‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Episode 3 Recap: New characters, cameos and that Darth Vader fight

Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan faces his best worry — and his best failure — on this week’s intense episode of the Disney Plus miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi, additionally starring James Earl Jones and Zach Braff.

Episode 2’s cliffhanger noticed Obi-Wan, now a humbled exile calling himself Ben, be taught that his former pal and protégé Anakin Skywalker remains to be alive. Still reeling from the information and haunted by his half in Anakin’s fall, Obi-Wan finds he will not be as much as the duty of defending younger Princess Leia in any case.

The first three of the present’s six episodes can be found now, with extra to comply with every Wednesday till June 22. Let’s dive into an in-depth recap of episode 3, together with character arcs, Star Wars Easter eggs and a lot of spoilers…

Only a Master of Evil

The final time Obi-Wan noticed Anakin Skywalker was the fateful duel through which he chopped his apprentice into bits and left him melting on the aspect of a volcano. Obi-Wan was appalled by Anakin’s dreadful deeds within the Clone Wars, and once they meet once more on this new episode he is given a transparent image of what sort of man Anakin is now. As we see Darth Vader assembled from machine elements, Ben is haunted by reminiscences of Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn — who stubbornly refuse to point out up and supply assist — in addition to the taunting voice of Reva.

Up till now, the one assembly we have seen between Kenobi and Darth Vader was their last encounter. 1977’s A New Hope noticed the 2 growing older warriors duel with lightsabers on the Death Star. “I’ve been ready for you, Obi-Wan,” Vader greeted Kenobi then. “We meet once more finally. The circle is now full. When I left you I used to be however the learner. Now, I’m the grasp.”

To which Kenobi replied, “Only a grasp of evil, Darth.” His use of the identify Darth has been the supply of hypothesis amongst followers as a attainable continuity error, however the Disney Plus collection throws up a unique risk: Perhaps over the course of the present, as he sees the darkness possessing his outdated pal, Obi-Wan lets go of Anakin. So once they meet on the Death Star, he does not see Anakin; he sees solely Darth Vader. Which provides slightly further resonance to the ultimate battle between Luke and Vader in Return of the Jedi. When even Anakin’s oldest pal noticed solely grasp of evil Darth Vader, his son noticed good in him nonetheless. Only when Vader aids Luke and is unmasked does he grow to be Anakin once more — and solely then is the circle actually full.

Star Wars villain Darth Vader reveals his black helmet and blacker coronary heart in Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney Plus.

 


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For now, nonetheless, we’re seeing Darth Vader on the fearsome peak of his powers. Callously strolling via a city snapping necks of bystanders, Vader is the epitome of Imperial terror and violence. And the fight between the 2 outdated pals exhibits how unmatched they now are: Obi-Wan can barely draw his lightsaber whereas Vader solely wants one hand to drive him again. You virtually need to remind your self that you’ve got seen how Obi-Wan’s journey continues in different movies, as a result of on this intense scene you may really worry for his life.

Oh, and whereas there’s been lots of fuss across the return of prequel star Hayden Christensen as Anakin, that’s solely frickin’ James Earl Jones as soon as once more offering Darth Vader’s voice as within the authentic movies.

The encounter is inconclusive — however there are nonetheless three episodes to go…

His compassion has been his undoing

Throughout the collection, the Inquisitors and Vader have used the Jedi’s values towards them. “The Jedi Code is like an itch,” the Grand Inquisitor sneered in episode 1. “His compassion has been his undoing”. But it additionally works the opposite manner: The ruthlessness and violence of the Empire works towards it.

The lack of belief among the many Inquisitors results in in-fighting that works within the favor of our heroes. And Vader’s sadism in roasting Obi-Wan additionally offers the chance for the wounded Jedi to flee. Darkness is its personal undoing.

As Obi-Wan places it within the opening scene, residing at midnight resides in worry. Embracing the pure steadiness of the Force is like turning on a light-weight.

In Tala’s galactic underground railroad, Obi-Wan spots a message from Quinlan Vos, one other former Jedi seen in The Clone Wars and different spinoffs. Vos turned to the Dark Side for a time, however seems to have survived the Order 66 purge in any case and now focuses on rescuing younglings. Reva additionally sees a message that shakes her — might there be a connection?

Played by Moses Ingram, the reckless and unstable Reva is a riveting new addition to the Star Wars canon. As McGregor himself says, there’s no place for the racist abuse Ingram has confronted from some viewers.

New characters and cameos

Oh Freck, how might you? The truck driver is blissful along with his lot beneath the Empire as a result of he believes it brings a little bit of order to the galaxy, a reminder of how regular individuals will embrace tyranny if it means a quiet life. That peace and quiet do not final lengthy, nonetheless, because the true face of Imperial ruthlessness is revealed when the Inquisitors arrive. We by no means see what occurs to the treacherous Freck, sadly. If you acknowledge the voice, he is performed by Zach Braff (effectively, Braff is listed within the credit, however at first I’ve to confess I assumed Freck sounded extra like Seth Rogen).

Luckily Obi-Wan and Leia are rescued by Tala Durith, an Imperial officer with a conscience. She’s performed by Indira Varma, who you might keep in mind from her look in Game of Thrones as Ellaria Sand, the paramour of Prince Oberyn Martell — performed by Pedro Pascal, the Mandalorian himself.

When’s the subsequent episode?

New episodes stream every Wednesday. Episode 4 is streaming June 8. Here’s the full launch schedule for the remainder of the collection.

If you need to fill in much more of the gaps or simply cannot wait to get your repair of Obi-Wan motion, CNET’s information to every little thing Kenobi features a useful record of animated TV exhibits, novels, and comics that includes the person within the gown.

Random Obi-servations

  • We’re again on one other desert planet, Mapuzo. This one is barely completely different, nonetheless, as a result of not like Tatooine’s sandy desert it is a scrubby desert. Obi-Wan bitterly notes that the planet has been ravaged by the rapacious Empire, which maybe suggests why there are such a lot of desert planets within the galaxy.
  • Leia’s cute inexperienced outfit evokes reminiscences of her commando garb in Return of the Jedi.
  • We might spend our lives selecting aside traces from the unique Star Wars movies that make much less and much less sense with every new prequel, sequel and spinoff. But whenever you see lightsaber-shy Obi-Wan drawing his pistol and going John Wick on a bunch of stormtroopers, it’d remind you of his line to Luke in A New Hope: “Your father’s lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a extra civilized age.”
  • There are girls stormtroopers, which ties in with the character of Jannah performed by Naomi Ackie in The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Speaking of Stormtroopers, they’re on the lookout for a Jedi however do not understand a bearded man in brown robes may really be a Jedi. In truth, why do they want a droid to scan Obi-Wan? Can’t they simply hand out a photograph of the man?
  • They could also be evil murderers, however the Empire actually is aware of easy methods to do an infrastructure challenge. This episode alone options not one however two large fortresses, one constructed on a volcano and one within the ocean.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi dimly remembers a child brother who he by no means knew after being taken from his household to affix the sparse, ascetic lifetime of a Jedi. This heartbreaking story parallels Leia’s, as she too was separated from her brother Luke as a child.


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