Obi-Wan Kenobi. The "strange old hermit who lives beyond the Dune Sea." When the world was first introduced to that name, that was what we were told about him. In the 45 years since "A New Hope" was released, there are a lot of questions about Luke and Obi-Wan's time on Tatooine. Some of these questions I have had since childhood are pretty nerdy, whereas others are more narrative-based. Let's talk about some questions we are hoping this show will answer.
Who Farms Moisture On A Planet With Two Suns?
The beautiful thing about science fiction is that anything can be answered with fictitious science and retconning. I hope some of that magic is employed to explain why or how people could farm moisture on a dry, hot planet, that has two suns. It has all the logic of scooping for drinking water at sea. The opposing argument, I suppose, is that on a planet like Tatooine, you have to farm for moisture. What is a moisture farm, anyway? Is it like drilling for oil? Is the moisture farm something they do and sell to others? Hopefully "Kenobi" can explain all of this to us when the show isn't bridled in action and intrigue.
How Much Contact Does Obi-Wan Have With Luke?
In "A New Hope" Luke acknowledges that he has met Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi. The show will address the question we have all had: how much contact does Obi-Wan end up having with Luke? It's an important question because in "A New Hope" he does not know the force, as Obi-Wan teaches him about it for the first time. I surmise Uncle Ben does not let Obi-Wan teach young Luke anything about the force for fear of becoming like his father. "That's what I'm afraid of."
Why "Ben" Kenobi?
Obi-Wan versus the name Ben. "I wonder if he means old Ben Kenobi." If I were going into hiding from an all-powerful Empire, led by a practically omnipotent Sith Lord, I would have chosen a far different alias than "Ben." I also would have changed my surname. For this problem, I hope they use Obi-Wan's sense of humor. As a Jedi, Obi-wan always had a funny sense of humor even in the aspect of death. I am hoping the show takes the direction of Obi-Wan doing this intentionally. The other option is that Obi-Wan thought living on Tatooine put him far enough removed from the Empire. I believe Obi-Wan was too smart for that, though.
Will Qui Gon Jinn Appear?
Death does not separate the possibility of Obi-Wan's former master and mentor, Qui Gon Jinn, from appearing. Obi-Wan Kenobi himself becomes a 'force ghost,' so why isn't this a possibility? If this happens, I will be filled with glee.
Could Obi-Wan catch an intergalactic Uber to Dagobah? Yoda is also self-exiled and Obi-Wan would certainly have questions that he would want Yoda to answer.
These are but a few of the questions I have thought about in the decades since I first watched Star Wars. Did I miss any obvious questions? Let us know on Twitter at @EnFuegoNow or @AJontheguitar.