It’s time to start wrapping things up.
This episode opens with an unexpected flashback sequence with Episode II-era Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) that really brings to life who the man under the helmet of the villainous Darth Vader was. We then cut to the present day, as Kenobi and company are tracked to the hidden jedi safehouse run by Kawlan Roken (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) by Vader and Reva Sevander/Third Sister (Moses Ingram).
As such, Reva is briefly appointed as Grand Inquisitor this episode, and everything fans thought would happen with her character ends up happening. She was the padawan we saw in the show’s opening cinematic during Order 66 and that is also precisely why she knows Vader is Anakin. We also get her perspective from that scene, and how truly terrifying and irredeemable Anakin was that night. The big twist is that Vader knows she knows this, so her inevitable betrayal doesn’t get far, but she also isn’t killed, making me believe that he still has further plans for her. In fact, she’s defeated in much the same way she was when she was a padawan, and he throws insults at her — it seems like he’s attempting to grow her hatred to the point where she can be useful to him once again.
We don’t get another Obi-Wan/Vader fight, but this episode seems to set up an inevitable encounter between the two in the finale. Obi-Wan knows that Vader doesn’t care about Leia Organa (Vivien Lyra Blair) or Roken’s crew or the refugees they’re helping; he just cares about hunting down him. As such, I don’t see any other way this plays out than Obi-Wan using himself as a distraction to lure Vader away from both the refugees and his own army, where the two will fight one-on-one much like they did a few episodes ago, only this time Obi-Wan will be ready for him.
In a really unfortunate manner, Reva also learns of Bail Organa’s connection to Leia, the jedi refugees, and Owen Lars and Luke Skywalker on Tatooine, and while I highly doubt this info will be passed on to Vader, this has definitely sealed her fate. Like Maul in “Rebels,” who also found out about Luke, Reva will not live long enough to pass that information on, and I think we’re about to see a truly dangerous version of Obi-Wan.
This was a much stronger than last week’s episode, but it does feel like the series is sprinting through exposition and pretext for the thing we’re all waiting for: Its climatic fight between Vader and Obi-Wan. I think it also exposes how much time was wasted in Part IV, as while having a “Star Wars” character sneak around an Imperial base to rescue someone for the 500th time was great and all, it didn’t really add anything substantial to this narrative, which is already limited by only having six episodes.
I feel like some of what happened here could have happened in last week’s episode, and the series could have focused a lot less time on having Obi-Wan run away from Inquisitors and more encounters between him and Vader, as well as explaining what their dynamic was before Anakin turned.
This show is really about them, and I expect Part VI to build more on their complex relationship. This is not a bad episode by any means, but the cracks in the show’s foundation have become more apparent.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” Season 1: Part V gets a 7.5/10