A companion post to an essay for Eleven-ThirtyEight
On one hand, I feel bad for Ewan McGregor. I mean, I’m allowed to change my hairstyle and get in shape without thousands of people interrogating me about my career path. For Force’s sake, let the man grow facial hair without demanding he fulfill all our fan-based desires.
On the other hand, I too am belting out a scream of “Kenobi” to rival even Darth Maul’s vocal acrobatics. I really, really want that Obi-Wan Kenobi movie.
There are multiple places in canon that I would love to see explored further for this character. The relationship between him and Satine Kryze, for example, is probably my favorite pairing in the franchise. Both of these characters have strong core beliefs that cannot coexist in a romantic relationship. Obi-Wan is committed to the Jedi Order which forbids attachments. Satine is a pacifist who could not support a calling that requires violence. As such, Obi-Wan and Satine both choose to stay true to their codes and morals, refusing to sacrifice them on the altar of romance. They chose beliefs over emotions without ever losing respect or love for each other. It’s a fascinating dynamic that is not often seen in media.
Having grown up on Jude Watson’s Jedi Apprentice series, I would also be curious to see Obi-Wan’s Padawan years. This time frame, of course, does include his initial meeting with Satine Kryze, but there are more options for a movie. An exploration of these years would allow us a more intimate exploration of the Jedi Order of the Republic. After all, every hero we’ve had since Obi-Wan has had anything but a traditional Jedi training. Anakin was brought in late and treated differently due to his potential “Chosen One” status. Ahsoka was trained in a war. Ezra was trained by a Jedi who never completed his training. Luke and Rey were both adults before their training began. In contrast, watching Obi-Wan’s growth as a Jedi and as a man, and the manner in which he clashes with Qui-Gon’s maverick style, would give us a glimpse into the glory days of the Jedi which we have not yet seen in the new canon. Additionally, Obi-Wan’s Padawan days could help flesh out other characters in his circle, such as Quinlan Vos and the criminally under-used Dexter Jettster.
Even with five and a half seasons of The Clone Wars, even including all the unfinished arcs that we know of, there are still areas worth exploring in that time frame for Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the old, Legends EU, the novel Wild Space by Karen Miller did a wonderful job in developing his relationship to Bail Organa. After reading that book, it made sense that Obi-Wan would so readily trust Bail in the aftermath of Order 66. It fleshed out not only Bail’s loyalty to the Jedi, but also his personal friendship with Obi-Wan. Besides, I doubt Jimmy Smits is anywhere near retirement himself, and I’d love to see him play a larger part in a Star Wars film.
Another team-up that I would like to see would be Obi-Wan and Ahsoka. Anakin’s line that Ahsoka “never would have made it as Obi-Wan’s Padawan” would be an interesting dynamic to explore. Especially since, in her stand-alone novel by E.K. Johnston, Ahsoka refers to both Anakin and Obi-Wan as her parents and frequently considers both of their lessons and methods before making a move. While they have had their share of moments together in The Clone Wars, it would be nice to have a whole story dedicated specifically to their relationship as “grand”-Master and “grand”-Padawan. This could also be a way to springboard Ahsoka into the live-action films and set the stage for her own standalone movie. Afterall, this sort of “backdoor” introduction – at least for those who have not seen The Clone Wars or Rebels – has worked with Marvel to bring both Spider-Man and Black Panther in the MCU.
Ultimately though, most of us have been clamoring for some Tatooine-based, post-Order 66 drama. And I cannot bring myself to disagree…