Obi-Wan Kenobi: Everything you need to watch and read ahead of the new Star Wars show

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Obi-Wan Kenobi may not be a Skywalker, but no one – not even Yoda – is more integral to Anakin and Luke’s long saga than the legendary Jedi master.

From fighting in the Clone Wars to returning from the dead as a Force ghost, he’s had front row seats to the most crucial events in this galaxy far, far away, but the imminent start of his Obi-Wan Kenobi’s own TV show on Disney Plus will put him firmly in the limelight.

Ahead of the new series, we’ve scoured the existing Star Wars canon to put together a guide to the movies, TV episodes, comics, and novels you need to watch/read to understand what makes Obi-Wan Kenobi tick. They are listed in canonical order and you can rest assured that there are plenty of front spoiler

Episode I: The Phantom Menace (movie)

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A fresh-faced Obi-Wan is just the learner as he accompanies Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn to intervene in cinema’s most infamous business dispute. Along the way, he befriends the ill-fated Gungan Jar-Jar Binks and begins a decades-long feud with angry Sith Lord Darth Maul, whose vendetta kicks off after Kenobi cuts him in half. But the biggest turning point comes when the Padawan agrees to Qui-Gon’s deathbed request to train preteen Anakin Skywalker in the ways of the Force, against the wishes of the Jedi Council – and despite many doubts.

Available on Disney+

Episode II: Attack of the Clones (movie)

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Obi-Wan has never been more fun than he is as a Jedi Knight at the height of his powers in Episode II. Whether he’s using mental tricks to get a drug dealer to rethink his life choices, or saying Anakin is going to be his death, there’s a levity to the character that we rarely see elsewhere. For much of the film, he plays detective, uncovering the dark cases that led to the secret formation of the Clone Army and coming face-to-face with Jango Fett and his cloned son, Boba. It’s in his scenes with Sith Lord Count Dooku, however, that he’s really tested – although, of course, you never really believe that a Jedi as noble as Kenobi would be tempted by the dark side.

Available on Disney+

Brotherhood (novel)

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Set right after Attack of the Clones, Mike Chen’s novel (released May 10, 2022) sees Obi-Wan and Anakin grapple with changes in relationship dynamics now that the young Skywalker is a full-fledged Jedi. The book addresses Kenobi’s feelings about his ex-Padawan’s relationship with Senator Padmé, while also addressing the reasons for the shorter haircut he sports in Revenge of the Sith. (Yes really…)

Available on Amazon and other booksellers

The Clone Wars: Mandalorian Storyline (TV)

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If a prize were awarded for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi more than anyone else, it wouldn’t go to Alec Guinness or even Ewan McGregor – the winner would be James Arnold Taylor, who voiced the Jedi at course of seven seasons of The Clone Wars. The anime series showcases Kenobi’s skills as a soldier, but it’s arguably the show’s many Mandalore-focused episodes that are the most instructive. They reveal that he once had a platonic romance with Satine Kryze, sister of Bo-Katan of The Mandalorian and pacifist leader of the planet until she was murdered by (the former Dark) Maul. Obi-Wan’s relationship with Satine may explain his tolerance of his apprentice’s forbidden romance with Padmé.

Available on Disney+

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (movie)

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Palpatine’s grand plan to corrupt Anakin Skywalker involves keeping him away from Obi-Wan – clearly a friendly word from his former mentor could have saved him from turning to the dark side. Kenobi’s duel with the new Darth Vader is arguably the most emotionally charged track in the franchise, especially when he lets his fallen ex-comrade burn. Anakin’s relationship with Padmé may have eased his fall from grace, but the end of his friendship with Obi-Wan is more tragic and believable. By the end of the film, Obi-Wan is living in exile, though he also has a duty from Yoda to keep him busy when he’s not watching over young Luke Skywalker. And who knows? Being one with the Force might come in handy later…

Available on Disney+

The Clone Wars finale (TV)

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The final four episodes of The Clone Wars (“Old Friends Not Forgotten”, “The Phantom Apprentice”, “Shattered” and “Victory and Death”) are among the best in its series, fitting in perfectly with the events of Revenge Of The Sith. With the action centered on Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a player in his own right, but a conversation between the two – where he asks Ahsoka to tell Anakin about his dubious assignment as Palpatine’s bodyguard – opens up another ” and if ? time for this galaxy far, far away. Would things have turned out differently if she had managed to have this conversation with her former teacher? Obi-Wan clearly senses that something is wrong, but is hopelessly helpless to do anything about it.

Available on Disney+

Obi-Wan Kenobi (TV)

Set roughly a decade after the events of Revenge Of Sith, the six-part Obi-Wan Kenobi series will find its eponymous hero living a life of solitude on Tatooine. Where his adventures will take him remains a mystery, but we do know that they will involve Darth Vader and the sinister Inquisitors sent by the Empire to hunt down fugitive Jedi.

Available on Disney Plus from May 27

Excerpt from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Diaries (comic book)

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This trade paperback collects the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi editions of Marvel’s canonical Star Wars comics. It’s a mix of flashbacks to Kenobi’s Padawan days and Old Ben’s exploits on Tatooine – including an encounter with Wookiee guest star from The Book of Boba Fett, Black Krrsantan.

Available from Marvel Comics

Obi-Wan (comic)

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This new ongoing Marvel series (written by Christopher Cantwell, with art by Ario Adindito, Luke Ross, Alessandro Miracolo, Madibek Musabekov and Phil Noto) also sees Old Ben reminiscing about the old days from the comfort of his Dune Sea cabin. . The stories will visit different parts of his life, from his time as a youngster to adventures with Qui-Gon and Anakin.

Available from Marvel Comics

Star Wars Rebels (TV)

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Rebels is notable for giving us our first canon sighting of the Inquisitors, but it also features a pivotal appearance from Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Season 3 episode “Twin Suns.” As the fledgling Rebel Alliance prepares to battle the Empire on Lothal, Maul tricks aspiring Jedi Ezra Bridger into leading him to his old rival on Tatooine. Three decades after that memorable encounter on Naboo, Kenobi belatedly completes the job and later admits to a dying Maul that he is on a mission to protect the chosen one of the Jedi prophecy, a certain Luke Skywalker. (Although James Arnold Taylor returns to voice a hologram of young Kenobi, Stephen Stanton does a decent impression of Alec Guinness as an older version of the character.)

Available on Disney+

Episode IV: A New Hope (movie)

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Not only has he spent the past two decades watching over Luke Skywalker, old Ben Kenobi has plenty of story work to do when the teenager visits his hut. When the movie came out, he was the only Jedi we’ve ever met, and he deftly explains all we need to know about a mystical energy field known as the Force, before persuading Luke to follow him into a goddamn idealistic crusade to save a princess. After confronting his former student, Darth Vader, Kenobi sacrifices himself, but ultimately becomes more powerful than you can imagine, giving Luke some helpful pep talks from beyond the grave.

Available on Disney+

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (movie)

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Obi-Wan also appears in spectral form in The Empire Strikes Back, ordering Luke to continue his training with Yoda on Dagobah, but his appearance in Return of the Jedi is far more important to the overall saga. Here, he reactivates exposition mode to explain Anakin Skywalker’s pre-Darth Vader story, tells Luke that Leia is his sister, and reminds us that nearly all Star Wars beliefs depend on your own perspective. He also reunited with Anakin and Yoda at the “we blew up the Death Star!” party on Endor.

Available on Disney+

Episodes VII-IX: Sequel trilogy (movies)

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Technically, Obi-Wan doesn’t appear in the more recent Star Wars movies, but he’s clearly still communing with the Force. During Rey’s lightsaber-induced vision in The Force Awakens, we hear clips of Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness saying, “Rey…those are your first steps.” (Ingeniously, Guinness’ “Rey” segment is taken from the word “fear,” as it’s pronounced in the original trilogy.) Kenobi is also one of many disembodied Jedi voices that show up to inspire Rey at the end. from The Rise of Skywalker. .

Available on Disney+

The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi air on Disney Plus starting Friday, May 27.

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