Ewan McGregor returns to his role as the titular character in "Obi-Wan Kenobi."
The series is set after the events of "Revenge of the Sith," where the Jedi have been destroyed.
There are multiple callbacks to the "Star Wars" franchise.
There is a loop of "execute order 66" in the opening scene.
"Obi-Wan Kenobi" episode one starts with a massacre. The scene shows the famous culling of the Jedi Order, the heroic organization in the "Star Wars" universe that adhered to the light side of the force.
Audiences first saw the killing of the Jedi in 2005's "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith" when the Clone army fighting alongside the Jedi turned against their former allies. The movie later revealed that the Clones started the coup after Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid), the main Sith villain, told them to "execute order 66."
Towards the end of the opening scene from "Obi-Wan Kenobi," you can hear the line "execute order 66" on a loop.
Obi-Wan Kenobi gave Luke Skywalker his T-16 skyhopper toy.
The first episode also has a reference to 1977's "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope," which is set after the events of the show. At one point in the movie, the hero Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) plays with a model of a T-16 Skyhopper, a type of spaceship.
The first episode of "Obi-Wan Kenobi" shows that Obi-Wan is the person who originally gave that toy to a young Luke.
Young Leia uses decoys in "Obi-Wan Kenobi," just like her mother.
In episode one, a young Princess Leia (played by Vivien Lyra Blair) tries to escape her familial obligations by using a friend to impersonate her. This is one of the many ways the series links Leia to her mother Padme (Natalie Portman), who also used decoys in the prequel trilogy to escape assassinations.
There are also several callbacks to the older version of Leia played by Carrie Fisher in the original trilogy. For starters, Blair is also styled in a hair crown similar to the way Fisher's hair was styled on multiple occasions. In episode four, the young Leia is also defiant in the face of torture, similar to how she was in "A New Hope."
Both C-3PO and R2-D2 attend Bail Organa's party.
Leia and her adoptive parents hold a party in the first episode. However, if you look closely in the background you can see familiar droids, C-3PO and R2-D2. The pair of droids have appeared in most of the "Star Wars" projects including the first "Star Wars" movie, "A New Hope" where Leia (Fisher) entrusts them with a special mission to find Obi-Wan.
The prequel trilogy explains that both droids were originally owned by Anakin Skywalker, also known as Darth Vader. Anakin rebuilt C-3PO and the translator droid was later gifted to his wife, Padme. Meanwhile, R2-D2 originally served Padme before being given to Anakin. The droids will later end up in the possession of Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits), adoptive parent of Leia, at the end of the prequel trilogy which explains their appearance in "Obi-Wan Kenobi."
If Leia appears in future seasons of the show, we could see her growing a relationship with the droids before the events of "A New Hope."
Obi-Wan Kenobi hides lightsabers in the sand similar to Rey in "The Rise of Skywalker."
Towards the end of episode one, Obi-Wan recovers his lightsaber before he heads out to save Leia. The audience discovers that he has hidden it in a box on the planet Tatooine alongside Anakin's former lightsaber, which Obi-Wan took at the end of "Revenge of the Sith."
This is a reversal of the end of 2019's "Star Wars: Episode IX – Rise of the Skywalker" where Rey buries the lightsaber to rest on Tatooine.
Temura Morrison's cameo could be Rex.
At the beginning of episode two, Obi-Wan passes a veteran clone trooper. He seems familiar because he is played by Temura Morrison, the Jango Fett actor on which all the clones are based. Disney hasn't confirmed who this character is but the blue coloring on his armor could indicate "The Clone Wars" character, Rex.
Rex was a clone who fought with both Anakin and Obi-Wan during the Clone Wars — a war between the Republic, who were protected by the Jedi, and the Separatists, who worked with the Sith Lord Count Dooku. Rex was one of the few clones to not be brainwashed to execute the Jedi which could explain why he isn't one of the stormtroopers.
Morrison had told the Washington Post earlier this year that he would be willing to play Rex in live-action but there has yet to be confirmation from Disney. Rex is an important part of forming the rebellion so we could see the character in future seasons of the show.
The Grand Inquisitor's return was obvious for those who have seen "Star Wars Rebels."
In episode two, the Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend), the leader of a group of evil Sith trying to hunt the Jedi, is stabbed by his own subordinate Reva (Moses Ingram). It seems like the character had been killed until his return at the end of episode five.
For those who have seen the spin-off series "Rebels," the Grand Inquisitor's return was not that much of a surprise. He is one of the main antagonists in the first season of the show. The Fifth Brother (played by Sung Kang in the Disney+ series) also makes an appearance in "Rebels."
The shot of Vader turning on his lightsaber mirrors when he killed the younglings.
One of the more memorable scenes from "Revenge 0f the Sith" is when Anakin attacks the younglings at the Jedi temple. He appears in front of a group of young Jedi while clones are executing Order 66, making the children believe they have been saved. However, he then turns on his lightsaber implying that he is about to kill them.
This scene is replicated when Vader first confronts Obi-Wan in episode three, with him turning on the lightsaber while being slightly off-camera. The callback emphasizes the fear Obi-Wan was feeling as he faced his former friend.
Later, during their fight, there is another callback as Darth Vader throws Obi-Wan into flames, similar to how Obi-Wan left him to die in the lava at the end of "Revenge of the Sith."
During Obi-Wan's mission to save Leia from the Inquisitor's lair, the character uses multiple tricks that we've seen him use before.
In episode four, Obi-Wan breaks Leia out of the Inquisitor's lair. However, the mission involves multiple call-backs across the "Star Wars" universe.
First, Obi-Wan uses the same airbreather device that was used in the 1999 prequel movie "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" in order to get into the lair underwater.
Although "A New Hope" is set after the series, Obi-Wan also uses the same Jedi trick of moving a faraway object to distract stormtroopers when they become suspicious that someone has broken in. These two examples show how Obi-Wan is slowly going back to his normal self.
Then during their escape, there's yet another callback when they use the same T-47 speeders from "Star Wars: Episode V — Empire Strikes Back" (1980) to fly away.
There is a "The Clone Wars" callback in the tomb.
In episode four, Obi-Wan discovers that the Inquisitors have created a tomb for the bodies of every Jedi that has been killed. One of the first bodies we see is Tera Sinube's, a wise Jedi who worked in the Jedi temple in "The Clone Wars" animated series.
This could be how Obi-Wan figures out the purpose of the room so quickly since he interacted with Tera in the animated series.
Multiple fight scenes in episodes five and six have parallels with "Revenge of the Sith"
The fight scenes between Obi-Wan and Vader/Anakin in the final two episodes directly mirror scenes from "Revenge of the Sith."
Fans have pointed out that the fight between the two characters in the flashback scene in episode five directly mirrors the final battle on Mustafar in "Revenge of the Sith." This highlights how Anakin's turn to the dark side was inevitable.
In the following episode, Obi-Wan also uses the Soresu Lightsaber stance at the beginning of the fight with Vader. This stance was first shown in "Revenge of the Sith" in Obi-Wan's duel against Separatist General Grievous, however, it later became a consistent theme in Obi-Wan's appearances in both "The Clone Wars" and "Rebels."
The use of the stance in the finale shows that Obi-Wan has now decided to return to his path as a Jedi.
Vader's fight with Reva also references his fight with Count Dooku.
Towards the end of episode five, Vader wields two lightsabers as he fights the Inquisitor Reva who has turned against him. The duel lightsaber stance seems similar to Vader's former friend Ahsoka but the scene also has a direct parallel to "Revenge of the Sith," where Anakin kills Separatist leader Count Dooku. In the scene, Anakin also takes his opponent's lightsaber and uses it against them.
This time Vader showed more mercy and stabbed Reva rather than beheading her as he did with Count Dooku.
The blue and red light change on Anakin's mask reflects his conflict between the light and dark side of the force.
After Obi-Wan defeats Vader in the last episode by cutting his mask and breathing equipment, the two characters have a heart-to-heart. During the discussion, you can see the lightsaber colors change in intensity on the two characters' faces.
It begins with Vader's face completely enveloped in red and Obi-Wan's in blue.
"You didn't kill Anakin Skywalker. I did," Vader then says as blue lighting starts to overtake the red. This could symbolize how Vader is committing an act of good by removing Obi-Wan's guilt for turning Anakin into who he is.
Vader then adds as his face goes darkly red again: "The same way, I will destroy you."
The lighting emphasizes that there is still some good in Vader as shown by his turn in "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi" (1983). But for now, his hatred still runs too deep for him to abandon the dark side.
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