The last week so has been pretty exciting for me. While I love all of the Star Wars films and enjoy all three trilogies, the prequel trilogy is probably what I love the most. The prequels are weird, awkward, and fun. They may not be for you, but they are for me.
Regardless of most people’s prequel opinions, I think the one thing you would be hard-pressed to find is a fan saying Ewan McGregor or Obi-Wan Kenobi was awful. Ewan McGregor is a brilliant actor. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a brilliant character. From Alec Guinness to Ewan McGregor to James Arnold Taylor and Stephen Stanton, Obi-Wan Kenobi is consistently solid in most Star Wars takes on the hero.
This is why I am so excited about the limited Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi series coming to Disney+. Kenobi has been given the short end of the stick as a person/character. His character isn’t free to just bounce around the galaxy as he has to protect Luke Skywalker and stay in hiding. That means when he’s pulled away from his post, if he’s pulled away from his post, it should be for something interesting.
A Life After Death Quest
It would be really neat to see Obi-Wan Kenobi taking an inward journey. Meditation here on Earth is a pretty fantastic and wild thing. Imagine what that could be like for a Jedi Knight. Was Obi-Wan really that lonely all by himself on Tatooine that whole time?
At the end of Star Wars: Revenge of Sith, Yoda gives Kenobi his mission. He has Jedi-training to do. Obi-Wan must learn how to retain his identity after he becomes one with the Force.
The exploration of the Force ghost stuff is tricky. I want to know more but I also am afraid if we know too much it might begin to diminish it’s magic a little. That said, it is the ultimate opportunity to bring Liam Neeson back as Qui-Gon Jinn.
How cool would it be to have Qui-Gon talking to a mature Obi-Wan and guiding him through his journey when he feels defeated by life and the task at hand? Liam Neeson returned for The Clone Wars so I’m sure if they request his return, he would be willing to participate in the production.
Either way, the quest for immortality with Kenobi would be amazing. From A New Hope to The Rise of Skywalker, that ability is what allowed good to win out. That’s because of the work Qui-Gon, Yoda, and Kenobi put into saving the galaxy and it would make the series really matter to the larger narrative.
2. Leaving Tatooine
Twenty years is a long time to stay on Tatooine. At the end of those twenty years, the Organa family springs him from hiding when the Death Star threatens to destroy entire worlds. This coupled with Luke being of age to fight means it is time to get going. That’s a really good reason to end Kenobi’s seclusion. But what about before that?
In those twenty years of imperial tyranny, Bail Organa has likely had to call on Kenobi. Whatever would take Kenobi off of Tatooine should be really intriguing and I want to experience a story with that kind of draw to it. Whatever it could be would be, Kenobi would have to look at Luke who is probably just “farming” water and at this huge other disaster and decide the kid will be fine for a few days because this other mission is important. Maybe this mission is even important to his first mission being successful.
If Kenobi leaves Tatooine, I hope the mission is vital to the survival of Luke Skywalker, the rebellion, or to his quest for life after death. As much as I would dig seeing Liam Neeson return, I would also dig seeing Jimmy Smits return as Bail Organa in this series.
3. Flash Backs!
One of my favorite moments in The Mandalorian was the flashback to The Clone Wars. Obi-Wan’s flashback potential is so strong. The chance for some great fan service exists here.
How cool would it be to see Obi-Wan with Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars, dressed akin to how they did in the animated series? What else. happened between them, good or bad, that we don’t know about? How does this affect Kenobi all of those years later?
What if something from The Clone Wars affects Kenobi all these later. I’m just saying, seeing Kate Blanchet as Satine Kryze getting killed by Maul would be so neat. It would satisfy hardcore fans and inform Mandalorian fans about how they got where they are because her death was the lynchpin that helped tear the Mando civilization apart and it was Kenobi’s girlfriend.
4. The Potential Cameos
I’ve already named dropped Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn, Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa, Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, and fan-cast Kate Blanchet as Satine. But everyone is alive at this time. So the potential for neat crossovers is abundant.
Diego Luna is filming Cassian Andor’s spy thriller Star Wars series for Disney+ soon. If Bail Organa would send his daughter to retrieve Kenobi post-Rogue One, maybe he would have sent Cassian had he not been barbequed pre-Rogue One? Cassian is clearly the James Bond of rebel agents and I think that would be really cool to see the shows “talking” to one another.
If we’re stuck on Tatooine for this show for any amount of time, Jabba the Hutt is out there. The suited Darth Vader is out there. Boba Fett is out there and he could be hunting Kenobi. And let’s not forget Yoda is out there too.
The cool thing about The Dark Times (a great title for the series if you ask me) is how many vibrant Star Wars characters and life exists at that point in time.
5. We can explore Tatooine
What if the writers stick to their guns and go with the old Lucas idea that Kenobi never leaves Tatooine? It isn’t like it isn’t interesting. Just environmentally speaking, audiences loved the Western vibes in The Mandalorian. So there’s a lot to explore there.
There’s a whole world to explore there like Mos Eisely itself. The entire series of HBO’s Deadwood took place in one small local and Mos Eisley has a lot to offer. The dealings and goings-on there has massive storytelling options.
Luke Skywalker gives us the impression the kids know about him and think he’s “a crazy old hermit.” So he’s seen but he keeps to himself. He could go to the cantina for a drink every now and then, maybe he sends a message to Bail saying “still alive,” or something. It would seem as if Kenobi could go there from time to time over the years for whatever reason and have a drink in which he interacts with locals and gets into the mix from time to time. Does he know people there? He knew to go there to get a ship which implies he’s potentially done it before.
New Tatooine locations isn’t a bad thing either. The cut “Ragtag” project had a whole Tatooine city made into the side of a cliff that was just brilliant to look at. Imagine what else the creatives and concept artists have come up with since then? The potential is there.
Brief Final Thoughts
In no way do I expect all if any of this stuff to happen in a limited Kenobi series. That said, the best part of these projects is wondering what they will have in them. Anything can happen and that potential is intoxicatingly fun.
Kenobi has rarely been the protagonist of the Star Wars stories we have had. He is usually subservient to the protagonist’s needs. I hope we get a really strong look at the Star Wars story through Obi-Wan’s eyes.
Down at the yard where they filmed Mando and it is rumored Kenobi will be filming something, they started to mark out building areas this week, it appears. The picture isn’t that exciting but it could be the start of something us Kenobi fans have been waiting a long time for.
*I used a still from this Deepfake video that’s pretty rad to make the featured image for this article.