My Reaction to the Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Teaser Trailer
The man, the myth, the legend returns. Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most famous heroes in all of science fiction, and one of the most important characters in Star Wars. Alec Guinness may have first played the character almost fifty years ago, but it was Ewan MacGregor who breathed new life into him in the Prequels. Now, seventeen years since Revenge of the Sith released in theaters, Obi-Wan Kenobi returns to live action in the teaser for his upcoming show of the same name.
A Broken Obi-Wan
The details about what will happen in the Disney+ series remain hazy, but there’s still some things that we know about. Taking place ten years after Revenge of the Sith, the series has Obi-Wan living in exile on Tatooine as he watches over Luke from afar. But due to things that might be beyond his control, the Jedi Master goes on an adventure that will take him away from Tatooine and into the crosshairs of the Empire and his former student, now Darth Vader.
The main takeaway about this series is that it’s going to show Obi-Wan in a way that’s different from what we’ve seen before. In the prequels, Obi-Wan was full of life and loved to make witty remarks and troll his enemies, but was also serious in his duties. The Obi-Wan we saw in the original trilogy was the wise old master who wished to be their for Luke, but was also solemn and sad about his failings. However, in the show, Obi-Wan just looks…broken.
At this point in his life, Obi-Wan has hit rock bottom. He failed Anakin, he failed to stop the Sith, and he can’t do anything to stop the Empire from oppressing the Galaxy. He has no hope left, save for Luke.
My guess is that whatever will happen in the series will help to rekindle the hope for the future that he possesses in the classic films. But he will be facing many powerful enemies as he does so.
Enter the Inquisitors, Dark Jedi that were carried over from the Old Expanded Universe into the Disney Canon. They’re former Jedi that either willingly turned on their comrades and joined the Empire, or were broken into submission. Either way, they’re now working for the Empire as Jedi Hunters, hunting down any survivors.
Since Disney reset Star Wars, the Inquisitor’s have made several prominent appearances in the new EU. However, this will be their first live-action appearance, so they’re going to have a lot going for them.
I’m looking forward to seeing the Inquisitors in live-action. Having seen how formidable they were in Rebels, and fought them in Fallen Order, I know how dangerous they can be. However, I know Obi-Wan can handle them easily. It’s Luke I’m worried about. Perhaps them learning about him is what prompts Obi-Wan to leave Tatooine and hunt them down before they can alert the Empire. That would certainly be an interesting premise.
The Biggest Star Wars Series Yet
No matter what, Obi-Wan Kenobi will likely be the biggest live action series that Star Wars has put out on Disney+ to date. Thus, Disney will need to pull out all the stops to ensure its success, especially given how divisive The Book of Boba Fett was among fans. I liked the premise of that miniseries, but the overall execution was lacking in a few key areas. Hopefully, Kenobi won’t do that to us. Overall, though, I’m looking forward to seeing this show, and I loved the teaser. Just check out my reaction to it on my YouTube channel!
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