The 2 Star Wars Songs in the Obi-Wan Trailer Explained: Clues and Story Meaning


The new Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer has arrived, featuring two of the saga’s most iconic scores mixed together (which is very important).

the Obi Wan Kenobi the trailer features two of the Star Wars’ the most iconic scores, both of which hold heavy significance for the titular Jedi Master. Coming from a long time ago star wars composer John Williams, these two scores from the prequel trilogy have been mixed together as Obi-Wan prepares to embark on a new adventure he probably wasn’t prepared for. As such, the use of these two epic dueling scores helps confirm that Obi-Wan will once again become a Jedi while also dealing with his own tragic past.

The two scores used in the Obi Wan Kenobi trailer are “Duel of the Fates” and “Battle of the Heroes”, both of which feature Kenobi caught in epic lightsaber duels that have tragic consequences. “Duel of the Fates” was composed by Williams for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, featuring Kenobi as a Padawan who joined his master Qui-Gon Jinn in a duel against Darth Maul in the Battle of Naboo. Likewise, “Battle of Heroes” was composed for the final lightsaber duel of the prequel trilogy seen in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith where Obi-Wan had no choice but to confront his fallen apprentice Anakin Skywalker on the lava-covered world of Mustafar.


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Now the two scores have been combined for the new Obi Wan Kenobi trailer, delivering intensely epic music as viewers get their first glimpse of Obi-Wan’s time on Tatooine (and beyond). However, the scores are about more than just creating hype for star wars Fans. Both scores were played during the most tragic and tumultuous times of Obi-Wan’s life. “Duel of the Fates” depicts the duel where he lost his master, which motivated him to train Anakin as the chosen one, while Battle of the Heroes “saw Kenobi losing Anakin to the dark side of the Force several years later. As such, the use of both scores in the trailer indicates that Obi-Wan will once again ignite his lightsaber, with even more tragic potential. In both cases of the prequel trilogy, Obi-Wan has put aside his feelings and moved on, adhering to the Jedi Code; it’s plausible that something will happen that will force him to make the same choice on his TV show, because basically Obi-Wan is a Jedi – it’s like the Grand Inquisitor says, it’s an itch, he can’t help it.

Ewan McGregor in Obi-Wan Kenobi

Seeing how the new trailer for Obi Wan Kenobi features Darth Vader’s Jedi Hunter Inquisitors closing in and present on Tatooine itself, it’s clear dark days are ahead for the Jedi Master. Combined with past confirmations that Vader himself will appear in the series to once again lock lightsabers with his former master, there’s no doubt that Obi-Wan will face a gauntlet of dangers in his new series. Therefore, the use of past tense star wars the scores in the trailer certainly feel earned beyond just creating hype via nostalgia.

Note that John Williams will return to compose the theme song for Obi Wan Kenobiwhich is appropriate given that Obi-Wan is another legacy character, thus aligning with him to mark the theme of Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018. While he could very well compose an all-new score for Darth Vader and Obi-Wan’s upcoming rematch, there would certainly be emotional resonance and poetic symmetry if “Duel of the Fates” and Battle of the Heroes” were mixed by Williams himself for the new star wars series (rather than just being used for Obi Wan Kenobiit’s trailer.

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