Why Obi-Wan Kenobi HATES Flying
As a child in Star Wars Legends, Obi-Wan Kenobi dreamed of becoming a pilot. Fast-forward ten or so years to the Star Wars prequels, however, and this fascination has clearly turned into fear. So, why is this? What events turned an almighty Jedi Master against the notion of flying? Well, let's find out!
Given its setting – i.e. space – you would think most Star Wars characters would enjoy kicking back in a cockpit as they soar through the galaxy. The same, of course, could be said for Jedi Masters – as they are literally given their very own starfighters. So to learn that someone like Obi-Wan Kenobi heavily disliked – or even hated – flying seems rather bizarre. I mean, no one can deny his ability as a pilot, especially when you rewatch his pursuit of Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. Yet it was in this very moment, just as the bounty hunter unleashed a barrage of missiles at the beloved character, where Kenobi definitively stated his pent-up grievances. I guess being shot at by anything would set off some major alarm bells, but clearly there are underlying issues at play here. With that in mind, what event in his past could have possibly caused such a fear of flying? Well, I don't necessarily attribute it to a single point in time, rather a culmination of various moments and factors. For example, Obi-Wan was always considered to be wiser than his Master, Qui-Gon Jinn. He also seemed to mature faster than most other Jedi. So much so that he learned how to thwart battles and duels alike with spoken words alone, earning him the nickname of “The Negotiator”. Combining these factors with Kenobi's strategic mindset, in that he enjoyed planning out every move before executing them, informs us of how exactly he felt about flying. To him it was just too unpredictable; you couldn't reason with enemies in space; there was simply no time for strategy. And after years of service alongside his reckless Padawan, it's fair to say Obi-Wan knew first-hand the dangers involved with the craft...
So there is my best answer as to why Obi-Wan Kenobi hated flying. I do genuinely believe he only piloted out of necessity and would have much rather stayed on solid ground. But what do you think? Do you agree with my reasoning here, or do you have a slightly different take on the Jedi's somewhat strange fear? Let me know in the comments below!