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‘Hello There’ – Star Wars Fans Are Loving Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Perfect Line

Obi-Wan Kenobi pays tribute to the line first spoken by the titular character in Star Wars: A New Hope, and fans are very happy about it.

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s most simple yet perhaps best-known line made its return in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series finale – and that has made a lot of Star Wars fans very happy.

“Hello there,” are the words Kenobi appropriately speaks upon meeting young Luke Skywalker for the first time since Luke’s infancy, bookending the very first line ever uttered by the character when introduced in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. Twitter users are responding accordingly. “HE SAID THE THING,” exclaimed users @JED1KN1GHT and @hqndmaidens. “HE SAID IT HE REALLY SAID HELLO THERE AGAIN,” tweeted @giselleb1234.

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“YEAAAAAAA BABY THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT FINALLY THE HELLO THERE,” added @captaincupkicks. Users @bigmac2199 and @GabrielDjarin7 conveyed their excitement via an altered video and photo, respectively, showing a group reaction to the classic line. And @LBeskar and actor @SimuLiu simply repeated the iconic phrase in their tweets, with the latter attaching a video clip synchronizing the line’s three live action utterances.

Alec Guinness’ Ben Kenobi first said those words to R2-D2 after encountering the droid and an unconscious Luke Skywalker in the Tatooine desert in A New Hope. Other than serving as the first words spoken by the character onscreen, the line didn’t carry any real significance until nearly 30 years later in 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, when Ewan McGregor’s Kenobi confidently spoke the same words to Separatist Army leader General Grievous, an homage to Guinness’ original line in the first film.

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Kenobi did not speak those words again until the epilog of Obi-Wan Kenobi, when young Luke’s uncle Owen Lars finally allows Kenobi to meet the future Jedi Knight for the first time since he brought Luke as an infant into Owen and Beru Lars’ care. The line had since become the source of countless memes seen across social media, and currently stands as both the first and last quote uttered by the character in Luke’s presence, at least as seen chronologically by viewers.

In terms of Star Wars continuity, however, a 2008 episode of the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars has retroactively established it was actually Grievous who first spoke the line to Kenobi, prior to the reverse scenario occurring in Revenge of the Sith. Grievous, therefore, may be due credit for coming up with the Jedi Knight’s most famous quote.

The entire Obi-Wan Kenobi series is now streaming on Disney+.

Source: Twitter

Jim is a freelance writer who started writing for CBR in 2013. He had worked previously at Comics Buyer’s Guide since 1997 as a writer, reviewer, and online columnist. He has also written for other various comics-related publications and websites, covered comic conventions, and appeared in video commentaries. Occasionally, he’s been known to interview creative professionals including comic writers and artists, actors, and musicians.

His love of pop culture began with Star Wars, followed by comics shortly thereafter. Forever a rock n roll aficionado, he’s also an unapologetic KISS and Trans-Siberian Orchestra fan. And he’s always willing to try a new hot sauce or microbrew – especially if someone else is buying. He also fancies himself as a photographer now and again.

If you’re nice, he can be found on Twitter as @QuiGonJimm.

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