Max addresses the major questions the series finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi needs to answer!
The final Obi-Wan Kenobi episode premieres on June 22nd, 2022. And I could not be sadder that this limited series is ending. Some of my predictions from my previous post have come true which is very surprising. But now, with one episode remaining, there still are tons of questions I have.
1.) How did Leia not remember Obi-Wan 9 years later?
Leia and Obi-Wan have formed a strong bond during their time together. Leia is 10 but wise beyond her years, and it is so apparent what a great leader she will grow into. 9 years after the Kenobi series, Leia will send a formal holo message to Obi-Wan asking him to deliver the Death Star plans to the Rebellion. While it’s always nice to address someone formally, it seems odd that Leia is not more concerned about Obi-Wan after he is killed on the Death Star and makes no sign that she ever met him. Like I said, maybe she was formal due to her position. And his death would certainly not eclipse everyone she’s ever known and loved on Alderaan. However, it’s odd that she doesn’t have a more emotional reaction to him being in her presence.
2.) How did Reva get out of the temple?
We recently learned that Reva, the Third Sister was a youngling during the events of Revenge of the Sith. And was in the room when Vader came in and slaughtered her friends. She tried to help but of course could not, and played dead with the other youngling bodies. Yet, what happened immediately afterward. Did she have a lightsaber wound from Vader? How did she escape the Temple? Where was she found? The Grand Inquisitor likes to insult her and say she came from the gutter. Did she flee to the under levels of Coruscant?
3.) Speaking of the Grand Inquisitor, how did he survive?
The Grand Inquisitor makes a sudden impromptu appearance at the end of Part V and I don’t seem to see any markings that would indicate his stab wound. His armor looks a little different. Is that a life support vest? I’m not sure. But still, this guy is pretty resilient.
4.) Why didn’t Reva kill Haja?
This is a big one and probably the only plot hole I have with the series in general. On Daiyu, the charlatan turned hero, Haja confronts the Third Sister in an alleyway to slow her down. He continues his ruse of being a Jedi, but Reva quickly sees through his facade. Yet, very uncharacteristically for her, she just tells him to get out of her way. Reva is fiery and angry, and it would make more sense to her character that she would cut him down for stymieing her. But she doesn’t. Why? She had no qualms killing the pilot who was supposed to transport Leia home. So why did she spare him aside from the fact that Chow wanted to use him later of course?
5.) Was that flashback pre-Clone Wars or during?
We are treated to a very emotional scene of when Obi-Wan and Anakin were sparring in a Jedi Temple veranda. And the actors (while noticeably older than in the 2002 film) looked relatively decent in terms of age for the time. Yet, did this duel take place before Attack of the Clones OR shortly right after. I say shortly right after because Anakin is referred to as a Padawan and his hair is trimmed. This is not a really important question, but it does matter to me as per the comment in the speeder in Attack of the Clones. Obi-Wan said his swordsmanship would rival Yoda if he listened, and Anakin arrogantly responded “I thought I already did.” Did his swordsmanship skills soar after his confrontation with Dooku, or was Anakin being more truthful than we were led to believe.
6.) Lastly, were all those Pathers Jedi?
The Path is the Star Wars equivalent of the Underground Railroad and is used to covertly smuggle former Jedi and Force-sensitives to safety from the Empire through hidden safe houses. Some of the people who took the Path left their names as a kind of memorial on the wooden walls, carved in Aurebesh, the Star Wars writing system. Super-nerds but with better eyesight than I managed to decode the names and they appear fully translated on Wookieepedia. Upon some brief exploring, I learned that all the names were taken from Legends. And in Legends, they were Order 66 surviving Jedi as well! However, if Wookieepedia taught me one thing, it’s not assuming until confirmation. Were these people all the canonized versions of their Legends characters, or merely familiar names who may or may not have been part of the Order; instead just Force-sensitives? Dealing with Canon and Legends can give you a migraine, but I’d love to know if they were Jedi. That brings my count of 21 unaccounted-for Purge survivors up to the low 30s at least.
If you want to learn about the names of the Pathers, please visit the Wookieepedia page for each episode and check the Characters section under Appearances.
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!