Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 4, Episode 22
Original Air Date: March 14, 2012
The implication of a meaningful existence beyond death has been part of the Star Wars saga from the beginning. In A New Hope, during his duel with Darth Vader, Obi-Wan says "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." Let's be honest, we never truly learn the extent of what he means. Perhaps he is alluding to the impact of his martyrdom. Perhaps there's more to the Force than anyone, even the filmmakers, fully understands by the end of the first movie.
Here's what we do learn: while Obi-Wan technically dies, he doesn't leave the story. He reappears in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as a Force ghost, doing his best to steer young Luke to the right path. Yoda and Vader/Anakin also appear to Luke as ghosts. Apparently, it's part of the Jedi contract.
Ghost Ben can't really do much, though. He speaks and he certainly has no trouble getting around but otherwise seems unable to impact the physical universe. So, what power does he have beyond guiding Luke? Is that all he means? Is that all he needs? Or is there more to it?
"Revenge" is directed by Brian Kalin O'Connell. O'Connell attended Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He has been working within George Lucas's empire since 1995, first for Industrial Light & Magic, then Lucasfilm Alimation. He has big screen art and visual effects credits for The Mummy, Unbreakable, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Wild. In total, he directed 20 Clone Wars episodes.
Next week: "Revival." This Thursday, we'll be recapping Season Four.