Episode Five recap – The Empire Strikes Back…again

Spoiler Warning: This recap is for people who watched Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+. Don’t read unless you’ve seen episodes one through five.

A pattern emerges

As Obi-Wan Kenobi continued, it became increasingly clear that each episode loosely follows the plot of the corresponding film in the Star Wars saga. So Part I shared many plot points with Episode I: The Phantom Menace (TPM). Both took place on Tatooine, and featured the high hopes that the Force looked bored and wearing glasses while dreaming of a pod race. Leia’s story in the first episode of Obi-Wan also mirrored that of her mother in TPM: taken from her real existence on a peaceful planet to a life of Jedi, Sith, and resistance. Leia even used a decoy to escape her official duties, just like Padme did (albeit without Keira Knightley this time). Part II, meanwhile, followed Attack of the Clones, taking the action to a neon-lit planet. In that movie, Padme and Anakin had to hide in the underworld of Coruscant, while this series saw Obi-Wan and Leia attempt the same thing on Daiyu.

The similarities between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Obi-Wan Part III are the most obvious – a big ol’ argument between Anakin/Darth Vader and Obi-Wan, as I wrote last week about how Part IV reworked A new hope.

This week’s issue subtly kicks back The Empire Strikes Back, portraying a handful of courageous rebels with their backs to the wall facing the incoming Empire against all odds and with only a slim chance of escape. Replace Jabiim with Hoth, plus Roken and Leia getting the power back online to Han and Chewie fixing the Millennium Falcon, and it’s a perfect fit. Part V also ended on a particularly pessimistic note, as did TESB with a revelation. Only here was Reva finding out about Luke’s existence on Tatooine and that Vader is his daddy instead of Luke finding out that Vader is his father.

This pattern, of course, makes me wonder how the series will end. It can not be only like Return of the Jedi, because we know that Obi-Wan survives, as do Vader, Luke, and Leia, who must not know of each other’s existence. The Empire will also strengthen its hold on the galaxy, but the Rebellion will gain momentum. And? My prediction is that Obi-Wan will arrive on Tatooine, attracting Vader, where the former student and master will go again. Just as Obi-Wan appears defeated, Reva will appear, sacrificing herself to save the Jedi, thus proving that it is possible to return from the dark side and keep the secret of Luke’s existence safe.


Speaking of Reva… what a week she’s had, starting the episode seeming to have all the answers, only to be revealed that Vader and the Grand Inquisitor, alive all this time, played her like a fiddle.

Related: Obi-Wan Kenobi: Episode Four Recap – A Big Homage to A New Hope (with one key difference)

However, we come to the truth of his past. She was in fact the young woman we saw in the temple on the night of Order 66, and she witnessed Anakin murdering his classmates. “We thought he was there to help us,” she said, eerily, before her anger calmed down and she showed enough vulnerability for Obi-Wan to see his true goal – to avenge his Jedi family and kill Anakin. Poor Reva, used by Vader and the Grand Inquisitor to lure Obi-Wan, only to be used by Obi-Wan to bring Vader down. The way the scene of her on her knees awaiting the final blow was cut with the Jedi temple flashback was especially terrifying. It was also impossible not to think about recent events in Uvalde, Texas and wonder if Disney thought about delaying the series or re-editing at the last moment.


Indira Varma was in danger of stealing the series with her steely performance as the imperial officer turned Path agent. Let’s all pour a shot of bantha milk for a real one. The way she explained what happened on Garel, bringing Force-sensitive children together for the Inquisitors, was so powerful. “Fourteen people died and six of them were children, and I couldn’t do anything to help them. So now I do it,” she said, showing the notches on her weapon to symbolize… I’m not 100% sure. It was probably the number of people she saved while working as a double agent, but given how coldly she took out the imperial officer in her path in Part IV, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a kill count.

I’m sorry she didn’t survive to fight alongside Cassian Andor, but at least she ignited Obi-Wan and took out some stormtroopers with that thermal detonator. And why is it so sad when droids die in the line of duty?


Finally, we got more than a fleeting glimpse of Hayden Christensen as Anakin. He was more likely to appear in flashback, but I couldn’t see what would be shown, leading me to think his return was nothing more than PR. But I was wrong, and here he was – pleasantly unaged – in a flashback to a prescient training session with Obi-Wan.

All that time they spent fighting side by side led Vader and Obi-Wan to believe they knew each other inside out, but they didn’t – Vader learned to play the long game, and Obi-Wan learned to do the opposite of what you’d expect. Expect more dejarik 4D later next week.

Notes and remarks

  • Who do those lightsabers in Jabiim belong to? Jedi and Force users fell during their time with the Path, yes, but which ones specifically? And what do those cave marks on the wall say?

  • During Reva and Vader’s Duel, Vader’s posture when he is holding two lightsabers is very similar to that of Ahsoka, his former padawan.

  • I had the pleasure of seeing Kumail Nanjiani back as Haja Estree, until he left the intercom on the floor. At that moment, I wished he had stayed in Daiyu.

  • Isn’t a lightsaber to the chest enough to kill someone these days? Han Solo must feel cheated.

What do you think? Did you enjoy seeing Hayden Christensen back? Are you looking forward to Part VI? Give your opinion below…

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