It's been a long time coming but the wait is finally over. Fan-favorite Ewan McGregor is back as everyone's beloved Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in the new “Obi-Wan Kenobi“ series exclusively on Disney+.
About OBI-WAN KENOBI Episode 1
OBI-WAN KENOBI Episode 1 did not disappoint (unless you also wanted it to be longer) and it brought back some familiar faces and introduced some new ones.
Let's get into “Part One” with this “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Episode 1 Easter eggs and breakdown.
If you haven't seen Obi-Wan Kenobi” Episode 1, this is your spoiler warning.
OBI-WAN KENOBI EPISODE 1 EASTER EGGS and BREAKDOWN
Breaking our hearts at the moment the show opens, we are taken to a scene in the past when the young padawans are inside the Jedi Temple as Order 66 is executed. Clone troopers storm the Jedi Temple, the Jedi Master Minas Velti defends the children, the Velti dies, and we hear Emperor Palpatine's voice ring out “Execute Order 66.”
On Tatooine, about 10 years after the events of REVENGE OF THE SITH, we see the people going on about their daily lives until the Imperial Inquisitors' transport scythe appears. The Inquisitors are hunting for a Jedi hiding on the planet—and anywhere in the galaxy. While this group got their start in “Star Wars Rebels“—including the Fifth Brother (played by Sung Kang) and Grand Inquisitor (played by Rupert Friend) who appear in the series—they have also been featured in comics, novels, and are primary antagonists in Jedi: Fallen Order.
They do find a Jedi, but it is not Obi-Wan Kenobi.
We are introduced to Reva Sevander, a Third Sister with Force abilities. She has a personal vendetta against Kenobi and will do anything to draw him out of hiding.
When we see Obi-Wan Kenobi, he is in the desert of Tattooine working at a meatpacking factory. He steals a small piece of meat to take back to his Eopie (a camel-like creature). He heads home to his cave where a Jawa names Teeka is waiting for him.
The Jawa tells Obi-Wan next time he should bring soap because he could smell him from Anchorhead. Anchorhead is a small city on Tatooine that was first mentioned in A New Hope when Luke tells Old Ben he can take him there to get him a transport.
The Jawa sells him a toy T-16 Skyhopper.
After stripping an old Jedi ship, the Jawa also had an old lightsaber belt. Kenobi does not buy it.
That night, Obi-Wan dreams of the past. His dreams include flashbacks from the prequels such as Qui-Gon Jinn's death, the fight with Anakin on Mustafar, Padme giving birth, Yoda, and a young Anakin. As he awakens, he is calling out to Master Qui-Gon.
Obi-Wan rides out to the Lars Homestead to check on Luke. Luke is sitting on top of the house practicing his flying skills. That night, Obi-Wan leaves the toy T-16 at the house for Luke.
Going home, someone is watching him. It is the Jedi from earlier, Nari. Obi-Wan tells him to forget the past and try to live a normal life. “The time of the Jedi is over.”
Meanwhile, on Alderaan, Breha Organa (Simone Kessell) is looking for Leia. Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) is in the woods, watching ships come in and out with her droid LOLA. Someone is watching her.
Leia mentions one of the ships may have Merson Pirates. Merson Pirates are a group of space pirates that first appeared in issue #24 of the old Marvel Star Wars comic in the 1980s and became canon in Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars Role-Playing Game in 2019’s Rise of the Separatists expansion.
Kenobi has finished another day at the meatpacking line and returns to his Eopie. Owen Lars (played by Joel Edgerton) is waiting for him and tells him to stay away from Luke. Obi-Wan tells him “when the time comes he must be trained.”
As Ben and Obi-Wan are talking, the Inquisitors arrive and Reva harasses Owen, looking for information about the Jedi. The Grand Inquisitor reveals Reva is obsessed with Kenobi and that she thinks she is owed something. She learned of the connection between Kenobi and Senator Bail Organa during the Clone Wars, and she hires a gang to kidnap Princess Leia Organa.
Back on Alderaan, Senator Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) talks to Leia about what she saw while starship spotting. She mentions Aquillian Rangers. This deep-cut reference is from George Lucas’ second draft of Star Wars: the Aquillian Rangers were warriors for the Rebel Alliance who carried “laser swords” and could use the Force, but weren’t Jedi. The Bail character from that draft was one of them. Bail says they were probably hunting Merson Pirates.
At the party, C-3PO is seen among the guests. on Alderaan. Also among the guests are other Organa family members including Duchess Celly Organa, Duke Tayo Organa, and their son Niano. Celly takes her origins as Leia’s aunt in the old Expanded Universe novel, Children of the Jedi, and popped up in various other material (even in comic form) throughout the years after.
The Organas tell Leia she must apologize to her cousin and she said she'd rather be eaten by a jackobeast. This large, force-sensitive creature originated in the Star Wars role-playing game and was used to repel attackers.
Bail refers to raising Leia being similar to raising a Glor-ag. Glor-ags are referenced in the old Star Wars Adventure Journals from the West End roleplaying game. Adventure Journal #10 features a short story, “Wanted by Cracken,” that makes reference to a Quarren who rode Glor-ags.
Bail also makes a reference to the Purrgil, a space-whale creature originally seen in Star Wars Rebels.
Senator Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) tries to convince a stubborn Leia to apologize to her cousin.
She refuses and runs back into the woods. She is kidnapped by three baddies. The lead bounty hunter, Vect Nokru, is played by Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
On Tatooine, Kenobi's communicator is beeping. The Organas have contacted him to help them find Leia. The transmission is similar to the one seen in A New Hope that Leia sends him. Kenobi doubts his own abilities and tells them to find someone else for the mission.
After another day at work, Kenobi returns to town and finds the younger Jedi, Nari, hanging in the town, dead. When Kenobi returns to his cave, Bail is waiting for him. He tells him the kidnappers are headed to Daiyu. Daiyu is a new planet in the Star Wars universe.
Bail tells Obi-Wan, “You couldn't save Anakin but you can save her.” “One last fight.”
Kenobi goes out into the desert and digs up Anakin's lightsaber and his own lightsaber.
The kidnappers contact Reva, who had them take Leia because of her father's connections to Kenobi.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, lightsaber at his side, boards the transport ship to Daiyu.
Kenobi episodes 1 and 2 are now streaming on Disney+.