Interestingly enough, many of the facets that defined Anakin in that divisive Star Wars film from 20 years ago are already on display during this sparring session with Obi-Wan. He’s headstrong, obsessed with being the best and winning, already suspiciously aggressive for a Jedi, and at odds with his master. In fact, he pushes back against Obi-Wan’s instruction that a Jedi shouldn’t be so aggressive, delivering a worrisome bit of fascist rhetoric in reply: “Mercy doesn’t defeat the enemy, master. It’s why you’re going to lose.”
As we all know, it’s the events of Attack of the Clones that truly begin to set the stage for Anakin’s eventual fall at the end of the trilogy, namely the scene where he slaughters the entire tribe of Tusken Raiders who kidnapped and tortured his mother, but we also see in this Obi-Wan Kenobi flashback that the young padawan was already showing hints of his darker side even before he ever returned to Tatooine. It’s good insight into Anakin’s life between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones that had previously been reserved to tie-in books and comics, and it’s great to see a little more of that character development happening on screen.
But the dark side isn’t the only thing on display during this flashback. Some fans have quickly formed theories regarding its opening shot. We see Anakin looking off into the distance while he waits for Obi-Wan. Beyond is the Coruscant skyline, notably adorned by a cluster of massive skyscrapers. Does one of those buildings serve as the Coruscant home of a certain senator from Naboo? Some viewers certainly think so.