‘Star Wars’ Changed Forever, Controversial ‘Kenobi’ Character Retcons Original Trilogy

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Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan kenobi (left) and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker (right)

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The Star Wars universe just changed for good with the episodic closing of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the fate of the series’ most controversial character.

Moses Ingram as Inquisitor Reva
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Actress Moses Ingram brought weight and gravitated to her role of Reva the Inquisitor (Third Sister) in the limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi, which many fans praised.

Unfortunately, Ingram was met with online attacks that were reportedly racially charged, something that Lucasfilm had to warn the young actress about before making her Star Wars debut. Viewers took out what frustrations viewers had with the character Reva on Moses Ingram.

moses ingram as reva in obi-wan kenobi
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Nonetheless, Ingram’s performance was overshadowed by social media controversies, leading Reva to become the most talked-about character of the limited series.

Vader fighting Kenobi
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After causing quite the online stir after refusing to die in episode five of Kenobi (with fans arguing that she should have had the same fate as Qui-Gon Jinn after suffering a lightsaber stab to the stomach), Reva became public enemy number one leading up to Kenobi’s finale.

Now, the character has changed the realities of Star Wars forever after refusing to kill Luke Skywalker but being able to walk away from Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Obi-Wan Kenobi using his soresu stance to defeat Darth Vader
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Reva lives! And with Reva lives the vital information of Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts and wellbeing, something that Ben Kenobi killed Darth Maul on the spot in Star Wars: Rebels after the undying Sith questioned his old foe about who he’s hiding on Tatooine.

Now, Reva can walk free with her life, being given mercy by Obi-Wan Kenobi because she showed mercy to Luke Skywalker?

young reva at jedi temple
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But, what were her motives? Driven by rage and the dark side, the Sith-user was able to remain alive and somehow make it to Tatooine.

While fans were not told how exactly Reva survived a deadly lightsaber wound from Darth Vader (twice) and flew to Tatooine some starcruiser left on Jabiim, it’s clear that her motives were to kill Luke Skywalker and best Anakin Skywalker once and for all.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Nonetheless, she couldn’t bring herself to kill a defenseless child — unlike Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker during Order 66.

She then grabs Luke (after chasing him) and carries him home. Throwing down her lightsaber to the dusty sand and renouncing vengeance, Obi-Wan lefts her to go free.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan defending himself from incoming fire with his lightsaber.
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Should he have left her live? We’re not here to bash Moses Ingram, but giving Reva a complete story arch with her demise to the dark side and then redemption by episode six may have been more episodic with the character’s death, especially when considering the realities of how that affects the Original Trilogy.

Moses Ingram as Reva
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There’s no telling if Reva is still alive by Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). If so, did she ever tell anyone about the location of Luke Skywalker?

While she most likely did not realize that the young Skywalker was the “Chosen One,” having another soul other than Ben Kenobi and Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) that knows of Luke’s location retcons a good portion of the Skywalker saga, particularly the fact that if Reva were to live after leaving Kenobi and somehow make it to a remote location for the remainder of her life, could Sith Lord Darth Vader have sensed her presence through the Force (given he sensed her betrayal from the start) and pursued her on the location of Kenobi (inadvertently giving away the safety of Luke Skywalker)?

Ben Kenobi (left) and Darth Maul
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Now, with Reva living, the realities of Darth Maul being on Tatooine for Kenobi in season three of Rebels could be inspired by retrieving the information on Luke Skywalker from a torn Reva.

Moses Ingram as Reva
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This, of course, is all speculation. Canonically speaking, Darth Maul arrives on Tatooine looking for Obi-Wan and realizes he’s hiding a big secret.

Could this Maul tie-in be connected to Reva in the future? Only time will tell, especially with the possibility of Lucasfilm announcing the second season of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

More about Obi-Wan Kenobi

The story begins ten years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his most significant defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.

obi-wan kenobi (left) and princess leia (right) on transport vehicle with stormtroopers
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“The rematch of the century” teased by Kathleen Kennedy, director Deborah Chow, and Lucasfilm will be supported by Moses Ingram (Inquisitor Reva), Joel Edgerton (Uncle Owen), Bonnie Piesse (Beru Lars), Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Obi-Wan dueling Anakin at the Jedi Temple
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The world of George Lucas is expanding beyond Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Darth Maul (Ray Parker), Anakin Skywalker (Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch/Temura Morrison), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Moff Gideon(Giancarlo Esposito), the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, and The Clone Wars.

Within the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is moving past Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) or the controversial Rian Johnson Star Wars film The Last Jedi (2018) as we dive into the Old Republic or explore new realities of the Star Wars universe with each new TV show or the upcoming Star Wars game like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 or Star Wars Eclipse.

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