Obi-Wan narrowly escaped Darth Vader’s clutches final week, however the Empire nonetheless ended up with a win within the type of a captive Leia. It’s hardly stunning then that anybody tuning into Disney Plus (opens in new tab) this week will get to comply with the titular hero as he infiltrates the supposedly impregnable Fortress Inquisitorius to rescue the princess.
If previous Ben heading off to save lots of Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire sounds in any respect acquainted, that is as a result of it’s primarily the plot of ‘A New Hope’. However, if you happen to have been anticipating loads of Darth Vader, you may wish to handle these expectations. The query is, can Reva and co maintain the fort in his absence? And may Star Wars’ newest rescue mission dwell as much as the universally adored season finale of ‘The Mandalorian’?
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We start with Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) drifting out and in of consciousness en path to Jabiim. In episode three we discovered that the planet serves because the hub of the fabled Path, a sequence of intergalactic highways that present safe-passage for enemies of the Empire.
Upon his arrival the injured Jedi is swiftly dunked in a bacta tank, à la ‘The Empire Strikes Again’ (minus Luke’s big nappy…). Throughout his restoration Kenobi writhes in agony as he experiences the consequences of the bacta and flashbacks from his current duel with Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen/James Earl Jones) on Mapuzo. That is interlaced with snippets of Vader in his personal bacta tank, who appears equally as troubled. We just like the juxtaposition right here, with the previous experiencing trauma from the duel itself and the latter reflecting on his former grasp slipping by his grasp.
Following a violent flashback of the flames that just about killed him, Obi-Wan regains consciousness and surfaces in a panic. Tala (Indira Varma) tries to consolation him, telling him he’s secure and on Jabiim, however Kenobi immediately enquires about Leia earlier than we minimize to Fortress Inquisitorius.
The plucky teen is being held in an interrogation room and is busy informing two unlucky guards of her royal standing, when Reva (Moses Ingram) enters the room and tells the kid that Obi-Wan Kenobi is useless.
Again on Jabiim, Obi-Wan and Tala method Path mastermind, Roken (O’Shea Jackson Jr), who believes Obi-Wan is endangering the underground trafficking operation. As Kenobi pleads his case, Tala factors out that Leia is aware of an excessive amount of in regards to the Path to be left within the palms of the Empire. Roken explains that his force-sensitive spouse was tracked down by the Empire and agrees to assist.
He reveals that the fortress is on Nur, a moon within the Mustafar system – the place Vader’s private fortress can also be located. Roken confesses he has no thought how a lot of the complicated is underwater, but it surely’s Obi-Wan’s solely means in. Tala volunteers to go together with him and use her credentials as an imperial officer to assist the Jedi out from the within.
Whereas on Tala’s shuttle, Obi-Wan continues his makes an attempt at reconnecting with the power however struggles to manoeuvre even a small object. Tala tells him he must heal extra than simply his physique and that: “The previous is a tough factor to overlook,” insisting he has to beat it if he’s to save lots of Leia.
Again at Fortress Inquisitorius, Reva continues grilling the teen and admits the Empire thought the Path was a hearsay. When Leia asks how Obi-Wan died, the inquisitor adjustments her manner. With feigned compassion, she softly explains that he burned to dying and that the fugitives’ she’s searching left him for useless. She then tells Leia she will be able to go residence if she reveals the placement of the Path. However when the senator’s daughter claims she doesn’t know something, Reva drops the act.
Moses Ingram’s means to flit between intergalactic good cop and unhealthy cop makes for compelling viewing. And it actually suits with the fixed battle that’s perpetually raging by her character’s head.
Tala has no hassle touchdown her shuttle within the fortress and makes good headway, earlier than she’s stopped at a safety checkpoint by an imperial jobsworth who calls for to see her identification. He realizes she’s within the mistaken sector, however earlier than he can act, the quick-thinking rogue officer clothes down her inferior for not calling her sir and is swiftly granted entry.
The errant officer units up at a sequence of laptop terminals and makes use of a commlink to let Obi-Wan know she has entry to the complicated’s system. We then minimize to an underwater scene that’s harking back to Obi-Wan’s descent into Otoh Gunga in ‘The Phantom Menace’.
However this isn’t the one reference. Fortress Inquisitorius was first depicted within the online game ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’, the place player-controlled Jedi, Cal Kestis (Cameron Monaghan), additionally infiltrates the complicated from underwater. Other than being a fairly cool Easter egg, selections like this create larger cohesion between the various types of Star Wars media and that may solely be a great factor.
Again within the base, Tala overrides an entry port to permit Obi-Wan entry. As soon as inside, he incapacitates a stormtrooper and we minimize to a scene of Reva trying to make use of her thoughts probe power means on Leia, however the youngster resists.
“You’re sturdy,” says the inquisitor, “The braver you appear, the extra afraid you’re. I discovered that at a really younger age as effectively.” This is a vital snippet of data because it definitely looks like a Jedi educating – one other clue that Reva was as soon as destined to turn out to be a Jedi maybe.
Whereas the inquisitor is talking, Leia’s droid, Lola (L0-LA59), sneaks out of her pocket and throws herself on the Third Sister, who effortlessly makes use of the power to cease the little machine in its tracks.
“I had a droid after I was youthful too. It was taken from me, like every thing else,” she says. That is an fascinating assertion because it may confer with her presumed seize by the Empire, or her enrolment within the Jedi Order.
Tala tells Obi-Wan he wants to go to the detention space, however she will be able to see from her terminal that the route is filled with patrolling safety droids. As she directs him an imperial officer interrupts her and asks for identification. She follows him right into a secluded space and leaves Obi-Wan to fend for himself as he narrowly avoids a passing droid. Tala manages to incapacitate the suspicious officer, however not earlier than a pair of stormtroopers method Obi-Wan’s place. The Jedi nearly manages to slide behind a steel pillar together with the hall however Tala’s voice by the Jedi’s commlink raises suspicion.
Because the stormtroopers double again, Kenobi squints in focus and makes use of the power to trigger a distracting sound behind a close-by set of blast doorways. The stormtroopers purchase it, and Obi-Wan is ready to slip away. It is a neat nod to ‘A New Hope’, when previous Ben makes use of the identical tactic to distract a pair of stormtroopers on the Dying Star.
Reva continues to attempt to break Leia, however simply as she appears to have gotten by to the teen, the lady says: “I’ll inform you the place they’re. I simply don’t need anybody to get harm…” As soon as once more, Reva performs good cop and with hand on coronary heart, swears to not hurt anybody.
However the younger Leia is taking part in her, very like she’ll later try 9 years later, within the firm of Grand Moff Tarkin. “I’ll have to inform my father first,” she says with a sarcastic undertone. Reva beckons a stormtrooper and says: “I hope you want ache,” as Leia screams that she is going to by no means surrender her associates.
Whereas Obi-Wan beneficial properties entry to a safe a part of the ability, the stormtroopers carry a screaming Leia into a big chamber and strap her into what’s both a torture gadget (darkish, we all know…) or maybe linked to what Obi-Wan is about to come upon (most likely worse…). After we meet up with the Jedi he pauses and appears forward at a double-tiered hall, with rows of cell-like blocks. On nearer inspection they every include a force-sensitive host, preserved and suspended in an amber-like materials.
A shocked Obi-Wan says: “This place isn’t a fortress; it’s a tomb.” The digital camera lingers on one of many cells, the place ‘The Clone Wars’ followers will acknowledge the face of Tera Sinube (opens in new tab), an aged Jedi who helps Anakin’s, then apprentice, Ahsoka Tano retrieve her misplaced lightsaber in season two.
Reva enters the torture chamber and initiates the gadget, which begins to tilt a now hysterical Leia backwards. That is minimize with photographs of Obi-Wan pacing down the grisly hall and viewing the immobile our bodies, together with an unlucky youngling, who seems to be similar to one of many younger Jedi seen at the start of the sequence’ first episode.
Immediately, Obi-Wan hears Leia’s cries and heads off to search out her as a visibly disgruntled Reva apologizes to Leia and makes an attempt to justify her actions. However earlier than the lady is harmed an imperial officer calls Reva away and the machine stops.
Leia and Reva’s interactions all through the episode aren’t significantly effectively paced and might stop the plot from transferring ahead. Nevertheless, we as soon as once more loved Vivien Lyra Blair and Moses Ingram’s performances, because the latter shows shreds of regret, whereas leaving the viewer in little doubt that she’s ready to hurt the kid.
The Third Sister storms into the inquisitor’s assembly room, the place Tala is ready for her. She insists she has information in regards to the Path and that the insurgents are on the planet Florrum. Reva is immediately suspicious, however opts to not head straight again to Leia, which makes the entire scene really feel just a little far-fetched. However we in the reduction of to the chamber, the place Leia is guarded by a pair of stormtroopers and abruptly, the ability is minimize.
What occurs subsequent is definitely the good scene within the sequence to this point. The confused stormtroopers shuffle uncomfortably at the hours of darkness earlier than Obi-Wan’s blue lightsaber is ignited and the hapless guard on the left is taken out earlier than the Jedi retreats again into the shadows. The remaining trooper helplessly goals his blaster into the darkness earlier than the distinctive hum of Kenobi’s lightsaber alerts his impending demise.
Not solely is that this nice cinematography, however for maybe the primary time in Star Wars historical past, the stormtroopers’ plastoid armor seems to serve a goal. As Obi-Wan bears his lightsaber down upon the primary trooper, he hacks twice on the identical spot to interrupt by the armor.
As exhilarating as this scene is, it does spotlight the shortage of Obi-Wan motion sequences. Obi-Wan’s reluctance to struggle is stable character constructing, however we are able to’t assist however really feel a greater center floor between Ben’s troubled thoughts and moments of motion may have been struck.
In the meantime, Tala’s weird alternate with Reva continues because the deceitful officer pretends she’s an imperial spy who infiltrated the resistance on Mapuzo.
As Obi-Wan and Leia make their escape, a safety droid detects them and units off an alarm. Reva, who nonetheless isn’t certain what facet Tala is on, orders her to be taken for interrogation, simply because the fortress’ alarm sounds. Simply after the inquisitor leaves, Obi-Wan begins shouting down Tala’s commlink. This causes her two stormtrooper captors to hesitate, giving her sufficient time to grab one among their blasters and shoot them each.
Obi-Wan and Leia are trapped in a hall with the safety droid at one finish and a pair of advancing troopers on the different. Having clearly listened to Tala’s recommendation to overlook the previous, a barely extra ready Obi-Wan is now deflecting blaster fireplace and makes brief work of the enemy. He even has time to do his signature saber spin when he’s completed. Obi-Wan Kenobi is lastly again!
The preventing begins anew in a connecting hall that’s flanked by the ocean and unsurprisingly a wayward blaster bolt strikes one of many home windows and creates a crack. Obi-Wan takes down extra troopers with rising accuracy and throws in a couple of extra thrives, harking back to his years spent carving by tens of battle droids, earlier than directing a bolt at a management panel and sealing the doorways in entrance of an advancing squad of troops.
The window crack begins to broaden, however Obi-Wan is ready to maintain it at bay utilizing the power, as Tala rounds the nook and drags Leia to security. Simply because the imperial troops breach the hall, Kenobi permits the window to shatter and legs it as gallons of water submerges the troopers earlier than Tala seals the flooded hall.
Obi-Wan dons an overcoat and cap from a fallen officer and with Leia hidden beneath his coat, the trio stroll out into the busy foremost corridor and previous the Fifth Brother (Sung Kang) who’s barking orders and telling the Fourth Sister (Rya Kihlstedt) that Reva can pay for the fugitives’ escape. The trio make all of it the way in which to the principle hangar earlier than the Third Sister catches up and immediately acknowledges them.
Tens of troopers level their blasters on the group of rogues and there seems to be no means out, till two airspeeders advance on the hangar. Authentic trilogy buffs will acknowledge these plane because the snow speeders used on Hoth in ‘The Empire Strikes Again.’
The speeders strafe the imperial troops, whereas Tala and Obi-Wan start blasting their means down the hangar. When one of many speeders makes an impromptu touchdown, the heroes pile in, with Reva sizzling on their tails.
The second speeder fires a burst on the inquisitor to gradual her down and when the laden speeder is safely away it makes an attempt to comply with. However Reva makes use of the power to hurl an explosive canister on the retreating craft, destroying it and killing the pilot.
The Fifth Brother seems (yep, he’s nonetheless stomping round) and snarls on the Third Sister. 4 episodes in and his character hasn’t advanced past bitter faces and impromptu guttural sounds. It’s exhausting to grasp what he’s complaining about anymore, since all he appears to do is grumble at Reva’s incompetence, regardless of her being far and away essentially the most competent member of the group.
That is bolstered by what occurs subsequent. The digital camera cuts to Darth Vader striding by a hall and bursting into the inquisitors’ assembly room, the place he immediately makes use of power choke to raise the Third Sister up into the air and in a uncommon show of emotion, shouts: “You have been warned what defeat would convey!”
Reva makes an attempt to talk and the Darkish Lord humors her by stress-free his grip barely. “I put a tracker on their ship,” she says between gasps of air. Vader lowers the inquisitor to the ground and looms over her, asking her to guarantee him the tracker is with Kenobi. From Reva’s standpoint the digital camera seems to be up on the towering Sith Lord and from Vader’s standpoint it seems to be down on the inquisitor, successfully displaying the ability dynamic. Fairly why the Darkish Lord wasn’t current on the fortress when a rescue mission was so probably is anybody’s guess, however that is all of the Vader we’re going to get in episode 4…
The airspeeder lands on an awaiting ship in Nur’s environment and the group meet up with Roken who asks after the lacking pilot, Wade (Ryder McLaughlin). As Tala comforts the pilot who saved them, Sully (Maya Erskine), Leia gives her hand to Obi-Wan.
The Jedi grasp seems to be into her eyes and smiles. It’s a pointed second, as a result of Leia has given him a goal and in doing so helped him reforge his attachment to the power. We’re anticipating a a lot livelier Obi-Wan for the penultimate episode!
However earlier than the credit roll the digital camera pans all the way down to the pocket of Leia’s coat. Lola blips as two brilliant pink lights reveal that Reva put in the tracker when she snatched the droid within the interrogation room.
Obi-Wan’s newest outing isn’t essentially a foul episode in its personal proper, however when you think about it’s half 4 of a six-episode miniseries, it’s exhausting to not really feel underwhelmed. In spite of everything, the stage was set: a daring assault on the impregnable Fortress Inquisitorius, following a tense encounter with Darth Vader the week earlier than.
Seeing Obi-Wan swing his lightsaber with conviction was as thrilling as we’d hoped, however there wasn’t practically sufficient of it. And Darth Vader – regardless of hovering close by in his star destroyer – merely bookended the episode in what primarily amounted to a short cameo.
It doesn’t assist that ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’s’ excellent depiction of Fortress Inquisitorious is sort of merely higher and that the episode doesn’t come near the daring rescues in ‘The Mandalorian’s’ very good season two finale and the OG itself, ‘A New Hope’.
That is now the third episode the place Obi-Wan has primarily zipped off into the sundown, and whereas we totally loved Vivien Lyra Blair and Moses Ingram’s performances, Leia and Reva took up extra display screen time than maybe they need to have.
As for the opposite inquisitors – bar the absent Grand Inquisitor – their roles have been lowered to the purpose the place any display screen time appears superfluous.
This week we depart ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ understanding nothing extra about Darth Vader, avoiding any massive reveals concerning Reva’s backstory and in an identical place to episode 3. With simply two episodes to go, the sequence has a number of catching as much as do, but when anybody can convey us again into the sunshine, we’d wager our previous couple of credit it’s previous Ben.