Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi – Important Questions Answered By The First Episodes

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi - Important Questions Answered By The First Episodes

The first two episodes of the long, long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi series are here, and already the Star Wars fandom is rabid, waiting for the next episodes to hit Disney+ as soon as possible. The two premiere episodes were huge in setting up the story, reintroducing Obi-Wan, and answering many important questions that fans have had about the show and its characters.

While the episodes naturally raised some questions and, by all means, did not answer every query that fans have, they gave fans so many answers to think over before Part III hits screens on June 3rd.

How Did Leia Know/Trust Obi-Wan In A New Hope

Star Wars A New Hope R2-D2 Princess Leia Message

A question fans did not have specifically going into the show, but that got answered anyway, was surrounding Leia’s knowing who Obi-Wan was and why she trusted him so much outside of her father knowing him.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi answers this wonderfully, showcasing a beautiful relationship between Obi-Wan and Leia blossom in a short time. She reminds Obi-Wan of Padmé (and probably Anakin) and immediately cares for her like he does Luke, as he saves her life. It is heartwarming.

Are There More Planets In-Play Than What The Trailers Show?

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For months now, fans have wondered how much time would be spent on the beloved but very familiar planet of Tatooine and if other planets outside of those in the trailers would diversify the scenery at any point in the six episodes.

Many were expecting the story to get divided between Tatooine, Daiyu, and Nur, with a trip to Mustafar also on the cards. The first episode, though, takes viewers to the crisp, elegant beauty of Alderaan, and the stage is set for more trips there – and perhaps even to other planets – during the show.

Who Is Benny Safdie?

Obi-Wan Kenobi Nari Benny Safdie

One of the many pieces of casting news that left fans curious was that of Benny Safdie, who was not too noticeable in the show’s trailers.

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Audiences meet his character almost immediately, and he turns out to be a Jedi by the name of Nari, who is being hunted (and is eventually killed) by the Inquisitorius. He also acts as a showcase for how broken Obi-Wan is, and that the threat against the remaining Jedi has not ceased in the decade since Order 66.

Who Is Kumail Nanjiani?

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Kumail Nanjiani makes his Star Wars debut in this show and can be seen in the trailers donning Jedi-esque robes, causing many fans to wonder if he was a member of the fallen order.

As the audience finds out in the second episode, he is a con-man, pretending to be a Jedi, providing some almost Marvel-esque humor. He does appear to be a good person though, helping people escape the planet (for credits) and helping Obi-Wan and Leia. It will be interesting to see if he pops up again.

Why Did Obi-Wan Go To Daiyu?

Fans knew from the trailers Obi-Wan would, at least temporarily, leave Tatooine for Daiyu, but it was not made clear why until the premiere.

The shocking answer was to rescue a kidnapped Leia Organa. While seeing her kidnapped by Flea was a bit jarring, it made for an immediate fan-favorite pairing between Kenobi and Leia, and Daiyu proved a good backdrop for that contained part of the story.

Who Else Will Reprise Their Role?

Bail and Breha Organa in Obi Wan Kenobi

Perhaps the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi fans were most excited about was the return of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen. From the start though, fans wondered who else would reprise their roles alongside them, Joel Edgerton, and Bonnie Piesse.

There are still more cameos and appearances to come, but already Jimmy Smits has reprised his role as Bail Organa, and he was utterly excellent in the role of both the iconic character and as Leia’s father.

Will Qui-Gon Jinn Be Involved?

Qui Gon Jinn with his lightsaber.

Since 2005 fans have been desperate to see Obi-Wan communicate with his former Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, and complete the training Yoda gave to him at the end of Revenge Of The Sith. This want has led many to wonder if Qui-Gon would be involved in this show.

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Of course, Qui-Gon’s voice (since he never completed his training to become a full-on Force Spirit) did not appear in the premiere. But, twice Obi-Wan called out to him, meaning that he is still involved in the show and could very well speak with Kenobi at some point in the next four episodes.

Will Their Be Flashbacks?

Order 66 in Obi Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi always seemed like the perfect show for there to be live-action insights to The Clone Wars, and even though Anakin and Obi-Wan have not gotten their terrific Clone Wars outfits on, there have already been flashbacks.

The show opens with another typically heartbreaking and brilliant Star Wars flashback to Order 66- of which Reva may have been a part, which should become clear in forthcoming episodes – and audiences also see Obi-Wan having nightmares of his past. Both of these were crushing, both on the larger scale of the Galaxy and on a personal level with Obi-Wan.

Will Young Leia Be Involved?

Young Leia in Obi-Wan Kenobi

Rumors and speculation were circulating for months that maybe, just maybe, a young Leia Organa would appear in the show. Boy, did she.

Much to the shock of many, Leia is a central character in the first two episodes, and Vivien Lyra Blair is incredible, truly capturing the essence of the Leia character who every fan adores to their core. Hopefully, this is not her last appearance in the show. Fans are still hoping for other big players, namely some of the best characters from The Clone Wars.

Are The Inquisitorius Hunting Obi-Wan Or Another?

Star Wars Tatooine Inquisitors

Being set ten years after Revenge Of The Sith, it seemed nonsensical for the Inquisitorius to be hunting Obi-Wan without reason, or else why would they have waited so long? Many wondered if they were actually hunting someone else and happened upon Kenobi.

That is kind of what happened. They are not on Tatooine for Kenobi, they are hunting for someone else, but in what was essentially a fakeout, they leave Tatooine without him, not even knowing he was there. Reva formulates her own plan to draw him out as the Inquisitorius all knew he survived; they just failed to find him. The show’s creators went the best possible way regarding this, with all of it making sense.

Does Obi-Wan Know About Anakin?

& If Not, How Does He Find Out?

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It was unclear up to this point, ten years after their battle, whether or not Obi-Wan was aware that Anakin had survived Mustafar and was Darth Vader. If he did not, fans anticipated an epic moment in which he finds that tragic fact out.

While the scene of him finding out is good – which is simply Reva telling him straight up -it is not until Obi-Wan sits with that gut-wrenching fact that it truly turns into an all-time Star Wars moment. Obi-Wan sits there, broken, confused, emotional, and says Anakin’s name before the screen cuts to Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader in the bacta tank. It is beyond words. An epic Star Wars moment for the ages.

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