With the Star Wars franchise now boldly going where fans have wanted it to go forever, into all of the stories between the movies we’ve loved so much, it stands to reason that smaller characters are going to get a bit more time on screen. That’s the promise of building out these arcs, that we would now actually get to see a comprehensive universe and dive into the stories from all of those minor folks we’ve seen in bit parts in the past. Along those lines, it looks like Obi-Wan Kenobi is going to get a fan-favorite bounty hunter up on the screen again after just a few scenes from the original movies. According to Star Wars News Net (via Comicbook.com) the bounty hunter 4-LOM will appear in the series, a callback to a previous Star Wars film.
In the bounty hunter game, we know that 4-LOM doesn’t hold quite the Star Wars stature as some of the others in this business. Of course, Din Djarin and Boba Fett have gotten their time on screen in recent years, filling out some of the cooler stories that we’ve seen come along in the universe. But fans will remember that 4-LOM was one of the bounty hunters who was originally tasked with apprehending Han Solo in the original trilogy. Boba Fett was the one who got the collar, but we did catch a glimpse at some of the others who just missed out on the bounty.
4-LOM is a former protocol droid who was reprogrammed by Jabba the Hutt to become a bounty hunter. He hasn’t gotten much in the way of screen time in the movies or these Disney+ series. But looks like it is set to change in Obi-Wan Kenobi with the word that he will be a much bigger part of the storyline. Could that mean he is tasked with hunting down the main character himself? It stands to reason if he’s in the employ of Darth Vader. And we could see these two clash at some point. In Star Wars canon, 4-LOM is often working with, Zuckuss another bounty hunter. So there’s a chance we see them both.
While 4-LOM might be a smaller part of Obi-Wan Kenobi, maybe more of a hat tip to the original franchise than anything else, we know we are set to get a lot more in this story which will help tie up loose ends from those *first* three films. The show will pick up the storyline following Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith after the Jedi have gone into hiding, Luke Skywalker is on Tatooine and Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan is tasked with watching out for him. It will fill in the gaps from Episode III until A New Hope when we first meet our hero.
The inclusion of 4-LOM here could help to explain why he eventually was in Empire Strikes Back and just how these bounty hunters interact with Darth Vader. That alone would help to clarify some pieces of this universe. Regardless of how it turns out, it’s cool to get these callbacks and I suspect we will see a lot more in Obi-Wan Kenobi.