Obi-Wan Kenobi: episode 5 recap – the Empire moves again … once more | Star Wars

Spoiler caution: this recap is for individuals who were observing Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+. Do now not learn except you might have observed episodes one to 5.

A development emerges

As Obi-Wan Kenobi has long gone on, it has turn out to be more and more transparent that each and every episode loosely follows the plot of the corresponding movie within the Star Wars saga. So Part I shared many plot issues with Episode I: The Phantom Menace (TPM). Both happened on Tatooine, and featured the good hope for the Force having a look bored and dressed in goggles whilst dreaming of podracing. Leia’s storyline in Obi-Wan’s first episode additionally reflected her mom’s in TPM: taken clear of her regal lifestyles on a calm planet to a lifetime of Jedi, Sith and resistance. Leia even used a decoy to flee her authentic tasks, simply as Padme did (even if no Keira Knightley this time). Part II, in the meantime, adopted Attack of the Clones through taking the motion to a neon-lit planet. In that movie, Padme and Anakin needed to disguise out within the Coruscant underworld, whilst this sequence noticed Obi-Wan and Leia try the exact same factor on Daiyu.

The similarities between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Obi-Wan’s Part III are the obvious – a large outdated scrap between Anakin/Darth Vader and Obi-Wan, whilst I wrote ultimate week about how Part IV rehashed A New Hope.

This week’s instalment subtly retrod The Empire Strikes Back, depicting a handful of plucky rebels with their backs to the wall taking at the arriving Empire in opposition to overwhelming odds and with just a small probability of get away. Substitute Jabiim for Hoth, plus Roken and Leia getting the facility again on-line for Han and Chewie solving the Millennium Falcon, and it’s a neat are compatible. Part V additionally completed on a specifically downbeat word, similar to TESB, with a revelation. Only right here it was once Reva finding Luke’s lifestyles on Tatooine and that Vader is the Daddy moderately than Luke finding Vader is his dad.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). Photograph: Lucasfilm Ltd.

This development, after all, will get me occupied with how the sequence will conclude. It can’t be simply like Return of the Jedi, as a result of we all know Obi-Wan survives, as do Vader, Luke and Leia, who mustn’t be informed of each other’s lifestyles. The Empire will fortify its grip at the galaxy, too, however the Rebellion will accumulate momentum. So what then? My prediction is that Obi-Wan will arrive on Tatooine, drawing out Vader, the place the previous pupil and grasp will pass at it as soon as once more. Just as Obi-Wan seems to be crushed, Reva will seem, sacrificing herself to save lots of the Jedi, thus proving it’s conceivable to go back from the darkish aspect, and holding protected the name of the game of Luke’s lifestyles.


Talking of Reva … what per week she had, starting the episode having a look as though she had the entire solutions, just for it to be printed that Vader and the Grand Inquisitor, alive all this time, had performed her like a mess around.

We did get to the reality of her previous, even though. She was once certainly the youngling we noticed within the temple at the evening of Order 66, and witnessed Anakin murdering her classmates. “We thought he was there to help us,” she stated, chillingly, sooner than her rage calmed and he or she confirmed sufficient vulnerability for Obi-Wan to peer her actual function – to avenge her Jedi circle of relatives and kill Anakin. Poor Reva, utilized by Vader and the Grand Inquisitor to trap out Obi-Wan, best for use through Obi-Wan to take down Vader. The manner the scene of her on her knees, looking ahead to the overall blow, was once minimize with the flashback from the Jedi temple was once particularly terrifying. It was once additionally inconceivable now not to think about fresh occasions in Uvalde, Texas and ponder whether Disney idea to both delay the sequence or re-edit on the ultimate second.


Indira Varma was once at risk of stealing the sequence together with her steely efficiency because the Imperial officer became agent for the Path. Let’s all pour out a shot of bantha milk for an actual one. The manner she defined what came about on Garel, rounding up Force-sensitive kids for the Inquisitors, was once so robust. “Fourteen people died and six of them were children, and I couldn’t do anything to help them. So now I do this,” she stated, appearing the notches on her gun to symbolise … I’m now not 100% positive. Most most likely it was once the collection of other people she had stored whilst running as a double agent, however given how coldly she took out the Imperial officer in her manner in Part IV, I wouldn’t be shocked if it was once a kill tally.

I’m sorry she didn’t live on to struggle along Cassian Andor, however no less than she ignited Obi-Wan, and took out a couple of stormtroopers with that thermal detonator. And why is it so unhappy when droids die within the line of responsibility?


More than a fleeting glimpse … Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen).
Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen). Photograph: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Finally, we were given greater than a fleeting glimpse of Hayden Christensen as Anakin. It was once perhaps he would seem in flashback, however I couldn’t somewhat see what was once going to be proven, main me to assume his go back was once not anything however PR. But I used to be mistaken, and right here he was once – pleasingly now not de-aged – in a flashback to a prescient coaching consultation with Obi-Wan.

All that point they spent combating aspect through aspect had led Vader and Obi-Wan to imagine they knew each and every different inside of out, however no – Vader discovered to play the lengthy sport, and Obi-Wan discovered to do the other of what’s anticipated. Expect extra 4D dejarik in subsequent week’s finale.

Notes and observations

  • Who do the ones lightsabers on Jabiim belong to? Jedi and Force customers fallen all the way through their time with the Path, sure, however which of them, particularly? And what do the ones cave markings say at the wall?

  • During Reva and Vader’s duel, Vader’s stance when he’s conserving two lightsabers is similar to that of Ahsoka, his former padawan.

  • I used to be happy to peer Kumail Nanjiani again as Haja Estree, till he left that intercom at the flooring. At that second, I wanted he’d stayed on Daiyu.

  • Is a lightsaber in the course of the thorax now not sufficient to kill somebody at the moment? Han Solo will have to really feel cheated.

What did you assume? Were you happy to peer Hayden Christensen again? Are you having a look ahead to Part VI? Have your say beneath …

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