Who’s Your Favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most beloved Star Wars characters for one simple reason; he’s awesome. He wowed fans when he was introduced as the Star Wars version of the Wizard Merlin in A New Hope. And he was easily the coolest character in the often harangued prequel trilogy. So, on this week’s segment of Who’s Your Favorite I’m tackling one of the greatest Jedi that has ever lived; Obi-Wan Kenobi. Enjoy!

Classic Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Obi-Wan Kenobi might’ve died in A New Hope but he lived on in ghost form throughout the classic trilogy, randomly delivering Luke wisdom and being awesome. One of my favorite scenes in The Empire Strikes Back is when Obi-Wan Kenobi visits Luke in Hoth. It’s the first time we see Obi-Wan in physical ghost form and it’s always fascinated me seeing him standing in the snowy gloom telling Luke to go to the Dagobah system. Old Obi-Wan is awesome.

New Obi-Wan Kenobi

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I grew up on the young Obi-Wan Kenobi and I have to say, even with all of the prequel’s faults and annoyances Ewan Mcgregor’s take on the beloved Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi was 100% superb. He took a character that, for the most part, didn’t have a lot to do in the original trilogy and made him just as lovable, perhaps even more so, than the original Obi-Wan.

His story was exciting to watch during the prequel trilogy and he was even awesome in The Clone Wars series. All in all, Obi-Wan Kenobi will always be one of my favorite Star Wars characters.

So, which of the two Obi-Wans is your favorite? Mine is the young Obi-Wan Kenobi because he was such a bright light in the sometimes murky prequels. When the prequels could be annoying at times Obi-Wan always managed to make me smile.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and I thank you for reading. Have a beautiful day and May the Force be with you.

 

3 thoughts on “Who’s Your Favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi?”

  1. It’s kind of funny, because the one consistent trait about Obi-Wan is that he’s a tragic figure throughout. And in both the originals and prequels, his fundamental tragic flaw is that he’s consistently wrong about Anakin/Vader.

    In the prequels, he takes the “glass half full” side and doesn’t see it coming when he becomes Vader. And this leads to significant costs for the galaxy and billions of people dead.

    In the originals, he swings to “glass half empty” and can’t imagine Vader doing anything redeeming. And perhaps the only redeeming thing Vader can do is to end the Emperor and himself. Expecting the galaxy to truly forgive him is too much. In some respects, the movies perhaps ask us to forgive him… and really, we shouldn’t. What, if Hermann Goering had thrown Hitler off a cliff, we should forgive his role in the Holocaust and the bombing of London? Not really. But Kenobi can’t even see Vader doing his place to end the Empire.

    And, let’s be real: in all likelihood, if Vader doesn’t kill the Emperor, the Rebels probably don’t win. The Emperor and his subtle influence with the dark side of the Force was always a bigger part of how the Empire than is openly shown. In one of the now-apocryphal EU novels, Thrawn even sardonically points out to an Imperial survivor from Endor that they let a Rebel force they had outnumbered about 10:1 in ships, minimum, PLUS an offensively operational Death Star for artillery support, completely clean their clocks at Endor. Prior to the Emperor’s death, this looks grim. After his death, it all falls apart.

    It’s similar to Vader’s influence on the construction itself. I mean, what’s he really doing? It’s all about the Force. As Kenobi says, it has a strong influence on the weak minded… and the Emperor and Vader have been quietly exerting this influence throughout the trilogy. Once they’re gone (the Emperor by dying, Vader by ceasing to do it), even a vastly superior fighting force can’t win a battle that they previously couldn’t lose.

    So… yeah. It’s too much to expect that the galaxy can forgive Vader. Apparently were to assume that the Force can. To be honest, this strikes me as Lucas over-romanticizing Vader’s sacrifice — which is one reason Rise of Skywalker makes Return of the Jedi worse, because now even THAT small thread of redemption is severed.

    But it must be said that Kenobi didn’t think Vader could let Anakin back out. Neither did Yoda. Both of them assumed the dark side had consumed Vader forever. In some respects, perhaps the story would’ve ended better if they’d been right. It’s frankly a little messed up that the film expects us to forgive Vader just by throwing the Emperor down a reactor shaft. However, in some respects, it doesn’t… he still pays for it with his life. If Vader had lived, that would’ve been a lot more problematic.

    However, this is all incidental to Obi-Wan, other than him being consistently wrong. And the naive one who’s consistently wrong in a positive direction (McGregor) is just easier to watch than the broken man who’s consistently wrong in a negative one (Guinness).

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  2. I think they both bring something unique to the saga each in their own way even though the same character is portrayed at different points in his life. Younger Obi-Wan seemed a lot more idealistic about things whereas the older Obi-Wan seemed a little less so. Taking into account what each of them had seen and experienced. Even after years of self-imposed exile, Obi-Wan was still as caring about Luke and the galaxy as he ever was proving yet again, why Obi-Wan is so easily loved by fans.

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