Obi-Wan Kenobi -Trailer… Do We Need Vader?

Lucasfilm on Star Wars Day (May The 4th Be With You) released a new trailer for the highly anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney Plus, but does the series need Vader?

The latest trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi shows the Inquisitor Reva on the hunt for Kenobi and her determination to find the Jedi who is wanted by the Empire. The trailer also showed Joel Edgerton (Uncle Owen) pulling no punches with Kenobi when it comes time to train Luke, with gut punch remark of “like you trained his father?”

The trailer ended teasing the return of Obi-Wan’s former apprentice, Anakin Skywalker now known as the Sith Lord, Darth Vader. Deborah Chow is directing all six episodes of the limited series that is set to premiere on May 27 on Disney Plus.

The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. The series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie.

Reggie’s Take:
While I had issues with the prequel trilogy there was also plenty I enjoyed and if there was one character from the prequel movies that is worth revisiting, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is the perfect one to drop in on.

So far both trailers that Lucasfilm has released for this series have been beyond excellent and I cannot wait to revisit a familiar character. I also have reservations about the return of one character and the possible role this character will play during the six-episode series. I am talking about Darth Vader of course, the former pupil of Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker. I love the character of Vader, after Han Solo he is my second favorite in the franchise so what you are about to read comes from my love of Star Wars.

I understand why Vader is in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. The Empire and Vader are still on the hunt for any remaining Jedi and Kenobi is at the top of that list and for obvious reasons. Ever since I saw the very first Star Wars (1977) movie I have always had the impression that Vader and Kenobi had not seen each other since Anakin became Vader, in this case on Mustafar and the events of 2005’s Revenge of the Sith.

When I first heard Vader would be a part of the series, I was a little hesitant as to how small or big of a role Vader may play. After thinking about it I decided it made sense so long as Vader and Kenobi never actually shared any scenes together and no lightsaber fights took place between them. Then when I heard the Inquisitors would also be a part of the series my feelings on Vader and Kenobi’s paths never crossing became even stronger. I felt the Inquisitors would provide the necessary foil for Kenobi to have a lightsaber dual with.

After seeing this latest trailer and what I have read my hope of Vader and Kenobi not coming face to face is unlikely to happen. Everything is leading to another show down between master and the former apprentice now Sith Lord. While the purist in me would prefer not to see Kenobi and Vader duel until the events of A New Hope I don’t think I am going to get that wish.

So, if Lucasfilm is going to give me another showdown between the two then I can only hope it rivals that of Revenge of The Sith. Anything less in my mind would be a waist and leave me disappointed. While I do have a concern heading into the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series I am also extremely excited to see what Lucasfilm delivers when it debuts on Disney Plus May 27th.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi / Lucasfilm
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi / Lucasfilm
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi / Lucasfilm
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi / Lucasfilm
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi / Lucasfilm
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi / Lucasfilm
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi / Lucasfilm


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