A few days ago we introduced you the memory of liam neeson and his son’s reaction R2-D2an opportunity for fans to remember the place that little droid in the universe of Star Wars. And precisely, a theory of fans maintains thatobi wan knew R2-D2 in the movie A new hope.
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Although Obi-Wan Kenobi pretended not to know the astromech droid, one theory reveals that the Jedi Master recognized R2-D2 in the film. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). When Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker first meet in the movieLuke explained that he was trying to find the recipient of the message contained in the droid, a man named Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since Obi-Wan had been hiding under the name Ben, he admitted that he was, in fact, the person he was looking for. However, he denied owning R2-D2, pretending he didn’t know him..
When the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977, We still didn’t know the years of history and traditions between Obi-Wan and R2-D2, so this reaction seemed logical. However, the prequel trilogy and the anime series star wars, clone wars They have changed the game. Throughout these stories, Obi-Wan frequently fights alongside R2-D2.
From Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Obi-Wan and R2-D2 helped free the planet Naboo from the Trade Federation blockade. Both later participated in the Clone Wars, with R2-D2 being assigned to Anakin Skywalker. Since Obi-Wan and Anakin often fought together, Obi-Wan necessarily knew R2-D2.. This means that while R2-D2 might not have immediately recognized Obi-Wan on Tatooine due to his age, Obi-Wan should have recognized him as the droid.
For several years, this point has been a source of debate within the fan community. However, one theory holds that Obi-Wan recognized R2-D2, but decided to pretend not to. to avoid telling Luke the whole truth. This would explain some of the Jedi’s behavior towards the droid, and would also coincide with Obi-Wan’s tendency to subtly lie to Luke.
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This theory, outlined in an article in Looperthus, he states that Obi-Wan recognized R2-D2, but simply chose not to tell Luke. When the latter asks Obi-Wan about his father, Obi-Wan states that it was Darth Vader who killed him., which turned out to be a symbolic representation of Anakin’s transformation into a Sith Lord. Likewise, Obi-Wan’s treatment of R2-D2 is another example of “distortion of the truth”.
When Obi-Wan claimed that he had no recollection of possessing the droid, he was not lying. Because R2-D2 was assigned to Anakin, not Obi-Wan. And if Obi-Wan recognized the droid but didn’t want Luke to know, that would explain why Obi-Wan called it his “little friend”.
When Luke and Obi-Wan met in A new hope, the latter could have told him about his relationship with Darth Vader and Leia. However, the Jedi Master decided to keep this a secret, thinking that Luke probably wasn’t ready yet. Most likely, this is also why Obi-Wan didn’t reveal the truth about R2-D2.. If Obi-Wan had admitted that he knew the droid and that it once belonged to Anakin, then Luke might have started asking more questions about his father.
This theory has the merit of attempting to provide an explanation for Obi-Wan’s behavior towards R2-D2 during their “first” encounter in the original trilogy, while still being in accordance with the Jedi Master’s principles. And to find out what to expect from Star Wars Celebration 2022see our previous article on the subject, right here.