Some of the most beloved Clone Wars and Rebels story arcs have surprisingly early origins in the Star Wars Legends era – Obi-Wan’s Padawan years.

In the early 2000s, Star Wars launched the middle grade book series Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson and Dave Wolverton. These novels followed the exploits of Obi-Wan’s youth as he became Qui-Gon’s Padawan, from his first mission to the years before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and even evolving to cover Obi-Wan and Anakin’s missions together. From the very first book, the series featured an entirely new set of knowledge and adventures of the Jedi Order. Having created a vivid cast of characters and a plethora of story arcs, it’s no wonder the series’ Force ghost can be felt in other properties, even long after it’s been relegated to Legends.

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The Clone Wars Y Star Wars Rebels, in particular, worn on the mantle of those Jedi Apprentice stories, with various plots in the shows that are almost perfect parallels to the books. From character development to specifics, the spirit of Jedi Apprentice and the guiding principles of his storytelling paved the way for a deep well of plots and characters on television.

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A strong example of this can be found in Obi-Wan’s romantic bond with the Mandalorian Duchess Satine Kryze, a strong-willed blonde woman capable of matching him in wit and sense of duty in Clone wars. She and Obi-Wan had years of history before the show, as Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon were dispatched during the Mandalorian Civil War to protect the young Duchess. It was during that mission that she and Obi-Wan formed a friendship and began to develop romantic feelings for each other that continued throughout the years, until their tragic death in front of Obi-Wan at the hands of Darth Maul.

At Jedi Apprentice In the novels, Obi-Wan developed similar feelings for a blonde, strong-willed fellow Padawan, Siri Tachi. Although the two apprentices started out as acquaintances who annoyed each other more than anything, they developed a solid friendship on missions that blossomed into an unspoken attraction. This developed further until they finally acknowledged their feelings and even briefly considered leaving the Order. Both, however, were too committed to the Jedi to do so and resolved to remain friends and just friends, until their own tragic death in front of Obi-Wan on a mission during the Clone Wars.

Before her death, Siri became a full-fledged Jedi Knight with her own Padawan, Ferus Olin. Her character arc may be familiar to fans of Ahsoka Tano’s personal development and choices. Disillusioned with the Jedi Order out of guilt over the accidental death of fellow Padawan Darra Thel-Tanis on Korriban, he abruptly resigned and left the Order, just before the Clone Wars broke out. Free from the Jedi for the first time in his life, he sought out new worlds and befriended the Roan Lands, with whom he teamed up to create false identities to protect those who were hiding from corrupt authorities. As he had left the Jedi before Order 66, he was able to escape execution and founded a rebel organization before meeting Obi-Wan years later. His latest Obi-Wan mission saw him live out his days on Alderaan, secretly keeping an eye on Leia Organa until he was killed when Vader blew up the planet.

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His journey, from Jedi to Outsider to Rebel, is very much in tune with Ahsoka’s. As a Padawan, she worked closely with Anakin and Obi-Wan, determined to become a great Jedi Knight. However, after her false imprisonment and seeing more corruption occurring in the galaxy during the Clone Wars, she too became disillusioned with the Order and left. On the lower levels of Coruscant, he met the Martez sisters and briefly worked with them on a job assignment, before inspiring them to use their talents for good. She, like Ferus, also managed to escape execution during Order 66 and, as seen in Rebels, worked closely with Resistance cells and Leia during the time of the Empire.

It was during Rebels that the surviving Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus teamed up with Ahsoka. In one particular battle with Darth Maul on Malachor, the former Sith apprentice passed his saber across Kanan’s eyes, blinding the Jedi. Over the course of the following episodes, Kanan spent time accepting his new state and strengthening his other senses in the Force. At Jedi Apprentice books, Tahl, a Jedi Knight and close friend of Qui-Gon, is captured on a mission to Melida / Daan and blinded in battle, sporting a white scar on her face from the incident. Over the course of the following books, she too comes to terms with her loss of vision while further connecting with the Force. He even happens to take a Padawan, a Mon Calamari named Bant Eerin. After Tahl’s death, Jedi Master Kit Fisto took over Bant’s training, who also nods at Clone wars, with Kit Fisto’s apprentice being another Mon Calamari, Nahdar Vebb.

the Star Wars Galaxy has a multitude of stories, but there is a certain magic to its recurring themes. With these book-to-show parallels, important principles are established, and even arcs that are no longer considered canon can become the foundation of a larger story.

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