5 Things About Vikings That We Get All Wrong

Unfortunately, thanks to centuries of misinformation in scholarly histories and in popular culture, most people suffer from a variety of misconceptions about the Vikings, from who they were to when they were active to what, exactly, they did.

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This week’s episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi found our hero saving a pint-sized Leia from kidnappers … again. And while it mostly felt like strawberry goo to the show’s Pop-Tart (i.e., filler) in that it repeated a story beat from just two episodes ago, at least we got a scene in which Kenobi finds what may be the entombed body of the goofy alien character briefly played by George Lucas in Revenge of the Sith.

Even aside from a Disney production seemingly showcasing the lifeless corpse of Star Wars’ estranged creator, there may be even more meta-commentary at play here. Arguably one of this episode’s major weaknesses is that it is a blatant retread of A New Hope, literally involving Obi-Wan Kenobi sneaking into an Imperial base to rescue Leia, who’s being held captive and tortured. 

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Lucasfilm

This may be a major clue to how the story of this season of television is being told overall; after all, there are six episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi and also six episodes of the original, pre-Disney Star Wars movies. And since episode four of Obi-Wan Kenobi is distinctly similar to Episode IV: A New Hope, could it be that each episode of the show was specifically designed to mirror its equivalent chapter in the so-called “Skywalker Saga”?

Episode 1 of the series, not unlike The Phantom Menace, splits its time between a lush green planet, home to a young female monarch, and the deserts of Tatooine, where an aging Jedi wants to train a young Skywalker. And the second episode finds Kenobi in full-on urban hard-boiled detective mode, paralleling his role in Attack of the Clones.

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Lucasfilm

This structure became even more apparent in Episode 3, which ends in a fiery duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin, just like Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (and also every Revenge of the Sith meme).

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Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm

Which could mean that next week will end with some kind of dramatic twist and that the season finale will naturally feature a tribe of bloodthirsty teddy bears.  

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