Ewan McGregor’s Obi Wan Kenobi Series Went Out of Its Way to Do the One Thing George Lucas Never Wanted Star Wars to Include

Was including Qui-Gon's Force ghost a mistake?

Ewan McGregor's Obi Wan Kenobi Series Went Out of Its Way to Do the One Thing George Lucas Never Wanted Star Wars to Include

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  • Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi Series stands out, particularly for its bold step that George Lucas had once dreaded and that was including Qui-Gon's Force ghost.
  • George Lucas intentionally omitted Qui-Gon Jinn's Force ghost from Revenge of the Sith, clarifying Qui-Gon lacked mastery in this aspect.
  • By including the controversial character, Qui-Gon's Force ghost at the end, opens up pandora's box of wild questions and scenarios.
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In recent years, there has been an abundance of Star Wars spin-offs and content. While some have remained faithful to their original source material, others have ventured into uncharted territories. Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Series stands out, particularly for its bold step that George Lucas had once dreaded and that was including Qui-Gon’s Force ghost.

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Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Broke One Big Rule George Lucas Had!

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series reunited key actors from the Star Wars prequels, such as Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, also alongside brief appearances by Temuera Morrison and Liam Neeson. And that broke one significant rule established by George Lucas which is to include Qui-Gon’s Force ghost. In The Art of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (via ScreenRant) he claimed,

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“George Lucas made a deliberate decision to exclude Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force ghost from Revenge of the Sith. “Qui-Gon’s Force ghost is notably absent; he didn’t possess the necessary skills for it””

Ewan McGregor in Obi-Wan Kenobi
Ewan McGregor in Obi-Wan Kenobi

The Disney+ TV series, by including the controversial character, Qui-Gon’s Force ghost at the end, opens up Pandora’s box. Despite appearing to Obi-Wan on Tatooine, Qui-Gon’s absence from the Endor party in Return of the Jedi raises questions about Force ghost continuity. While The Last Jedi demonstrates enduring Force ghosts like Yoda, Qui-Gon’s ghost seems to vanish post-Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Why did George Lucas make that Rule?

George Lucas intentionally omitted Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force ghost from Revenge of the Sith, again clarifying in The Art of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith that Qui-Gon lacked mastery in this aspect, stating,

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“We never see the ghost of Qui-Gon; he’s not that accomplished.”

George Lucas on the set of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
George Lucas on the set of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Qui-Gon, the first Jedi to return from the Netherworld of the Force, had incomplete training. Lucas believed, akin to Obi-Wan in A New Hope, that Qui-Gon could communicate through the Force after death but couldn’t physically appear. The ability to manifest as a corporeal Force ghost was later perfected by Obi-Wan and Yoda in the original trilogy.

Although there are now justifications for his return, it is still one of the major controversial decisions the show ever took.

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