Obi-Wan Kenobi keeps having a very lukewarm reception from casual and hardcore fans alike. The show has been having a lot of trouble trying to capture the magic of what makes Obi-Wan Kenobi such an interesting character. And instead, it has been focusing most of its running time on other characters such as Leia, Reva, the Third Sister, and Tala. Can the show manage to deliver what the audience wants in its last two episodes?
We can only wait and see. However, narrative decisions are not the only weird thing that Obi-Wan Kenobi is making. The show is also cutting tons of corners when it comes to its production values, and the result is a show that feels cheap and not made with the love and respects it deserves. We’ll keep watching right to the end, you never really know. Maybe those last two episodes will be exactly what we always wanted from the Star Wars universe.
The following paragraphs contain spoilers for episode 4 of Obi-Wan Kenobi, so read at your own risk.
What Happens To Obi Wan After His Fight With Darth Vader In Episode 3?
The last episode ended with the most expected first encounter between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Master and apprentice, finally meeting each other after their lives went in completely different directions. Anakin is now Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith, and his power and reach within the Empire knows no bounds. And then we have Obi-Wan Kenobi, a broken Jedi, who doesn’t even have a connection to the force anymore.
Their encounter ended up with Vader defeating Obi-Wan Kenobi in battle. Vader was about to deliver the final blow when Tala, a member of The Path, managed to save Obi-Wan and took him out of the planet. In between nightmares and flashes of reality, Obi-Wan Kenobi wakes inside a bacta tank, so he can heal his wounds. Tala has taken him to The Path HQ, from where they coordinate the escape of hundreds of refugees and even some Jedi, from the claws of the Empire.
There is a big problem though, and that is the fact that Leia has been taken by Reva. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Tala, and his new allies find out that Leia has been taken to Nur in the Mustafar system. Obi-Wan Kenobi pleads for help, he cannot rescue Leia alone, and she needs to be rescued, as Leia knows all about the path. Roken, the leader of the path, accepts the conditions, and they plan to rescue Leia as soon as possible.
In Nur, Reva is interrogating young Leia, but the young girl manages to be a fierce opponent to the inquisitor. It is here that something strange happens. Reva tries to read her mind of Leia, as we have seen her do before, but she cannot extract anything from the girl’s mind. This, of course, can only be done if Leia’s mental defenses are up, and they need to be especially strong to withstand a force-induced attack.
It is clear that Leia is force sensitive, which can be the only answer for this, but neither Reva, nor Vader who is clearly overseeing everything manage to get that right. Why is this? We know that in the original trilogy, Leia didn’t really get to use the force and any sort of force sensitivity ability. But here it is clear that that is what is happening and yet the show and characters don’t acknowledge it. It feels wrong, and it is just one of the things that the show doesn’t really get right. The details are important.
Does Obi-Wan Kenobi Rescue Leia In Episode 4?
Tala and Obi-Wan Kenobi get to Nur in order to rescue Leia, and they arrive at the Inquisitorial HQ. This is a very hard mission, but both warriors manage to achieve their purpose. Tala uses her role as Imperial office to get Obi-Wan inside the facility, but sadly, her cover is blown not soon after, as she risks getting more and more inside the facility to places where she shouldn’t go.
Obi-Wan Kenobi on the other hand calls the force to him, and in a very cool sequence in the dark manages to dispatch a couple of Stormtroopers guarding Leia. Obi-Wan Kenobi rescues Leia, and they go on route to their escape. The alarm sounds, and it is clear to every imperial member that something is wrong. Leia and Obi-Wan are attacked as they cross a hallway that is submerged in water, but Obi-Wan Kenobi remembers his training and saves Leia.
This is a pretty cool sequence because we see that Obi-Wan Kenobi is once again in touch with the force. His powers might not be at the level they were when he was General Kenobi, but they are enough to dispatch the incompetence of the Stormtroopers. Stormtroopers are really the worse type of henchmen ever, they cannot accomplish anything by themselves.
Roken’s soldiers get to rescue Obi-Wan and Tala, but one of them is taken down by Reva. Leia is rescued at the cost of another human life. It doesn’t feel like a victory. Back at the Inquisitor’s HQ, Vader arrives and almost kills Reva, but before he can do it, she reveals that she put a tracker on Leia, and now she is leading them to the heart of The Path. Vader forgives Reva, and we see that the tracker on Leia is actually her robot companion, Lola.
The next episode should deal with the consequences of this mistake, with Vader flying himself to the heart of The Path’s operation and facing his old master once more. Let’s hope that these two last episodes are as explosive as they promise to be.