Obi-Wan Kenobi season 1 episode 3 recap & review: Part III

Episode 3 of Obi-Wan Kenobi sees Ben and Leia on a different planet aiming to find the contact that will help them get back home, but the Inquisitors are hot on their tail, bringing along with them a particular Sith Lord. The series is now streaming on Disney+.

Recap

Obi-Wan tries to tap into the force and communicate with his former master but his thoughts are overridden by Reva’s claim that his former padawan is still alive. It cuts to a shot of Lord Vader getting out of a bacta tank and getting into his cybernetic suit.

Vader speaks to Reva who informs him that they have an idea of where Obi-Wan might be and that they have sent probes out to search for him. Vader tells her that finding Obi-Wan will decide whether she gets to stand beside him or die by his hand.

Leia asks Obi-Wan about the force and he tells her it feels like finding the light when you’re stuck in the darkness.

Their ship arrives at a mining planet called Mapuzo. They arrive at the designated coordinates but when no one is there, Obi-Wan begins to panic. Leia flags down a passing vehicle and tells the driver that she and her ‘father’ need a lift to the nearest post.

Along the way, the vehicle picks up a few stormtroopers. The troopers question Obi-Wan and when he mistakenly refers to the girl as Leia he tells them that it was her mother’s name and how every time he looks at her, he is reminded of her mother.

The stormtroopers get off a little after and Leia asks Obi-Wan if he knew her mother and whether he was her real father. He’s saddened to hear those questions and diverts her focus by mentioning how he missed his family too after he was taken as a child by the Jedi.

They arrive at a check post where the driver tells the troopers to check out his passengers as they were suspicious-looking. They summon one of the scout droids sent by the Inquisitors and Obi-Wan is forced to shoot it down.

He fights off all the troopers but right then another group of them arrives. They submit to the troopers but the admiral accompanying them rescues them and reveals that she was the contact they were supposed to meet.

She takes them to a safehouse where other Jedi have come in and been smuggled out with new identities to carry on the fight. Obi-Wan has a sliver of hope ignited in him after seeing this.

The Inquisitors are informed of Obi-Wan’s presence and they make way for the planet along with Darth Vader. Reva and the Fifth Brother have some animosity between them over who will be the next Grand Inquisitor.

The woman who helps calls herself Tala and tells them that there is a pilot with a ship ready to fly them out but with the arrival of Vader, their plans are rushed forward.

Obi-Wan tries to lure Vader away while Tala escapes with Leia. Leia tells Tala that Obi-Wan will need her help and sends her to do that while she finds the pilot.

Obi-Wan and Vader come face to face and Vader tells his old master that he will make him feel the pain that he felt when he was left to die. The two of them duel and it is clear that the older Jedi is out of touch.

Vader drags Obi-Wan into an open fire and is close to killing him when Tala arrives and manages to save him. Reva follows her gut and finds the tunnel that Tala and Leia used. She gets to the pilot before Leia and waits there for the young princess.

Leia arrives and soon realizes that she’s in trouble, but she has nowhere to run.

Review

  • This episode was slightly less eventful despite including some significant confrontations. After the high of the opening two episodes, this felt more like a dip in intensity.
  • The duel between Vader and Obi-Wan was great story-telling, showing Obi-Wan struggle to match up with the Sith Lord not only because of his lack of practice but also because of his mental hang-ups was spot on.
  • The conflict between Reva and the other Inquisitors is heating up quite nicely. It’ll be interesting to see who Reva goes against next, proving to be her own worst enemy thanks to her ambition.
  • Tala is a supporting character that wasn’t explored as much and did not get anywhere near the kind of development that Haja did despite having a similar amount of time on screen.

Rating: 3/5


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