All in all, this was a decent episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi featuring great female ingenuity and plenty of mysteries waiting to be uncovered.
With the explosive and edge-of-your-seat action that the first three episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi contained, it is natural for the ebb and flow to die down a bit. And the fourth installment was just that. It still was a terrific episode, yet it was very standard in terms of finding where Leia is and rescuing her. It’s chilling to think she will once again be imprisoned and interrogated in only 9 years. And as a 10-year-old, she is far more terrified than her 19-year-old self and that is completely understandable. Yet, she shows a strong resolve that only falters at the imminent threat of physical torture, and I really admire Little Leia’s fortitude.
The real star of the episode however is Tala, who uses her still-Imperial presence at Fortress Inquisitorious to get Obi-Wan in to rescue Leia. Obi-Wan’s strategy is the same that it was depicted 9 years later (but in 1977). Take out Stormtroopers covertly without donning their armor (like many of these infiltrations often entail) and using his Jedi stealth and tricks of the trade to outwit the bumbling Stormtroopers. I mean they are just useless.
Obi-Wan is so out of practice with blaster deflection, but even then makes short work of them. My only gripe with this episode is that they really rushed into the Path Resistance fighters operating this mission. They initially wanted nothing to do with this fight, but then agree so quickly that I can’t help but wonder if it was to save time. I always want air-tight plot development, and this is a minor glitch in the equation.
Aside from a standard extraction adventure, I enjoyed the guts of both Tala and the Third Sister when faced with an obstacle. Both of them really know how to talk their way out of a seemingly fatal situation. And both light and dark, I admire both characters. Women really take center stage in this series, and I very much like it. Having strong women characters is something that Leia herself embodied all those years ago in 1977. In a time when it would be unthinkable for the damsel in distress to wield a laser gun in a sci-fi space opera. I am hoping that Episodes 5 and 6 deliver jaw-dropping moments that are comparable to Episodes 1-3. I accept that not everything can be epic, but with such little time left, I am right to be anxious.
We also need to learn the mystery of what it is that lies beneath the dark fortress. And yes, one of my Kenobi predictions came true, and I am hoping that several others will as well. I will let you check that out for yourself when you read my prediction article. All in all, this was a decent episode with great female ingenuity; Stormtroopers being the worst shots in the universe, and plenty of mysteries waiting to be uncovered.
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!