Tuesday, July 5, 2022

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Recap: “Part II”

Following the premiere episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi Master dons his robes and carries his lightsaber once more as he embarks on a mission to Daiyu to rescue Leia Organa and learns something along the way that shatters his world.

Obi-Wan arrives on Daiyu

Obi-Wan arrives on Daiyu, but he’s no longer able to track the ship that Leia’s on, because all signals are blocked. (And we get a brief cameo of Temuera Morrison as a clone trooper!) A child approaches him and offers to take him to a Jedi.

Obi-Wan finds the man in question, Haja Estree, and watches as he puts on a dramatic show to help a woman and her son escape using Jedi mind tricks. The key word: show. The real Jedi in the room makes himself known, calling out Haja for his use of remotes and magnets. He’s a fake. Haja agrees to help him find Leia.

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Obi-Wan sneaks into the back of a lab, thinking that he’s found Leia, but Vect beat him to it. Vect and his pals come in, ready to turn him over to Reva, but Obi-Wan breaks open the vial that the girl on the street handed to him and escapes. He manages to find Leia after all, and though she’s wary of him at first, she agrees to go with him.

The hunt for Kenobi

The Grand Inquisitor arrives and expresses his displeasure at Reva’s decision to kidnap a senator’s child. He orders the others to secure the city and tells her that he’ll be bringing in Kenobi himself. Angry, Reva instructs Vect to get the city’s residents on alert to trap the Jedi for her first. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan buys Leia a change of clothes to help disguise her, though he has his work cut out for him between the girl’s insatiable curiosity and talkative nature.

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While they’re hiding out in an alley, the clever Leia realizes that the kidnappers took her to get to Obi-Wan. No longer trusting him and unwilling to believe that he actually knows her father, she runs away. He ends up chasing her across the rooftops of the city but gets caught in the blaster fire of a bounty hunter. Leia tries to jump across two buildings and she falls, but Obi-Wan saves her at the last moment with the Force. After that, she understands that he wasn’t lying about being a Jedi after all, and she calms down. He explains to her that many of the Inquisitors used to be Jedi. Haja finds them, and in an attempt to make amends, he offers them safe passage to escape the planet.

After Obi-Wan and Leia disappear, Reva runs into Haja. Putting his Jedi voice back on, he blocks her path. She immediately sees through the ruse, throwing him up against a wall and pulling the information that she needs directly from his mind.

Anakin Skywalker lives

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Leia and Obi-Wan make their way to the cargo port, and the Jedi realizes how much the young girl reminds him of her real mother, Padmé. He sends Leia off toward the ship as Reva arrives, and she stalks around the room and taunts Obi-Wan, telling him that Lord Vader will be pleased. And thus … Obi-Wan Kenobi finally learns that Anakin Skywalker is still alive. And he’s been looking for him for a long time.

The Grand Inquisitor shows up to intervene, and Reva kills him with her lightsaber. Obi-Wan and Leia escape on the ship while she’s distracted. Leia tries to talk to Obi-Wan, but her voice fades off in to the background, because his mind is somewhere else entirely. He says softly, “Anakin.”

We close on a shot of Darth Vader in a bacta tank.

Episodes 1 and 2 of Obi-Wan Kenobi are now streaming exclusively on Disney+. The next episode will premiere Wednesday, June 1. Stay tuned for all of our coverage on the series, including episodic recaps and more.

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