Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4

Obi-Wan Kenobi Part IV Review

A dangerous mission. A harrowing rescue. A disturbing discovery. If you thought Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s latest episode couldn’t possibly top its previous installments, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

The rescue mission

In its fourth episode, “Part IV,” Obi-Wan Kenobi takes viewers inside Fortress Inquisitorious — the place where hunted Force-sensitives and their sympathizers never return from. But not this time. This time, Leia Organa will escape Vader’s task force as many others have not. But she’ll need help to do it — help from a certain former Jedi and his new friends.

Obi-Wan’s selflessness leads him prematurely out of the bacta tank and into the line of duty once more. He can’t leave Leia in the wrong hands any longer than he already has. So he and Tala break into the fortress undetected, find Leia — but that’s not all they find.

A disturbing discovery

Because in the depths of the fortress lies a secret — many secrets to be exact, if we’re to count the preserved bodies of Force-sensitives past. These beings were brought to the fortress presumably to gather information, possibly in an attempt to be turned to the dark side. But their lives were cut short instead.

This subtle yet powerful display of horror doesn’t have the effect of a classic jump scare, but it stays with you. Did you also notice that the machine Reva forces Leia into has child-sized straps? That’s dark. Terrible things have happened here.

The trio escapes the fortress physically. But they won’t soon forget what they’ve seen. That’s something beautiful about the way this show is written. These characters are constantly escaping and surviving harm on the outside. But inside, their scars remain. And every episode doesn’t need to over-explain that with words; it does that with its visuals and its captivating story.

Less is more

Once again, Obi-Wan Kenobi is showing what Star Wars is capable of in short, intense bursts. “Part IV” was a shorter episode, but it didn’t need to be a second longer; it accomplished exactly what it needed to in the minutes it had. Longer content doesn’t make the content better necessarily. In fact, in the case of Star Wars, often less is more. Every moment counts because there are fewer of them to fill.

The same goes for the series itself. It’s a limited run with only two more parts to go. It has a lot to wrap up in the next two weeks, but there’s no question Deborah Chow and her team will do so flawlessly. We know where the series’ main characters will end up by its conclusion. We just don’t know exactly how they get there yet. And that’s the thrill of it, really. Knowing the destination, but discovering the ins and outs of the journey as it plays out before our eyes.

Once it’s all over, we’ll be able to appreciate the adventure for what it truly is: a study of growth and acceptance, of learning from your past to strengthen your future. Of what it means to choose the light when it’s failed you before, and everything that light can bring you once you let it in again.

New episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi stream every Wednesday on Disney+.