Welcome to my weekly review of Obi-Wan Kenobi, where I will be walking us though each episode and giving my thoughts on the show. My reviews will follow my usual format: an overview of the plot (so be aware, there will be spoilers!), my review of the show, then a few “Moments in canon” – references that link to other media and the galaxy as a whole. Today, we’ll be looking at “Part II”.
Obi-Wan arrives on Daiyu, but is unable to continue tracking the kidnappers, as a local informs him that all trackers are blocked on planet. Obi-Wan begins making his way through the city, looking for anyone or anything that can help him find Leia. After first seeing a retired clone trooper begging for money, he comes across a girl selling spice and asks her for information, saying that his “daughter” has been taken. The girl tells him that his daughter is as good as lost, and gives him a pack of spice on the ouse to help him forget. A boy nearby overhears their conversation and approaches Obi-Wan, saying that he can lead Kenobi to a Jedi who will be able to help.
“I was someone’s daughter once too… Here. That one’s free. Couple more of those and you’ll forget she ever existed.”
Kenobi goes to meet the Jedi, only to realise that he is in fact a con-man, Haja Estree, pretending to be a Jedi to help him charge more to get people to safety. Obi-Wan threatens to out Haja, who directs him to where he may find Leia.
Kenobi goes where he was directed and manages to sneak and fight his way to where he believes Leia is being held, but it is actually a trap and he is caught by Vect Nokru and his 2 accomplices. Nokru reveals that he has called Third Sister, but Obi-Wan manages to incapacitate the trio with the spice he was given earlier and escape them, finding Leia and making his way out with her.
Reva arrives and is furious to find that Nokru and his crew let Kenobi escape, and things get even worse for her as she emerges to find herself face to face with the Grand Inquisitor, Fifth Brother and Fourth Sister. Fifth Brother divulges Reva’s plan to increase her standing, and the Grand Inquisitor is fuming at her stealing a senator’s daughter, telling her to stand down. The Grand Inquisitor intends to take Kenobi in himself, and leaves for the port with the other Inquisitors. Reva however refuses to back off and uses her contacts in the Daiyu underworld to put a bounty on Kenobi’s head, something quickly discovered by the other Inquisitors. The boy who directed Obi-Wan to Haja earlier also sees the bounty and shows Haja who goes out looking for him.
“Whatever power you are craving, it will not change who you are.”
As Obi-Wan tries to sneak Leia back to the port, his refusal to show his Jedi powers or tell Leia anything leaves her somewhat suspicious. Things are not helped when Obi-Wan knocks out a bounty hunter and Leia notices that there is a bounty out for Obi-Wan. As a result, Leia tries to flee, and by running after her Obi-Wan catches the attention of a number of bounty hunters. Leia flees onto the roofs, chased by Obi-Wan, who is attacked by a couple more hunters, which Reva notices from across town. As she tries to jump from one roof to another, however, Leia finds the distance too great and falls, only for Obi-Wan to catch her with the Force just before she hits the ground, helping Leia finally trust him.
Obi-Wan and Leia make their way to the port, where they find that all ships have been grounded. However Haja appears and directs them to a way off planet by using a nearby cargo freighter, which is not being stopped as it should not be carrying passengers and will be going to Mapuzo, where Haja will have friends waiting. Haja buys them time by distracting Reva, however she uses a mind-probe to discover where Kenobi is going.
Obi-Wan and Leia make it safely to the cargo port, however Reva is not far behind, so Obi-Wan sends Leia on ahead while holding back to hold Reva off if required. As Reva hunts for him, she taunts him by saying that she will not kill him, but instead take him to Darth Vader. Hearing this, Obi-Wan is shocked to hear that Anakin is still alive. Reva is about to attack Obi-Wan, but is halted by the arrival of the Grand Inquisitor. The Grand Inquisitor says that he will be the one to take in Kenobi, but Reva attacks him and stabs him, seemingly killing him. Obi-Wan uses this momentary diversion to escape to the cargo freighter, which flies away just before Reva can reach them. However Obi-Wan remains in shock at the revelation about Anakin.
Meanwhile, Darth Vader wakes up in his bacta tank.
A strong follow-up episode, and while it had a couple of fantastic moments, I don’t think that it quite hit the heights of the first episode, but was still a strong showing.
Let me start with the negatives, and to be honest they are relatively minor. First off, the scene of Reva making her way through Daiyu to chase down Kenobi felt both a little over the top in some of the unnecessary flips, while it also felt like it went on far too long for how close she had appeared to be to Kenobi. Secondly, and sadly again it related to Reva, but right now I just don’t understand this apparent power struggle with the Grand Inquisitor, as it feels really out of place and seems to diminish the standing of the Grand Inquisitor, who had always felt so dangerous in Rebels. And in line with that, what was the point in “killing” him? If he’s dead, that is a major retcon on Rebels, and if he’s alive, then what was the point in this?
“I’m just going to take you to him. Lord Vader will be pleased… You didn’t know. He’s alive Obi-Wan. Anakin Skywalker is alive.”
From the negatives to the positives, and the acting from Ewan McGregor after realising that Anakin is alive was fantastic. I was really hoping that we would get to see the moment that Obi-Wan heard the name Darth vader and realised it meant that Anakin had survived Mustafar, and the moment did not disappoint! Daiyu looked fantastic and I love how natural and realistic everything felt, right down to the huge variation in the species of everyone present, without it being something that needed overly highlighting. And that was then finished off just superbly with the addition of Temuera Morrison as the retired clone left begging on the street. 10 years ago they momentarily became Obi-Wan’s greatest enemy, now they are left useless and begging in the street, just another victim of Darth Sidious and his Empire.
This episode was highly reliant on the chemistry between Obi-Wan and Leia, and I think both actors smashed it out the park, but someone else who deserves a mention is Kumail Nanjiani, who played Haja. I feel that his character, a con-man pretending to be a Jedi, could have very easily been over the top, but he kept the level just right to show that there was something very suspicious about him, while also grounded enough that he fit in the show and also felt believable to someone who did not know what a Jedi would be like. It led to a fun scene with Obi-Wan initially playing along with the con. But what I really loved was his return later in the episode. When he saw about the bounty, I couldn’t decide if he was a threat or not, and to see him be honest and helpful to Obi-Wan realising the importance of this real Jedi was a truly heartfelt moment. Now all we need is something with Haja and Hondo together…
“I’m trying to make amends.”
A few final thoughts on the episode:
- I love how due to its closeness to the Skywalker saga, the credits are more like the movies than the other live-action series.
- I guessed that the double-episode premiere during Celebration meant that the second would end with the introduction of Vader in some quick way. And while I was proved right, I still absolutely loved the reveal of Anakin in the bacta tank
- The moment of Obi-Wan being reminded of Padmé when watching Leia was such a sweet moment, and I loved how not actually naming her or explicitly calling her a senator but a “leader” also allows us to think that he could also have been reminded of Satine
- I loved how it looked like Obi-Wan had to really concentrate to use the Force to grab Leia as she fell, it really made it feel like the first time he has used the Force in years.
Moments in Canon
- Obi-Wan tells Leia that the Inquisitors are former Jedi. While we don’t know the background for every Inquisitor, so far everyone whose has been revealed had been a member of the Order who either had issues with the Jedi or was captured and tortured until they changed their allegiance
- Judging by his armour, the retired clone Obi-Wan encounters was part of the 501ˢᵗ Legion, who were under the command of Anakin Skywalker for most of the Clone Wars
What did you think of the episode?
Thanks for reading. May the Force be with you….