This review is spoiler-free.
Before we get into this week’s review of Obi-Wan Kenobi, I feel I need to add my voice to the countless others who have spoken out against the horrendous racist attacks on Moses Ingram (Reva) this week. I wish I could say that I am shocked, but I’m not. We’ve seen this before time and time again from that same toxic corner of the Star Wars fandom – Kelly Marie Tran, Ahmed Best, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, – have all been on the receiving end of these parasites and their racist, misogynistic, homophobic views. I used to say that “Star Wars is for ALL!” – but that was based on my desire to see Star Wars as a place to champion inclusiveness and express positivity, no matter who you are, through a person’s love and passion for Star Wars. But I don’t think I can actually use that phrase anymore, as, truthfully, I don’t want Star Wars to be for all… I don’t want it to house those – let’s be honest, white cis straight males – who wish to promote a racist, sexist or homophobic culture – I want you gone! Go back to your little dark corner of the internet. Keep watching your same three movies over and over again and leave the rest of us to embrace and enjoy the ever-expanding, ever-changing Star Wars universe. We want Moses Ingram, we don’t want you. We resist!
So, onto the review.
With the dramatic stinger at the end of last week’s episode, it’s safe to say there was a lot of hype around this episode! Don’t worry, the momentum and promise from last week will leave you very satisfied by the times the credits hit – I can say no more than that!
This episode treats us to some truly incredible visuals, not only in terms of landscapes but also within certain key character moments, with fire and flames, especially, used perfectly! Lighting also plays a vital role in various scenes – you’ll know when you get there – and it really helped elevate the moment in terms of the tension. We also get an awesome teaser from The Clone Wars that is very likely to spark a lot of excitement – it’s a deep-cut reference that many won’t pick up on, but for those who do, it was a great little moment!
One thing I especially LOVED in this episode was seeing Stormtroopers in such an everyday situation and just acting like people. It was such a fascinating scene and I think it helps humanise them more than just being seen as waves of ‘disposable bad guys’. We had a similar scene in the Season One finale of The Mandalorian with the Scout Troopers. I love these types of moments.
In terms of characters, Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) has a torturous time this week, as he has a range of personal and external conflicts to deal with. Reva (Moses Ingram) continues to stamp her authority on the story with her relentless ambition and skill and Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) has her own reflections on her actions. We are also finally introduced to Tala, played by the wonderful Indira Varma, who was a great addition to the cast and hopefully is a mainstay going forwards. And finally, there is a surprise voice cameo for a new character called Freck – but I won’t spoil that here!
As this episode is technically the halfway point, I think the story is in a very good place in terms of progression and establishing what it needs to both in terms of the narrative and characters. I get the feeling that things are really going to crank up now, especially given how the episode ends!
With some stunning visuals and great story and character payoffs, Obi-Wan Kenobi Part 3 was another wonderful episode of Star Wars television and with the stakes raised in the episode’s final moments, to quote Anakin Skywalker, “this is where the fun begins!”