This review is spoiler-free.
In what turned out to be one of the most enjoyable episodes of the series so far, the penultimate instalment of Obi-Wan Kenobi delivers on every level imaginable – from tense action set pieces to outstanding story moments! The love and care in which this episode was handled was wonderful and this truly felt like a love letter to the prequel trilogy.
For starters, the pacing of the episode was great! The story and character moments really blended well together, and the end result was an action-packed tense episode with so much to unpack! There wasn’t a single-story issue I could pick fault at, likewise with all of the character moments. This episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi felt like a Star Wars comic, of which I have read many, and I really enjoyed this aspect of the episode.
From a technical standpoint, the music and editing reached their peak this week, with both of these elements playing a crucial role in the episode. There was maybe the slightest issue with some de-aging effects, but in the moment, who really cares? I’d rather have these moments in the story, even if they can look a little rough.
Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan) and Hayden Christensen (Darth Vader/Anakin) were tremendous, and their on-screen chemistry never fails to disappoint! Moses Ingram (Reva) was once again imposing on the episode, but this time in a completely different way, and the payoff was simply incredible – even though most of us knew where her story was heading. This was also the episode where Indira Varma (Tala) was an instrumental driving force on the story and as impressive as she has been in previous episodes, this was her pinnacle performance.
Heading into next week’s finale, the story and characters are perfectly positioned for an epic showdown and conclusion. The tension and stakes have been raised, and who knows what this final episode will have in store for us! Next week cannot come soon enough!