Obi-Wan Kenobi Sees the Jedi Beacon
Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi may have retconned a vital part of Star Wars Rebels personality Kanan Jarrus’ backstory in its first 2 episodes.
Obi-Wan Kenobi premiered on Disney+ to an overwhelmingly positive function from followers and also doubters. The brand-new program is much from the franchise business’s first expedition of the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, a period explored in both Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels, along with in various publications as well as comics. One such story was the Rebels innovator A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which featured a prologue established throughout the Clone Wars that discussed where Obi-Wan got the idea to utilize the Jedi sign to prevent more Jedi from returning to the Temple in Coruscant: from young Padawan Caleb Dume, who later on passed Kanan Jarrus and also was a main character in Rebels. Sadly, Obi-Wan Kenobi seems ignoring this cool world-building detail for the program.
In the beginning for A New Dawn, Obi-Wan is providing a discussion to a group of Padawans about the Jedi sign, a gadget used by the Order to signal Jedi across the galaxy to go back to Coruscant. Caleb Dume is present for the lecture and also thinks about reaching deal with as a Jedi like Obi-Wan in one of the heroic fights the Master tells the group about. Curious as ever, he asks Obi-Wan why the Jedi would certainly need ahead back to Coruscant and also prolongs it additionally to ask if the beacon could be made use of to advise Jedi far from the Temple to the irritation as well as shock of his schoolmates. Obi-Wan responds that he means it could, but that its primary function is to bring Jedi house, not send them away.
The incorporation of the scene in A New Dawn recommends that Obi-Wan got the idea to make use of the sign to advise off the Jedi in Revenge of the Sith from Caleb Dume. Throughout the siege of the Jedi Temple, Vader used the sign to manipulate the Jedi in returning house, yet Obi-Wan stepped in as well as made it into a warning that the Order as well as Republic had fallen. Aside from the scene in A New Dawn being a cool Obi-Wan cameo, it acts as a testimony to Kanan Jarrus’ brains and also ingenuity. Kanan might potentially make a look or get a name-drop in Obi-Wan Kenobi since he survived on the run for many years prior to training young Ezra Bridger.
The Inquisitors’ pursuit of rogue Jedi that ran away Order 66, which is at the facility of Obi-Wan Kenobi, is bound to have some mention of the sign considering that Obi-Wan’s message more than likely conserved many Jedi lives– Kanan’s included. Obi-Wan has actually currently met a Jedi that took care of to escape Order 66 as well as acknowledged him as Obi-Wan, so for the show to not include any kind of reference of the beacon in their brief yet terse exchange is weird.
Considering that Lucasfilm is gradually bringing characters from Rebels right into live-action with Ahsoka, omitting this tale regarding Kanan and also the Jedi sign was a missed possibility to acquaint the basic audience with Rebels-adjacent characters. It’s also a great Obi-Wan scene as a whole, seeing him connect with many younglings and be challenged by a fellow leading character in the franchise business, and also would certainly have acted as a compelling opening scene for the entire program. It shares lots of similarities with the opening scene of the show, because it occurs at the Temple and involves the young Padawans at the facility of the Order’s future.
Hopefully, the exclusion of the Jedi sign’s role does not act as a retcon of Kanan’s tale and Rebels generally. He already received a brand-new version of his beginning story in The Bad Batch, where he and Master Depa Billaba were on a mission with Clone Force 99 when Order 66 was introduced as opposed to with their very own detachment. The noticeable death of the Grand Inquisitor, who was the main antagonist of Rebels’ initial period, in Part II of Obi-Wan Kenobi is reason for issue that increasingly more of Rebels’ tale could be retconned for the bigger live-action story– something that could just become worse with Ahsoka.