Obi-Wan Kenobi returns this week with its penultimate episode titled “Part 5.” The final confrontation between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader heats up in the latest episode, but before that fateful final showdown takes place more showdowns and lightsaber battles are in order. It’s an exciting episode that satisfies a lot of what Star Wars fans are after.
Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 5 opens with Anakin (Hayden Christensen) awaiting his master Obi-Wan in the better times. They’re friends, you can see it on their faces, and they enjoy having a little light lightsaber battle for fun. Or for training. It’s yet another episode that reminds us of the bond these two characters have. This scene ends up being reused, seemingly to suggest maybe Obi-Wan and Anakin have tactics that can be used against them.
Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram) continues to pursue Obi-Wan in the episode which culminates in a satisfying confrontation between the two. If you were anticipating a reason as to why Reva knew Anakin was Darth Vader you won’t be disappointed. This also helps flesh out Reva as a person. It’s nice to see even the Sith can get a little character work. It’s truly haunting what she had to go through and it’s a reminder Anakin truly lost all hope.
If you’re a fan of Stormtroopers, or their inability to hit any target, you’ll probably love this episode. There are literally 200 of them shooting into a small gab and somehow they miss hitting nearly everyone. Once they get into closer combat folks start to fall to their fire raising the body count and the emotional loss of heroes. It’s rather cool to see so many of them in the episode reminding us they are an army.
Fans of little kids in cinema going on side quests will like what the episode does with Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair). Sometimes being small is the best skill in a hero’s arsenal as Leia tries to give Obi-Wan Kenobi and the innocent folks the ability to escape. This show continues to show Leia is a friend of droids which is another one of her hopeful skills as well.
The episode ends up having a satisfying story within the story by the end. Reva and Darth Vader fight, which is a believable conclusion for the character, albeit a sudden one. Aside from a hint early in the series, her heel turn is a bit sudden. Still, she has a great lightsaber duel and serves as a reminder the Sith are pure evil. It’s a little peculiar that Darth Vader would allow her to roam around knowing she’d betray him at some point — her actions literally help Obi-Wan in the episode — but it’s a nice twist in the series.
Something that is becoming obvious now as we end the series is the show could have used a little more time to flesh things out and slow down the pace. Each episode has an impactful moment, some action, and some self-reflection for Obi-Wan or even Darth Vader, but there isn’t a lot of time to let the viewer take that in. Nor for the characters. Much of the impact of this show resides in Obi-Wan realizing something, or remembering something without saying a word. This allows the viewer to assume what he’s thinking, learning, or feeling, but it lacks the oomph to feel as impactful.
For a penultimate episode, Obi-Wan Kenobi “Part 5” should satisfy Star Wars fans. Lightsaber duels, plot twists, and Obi-Wan reflecting on better times add a lot of value to the narrative. Plus, it sets up a showdown, possibly on Tatooine, that should bring this show to a meaningful close.
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