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The Obi-Wan Kenobi Part V Detail Only Hardcore Star Wars Fans Noticed

For anyone making a "Star Wars" TV show or movie, (or comic book or novel or any other type of media), it's essential to get the small details right. The "Star Wars" canon is a long and rich story full of thousands of characters, and devoted "Star Wars" fans love noticing the little nods to their favorite "Star Wars" content. 

The new Disney+ series "Obi-Wan Kenobi" is full of Easter eggs. The T-16 Skyhopper Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) tries to gift a young Luke Skywalker is the same kind Luke (Mark Hamill) is playing with in "Star Wars: A New Hope" (if not the same one). The Grand Inquisitor's ship is reminiscent of Darth Maul's ship, Scimitar. Obi-Wan even uses the exact same communications device he used throughout the prequels.

In "Obi-Wan Kenobi's" fifth episode, Part V, the story includes flashbacks to the time when Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) was training under Obi-Wan. To a casual "Star Wars" fan this might just seem to be a random sequence taking place during the prequels, but diehard "Star Wars" fans were able to pinpoint when it happened due to a few small details.

Based on Anakin's hand, the sequence takes place before Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

The flashback sequence involves a lightsaber training duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin on Coruscant, set some time during the prequels. During the duel, Anakin shows a troubling tendency towards aggression and violence, which is at odds with the Jedi ideals. Obi-Wan chastises Anakin for his need to prove himself as a warrior. Additonally, the scene mirrors the present-day lightsaber duel between Vader and Reva (Moses Ingram), which also happens during this episode. 

Redditor u/Atraktape noticed a telling detail that pinpoints when the flashback is happening. "Anakin's hand indicates it's pre-["Star Wars: Attack of the Clones"]." u/Atraktape is correct that Anakin has both of his biological hands in the flashback sequence. Since Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) cuts off Anakin's right arm during "Attack of the Clones," that means the flashback sequence must predate the film.

Other Redditors noticed more small details. "He is also knighted just after AOTC and he still has his braid here," wrote u/vtinesalone, noting that flashback-Anakin is still sporting his padawan braid. Anakin becomes a full-fledged Jedi after the battle of Geonosis, which appens during "Attack of the Clones." 

"And his lightsaber, it's the AOTC version," added Redditor u/battle_of_endor. Anakin's first lightsaber gets destroyed during "Attack of the Clones" at the droid factory on Geonosis. Since flashback-Anakin is wielding that lightsaber, so this once again dates the scene pre-"Attack of the Clones."

Most casual "Star Wars" fans were probably already aware that the Part V flashback happens at some point before Anakin's turn to the dark side of the Force, but these details show that the flashback is happening at a very specific point in time, for anyone who cares to notice.