By the end of the High Republic, corruption had already begun to eat away at the political foundations of the institution. The Jedi Order, once peacekeepers, slowly succumbed to their own arrogance. They were so blind that they didn’t realize that a Sith Lord had infiltrated the heart of the Galactic Republic. Sheev Palpatine, Senator from Naboo, pulled off the tricks that led to him becoming Supreme Chancellor and later Emperor. All of this led to the events chronicled in Star Wars Episode III, crucial to understanding what we’ll see in Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, the new Disney+ series.
The fate of the galaxy is decided in a series of precise moments, moments that reflect the blindness of the Jedi and the implementation of a careful plan orchestrated by Darth Sidious. The Order learned of the return of the Sith when Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi battled Darth Maul. Count Dooku himself came to warn Master Kenobi that a dark lord was ruling the galaxy from the shadows, but between the veil of half-truths and lies, he didn’t believe it was possible. Then the Clone Wars began, also as a result of Sidious’ actions.
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after Palpatine’s rise to supreme power. With the help of Darth Vader, the Galactic Empire threatens to crush the Jedi once and for all. In the following lines we will focus on the events that happened previously.
- Death of General Grievous: The End of the Clone Wars
- Anakin’s nightmares, falling to the dark side and dueling Obi-Wan
- Command 66
- Exile of the surviving Jedi
Death of General Grievous: The End of the Clone Wars
The war between the Galactic Republic and the Separatists is known as the Clone Wars. During this time, the Jedi were given military posts and lost their essence as peacekeepers, they became soldiers. They fought alongside the Clones, an army created on Kamino in the image and likeness of Jango Fett, a deadly bounty hunter. What none of them discovered until it was too late was that Supreme Chancellor Darth Sidious was pulling all the strings of war in his favor.
Arresting General Grievous will end the war, Palpatine assured. This elusive character, already almost a complete android, has come to kidnap the Supreme Chancellor. Of course, the ruse was put into practice by Sidious himself, who in his fake rescue sacrificed Count Dooku to Anakin Skywalker (“do it!” he yelled with undisguised enthusiasm). Some time later, Obi-Wan Kenobi receives a clue and travels to the planet Utapau to confront Grievous. He manages to assassinate her, but what should be cause for celebration soon turns into disgrace. The Clone Wars have come to an end after three years of conflict, but another darker stage has begun.
Anakin’s nightmares, falling to the dark side and dueling Obi-Wan
In Episode III, there’s a gorgeous scene in the opera starring Anakin Skywalker and Palpatine. The Sith hint that Padmé Amidala can be saved if they experiment with certain powers forbidden to the Jedi. It is the legend of Darth Plagueis, the master of Sidious who could create life, but could not prevent his own death. In the end, he was killed by the apprentice, i.e. Palpatine. The chancellor gradually contaminates the mind of the young Skywalker, who suffers from the same nightmares as when his mother was killed by the Tuskens. In his dreams, he sees Padmé dying in childbirth, so he begins to think about how he can defy that fate.
Palpatine, Anakin’s friend and mentor since he arrived on Coruscant as a child, was grooming his new apprentice. He takes advantage of his fears to lead him to the dark side of the Force, but his transformation into Darth Vader truly takes place when Anakin reports him to the Jedi Council and Mace Windu asks him to wait in the Chamber because he detects his internal conflict. . . Doubts stir his conscience, he disobeys the order and stops Windu from killing Palpatine, with the result that the Jedi Master is thrown out the window to his death.
Shortly after, one of the most important moments: the duel between Vader and Obi-Wan on Mustafar. Hatred consumed Anakin, to the point that he nearly drowned Padmé, who rushed to the planet alerted by the Jedi’s words. What he doesn’t know is that he entered the ship as a stowaway. The conversation makes it clear that Ani has succumbed, the lightsabers ignite, and the duel breaks out. There comes a point when Obi-Wan is high up, but Anakin ignores him and attacks. As a result, Kenobi cuts his former Padawan’s body in half and leaves it to burn to death in Mustafar’s lava.
This whole episode makes him feel guilty, which brings us right into the Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Darth Vader, however, is not dead: he was rescued by Palpatine when all seemed lost. he is reborn as Vader, already in his signature armor.
General Grievous falls, victory belongs to the Galactic Republic… but is it really? Palpatine’s identity is about to be revealed. His duel with Master Mace Windu left scars on his body, a circumstance he took advantage of to expose the alleged betrayal of the Jedi Order to the Galactic Senate. He then proclaimed himself emperor to applause. The situation is perfectly described by Padmé Amidala in this same sequence: “This is how freedom dies, to thunderous applause.
Darth Sidious issues Order 66, which he automatically broadcasts to the thousands of clones deployed on the battlefield. Thanks to products like The Clone Wars The Animated Series, it’s been said that the clones turned on the Jedi because they had an inhibitor chip implanted in their brains. Unable to resist, they kill those who seconds before were their comrades in arms and friends. At the same time, young Darth Vader enters the Jedi Temple with a squad of clones and murders all survivors, including children, in cold blood. Only a few Jedi survive the massacre, including baby Grogu.
Exile of the surviving Jedi
Master Yoda makes one last attempt to restore peace and swings his lightsaber against the all-powerful Darth Sidious, already Emperor of the first Galactic Empire. The duel takes place in the Senate Chamber, where the veteran Jedi attempts to resist the continuous bolts of electricity Palpatine launches from the pews. For a moment there appears to be a silver lining, but Yoda loses his lightsaber and falls into the void. His next destination, exile in Dagobá. The Empire collects all the lightsabers and burns them, as seen in the Darth Vader: Dark Lord comic.
Obi-Wan Kenobi alters the Temple’s warning signal to prevent survivors from falling into the trap of returning, for what awaits them is death. The master then attends the birth of Padmé Amidala, who dies shortly after, heartbroken by the tragedy. It is decided that the girl, Leia, will be sent to Senator Organa, while the boy, Luke, will be returned to his family on Tatooine. Obi-Wan will stay on the desert planet to watch over the baby. Hidden from Palpatine; hidden from Vader.
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