in the Disney mini-series, Forces of Destiny, on YouTube, which is targeted at very young children, Rey is shown training alone in Ach-To, surrounded by Porgs, and Luke is nowhere to be seen -- just like Obi-Wan was nowhere to be seen during Luke’s training.

This static treatment of such a charismatic, shrewd character is quite honestly a pity. Both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor applied their considerable talents to making Obi-Wan Kenobi a memorably snarky, capable of quipping back at Han Solo himself. He has the best one-liners of the original trilogy and the prequels.

Even though the movies themselves showed a regression in his initiative, probably born from his deep regret at his personal failings and the failings of the Jedi, it would be a pity to let his arc end with a Force ghost.

Redemption is a big theme in Disney's sequel trilogy, and it would be fantastic to follow up The Rise of Skywalker with a series about Obi-Wan's attempt to redeem the failures of the Jedi, even on a planet as distant from the center of the Galaxy as Tatooine.

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