Director: Deborah Chow
Writers: Joby Harold and Hannah Friedman
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Moses Ingram, Vivien Lyra Blair, Hayden Christensen, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang
The fourth episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi continues Kenobi’s (Ewan McGregor) attempt to rescue young Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair). At the end of episode three Leia was captured by the Third Sister (Moses Ingram) and is now being held at their base. At the same time Kenobi is healing from the wounds he suffered in his re-match with Vader (Hayden Christensen) and without enough time to heal fully sets of to save Leia.
Compared to the first three episodes, this one feels a little weaker. After the brilliant ending to episode three, it’s a little more subdued, with most of the episode focusing on Kenobi and Tala (Indira Varma) navigating their way through the Inquisitor base. It takes a long time for the action to pick up. There are still some great moments, with the Third Sister starting to question Leia and Tala using her undercover position to get further into the ship, but nothing like the previous episodes. It does, thankfully, really picks up towards the end. So far this is also the shortest episode of the series, running at around half an hour once you’ve cut out the re-cap and credits.
There are a couple of moments that feel a little silly in this episode, and it’s hard to ignore them. There’s a bit when Kenobi hides from stormtroopers but there is literally no way they didn’t see him as he hid. Then Tela is captured at one point and manages to escape without any resistance. The idea that stormtroopers are this bad at their job is kind of annoying. The final twist, without spoiling anything, is also a little unconvincing.
Episode four feels a little bit like filler and hopefully the final two episodes will really pick things back up again. After the spectacular opening episodes, this feels a lot more ‘made for TV’, and not in a good way.
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