STREAMING,TV OBI-WAN KENOBI EPISODE 5 (ANALYSIS)

OBI-WAN KENOBI EPISODE 5 (ANALYSIS)

Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 5 is the fifth 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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Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 5 continues the miniseries’ shambolic run, with yet another badly written and badly executed instalment. It has not been easy watching this anticipated series and the crushing disappointment is palpable. It becomes almost an impossible task NOT to nitpick about the plot and characterisations as both are poorly done.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 5 is set mainly on Jabiim, a waystation used by the rebels to smuggle surviving Jedis away from the Empire. Now, we had in our previous analysis already called into question, the manner by which Reva managed to track Kenobi and Leia, the latter’s droid Lola – who once more is undetected by everyone. Thus, it is not difficult for Reva and the Empire to locate Kenobi, and she heads out to capture him, with Darth Vader close behind.

Now for the plot holes —

First, Reva (now appointed as the Grand Inquisitor by Vader) somehow controls the droid Lola (from light years away) to sabotage the hangar doors (!) Worse still, we discover at the end of the episode that Lola had a restraining bolt (!) So how did Reva manipulate Lola to begin with. Secondly, the stormtroopers attack on the hangar is so messily executed that the entire sequence is unintentionally funny. There is no employment of strategic tactics from either side, the battle looks fake (!) Thirdly, Reva reveals to Kenobi that she actually intends to kill Vader (her vengeance for Anakin’s slaughter of the padawan younglings shown in the first episode) but will do it in her own time and in her own way and without the assistance of Kenobi, whom she also despises.

The manner in which Reva’s character arc is taken further is so plainly ridiculous, it deserves special attention. After Kenobi and the rebels escape, Reva chooses the worst time to assault Vader and Vader has little problem dispatching of her. Why was that moment primed for her? Then, of course, the real Grand Inquisitor turns up – we were led to believe that he was dead – and Reva’s fall from grace is complete. Or is it? Inexplicably neither Vader or the Grand Inquisitor decide to kill Reva and she is led to return to Tatooine to find Luke (!) But what happened to her plan for vengeance? This makes no sense whatsoever.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 5 sets up the grand finale in Tatooine (what else?) If there is a massive battle to save Luke in the end, how in the world would Vader not be aware of Luke in this manner? This series is so messed up, how will the writers resolve the corner they have painted themselves into? Sigh.

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