Wednesday morning noticed the start of the second half of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney Plus, and Half IV superior the plot considerably whereas offering plenty of enjoyable look-backs at elements of the saga in addition to look-aheads for a number of the characters within the present.

There have been so many neat callbacks, I made a decision to separate them into brief lists.

The Phantom Menace

Obi-Wan swims underwater on the planet Nur to entry the Fortress Inquisitorious. He makes use of the identical type of rebreather gadget we see him and Qui-Gon use to get to Otoh Gunga early on in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999).

Assault of the Clones

I’m wondering if this bit will come up in one of many ultimate two episodes. It additionally finds threads in two completely different Star Wars movies.

As Reva interrogates Leia on Nur, she covertly locations a monitoring gadget on Leia’s droid Lola. Lola sometimes lights up with a blue mild, however within the episode’s ultimate shot, her eye port lights up crimson, indicating it’s in monitoring mode for the Empire.

In Star Wars: Assault of the Clones (2002), Obi-Wan throws a monitoring gadget on Jango Fett’s Slave I when their battle on Kamino ends in a draw. This ensures Obi-Wan will have the ability to monitor the bounty hunter to his subsequent cease, though he did not apprehend Jango.

A New Hope

The monitoring gadget trick additionally works forward to Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). Darth Vader confronts Reva after Obi-Wan, Leia and Tala escape Nur, blaming her for her failures. As she is being Drive choked, Reva reveals she positioned a monitoring gadget with the celebration. Vader releases his maintain on her after studying the information. This can be a trick Vader will himself use in ANH when the Millennium Falcon escapes the Loss of life Star. Recall Grand Moff Tarkin’s line to Vader. “You certain the homing beacon is safe aboard their ship? I am taking an terrible danger, Vader. This had higher work.” My guess is Vader is aware of it will work, as a result of he noticed Reva do it 10 years earlier.

One other good visible callback to ANH is the idle communicator left on the desk of an Imperial facility. Tala has to depart the communicator when she is confronted by one other Imperial Officer within the fortress. The shot recollects the shot in ANH when C-3PO forgot the communicator within the Loss of life Star management room as Luke Skywalker is attempting to contact him.

Leia’s resistance to Reva’s Drive probe into her thoughts not solely conjures up Leia’s thoughts probe resistance in ANH, but in addition calls again to Rey pushing again on Kylo Ren’s Drive thoughts probe in Star Wars: The Drive Awakens (2015). 

Obi-Wan additionally makes use of a Jedi trick to distract two stormtroopers looking for him on the fortress, the identical trick he makes use of after disabling the Loss of life Star’s tractor beam in ANH. 

Jedi Fallen Order

The callback right here is apparent. Fortress Inquisitorious is the ultimate map location of this 2019 online game the place Cal Kestis and Cere break in over the past degree of the sport. This location from the sport is faithfully recreated for stay motion on this episode. The construction resides principally underwater, and a Jedi tomb is chillingly revealed as Obi-Wan is looking for a captive Leia.

Some have puzzled why the fortress was such a thriller to Obi-Wan and Tala’s contact, Roken (performed by O’Shea Jackson Jr.), when Cal and Cere efficiently breached the ability 5 years earlier. My concept is Cal Kestis has not made contact with any members of The Path because the occasions of Jedi Fallen Order. Cal possible stayed remoted from any bigger teams at work within the galaxy.

The sequel to Jedi Fallen Order, Jedi Survivor, is slated to launch for the newest-generation gaming consoles someday in 2023, and is about in roughly the identical time interval as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

As Obi-Wan, Tala and Leia escape from Fortress Inquisitorious, they disguise themselves among the many Imperial forces current. Taal merely dons her traditional officer’s uniform. She throws an officer’s cap on Obi-Wan’s head, and he dons an extended duster jacket Hidden inside that jacket is younger Leia, who runs alongside to make any onlookers imagine there are solely two of their celebration.

This scene jogged my memory of the Mimban battle sequence early in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), when Rio Durant is equally disguised. He’s half the peak of a standard human and makes use of the lengthy cape and outfit of a Mudtrooper to disguise his true species. 

Obi-Wan Getting His Mojo Again

OK so this is not a movie, however it’s my different main takeaway from this episode. He was brutalized by Darth Vader on the finish of Half III, the place we actually see how out-of-practice the previous Jedi Grasp is in. Half IV opens with pictures of Obi-Wan therapeutic from his burns in a bacta tank. Some terrific back-and-forth pictures of Vader, additionally recovering from their battle, in a bacta tank, exhibits the unlikely parallel journey these two are on, and the ache they proceed to trigger each other. 

After Obi-Wan exits the bacta tank, he’s dressed extra like what we’re used to seeing him in from the movies, and he speaks and acts with extra confidence. The Drive does not come as simply to him because it as soon as did, however his lightsaber abilities are nonetheless sharp, as he simply deflects blaster bolts and defeats a handful of stormtroopers as he breaks Leia out of Fortress Inquisitorious. 

The collection began with a (correctly) diminished Obi-Wan in comparison with what we all know him as. He hits a low level when he’s burned by Vader late in Half III, however Half IV acts as that first motion up from hitting backside, as begin to see small hints of the grand Obi-Wan all of us grew to know and love via the prequel period. 

Moses Ingram continues to play Reva as unmistakably evil on this episode as nicely. She constantly lies to Leia throughout their interrogation, and every interplay between them turns into extra intense, with Reva’s pure evil blasting via the display in each scene. 

This present continues to be every thing I hoped it could be, and the stakes are set appropriately excessive as we head into subsequent week’s penultimate episode. Obi-Wan and Leia imagine themselves to be protected, however the tracker positioned on the droid Lola tells us in a different way. I can not wait.

Brad Monastiere

I stay in Michigan and have been an unconditional fan of Star Wars and Indiana Jones for many years. Comply with me on twitter @bmonastiere 

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