Posted by Liam on August 7, 2022 at 08:32 AM CST
Hey there, Rebelscum fans! This week on the site we’re heading into the trenches of Jabiim, the muddy Outer Rim world where Obi-Wan Kenobi had some of his greatest adventures in both the Legends and Canon timelines. Stay tuned throughout the week for more insights on the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series, as well as videos, articles, lists, and merchandising updates on this exciting chapter in the Star Wars universe.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has quickly proven to be one of the best additions to the Star Wars franchise since the purchase of Lucasfilm by Walt Disney Studios in 2012. The series closed the thematic gap between Obi-Wan’s appearances in Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and explained why Obi-Wan would have told Luke that Vader “killed” his father. Although it's the type of series that works for casual fans of the franchise, massive Star Wars buffs have appreciated the references to the Expanded Universe, including the return of the planet Jabiim. Check out our “Force Facts” about Jabiim and Obi-Wan Kenobi!

  • Liam Neeson finally got to return to the role of Qui-Gon Jinn in the final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Jinn had been written into the original script for Revenge of the Sith, but Neeson was unable to film the scenes due to a shooting conflict with Batman Begins.

  • Ironically, Neeson did end up playing a ghost in the other franchise. He returned to the role of Ra’s Al Ghul for a cameo in The Dark Knight Rises.

  • Neeson *did* return to play Qui-Gon during an episode of The Clone Wars where Obi-Wan experiences a vision on the planet Mortis. Dave Filoni revealed that Neeson requested a minor dialogue change, as he felt that it would be more in character for Qui-Gon to approach his former padawan with a personal greeting.

  • During his travels through the secret passageways, Obi-Wan notices that several Jedi have scrolled their names and confirmed their survival of Order 66. Among them is the popular Expanded Universe Jedi Quinlan Vos, who returned in The Clone Wars to help Obi-Wan search for Ziro the Hutt.

  • Jimmy Smits returned once more to play Bail Organa, but he’s never made it a secret that he loves the character. Before he appeared in Rogue One, Smits returned to voice Bail in the 2008 video game The Force Unleashed.

  • You may have noticed that the writing credits for the last two Obi-Wan Kenobi episodes are shared by Andrew Stanton. Stanton is a long time Disney favorite, having directed A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Finding Dory, and the underrated sci-fi adventure John Carter.

  • During the Last Stand on Jabiim story arc, Anakin’s fellow padawan A’Shared Hett reveals that it was his Tusken Raider village that was responsible for the death of Shmi Skywalker. A’Shared Hett would become the Sith Lord Darth Krayt in the Legacy comic series.

  • Joel Edgerton returned to the Star Wars franchise as Owen Lars. Edgerton got his breakout role in Attack of the Clones, but in the two decades since, he’s become one of the best actors of his generation. Edgerton even stepped behind the camera to direct the critically acclaimed films The Gift and Boy Erased.

  • Originally, Deborah Chow intended for Darth Maul to be the main antagonist of Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, Filoni and Faverau pushed her to “go bigger” and make Vader the main villain.

  • Among the inspirations for Obi-Wan Kenobi was the work of Akira Kurosowa, the legendary Japanese filmmaker whose films has inspired George Lucas when he was writing A New Hope.
What do you think, Rebelscum fans? Did Obi-Wan Kenobi live up to your expectations? Would you like to see a second season? Let us know in the forums, and as always, may the Force be with you!

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