WARNING: The following contains spoilers from the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series.
There are so many little moments and details from the Star Wars limited series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, that deepened character dynamics, character development, or the overall story. In sharing a list of the ones that caught my attention last Friday, somehow, there was one that I had left off by accident, and found it wise to share on its own:
Obi-Wan’s Plea to Qui-Gon Jinn (Part III)
Throughout the series, Obi-Wan continues to make attempts at contacting his fallen master, Qui-Gon Jinn; for whom, as we found out at the end of Revenge of the Sith, learned to retain his consciousness as part of the living Force. Lost for direction, one instance takes place at the beginning of the third episode. While en route to Mapuzo on a cargo ship, Obi-Wan meditates in hopes of finally connecting with him. As the scene goes back and forth between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader getting suited up — a glimpse at what the former will soon be up against — we hear him say at one point, “Help me, Master Qui-Gon. Give me strength.”
Aside from indicating Obi-Wan’s fear at what his former friend has become, this line is reminiscent of a similar plea Princess Leia would make to her old friend years later: “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” While not as quotable, Obi-Wan’s plea gives insight into who he sees as his “only hope,” especially when most of the Jedi are no more. While he won’t successfully make contact with his master until the final moments of the series, I’d like to think that he was still motivated enough by what he learned under his guidance, to rise and become the Jedi master he was once more.
In times of turmoil, we look to those who came before us for inspiration. Obi-Wan is no different.
All episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are now streaming on Disney+.