Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 5 Review: Prime Star Wars TV

Obi Wan Kenobi Episode 5 is now streaming on Disney+, and after this one there’s next to nothing for the most discerning Star Wars fan. “Part V” of Obi Wan is nothing less than high end star wars TV on many fronts – with some really fun and exciting nostalgia for fans of the Star Wars Prequels movies. In fact, Episode V of Obi-Wan Kenobi is so good, it’s hard to imagine how showrunner Deborah Chow, her cast, and crew will top it in the Obi-Wan finale!

WARNING: Obi Wan Kenobi Episode 5 SPOILERS Follow!

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The rescue of Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) by Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) was actually a false flag operation led by Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram), who bugged Leia’s droid with a tracker. Obi-Wan and Leia return with Tala (Indira Varma) to the base of “The Path” smuggler ring, hoping to bring Leia home to Alderaan. Instead, The Path base is ambushed by Vader and the Empire, with Vader (Hayden Christensen) using the innocent bystanders as leverage to lure Obi-Wan out.

As noted, Obi-Wan’s “Part V” is about as good as Star Wars TV – or Star Wars in general. The episode’s setting (juxtaposing Vader and Obi-Wan’s cat-and-mouse game with a flashback of padawan Anakin battling Obi-Wan) was the kind of storytelling we love from comic books or animated shows. of Star Wars, with their stories that connect past and present events in the Star Wars universe. Obi-Wan Part V not only deepens the story of Anakin and Obi-Wan from the prequels – it also successfully reframes the events of Star Wars: A New Hope in a way that makes Obi-Wan’s final showdown Wan with Vader (and his choice not winning this fight with a lightsaber) seems exponentially more powerful in its meaning.

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Speaking of creating more powerful meaning: Obi Wan Part V also did a pretty substantial job of making those early critics of Moses Ingram’s Reva really eat their words. As we predicted, Reva’s origin is that she was a young Jedi who survived Order 66 – and was therefore one of the only people in the galaxy to witness Anakin’s atrocities. Skywalker, who eventually transformed him into “Vader”. It’s a nice little twist in at Obi-Wan just to find out that Reva isn’t the dumb angry wolf we thought – she’s a cunning wolf who’s been after Vader this whole time. In this monologue scene with Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan, Moses Ingram proves she has all the shades and acting skills in the world – when the story finally calls for her to reveal it. We even corrected some star wars rebels continuity when Vader finally reveals that he – and the still-living Grand Inquisitor – had the upper hand the entire time.

To finish, Obi Wan Episode V proves that Star Wars hasn’t lost a step when it comes to taking new and/or seemingly insignificant characters and making us love them. Path Agent Tala (Indira Varma) and her cohort of NED-B droids sacrificed themselves in the fight against Reva and the Imperial forces – and it broke our collective hearts. The fact that they only existed in star wars for only a few weeks (and three episodes), it’s all the more telling to see them suffer as much as he did. NED-B never even said a word, but somehow spoke to our hearts – until his final touching moment.

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Action, emotion, big twists, star wars a show we’ll never forget (Vader Force holding a space shuttle???), and strong hero and villain type characters? Yes, Obi Wan Part V delivered it all – and might end up being the best of the series, like Episode V before it.

Obi Wan Kenobi airs on Disney+.

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