Especially in Star Wars 3 Revenge of the Sith Why Obi-Wan is the best prequel figure

Especially in “Star Wars 3: Revenge of the Sith”: Why Obi-Wan is the best prequel figure

In no other prequel film shows as much as in “Episode 3”: With Obi-Wan, Ewan McGregor and George Lucas have created the best character in the trilogy. Obi-Wan is empathetic, mischievous, saucool – and has a tragic story.



The “Star Wars” prequels are often and rightly accused of being stiff: the actors acted in front of blue and green screens while they were saying stilted sentences that George Lucas had come up with – who says of himself Not being a good screenwriter (and who let others help write the original trilogy).

But the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor, isn’t stiff at all. On the contrary: He is one of the main characters in the prequel trilogy who is still fondly remembered today, 15 years after “Star Wars 3: Revenge of the Sith”.

There is a reason why Obi-Wan of all people is celebrated with memes and he should get his own series on Disney. He’s a guy who combines three elements that no other prequel figure offers in this combination:

Obi-Wan is personable, cool – and has an interesting, tragic story.

Obi-Wan is personable, cool – and has an interesting, tragic story.

The likeable Obi-Wan

In “Episode 3” Obi-Wan, who was still a hot-headed Padawan in “Episode 1” (and a lousy detective in “Episode 2”), has matured into a sympathetic mentor figure: he has grown old and experienced enough to be one However, having some wisdom has retained the gentle irony with which he reacts to the madness around him:

It’s great how he refuses to go to the meeting with the politicians after the rescue of Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) to Anakin (Hayden Christensen): Obi is talking to himself. a los movies. out that he’s far too modest for the upcoming adulation – but in reality he just doesn’t feel like this meeting with the politicians, and even the otherwise serious Anakin can only grin knowingly about it.

More importantly, Obi-Wan shows feelings and empathy. Like his master Qui-Gon (Liam Neeson), he is likely to be one of those who secretly know that the strict rules of the Jedi Order, which prohibit love relationships, are problematic.

Yes, Obi-Wan admonishes Anakin in “Episode 2” that he should suppress his personal feelings for Padmé (Natalie Portman), but in “Episode 3” it is Obi-Wan who is Anakin after the brutal final duel as “brother.” “Means whom he loved. So he himself has formed a bond that is too tight according to the stupid rules of the Jedi, simply because it’s human.

And before that, when Padmé confirmed to Obi-Wan non-verbally that the fallen Anakin is the father of their unborn children, he reacts with sympathy instead of censure.

The cool Obi-Wan

For this point it is sufficient to show a scene from “Star Wars 3”. In this picture Obi’s hairstyle comes into its own (his best in the prequels, where he first had to wear a goofy padawan braid and then in “Episode 2” a hairstyle where the hair is just too long at the back) – and good too The really cool “I’m ready” pose with which he opens the fight several times in “Episode 3” comes into its own:

The tragic Obi-Wan

Sure, at first glance Anakin Skywalker is the character of the “Star Wars” prequels, who is shaken by tragic circumstances: Anakin loses his mother and changes to the dark side so that he doesn’t lose Padmé as well (which, however, does exactly that causes). Basically, Obi-Wan got it much worse:

He loses his mentor Qui-Gon, his student and brother Anakin and most of his order – and unlike Anakin, Obi-Wan does not contribute to the great downfall through destructive, selfish behavior.

Anyone who has watched the animated series “The Clone Wars” knows that Obi-Wan’s losses are even greater as his beloved Satine Kryz, Duchess of Mandalore, is being executed by Darth Maul in front of his eyes. Obi-Wan’s mental resilience and belief in the good were tested at the end of “Star Wars: Episode 3” like hardly any other character, but he continues anyway.

Like so many other fans, I can’t wait to see Obi-Wan again in his own series on Disney, of course played again by Ewan McGregor, who will be a little wiser there, but is definitely just as mischievous as before. “Hello there!”

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