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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Episode 5, Darth Vader Strikes Back! [CRITICAL]

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Episode 5, Darth Vader Strikes Back! [REVIEW]

The Sith Lord traps Obi-Wan in this penultimate episode of the Star Wars miniseries airing on Disney+. Warning, spoilers…

If you missed the start: Obi-Wan has recovered from his loss to Darth Vader. Princess Leia has been rescued (again!) from the clutches of the Empire. While the Jedi master and his little royal protege think they are safe and sound, we learn that Reva, the Third Sister, has put a tracer in Leia's pet robot. The plan ? Tell Darth Vader where Obi-Wan, Leia and the are hidingRebel Resistance.

Episode 5. The Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries, airing on Disney+, is coming slowly but surely at its end. Yes, 6 episodes is short. It's even very short. Not easy to cram everything into a single episode, not easy either to nurture the psychology of the characters and take care of the script. Once again, the weaknesses in the production, in particular scriptwriting and visual, are once again felt. Sometimes, despite the means put on the table by Disney, we have the impression of dealing with a short film made by a fan. But, it is nevertheless difficult to sulk his fan pleasure as soon as Obi-Wan or Darth Vader point the end of their lightsaber at the screen. This remains the main attraction of the miniseries. Attention, spoilers

The (anti-)heroes save the show

Once again Darth Vader is the star of the episode. So much so that we wonder why Disney didn't make a series about the big bad rather than the nice hermit Jedi. In this fifth episode, a flashbackera Attack of the Clones, episode II of the cinematographic saga, returns slightly on the apprenticeship of Anakin. The padawan and his master engage in a practice duel. An “unpublished” scene which already shows, “at the time”, Anakin’s shift towards the Dark Side of the Force despite his membership in the Jedi. This scene, cut out throughout the episode, is a real madeleine de Proust for any fan of the prelogy Star Wars. It also contextualizes, in the mini-series, the ambiguous relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin. Their brotherly friendship, their fortuitous rivalry, the regrets of the first and the sadness of the second. This scene alone is worth its weight in midichlorians. Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen put so much memory, love and energy into their respective characters that they save the show from certain boredom. Finally, we don't care at all about the secondary characters, from Reva to Leia, passing by Tala or Wade. Whether they are constantly whining or dying in a moment of glory, nothing can match the scenes where Darth Vader paces with his imposing gait through long empty corridors. Nothing can match the scenes where Obi-Wan tries to regain his lost Jedi Master mojo. Nothing can match the scenes that the two antagonists share on screen even if they are (far) too rare. One episode away from the first season finale, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a frustrating miniseries because it rekindles heartfelt nostalgia around the Star Wars mythology but without ever satisfying the desires of fanboys and fangirlsof the first hour. That's a shame. It’s infuriating, even.

Teilor Stone
Teilor Stonehttps://thesaxon.org
Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my [email protected] 1-800-268-7116

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