I definitely have not checked in for a while, and I apologize for that. I’ve been super busy. But tonight, I’m making a cake dedicated to my dear Patriots and drinking some wine…so this seemed like a good time to write a Star Wars blog post. Don’t judge. My reasoning totally makes sense.
So with the Superbowl coming up (did I mention my Pats are in it to win it?), I’ve been thinking a lot about Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s relationship these past few weeks and wondering why so many people love Obi-Wan Kenobi (kind of like why people like the Seahawks…it just baffles me). Now, it’s kind of like comparing apples to oranges, but so many people that I talk to seem to be squarely in Team Obi-Wan.
We do have more to go off of with Obi-Wan. For one, he’s in all six movies. Can you believe that? ALL SIX MOVIES. I know the story of the Saga is Anakin’s story, but in a way, you could also look at it as Obi-Wan’s story. Off the top of my head, the only other characters that are in all 6 movies are Anakin/Vader, Artoo, and Threepio. We see Obi-Wan go from a young Jedi Master, to a member of the Jedi Council, to a Jedi who has to go into hiding while watching the Republic fall apart, waiting 19 years in order to make a connection with Luke, dying at the hands of his former apprentice, and coming back as a Force Ghost to help Luke bring balance to the Force. Hot damn. That’s a lot for one person’s life…especially considering his life didn’t really end but continued through the Force.
The thing is…for some reason, I just don’t like Obi-Wan as much as Qui-Gon. Despite all he’s seen, despite all he’s done in his life, I still feel like he’s too stuck in his ways. He’s stuck in the way of the Old Republic, similar to how your parents refuse to get the new smartphones because they’ve finally gotten used to a cell phone in general (okay, maybe that’s just mine).
People talk about how funny he is. But even in the PT, his sense of humor seemed forced to me. The most connection I felt to Obi-Wan was during ROTS. I thought that was, by far, the most relatable human we see in him. When he was finally stripped away from politics, from the Jedi Council, from everything he knew…then he was a bare bones human with Jedi-like ability but who had feelings. He was torn over losing Anakin to the dark side. It’s not like Ahoska, who just left the Jedi Order. He had FAILED. And his failure wasn’t minimal, like, “Oh woops I got 25% on my Physics final” (yes, that happened to me), his failure brought down thousands of years of established government. And that failure is something he had to take with him and live with for 19 years on a God-forsaken lonely planet on the outer rim. So all this makes for an interesting character…except that Obi-Wan leaves me yawning. Does anyone else feel the same? Am I bringing on the hate for this?
But Qui-Gon…Qui-Gon is, in my eyes, the perfect Jedi. We only see Qui-Gon in one movie, TPM, and his character comes through more clearly than Obi-Wan’s did in all 6 movies. Qui-Gon knows his mind and is not set in his ways like Obi-Wan. In fact, he always seems willing to push the boundaries and take everything one step further. What Jedi would bet on a podracer race just so that he can get parts for a ship? Obi-Wan wouldn’t. I mean, Obi-Wan was immediately questioning Qui-Gon’s decision, and in a way, questioning Qui-Gon’s guidance in the Force.
What if this plan fails, Master? We could be stuck here for a long time.
But Qui-Gon did know it was going to work, so for him, it wasn’t a chance at all. It was trusting in the Force. All instances where Qui-Gon just does what he wants:
- Landing on Tatooine despite the fact that it’s controlled by the Hutts.
- Betting the Queen’s ship on a podrace (!!).
- Raising the stakes and including Anakin into the mix (even though Anakin has never won a race).
- Taking Anakin off of Tatooine to go to Coruscant.
- Deciding to train Anakin as a Padawan against the Jedi Council’s wishes.
Now answer me, in all 6 movies, when did Obi-Wan take any real chances? When did he step his toes outside of the line? When does he deflate any balls to get what he wants?? Oh, wait, wrong subject… Everything he does in the PT is basically with Yoda’s blessing. Oh wait, that’s kind of similar in the OT as well.
I know I’ve mentioned this before on my blog but I firmly believe that if Qui-Gon had lived and trained Anakin, Anakin would not have turned to the dark side. Because Qui-Gon was the kind of Jedi Master Anakin needed, not Obi-Wan. Sure, Obi-Wan did okay, but he could never fully “get” Anakin. Honestly, he just took Anakin on as a Padawan because it was Qui-Gon’s dying wish (that kind of sucks – the last thing your Master of the past 20ish years tells you is about some kid that you met 3 days ago). It was kind of like an arranged marriage. So, yes, Obi-Wan did the right thing, but where did it get him?
Obi-Wan did the best he could with the time he was given. But he wasn’t what Anakin needed, nor was he a super interesting character. SO WHY DOES EVERYONE LOVE OBI-WAN? Please. Enlighten me.
So anyway, this was a long drawn out, semi-tipsy post on why I think Qui-Gon is awesomer than Obi-Wan. Keepin’ it real, homies.