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Obi-Wan Kenobi ‌‌Recap:‌ A New Coronary heart (Episodes 5 & 6)

We’re‌ ‌operating‌ ‌a‌ ‌recap‌ sequence ‌of‌ Obi-Wan Kenobi ‌‌on‌ ‌Disney+.‌ ‌There‌ ‌are‌ ‌spoilers,‌ ‌duh!‌ ‌You’ve‌ ‌been‌ ‌warned.‌

We’ve bounced between two major antagonists throughout Obi-Wan Kenobi’s six-episode run: the Third Sister, Reva, and Darth Vader. One among these characters is probably the most iconic villain in cinema historical past. Vader’s fall to the Darkish Aspect was the driving pressure of a complete Trilogy of movies some twenty-ish years in the past, and his eventual redemption and turning again to the Mild was the emotional, victorious climax of one other Trilogy twenty-ish years earlier than that. 

We all know the place Vader has been. We all know the place he’s going. Probably the most Obi-Wan Kenobi might ever ship are elaborations and particulars to Anakin Skywalker’s story that, whereas entertaining and even thrilling, aren’t mandatory.

The identical can’t be mentioned for Reva Sevander. When this sequence started, Reva was the up-and-coming and extremely formidable Imperial Inquisitor obsessive about rooting Obi-Wan Kenobi out of hiding. Having left the Grand Inquisitor presumably for lifeless on the sequence’ starting, Reva’s murderous pursuit of Basic Kenobi was rivaled solely by Vader himself. Vader’s motivations we’ve understood from the beginning. However Reva’s had been a thriller each to us within the viewers and her fellow Inquisitors. 

Like all Inquisitors, a lust for energy and place and proximity to Lord Vader appeared to be at play right here. However whereas these objectives are ends to themselves for the remainder of her Darkish Aspect squad, we now know Reva had one other goal in thoughts.

The Darkish Aspect could also be a pathway to many skills, however vengeance and blind rage is a pathway to shedding the forest for the bushes.

All of it goes again to Order 66. Reva was one of many younglings current throughout Anakin Skywalker’s slaughter of the innocents. Like most Padawans, a Power-sensitive Reva had left her household at an age when she was most likely too younger to completely perceive what was taking place to her. She had been set on a path in accordance with the Jedi Approach. 

This ripping of the Power-sensitives from their households was seen as a mandatory evil. “He won’t be secure till he masters his skills,” is the best way Luke Skywalker described this horrible alternate in The Mandalorian‘s second season finale, giving Din Djarin the assurances he wanted when his journey to deliver Grogu to the Jedi had come to an finish. 

I’ve shared earlier than how this isn’t not like the choice many dad and mom make when bringing their kids ahead for adoption, hoping for higher, safer lives for his or her little kids than those they know they know they will present. As an adopted son myself, that is what occurred to me. 

However all of that ended within the age of the Empire. The Star Wars galaxy turned suffering from scores of oldsters who thought they ensured their kids’s safety, just for those self same kids to be massacred by the hands of the Emperor and his new apprentice, Darth Vader. So whereas Darth Vader’s coronary heart pulses with revenge for the person who mangled and burned him alive, Reva’s burns to kill the Darkish Lord who murdered the Padawans and left her for lifeless. 

This is the reason she’s after Kenobi. Obi-Wan in Reva’s custody is her greatest probability at making herself indispensable—and inside putting distance—to the person who slew the one household she had left. 

However as we now know, Vader was one step forward your complete time. Absolutely conscious of Reva’s intentions, he permits the Third Sister to deliver her plan to full fruition. And as soon as Reva left Obi-Wan and the fledgling Insurrection limping away from Vader’s flagship Star Destroyer, she sprang the entice not figuring out the set off had since been pointed her approach. 

The confrontation leaves a wounded Reva for lifeless. In my final recap once I predicted Reva wouldn’t survive this sequence, I foolishly uncared for to think about how leaving individuals for lifeless is a bizarre, recurring theme in Star Wars—a theme that performed out no less than 4 occasions in the midst of this sequence alone.

Within the dying throes of her vengeance spree, Reva learns {that a} little one of nice curiosity to each Kenobi and Vader lives in hiding on Tatooine underneath the refuge of a person named Owen. She tries to kill the kid however is unable to do to Luke what Luke’s father had executed to her and her associates. And so it got here to be that in the midst of Kenobi’s confrontation with Vader, it was Reva, not Vader, who was affected by a recovered conscience and a newly repentant coronary heart. 

A brand new coronary heart, a brand new spirit. Out with Reva’s coronary heart of stone and in together with her coronary heart of flesh. On the finish of Obi-Wan Kenobi, it’s a brand new hope for Reva. 

In a lot the identical approach that Luke Skywalker would purchase time for a retreating Resistance to flee the First Order by confronting Supreme Chief Kylo Ren in The Final Jedi, Obi-Wan’s self-sacrifice to confront Vader gave all of the distraction a younger Insurrection wanted to flee the Empire’s chase for now. 

The Darkish Aspect could also be a pathway to many skills, however vengeance and blind rage is a pathway to shedding the forest for the bushes. Vader not solely takes Kenobi’s bait, however he brings the Executor ship and all of its navy capabilities with him. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi, with recovered power and lightsaber expertise (someway), bests Vader, leaving Anakin wounded and gasping for breath for the second time in ten years. “I’m sorry, Anakin,” a shaken Kenobi confesses. “For all of it.”

“I’m not your failure, Obi-Wan. You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker,” Vader wheezes again. “I did.” 

This can be a mercy Obi-Wan didn’t know he wanted. 

There’s one thing to be mentioned of the knowledge (or maybe lack of it) when Obi-Wan Kenobi left Vader alive at this second. We all know the Darkish Lord will survive to kill and destroy numerous extra lives, together with the lives of Alderaan. 

However that’s not how any of this works. 

For the previous ten years, Obi-Wan has lived a shadow life in hiding, in worry of the Empire, and protecting watch over Luke. However greater than that, Obi-Wan’s coronary heart is consumed with guilt, remorse, and disgrace for killing Anakin. That is the millstone that dragged the Jedi to the underside of the ocean. 

Now, on the finish of their second duel of the fates, Vader granted Obi-Wan a second probability. Obi-Wan by no means killed Anakin, in any case. 

With the millstone lastly reduce free from his neck, Obi-Wan isn’t about to tie it again on once more. 

“Goodbye, Darth,” he bids his buddy’s killer. And walks away. 

9 years later, Obi-Wan will distract Vader one final time to offer his associates an opportunity to flee. Solely this time, it would come moments after laying eyes on the Skywalker twins lastly reunited. Obi-Wan’s ghost lives on to information and mentor Skywalker’s son to finish the work and produce about not solely Anakin’s salvation however that of your complete galaxy. 

Love your enemies. Pray for individuals who persecute you. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t be overcome by evil. Overcome evil with good.

This isn’t the forest for the bushes. It’s the return of the Jedi.



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