With Disney’s “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series set to premiere later this month, here’s my predictions for the series.
Material from the “Jedi Apprentice” book series will be re-canonized
In this series, Obi-Wan Kenobi will go from being an important secondary character like he was in the films, to the series’ main character, and as such, it will probably establish more of his backstory, including why he joined the Jedi order, what his life was like before, as well as his early days as an apprentice to Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn.
All of this stuff is important to know in order to understand where he came from and how he got to where he is in the series. Disney could come up with a completely new backstory for him, although there is little need to do so; Kenobi’s early years are already excellently documented in the “Jedi Apprentice” book series, in which his journey parallels Anakin’s in many ways (he got a master very late, and there was a lot of concerns about him being fit for the order, which he overcame).
Right now, the “Jedi Apprentice” books are technically “Legends” material, but Disney has recently been pulling more content from the Star Wars Expanded Universe (like the inclusion of the EU character Black Krrsantan in “The Book of Boba Fett”). It would also be a wise move, especially if Disney isn’t able to come up with something better.
It is possible that they will only flash back to his time as a Jedi and apprentice, but I think it would be wise for the series to dig a little deeper into his origins.
There will be an Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader fight, and Vader will lose badly
You don’t bring back Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen as Kenobi and Darth Vader without having the two have an epic fight at the end, and there is nothing in the original trilogy preventing such an encounter from happening before “Episode IV — A New Hope.”
Both of course have to get out of the fight alive in order to appear later in “A New Hope,” and I think at this point in time Kenobi would still have the upper hand on Vader — I would argue that even in Episode IV, Vader never truly surpasses him.
Vader, having large parts of his body being machine, can take a lot of punishment and damage, and I predict that we will see a heavily battle-damaged version of him by the fight’s end. I think Kenobi’s presence will unbalance Vader and allow Kenobi to take control of the fight, similarly to what his former apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, did in “Star Wars: Rebels,” which takes place a little after this series.
Kenobi will clash with Inquisitors, but only a few will die
This series needs lightsaber fights, and it doesn’t make sense for Kenobi to fight Vader every other episode — that’s something they should save for the finale. Thankfully, the Imperial Inquisitors we see in the show’s trailer should fulfill that need.
Because “Star Wars: Rebels” takes place after this series, we know that some Inquisitors — like the Grand Inquisitor — will survive this show in order to appear in that one. If there are any casualties, it will come in the form of any Inquisitors that don’t appear in “Rebels.”
Kenobi’s contempt for flying will be brought up
In the prequels, director George Lucas made it a point to constantly bring up the fact that Kenobi doesn’t like flying, and I think this will also be present in this series, for comedic effect.
I’m also predicting that Kenobi will say at least one “Another happy landing.” This series is meant to appeal to prequel fans, so I’m expecting a decent amount of callbacks to those films.
There will be at least a few fanservice characters
Disney’s live action “Star Wars” shows have had a streak in indulging in fanservice characters from places like “Clone Wars” and the EU, and I have no doubt that there will be at least a few instances in this one.
Will Darth Maul make an appearance? I sure hope not, particularly because it will probably ruin where they took his character in “Rebels.” Will Liam Neeson come back as force ghost Qui-Gon Jinn? He’s denied it, but it would make a lot of sense, and in canon, we know he communicated with him to learn the secrets of becoming a force ghost.
I suspect, though, that neither might appear, but we will get very minor characters from other “Star Wars” properties — like the Martez sisters or Hondo Ohnaka from “The Clone Wars” — that will function as a means to get Kenobi from point A to point B, or to serve as support characters.
Film fans will complain about references to the animated shows
With other Star Wars live action shows, there were complaints from film fans about how Disney supposedly overstuffed them with characters from “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels” — complaints I dismiss because for the most part, they work fine and are very much a part of the mythos of the series.
Especially with Kenobi, a lot of his backstory was fleshed out in “The Clone Wars,” so it’s fair game to make reference to events that happened then and to include characters from that show, as well as “Rebels,” which takes place shortly after “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” And I predict that when they do, the same, tired complaints from “Mandalorian” Season 2 and “The Book of Boba Fett” at their inclusion will arise.
The notion that only the 9 episodic theatrical films are “real Star Wars” is narrow-minded and wrong, and one that I will continue to ignore when this series premieres.
The finale will feel rushed, again proving that six episodes is not enough for a season of television
If you’ve followed my coverage of the other Star Wars and Marvel Disney Plus shows, you’ll know that I’m not a fan of six-episode seasons. I just feel like it doesn’t leave enough room to properly establish the characters and setting, while setting up a satisfying finale.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” will have episodes that are about an hour long, so there is some hope that this will be enough. But if it doesn’t find its footing by episodes two or three, it’ll make for a rushed and awkward finale.
Because this seems to be the norm for these live action shows, I’m expected “Obi-Wan Kenobi” to be the same, but I hope that I’ll be pleasantly surprised.