Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Disney Plus

Season 1 Episode 2

Part II

On a dangerous crime-ridden world, Obi-Wan becomes a target.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has mustered the courage to go off world on a mission to rescue young princess Leia from kidnappers. What he doesn’t know is that it is a trap set by Reva without the knowledge of the rest of the Inquisitors. Much of the episode will center on Obi-Wan seeing how the universe has changed in the ten years he’s been in exile. Changes that he must navigate in order to rescue Leia from her kidnappers.

As much as I liked seeing Flea as a kidnapper, they really don’t serve much purpose other than a means to an end. They’re made to be disposable and without personality which takes away a lot of their menace to Leia. Vivien Lyra Blair is fantastic as young Leia. She has the right amount of precociousness and charm to give you a hint at the who she will become in this world. The scene where she turns on Obi-Wan felt a little forced, but it worked overall as a means of getting the plot and the characters to the final confrontation in the episode.

As Obi-Wan looks for help on the strange planet, he is told of a Jedi who is helping people get off-world. After investigating him, Obi-Wan discovers the man is a fraud, but one doing things for the right reasons. Kumail Nanjiani plays the role really well and his comedic bent doesn’t take anything away from the story of conflict. It actually gives a bit of a breather to the viewer with everything being so heavy.

A lot of the heaviness in the episode comes from Obi-Wan trying to navigate a darker, more nihilistic universe and seeing him struggle to find footing as well as rediscover his connection to the force is fun. Reva does good work as the heavy and her ambition makes her a lot more menacing. There is a parkour chase scene that looks good visually, but made me do my Michael Scott “Parkour!” impression most of the time.

The second episode ends a really great note with Reva making a revelation that will change everything about Obi-Wan’s journey. It was the perfect way to end the episode and build interest in the next.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.