‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Part III’s Jedi Name Drop Explained

Part III of Obi-Wan Kenobi continued to expand the galaxy far, far away, introducing us to new characters and locations and painting a pretty terrifying picture of what the Empire has done in just over a decade. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom as it also introduces Obi-Wan to some new allies and an understanding that not everyone is all bad.

Shortly after arriving on the mining planet of Mapuzo, Obi-Wan and Leia find themselves in quite the pickle. Fortunately, they are rescued by Imperial Officer Tala Durith, who manages to get them to a safehouse where she educates them on The Path, an underground movement that provides safe passage for enemies of the Empire. She wastes no time in telling Obi-Wan that he’s not the first Jedi who has passed through her safehouse and it isn’t long before Kenobi finds evidence of one that he knows well: Quinlan Vos.

Jedi Master Quinlan Vos first appeared in 1998’s Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars #17. A year later, he was spotted on Tatooine in The Phantom Menace and, from there, his presence has grown tremendously. While a great deal of his story has taken place on the page and not the screen, Vos and Kenobi did share one memorable mission that was seen in the third season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

The episode, “Hunt for Ziro”, saw Kenobi tasked with the retrieval of the Hutt crime lord Ziro. In order to help locate him, the Jedi Council assigned Quinlan Vos, a fan-favorite who at the time had a large presence in what’s become non-canon Legends media. Kenobi and Vos worked as quite the odd couple, but Vos’ unique skills as a tracker came in handy. Though he truly frustrated Kenobi, the two parted on good terms.

Following his appearance in Clone Wars, the character next appeared in Christie Golden’s canonical novel, Dark Disciple. Dark Disciple saw Vos team up one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress on a mission to assassinate Count Dooku. The two became close during their time together and, eventually, fell in love. For a time, Vos was lost to the dark side and actually became Dooku’s apprentice. Vos returned to the light side after Dooku killed Ventress. From there, Vos became a general in the Clone Wars and survived Order 66 and became a top target of the Inquisitorius.

Part III of Obi-Wan Kenobi reveals that, presumably, Vos has up to this point eluded the pursuit of the Inquistors and is helping Tala provide safe passage for Force-sensitive younglings via The Path. Learning that Vos, who was certainly a pain in Kenobi’s ass in their time together, had survived the Jedi Purge, seemed to put a bit of pep back in Kenobi’s step. Given the proclivity of the Disney Plus streaming shows to bring characters from other medium into live-action, it wouldn’t be too surprising if Vos showed up on screen at some point in the next 3 episodes and lent a hand to his one-time partner.

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