There is hardly any other fan base that dissects inaccuracies within the film and series continuity as minutely as that of “Star Wars“. What’s been the debate about why Obi-Wan doesn’t seem to recognize the droid R2D2 in “Episode 4: A New Hope”, even though it once belonged to Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan also dealt with him regularly? The current Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” seemed to open up another logic hole until recently.
Because in “Star Wars: Episode 4” says Darth Vader: “Finally we meet again. The circle closes. When I left you, I was the student. Now I am the master.” This statement suggested that Obi-Wan and Anakin never saw each other between “Episode 3” and “Episode 4”.
But in Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 3, the early rematch happened and Obi-Wan was so inferior to his former student that the above quote from Vader made no sense at all.
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Similar continuity issues exist due to “Obi-Wan Kenobi” featuring several quotes from the original trilogy, which is why Joby Harold, the writer of the Disney Plus series, recently felt compelled to interview fans with Entertainment Weekly to ask for patience:
“We look forward to the series airing in its entirety so hopefully all questions will be fully answered by then.” Lo and behold: We didn’t even have to wait until the season finale for the Obi-Wan vs. Vader issue to be resolved.
Episode 5 of Obi-Wan Kenobi uses an elegant metaphor to analyze the relationship between Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin (Hayden Christensen), or Darth Vader.
Throughout the episode, we see small snippets of a practice match between Obi-Wan and Anakin when the two were literally master and apprentice. At that time the padawan tried with all his might to bring his teacher to his knees. But he allowed himself to be blinded by his own ambition and was easily defeated by Obi-Wan’s composure.
In parallel, in “Obi-Wan Kenobi” we follow the Empire’s attack on the base of the path in Jabiim. But Darth Vader is less interested in the progenitors of the rebels than he is in his former Jedi master. Driven by his emotions, he has no hesitation in destroying the spaceship he suspects Obi-Wan is in. Again his master is one step ahead of him. He knew exactly how Vader would act, launching an empty spacecraft as a distraction, then escaping with a second.
So even ten years after Order 66 and young Skywalker’s transformation into a cyborg killing machine, Anakin still hasn’t learned his lesson. Vader is and remains the apprentice and Obi-Wan is the master. That is the core message of the entire episode 5.
With this interpretation, Vader’s quote in “Episode 4” also fits harmoniously into the overall “Star Wars” action one. So episode 5 has already patched the logic hole opened up by episode 3. It is to be hoped that episode 6, which will be released on June 22, 2022 on Disney +, will not open a new one.
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