'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Episode 4 Review: High-octane chapter sees Ben regain his Jedi edge
Darth Vader may have had the better of his mentor, but it appears a Jedi can't be kept quiet for long. The Force is on full display in Episode 4 of 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' as Ben (Ewan McGregor) and Tala (Indira Varma) pull off a rescue mission, Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair), but it does appear that Reva (Moses Ingram) has the last laugh after she plants a bug in the form of Lola to track their every move.
After a decisive encounter between Ben and Vader in the previous episode, the latter takes a backseat with the episode bent on giving the protagonists a win. Much of Reva's history is still under the shroud and while she does hint at her troubled past, there's no believing if she was telling the truth or just swaying Leia — which fails spectacularly by the way. The fourth episode packs in quite the action. It's perhaps the one that finally sees Ben switch to Jedi mode, something he was a far cry from in the first three chapters.
With two episodes left in the series, and a potential second installment rumored to be in development, there's no saying if he will see another Ben vs Vader clash. It would be a shame if that's not happening considering the series has been near-damn impressive thus far. Leia has been one of the key plotlines in the series and while the remainder of the season will almost definitely focus on her rescue, there's also that chance we may see more of Luke Skywalker who will begin his tutelage under Ben.
What's made 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' a smashing success thus far is the balance it strikes between action and melodrama. What appeared to take the same route as Jon Favreau's 'The Mandalorian' has been much different, more high-octane, and most definitely a lot more emotional. The aftermath of the events of 'Revenge of the Sith' has run its full course on Ben, and the fourth episode is the first time he reminds the world of the famed Jedi he was. There's no doubt that his next tussle with Hayden Christensen's Vader will be more evenly-matched, but this is Obi.
'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Episode 4 is streaming on Disney+