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It’s Old Ben versus “The Chosen One” at Deborah Chow’s Obi wan Kenobilike the latest Star Wars Disney+ series tries to fill in the gaps between George Lucas’ trilogies. Away from newcomers like Kumail Nanjiani, Moses Ingram and Indira Varma, there are the long-awaited returns of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen to delve deeper into Anakin Skywalker’s beef with the titular Jedi.
Although there is only one episode of Obi wan Kenobi on the left, the penultimate June 15th episode finally gave us the long-awaited flashbacks we’ve all been waiting for. While the George Lucas prequels were divisive at the time, they become cult classics – with special mention to Attack of the Clones. When Obi wan Kenobi revisited 2002’s Black Sheep, viewers were probably too busy focusing on Christensen’s return without his Vader armor to notice a tragic return to his past life.
kenobiMustafar’s fifth episode didn’t have a dramatic rematch, but it did see the duo fighting on Coruscant. Known as the capital of the galaxy, Coruscant was a major center in the prequels but was mysteriously absent from Disney’s sequel trilogies. We know that Anakin and Obi-Wan’s duel takes place at the same time as Attack of the Clones because the future Lord Vader is sporting his signature ponytail and braid, while also sporting both hands – before Count Dooku cut one into episode IIclimax.
When ‘Part V’ opens, we see a stoic Anakin looking at Coruscant from a tall skyscraper.
Posting on Twitter, eagle-eyed fans saw that he is anxiously looking at the apartment Padmé Amidala stays in. about his life in that same apartment.
Ironically, Obi wan KenobiThe flashback mirrors an almost identical scene in Revenge of the Sith when a much darker Anakin looks into Padmé’s apartment. It takes on new meaning here, with young Anakin in the early stages of his relationship with Padmé.
Although kenobi‘s Anakin is not yet a full-fledged Palpatine puppet, Obi-Wan scolds his apprentice that he is blinded by his “need to win” rather than the usual Jedi ways. Of course, this is just a precursor to him cutting Younglings into Episode III. The brief scene presents another grim foreshadowing as Anakin seemingly gets the upper hand on his master and gleefully disarms him while smiling, “Ali, your weapon is gone, it’s over.”
It’s a smart nod to your next Revenge of the Sith battle where Obi-Wan pronounces the now iconic, “It’s over Anakin, I have the high ground”. Instead of admitting defeat and being brought on by Obi-Wan, Anakin’s ego gets the better of him… and we all know how that ends.
It’s been 17 years since Obi-Wan took over the high ground and left his apprentice to die like a charred lump of flesh on Mustafar’s surface. Even though many of the Disney+ series have revolved around Obi-Wan’s relationship with a young princess Leia (played brilliantly by Vivien Lyra Blair) Let’s not pretend we haven’t tuned in to see the master and Padawan cross lightsabers again.
1977 A new hope alluded to the history between Anakin and Obi-Wan, but we weren’t able to explore it long before the former cut Alec Guinness’ wise Jedi. Even the prequels focused on Anakin’s relationship with Padmé rather than Obi-Wan’s tutelage. This left room for shows like kenobiand it’s moments like these that help redeem Christensen’s divisive portrayal of Anakin and show what the prequels could have done to the character.
It remains to be seen what happens in kenobi finale, with calls for a duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan under the twin suns of Tatooine, because it looks like that’s where everyone is headed.
Given the fan response to the Coruscant scene, it’s clear that flashbacks are popular. we imagine Natalie Portman is very busy with Thor: Love and Thunder for stop for a cameo, but if Chow wants to hit us, a flashback of Anakin and Padmé that doesn’t involve him feeding her a pear is sure to be a treat. Anyway, Obi wan Kenobi it just gave ‘new hope’ to the prequels.
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