By Brian E. Frydenborg, May 31, 2022 (Twitter @bfry1981; LinkedIn, Facebook)
WARNING: Spoilers for Star Wars in general, especially Obi-Wan Kenobi and Clone Wars
SILVER SPRING—I predicted we would be getting a Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn-appearance for Dork Side of the Force not too long ago. With Obi-Wan’s constant appeals to his old master and what has been included in the series’ “previously in Star Wars” prologue—along with the revelation that Liam Neeson will be voicing young Qui-Gon Jinn in the upcoming animated series Tales of the Jedi—it is incredibly likely we will be seeing Obi-Wan’s old master offer some sort of Force Ghost-ish support for his seemingly shattered former padawan. And if that happens, we should expect a little bit of a Yoda appearance.
The reasons are fairly obvious when you consider the history. In the final arc of season 6 of Clone Wars, Qui-Gon, dead but able to communicate to Yoda, explains he has been chosen to show Yoda the way to preserve his consciousness after death, as Qui Gon has, though imperfectly: he cannot appear as a Force Ghost, just as a voice, telling Yoda he died before he completed his training. But he sets Yoda on a journey that reveals more of the Force to Yoda
As I noted when I was predicting a Qui-Gon cameo, Yoda’s final words in Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith are to Obi-Wan, telling him he will teach Obi-Wan how to commune with Qui-Gon. Fast forward to all three Original Trilogy films, when Obi-Wan appears to Luke as a Force Voice or Force Ghost in all three films (and Yoda. along with Anakin, appearing at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi as Force Ghosts), and it is clear that Obi-Wan eventually learns how to do what Qui-Gon passed on to Yoda.
So Yoda is kind of the vessel through which Qui-Gon’s Force-self came to Obi-Wan’s attention, and we know he is paying close attention to stuff like this from his lines in the Original Trilogy about watching Luke from Afar and with Ezra Bridger in Star Wars: Rebels. So we can be sure Yoda is paying attention to what’s going on now with Obi-Wan. If he can communicate from afar with Ezra in Rebels, he should be able to reach out to Obi-Wan in his namesake show.
With it already looking more and more like Kenobi will connect with Qui-Gon, especially considering how Yoda is the one who would have set that possibility up, we can expect Yoda to be involved now, too.
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