WARNING: SPOILERS FOR OBI-WAN KENOBI EPISODE 3
After the third episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi was released last Wednesday, all everyone could talk about was the meeting between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi and their subsequent lightsaber duel. However, the episode also introduced a new character in Tala Durith (played by Indira Varma) who revealed that there was an “underground railroad” network that helped Jedi escape the fate of Order 66. Everyone’s ears perked up when Obi-Wan loudly exclaimed the name Quinlan Vos when he perused the names carved into the walls of the safehouse on Mapuzo. First appearing in The Clone Wars animated series, Quinlan Vos was the maverick Jedi Master known for not quite following the established Jedi rules. The implications of Vos’s name being mentioned aside, fans with sharp eyes and competency in Aurebesh also spotted other notable names on the wall.
A character from Legends, Roganda was a youngling when Order 66 was executed. She and her brother escaped the Jedi Purge to Belsavis and became one of the “Children of the Jedi” in the compound founded by Jedi Master Plett. However, the Empire would discover the refuge, and Roganda was taken by the Inquisitors. She would use her beauty and charm to integrate herself into the Imperial Court, eventually becoming one of Palpatine’s many concubines. Her Force-sensitivity allowed her to become one of his favored mistresses. When she became pregnant with Sarcev Quest’s child, Ismaren put herself at the Emperor’s mercy, devoting herself as his servant. She would become one of the Emperor’s Hands, working as a spy and assassin reporting directly to Palpatine himself.
While the name Roganda Ismaren demonstrates another one of Disney’s moves to return more Legends materials to canon, her role as Emperor’s Hand means that we may soon see more of them on screen. We have not seen these agents in action even in Legends and only heard of their secret exploits several years later during the New Republic Era. It would be interesting to see them carry out the will of the Emperor at the height of the Empire. The upcoming Andor, which promises to be a spy thriller, may be a good place for their proper introduction.
In Legends, Jedi Master Djinn Altis was known for heading the Altisian Jedi sect during the Clone Wars. They were a splinter faction of the Jedi Order who did not follow the directives of the Jedi Council. Among their many unorthodox interpretations of the Jedi Code, they believed that individuals of any age could be trained in the ways of the Force, a master could take on multiple Padawans, and that attachments like marriage should be kept in check. Despite their beliefs, the Altisian Jedi fought on the side of the Republic during the Clone Wars. As they did not work closely with the clone troopers, many of them were able to go into hiding after Order 66. Djinn was also known for teaching the ability to preserve one’s consciousness after death by transferring it to an inanimate object.
Fans are already familiar with Qui-Gon Jinn and his differing interpretation of the Force. The existence of Djinn Altis pointed to another Jedi who did not follow the rigid ways of the Jedi Council. Furthermore, Altis’s technique of preserving one’s consciousness after death may assist Obi-Wan in his studies of becoming one with the Force.
The name Valin Halcyon may not ring a bell immediately. However, fans of the Expanded Universe may be familiar with Hal Horn who was the father of Corran Horn (a member of the elite Rogue Squadron and one of the first Jedi Masters in Luke Skywalker’s new Jedi Order). Valin Halcyon was the secret son of Jedi Master Nejaa Halcyon who took him on as his Padawan. When the Clone Wars erupted, Valin was left with Nejaa’s friend Rostek Horn of the Corellian Security Force (CorSec). When Nejaa died in the Clone Wars, Rostek Horn married Valin’s mother and adopted Valin. After the fall of the Republic and the subsequent Jedi Purge, Valin would exclusively go by the name Hal Horn. He would later become a noted CorSec police officer. The mention of the father of such an iconic figure from the popular Rogue Squadron series could mean that we may be seeing Corran Horn return to canon. Perhaps we may see him in the upcoming Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron movie.
In Episode 2 of Obi-Wan Kenobi, we saw a Force-Sensitive child and his mother seeking help from the con artist Haja Estree. Incidentally, his name was Corran (also confirmed in the credits). This along with the name Valin Halcyon further tipped the scale toward the future appearance of Corran Horn.
The Bad Batch series premiere showed us how Caleb Dume, who later became Kanan Jarrus in Star Wars: Rebels, initially survived Order 66. We have seen him as an adult in Rebels, and little snippets of his teenage year during the Clone Wars and post-Order 66 in the Kanan comic series. His name appearing on the wall of the safehouse points to a possible live-action appearance. On the flip side, a few Redditors are saying that “Dume” is missing a couple of Aurebesh letters and looks nothing like “Dume” at all. It may just be wishful thinking on someone’s part.
It appears that in addition to all the Star Wars lore we have accumulated over the years, some of us fans may also have to add learning Aurebesh to the list. Obi-Wan Kenobi had been wonderful thus far in bringing a sense of nostalgia as we look back at the prequel era while moving the story forward into the Dark Times. We could hardly wait for what lie in store in the upcoming installments of the series.
Catch Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4 this Wednesday, June 8 on Disney+
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Written by Apinya Wong
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