Why is the force trying to tell me that we are getting A LOT more than we bargained for with this upcoming Disney+ Project?
So the dust has settled on the crater Disney's Investor day's Thermal Detonator of announcements left for the future of the Star Wars Universe. Wow, that was an absolute Jawa Barge of announcements wasn't it? Of all the announced content without doubt the one that has me bullseyeing Womp Rats in my T-16 back home is the Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
In all of Star Wars the question that has bugged me the most is what exactly did Old Ben Kenobi get up to on Tatooine in the 19 years between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV A New Hope. Did he take up knitting?A pottery class? Or did he spend his time trying to create a resistance network after he dropped off Anakin's offspring Luke on Darth Vader's stepbrothers doorstep.
This new series has me salivating like Jabba The Hutt staring down a heaping plate of Slave Leia at the prospect of finding out. Sorry for that imagery.
It made me uncomfortable too.
"I sense something, A presence I've not felt since..." is a famous quote by Darth Vader in A New Hope. Well that's just it, isn't it? He doesn't specify when. We all assumed he was talking about the dual on Mustafar where Obi-wan took both the moral and actual higher ground and left Anakin without a leg(and a half? both?) to stand on.
This vagueness means Vader could have been talking about last Tuesday. Obi-wan and Vader might have met up for weekly lightsaber duels for all we know. Head on over to Mos Eisly Cantina to see Figrin D'an play acoustic. Nothing in Star Wars lore says that Obi-Wan had to spend all his time on Tatooine watching Luke from behind a rock with some Macrobinoculars, there was a LONG time he was out there and now that the book Kenobi is technically Legends so there's much to expand on.
With the return of Hayden Christiansen as Darth Vader and NOT Anakin Skywalker, as well as Ewan McGregor being quoted in the Hollywood Reporter as saying "The two will have another swing at each other." I think a re-match is inevitable, and it will be a nice long story to watch. There's part of me that hopes it plays out how The Mandalorian is handling things right now and its an ongoing saga.
There is, however another prospect that absolutely has me dancing like an Ewok at the end of Return Of the Jedi though.
In the time period that the Obi-Wan series is set...Darth Vader isn't the only Sith Lord still alive in a Galaxy, far far away.
Solo: A Star Wars Story ends about ten years before the events of episode IV so this fits smack bang in the middle of the time period the Obi-Wan Series will be set.
If you have seen Solo: A Star Wars story (easily the best of the more recent films IMO) at the end another Sith Lord makes a shocking appearance to those of us who only follow movie canon.
If you haven't seen it look away now.
No seriously this will spoil it. Ok. I warned you.
Darth Maul (or Maul as he now goes by) is alive and well with some nifty cybernetic limbs and heads up the Shadow Collective crime Syndicate. Now, fans of the Rebels show ultimately know of Maul's fate but in this time period there is plenty of scope for Maul to get revenge for the bad split he went through last time he and Obi-Wan Kenobi met before he ultimately pops his new robotic clogs.
Or...OR hear me out here - DARTH MAUL V DARTH VADER. Now that might be a million in 1 chance of hitting a thermal exhaust port but I for one am here for the prospect. In a strange turn of events we could see both Sith turn on each other by happenstance in a quick stand-off, or I could just be drunk off of bantha milk.
Whatever surprises or desert hobby past time reveals Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi has for us, I can't wait to have Ewan McGregor say "Hello There" one more time and see how they pepper this in to other Star Wars canon under Disney umbrella. What are your thoughts? Am I onto something or is this article a result of me being around too many glue fumes while putting together seaglass art projects I create in my spare time? Yes, that was a shameless plug. Check out Castle Shadow Sea Glass on Facebook to see what I'm doing when I'm not neck deep in the swamps of Dagobah looking for clues.
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