Tuesday, July 5, 2022

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Recap: “Part IV”

In this week’s episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi, “Part IV,” the Jedi Master and Tala make their way to Nur to rescue Leia. However, with Reva the Inquisitor involved, the extraction encounters some complications along the way.

Recovery

After rescuing Obi-Wan Kenobi from Darth Vader’s clutches, Tala and NED-B transport the beaten and battered Jedi Master to a bacta tank on Jabiim to recover. He writhes in pain as Vader’s words ring out in his head, and despite Tala’s warnings that his burns aren’t healed yet, he swims to the top of the tank in a panic and asks, “Where’s Leia?”

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The Princess of Alderaan is in the clutches of the Empire. Elsewhere, Reva tells Leia that Obi-Wan is dead, and nobody is coming for her.

A journey to Nur

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Tala brings Obi-Wan to speak with a man named Roken, who’s angry that she brought him there, because too many people are looking for him. Obi-Wan implores the other man to help him find Leia. Roken tells him that he was married to a Jedi, but the Inquisitors found her … he’s well aware of what they’re capable of. He agrees to help. Roken shows Obi-Wan where they believe the Inquisitors are — on a water moon called Nur in the Mustafar system. Tala offers to go with Obi-Wan, given that she should still have officer clearance to get him inside.

Interrogation

On Nur, Reva attempts to get Leia to share where the other Jedi safe houses are. Leia asks her how Obi-Wan died, and she tells the girl that he burned to death on Mapuzo. Reva tugs at Leia’s emotions by telling her that the people she’s looking for are the ones who left Obi-Wan to die, and she can go home if she helps her. However, Leia’s face hardens with resolve. She won’t give in. Reva tries to use the Force to pull the information from Leia, but the young girl pushes back and keeps her out. After more failed attempts at getting through to the child, Reva instructs the stormtroopers to take Leia to an interrogation chair.

The rescue

Tala makes her way onto the base, and she tries to enter without clearance, but she’s stopped by security. They check her credentials and tell her they can’t let her through, because this isn’t her sector. However, Tala confidently pulls rank, and after a vague threat about going to the Grand Inquisitor, she enters without further issue. Tala sits down at a station and overrides an entry port, which Obi-Wan accesses from underwater, and she begins to direct him to the detention area where Leia is being held. However, another officer realizes that Tala doesn’t belong there, and he leads her away, so Obi-Wan is on his own for a few moments until Tala discreetly fights the man off. When she calls back out to Obi-Wan over the comlink, their cover is nearly blown, but the Jedi uses the Force to distract the nearby stormtroopers that overheard the noise.

Obi-Wan eventually finds the secure sector, which isn’t a fortress, but rather a tomb for the Inquisitors’ victims. He hears Leia cry out, and he instructs Tala to come up with a distraction. She sends for Reva and gives her false information about the Path. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan rescues Leia. Unfortunately for Tala, Reva is immediately suspicious, because she can’t understand how “an old man and a little girl” could escape an Imperial checkpoint on a planet she was stationed on. When Reva demands that she admit she’s a spy, Tala pivots and says that she was a spy for the Empire. However, before Reva can send her for interrogation, an alarm goes off. Obi-Wan and Leia have been spotted by a seeker droid.

The escape

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Lightsaber in hand, Obi-Wan fights his way through the base with Leia behind him. Stray blaster fire cracks a window, and Obi-Wan uses the Force to try to prevent the water from rushing in as Tala finds them and takes Leia. The Jedi narrowly escapes the explosion of water that pours over the stormtroopers that were advancing on them. Tala tosses Obi-Wan an Imperial disguise, and he hides Leia under his coat as they walk through a crowded area. They almost make it back to the ship, but Reva catches up with them.

The stormtroopers raise their blasters to fire on Tala, Obi-Wan, and Leia … when suddenly two ships come flying in and begin firing on the base. The trio hops into Sully’s ship while Wade distracts Reva, but Reva sends Wade’s ship plummeting into the water before he can escape.

The chase continues

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Furious, Darth Vader storms onto the base and Force chokes Reva. She tells him that she let them go, but she put a tracker on their ship. Then they’ll have the location of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the network.

As Obi-Wan, Leia, Tala, and Sully reconvene with Roken, the mood on the ship is somber over the loss of Wade. Leia takes Obi-Wan’s hand. Meanwhile, Leia’s droid Lola lights up — the tracker has been engaged.

The next episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Wednesday, June 15. Stay tuned for all of our coverage on the series, including episodic recaps and more.

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