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Fans appreciate ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ adding new layers to this ‘Return of the Jedi’ scene

'Obi-Wan Kenobi' just brought a whole new meaning to a classic 'Star Wars' scene.

Warning: the article contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi episode five.

For some fans, Obi-Wan Kenobi has arguably achieved something any great prequel story should: adding additional meaning to the source material that elevates and enhances the original experience.

Specifically, a moment in the throne room scene in Return of the Jedi is what one fan pointed to as now having a renewed context, thanks to the Disney Plus spinoff Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Warning: the following contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Now that we’re safely on the other side of all the spoiler warnings, we can freely discuss the fact that episode five of Obi-Wan Kenobi featured an epic lightsaber sparring session between Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen’s pre-Darth Vader Anakin Skywalker, back when he was a Padawan (Jedi-in-training) around the Attack of the Clones era, via a flashback.

It was Reddit user u/SanguineBlade’s assessment that the content of the latest Obi-Wan Kenobi episode brought “a whole new meaning” to the Return of the Jedi scene in which Vader tells Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, “Obi-Wan has taught you well.”

Not only does Luke have the famous “high ground” that Obi-Wan utilized to successfully bisect Anakin, after he turned to the Dark Side, on the lava shores of Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith, but the Obi-Wan Kenobi scene also added another layer to the scene.

The original poster later explained their interpretation, with Luke de-activating his lightsaber in the duel paralleling the way in which Obi-Wan defeated Anakin in the sparring session, despite being disarmed from his own lightsaber at the time (Obi-Wan used force powers to pull Anakin’s lightsaber from his grasp, from afar, in the scene).

Like “Part V” of Obi-Wan Kenobi taught us, sometimes cleverness, not firepower, can win you the upper hand in a battle, at least when it comes to the world of Star Wars.

The finale for Obi-Wan Kenobi comes to Disney Plus on June 22.

Danny Peterson
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Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'