A few days ago we brought you the memory of Liam Neeson and his son’s reaction R2-D2an opportunity for fans to remember the place the little ones occupy droid in the universe of war of stars. And exactly, a theory of fans claims soObi Wan knew R2-D2 from the movie A new hope.
the obi-wan r2-d2 relationship
Although Obi-Wan Kenobi pretended not to know the astromech droid, one theory reveals that the Jedi Master recognized R2-D2 in the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). When Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker first meet in the film, Luke explained that he was trying to find the recipient of the message contained within the droid, a man named Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since Obi-Wan was hiding under the name Ben, he admitted that he was indeed the person he was looking for. However, he denied owning R2-D2 and pretended not to know him..
When the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977, we didn’t know the years of history and traditions between Obi-Wan and R2-D2, and so this reaction seemed logical. However, the prequel trilogy and the anime series Star Wars: The Clone Wars changed the game. In these stories, Obi-Wan often fights alongside R2-D2.
Out of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) Obi-Wan and R2-D2 helped liberate the planet Naboo from the Trade Federation blockade. Both later participated in the Clone Wars, with R2-D2 then being assigned to Anakin Skywalker. Since Obi-Wan and Anakin often fought together, Obi-Wan was bound to know R2-D2. This means that while R2-D2 might not have recognized Obi-Wan right away on Tatooine due to his age, Obi-Wan should have recognized him as the droid.
This point has been a source of debate in the fan community for several years. One theory, however, is that Obi-Wan recognized R2-D2 but chose to pretend not to recognize him. so as not to tell Luke the whole truth. This would then explain some of the Jedi’s behavior towards the droid, and would also fit with Obi-Wan’s tendency to subtly lie to Luke.
he wasn’t ready
This theory, noted in an article by grindertherefore states that Obi-Wan recognized R2-D2 but simply chose not to tell Luke. When the latter questions Obi-Wan about his father, Obi-Wan states that it was Darth Vader who killed him., which turned out to be a symbolic representation of Anakin’s transformation into a Sith Lord. Likewise, Obi-Wan’s treatment of R2-D2 is another example of “truth-twisting”.
When Obi-Wan claimed he didn’t remember owning the droid, he wasn’t lying. Because R2-D2 was assigned to Anakin, not Obi-Wan. And if Obi-Wan recognized the droid but didn’t want Luke to know, that would explain why Obi-Wan called it his “little friend”.
When Luke and Obi-Wan met A new hope, the latter could have told him about his relationship with Darth Vader and Leia. However, the Jedi Master decided to keep this a secret, thinking Luke probably wasn’t ready yet. Most likely, that’s why Obi-Wan didn’t reveal the truth about R2-D2.. If Obi-Wan had admitted that he knew the droid and that it once belonged to Anakin, then Luke might have started asking more questions about his father.
This theory has the benefit of attempting to provide an explanation for Obi-Wan’s behavior in the face of R2-D2 during their “first” encounter in the original trilogy, while remaining consistent with the Jedi Master’s principles. And for Find out what to expect from Star Wars Celebration 2022see our previous article on the subject, right here.