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Thursday, February 2, 2012

4290. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. He is one of several primary characters in the Star Wars series. Along with Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader), R2-D2 and C-3PO, he is one of only four characters to appear in all six Star Wars films. He is portrayed in the original trilogy by Alec Guinness and in the prequel trilogy by Ewan McGregor, and is voiced by James Arnold Taylor in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and television series.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is first introduced in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), wherein he is played by Alec Guinness and is first seen rescuing Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) from a group of Tusken Raiders. There, Obi-Wan reveals that he knew Luke's father, Anakin Skywalker, and served with him in the Clone Wars. He gives Luke Anakin's lightsaber, having told him that Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) "betrayed and murdered" Anakin. Obi-Wan offers to instruct Luke in the ways of the Force; but Luke is only persuaded when his aunt and uncle are slain by the Empire, whereupon Obi-Wan takes him to deliver a message to Alderaan.
Obi-Wan and Luke buy passage to Alderaan on the spaceship Millennium Falcon, piloted by smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his partner Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew); but before they reach Alderaan, the planet is destroyed by the Death Star on the orders of Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing). On arrival, the Millennium Falcon is captured by the space station's tractor beam. After their capture, Obi-Wan disables the tractor beam so that the Falcon can escape and confronts Darth Vader in a lightsaber duel, eventually sacrificing himself so that Luke and the others can escape. Now disembodied, he speaks to Luke telepathically in the film's climactic battle scene, telling him to use the Force to destroy the Death Star.
In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), set three years after A New Hope, Obi-Wan appears as a Force ghost and instructs Luke to visit the Dagobah system for further training under Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz). After Luke has been further trained in the teachings of the Jedi, Obi-Wan appears in the Dagobah swamp to dissuade him from going to Cloud City, where Vader holds Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) hostage. During Luke's battle with Vader, in which he loses his right hand, he learns that the Sith Lord is his father.
In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), set six months after The Empire Strikes Back (in the novelization), Obi-Wan appears on Dagobah to talk with Luke, who has learned from a dying Yoda that Vader is indeed his father. He explains Anakin Skywalker's fall from grace, and helps Luke realize that Leia is his sister. He then tells Luke that killing Vader is the only way to destroy the Empire. At the end of the film, Obi-Wan's ghost appears alongside the ghosts of Yoda and a redeemed Anakin Skywalker on the forest moon of Endor, watching Luke and his comrades as they celebrate the destruction of the second Death Star.

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