STREAMING,TV OBI-WAN KENOBI EPISODE 4 (ANALYSIS)

OBI-WAN KENOBI EPISODE 4 (ANALYSIS)

Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4 is the fourth part of an American science fiction television miniseries created for the streaming service Disney+, featuring the Star Wars character of the same name. Set ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), the series is directed by Deborah Chow, with Joby Harold serving as showrunner.

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Does Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4 redeem the much maligned series after the disappointing Episode 3? Barely. At the end of that previous episode, the badly burned Kenobi was rescued by the rebels whilst Leia was captured by Reeva. At the beginning of this instalment, Kenobi is recovering from his injuries while back on the Inquisitors headquarters, Reeva is questioning Leia.

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Why is Reeva questioning the 10-year-old Princess of Alderaan, the daughter of a senator? That makes no sense whatsoever – what would Leia know about the rebel network smuggling Jedis? Nothing. In addition, why didn’t Reva sense that Leia was force-sensitive? For that matter, why didn’t Kenobi? None of this lines up with original trilogy canon whatsoever. Also, why doesn’t Leia’s toy droid ever get confiscated in the two instances of her being kidnapped? Enormous plot hole!

Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4 inexplicably depicts a stronger Kenobi, even after his injuries, when in the first 3 episodes he was virtually powerless. Is this because Leia’s life is in danger? Is that all it takes, for Kenobi to act like a Jedi Knight again? Who knows? Nothing makes sense in this series. Kenobi gets inside the Inquisitors’ headquarters so easily, it’s barely an inconvenience. And once inside, despite the sheer size of the complex, is able to find Leia (?) Utterly implausible.

Of course, Kenobi and Leia improbably escape but then Reeva reveals that she’s planted a tracker on Leia but how and when? We find out in the end that Leia’s droid is the tracking device but in the torture chamber – yes, Reva was going to torture a 10-year-old child – it did not appear that Leia had the droid with her after Reva had taken it away. Are you telling us that Reva planted the droid (now tracker) on Leia when the Princess was about to be tortured, and Reva had no inkling that Kenobi was on a rescue mission? Ridiculous!

Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4 demonstrates that Lucasfilm and Disney have well and truly lost the plot as far as Star Wars is concerned. Each succeeding instalment of Obi-Wan Kenobi is worse that the last. To think there are actually two more episodes to screw things up even further. Yikes.

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