What the Obi-Wan Kenobi Trailer Reveals About the Show

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And so, with only weeks left until the show debuts on Disney+, the company higher-ups have decided to grace all starwars fans with a brand-new trailer for the upcoming and highly anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi. Having been dropped so close to the show’s debut, the new trailer does a fantastic job of intriguing fans. It keeps us interested but doesn’t reveal too much. In the time until it does debut, however, anything from a new starwars project is always worth looking over, and the few pieces of information that the trailer did reveal are worthy of discussion.

The trailer opens just like any other starwars project would, with epic, John Williams-style music (no coincidence since John Williams himself has been confirmed to be doing the music for Obi-Wan Kenobi) set to a bunch of disjointed scenes in space to help set the mood. Then following that, Ewan McGregor’s voice informs an unknown party that they need to “stay hidden.” while we watch scenes of Imperial Inquisitors. Two, which are shown to be the Grand Inquisitor and the Fifth Brother from Star Wars: Rebels, arrive on Tatooine. Following that, the narrative perspective shifts as a different voice (presumably the voice of the Grand Inquisitor played by Rupert Friend) insists that Obi-Wan Kenobi is “gone,” all set to scenes of the Galactic Empire.

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However, this does not appear to stop anyone from looking, as the voice of one of the other Inquisitors then speaks up and says that they have been “looking in the wrong places.” The trailer then transitions to Obi-Wan Kenobi on the run from the Empire on a planet that is distinctly NOT Tatooine while beating people up with his fists and, surprisingly, using a blaster despite being a Jedi and having a lightsaber on hand. Then, finally, the trailer ends the only way it can, with the iconic breathing noise of Darth Vader. And with all of that, the bait has been dropped, and starwars fans are biting.

Obi-Wan Is Still a Jedi

The one scene from the new trailer that has rightfully gained more attention than any other is the moment where Obi-Wan is talking to Owen Lars (played by Joel Edgarton), and he tells him that when the time comes that Luke Skywalker “must be trained,” before Owen responds with “Like you trained his father?” As brutal and perfectly delivered as that comeback is, that brief scene shows so much about Obi-Wan and Owen Lar’s characters and sets the foundation for how these two will interact within the series.

Many in the starwars universe have seen Obi-Wan Kenobi as the perfect Jedi. While he is not undeserving of this title, being the perfect Jedi can be just as much of a flaw as a virtue. In the case of this scene, even knowing everything that is happening around them, Obi-Wan insists that Luke be trained as a Jedi against the wishes of Own Lars. He knows how dangerous of a path that would be. This story takes place after Order 66 and the rise of the Galactic Empire. With all the Imperial Inquisitors running around, being a Jedi at this time is a death sentence, as shown in Star Wars: Rebels. Obi-Wan knows this, yet he still wants this sort of life for a child despite the risks.

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Contrasting that with Owen Lars, something not discussed as often as it should be in starwars is how much Owen hated Obi-Wan Kenobi and wanted him to stay as far away from Luke as possible. The reason for this is quite simple. While the Jedi may be peacekeepers, Owen, like many, had his maturing years during the Clone Wars. In that time, despite what the Jedi claimed, Owen only ever saw them bring war and death wherever they went. Not only that, but having met both Anakin and Obi-Wan and knowing that Obi-Wan trained Anakin, it is easy to blame all of Anakin’s failings on Obi-Wan. He should have taught him better as his teacher despite being “the perfect Jedi.”

Now in the era of the Galactic Empire, being a Jedi is, again, a death sentence, and Owen knows this fully well. So the last thing he wants is for his nephew of him, the only child he has, to be chased and hunted down by people who will never forget, forgive, or show mercy. In Owen’s mind, he is keeping Luke safe while Obi-Wan wants to get him killed, fighting a hopeless battle that he cannot possibly win.


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The Rematch of the Century

Despite being billed as “the rematch of the century,” with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reprising their roles from the prequel trilogy, the trailer does not actually show any scenes of Darth Vader. It only hints at his presence of him. The reason for this is more than likely incredibly simple and twofold.

First off, it keeps the fans in a state of anticipation for the show’s debut, and secondly, the rematch will likely only be a very small part of the series itself. Even assuming that Obi-Wan and Darth Vader fight more than once, any fight they have before the series finale is likely going to be very brief, and that is not something that should be shown in a trailer.


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