How Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Ending Ties Into Star Wars Episode IV

The Disney+ series concluded on Wednesday, making several clever connections with A New Hope. A little tour de force.

Six short episodes and Obi-Wan Kenobi went back to the Tatooine desert biding his time. It will be in 7 years. Old Ben will then begin training Luke Skywalker to better counter Darth Vader’s plans. The Disney + series, stuck between the Prelogy and A New Hopeended this Wednesday with a little tour de Force: sowing new elements that better explain certain events of Episode IV, released 55 years ago…

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Real parents for little Luke

“It’s my child”.

Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru raised Luke as their son. They protected him against all odds. And if the saga had left them little room, until then, we discover them totally involved in this episode 6 ofObi-Wan Kenobi. Both are ready to give their lives for the kid. Their love for Luke – sometimes questionable in Episode IV – is now unmistakable. He grew up in a loving home. Owen says it bluntly here: Luke is like his own son!

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The Rebel Alliance is on the march

“I’m just getting started.”

We do not know if Roken will return in the rest of the saga (we imagine that yes and certainly as soon as Andorthe next series Star Wars to see this summer), but in any case, the character embodied by O’Shea Jackson Jr. acts as a pioneer of the Rebel Alliance in the Disney + series. A central member of the “Passage”, this clandestine network which served to exfiltrate the Jedi after Order 66, Roken and his people went from “Righteous” to “Resistant” over the course of the show. In the finale, the rebel thus promises to Obi-Wan Kenobi that he won’t stop resisting. From now on, the movement will only grow, until it becomes this para-military organization that we find in A New Hope.

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Leia now has one last “hope” to call

“Someday, if you ever need help from a tired old man…”

As he has just brought Leia home to Alderaan, Obi-Wan Kenobi hugs Leia and briefly tells her about her late biological parents (without naming them), Padmé and Anakin. Above all, he tells her that she can call him, at any time, in the future, as a last resort. “We have to be careful, nobody has to know, or it could put us in danger.“, he specifies. This obviously echoes Episode IV, when the Princess arrested by Darth Vader sends an SOS message to Obi-Wan via R2-D2. “General Kenobi, years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars… This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You are my only hope.”

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Obi-Wan, the strongest of all Jedi

“You came to destroy me? Then you will die!

Well no, still not! Anakin may repeat that he is the strongest, he constantly loses his duels against his former master. This was the case when he fought against him on Coruscant, within the Temple, for training (as seen in episode 5 of the series). This was also the case when he turned to the dark side, at the end of Revenge of the Sith, when he was defeated and slain on the planet Mustafar. Third official round in the final, this Wednesday. And this time again, Anakin lost! Yet, on paper, he is the more powerful of the two. He knows it. But he does not control his emotions and always ends up biting the dust in front of his ex-brother in arms. Thus, it is only in Episode IV (from 1977) that he will finally win his case. This duel between Darth Vader and Kenobi directly echoes their legendary cinematic fight, at the end of which the Sith Lord will end up “destroying” his master. But only because the latter will allow himself to be defeated… Thus, Anakin will never have really won fairly against Obi!

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What Qui-Gon Jinn’s Appearance Explains

“I’ve always been there Obi-Wan. Only you weren’t ready to see him!

As we imagined from episode 1, Qui-Gon Jinn made his return in Star Wars. Liam Neeson put the Jedi robe back on, for a cameo of a few seconds, in “Force Specter” mode. But this return of the late master also partly explains the state of mind of Kenobi in Episode IV. The wasting warrior from the start of the Disney + series will be able to make way for the serene and peaceful Ben embodied by Alec Guiness, influenced by the wisdom of his former master. Also, this certainly explains in part why he let Vader defeat him: he knows he will reappear to Luke and that he will be able to influence him greatly through the Force, as Qui-Gon Jinn will do for him in the years following the series.

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Darth Vader has feelings

“Perhaps your feelings for your former Master are weakening you…

The Emperor understands in this finale that his pupil has not yet completely changed. He remains attached to his past, to his master, and a fortiori to his son, when he discovers his existence. “My loyalty is to you my Master“, replies the Sith Lord to Palpatine. Nevertheless, his mask broken by the Jedi, Vader has again recovered a human face. Anakin was found for a moment. Which means that he is well and truly still there, buried under the armor. And it squarely echoes the end of the first trilogy, when Luke takes over from Obi, to revive the “good in him” in Return of the Jedi and bring his father back into the light…

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