In the latest issue of IDW’s Star Wars: Adventures, Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi get their own Wookiee Life Day holiday special.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Star Wars Adventures # 3 by Michael Moreci and Megan Levens
In the last issue of Star Wars Adventures From IDW Publishing, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi get their own holiday special, celebrating none other than Life Day, a galactic holiday most frequently celebrated by Wookiees on their home planet Kashyyyk. . The idea of the Day of Life first originated from the extremely poor and worthy of shame Star Wars Holiday special which aired on television after the success of the first Star Wars film. However, more current narratives have begun to redeem Life Day and this new issue serves as a perfect example.
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To air in 1978, the terrible Star Wars Holiday special saw Han Solo helping his first mate Chewbacca get home in time to be with his family on the Day of Life, the annual holiday his town celebrates. Due to its extremely poor delivery and equally negative reception, the TV special has been largely ignored for a long time. However, references to the Day of Life itself have persisted in Star Wars projects, as with The mandalorian series on Disney Plus that revealed that the Day of Life was celebrated by multiple planets and species (not just Wookiees). Furthermore, LEGO also launched its own Star Wars Holiday special on Disney Plus this past Christmas.
Now, Star Wars Adventures # 3 from writer Michael Moreci with art by Megan Levens sees Jedi Master Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan visiting Kashyyyk to witness the Day of Life for themselves. Additionally, Qui-Gon uses the celebration as a teaching moment for young Obi-Wan, comparing the Wookiee’s way of life to that of a Jedi’s connection to the Force. Balance and harmony are key factors for both, and Qui-Gon seeks to expand the consciousness of his apprentices, using the Day of Life as a metaphor for the Living Force and its ability to transcend life and death.
Sure enough, the Wookiees wear red robes and send out orbs of light as seen in the Star Wars Holiday special, but it is much more acceptable on this subject. Similarly, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s exploration and conversation about the reasons behind their celebration and their connections to the Force are also engaging, providing an additional dynamic that is contextually beneficial, as opposed to the more chaotic and confusing that was seen on television in the late 70s.
However, things do not remain calm for long on this subject. In a surprise attack from the trees above, the Wookiee celebration is violently interrupted by the arrival of Trandoshan hunters, seeking to take advantage of the festivities. As Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan begin to repel their attacks, the Trandoshans manage to capture several Wookiee prisoners, as well as Obi-Wan’s teacher, Qui-Gon. As the Trandoshans take their new hostages on their ship, Qui-Gon tells his young apprentice that it is now up to him to keep the Wookiees safe. However, it seems that Obi-Wan Kenobi will take a much more proactive role in future editions of Star Wars Adventures, fully intent on saving his master with the help of the assembled Wookiee warriors. One thing’s for sure: this Christmas special is definitely proving to be more entertaining and action-packed than the first by far.
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