Will the outlook of Obi-Wan Kenobi echo Luke Skywalker’s in Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
The first official images for Obi-Wan Kenobi have arrived and yes, I am losing my mind over every single glorious picture Entertainment Weekly provided to feast our eyes on. As I was reading the descriptions of each picture something caught my eye. It was this quote here: “We find Obi-Wan at the beginning of our story rather broken, and faithless, and beaten, somewhat given up.”
Hmm…why does that sound familiar? Because we found Luke Skywalker practically in the same predicament in The Last Jedi. And honestly, this makes total sense.
Obi-Wan believed in the Jedi Order 100%. But more importantly, he believed in his apprentice/brotherly companion Anakin Skywalker even more than that. Heeding the words of his fallen master, Qui-Gon Jinn, he trained Anakin Skywalker; leading him to become one of the greatest Jedi Knights of all time. But he never saw Anakin’s fall coming, nor the rise of evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious.
Even when Count Dooku told him that Darth Sidious was in control of the Republic he didn’t believe him. He thought it was a ploy to make him join him when in actuality, Dooku was giving him the greatest information he could’ve ever received.
When the Jedi Order was annihilated not only by the blasters of the clone army created to aid them but by the very lightsaber of his best friend, Anakin Skywalker, I’m sure Kenobi’s entire world crashed around him. On top of all of that, he was forced to kill his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, horrifically at that. The last thing he saw was Skywalker with only one limb left, burnt to a crisp, and screaming hatred. Yeesh.
So, imagine carrying all of that sorrow and then going into exile on Tatooine where you have to reconcile with that sadness for years. I’m sure the only thing that kept him going was watching over Anakin’s son, Luke Skywalker.
“Broken” and “faithless” seem like the perfect adjectives to describe Kenobi at this point in his life, and like Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, when he emerges from the other side of his sorrow, he will be more powerful and inspiring than ever.
I can’t wait to see this series!
Obi-Wan Kenobi returns on Disney Plus on May 25th.
Annlyel James is a Senior Correspondent of The Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter where she channels the Force frequently!