This week, Obi-Wan faces his fears and Kamala learns more about her powers–and her family. Let’s recap the two biggest episodes released on Disney+ on Wednesday!
Obi-Wan Faces the Empire
After Tala and Obi-Wan saved Leia from the Fortress Inquisitorious in the last episode, they’ve returned to the mining planet where the nascent Rebellion has a massive base. The volunteers aren’t really soldiers, but they’re willing to help the surviving Jedi and eager to face the Empire. Unfortunately for them, series antagonist Reva slipped a tracking device into Leia’s droid, Lola, at the end of Episode 4. That brings the full might of the Empire to bear against their small base.
Reva leads the attack, storming into the base and confronting Obi-Wan. He realizes that she was a child during Order 66, and the only reason she knows that Anakin is Darth Vader is that she saw him in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
This revelation gives way to perhaps the most chilling element of the show yet. Reva describes Anakin’s rampage through the youngling learners, and how she played dead among the bodies of her friends to evade detection. She’s only an Inquisitor so she can get close to Vader and get revenge for her fallen friends. Obi-Wan realizes that he can use this shared animosity toward Vader to his advantage, and baits Reva deeper into the Rebel base.
The upstart Rebellion loses more good people during the Imperial attack, including Obi-Wan’s friend Tala. To stop the bloodshed, Kenobi gives himself over to the Imperials, and Reva summons Vader to the planet. In between these scenes, audiences see an intercut flashback of Obi-Wan and Anakin training in Coruscant before the events of Attack of the Clones–as evidenced by Anakin’s Padawan braid and still-present right hand. The scene illustrates Anakin’s impatience and Obi-Wan’s deep understanding of his Padawan’s weaknesses.
It’s also a rare instance of this show giving us a prolonged look at Hayden Christensen outside of his iconic black Vader armor. As the two men spar in the present, they each remember their earlier duel, and it underscores the emotional beats of the episode. When Vader finally arrives on the planet, Obi-Wan manages to break free of his restraints and return to the Rebels, who are preparing to flee the planet.
Vader storms the launch bay and grabs a ship mid-takeoff using the Force. The craft stalls and stutters, and Vader showcases his mastery of the Force by ripping the craft apart to find Obi-Wan. Then, he sees his former master’s deception–a second ship rockets out of the launch bay, leaving Vader alone with Reva. The traitorous Inquisitor tries to ambush her nemesis, but he ably disarms her and defeats her in a further display of his terrifying mastery.
The Grand Inquisitor
Vader reveals that he’s known about her background since she joined the Inquisition and that he’s been simply using her as a means to an end. The original Grand Inquisitor reappears and taunts Reva, having survived what she thought was a fatal wound in Episode 2.
When all seems lost for the Third Sister, she finds a recording of Leia’s father, Bail Organa, that was meant for Obi-Wan. The recording is damaged, but she makes out the most important words: “Owen,” “Tatooine,” and “The Boy.” Now, she’s got a lead on Vader’s other child, and she might be the first Imperial to learn that Luke Skywalker is the son Vader doesn’t yet know he has.
Now, the stage is set for Obi-Wan’s ultimate duel with Reva, and perhaps Vader, in Episode 6. It will be fascinating to see how this series dovetails with the future events in A New Hope!
Ms. Marvel Learns to Control Her Powers
Meanwhile, in the second episode of Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan is learning how to command her hard light powers. Along with her friend Bruno, she’s testing the limits of her abilities and figuring out how to apply them in real-world situations. She’s also trying to navigate her social life among her fellow high schoolers, making the show a fantastic companion to Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Kamala’s mother, Muneeba, is eager to dismiss any discussion of her own grandmother, Aisha. Viewers learn that the mystical armband that Kamala received in the mail from her grandmother originally belonged to Aisha, and our precocious young hero keeps seeing visions of her great-grandmother while she wears the armband.
In the latest episode, we learn that Kamala’s anonymous appearance at AvengersCon in the first episode has gone viral. One of her classmates, Zoe, is already a social media star in her own right but has gained half a million followers for posting a video of Kamala as “Night Light”. Zoe now plans to host a party at her house to celebrate surviving a harrowing experience in the first episode. Kamala overhears that her new crush, transfer student Kamran, will attend the party, and plans to attend.
She quickly strikes up a friendship with her classmate, much to Bruno’s consternation. He mentions that he moves around a lot with his mother, and the two of them are close. Kamran offers to give Kamala driving lessons, and she eagerly takes him up on the offer.
We also get to see some small-scale hero work that the Marvel Cinematic Universe often overlooks. Kamala rescues a young boy from falling out of a window, all in full view of the community during an Eid celebration. She wears her makeshift Captain Marvel cosplay as she uses her hard light powers to gently rescue the boy, but the sudden appearance of a vision from the armband stuns Kamala.
The young boy slips from the hard light as Kamala struggles to save him, and she barely manages to break his fall enough to keep him from hitting the ground at full speed. He’s clearly still hurt when he slams into the hood of a car at ground level, but Kamala’s intervention still saved his life. As she flees the scene, the Department of Damage control appears and tries to apprehend her.
Kamala is rescued by the sudden appearance of Kamran, who ushers her into his vehicle and swiftly introduces her to his mother, who’s riding in the backseat, ending the episode in a cliffhanger. In the comics, Kamran is a classmate who Kamala crushes on until she learns he’s actually a villainous Inhuman with strange bioluminescent powers. Time will tell if Kamran’s arc on this show follows a similar trajectory!