Episode of 5 of the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV brings us more action than every other episode of the season combined. The result is a somewhat entertaining episode that still falls prey to the lack of resources to make the world of Star Wars feel like the place we all know and love from the movies. Let’s hope the Lucasfilm can understand that production quality has always been a part of Star Wars, and it should be an element that should remain important even in their TV productions.
This new episode even brings a significant death to the table. However, the execution of the moment feels more cheesy than sad and takes all momentum from the show itself. There is one more episode in this season of the show. Can Obi-Wan Kenobi bring the fans back together once again, or it will split the fandom even further. We won’t have to wait too long to find out, but it will certainly bring a lot to talk about.
The next paragraphs include spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 5, so read them at your own risk.
What Happens in Obi-Wan Kenobi, Episode 5?
Episode 5 of Obi-Wan Kenobi opens with a flashback starring both Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi at some point before or after Attack of the Clones. This is the first major scene for Hayden Christensen without the Darth Vader suit to hide his face. It is a welcome sight to see the actor’s face back on the screen. The episode threads this flashback as a thematic core. And it will jump back and forth throughout the episode as we see both friends having a lightsaber battle, where Anakin will learn that his need to prove himself will be his undoing.
In the flashback, we see both characters fighting with all they got, and it is clear that Anakin is being more violent in his style than he needs to. Anakin is an amazing fighter, but he doesn’t really see further than what he has in front of him. So, when he manages to disarm Obi-Wan Kenobi, he thinks the battle is over, and that victory is his. What Anakin doesn’t see is that there are many ways to fight. Obi-Wan Kenobi tricks Anakin, stealing his weapon from him and teaching his padawan a lesson that he will soon forget.
Back in the present, Anakin is Darth Vader, and his forces have Obi-Wan Kenobi trapped along with the refugees. Vader is impatient and lacks the ability to foresee that Obi-Wan Kenobi is planning something against him. Vader becomes too confident, and once again this will bring him a defeat, just like in the past.
You see, Obi-Wan Kenobi has a newfound confidence and his connection to the force is getting stronger by the minute. With this new strong connection, Obi-Wan Kenobi learns that Reva, now the new Gran Inquisitor, was a youngling back in the Jedi Academy, and she survived the infamous Order 66. Reva is actually looking for vengeance, and she is waiting for the best moment to expel his rage at Darth Vader. Obi-Wan Kenobi makes a deal with Reva. He will surrender to her, so Vader can come to the planet to look for him. This will blind him, and she will have her chance to attack.
Reva is not very confident about it, but she puts her trust in Obi-Wan Kenobi. The plan is executed and everything seems to be going well. Actually, when Vader arrives he grabs the transport using The Force, but fails to realize there is another transport and Obi-Wan Kenobi makes his escape along with Leia. Reva takes her chance right there, but she is no match for Vader, who stabs her with her own lightsaber. However, Vader leaves Reva alive, and she now is set to Tatooine to find Luke.
Who Dies In Obi-Wan Kenobi, Episode 5?
In the middle of Vader’s attack on the facility where Obi-Wan Kenobi and the refugees are trapped, Tala dies while saving time for Obi-Wan Kenobi to escape with Leia. Tala has one last conversation where she explains why she is doing what she is doing, even when she joined the Empire to make things right. This conversation basically foresees her death, as it makes it clear that Tala is only there to help Obi-Wan Kenobi. She doesn’t have any purpose as a character other than that.
Tala goes down along with her android friend, and she makes an explosive suicide that holds back Vader’s troops back time enough for them to be able to escape. It is a noble sacrifice, but the episode doesn’t really sell it as the epic, sad moment that it should have been. The Obi-Wan show really puts into perspective that good writing can do a lot in a very short time. This show is basically a 4-hour movie and yet, the story is so thin and generic, that it feels empty.
On the other hand, The Gran Inquisitor that Reva killed back at the beginning of the show, is not actually dead, and he comes back to taunt Reva one last time. They leave Reva alive for some reason, which surely will prove to be a mistake in future episodes. Season 2 is confirmed, so Reva will be around for a while.