“Obi-Wan Kenobi” writer Joby Harold has a lot of explaining to do.
Fans have noticed several inconsistencies between the Disney+ series and what has already been established in the Star Wars canon.
In a recent interview, Harold sat down with Entertainment Weekly and attempted to clear up some of those inconsistencies.
‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Writer Breaks Down New Star Wars Plot Holes
Throughout the four episodes that have been shown so far, the young Princess Leia Organa has developed a close connection with Ben Kenobi. However, at the beginning of “A New Hope,” the message she has stored on R2-D2 begins, “General Kenobi. Years ago, you served my father in the Clone Wars.”
It’s kind of a cold greeting for someone with whom she went on a life-or-death adventure and comes across as if the two don’t even know each other.
Harold said that “we talked about” the line in question “a lot” while they were working on the script. He also said that they’re “looking forward to the show airing in its entirety so that hopefully all questions are answered fully.”
He said that “it’s tricky to field some of those questions mid-process. But yes, all I can say is we’re very cognizant of that, and of the canon. And it’s a massive team, Lucasfilm, so we’re all very aware of all the choices that are being made.”
Another inconsistency has developed when the Grand Inquisitor, played by Rupert Friend, is stabbed by Third Sister Reva at the end of episode two. The Grand Inquisitor is a huge part of the first season of the animated cartoon “Rebels,” which takes place about four years after “Kenobi.” So how can he be dead?
“It will be so much easier to speak to these things once we’ve aired everything,” Harold said, echoing his previous statements. “But as I said before, we very much take canon very, very seriously. And there are many, many people behind the scenes who prioritize that. So we have it in mind, and by the time everything has concluded, all things should be in place.”
‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Is Slowly Beginning To Find His Connection To The Force
One of the most surprising segments of the show was that Kenobi seemed to have lost his Force powers to some extent. However, by episode 4, he seems to have remastered his former abilities.
“The show, by design, across the six chapters, is a little bit about Obi-Wan getting his groove back. And step by step we get to enjoy that,” Harold explained. “And I think episode 4 is the rubber’s meeting the road a little bit, and a fun opportunity to see him do it.”
That being said, Harold noted that Kenobi just took out a bunch of stormtroopers, which he described as “long-hanging fruit.” However, he called it a “necessary part of the journey to get to where he needs to be,” adding, “He’s doing what he needs to do.”
Speaking of the Force, it appears that Leia is still able to use her powers even though she doesn’t know she has them, considering she was about to keep Reva out of her mind.
“We wanted to not be very overt with Leia’s Force sensitivity,” Harold said of the scene. “It’s very much as you said, the audience is ahead of the moment, and we didn’t want to lean into it too much whilst acknowledging the fact that the audience, especially the fandom, is cognizant of who Leia is.”
“But at that moment it’s really about those two characters in the scene, and we didn’t want to step out of the scene and start to say, ‘Here she is in her journey towards Force sensitivity,” he continued. “But when Reva says, ‘You’re strong,’ that’s a little bit of a nod for us, right? It’s clear that she is not your typical 10-year-old.”
He credited the actress, Vivien Lyra Blair, as to someone who “fit the voice of a young Carrie Fisher.”
“And the word I always looked to was spirit. Somebody who feels spirited,” he continued. “They don’t feel precocious. They don’t feel like they are speaking as an adult writing for a kid, but you feel the spirit of what Carrie Fisher built.”
The last two episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” are released on Disney+ each Wednesday.