Wednesday brought usfor as the 4th episode of the live action falls on . Jedi in Exile Kenobi ( ) is in poor condition after being almost burned alive during ( ).
Our hero managed to escape with the help of Tale Durith (Indira Varma), an imperial officer who secretly helps the Jedi escape from Vader’s clutches via a subway known as the Trail. The volatile Sith Lord will no doubt be pleased when he finds out.
Unfortunately, Tala and Obi-Wan left little Princess Leia Organa (Vivien Lyra Blair) to reach the ship that will take her home to Alderaan alone and she stepped right into the clutches of the Imperial Inquisitor Reva), called the Third Sister. The villain is determined to win Vader’s favor, so it is fortunate that only Obi-Wan knows that Leah is the lost daughter of Lord Sith.
It’s time to fully immerse ourselves in the Force and dive into the galaxy SPOILERS. This show takes place about 10 years after Revenge of the Sieve and nine years before.
There is no escape
Obi-Wan connects brilliantly with the Force and teams up with Tal to save Leah from the Inquisitor’s Fortress on Nur, but the cunning Reva has set up a tracker in the girl’s beloved droid LOLA. It’s part of her plan to track down Jedi and Put, which just didn’t save Vader from fatally suffocating her (who bursts into the room in an extremely cold way).
“I seem to have underestimated you,” the Dark Lord says as he releases Reva. Every line is terrifying, James Earl Jones is still magnificent at 91.
This calls back to(aka Episode IV: New Hope), as Vader uses a similar tactic by allowing the Millennium Falcon to lead the Empire to a hidden rebel base in Yavin IV. Since the action of the film takes place nine years after this series, it is logical that the Sith Lord will use tactics again.
Leia also remembers the move in New Hope, arguing that the searcher on the ship was “the only explanation” for their escape. I guess the events from this show taught her that lesson the hard way.
Seeing Obi-Wan sneaking around the Imperial Object is visually similar to the original Star Wars, in which he sneaks through the corridors of the Death Star to disable the battle station’s traction beam. Fortress Inquisitorius was previously seen in a 2019 video gamein which Cal Kestis infiltrates the final mission (the game takes place five years before this show).
Before his trip to Nur, Obi-Wan briefly dipped in the healing fluids from the bacta tank to repair burns after fighting Vader. Like any good action hero, he interrupts his recovery because he has to save Leah. This trope always shakes me – rest Obi-Wan, you don’t want to get a terrible space infection.
This bath was also the perfect opportunity for a wonderful flashback – just ask Bob Fett, that guy– that Obi-Wan and Anakin are Jedi’s best friends and jump in their cold armor during the Clone Wars, but that doesn’t happen. We just remember his recent trauma in the fight with Vader, and the picture of Lord Sith in his own bacta tank. Which is still pretty cool, and better for the rhythm than going back in chronology.
Obi-Wan is also introduced to the leader of the anti-Imperial Network, Roken (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), who is trying to help the Jedi survivors. His wife was either a former member of the Order or sensitive to the force persecuted by the Inquisitors. It is not clear if she is someone we know.
Roken’s network is not exactly the Rebel Alliance we see in the Original Trilogy (New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi). At this point in the timeline, the resistance effort is a scattered series of cells that operate largely independently – united by renegade imperial senators Mon Mothma and Bail Organa (Leah’s breadwinner) during the CGI animated series eventa few years later.
During his infiltration of the Inquisitor’s Fortress, Obi-Wan discovers a terrifying room full of the preserved bodies of dead Jedi – including the young. It is a striking reminder of the terrible deeds of the Empire.
Some fans might recognize Cosian who looks like Jedi master Tera Sinube among the buried. He appeared several timesperhaps most strikingly when he helped Anakin’s Padawan Ahsoka Tano regain her lost lightsaber.
He also lived quite a long life, havingin stories set during the High Republic (more than 200 years before the events of this show). Previously, we had no idea about his fate after Order 66, in which .
It is unclear why the Empire clings to the Jedi bodies, but this could be related to Emperor Palpatine’s attempts to genetically construct strong Force beings that will act as surrogate bodies in the event of his death.
(which takes place 10 years before Obi-Wan) i (which takes place about 18 years after this show) alludes to Palpatine’s attempts to use science to prolong his life indefinitely. He didn’t quite make it until the moment he was killed in The Return of the Jedi, which is why he is in The Rise of Skywalker (about 44 years after the events of this show).
Since we know how Palpatine’s plot is played out, this seems like a dead end storytelling. Let’s hope that these genetic experiments will show more than just his machinations.
Obi-servings and Easter eggs
- The cruel scene in which Obi-Wan hits Stomtroopers out of the dark reflects a similar moment seen in the 2010 trailer for The Force Unleashed 2.
- Obi-Wan’s swim in the Inquisitor’s fortress invites him to swim in Nabu and reflects Cal Kestis’ method of infiltration for the last mission of the Jedi: Fallen Order.
- Leah’s sensitivity to the Force probably allowed her to resist Reva’s mind probe.
- We listened to Stormtrooper talk about Nur hedgehog – I never get tired of getting clips of imperial thugs’ conversations, reminding us that they are mostly average Joes who are just trying to make a living in a galaxy run by space wizards.
- The torture chamber to which Leia was brought is similar to the one in which the last boss of the Jedi series: Fallen Order takes place.
- The Black Armored Purge Troopers debut in this episode, having previously appeared in Jedi: Fallen Order (where they were in serious pain of defeat in battle), related comic book series and writer Charles Soule comic run. Their helmets were redesigned in the years after those appearances, probably when the Empire passed from clone corpses to raiders.
- Obi-Wan with Leia under her coat looks like a pathetic attempt to drag the kid into the cinema.
- It’s wonderful to see Roken pilots using T-47 gearboxes. The rebel alliance will later be modified into snowspeeders for use on the icy planet Hoth, as seen in Empire Strikes Back.
We will be honored if you join us for more Easter eggs and observationswhen episode 5 – the penultimate chapter – Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives at Disney Plus.
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