The final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi has finally answered an expectation of fans, who have elevated a banal phrase from the Jedi to the rank of a meme on the Internet.
This is perhaps what fans have been waiting for the most. Star Wars, beyond the “return match” between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. In any case, this is what we can conclude in view of the avalanche of publications on social networks, such as Twitter and Reddit, commenting on a very specific passage from episode 6 of the series. Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Indeed, the public is pleased to have finally been able to hear Ewan McGregor, the British actor playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in his youth, pronounce a simple sentence, but which the Internet has managed to erect to the rank of legendary meme. This sentence escaped you if you watched the episode in French. But in English, it was unmistakable.
A phrase born with Revenge of the Sith
The phrase in question is spoken at the very end of episode 6, when Obi-Wan Kenobi first introduces himself to young Luke Skywalker. It is with a ” hello there » that he greets him, in the original version. In French, it is unfortunately less tasty, since it is the translation “Hello young man” which was retained.
The origin of this phrase dates back to 2005, when Ewan McGregor performed for the third time at the Obi-Wan Kenobi cinema. That was episode III then. Revenge of the Sith and the actor led the attack on General Grievous, a heavily mechanized figure, Separatist cadre and lightsaber collector. Here is the scene in question:
As noted by the Know Your Meme site, which is a bible for those looking for explanations on such and such a trend on the Internet, this quote has been widely taken up and diverted by Internet users, on photos or videos, or in simple text. posted on chat rooms. The site provides examples from YouTube, TikTok, Reddit, Imgur and Tumblr.
A search in Google images is enough to realize the extent of this fashion, with obviously more or less success. With the release of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi, many Internet users were in despair in the sub-forums of Reddit. In each episode, everyone listened, but this sentence never came.
However, Ewan McGregor knows of the existence of this meme. During an interview, he confirmed it on May 24, in full promotion for the series. It even rubbed off on him, because the person concerned sometimes uses it himself. This quote is nevertheless a source of annoyance: it is also fans who go to see him to ask him to pronounce it, which is occasionally unpleasant.
Episode 6 has therefore liberated the fans, as we can read in recent hours on Reddit. ” My life is now complete. I can now die in peace “Says Strongholdowl. ” I have no words. OK, maybe two. boroshlav jokes. ” Best possible ending », claims thekingofallmen. ” It was worth it, in the end for thekingdomcome. And so on.
And of course, the meme spawned new memes.