Now that we know Anakin was once a Jedi, you might be wondering why he turned to the dark side. That’s explained in the prequel trilogy, which starts with “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” The film introduces us to a young Obi-Wan, who is the padawan of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. The two find themselves on Tatooine, where they meet Anakin as a young boy. After sensing that Anakin is strong with the Force, Qui-Gon promises to train him to become a Jedi. However, he dies, and Obi-Wan trains Anakin instead.
Unlike the original Star Wars films, during which the Jedi are nearly extinct, the prequel trilogy shows the Jedi in full force. We learn about Anakin and his mother’s lives as slaves and how he gains freedom by joining the Jedi Order. We also see how he meets Obi-Wan and his eventual wife, Padmé Amidala.