Obi-Wan Kenobi – Episode 4 Review

By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This review is spoiler-free.

After last week’s EPIC reunion and capture of Leia, Obi-Wan has not been feeling this defeated since the fall of the Jedi! It was a huge loss for him and given that he is struggling to find resolve within himself and is haunted by his past failures, he is not in the best place to lead any type of rescue!

We are treated to some spectacular shots in this episode and the tone and lighting of the visuals are reflected in aspects of the storytelling, which I really enjoyed! We also get much more of the Empire – and building on from last week, female Stormtroopers! The Disney era of Star Wars has shown us we can have female officers, but rarely do we see that reflected in the troopers! It’s a tiny detail, which most won’t care about, but I personally love to see it.
This episode is also packed full of lore from the prequel series and The Clone Wars and at times my jaw was literally on the floor! There are so many moments I want to scream to the rooftops about, but obviously, I need to keep this spoiler-free – HOWEVER, I will say there are multiple surprises in store for you!

In terms of the characters, Moses Ingram (Reva) once again imposes herself onto the story and the episode as a whole, delivering yet another powerful and memorable performance from start to finish! On a similar note, Indira Varma (Tala) is also given more time to show off what her character has to offer and played a key role in multiple situations throughout the episode. Vivien Lyra Blair (Leia) also had her most impressive episode so far and you really get the feeling that she has a huge career ahead of her, based on her performances in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Speaking of the said titular character, Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan) is suffering in the fallout from his reunion with Vader last week and you can see that he is constantly second-guessing his abilities. However, as the episode progresses, we see his confidence return and we are finally starting to see glimpses of his heyday!

I must admit, I continue to be impressed and surprises week after week with this series and I think Deborah Chow is doing an excellent job – especially given the weight of expectations of this show. The pacing is consistently great, everything continues to progress nicely, and you just feel like we are building on a weekly basis to one hell of a finale!

Moses Ingram dominates once again in an episode that is steeped in lore pulled straight from The Clone Wars era that will leave fans salivating for the next installment of Obi-Wan Kenobi!

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