Obi-Wan Kenobi – Episode Five Review

Director: Deborah Chow

Writers: Joby Harold and Andrew Stanton

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Vivian Lyra Blair, Indira Varma, Kumail Nanjiani, and James Earl Jones

Rating: ★★★★½

The fourth episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi was a bit of a dud, with not much really happening and in all honesty it felt a little bit like filler. Episode five brings the series right back on track, and is maybe even the best episode of the series so far. There are revelations, some moments of great fan service, and at the same time it also sets up what will hopefully be a memorable and fantastic finale to the series.

Essentially the whole episode is a siege, with the Third Sister, Vader and an army of stormtroopers attempting to get to Obi-Wan. It’s almost a small-scale version of the battle of Crait from The Last Jedi, with a few other similarities to that film as well. Intersected throughout is flashbacks to Anakin and Obi-Wan sparring each other. Finally Hayden Christensen is fully back as Anakin outside of Vader’s suit. The flashbacks compliment the present storyline, reminding us of who Anakin is and how Obi-Wan knows all of his weaknesses and how to exploit them. We also get some confirmation on the Third Sister’s past, which is good to see.

There’s been a lot of speculation online to what the Third Sister’s motivation and past is, and we finally get some revelations about that, both obvious and more shocking. Due to her actions in the fourth episode, she is now promoted by Vader to Grand Inquisitor, fulfilling her wishes of being by Vader’s side, as she leads the assault to capture Obi-Wan.

Most of the episode is full-on fighting and shoot outs, with the stormtroopers showing yet again that they will miss more shots than they make as they try to fight their way in. It is a little awkward how close-quarters the shoot-out is, and barely anyone gets hit, but that’s just Star Wars all over. The duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan is great, with some flashy moves. It’s just great to see them both back on screen together at the same time. There’s also another duel later on, with Vader showing his full powers which is fantastic, similar to Luke vs. Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi. Like father like son.

The penultimate episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi is a real step-up from the previous episode. With full-on lightsaber duels, Vader showing his powers, and secrets from the past finally being revealed. Hopefully the last episode is just as fantastic.  

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