I am torn by this episode.
While I think it is considerably better than last week’s contribution to Obi-Wan Kenobi, I do not think this was up to the levels of Part I or Part III.
The episode featured a light saber battle between young Obi-Wan and Anakin which would have been around the “Clone Wars” time. I thought Ewan McGregor looked weird de-aged at first, but as the flashbacks continued, it did not bother me as it did at first. Of course, the light saber battle was meant to echo was would be going on in the episode as a whole.
This felt more like Reva’s episode as we discovered what we already had guessed. She was one of the younglings during Order 66. We do not know why she survived, but, now, Obi-Wan used this to say that Reva was “hunting” Vader herself. Though we never saw even a hint of this, the show went ahead and tried to turn her. In the end, we learn that Vader always knew who she was and stabbed her with his light saber. Strangely enough, that did not kill her and he left her alone. I found that entire confrontation to be bizarre. Am I supposed to be rooting for her now?
We also got another example of how bad of a shot the Stormtroopers are. How did they not completely butcher those people when they were like ten feet away firing into the crowd?
Obi-Wan going back and forth inside that station, giving himself up, escaping, giving himself up, escaping. I guess it was just to delay the Empire, but you would think that he could come up with something better.
And, why are you holding onto that bomb that would eventually kill Talia? Why not use it like a hand grenade before this on the Empire? I am sad that Talia and her droid had to go. Their death was heroic, but it felt as if it did not need to happen. Wasn’t she some kind of military officer? This was the best she could come up with?
It was nice, though not vital, to see Kumail Nanjiani again. He did not serve a purpose outside of…hey, there is Kumail!
And those who claimed that the Grand Inquistor was still alive, they were proven to be correct as he appeared from out of nowhere today to stand beside Darth Vader.
I enjoyed a lot of the action of this episode, but it just did not feel as if it were very smart. So far, if I were ranking the episodes, I would go like this:
- Part I
- Part III
- Part V
- Part IV
- Part II