With the release of the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer, one thing is abundantly clear: the Empire is unable to detect enemies lurking in plain sight.
In the Star wars Lore, one of the most confusing aspects of Darth Vader’s journey was how his son, Luke Skywalker, hid in plain sight on Tatooine. However, as time ticked away and the property began to stuff the past, fans rationalized this plot as if Vader couldn’t sense it because the Dusty Planet and Anakin Skywalker Jedi’s identity both had been purged from his mind.
However, cartoons and comics have proven this not to be the case, which left fans wondering how Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ani’s former mentor, could also avoid being cast out. Good with Obi Wan Kenobi dropping its trailer ahead of its May debut will have fans hoping for answers, but based on the clip, it’s safe to say the Empire was more incompetent than expected.
Granted, the disconnect with Luke being an ambitious kid on Tatooine, living free, exists because George Lucas didn’t begin his story with Vader as Luke’s father. This change of A new hope for The empire strikes back left the franchise’s history muddled, which these prequels about different worlds now attempt to clear up.
This series will have a tough job though, as Reva, the third sister, is clearly on Tatooine sniffing something or somebody. She’s even been seen bullying Luke’s uncle Lars, which means if an Inquisitor has eyes there, then the Grand Inquisitor, and by extension Darth Vader would at some point too. .
Doesn’t mean they know they’re hunting Luke. Vader, after all, has no idea the boy exists and the Inquisitors never knew Vader was once a Skywalker. However, Reva on Tatooine possibly chasing down a threat should be enough to send a report up the chain of command and make Vader take notice. It would have allowed him and his boss, Emperor Palpatine, to form their gaze on Ani’s former homeworld where the child goes wild as an aspiring pilot. Once that happened, it would be hard to see them not sensing that Obi-Wan was there or even Luke, given how strong the Force was with the boy.
This series plants a red flag on Tatooine with an agent investigating the ground, so it’s incredulous to think the Empire missed any clues to the Skywalker property. Maybe Obi-Wan learned a Jedi trick to protect Luke, but still, once trouble happened there, Vader really should have followed.
Maybe he didn’t want to micro-manage and just trusted his hunters, but if so and they were operating independently without fully informing him, then Luke’s rise is on the Empire. He and a shattered “Ben Kenobi” are right under their noses, waiting for the bad guys to watch, and given what happened in the movies, the Empire can only blame themselves for botching the hunt and… missed the obvious.
Directed by Deborah Chow and starring Ewan McGregor, Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres May 25 on Disney+.
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