Max reveals why he believes Obi-Wan Kenobi is the worst Master in the Jedi Order!
This may come as a shock to many readers, but I honestly believe the worst Jedi Master was… Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan is a highly liked character among fans and seems to be a true hero. That may be, but he was a crummy teacher and history may have turned out a lot better if he wasn’t such a piss-poor mentor.
Allow me to explain. Obi-Wan raised Anakin Skywalker during his late pre-pubescent to early adulthood years and even though Anakin came with his own baggage; by the time he was 19, harbored deep secret animosity towards his Master. He complained about him constantly to Padme and when he was suffering after his mother died, furiously exhorted his distaste for Obi-Wan claiming the latter was holding him back. While Anakin’s ego made him delusional; a wise teacher could easily see these resentments brewing under the surface. Anakin wasn’t exactly a poker face person and often wore his heart on his sleeve. Obi-Wan should’ve seen the boys struggle and perhaps try to modify his teaching style to calm Anakin or go for broke and just address the Bantha in the room and say “You are incredibly gifted Anakin but you need to learn to communicate and listen better.”
Also during the Battle of Geonosis, Obi-Wan reaches HIS boiling point and told Anakin not to let his feelings for Padme get in the way of the mission. Hold on? Obi-Wan knew Anakin was infatuated with Padme? Why didn’t he do anything? Instead, of trying to put the kabash on it, he has him escort her back home and does not have a Jedi pep talk on how attachment is not part of the Jedi life. Even worse is that towards the end of The Clone Wars, Obi-Wan knew Anakin and Padme were very close but does nothing about it. This fact was revealed in the recent Clone Wars “The Bad Batch” arc and I can’t help but feel that Obi-Wan could not have been more irresponsible. He should’ve gotten to the bottom of this immediately. Two heterosexual, good-looking humans of similar age and opposite gender are bound to want to “hook up” and this is just blatant stupidity. Make a long story short, Anakin turned to the dark side and eradicated the Order making Obi-Wan’s teaching record null. One student. One failure.
He gets a second chance with Anakin’s son Luke and again manages to botch that up. Obi-Wan’s main mission was to watch over Luke on Tatooine DISCRETELY and train him when he became of age. Obi-Wan skipped the Jedi stealth class as everyone seemed to know of his presence on that part of Tatooine. Old Ben he was called even by Luke himself. Also, why on Mustafar did Obi-Wan wait so late in Luke’s life to try and train him to be a Jedi? Luke was 19 when he met Obi-Wan and Jedi usually (in canon) get Masters at age 12 or 13. Yes, Uncle Owen told Ben to stay away, but he could’ve found a way to meet Luke and entice him into training to be a Jedi. When Luke was 10 or 11, he should’ve appeared to Luke and trained him in secret in the Tatooine deserts.
Why he waited so long is completely a mystery to me. He would’ve possibly saved a lot of lives if he had acted sooner and could’ve saved the galaxy if he tried harder to prevent the Rise of Darth Vader.
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Max Nocerino is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter @MaxN2100 where he channels his passion frequently!
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