The upcoming Star Wars limited edition series, Kenobi, will explore the life of the Jedi master 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. The series stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, who will be reprising their roles as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, respectively. As fans speculate on the storylines, one spoiler suggests they have an answer to an age-old question. Let’s take a look at what the Kenobi spoilers reveal.
[Spoiler alert: Potential spoilers for upcoming episodes of Star Wars: Kenobi are up ahead.]
‘Star Wars: Kenobi’ may reveal why the Jedi master hates flying
According to CBR, a potential plotline for the upcoming Star Wars: Kenobi series might focus on why the Jedi master hates flying. According to the outlet, it has to do with an expanded universe (EU) story that happened off-screen.
“Obi-Wan found himself sitting in a starfighter in the hangar bay of a large Czerka Branch-class cruiser. As he tried to shoot down droids and other weapons systems in the hangar, he inadvertently switched on the fighter’s auto pursuit system, and he couldn’t switch it off,” they wrote. “As the ship accelerated, Obi-Wan could steer, but he could not stop. So, he was forced to fly the starfighter through the cruiser’s insides at top speed. When he finally landed, he was convinced that he hated flying and never wanted to do it again.”
It does seem strange that Kenobi would focus on a story in the EU. This is especially true now that all Star Wars EU stories are considered “Legends.” This was determined back in 2014.
At the start of the prequels, Obi-Wan loved flying
If Star Wars: Kenobi does explore this storyline, it will have to retcon the prequel trilogy. In the prequels — The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith — Obi-Wan enjoys flying.
In fact, in Attack of the Clones, Anakin tells Obi-Wan, “Sorry master, I forgot you hate flying.”
Obi-Wan then replies, “I don’t mind flying — but what you’re doing is suicide!”
By the end of the prequels, Obi-Wan hated flying
Though Kenobi tells Skywalker he doesn’t mind flying, a later incident in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones changes his mind.
The official Star Wars account confirmed on Twitter that after Obi-Wan had an encounter with Jango and Boba Fett just off the planet of Kamino, he started to hate flying.
And it’s a fear he never got over for the rest of his life.