With the release of episode 5 of the live-action Star Wars miniseries on Wednesday, obi-Wan Kenobi reached its halfway point. It appears that they are free and clear because Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) was able to release Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) from the control of the Imperial Inquisitors. However, cunning Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram), also known as the Third Sister, hid a tracker on Leia’s adorable droid LOLA so that the Empire could monitor them.
By using her ingenuity, Reva manages to evade the wrath of Darth Vader (formerly Anakin Skywalker; Hayden Christensen and James Earl Jones).
Our hero managed to escape with the aid of anti-Imperial network leader Roken (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) and traitorous Imperial officer Tala Durith (Indira Varma), who is secretly assisting Jedi and Force-sensitives to flee the Empire via the Path. One of the few who is aware that Leia is Vader’s long-lost daughter is Obi-Wan.
Find some huge SPOILERS, shall we? This series takes set nine years before A New Hope and ten years after Revenge of the Sith.
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A Skywalker in danger
Following a botched effort to kill Vader, a severely injured Reva discovers Obi-lost Wan’s commlink and reads a jumbled message from Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits), Leia’s foster father, that makes references to “learning of the children,” “Tatooine,” “Owen,” and “the boy.”
That’s conveniently just enough information for her to deduce that Luke Skywalker is Vader’s son (he really should have changed his name) and locate the 10-year-old on the desert planet. But since he’s already leading a typical life and is blissfully ignorant of the Force by the time we meet him in A New Hope, I think he’ll be OK.
Obi-Wan notices Luke is in danger while they are on the escape ship with Leia and a group of refugees. So I suppose in the season finale next week, he’ll be rushing back to Tatooine. Since their hyperdrive is disabled and Imperial forces are close after them, he could be a little late.
Apprentice & Master
Vader considers his time as Obi-Padawan Wan’s as his Star Destroyer makes its way to the Path base on Jabiim. With their attire, hairdos, and the fact that Anakin still has his right hand (Count Dooku cuts off part of his arm during their combat on Geonosis), we are treated to some delicious flashbacks to a sparring session they had prior to Attack of the Clones.
It emphasizes the tension in their relationship, Anakin’s impatience, and Obi-capacity Wan’s to outwit him—all of which are important to the show’s current plot. Coruscant, a city planet, provides a stunning setting for their combat. Obi-Wan comments, “You are a wonderful fighter, Anakin, but your urge to prove yourself is your downfall.” You will still be a Padawan until you get over it.
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Christensen in particular appears older in these scenes than he did in 2002’s Attack of the Clones (possibly because he doesn’t have a beard to hide behind), but the visual effects team didn’t go overboard. There might have been some subtle digital de-aging or clever application of makeup going on here. The performers appear to have enjoyed the opportunity to return to a previous stage of their careers with two decades more expertise; their on-screen chemistry is, nonetheless, rather electrifying.
I admit that I am a little envious of these guys if there is no de-aging. The other flashback in the show focuses on Anakin’s journey into darkness, but it’s also nice to see the legendary sand-hater before he became into a horrific mass murderer. Three years after Attack of the Clones, in Revenge of the Sith, this occurs.
Surviving Order 66
Unsurprisingly, Reva’s past as a young Jedi who survived Order 66, when clone soldiers betrayed their Jedi companions, is exposed. She faked dead among the other children’s bodies to hide her apparent stabbing by Anakin as he attacked the Jedi Temple. Which is incredibly horrific and perhaps the reason the episode’s “upsetting” scene warning was necessary.
Obi-Wan understands what she has gone through and concludes that her becoming an Inquisitor was all a part of a revenge scheme against Vader. She has been preparing to kill the Sith Lord for some time, and she can sense that Obi-Wan is unsure whether to kill his former protégé.
Despite this, Obi-Wan recognises a chance in Reva’s mission and surrenders, giving her the chance to kill Vader while he’s off guard. But in reality, it’s really a big ruse to allow Leia, Obi-Wan, and the refugees to go.
Dark Lord’s power
Once more, watching Vader in action is really spectacular. When he arrives on Jabiim, he uses the Force to take a fake ship out of the sky, tears open the hull, and discovers that it is empty. However, his desire to impress others allows the genuine transport to flee.
Since his former Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Rey struggled to do so in The Clone Wars finale and The Rise of Skywalker, respectively, Vader dragging down the ship with the Force seems to showcase his might (and parallels a moment from 2008 video game The Force Unleashed). When the ship is shown to be empty, it appears less impressive. Vader actually has a foollike appearance (don’t tell him I said that).
When Reva moves, he effortlessly uses the Force to stop her attacks and stabs her in the torso (again). As she lies in the mud, he admits that he had known about her origins all along. He asks, “Did you really think I didn’t see it, youngling?” You are no longer useful.
The Grand Inquisitor says that his drive for vengeance let him live after Reva skewered him, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the CGI animated series Rebels as it is set after this and he is the major antagonist in season 1. He was presumably thrown into a bacta tank as well, which is usually beneficial.
It seems a little strange that Vader and the Grand Inquisitor abandon her to perish. But I suppose the show needs someone to pursue Luke in the climax, and it would defy logic for any other Imperial to do so without alerting Vader to the presence of his son.
Obi-servations and Easter eggs
- Since Leia spends most of the episode in a box fiddling with wiring, she feels very marginalized in this one. She at least fixes her droid and aids everyone in fleeing.
- The exchange between Luke and Vader in the Return of the Jedi duel is analogous to the moment that Anakin strikes Obi-Wan with his lightsaber to breach his guard.
- Many of their actions and the camerawork are similar to those seen during their fight on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith.
- Up until their deaths at the hands of the Empire, the dynamic between Tala and loader droid NED-B is similar to that of Cassian Andor and K-2SO in Rogue One. In August, Cassian will return in his Disney Plus prequel series, and K-2SO will probably make an appearance at some time over the two seasons of the show.
- In the Path base, Obi-Wan discovers a number of lightsaber hilts in a box, but I doubt any of them belonged to anyone we know.
Next Wednesday, June 22, when episode 6 of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the series finale, debuts on Disney Plus, we would be thrilled if you would join us for further.