It’s here! It’s finally here! After what feels like an eternity, we finally have a trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi, the new limited series that hits Disney+ on May 25ᵗʰ. And of course, when there’s a trailer, it’s time for me to give my thoughts as well as a few predictions!
A warning before you proceed: I will possibly make some references to casting announcements, as well as some predictions, so if you are going in blind other than this trailer, there may be spoilers.
So first things first, and I’ll keep it brief as I’m pretty certain I say it for every single trailer, but this looks and sounds incredible! I love the musical choices here as it throws us right back into the movies we know and love, while also reminding us of some of the biggest moments in Kenobi’s life with his fights against Darth Maul (“Duel of the Fates”) and Anakin (“Battle of the Heroes”), while throwing in “Anakin’s Dark Deeds” is also a clever move as not only do we know Vader is going to be an antagonist in the show, but we also clearly have Inquisitors appearing, who, like Anakin, were Jedi who fell and turned to the dark side. I’m sure the series itself will rely much more on a new score, but for this first teaser, this was 100% the right move.
Now for the visuals, and Ewan looks every bit as Obi-Wan as he did back in the early 2000s, it’s so great to see him back! Of course with Tatooine having featured so heavily in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, it feels so familiar now and continues to look as if it could have come straight out of the Original Trilogy. Of course there will be plenty going on, but I like that it looks like we will get some time to see Obi-Wan in his isolation and watching over Luke before everything kicks off. And now for my first bold prediction: though he has not been announced as appearing, I still feel that Liam Neeson will appear in a cameo either as a force ghost or at least a voice to Obi-Wan in his isolation, and the opening voice-over in this teaser will be Obi-Wan talking to his former master.
And now we come to the bad guys, and it’s great to see the Inquisitors included. It looks like Moses Ingram’s new Inquisitor will be the main antagonist, but it was good to see The Grand Inquisitor also involved quite heavily in this trailer, which would make sense considering Obi-Wan is one of the strongest Jedi unaccounted for by the Purge. But what I really love is that it looks like we will get to see the Inquisitorius and the Fortress Inquisitorius on Nur (a water-covered moon in the Mustafar system, so not far from Darth Vader’s own castle—which I expect will also feature in the series) as it is a great way to tie together the Original 6 movies with the animated series and the games, and also suggests that we may actually get some depth to our villains, something that was dreadfully absent when I look back at The Book of Boba Fett. It certainly looks like we see the Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister in a couple of shots, though I think their roles will be largely cameos.
But while I’m excited by the Inquisitors, they are also my one disappointment with the trailer, as it the Grand Inquisitor and Fifth Brother looked very different to their established appearances, looking more like slightly modified humans compared to completely different races. And while I understand that Rebels had a very deliberate appearance, with a number of elongated faces, the appearance of the Grand Inquisitor’s species (Pau’ans) was established in Revenge of the Sith and looked much more akin to the Grand Inquisitor of Rebels than the one we see in this trailer.
And now for prediction number 2, the Inquisitors arrive looking for a Force-sensitive child and will start taking an interest in Uncle Owen (how great is it to have Joel Edgerton back?!!) so Obi-Wan will allow himself to be discovered and lead the Inquisitors away, leading to Darth Vader himself getting involved as the Inquisitors fail. This would be in line with what we have seen ofthe Inquisitorius in both Rebels and the novel Ahsoka, which both see the Inquisitors hunting for Force-sensitive children when not chasing leads on surviving Jedi.
A couple of final thoughts to close this out:
- I’m very excited to see Indira Varma as an Imperial officer and think that she could be an incredible character
- I really hope we get some serious time with both Owen and Beru. Edgerton is a fantastic actor who has risen to great heights since he last played the role, while Owen and Beru are such important people in Luke’s growth and development, yet we have barely seen them and especially not seen the love that we know must have been there
- Massive respect to the creators of this trailer for resisting the urge to give us Obi-Wan using his lightsaber or any shots of Vader, the breathing at the end was all we needed
And so, as usual, I would happily now not see anything more until the series releases, but I’m sure we’ll get at least 1 more trailer closer to the time (which i will cover) and a million short spots in the build-up, which I will ignore.
What were your thoughts on the teaser?
Thanks for reading. May the Force be with you….