Obi-Wan Kenobi “Part III” gives us the showdown we’ve been waiting for. I wasn’t sure how quickly we would get to see Obi-Wan face off against Anakin aka Darth Vader, but it has come already. I don’t usually mind when shows are a little bit slow in the beginning, but I am glad that we got a bit more action in Part III of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“Ben” and Leia are still trying to escape and get her back to Alderaan. They can’t change the route of the cargo ship, so they just have to get off at the planet where it lands. It lands on Mapuzo, a mining planet. There, they are supposed to meet someone who will help them escape, at least according to the fake Jedi Haja Estree. Obi-Wan, as pessimistic as ever, realizes that they are on their own when no one comes to greet them.
Leave it to Leila to be the one to get them out of a tough situation. Since she’s still young and has no reason not to, she’s pretty trusting of people. They run into Freck driving a transport, and he offers to give them a ride. He also picks up some wayward stormtroopers. Even though their story was convincing, Freck had suspicions of them all along. When they get to a checkpoint, Freck sells them out. A drone spots Kenobi, and a fight breaks out. Leia and Obi-Wan are not doing well, until a woman dressed as an Empire guard takes out the rest of the stormtroopers. “
The woman introduces herself as Tala, and she was the contact from the fake Jedi. Tala introduces Kenobi and Leia to The Path, safehouses through the galaxy. There are still good people out there fighting, and I wonder if this gives Obi-Wan more hope for the future, especially for those like Leia and Luke. Leia is scared, and she feels bad for letting herself get kidnapped. Obi-Wan assures her it wasn’t her fault. There’s no time to waste because Darth Vader has arrived on Mapuzo, and he’s here for Kenobi. The good news is that he has no idea who Leia is or why she’s important to Obi-Wan. He only has eyes for his old master.
Kenobi asks Tala to get Leia to safety, and he goes to distract Vader. He’s shocked to see Anakin, who keeps reminding Obi-Wan that Vader is who Kenobi made him to be. The showdown we’ve been wondering about came very quickly. Vader has no need to waste time with monologues or anything of the sort. He draws his lightsaber, and we’re off. Kenobi hasn’t trained in years and is in no condition to fight. Meanwhile, Leia is worried about Kenobi. She asks Tala to go help him; she can find her way on her own.
Now we could see this was a bad idea for Leia, as the Third Sister has already found the tunnels through which Leia is escaping. Now we know that Obi-Wan can’t die, and neither can Leia. But that doesn’t mean they are completely safe. Vader has the upper hand and begins torturing his former master by dragging him through fire. He wants Kenobi to feel what he felt; he wants him to suffer. The very tiny silver lining is that this gave Tala enough time to assist Obi-Wan in an escape.
There’s no time for applause because the Third Sister has caught up to Leia. Now what? I’m really enjoying Obi-Wan so far, but my main question is where is this story going? What is this mini series really about? Are we going to get some sort of conclusion at the end of this? I’m enjoying the characters and seeing some familiar faces, but I can’t help but question the point of the series. For now, I’ll keep enjoying the Star Wars fun and see how this all ends in a few short episodes.