Assuming you don’t count his cameos in the sequels, It’s been 17 years since Ewan McGregor took on the role of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The (famously divisive) war of stars Prequels saw McGregor’s color in the larger-than-life outline of the late Alec Guinness, who played Leia’s iconic “only hope” in the original trilogy. Obi-Wan’s ill-fated efforts to train the Force-sensitive Anakin gave rise to McGregor’s younger version of the character. He was charming but sincere; dashing but demanding; a true Jedi hero who was as cleverly quotable as he was undeniably badass. Anyway, he’s on Disney+ now.
See, it’s not that we’re not happy Obi Wan Kenobi; It’s fucking Obi-Wan Kenobi finally filling in what happened in the 19 years in between Vengeance of the Sith and A new hope. Became a lot aroused. But without all six episodes in our greedy little queues, we’re left in a frustrating position war of stars Fans are so often: know quite a bit, but also don’t nearly enough of a story we had been waiting for years before the pandemic hit. We are like you very ready for answers, and if that means brooding over context clues until the first two episodes arrive [checks notes] May 27 at 3 p.m. ET, so be it.
Directed by Deborah Chow, the new limited series pits Obi-Wan Kenobi against his former Padawan Anakin, now Darth Vader, in a duel that won’t change the events of the Skywalker saga, but could bring new meaning to them by integrating other parts of the war of stars Universe. Here’s everything we know about where Obi Wan Kenobi fits into that famous galaxy far, far away.
When do the events of Obi Wan Kenobi occur?
Disney’s official description for Obi Wan Kenobi is ridiculously obscure, but at least it gives us a solid timeline:
“Obi Wan Kenobi begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat – the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Plays in 9 VBY (this is “Before The Battle Of Yavin” which takes place during A new hope), Obi-Wan’s standalone series, introduces the Jedi Knight after his failure with Anakin at the end of Vengeance of the Sith (19VBY), but before he and Luke Skywalker team up with Han Solo A new hope (0BBY).
This makes Obi-Wan around 48 years old and his eventual prodigy Luke around 10 years old Obi Wan Kenobi. So Luke lives on Tatooine and Obi-Wan is exiled there himself, still hiding from the reach of “Order 66” – which considered all Jedi enemies of the Republic and ended up condemning them to death Vengeance of the Sith. Meanwhile, Darth Vader, just blossoming at 32, still serves Sith Lord Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine. He hasn’t met his son.
What is the main plot of Obi Wan Kenobi?
As with all great war of stars Adventure, it seems that the new series of Disney + is destined to show many races, attempted murders and escape from attempted murders. But other than that, we’re pretty much in the dark about the plot.
The trailer shows Obi-Wan visiting Owen Lars (Joel Edgerton), the farmer assigned by the Jedi to raise Anakin’s son, and telling him, “When the time comes, he needs training.” Uncle Owen replies, “Like you trained his father?” It’s a suitably stunned reception – partly because Obi-Wan’s last class performance went so poorly, but also because he and Luke aren’t able to meet yet.
away from luke, Obi Wan Kenobi focuses on Vader’s continued hunt for his former Jedi Master. “I want every bounty hunter and lowlife to squeeze him,” hisses new character Reva (Moses Ingram) aka “The Third Sister,” an inquisitor for the Galactic Republic. She is joined by The Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend) and The Fifth Brother (Sung Kang), other Force-sensitive dark side warriors first introduced in the 2014-2018 Disney XD series Star Wars rebels.
Hayden Christensen’s return to the role of Anakin/debut as scifi’s most famous villain in his final form is arguably as exciting as McGregor’s return to Obi-Wan. Vader can be heard at the end of the trailer – but only seen briefly.
What other Star Wars titles could come into play?
The prequels and originals have obvious ties to Obi Wan Kenobi– But the Star Wars universe is huge and a ton of other titles could come into play.
- The clone wars is an animated series set between attack of the Clone warriors (22 BBY) and Vengeance of the Sith (19VBY). Both Anakin and Obi-Wan, who are still allies, are given strong prominence and their mentorship is better developed. It also includes the heartbreaking love story of Obi-Wan and Duchess Satine Kryze, who wasn’t announced as a character in the series but would make an extremely cool one.
- The aforementioned Star Wars rebels does not contain Reva as a character, but does include animated versions of The Grand Inquisitor and The Fifth Brother, along with a detailed explanation of her origins.
- The videogame Jedi: Fallen Order takes place in the year 14 BBY, so a few years earlier Obi Wan Kenobibut it also introduced a handful of new Inquisitors (such as the Second Sister and Ninth Sister) that may be referenced.
- Canonically also around this time: The bad batch (19VBY), an animated Disney+ series about elite clone troopers, and Solo: A Star Wars Story (10 BBY), in which young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) does young Han Solo stuff with love Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke).
As is Obi Wan Kenobi End?
“You can’t win, Obi-Wan,” Reva warns in the trailer. “You can’t outrun him.”
Spoiler alert: she’s right! Obi-Wan Kenobi can defeat Anakin if they end up fighting on Mustafar Vengeance of the Sith– But, if you have seen that war of starsyou know he doesn’t come around A new hope. Vader will kill Obi-Wan. That much is certain. While helping Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca escape to the Millennium Falcon, the beloved Jedi will perish at Vader’s gloved hand. But Vader can’t kill Obi-Wan just yet. Is there a fate worse than death?
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