The Star Wars prequels didn’t get a lot of things of right. In fact, they barely got anything right. The one thing all of us Star Wars fans can definitely agree on when it comes to the prequels however is that Obi-Wan Kenobi was the highlight of that trilogy. Obi-Wan was an immediate icon after Alec Guinness portrayed the Jedi Master so flawlessly in A New Hope, earning him an Oscar Nomination for his stunning and unforgettable performance. He appeared as barely more than a cameo in the next two installments in the original trilogy but his impact on the films was monumental. When it was announced that George Lucas would be making another trilogy and people found out they were going to have a young version of the iconic Obi-Wan Kenobi I’m sure Star Wars fans were highly skeptical.
With the ingenious casting of Ewan McGregor all of that worry was flushed down the drain as he perfectly portrayed a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the trilogy. He made the movies worth watching and his scenes in the movies were ridiculously enjoyable.
So today, on this segment of The Defining Moments, I’m going to talk about Obi-Wan Kenobi’s journey throughout the seven films that he has graced, whether it’s in a major role or a tiny cameo that’s barely noticeable. Be Warned. I would like to let you know, Obi-Wan has had an extensive history so this will be a longread. I thank you for acknowledging this warning. Enjoy!
1. Sensing the Dark Side
While Qui-Gon was immersed in the moment Obi-Wan was already displaying his strong gift with the Force, for he could sense that something was wrong far quicker than his master could. This moment highlights that even as a Padawan he was already very intuitive, a gift that would help him many times before his life’s end.
2. “The boy is dangerous.”
Before Obi-Wan Kenobi took Anakin Skywalker as his padawan he, like the rest of the Jedi Council, knew that there was something very dangerous about the Force-sensitive boy. He tried to convey his concerns to his master, Qui-Gon Jin, but the warning fell on deaf ears. He had no idea how right he would end up being.
3. Defeating Darth Maul
After seeing Qui-Gon defeated by the powerful Sith Lord, Darth Maul it was the first time that he let hate fuel him in battle. He ferociously fought Maul but ultimately got beaten, for he couldn’t channel his hatred as well as the trained Sith. In the final moments before Darth Maul was about to finish him off once and for all he managed to use the Force to propel himself upwards, he Force pulled Qui-Gon’s lightsaber to him, and slice! Darth Maul was supposedly no more. This was the ultimate test for him as a Jedi padawan and he passed with flying colors.