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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Episode 4 Recap: A Jedi Master Steps Into a Dark Fortress

Wednesday brought us beyond the center to the Obi Wan Kenobias episode 4 of the live action Star Wars miniseries stand out DisneyPlus. Jedi in Exile Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is in bad shape, having been nearly burned alive during the process his terrifying reunion with fallen former apprentice Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen).

Our hero managed to escape with the help of Tala Duith (Indira Varma), an Imperial officer who secretly helps Jedi escape Vader’s clutches via an underground railway known as the Path. The unpredictable Sith Lord will no doubt be delighted when he finds out.

Unfortunately, Tala and Obi-Wan have little Princess Leia Organa (Vivien Lyra Blair) to reach the ship that will take her alone to Alderaan, and she fell squarely into the clutches of the Imperial Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram), also known as the third sister. The villain is determined to win Vader’s favor, so it’s fortunate that only Obi-Wan knows that Leia is the Sith Lord’s lost daughter.

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No escape

Reconnecting to the Force in an impressive manner, Obi-Wan teams with Tala to rescue Leia from Nur’s Inquisitorius fortress, but the wily Reva planted a tracking beacon in the girl’s beloved droid LOLA. It’s part of their plan to track down the Jedi and the path, which just saves them from being fatally suffocated by Vader (who bursts into the room in an extremely cool way).

“It seems I underestimated you,” says the Dark Lord as he releases Reva. Every line sends chills, James Earl Jones is still great at 91.

Darth Vader telekinetically lifts Reva into the air while choking her in Obi Wan Kenobi as Stormtroopers and other Imperial InquisitorsDarth Vader telekinetically lifts Reva into the air while choking her in Obi Wan Kenobi as Stormtroopers and other Imperial Inquisitors

Darth Vader will apparently no longer tolerate Reva’s weakness, but she manages to change his mind.

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This calls back to Original Star Wars film (aka Episode IV: A New Hope) as Vader uses a similar tactic to allow the Millennium Falcon to lead the Empire to the hidden rebel base in Yavin IV. Since this movie is set nine years after this show, it makes sense that the Sith Lord would use the tactic again.

Leia also recalls the move in A New Hope, arguing that having a tracker on board is “the only explanation” for her escape. I think the events of that show taught her that lesson the hard way.

Seeing Obi-Wan sneaking through an Imperial facility is visually similar to the original Star Wars, in which he sneaks through the halls of the Death Star to disable the battle station’s tractor beam. Fortress Inquisitorius previously appeared in the 2019 video game Jedi: Fallen Orderin which Cal Kestis infiltrates it for the final mission (the game takes place five years prior to this show).

Early Uprising

Before traveling to Nur, Obi-Wan takes a quick soak in the healing fluids of a bacta tank to repair his burns from his battle with Vader. Like any good action hero, he interrupts his recovery because he needs to save Leia. This trope always stresses me out – rest Obi-Wan, you don’t want to get a terrible space infection.

Obi-Wan Kenobi looks distraught, like he's floating in a bacta tank, with a breathing mask in his mouthObi-Wan Kenobi looks distraught, like he's floating in a bacta tank, with a breathing mask in his mouth

No time for flashbacks Obi-Wan, you have a princess to rescue.

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This bath also provided the perfect opportunity for an adorable flashback – just ask that guy, Boba Fett loved his sleepy memories – that Obi-Wan and Anakin are Jedi best friends and jump around in their cool armor during the clone wars, but that doesn’t happen. All we remember is his recent trauma fighting Vader and the image of the Sith Lord in his own bacta tank. That’s still pretty cool and better for pacing than skipping further back in chronology.

Obi-Wan is also introduced to the leader of the anti-imperial network Roken (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), trying to help surviving Jedi. His wife was either a former member of the Order or a Force Sensitive being hunted by the Inquisitors. It’s unclear if she’s someone we’re familiar with.

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The underground network operator Roken has a personal history with Empire’s Jedi hunting program.

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Roken’s network isn’t quite the Rebel Alliance we see in the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi). At this point on the timeline, the resistance effort is a scattered series of cells that operate largely independently of each other – You are united by renegade Imperial Senators Mon Mothma and Bail Organa (Leia’s foster father) during the events of the CGI animated series rebels a few years later.

Creepy Inquisitors

During his Inquisitorius infiltration of the fortress, Obi-Wan discovers a horrific room filled with the preserved bodies of dead Jedi, including younglings. It is a powerful reminder of the Empire’s terrible deeds.

Among those buried, some fans may recognize a Cosian who looks like Jedi Master Tera Sinube. He appeared in several times The Clone Wars CGI Animated Seriesperhaps most memorable for helping Anakin’s Padawan Ahsoka Tano retrieve her lost lightsaber.

Obi-Wan Kenobi looks at the dead Jedi Master Tera Sinube while floating in a tankObi-Wan Kenobi looks at the dead Jedi Master Tera Sinube while floating in a tank

There are some familiar faces among the dead Jedi kept in Fortress Inquisitorius.

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He also lived quite a long life also showed up in stories set in the High Republic era (more than 200 years before the events of this show). We had no prior knowledge of his fate in the wake of Order 66, in which Clone troopers turned on their Jedi allies.

It’s unclear why the Empire is sticking with Jedi bodies, but it may be related to Emperor Palpatine’s attempts to genetically manipulate powerful beings to act as backup bodies in the event of his death.

The first season of The Bad Batch (who plays 10 years before Obi-Wan) and The Mandalorian (which occurs about 18 years after this show) allude to Palpatine’s attempts to use science to extend his own life indefinitely. He hadn’t quite made it when he was killed in Return of the Jedi, which is why he returns in a nasty, failing cloned body in The Rise of Skywalker (about 44 years after the events of that show).

Knowing how the Palpatine plot plays out, this feels like a dead end storytelling. Hopefully there’s more to this genetic experimentation than just his machinations.

Obi portions and Easter eggs

  • The badass scene where Obi-Wan knocks the Stomtroopers out of the dark mirrors A similar moment was seen in a trailer for the 2010 game The Force Unleashed 2.
  • Obi-Wan’s swim-in to Inquisitorius Fortress is reminiscent of his swim-in to Naboo The Phantom Menace and reflects Cal Kestis’ method of infiltration for the final mission of Jedi: Fallen Order.
  • Leia’s Force sensitivity likely allowed her to resist Reva’s mind probe.
  • We hear a Stormtrooper say that Nur gives him goosebumps – I never tire of getting snippets of Imperial jerks’ conversations reminding us that they are mostly average Joes just trying to make a living in a galaxy which is ruled by space wizards.
  • The torture chamber that Leia is taken to is similar to the one where the final boss of Jedi: Fallen Order takes place.
  • The black-armored Purge Troopers make their live-action debut in this episode, having previously appeared in Jedi: Fallen Order (where they were difficult to defeat in combat). Dark Temple tie-in comic series and writer Charles Soule 2017 Darth Vaderweird run. Their helmets have been redesigned in the years since those appearances, likely as the Empire transitioned from clone troopers to stormtroopers.
  • This is what Obi-Wan looks like with Leia under his trench coat a pathetic attempt to smuggle a child into a movie theater.
  • Great to see Roken pilots using T-47 flight gliders. The Rebel Alliance is later rebuilt into snow gliders for use on the frigid planet of Hoth, as seen in The Empire Strikes Back.

We would be honored if you would join us for more Easter eggs and observations next Wednesday, 15.06 when Episode 5 – the penultimate chapter – of Obi-Wan Kenobi comes out on Disney Plus.


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