Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi.Obi Wan Kenobi just aired its best episode yet. While fans rightly worried about the series’ trajectory after a few slower episodes, the fifth episode delivers key reveals, emotional flashbacks, and thrilling action sequences. It doesn’t seem like the star wars franchise is returning to the big screen soon, but this week’s episode of Obi Wan Kenobi definitely felt cinematic.
Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor), Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair), and their new allies escape from Imperial forces to a hidden facility on Jabiim. Dark Vador (Hayden Christensen) Star Destroyer tracks them down and begins to take over their hideout. As Obi-Wan exchanges words with Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram), he learns a devastating truth about his past. Reva was a young Jedi and was nearly killed during Anakin’s assault on the Jedi Temple in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Reva has harbored a secret desire for revenge ever since.
When Reva tries to kill Vader, it’s one of the best lightsaber duels in recent times. star wars Memory; unlike the over-choreographed action in the prequels, this duel was raw and emotional. It’s brilliantly intertwined with flashback footage, which shows a young Anakin training for combat with Obi-Wan. The episode sets up an exciting series finale, as Reva has now learned the location of Luke Skywalker. Will she head for Tatooine, and could the Lars’ property be in danger? While we wait for next week’s answers, check out some of the Easter eggs and references from this week’s episode that you might have missed.
The 501st Jedi Temple Siege
During the Order 66 flashbacks, Anakin leads a group of clone troopers into the Jedi Temple with blue markings on their helmets. This is the 501st Legion, the battalion of troops assigned to Anakin in the Clone Wars. fans of The Clone Wars The series will remember that like Anakin, the 501st clones are Mavericks within the Republic military. Some Legion clones are not present at the temple, as they aid Ahsoka Tano in her assault on Mandalore, which was featured in The Clone Wars‘ last season. In real life, the 501st Legion is the name of a voluntary organization of passionate fans of the franchise. They are primarily known for being a cosplay organization, but they are also known for their participation in charity events.
Young Anakin and the Timeline
Hayden Christensen finally got justice this week. He was able to remove the mask and resume the role of a young Anakin Skywalker. Based on Anakin’s padawan braid, Obi-Wan’s longer hair, and the mold of Obi-Wan and Anakin’s lightsaber, it’s clear that the events of the flashback take place just before the time to attack of the clones. Before Obi-Wan enters, Anakin looks out over the cityscape of the Coruscant metroplex. Eagle-eyed fans may have noticed that it focuses on the apartment of Padmé Amidala, who we know Anakin has a strong bond with due to his childhood crush on her.
Vader brings down a ship
While it’s clear that the Force is capable of incredible things and that “size doesn’t matter”, Vader shows next-level strength when he shoots down a fleeing cruiser during the conflict on Jabiim. star wars players may have recognized this ability; Vader’s apprentice, Galen Marek/Starkiller (Sam Wiwer) uses the Force to bring down an entire Star Destroyer in the 2008 video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
Return of the Grand Inquisitor
One of the series’ most confusing moments was cleared up this week. The Grand Inquisitor (Friend Rupert) was apparently killed by Reva, leading to questions regarding the timeline. In rebelsset after the events of the Kenobi series, the Grand Inquisitor is still alive and eventually perishes after a duel with Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.). The Grand Inquisitor returns at the end of this episode, revealing that he had survived Reva’s attack. Vader reinstates him as leader of the Inquisitors.
Expanded Universe Jedi
When Obi-Wan looks at the writings on the wall in the secret corridor of The Path, there are several names of different Jedi Knights scrawled in the star wars Aurebesh language. Among them are Corwin Shelvay (a character from star wars galaxy MMORPG), Djinn Altis (who featured in the 2009 novel The Clone Wars: No Prisoners), Roganda Ismaren (who appeared in the 1994 novel Children of the Jedi) and Tiberius Anderlock (an NPC from Galaxy expansion pack Go at the speed of light).
There is a young boy who is called “Corran”. This could either be a sly reference or the reintroduction of one of Legends’ most popular characters. Corran Horn was featured as one of the main characters in Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston‘ 1990s novel series X-wing. Corran discovers his Force sensitivity and becomes one of the first students of Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy. Corran starred in Stackpole’s 1998 first-person novel me jediand played a major role in The Thrawn Trilogy, The New Jedi Order novels, the Legacy of the Force series, and the The Fate of the Jedi series. He has yet to be officially reintroduced into the canon timeline, but the little boy and his mother that Haja (Kumail Nanjiani) help in episode 3 is credited as Corran and his mother is Nyche, the canonical name of the Legends version’s mother.
Reva mentions a planet called “Garel”, a name which rebels fans may recognize. In the animated series, Ezra Bridger and the Phantom the crew steals Imperial goods from the metropolitan city of Garel. The planet, located in the Outer Rim and in the Lothal sector, first appeared in the episode “Droids in Distress”. Ezra helps his new allies with a con and briefly crosses paths with R2-D2 and C-3PO.