Star Wars followers don’t agree on a lot. The one factor that almost all appear to return collectively on, nevertheless, is the significance of continuity. Even Disney, which purged the wealthy and really sophisticated Expanded Universe upon buying Star Wars, is staunchly dedicated to upholding a brand new canon with its books, reveals, and video video games going ahead. Continuity is nice, however Star Wars shouldn’t at all times be vehemently beholden to each a part of itself, and Obi-Wan reveals how loosening these restraints ever so barely could be a internet constructive.
Tiny retcons possible started with Return of the Jedi following Obi-Wan Kenobi’s notorious “from a certain point of view” speech. As a way to clarify why Obi-Wan’s description of Luke’s father in A New Hope was inconsistent with Vader’s reveal in Empire Strikes Again, Obi-Wan principally mentioned he wasn’t completely mendacity about Luke’s father being useless, as a result of spiritually and metaphorically, Vader killed Anakin. This scene appears to have set the tone for future retcons, as single strains started to dictate canon.
Some followers on-line have mentioned that Yoda’s line in Return of the Jedi about Luke being the final Jedi is an incontrovertible fact. Because of this any Jedi characters in reveals, comics, and video games should both grow to be non-Jedi or die earlier than Yoda says that line. Slightly than simply discarding the quote as Yoda being unaware of others or as one thing written in 1983 with no thought for future spin-offs, many followers see this as a rule that every one tales should observe. Whereas Ahsoka leaving the Jedi actually labored nicely with this line, it will be a disgrace for a personality like Fallen Order’s Cal Kestis to must both die or surrender his Jedi standing previous to Empire Strikes Again within the upcoming Jedi: Survivor, no matter whether or not or not it suits his ongoing story. It’s limiting to at all times know the top of somebody’s path.
The identical applies to Darth Vader’s dialogue with Obi-Wan in A New Hope when Vader says “When I left you, I was but the learner. Now, I am the master.” Many noticed this as affirmation that Vader and Obi-Wan couldn’t meet after Revenge of the Sith, as that was the final time Anakin was Obi-Wan’s apprentice.
However the third episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi disproves that and reveals that disregarding occasional strains can result in higher tales and the way fascinating these divergences may be. Having Obi-Wan meet Vader and be traumatized by the encounter makes his intense reluctance to attempt to save Vader within the unique movies really feel way more justified, enriching his character and the saga as a complete. Given Obi-Wan’s character within the prequels, one would suppose he’d need to save Anakin as Luke does. The brutal battle between the 2 in Obi-Wan Kenobi helps to point out why he thinks Anakin is misplaced, and why having Luke kill Vader is the one possibility. That intense perspective feels justified now, and sarcastically sufficient, it makes Obi-Wan’s character extra constant
But if the writers have been to strictly abide by that one line about leaving Obi-Wan because the learner in A New Hope, this extra depth could be inconceivable, and the story in Obi-Wan could be lesser in consequence. The broader story of Star Wars isn’t unimportant, however that broader narrative shouldn’t handicap the smaller or extra private ones informed in these sorts of reveals. Obi-Wan is concerning the titular character’s progress, so that ought to take precedence and this Vader encounter does prioritize that.
Star Wars has tried to bend to earlier strains and it hasn’t at all times labored out. It grew to become borderline comical when The Clone Wars did all the pieces in its energy to maintain Anakin from assembly Basic Grevious over seven seasons, from knocking the Jedi unconscious when Grievous was round to having them awkwardly be in the identical location however by some means by no means cross paths. All this was finished as a result of Anakin mentioned “You’re shorter than I expected” to Grievous in Revenge of the Sith, implying he had by no means seen him in individual earlier than then. May there have been much more distinctive tales if Anakin met Grievous in The Clone Wars? Presumably, however sticking to that one throwaway line means we received’t be capable of discover out.
Continuity shouldn’t be thrown to the wind. It performs an necessary half in protecting a fictional universe constant and fascinating, and it’s immensely satisfying when following together with canon pays off. However writing off single sentences as characters being unaware of the details or mendacity may be helpful to sure tales going ahead. Cal’s story doesn’t have to finish with dying or disappearance, simply as Kenobi doesn’t have to completely keep away from Vader between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. By specializing in sturdy and extra fast tales, no matter minor contradictions in dialogue, Star Wars can proceed to develop in new and thrilling methods for years to return.