we are promised “Century War” Between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.Although Obi-Wan Kenobi’s third episode didn’t quite That hasn’t materialized yet, and the follow-up to last week’s strong one-two combo might be a little weaker with Darth Vader’s presence. It also helps that Vader’s ghost looms throughout the episode – there’s a scene in Mustafa where Reva makes a phone call to try to further her career, and Anakin’s apparition appears in Mapuzo’s mining Colony – Then unleash the iconic villain to go all out.
Before the Sabre duel, Obi-Wan and Leia, now affectionately known as “Little Leia” on social media, made their way slowly to Mapuzo’s nearest spaceport. After a lovely back-and-forth between the two, Leia gestures to Flake (voiced by Zach Braff), trying to get around the Empire’s army of stormtroopers stationed on Earth.
As a journey, it’s very rote, highlighting the problems of the entire prequel. The episode spent a lot of time trying to make Obi-Wan and Leia seem increasingly vulnerable, but we know that these two characters stand out on the other side. At least Flake, the thieves of the Empire, provides an interesting window for those who welcome rather than boycott the Empire. Obi-Wan’s revelation that he might have a brother also offered some tantalizing hints of lore that are sure to be eaten up by Reddit threads and forums for years to come. A spinoff of Obi-Two is expected to hit Disney Plus in 2026.
Away from Mapuzo, the Inquisitor reconvenes. In the last episode, the group was more of a bickering kid. Here, Moses Ingram’s Reva directs a slightly more complicated scene. While the internal politics of the empire almost always boils down to who gets to stab someone first in the back, it’s refreshing to see Song Kang’s fifth brother bite back in vicious fashion.
Later, after a Leia/Luma slip of the tongue, Freck sold his hitchhiker to the Empire and we got some action. The first two episodes struggled a bit with this — hello, the Force backflip — and it’s much faster here, and Ewan McGregor is clearly more comfortable with his choreography. Leia and Obi-Wan are rescued by Imperial spy Tala (Indira Varma, a continuation of the series’ intense one-off show mode) and quickly enter a secret tunnel system to help them escape the planet. Except for Obi-Wan.he feels something And told Tara to accompany Leia to deal with the imminent threat.
If you weren’t already out of breath in Anakin’s “cameo” earlier in the episode, you’ll be at this point. The show does everything right with Darth Vader. He’s both the classic Vader from the original trilogy, the sonorous voice of James Earl Jones, and the horror killer of Rogue One. In the pursuit of Obi-Wan, he even strangled innocents, offering threats as terrifying as those seen in the Star Wars media.
For Obi-Wan, things only got worse. Obi-Wan chose not to fight as Vader followed him across the parched plains. Instead, he ran. At first, it was a bit deflating, but it definitely made sense for the character. The Jedi Master is no longer the power he once was – no pun intended. When the two eventually collide, it’s a complete mismatch. Instead of crossing lightsabers, the two exchanged words. “What have you become?” Obi-Wan shouted. Vader’s factual answer is more painful than any flesh wound: “I am what you made me.”
When he attacks, Vader claws out to Obi-Wan as if he were a cat playing with his prey. The lightsaber fight will never reach the professional level of Duel of Destiny, but as a character beat, Vader slashes and slices violently as Obi-Wan struggles to defend himself. It hits as hard as any complex battle.
With Obi-Wan shattered and beaten, Vader made a last-ditch effort on his robotic sleeve. With irony that makes the Emperor proud, the Sith Lord tried to burn Obi-Wan just as he left Anakin to die on Mustafar’s lava shore. He even dragged Obi-Wan’s shattered body through the fire at one particularly pointed moment. Their reunion is filled with flashes that are both brutal and momentarily iconic, but also worth the 15-plus years of waiting. If anyone was concerned that Obi-Wan and Anakin’s pre-A New Hope reunion failed, this helped silence the skeptics in surprising ways.
Of course, Obi-Wan is alive to fight for another day. Tara raids and saves the Jedi, while Rewa meets Leia at the end of the tunnel and picks up her golden ticket to join the upper echelons of the Empire. It’s not exactly how The Empire Strikes Back ends, but it follows the same lines. The hero is gone, the future is unknown. Our only hope is that Obi-Wan can find some guidance – from Qui-Gon Jinn or someone else – to get him back on the right path. Rematch, anyone?
For more on Obi-Wan Kenobi, check out our interview with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen Favorite Memories of Filming the Show and How their role relationships have changedand Christensen Why he doesn’t talk to George Lucas Before returning as Darth Vader Moses Ingram plays the galaxy’s newest villainRewa.
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