Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Teaser Trailer Breakdown
Hello there! Finally, Disney released the Obi-Wan Kenobi™ teaser trailer. This highly anticipated Star Wars™ limited television series starts streaming on May 25 — the 45th anniversary of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope™ — on the platform Disney+.
Ahead of the pilot episode, we’ve finally gotten our first glimpse at live-action footage. Watch this brand new Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer here or on the official Star Wars YouTube channel, then join us below for an in-depth breakdown and analysis.
Obi-Wan on Tatooine
“The fight is done,” Obi-Wan Kenobi™ narrates over scenic shots of the desolate desert planet. “We lost.” Thus begins our journey with the exiled Jedi™. Familiar music introduces our protagonist in shadowed silhouettes. When this hopeless hermit’s not wandering the wastelands, he’s walking further into the Tatooine™ civilizations. Is he working as a scavenger like Rey™ on Jakku™? What’s happening at this assembly line/work station? Or, is it some sort of registration situation with the growing Empire? Questions arise, but all the shots are too brief to ascertain anything beyond theories.
Living a solitary life, Obi-Wan Kenobi traverses those infamous dunes with only three goals: stay hidden, survive, and protect Padme Amidala™ and Anakin Skywalker’s™ son. This was established in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith™, but now we get to see Obi-Wan Kenobi’s watchful guardian persona in action.
Young Luke Skywalker
Looking just like an Episode I: The Phantom Menace™ version of his father, Luke Skywalker™ plays on the rooftop of the Lars’ moisture farm homestead. Young Luke wears goggles and appears to be practicing pilot techniques or simply pretending to fly. Owen Lars™ and Beru Lars™ meander in the foreground. We witness this all through Obi-Wan Kenobi’s binoculars. Clearly, the former Jedi Master is doing his due diligence as Luke’s guardian.
One of the most exciting parts of this trailer comes right after “The Duel of the Fates” starts — yes, the score used during Qui-Gon Jinn™ and Darth Maul’s™ lightsaber fight. It is the live-action debut of a group of Jedi hunters called Inquisitors™. Initially introduced in the animated series Star Wars: Rebels™, with their lore later expanded in the video game Jedi: Fallen Order™, Inquisitors are ruthless dark side users under the employ of Emperor Palpatine™ and Darth Vader™.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series shows us five different Inquisitors. One is the Grand Inquisitor™ from Rebels. There’s an unnamed Twi’lek™ accompanied by stormtroopers™, as well as a peek at the face inside a familiar helmet shape that’s worn by the Fifth Brother™ in Rebels. We also get a newcomer Inquisitor named Reva™. As is their job, they’re wreaking havoc and hurting beings throughout a galaxy far, far away. We can likely anticipate more than one showdown between Obi-Wan and these antagonists. These battles even bring him off Tatooine to a grungy cityscape.
Uncle Owen Lars
A younger Owen Lars returns from his quick cameo in Episode III. He appears to be more involved in the series than past iterations of the character have been. Standing in a town square, Owen witnesses a hanging — whose corpse is anyone’s guess — as well as Inquisitor Reva’s interrogation of the Tatooine citizens.
While we don’t actually get to see Darth Vader, we do hear this Sith Lord’s signature labored breathing at the end of the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer. Could that be who Obi-Wan Kenobi looks to in the final shot of the trailer before it fades to black?
Final Impressions and Questions
In a dark alleyway, someone finds the symbol of the Jedi Order painted on a wall. The next part of this fast-paced montage shows us Reva in a standoff against an unknown, blaster-wielding assailant. Any guesses as to who this is? There’s also a couple characters who still need proper introductions, such as the Imperial Officer Tia™ and a large droid.
Finally, over the course of the trailer the phrase, “Between darkness and defeat, hope survives” is revealed. “Hope” is a repeated motif throughout Star Wars, and of course a great way to tie together this series with Ben Kenobi’s™ first appearance in Episode IV. It’s a great way to end the trailer, inspiring nostalgia as well as anticipation for everything new.
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