Disney+ shows have a penchant for epic penultimate episodes that keep us on the edge of our seats. Obi-Wan Kenobi Ep 5 is no different.
The episode itself starts with a flashback scene of Obi-Wan and Anakin (yes, Hayden Christensen unmasked!) dueling while training, which obviously cuts to the present when Darth Vader is hot on the heels of his former master.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Ep 5 also has a bunch of startling events, including Tala’s death, how the Third Sister Reva is, in fact, plotting to betray Darth Vader, and the grand reveal that Vader’s own children have survived.
After questionable slow pacing in the previous episodes, Ep 5 turned out to be quite exciting. So let’s get into each insane moment right away!
1. Reva’s Identity and Purpose Revealed
Fans with a close eye to detail may have noticed how the show had carefully tried to develop Reva’s backstory with flashbacks and her interrogation with Leia. It clearly painted a picture of a young child who lost everything due to a huge war.
If we went down that path just a step or two further, it would’ve got us questioning if Reva could be one of the Jedi younglings Anakin had attacked during Order 66.
Episode 5 shows us that this is indeed true—that she survived the attack and chose to become the Third Sister to exact revenge on Darth Vader.
The closer she gets to him, the more opportunity she will have to kill him. As he appoints her as the Grand Inquisitor, the opportune moment is waiting right around the corner.
2. Obi-Wan Gets Caught!
When Obi-Wan and Leia arrive on Jabiim, it’s filled with representatives of the Path that need to get a move on quickly, lest they incur Vader’s wrath. To make matters worse, Vader is able to use Leia’s hacked bot to dismantle Jabiim’s escape routes.
Here’s where Obi-Wan decides to buy some time by negotiating with the Third Sister while Leia literally wiggles through tunnels to undo the bot’s manipulation. While angling for a solution, Obi-Wan realizes that the Third Sister isn’t all she claims to be when it slips out that she knew Vader back when he was Anakin.
Figuring out that Reva actually wants to kill Vader, he offers help which she vehemently refuses. In her head, this is solely her battle, and she does not need to be treated like a charity case.
So, Obi-Wan strikes another deal instead: He will surrender to Darth Vader if she promises to kill the Sith lord while delivering him.
3. Tala’s Sacrifice
After Reva initially refuses Obi-Wan’s help, she cuts open the door with her light saber and commands the stormtroopers to reign fire on the people, most of whom are unarmed or without any defense tools.
Tala already feels guilty about having people die on her watch. So, as one of the few people with a weapon, she stays back to hold down the line of stormtroopers attacking. Sadly, it is during this time that she gets shot in the abdomen.
After she makes sure that everyone, including Obi-Wan, has retreated to another section, and knowing she can’t hold on for much longer, she sacrifices herself by detonating a thermal bomb that kills off several stormtroopers as well.
4. Is Reva still alive?
Obi-Wan and Reva trick Vader into entering Jabiin’s caverns, where he finds that everyone on the planet is managing to flee him.
That’s when we get that awesome moment of Vader using the Force to bring down a huge spacecraft. What a mind-blowing way to show how strong he’s gotten!
Right after this, Reva appears to attack Vader but waits a moment too long—long enough for him to overpower her and show that bringing down a spacecraft was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to his powers.
Their fight sequence was of no match, with Vader not even needing to use his saber to take Reva down. The end was equally predictable: Vader stabs the Third Sister in the stomach, mirroring how he, as Anakin, had done the same to Youngling Reva.
5. Darth Vader, You Are a Father
As Reva is bleeding out to die, she sees Bail Organa’s message on Obi-Wan’s broken communicator—something about Vader learning about “the children” and returning to Tatooine to keep the “boy” safe.
As the audience, we all know he’s talking about Luke and Leia being Vader’s kids. But Reva hearing about this will be almost nine years before Vader himself finds out.
Will Vader’s kids be a secret that Reva dies with? Or will we see her use this as a way to temporarily dispose of Vader? Tune in to the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale next week to find out.
6. About Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Star Wars spinoff series directed by Deborah Chow for Disney+. It premiered on May 27, 2022 on Disney+.
The main cast includes Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, who will be reprising their roles for Obi-Wan and Vader, respectively. Additionally joining them are Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Joel Edgerton, Bonni Piesse, and Rupert Friend among many others.
The show follows Obi-Wan Kenobi ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith where he faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.