Part Four of Obi-Wan Kenobi is the shortest episode of the series so far, focusing on a single mission: To rescue Princess Leia. No, it is not the same as A New Hope, though there are incompetent Stormtroopers involved. And no, Kenobi does not disguise himself as a Stormtrooper either.
As quick as this episode seems to be to move the plot along to Part Five, there are still some things worth discussing:
**Spoilers for Jedi: Fallen Order**
We got the last cast member appearance with O’Shea Jackson Jr.’s Roken, a Rebellion-type leader helping Force-sensitives escape the Empire. But he is not happy about Obi-Wan Kenobi being on his base of operation. Kenobi is too much of a wanted man from the Empire and will only endanger them. However, it only takes two seconds to convince him to help Kenobi rescue Leia. The shortness of this episode left plenty of time on the table to at least allow Kenobi to put up a convincing argument to Roken.
There is a reason Roken is doing the work he is: His wife was either a Force-sensitive or a Jedi captured by the Empire (it was never made clear). It just seemed like there were some things left on the cutting room floor in this conversation.
However, Roken might play a part in Part Five because there are things left open to explore. First, Roken calls Kenobi General, a callback to the Clone Wars when Jedi acted as generals in command of their Clone armies. If Roken did marry a Jedi survivor of Order 66, it would make sense that he’d know how to address a Jedi who served during the Clone Wars. It’s actually a sweet moment, and I would like to see another conversation with Roken and Kenobi and get more information on his wife (who we might see later in this episode).
Looking in the Mirror
This episode brought Leia face to face with Reva, who attempts to interrogate the Alderaanian Princess. Both women can read their opponents, and while Reva does try to probe Leia’s mind, it does feel that there was a missed opportunity for Leia to read Reva’s mind to get the backstory we know is coming.
There have been hints that Reva was the Youngling in the beginning of the series. And this was the perfect time for a pay off. Not just because it would be a good moment of growth for Leia to understand the dangers of the Empire, but because Fortress Inquisitorius is a tomb. There are frozen bodies of Jedi and Younglings near the torture chamber and Youngling helmets on the shelves in the Inquisitors’ meeting room. That must play a part in the mind games that the Emperor (who probably won’t appear in this show) is playing with these pawns stuck between the Jedi and the Sith.
Reva tries to put her trauma on Leia, who resists, likely using the Force. These two characters could have come out of this experience changed by their encounter: Leia learning that she is strong enough to face the evils of the galaxy and Reva realizing that she has to face her own trauma.
I supposed it is realistic that Leia was reserved during her interrogation, but she is very strong-willed and showing that in service to the plot might have been the better way to go. But we will see where the last two episodes take us.
This scene could have single-handidly decimated my Whatever Happened to… ? Series where I have some Jedi who are unaccounted for in the galaxy. But the big reveal was a frozen Tera Sinube in the first tomb. Jedi Master Tera Sinube’s whereabouts were previously unknown post-Order 66, and this episode put that to rest. Master Sinube is dead, and that’s a bummer. But Star Wars stories are not told in linear fashion, so he can still appear more in The High Republic or anytime in between.
The other Jedi shown are not known characters in canon, but it is possible that one of the Jedi was Roken’s wife. The camera lingers on her more than any others, except the Youngling.
The Youngling could indicate how sinister the Empire is and a callback to the first scene of the series.
Inspiration Through Gaming
In a rare instance for Star Wars, something from live-action takes cues from a game. Jedi: Fallen Order was the first appearance of Fortress Inquisitorius and is the setting of the final level of Fallen Order, with an Inquisitor and a Vader. So does this episode.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is five years after Fallen Order, when Cal Kestis breached the Fortress and almost flooded the place. So you would think that security would blaster-proof the windows. But holding back water is a great visual showcase for a Jedi’s power, and Kenobi gets to build his power set during this episode just like a player in a game. From practicing in the beginning to keeping that window from breaking long enough to end a few unfortunate troopers (including a Purge Trooper) was probably the best payoff in this episode. Kenobi is almost back to his old self power-wise, he just has to get their mentally. But it was fun watching him go through Inquisitorius like Jedi Fallen Order. He just skipped the boss fight.
Speaking of boss fight, Obi-Wan Kenobi has much to cover in two episodes. We need answers on Reva, Leia needs to return to Alderaan, there has to be more Owen and some more of Beru (Joel Edgerton did not come back for just one episode), and possibly one more Kenobi/Vader fight. It has more than enough to cover and not much time.
Pacing has not been a strong suit in Disney Plus shows, but this story has had years of planning and should be more polished than The Book of Boba Fett (which it is by a mile). This was the first episode that really felt short changed, and I hope it is the only one.