‘Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Easter Eggs – Everything We Saw in Ep. 5
Flashbacks and backstories abound in Obi-Wan Kenobi episode five as we gear up for next week’s season finale.
This post will contain heavy spoilers for the entirety of episode 4.
Flashback Anakin and Obi-Wan
This episode spends a fair amount of time flashing back to a sparring match between a Padawan Anakin Skywalker and a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi. The scenes are generally short and take up comparatively little of the total episode, but there are a few meaningful details worth pointing out. Aside from Hayden Christensen having to put back on Anakin’s Padawan braid at 40 years old.
When the scene beings Anakin is looking out over the Coruscant skyline, and he seems to be giving extra attention to a tall building in the distance that bears a strong resemblance to the skyscraper we know Padme lives in. As they battle, who seems to have the upper hand switches a few times until Anakin disarms (not literally) Obi-Wan and says, “Your weapon’s gone; it’s over.” Which is all very reminiscent to Kenobi telling Anakin a few years later, “It’s over Anakin. I have the high ground,” before disarming him (literally). In both cases it was over but not in Anakin’s favor.
We learned in episode five that those younglings from episode one were, in fact, some of the same younglings Anakin kills in Revenge of the Sith. Reva was one of those children and only survived by playing dead when her friends were killed and escaping when the coast was clear. It was something many of guessed early on or inferred as the episodes progressed, but hearing her tell the story from her perspective is a tragic reminder of what the rise of the Empire meant for the individuals involved.
More Names On the Wall
There’s another Aurebesh-covered wall in episode five for eagle-eyed fans to read. Or, more likely, pause and pour over screenshots of. My Aurebesh has gotten rusty, but there are a few notable names carved into the wall. Djinn Atlis, Corwin Shelvay, and Roganda Ismaren are all force users from Star Wars Legends. Drake Lo’gaan was a Padawan from a 2000’s Clone Wars comic from on Starwars.com, and Tiberus could reference Tiberus Anderlock, a Jedi pilot from Star Wars Galaxies, a 2003 online PC game. Supposedly, all of these characters are officially back in the canon and alive. Or were at some point in the last ten in-canon years.
Vader’s Precognition Powers
Many characters this episode either forgot or don’t seem to know that Vader has precognition. Explored in the Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy, we learn that Anakin and later Vader have the ability to take a peek into the future. The Chiss call this “third sight” and use it for something akin to astrogating and piloting through unknown regions of space. Vader is also gifted with precognition and it makes him a hard individual to surprise or sneak up on.
Kenobi pitches to Reva the idea of teaming up to fight Vader once he learns of her tragic backstory and secret reason for hating the Sith Lord. The Third Sister makes a good point when she asks why Obi-Wan thinks they can pull a fast one on Vader. And she turns out to be right. The transport ship only barely escapes thanks to a clever visual trick – and a ship-force-pull-down that’s straight out of The Force Unleashed. But when Reva tries to attack Vader she isn’t even able to land the first surprise blow.
Vader’s very strong connection to the Force comes up again after Reva tries to take him on in one-on-one battle. It becomes clear that Darth Vader either knew the entire time that Reva as a child had survived and who she was as an Inquisitor or quickly caught up with her memories in real time. He know who she is, where she came from, and why she was so ready to turn on him. And he was entirely unsurprised by the betrayal.
The Grand Inquisitor is Back and Luke is in Trouble
Those of us who have watched Star Wars: Rebels knew that the Grand Inquisitor was far from dead. He turns up in that show, about five in-canon years after Obi-Wan Kenobi, as one of the early primary antagonists. In all likelihood he was resting in a bacta bath for the last few days. When Reva messed up, he took the opportunity to dramatically retake his position as Grand Inquisitor.
Reva’s unceremonious firing was followed very quickly by her finding the damaged holo that Bail Organa had sent to Obi-Wan. There’s a little information about “him finding out about the kids” and “the boy on Tatooine,” and we’re left to wonder where this will take the season finale. We know from the Darth Vader comics that Vader doesn’t learn about the existence of Luke Skywalker for another tenish years. Instead, we’re thinking that Reva is going to go after Luke on Tatooine.
What do you think will happen in the finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi? Have you been enjoying the show so far or did you hope for something different? Were there any details or Easter Eggs you noticed that we didn’t highlight? Let us know in the comments!
May The Force Be With You, Adventures!