The Star Wars series is nearing its end and we are already in the penultimate episode of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’. After that incredible (not in a good way) escape, our heroes arrive at a new refuge and, as you can imagine, the tranquility will not last long.
From here, spoilers for Part V of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’
The main action of the episode unfolds from Jabiim, where the bulk of the refugees from La Senda are located, ready to leave for safer terrain. As we saw in the previous episode (and she takes it upon herself to remember the “Before” snippet), Lola is carrying a tracker so it’s only a matter of time before the Imperial forces arrive.
Siege at Jabiim
So said and done. Then Leia’s (Vivien Lyra Blair) hacked android will close the door of the refuge and begin a siege to which a newly ascended Reva will arrive (Moses Ingram) to pave the way for Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen).
In addition to this siege, the episode is structured around a battle of training between Anakin and Obi-Wan, in which the impulses of the then padawan stand out. In fact, this chapter is the first time we see Hayden Christensen’s face in all its splendor.
In this regard, the choice of not having tried to rejuvenate (no longer digitally, it seems that not even in physical characterization) to the characters as they did with Mark Hamill in ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ and ‘The Mandalorian’, so there is something strange left to see this flashback with the faces already tanned in years.
Reva, the origin
Without a doubt, the most interesting thing about this fifth episode is the revelation of Reva’s origins as a Jedi apprentice who survived the execution of Order 66 as a child. This on the one hand clarifies something about the control of the Forcewhile on the other he makes us see that his rapid rise and zeal has another hidden intention.
In a tense conversation we discover that the newly appointed Grand Inquisitor thirsty for revenge towards Darth Vader/Anakinas guilty of the tragedy as towards Obi-Wan, for not having been there to stop his padawan.
The climax of this part is therefore a fight between Reva and Darth Vader in which the poor inquisitor has little to do. We have an imposing Vader who doesn’t even need to take out her saber to defeat her.
One of the great criticisms that ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ receives is its lack of emotional componentespecially in the fight scenes. Here the script tries to correct it and it is true that although this field works better, through exploring the past a little, that point is still missing.
And at this point in the series, missing a single episode, I don’t think I’ll bring it up at the last minute. And that we are promised a final confrontation in what is expected to return to Tatooine and try to take Alderaan to Leia.