Kenobi: Four Favorite Obi-Wan Moments


At long last, John Jackson Miller’s novel Kenobi has been released. While I’m looking forward to the new revelations revealed about Obi-Wan Kenobi’s life on Tattooine, I thought I’d revisit some of my favorite Obi-Wan moments from the films.

Star Wars: Episode One: The Phantom Menace: Obi-Wan destroys Darth Maul.

When his master Qui-Gon Jinn falls to the fearsome Darth Maul, Obi-Wan’s opens up a barrel of Jedi whup-@$$ on Maul. Scary face tattoos and spooky black clothes are no match for the training Obi-Wan received from Qui-Gon Jinn: Darth Maul ends up sliced into pieces and his remains are burned to a crisp in a reactor.

Star Wars: Episode Two: Attack of the Clones: Obi-Wan counsels a drug dealer.

When a sleazy drug dealer makes the incomprehensibly stupid mistake of trying to sell Obi-Wan drugs, the Jedi uses his mind tricks to set him on the right path. Not only does Obi-Wan tell the drug dealer that he doesn’t want to sell him death sticks, he “suggests” that he go home and “rethink [his] life.” The would-be merchant of death sticks complies.

Star Wars: Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith: Obi-Wan the understated.

After boarding the Invisible Hand, Obi-Wan and Anakin defeat Count Dooku but are then caught in a trap and brought to General Grievous. They slip their bonds, but Grievous shatters the front windshield of the ship and escapes into the vacuum of space. With the ship falling apart around them, Obi-Wan has to pilot what’s left of it to the surface of Coruscant. When a panicked Anakin states the obvious (“We’ve lost something!”), Obi-Wan responds with this understated jest, “Not to worry. We’re still flying half a ship.”

Star Wars: Episode Four: A New Hope: Encounter at Chalman’s Cantina.

When Luke Skywalker gets on the wrong side of Aqualish mercenary Ponda Baba and madman physician Cornelius Evazan, Obi-Wan gives them every chance in the world to back down. Heck, he even offers to buy them a drink. Unfortunately, the not so dynamic duo mistakes his diplomacy for weakness, and out the lightsaber comes. Ponda Baba loses his arm and both of them lose some face, metaphorically speaking. I can’t wonder if that might have been literal if Chewie had been involved…