Friday, July 1, 2022

What I’m Watching: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Penultimate Episode)

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Season 1, Episode 5 “Part V” (B)

I'm trying to be open to this show without constantly harping on the same issue I've had with it from the start, and I guess it's possible that we'll see something that will prove connective and influential in a way we didn't expect in the finale. Reva turning to the good side in order to fight a greater evil is a classic Star Wars trope, one that I feel like happens in every single film. As Darth Vader pointed out, it was smart of Obi-Wan to tap into the formative memories of Anakin that she had when she had yet to embrace the dark side and was just a Jedi youngling. Leaving her alive seems like a poor choice that could have problematic implications, but the bigger issue is likely that she was able to see the message from Bail that mentioned the boy on Tattoine. We're still years away from when Tattoine will once again become a centerpiece of the storyline, but that closing shot of Luke indicates that he'll likely be relevant in the final hour. Tala sacrificed herself in order to save everyone else, who almost didn't make it out when Vader was able to use the Force to ground the ship. It was good to see Haja again after he made the right decision regarding his allegiances, even if it wasn't fully his choice, but he wasn't able to do much as they scrambled to find a way to all leave. Leia came in most handy with her small size and her eagerness to help, and she was even able to repair her droid so that it was no longer an enemy asset.

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