Obi-Wan Kenobi Writer Explains Why They Broken Continuity

before the new Obi Wan Kenobi series released on Disney Plus, one of the biggest concerns for fans was continuity. At first, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy said this show would give audiences the rematch between Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader. The two had not seen each other since. Revenge of the Sith, which means it’s been a while since they fought. But there is only one problem for some fans, which seems to go against the continuity of the series.

In A new hope when a former Obi-Wan and Darth Vader meet on the Death Star Vader said, “When I left you, I was just the learner. Now I am the master,” strongly implying that these two hadn’t met since their battle on the volcanic planet of Mustafar.

But in the most recent episode of the spin-off TV series, we see Vader and Obi-Wan cross swords, which means the continuity has now been changed to serve the show.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter series writer Joby Harold recently, explained why the decision was made to change the continuity:

It was quite the opposite. There was no line in A New Hope that said we couldn’t. You could say that Obi-Wan’s “from a certain point of view” thing is obviously revisionist storytelling compared to the original trilogy, or it’s another way of saying there are gray areas and things we don’t know. There’s nothing wrong with uncovering the past and its truths in storytelling, so it never felt wrong to me. There’s nothing that I feel like we violated. If anything, we’ve informed these scenes so that some of the choices we took for granted in the original trilogy make more sense now. If you came into the entire world of Star Wars storytelling and watched it all the way through Episode I, it would feel like a natural connection between these two trilogies.

So their excuse to revise the star wars continuity because they “discovered the past and its truths”? It doesn’t make much sense. Why not just admit it and say “because we wanted to”? Because that’s definitely what it looks like.

This isn’t the first time Star Wars canon has been changed. The Old Republic was mentioned in the Prequel movies, but those stories were erased throughout the Disney takeover and replaced by the High Republic.

Who knows how much of this was originally planned and how much of it came from the second draft of the show after Kathleen Kennedy dropped it altogether and changed the writer? But on the face of it, it seems that at least that decision was the new writer’s and endorsed by Kennedy herself.

As the writer said, you can’t take anything for granted under Disney anymore. For them, it’s just a way to make more products, no matter what they have to change. If current Lucasfilm doesn’t seem to care about continuity, why should we?


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