As we find our way two-thirds into the series, Obi-Wan Kenobi episode four gives us many classic Star Wars vibes. But more than anything else, this episode of the Disney+ series reminds us of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. And that’s only fitting because this is “episode IV” of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s even officially titled “Part IV.” That’s a clever Easter egg in and of itself. But, it’s only one of many. Let’s take a look at every Star Wars Easter egg and reference Obi-Wan Kenobi gave us today.
“Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” That famous line rings in our ears as episode four of Obi-Wan Kenobi begins. And it’s an Easter egg Obi-Wan Kenobi has played with before. But before Obi-Wan can go off on any rescue missions to save Princess Leia from danger, he has to heal himself. We get more of our favorite Star Wars deus ex machina, the bacta tank, and cross-cut flashes of Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. It looks like they can sense one another through the Force.
But, of course, Obi-Wan Kenobi isn’t Leia’s only hope because it takes a village. We get to meet some more members of The Path, a secret network that works to bring Jedi and other Force-sensitive people to safety. The way this episode sets things up, what we’re really looking at is part of the beginning stages of the Rebel Alliance that exists by the time we reach A New Hope.
The next part of the episode harkens back to many Star Wars rescue missions we’ve seen throughout the franchise. In true form, though, Leia is holding her own against Inquisitor Reva, even as a child. And this Obi-Wan Kenobi Easter egg reminds us of how unphased she is by Darth Vader’s interrogations in A New Hope. And this episode might even continue to hint at Leia’s Force sensitivity.
In the end, a combination of Tala’s quick thinking and calm-under-pressure ways, Obi-Wan’s returning Force powers, and the guts of the nascent Rebel Alliance save Leia from some serious Kylo Ren feeling torture chambers. But not before we glimpse a very disturbing hall of Jedi encased in amber. Among them are Coleman Kcaj, an Ongree Jedi Master who sat on the Jedi Council and Tera Sinube. We first met Tera Sinube in The Clone Wars. He was a friend of Ahsoka Tano, even helping her after she was charged with treason in season five.
Our gang makes an escape though they lose a member in the struggle. But, unfortunately, Leia’s droid LOLA has been turned into an Imperial spy. She’ll lead the Empire right to Obi-Wan and The Path.
We’re guessing we’re heading into another big battle. Maybe next week we’ll finally get to meet Quinlan Vos in the flesh. Or maybe we’ll see Qui-Gon Jinn (not in the flesh).