It is all the time darkest earlier than the daybreak, and in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s world, the Darkish aspect has by no means been stronger.
Final week’s episode left our heroes in fairly the valley, with Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) captured by the relentless Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram) and Ben (Ewan McGregor) reeling from his first run-in along with his former student-turned-Sith Lord. Intent on making his former Grasp undergo as he suffered on Mustafar, Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) enacted a literal trial by fireplace, with himself as choose, jury, and would-be executioner.
In the long run, Obi-Wan was saved by a brand new ally however ignored of fee with brutal burns protecting his physique.
When his titular character confronted a equally debilitating harm, The E book of Boba Fett made liberal use of the Adventures-in-Comaland trope. Impressed by that, followers took to social media to take a position about what sorts of tortured desires or flashbacks Kenobi’s unconscious thoughts could conjure up. Many have been hoping we might see Ben reliving reminiscences of the Clone Warsif solely in order that we, the viewers, may look upon the face of pre-Vader Anakin Skywalker as soon as once more.
Different followers questioned whether or not we would lastly see the usually straight-laced Kenobi shirtless in a bacta tank throughout his therapeutic course of. Effectively, one out of two is not dangerous.
Whereas we did not get tortured dreaming, the scene of Ben submerged within the iconic tank was intercut with pictures of Vader in his personal therapeutic chamber, drawing consideration to the injuries that may be seen on each Ben and Vader’s our bodies and those that lay beneath the floor.
Healed sufficient that the accidents would not have an effect on the plot once more, Ben units out to search out Leia. Because of the help of Roken (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), they decide that Leia is on the water moon of Nur, being held in Vader’s Fortress Inquisitorius. Undeterred by the bottom’s repute as being impenetrable, Ben asks for help in rescuing the younger princess.
“I am unable to lose her,” he pleads. Our hearts break when McGregor imbues Kenobi’s normally degree tone with such understated feeling. The galaxy actually does appear to make use of him as a punching bag.
Ben says he’ll go alone to rescue Leia if he has to, and for followers of The Clone Warsit evokes a tragedy that actually continues to hang-out the Jedi.
You see, this is not the primary time Obi Wan Kenobi has gone to rescue somebody he cares deeply about from a well-guarded fortress.
Tether to the Previous
With some exceptions, Obi Wan Kenobi has up to now shied away from referencing different star Wars media in dwell motion. For the followers who follow the movies, it means you are not lacking something of significant significance. For these followers who’ve imbibed the extra content material like water by means of a firehose, characters by no means seen in theaters play a giant half on this story.
A kind of characters is the Duchess of Mandalore, Satine Kryze, a lady whose best downfalls have been being a pacifist chief in a franchise actually outlined by “Wars” . . . and being beloved by Obi-Wan Kenobi.
It is a story for an additional time—one which brings Obi-Wan Kenobi along with one of the vital compelling storylines being explored in The Mandalorian. Nevertheless, it is acceptable to know that Satine and Obi-Wan’s story ended along with her being imprisoned by an previous enemy of Obi-Wan’s. That adversary used Satine as bait to lure the Jedi to Mandalore, and the ploy labored. Obi-Wan defied the Jedi council’s order to remain away, raced to Satine’s help on his personal, snuck by means of Mandalore’s heavy defenses, and rescued the Duchess from her jail cell.
After which the bantha poodoo hit the fan.
Suffice it to say, Ben Kenobi isn’t trying to relive that have when making an attempt to free Leia.
Fortunately, Ben has a shot at a greater final result because of the loyalty of Tala Durith (Indira Varma), a once-sincere Imperial officer and now double agent who appears to be in search of restitution for crimes dedicated on the Empire’s behalf. In line with Varma, there could also be a deeper purpose why Tala is so dedicated to the success of Kenobi’s mission, however her earnestness exhibits there are nonetheless those that have hope that resisting evil is worth it. That is one thing the cynical Ben desperately must be reminded of.
Tala notices how the previous weighs on Kenobi as they journey to Nur. His physique is not the one factor that wants therapeutic. “The previous is a tough factor to neglect,” she remarks, however it’s needed if he will assist Leia.
Eyes downcast, Ben whispers, “Some issues cannot be forgotten.”
Maybe that line would have landed a bit extra absolutely if we had seen some flashbacks. Then once more, perhaps Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Ben’s perpetually haunted face expresses greater than flashbacks ever may.
Tie to the Future
If Obi-Wan is tethered to the previous, Leia’s story on this episode has a extra direct tie to the long run. For this isn’t the final time that Obi-Wan Kenobi will journey into the galaxy to rescue Leia Organa from the Empire.
George Lucas’ premise for the unique Star Wars film was compelling and chic in its simplicity: a wizard and a farm boy search to rescue a princess captured by a villain of pure evil. In some ways, this episode is Ben Kenobi answering that decision to journey that Luke can even be confronted with almost a decade later.
Obi Wan Kenobi Chapter 4 has a vibe so paying homage to A New Hope it feels extra like we’re rewatching a traditional movie than new Star Wars content material in 2022.
As soon as once more, Vivian Lyra Blair exhibits she’s a (not too long ago turned) ten-year-old powerhouse who imbues Leia with most willfulness and greater than a bit of crafty. The unique trilogy by no means explored Leia’s Power talents, however Vivien’s portrayal reestablishes how formidable the younger princess is with out ever wielding a lightsaber. She and Moses Ingram are completely matched of their interrogation scenes. As iron sharpens iron, they push each other to higher and higher heights.
Nonetheless, the center of the episode—and the sequence—is the bond between Leia and Obi-Wan. The mutual annoyance each displayed early on has dissipated, and we see how deep their connection has grown. Vivien and Ewan’s chemistry is electrifying. The story lives and dies with them, and they’re the explanation we’re riveted to the display.
Whereas Vader has been steeped within the Darkish aspect for a decade at this level, the shadows Ben has skilled aren’t any much less actual. His lingering ache (and the disillusionment it has triggered) is comprehensible, however it is time to come again into the sunshine. And within the last moments, because the newly-rescued Leia reaches over and takes Ben’s hand in hers, we all know Leia would be the one to guide him there.
In spite of everything, it is no coincidence that “Luma,” the title Leia used for herself within the earlier episode, means “gentle.”
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Jessica L. Johnson is a longtime fangirl excited to be making her approach in a galaxy of freelancing. She is the co-host of Tales by Darksaber Milda podcast analyzing Star Wars and storytelling, and a month-to-month visitor host on the Rule the Galaxy podcast. In the true world, Jessica is a duplicate editor working in commerce publishing. When you let her, she is going to prattle on about Clan Kryze and the way all of Star Wars in the end ties again to them.