Recap: ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Episode 4
A prison break on a desolate planet.
We open on Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) waking in and out of consciousness after his little stint with Vader (Hayden Christensen). Obviously injured and being brought to a settlement of people helping others escape from the Empire. He is tossed into a Bacta tank and is instantly visited with visions of his fight with Vader, while Anakin going through the same thing, parallels their history. Out of panic, Kenobi escapes the tank.
Tala (Indira Varma) tells him he still needs time to heal, and Kenobi asks where Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) is, unknowing of her capture. We are shown Leia taken by the Empire and Reva (Moses Ingram) telling her Kenobi is dead, and that she should give up hope that anyone is coming to help her. Tala takes Obi-wan to a man named Roken (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) who appears to be the leader of the settlement, and he tells Ben about the Empire and what they’re capable of, and how his wife was killed by their hand.
He shows Kenobi a hologram of the Empire facility, Tala explaining she still has officer clearance and can get him in. The two head off, the other members of her group being hesitant to get into a fight. We see Ben trying to use the force to move an object. He can still do it—it’s just tough, like it’s trapped in his body and soul somewhere he can’t reach. “Something’s cannot be forgotten.”
Reva confronts Leia about the safe house they found. She asks how Kenobi died, and Reva lies. Leia very sternly says she doesn’t know where the “path” is, staying firm in hiding everything from the Empire. Tala lands on the base and there is suspicion around her because this isn’t her sector, so she’s not allowed in. She is stopped by a guard who is interrogating her for paperwork, but she uses her high-ranking cover to gain access.
Obi-Wan also gains access to the base when Tala uses her credentials, and she secretly helps him by opening doors and giving directions. Reva is still attempting to get the info out of Leia, but the little girl is proving to be tough. Lola (Leia’s droid) tries to escape, but the inquisitor figures it out and stops it from leaving the cell. She slowly starts to talk about her past, reminiscing to the princess that she too used to have a droid.
Tala is found out, and Ben is on his own. He hides from a pair of troopers but uses the force successfully to confuse them. In the meantime, Tala knocks out the officer who discovers her. Reva is still trying to push Leia to the edge mentally. Leia says she will tell her, but claims she needs to tell her father (Jimmy Smits) first. Angered, Reva sends her to be tortured to discover the truth.
Ben finds the secure sector, only to discover a disturbing amount of Jedi and resistance members locked up in a tomb in a substance similar to amber. It is a mixture of adults, children, species of all kinds, in a weird and macabre trophy room.
Kenobi hears Leia and calls for Tala to make a distraction and boy does she make one. Tala instructs Reva she needs to speak to her. She explains where the hidden escape tunnels are, but she is unable to lie to the Inquisitor successfully.
The distraction does its job though, and Ben saves Leia. Meanwhile, Reva is interrogating Tala. It is revealed to them that Obi-wan and Leia were spotted, and the escape begins. An underground hallway window is about to break as their being attacked by troopers and will flood the room with water. But Ben uses the force and escapes drowning. Showing no matter what it seems like, his connection to the force is still strong.
Tala and Ben discreetly move to her ship but are stopped by Reva. They get surrounded only for a group of ships owned by the Resistance to come and rain fire down on the platform. One ship makes an escape while the other is shot down.
Vader is angry at his base being attacked so openly and that his Inquisitors couldn’t stop them from getting away. He force-chokes Reva, releasing her to speak when she motions to him. She claims to have placed a tracker on the ship (inside Leia’s droid), and that it will lead them to Kenobi. The group make it back to the resistance ship, down one fighter. But in a moment of peace, Leia takes hold of Ben’s hand. Fade to black.
The one thing that ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ has been really doing well is adding brand new characters to the ‘Star Wars’ universe. Both Reva, played by Moses Ingram, and Tala portrayed by Indira Varma, respectively. Both also showing a distinct different view of the Empire.
In Tala, we have a character who joined the Empire at a time when she thought they were all for protecting the galaxy. But, as the show mentions, she realized that it was changing, and not for the better. This contradicts with how we can interpret Reva’s point of view of the Empire.
In her, we are introduced to a character who sees the Empire as the final goal for the galaxy. That control and fear goes hand in hand, and that both can be accomplished whether people like it or not. Like the rest of the Empire, Reva is willing to do whatever she can to show loyalty and strength.
These two characters show just how vast the world of ‘Star Wars’ can be on either side. You have one character who we know saw the error in what she was believing and changed sides to put a stop to it, and we have another person who thrives in that evil, becoming one with the darkness to gain the power she needs to be on top.
I hope the remaining two episodes of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ continue this path of gracing the universe with brand new, interesting characters that we can only hope we’ll see more of in the future!
See you back here next week for episode 5!