The Obi-Wan Kenobi series is increasingly connected to Star Wars video games, as evidenced by a few strong scenes from episode 4. What offer new intrigues to the Star Wars universe and a crossover?
Warning, spoilers. The following paragraphs reveal plot elements from the Obi-Wan Kenobi series and the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order video game.
Currently streaming on Disney+, the series Obi-Wan Kenobi brings Star Wars fans back to the iconic Jedi Knight from the original trilogy and prequels. He is the actor of the prelogy Ewan McGregor who once again lends his features to this hero that aficionados are happy to find again.
Headed by Deborah Chowwho directs all the episodes, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series takes place ten years after Revenge of the Sith and nine years before A new hope, in a world where the Galactic Empire reigns with force. Isolated and hidden on Tatooine in order to watch over Luke Skywalker from afar, living with his uncle’s family, Obi-Wan is forced to come out of hiding and take up arms again in order to save Leia Organa from the hands of the Empire.
Once upon a time under the Empire
As the Empire hunts down the last living Jedi and Force-sensitive beings, Obi-Wan is in great danger on this mission, especially as he will face his former friend and Padawan, Anakin Skywalker turned Darth Vader. (Hayden Christensen).
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series is part of an increasingly explored period in the film and television universe of the intergalactic franchise. We can cite Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO, Star Wars: Rebels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or Star Wars: The Bad Batch. And will soon be added to the list Andor.
And if the series centered on the Jedi Obi-Wan must make sure to be connected with the different intrigues that surround it and the setting in which it is planted compared to other cinematographic and serial works, it must also be so. with video game works. And Obi-Wan Kenobi does more than that, since many nods to Star Wars video games have crept into the series, especially in episode 4.
Ewan McGregor had also warned in the show Jimmy Kimmel Live that overall consistency in the Star Wars universe was an imperative: “All scenarios have to match, you can’t have a fact in a video game that doesn’t match the movie.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Cal Kestis, same fight
The writers and director Deborah Chow have therefore done their homework well and video game fans have quickly spotted references and nods, in particular to the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts.
Released in 2019, this video game is set five years after Revenge of the Sith and lets you play as Cal Kestis, a former underground Padawan pursued by the Imperial Inquisitors as the purge led by the Galactic Empire is in full swing.
At the end of the game, – SPOILER WARNING –Cal Kestis must infiltrate the Imperial Inquisition Headquarters, an underwater station hidden in the waters of the planet Nur, in order to find the Holocron, an artifact that lists Force-sensitive and potential children. Jedi, and therefore targets for the Empire.
He is helped by the former Jedi Master Cere Junda, once captured by the Inquisitors. Cal Kestis will then confront Trilla, former Padawan of Cere who has become Inquisitor for the Empire, whom he manages to defeat. Cere Junda tries to pull her away from the dark side but Darth Vader appears and kills Trilla.
Then follows a losing battle between Cal Kestis and Darth Vader. The Jedi still manages to get out of it, not without difficulty, by taking a passage in a glazed corridor that he will drown thanks to the Force before joining his ship and destroying the Holocron to protect the future Jedi. – END SPOILERS –
The twists and turns of this final mission of the video game seem very familiar since episode 4 of Obi-Wan Kenobi resumes them more or less with the atmosphere of the rescue of Leia in A new hope. It is in this same headquarters of the Imperial Inquisition on Nur that Obi-Wan infiltrates to find Princess Leia. He too enters the building through the waters via an underwater trapdoor with the help of an ally who has access to the Empire, Tala Durith (Indira Varma) in this case.
Like Cal Kestis, Obi-Wan will also pass through a glazed corridor and he will use the water that seeps through the cracks to drown the Stormtroopers. The Jedi Knight will also meet the Purge Troopers, soldiers of the Empire in black and red armor, who specialize in hunting down Jedi and Force-sensitive beings, and which were introduced in the video game Star Jedi Wars: Fallen Order.
Finally, Obi-Wan Kenobi is tracked down by Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram), aka the Third Sister, whom he once again faces at the end of episode 4 of the series before escaping with Leia and Tala Durith. We can’t help but make a connection between Reva and Trilla, aka the Second Sister, in Jedi Fallen Order.
Both were Padawan who were captured by the Empire and enlisted as Inquisitors, who would do anything to curry favor with Darth Vader. If in the video game, the Dark Lord killed Trilla for her incompetence, he almost destroyed Reva also for the same reasons in the series, but the latter offered herself a little respite with a plan B to find Obi- Wan.
All of these similarities between the Obi-Wan Kenobi series – at least episode 4 – and the Jedi video game Fallen Order suggest that there could be a real crossover between the two. Could Cal Kestis appear in the last two episodes of the Disney+ series? This is totally plausible given that Cal Kestis’ adventures aren’t over.
Indeed, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has a sequel, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, which will be released in 2023. Chance (or not) of the calendar, the teaser was unveiled a few days after the start of Obi-Wan Kenobi and we learn that this video game sequel will take place five years after the first game, that is to say exactly at the same time as the Obi-Wan series!
If Cal Kestis is brought to appear in Obi-Wan Kenobi, it will surely be in the guise of his interpreter in the games: Cameron Monaghan. We can also very well imagine the appearance of Obi-Wan in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. But in any case, the series is well connected to the video game universe of the franchise.
A Last Look at the Power of the Force
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order isn’t the only video game Obi-Wan Kenobi is referring to. Indeed, a user quickly spotted that a sequence from episode 4 was similar to a fight from the video game Le Pouvoir de la Force, developed by LucasArts in collaboration with ILM and released in 2008.
The Internet user posted a video extract of this fight between Galen Marek alias Starkiller, Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, and Stormtroopers. This sequence resembles how Obi-Wan fought off some Stormtroopers in the dark by appearing with the light from his lightsaber.
We will have to wait for the release of episodes 5 and 6 of Obi-Wan Kenobi to see if characters from Star Wars video games will appear in the series on Disney +. Or conversely, if Obi-Wan Kenobi will be present in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. But the very idea remains enticing for fans.