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Star Wars Fans Have A Lot To Say About The New Obi-Wan Kenobi Trailer

The long wait for a TV series about Obi-Wan Kenobi will finally end in just about two months, and today, March 9, 2022, Disney and Lucasfilm released the show's first trailer. You can check it out on Twitter.

The trailer kicks off by showing a lonely and forlorn Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) living on Tatooine, the iconic desert planet where he lives in obscurity after the events of the prequel trilogy. "The fight is done. We lost," Obi-Wan narrates, referring to the rise of Darth Vader and the near-extinction of the Jedi. Next, Obi-Wan looks through a pair of binoculars at the farm of Owen (Joel Edgerton) and Beru Lars (Bonnie Piesse), the adopted parents of Luke Skywalker. Obi-Wan watches as an adolescent Luke pretend to pilot a starfighter, showing an early interest in space-flight just like his father Anakin had.

Then, the trailer cuts to the show's two main villains, the Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend), who was introduced in the "Rebels" animated series, as well as the new character Reva, another Inquisitor tasked with hunting down the Jedi and who's played by Moses Ingram. Darth Vader is the show's third villain and will be played by Hayden Christensen. He doesn't appear in the trailer, but we do hear his signature mechanical breathing.

"Star Wars" fans are notoriously difficult to please, but based on their reaction to the trailer, they're already onboard. Here's what they're saying.

Most fans are pumped about Obi-Wan Kenobi

Just hours after the trailer was Tweeted, the Tweet already racked up over 77,000 likes and 24,000 retweets. Most of the fan replies expressed enthusiasm for the show. Lots of Twitter users like @johnmichaelw and @ITSBLASPHVMY kept things simple, sharing the trailer along with the caption "Hello there." That's a reference to Obi-Wan's (Alec Guinness) iconic first line in "Star Wars: A New Hope," which he says to R2-D2 while examining an unconscious Luke (Mark Hamill).

Lots of other fans highlighted their favorite small details from the trailer. Twitter user @herasjarrus loved it when the trailer brought in the audio of Vader's breathing at the very end. Lots of folks like @kristenkbates enjoyed the trailer's use of "Duel of the Fates," composer John Williams's orchestral song written for "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace," which played during Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jin's (Liam Neeson) climactic lightsaber battle with Darth Maul (Ray Park).

Of course, this is "Star Wars" we're talking about, so not everyone was blown away. Some fans complained about "After seeing this trailer, it's clear that this a franchise that is so afraid to move on, it's basically stagnated, wrote @NoWordCount, echoing a common complaint about the overall direction of the franchise.

"So how're you guys going to shoe-horn some Mandalorian episodes into this one, huh?" @Begaria asked sarcastically. That's a jab at Disney+'s recent series "The Book of Boba Fett," which many fans felt drifted away from its main character Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) by also including episodes about the Mandalorian, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal).

Overall, however, the first trailer has plenty of "Star Wars" diehards excited. The limited series "Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi" blasts off on May 25, 2022, on Disney+.