A New Hope for Qui-Gon in Obi-Wan Series?
Possible spoilers ahead for Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi….
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Disney Plus: Hello Qui-Gon?
Here’s my “warm” take:
Qui-Gon Jinn will make a ghostly appearance (or perhaps in a flashback).
Courageous, I know. I am out on a very thick limb. After all, does anyone actually believe that Liam Neeson didn’t have any clue what was going on in Star Wars, currently?
Do we really think that one of the most popular characters EVER in the nine-movie franchise wouldn’t appear (even just for licensing’s sake)?
Of course, we posted about Neeson’s “tooling” with people about Star Wars, previously:
And, early last year Neeson spoke very fondly of Star Wars: Episode I and his colleagues:
However, as often happens. Each new piece of Star Wars media adds to our understanding of the overall story. And, with the addition of Kristin Baver’s Skywalker: A Family At War we are reminded that Obi-Wan Kenobi speaks with Qui-Gon Jinn through the force.
A Ghostly Presence
As you remember, Qui-Gon was Obi-Wan’s mentor, killed by then Darth Maul in the climax of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
And I say reminded, because:
- Yoda tells Kenobi that Jinn has this power in Star Wars: Renge of the Sith.
- Qui-Gon visits Ben on Tatooine in the Star Wars story collection, From A Certain Point Of View – “Master And Apprentice.”
Now, Baver’s tome places Obi-Wan’s ability to confer with his master about 10 years into his time on Tatooine, which makes it about nine years before R2D2 arrives with the plans.
Jinn Visits Ben
At THAT time, Master Jinn describes his former padawan (as written by Claudia Gray):
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hair has turned white. Lines have etched their traces along his forehead, around his blue eyes. He wears Jedi robes so worn and ragged as to be indistinguishable from the garb of the impoverished hermit he pretends to be. Most would walk past this man without a second glance. Yet while Qui-Gon perceives the physical realities of Obi-Wan’s appearance, he is not limited to human sight any longer. He also sees the confident general of the Clone Wars, the strong young Padawan who followed his master into battle, even the rebellious little boy at the Temple that no Master was in any hurry to train. They are all equally part of Obi-Wan, each stage of his existence vivid in this moment.
“You are afraid,” Qui-Gon says.
And why shouldn’t Ben be afraid? Darth Vader is coming for Luke and nothing that he and Qui-Gon have discussed matters in the face of evil bearing down on the galaxy’s new hope.
We won’t see that interaction in Obi-Wan Kenobi series; however, it does make sense we’ll see Qui-Gon and Ben discuss Darth Vader in the limited series.
BTW: I just bought the book on Kindle and am picking my way through. Be sure to read this excerpt from StarWars.com.