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Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 1 & 2 Breakdown & Easter Eggs

The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia. l’ll be discussing heavy spoilers so if you haven’t seen it or want to avoid spoilers, now’s your chance to stop reading.

The limited six-episode series follows the titular Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in exile, set 10 years after the events of Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith. It is executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, McGregor and series writer Joby Harold. Deborah Chow is the showrunner and she directed all six episodes.

Courtesy of Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia, we were given the opportunity to interview none other than the former Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and current Dark Lord Of The Sith Darth Vader; Hayden Christensen himself.

You can check out my previous breakdowns of The Book Of Boba Fett Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6 and Episode 7 here.

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You can check out my previous breakdowns of Hawkeye Episodes 1 and 2 here, Episode 3 here, Episode 4 here and Episode 5. and Episode 6 here.

In addition, you can check out my previous breakdowns of Marvel’s What If? Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7Episode 8 and Episode 9 here.

If you haven’t, you can check out my previous breakdowns and easter egg articles for WandaVision Episode 1 and 2Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6Episode 7, Episode 8 and Episode 9.

For The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, you can check out my previous breakdowns for Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3Episode 4Episode 5 and Episode 6.

For previous breakdowns of Loki episodes, check out Episode 1 hereEpisode 2 here, Episode 3 here, Episode 4 here, Episode 5 here and Episode 6 here.

The Episode Begins With A Flashback To Order 66

After a Star Wars Prequel recap, the episode begins with a flashback to a group of younglings trying to survive Order 66. We get a glimpse of the chaos inside the Jedi Temple more clearly than in Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith, with Clone Troopers killing all the Jedi inside.

The Inquisitors Arrive On Tatooine

That was fast, it’s only Episode 1 and the Inquisitors have already landed on Tatooine. These include the Grand Inquisitor himself (Rupert Friend) in the middle, the Fifth Brother (Sung Kang) on his left, and Reva Sevander the Third Sister (Moses Ingram) on his right. The Inquisitors are tasked with hunting down Jedi survivors of Order 66. They were originally introduced in the Star Wars Rebels animated series.

A Surviving Jedi Named Nari

Th Inquisitors find a Jedi survivor named Nari but he manages to get away. What a coincidence that there’s more than one Jedi hiding on Tatooine (the other being Obi-Wan Kenobi, of course).

Hello There

We meet Obi-Wan Kenobi for the first time since Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith, and he’s apparently working as a miner or something. Keep in mind that this takes place 10 years after the events of that movie.

Little Luke Skywalker

Obi-Wan keeps tabs on young Luke Skywalker from a distance, and this probably reminded him of how Anakin was a pod racer when he was a kid too.

Obi-Wan Is Already Calling Himself Ben

When the Jedi survivor named Nari finds Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan introduces himself as Ben, which is the name he used in the Star Wars Original Trilogy. It looks like we won’t be getting any convoluted or dumb origin for him taking on the name Ben, unlike Solo A Star Wars Story.

Little Leia Skywalker / Leia Organa

This is definitely a pleasant surprise. We get to meet a young Leia Skywalker AKA Leia Organa (which is her adoptive family’s name). She is played by Vivien Lyra Blair.

That’s Luke’s Toy

The thing that Obi-Wan buys from Teeka is the same toy that Luke plays with in Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope.

Not The Same, But Inspired By The Comics

Owen Lars admonishes Obi-Wan Kenobi for coming near Luke Skywalker, especially after what happened to Anakin Skywalker (who is now Darth Vader).

The Organa Family

Hey, it’s the whole Organa family. Jimmy Smits reprises his role as Senator Bail Organa from the Star Wars Prequels. Simone Kessell plays Breha Organa.

Leia Gets Kidnapped, The Organa Family Asks For Help From Obi-Wan Kenobi

Leia gets kidnapped and it’s up to Obi-Wan to help her. What’s interesting about this scene is how it parallels similar events from Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope. In this, the Organa family sends a hologram, with Breha Organa saying “She needs you, Obi-Wan.”

In Episode IV, Leia’s hologram message to Obi-Wan states that “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

Jedi Survivor Nari Is Killed

This situation is a lot similar to Spider-Man’s origin. Obi-Wan chose not to help Nari and he died because of his inaction. With great power comes great responsibility, Obi-Wan.

Reva Is Behind Leia’s Kidnapping

It seems like Reva was the one who hired the mercenaries to kidnap Leia and it also seems like she knows that Leia is Anakin’s daughter. However, does she know that Darth Vader is Anakin Skywalker? Or does she think that Anakin is dead like everyone’s else? This is all a bit suspicious.

That’s Not Coruscant

From all the trailers, many fans were assuming that this planet would be Coruscant, but it turns out that it’s actually a planet named Daiyu. At the start of Episode 2, Obi-Wan is no longer on Tatooine.

The Clone Troopers Were Abandoned By The Empire

It looks like the Empire abandoned Clone Troopers who got old. Obi-Wan meets a former Clone Trooper and a Clone War vet asking for scraps on the streets of Daiyu. It’s a heartbreaking scene that mirrors real life and what happens to real life war veterans. However, it’s fun seeing Temuera Morrison (The Book Of Boba Fett) in this short cameo.

He also seems to be wearing the 501st Legion armour, which means that he must have been part of the legion under Anakin Skywalker and Commander Rex during the Clone Wars.

Kumail Nanjiani’s Haja

Kumail Nanjiani plays a con-man named Haja, who is pretending to be a Jedi to help people for compensation.

Another Callback To The Episode IV Leia Hologram

Obi-Wan’s position is similar to Leia’s in the hologram in Episode IV.

Oh, Reva Was Referring To Bail Organa As Leia’s Father, Not Anakin

Now that makes more sense. That was sneaky, writers.

Obi-Wan Says Leia Reminds Him Of Padme

He doesn’t say her name, but we all know what he meant when he said that Leia is just as fearless and stubborn as “she” was. It’s a heartbreaking scene for fans of the Star Wars Prequels.

Obi-Wan Learns That Anakin Is Still Alive

 

Reva tells Obi-Wan that Anakin is still alive.

Reva Kills The Grand Inquisitor

This is confusing. Reva kills the Grand Inquisitor. However, in the Star Wars Rebels animated series, he died in Season 1 Episodes 1 ‘Fire Across The Galaxy’ after losing to Kanan Jarrus and committing suicide.

Perhaps this explains why the Obi-Wan Kenobi version of the Grand Inquisitor looks so different from his Star Wars Rebels counterpart. Perhaps they’re not even the same person? Rupert Friend plays the Obi-Wan Kenobi version, while Jason Isaacs played the Rebels version, but fans assumed that they were one and the same before Obi-Wan Kenobi premiered.

Our First Look At Hayden Christensen As Darth Vader

At last, the end of Episode 2 gives us a glimpse at Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. We see him without his armour healing in the bacta tank, as he opens his eyes.

We have four episodes left and I hope they’re going to be just as epic as the first two. Until then, excelsior! Oh, and don’t forgot, Episode 3 onwards will premiere on Wednesdays starting from next week, not Fridays.

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