Your boy Obi-Wan feels like his old self again


Previously Obi Wan Kenobi: After narrowly escaping Reva the Third Sister, Obi-Wan and Leia find themselves stranded on the mining planet Mazupo and struggle to avoid clashing with Imperial forces. With the help of Tala, an Imperial officer secretly facilitating what is essentially an underground railroad for Jedi known as the Path, Obi-Wan and Leia are about to leave the planet until the arrival of Darth Vader. As the Dark Lord of the Sith ruthlessly smashes his way through innocent bystanders, Obi-Wan entrusts Tala to Leia and attempts to train his former apprentice so they can escape. However, this plan goes awry as Vader easily destroys Obi-Wan. I’m talking about him literally whipping his ass to himself then dragging his former friend and master through the fire to give him a taste of what it’s like to be burned alive. Obi-Wan can only escape thanks to Tala, who foolishly left Leia alone, resulting in her being captured by Reva.

When Part 3 came out, many people assumed that the next episode would focus on Obi-Wan recovering his strength and learning how to reconnect with the Force. Somehow! This stuff happens, just in seconds. In what becomes a recurring theme for these shows, a badly burned and unconscious Obi-Wan is dropped into a Bacta tank at a proto-rebellion base where we are shown that Obi-Wan is connected to Vader because, damn damn, their scars match. Never mind that their relationship has been pretty well documented in not one, but two entire movie trilogies, their burns look alike, guys!

Obi-Wan’s time in the tank lasts 30 seconds before he wakes up, asks Tala where Leia is, and already dries off to do that thing. It’s a show about a space magician, folks. For example, Obi-Wan learns where Leia is being held, and it’s called, I swear to God, the Inquisitor Fortress. What an amazing time to coat your franchise with pure, uncut JK Rowling. Way to read the play.

Banking dangerously on his cover as an unblown Imperial officer, Tala and Obi-Wan head to – damn – Fortress Inquisitorius where the episode will take the very odd step of pointing out how Obi Wan Kenobi really is a much shittier version of Jedi: Fallen Order. It actively invites comparisons at this point by setting one-sixth of its runtime inside a level of the game, which is a terrible idea. Fallen order is by far one of the best Star Wars stories of recent years, and Obi Wan is… well, no.

Anyway, as Tala helps Obi-Wan sneak around Sanctum Saberium, Leia is interrogated by Reva who is now hyper focused on closing the Path. Credit where credit is due, Vivien Lyra Blair finally gets a chance to embody Leia’s fearlessness and cunning, which are on full display during these scenes. Blair nails it. His exchanges with Reva also hint at the inquisitor’s backstory which is carefully guarded. I know others disagree, but the whole Reva thing makes her a compelling character because we know exactly where Obi-Wan, Leia, and Darth Vader will be at the end of this thing. Reva could go in any direction.


After trying to use the Force to extract information from Leia, who is able to resist thanks to them Skywalker Genes™, Reva is fed up and sets the princess up for some old fashioned torture. Not going down without a fight, Leia repeatedly cries out for help, which Obi-Wan hears. He knows time is running out and begs Tala for a distraction, which she provides by summoning Reva to her location in an extremely risky move.

While Tala keeps Reva’s attention/tries to stay alive by revealing that she was a double agent who infiltrated the Path, Obi-Wan heads towards Leia where the Jedi Master finally begins throwing himself as the Obi -Wan we know and love. Don’t get me wrong, this episode was still a (mostly) poor rehearsal of a prison break in the blandest settings imaginable, but there’s something captivating about Ewan McGregor wielding his “FWOOSH” lightsaber. “. Although he was destroyed by Vader in the last episode and took a 10-second Bacta bath, he’s back in full fighting shape, and that easily makes for the show’s best moments so far. here. Take those Stormtroopers out in the dark? Even my grumpy ass will admit it was dope as hell.

With Leia safe, Tala catches up to Obi-Wan to warn him that Reva is on his ass. They return to the hangar where Tala’s ship is waiting as Obi-Wan doesn’t very subtly hide Leia under an Imperial officer’s coat. They almost make it out, but Reva catches up to them with a squadron of Stormtroopers. In one of the show’s worst special effects moments, snowspeeders T47 speeders flown by Tala’s resistance fighters somehow zoomed into the hangar when it looked like they should barely have three feet to maneuver. The minute they arrive they should have crashed into a wall, but again, show space wizards. Our heroes escape, but not without one of the pilots dying as Reva takes out her speeder.

After sitting out the episode, Vader arrives at Castle KilltheJediola and proceeds to force Reva’s strangulation to death for royally screwing the space hound. The guy is pissed, but she is able to get out that she planted a tracker on Leia’s robot. This jarringly shifts Vader’s entire mood from full rage to “Oh fuck, good job. Big commotion, everyone. Seriously, I don’t know what the fuck show is anymore.

That said, clearly I’m a basic bitch who is too easily swayed by lightsabers that go “FWOOSH”. I hate everything Obi Wan Kenobi said about the state of Star Wars, and yet watch me write a practically glowing review because the laser sword was like, “TSSSSH. Die Nazi space.

I’m part of the problem!

Obi Wan Kenobi Summaries

Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

Mike is a staff contributor living in Pennsyltucky. You can follow him on Twitter.

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