Ever since his debut in A New Hope, Star Wars fans have been enamored with the man who revealed the ways of the Jedi to Luke Skywalker and the world.
Through the Skywalker Saga, we have watched Obi-Wan from his days as a padawan to his time as a Force ghost. However, some of his best adventures did not happen within the movies.
The Clone Wars television show offers a unique perspective into his life between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. As the premiere of Obi-Wan Kenobi approaches, here are a few essential episodes to understand Obi-Wan’s backstory outside of the movies.
1. Mandalore Arc (Season 2, Episodes 12-14)
This arc opens with Obi-Wan arriving on Mandalore to investigate a possible conspiracy. While there, he meets with Duchess Satine Kryze, the current ruler of Mandalore. It soon becomes clear that Obi-Wan and Satine have a complicated past together, one that is expanded upon as the story progresses. By adding these layers to his character, we can begin to see the sacrifices Obi-Wan has made by remaining in the Jedi Order. His commitment to his beliefs are tested as he struggles between his attachments and his duties.
2. Deception Arc (Season 4, Episodes 15-17)
Few episodes of the Clone Wars allow Obi-Wan’s intelligence and fighting prowess to shine as much as the Deception Arc. In these episodes, Obi-Wan fakes his death and goes undercover to stop an assassination plot. Due to this deception, his relationship with Anakin is tested, leading to memorable fights and a portrayal of how much Anakin cares for his former Master. Not only is it an exciting, fast-paced story but there are surprise appearances from fan-favorite baddies like Cad Bane and Boba Fett.
3. Revenge Arc (Season 4, Episodes 21-22)
Once you get past the surprise that Maul survived being chopped in half, these episodes are a great continuation of the Obi-Wan/Darth Maul rivalry that was cut short (pun intended) in The Phantom Menace. Maul’s hatred for Obi-Wan has grown ever since the Duel of the Fates, leading to a rematch to remember.
4. Mandalore Coup Arc (Season 5, Episodes 14-16)
As Maul’s revenge plan finally comes together, this arc includes both excitement and heartbreak. Obi-Wan races to Mandalore to stop the violence on Mandalore and save Satine, but instead, he falls directly into Maul’s trap. The implications of this battle have wide-reaching effects on Obi-Wan’s life. The darkness of these episodes may reflect some of what is to come in the upcoming series.
Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney Plus on May 27, 2022, which leaves you plenty of time to dive into these episodes and learn more about this beloved character!
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