What’s with the room full of captive Jedi?

What’s with the room full of captive Jedi?

What’s with the room full of captive Jedi?

Obi-Wan Kenobi is the newest Star Wars series to appear on Disney+. Ewan McGregor reprises his role as the title character, now under the name Ben, as the Jedi seeks to reunite a young Leia Organa with her family. Hayden Christensen also returns in the role of Anakin Skywalker, but so far mainly starred in the Darth Vader suit. One of the few glimpses of Christensen in his Revenge of the Sith style look was a brief vision in part III where Obi-Wan hallucinated when he saw his former apprentice standing close to him in the desert.

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There are other recurring characters in the series, although many are making their first appearance in live action. It was alluded to the Inquisitors, Jedi fighters sent across the galaxy to destroy the remaining Force users in the years following Order 66. The Clone Wars before becoming mainstays in Star Wars Rebels† Since then, the Inquisitors have played an important role in comics, novels and video games set in a galaxy far, far away. In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderFor example, Cal Kestis infiltrates the partially submerged Inquisitor base. Obi-Wan similarly visits this location in part IV of his series. While there, Kenobi discovers a tomb of Jedi killed by the Inquisitors over the years, an interesting glimpse into life after Star WarsRevenge of the Sith and a terrifying display of evil in the galaxy.


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Kenobi discovered what the Empire and the Inquisitors were hiding at their base when he wandered into their tomb area while searching for Leia, who was being interrogated nearby by Reva. The bodies of the Jedi past were terrifyingly displayed, especially when the public saw a youth outfitted in his youthful robes and training helmet (a piece first seen in Attack of the Clones† This stunning display of power and evil is the type of Sith Lord behavior seen by Emperor Sheev Palpatine, who allegedly basked in the defeat of the Jedi and showed his arrogance by disrespecting the memory of the fallen heroes.


As for why this tomb is on the base, the only job of the Inquisitors is to hunt down the remaining Jedi. Interestingly, the Inquistor group is mostly made up of former Jedi. This is even the case with their leader, who was once a guardian of the Jedi Temple before being drawn to the dark side. Given his wicked appearance, it’s hard to imagine how he would have ever been on the Light Side, but so little is known about his backstory prior to this new series that anything seems possible.

For example, the sadistic nature of the Inquisitors can be seen in the first episode of the series, where Nari (played by award-winning director Bennie Safdie) comes to Tatooine to seek refuge from those who try to capture him. The Inquisitors are ruthless, and it was no different with Safdie’s character, who was publicly hanged in an evil display of power and influence, even on an outer desert planet like Tatooine. This means that a Jedi grave filled with these dead bodies is exactly in line with the behavior of the Inquisitors in the past: they take pride in their hunt and display the bodies of slaughtered Jedi as trophies.


Many of the faces in this tomb are unknown, or at least not clearly enough for the public to identify. However, a few are well-known characters. A recognizable face is Tera Sinube, an elderly Jedi from The Clone Wars series that had a particularly strong and genuine relationship with Ahsoka Tano. Tano was on a mission in the Jedi archives when she met Sinube, who is said to be an expert on the Coruscant underworld after studying them for decades in the library. Sinube was almost exclusively in the records due to his advanced age and lack of mobility, but this didn’t stop the Jedi from going out and assisting Ahsoka in battle whenever she needed him. His fate has never been recorded in canon, although it’s safe to assume that any Jedi whose fate was unknown to Order 66 was indeed killed during the purge.


Still, it was terrifying for many viewers to see even a minor character like Sinube dead and portrayed in such a brutal manner, and the tomb itself was a chilling display of the inquisitors’ brutality. There are other subtle nods to other Jedi in the room, such as a member of the Jedi Council seen in the background, and briefly, in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith† The character subsequently appeared in other media, such as comics, and was described by the Empire as an excellent hider. However, this clearly shows that he was eventually caught and killed, marking the tragedy Obi-Wan faced when he saw this grave.

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