Star Wars Minute 31: OB1

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July 15th, 2013.


Minute 31: We meet Obi Wan (Ben) Kenobi.


Gaz Gretsky



  • Luke says R2-D2 is the property of Obi-Wan Kenobi.


  • Ben has really aged on Tatooine (given that this is less than 20 years since the Prequels).
  • Gaz claims that Ben is wearing exactly the same clothes that he wore in the last scene of the Prequels (burn marks, damage etc. match).
  • Luke's famous line "I've never seen such devotion in a droid before" and R2-D2's sound reaction - which can be interpreted in a number of ways.
  • The Jundland Wastes and what they are.
  • Star Wars comics and how they add to information from the movie.
  • Gaz's uncle 'adding to' the comics by drawing blood in certain scenes, and how Gaz got carried away with this effect.
  • Is Ben Kenobi using the Force on Luke's forehead in this scene? Perhaps he's running a midi-chlorian check.
  • Ben's clothes. Do they make sense in the context of the movie / saga?
  • How does Luke recognise Ben Kenobi instantly when he wakes up? Does he know him?
  • Do we refer to Kenobi as 'Ben' or 'Obi-Wan'? Luke calls him Ben throughout the trilogy; Leia refers to him as Obi-Wan in the message recorded by R2-D2; and when Luke arrives to rescue Leia from the Death-Star and says "I'm here with Ben Kenobi" Leia knows who he's referring to.
  • R2-D2 hiding behind the rocks (this is enhanced in the Blu-ray version of the movie - i.e. more rocks were added digitally).
  • More R2-D2 shuffling in this minute (as opposed to rolling). Alex calls these type of scenes 'cheating droid scenes'.
  • Gaz refers to a theory that he heard, before the Prequels came out, that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a clone with the designation OB1. Pete says that this has been discussed on the podcast previously.
  • As a kid Alex assumed that all Jedi changed their names when they became Jedi. That is, Ben is his real name and Obi-Wan is his Jedi name.
  • The general misunderstanding when the movies first came out that Darth was Darth Vader's first name - reinforced by Kenobi referring to him as Darth during the movie.
  • Pete talks about the theatre experience in this minute that happened / happens from time to time. When Ben says "Obi-Wan, that's a name I haven't heard in a long time." <Pause> Someone in the theatre shouts out "How long?", and then Ben says "A long time." Everybody in the theatre cracks up every time.

Meta Minute

  • 13:47 podcast episode length.
  • The name of this episode (following the colon), is only 3 characters, making it the shortest episode title (regular season).


  • Alex: The scene opens with a mysterious old cloaked man waking up the recently battered Luke Skywalker. Hmm, I could go for some battered Luke Skywalker.
  • Pete (to Gaz): If you keep telling us things that are good in the Prequels then we might have to kick you off <the podcast>.
  • Gaz: Spoilers.
  • Gaz: <The name> Kenobi is like <the name> Smith.


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