The final episode of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is rich in nods to other works in the Star Wars saga. And a particular reference to a cult replica of the Jedi Master played by Ewan McGregor should please fans. Warning, spoilers.
Warning, spoilers. It is advisable to have seen the final episode of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series before continuing to read this article.
The sixth and final episode ofObi-Wan Kenobi, available on Disney+, met the great expectations of fans with highly anticipated winks and references but also major appearances. The Jedi Master embodied by Ewan McGregor was treated to an exceptional fight against his former friend and Padawan Anakin Skywalker alias Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen).
After this battle, which will bring back good memories to fans of the prelogy, everyone returns to their respective masters. Obi-Wan Kenobi finds Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), in the form of a specter, to guide him and teach him exercises, as Master Yoda had mentioned at the end of Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith.
For his part, Darth Vader finds Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), who senses a conflict in the young Sith since his reunion with Obi-Wan, even though he assures him that his former friend and Master is nothing to him anymore.
Star Wars fans were therefore treated to their share of good and tasty surprises for this final episode of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but they exploded with joy for a very particular element of this chapter. This is a replica of the Jedi Master, first launched by Alec Guinness (the interpreter of Obi-Wan in the original trilogy) in Star Wars IV: A New Hope but popularized by Ewan McGregor in Revenge of the Sith.
This is the famous “Hello There” that Obi-Wan throws at General Grievous, the leader of the droid army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. This replica – translated into French by “Hi all” – has become popular over the years, so much so that it has a firm place in popular culture and in the common parlance of many Star Wars fans. It has also become an oft-used meme on social media.
No wonder therefore that “Hello There” finds himself in trending topic on Twitter just hours after episode 6 of the series went live. This “Hello There” is also quite symbolic since Obi-Wan uses it here to greet the young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. Fans did not fail to react to this tasty wink on social networks.
Translation: “The moment we’ve all been waiting for with the iconic ‘Hello There'”
An innocuous replica that has become cult
If Internet users were inflamed today by the release of the line “Hello There” in episode 6 of Obi-Wan Kenobi, it is because it has become cult over the years and that thanks to the Internet. According to the website KnowYourMemeit is first by a Youtube edit that the Revenge of the Sith scene was brought back into the limelight two years after the film was released in theaters.
The prelogy was decried at the time compared to the original trilogy and it took a few years for it to be considered a little more by fans of the saga. And as time passes, memories come to the surface and with them memorable scenes from the movies, including the sequence of the “Hello There”which fans had fun posting on various sites, such as Tumblr, Imgur or Reddit, which is full of subreddits devoted to Star Wars and Star Wars memes.
In the 2010s, “Hello There” became a full-fledged meme, whether as a jpeg image or a GIF, that Internet users shared on all social networks. It has become one of the most popular memes on the networks and Ewan McGregor is well aware of it. During a promotional interview for Capital FMthe Irish actor explained that he himself took up this line sometimes in professional or private conversations.
The resumption of this line in episode 6 of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series a little less than twenty years after Revenge of the Sith had its small effect on fans, for whom this “Hello There” became inseparable from the Jedi Master.