by Miller C. Lashbrook
Now, this is Star Wars! This episode feels like a perfect marriage of what the previous five episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi have been with the best aspects of Revenge of the Sith. You get the tension and story of the cycles of trauma, but you also get potential for expansion at the same time. If you are reading this and you dropped off this show early on, or have yet to watch it, I highly recommend sitting down and binging the show in one sitting, like it is one long Star Wars movie, and I am sure you will enjoy it.
This episode is primarily broken down into our two protagonists, Obi-Wan and Reeva. WE once again have another character get stabbed in the gut and walk away. Reeva, after finding the hologram from Bail in episode five, is hell-bent on hunting down Luke, who she seemingly understands to be Vader’s child. This is her final test of character. Will she become the man that she hates? No, she breaks the cycle of trauma and spares Luke (of course). This sets Reeva on an interesting path, especially with her joining Obi-Wan at the end of the episode. Will she become a rebel? Will we see her in the Star Wars Jedi: Survivor game? Will she be in Andor or Ahsoka? The possibilities for Reeva as a character are endless, I just hope that she does not become a forgotten Star Wars character that we never see again.
Now, let’s discuss our titular protagonist, Obi-Wan Kenobi. This series does so much to show a man with survivor’s guilt, so focused on one mission, coming back to his full power. We watch Obi-Wan Kenobi go from sad, force-disconnected hermit to the powerful Jedi Master we know him to be. The show also does wonders for answering questions and filling in gaps between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. This show establishes the relationship between Obi-Wan and Leia, it explains why Obi-Wan sees Anakin as having been killed by Vader, and more importantly, it explains how Obi-Wan begins to plan for Leia and Luke to become the new hope for the Galaxy.
This being said, I do have to address the fact that many fans were hoping for peak Obi-Wan for the whole series. Many fans, I think, were also hoping for more time with young Luke on Tatooine. Between the fan wishes that did not come true and the potential for stories with Obi-Wan before A New Hope and Reeva as a Jedi, this show needs a second season or sequel.
I also have to add, that there are some amazing moments for Star Wars fans in this episode. We hear Leia’s theme as Obi-Wan shares what he feels she has inherited from her parents. And we get to finally see force ghost Qui-Gon in live action!
I really enjoyed this series and I hope that Lucasfilm continues to expand the canon and focus on characters across the Star Wars universe.
5/5 Kyber Crystals 💎