I love Star Wars as much as the next guy. It’s a cornerstone of nerdom but for the love of all that is holy, why are we on Tatooine? Again.
Are you serious? Do we need to see another adventure set on what has to be the hottest and most uncomfortable planets in the galaxy? Hot. Dry. Dusty. Not a lot of scenery and what little there was has been explored in one of the recent Star Wars releases.
Was there any reason we had to watch Ben Kenobi packing dragon meat in the desert? Three times? Yes. It’s hot. It’s dusty. No cable television. Dust in everything. Faithful old Ben hiding from the empire until he dies. Of boredom. Cue desert scene, with womp rat. Wavy heat lines. Hot.
I have a question. The scenes at the meat packing site. The dragon meat. How long do you suppose that thing has been sitting in the sand? No one seemed to be in a rush or all that fastidious so what makes it possible to eat this dragon flesh fresh off the animal which has surely been dead for quite some time, yet they are happily slicing it up like it is a fine cuisine.
Does anyone notice Ben’s slice a day policy? It it part of his pay or a little off the top?
The Mandalorian, and the Book of Boba Fett was centered on this canker sore on the ass end of the Universe. Is there any reason we couldn’t go back to Endor with the cute, probably carnivorous, murder teddy bears, or to Kashyyyk home of those poets of song and hair care, the Wookies?
I have to ask why Kashyyyk has three “y”? Two weren’t getting the job done? (Are there any words that have three “y” in a row? I would look it up but its late and I’m tired. Be generous. Help a bruh, out. Seriously. I will take foreign words as well, I am weirdly curious in that way.)
I had a hard time with the pace of Obi-Wan. I know what they wanted. I had to FEEL Kenobi’s life. I had to sense the duty. The frustration. Endure the loneliness and isolation. The lonely penance, a failed effort to save a friend. Guilt. Got it.
This was old soil, well trod. Nothing new here. Until Moses Ingram hit the screen. Third Sister was intense. Inquisitors. They had better costume designers than the First Order. Stylish, the Inquisitors know how to make an entrance.
Moses stole every scene she was in, even when they were trying to talk down to her, she stared right back. It gave me chills. This sister was everything. I napped everywhere she didn’t appear. Cute and scrappy kid. Wise beyond her years; she is an absolute necessity to the story. I hate those kinds of characters.
So smart they get in their own way. All clever and resourceful in the face of unknown danger. What civilized individuals they have in that galaxy far, far, away. Nope. I just thought about it. People are polite because no one wants to pay for damaged goods. Or for goods they can’t prove they provided. Hence Vader’s favorite admonition: “No disintegrations.”
I will give Obi-Wan’s production values high marks. I loved the costumes on every set, nothing stood out and everything felt like it belonged. I question the ease at which Kenobi’s lightsaber was visible in his clothing.
THE THIRD SISTER (from WOOKIEPEDIA)
The Third Sister, also known as Reva, was a Force-sensitive human who served the Galactic Empire as a member of the Inquisitorius during the Imperial Era.
Like her fellow Inquisitors, the Third Sister was a former Jedi who turned to the dark side of the Force and was tasked with hunting the surviving members of the Jedi Order during the Great Jedi Purge.
Around the year 9 BBY, the Third Sister was assigned to hunt down the Jedi Nari, but defied orders to continue her pursuit of Obi-Wan Kenobi in order to please Darth Vader.
The character of Reva was created for the upcoming Disney+ limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi, where she will be portrayed by Moses Ingram.
While she was first mentioned only as the Third Sister in “Darth Maul and Other Dark Side Followers,” a 2021 issue of DeAgostini’s Star Wars Encyclopedia reference booklets, the character was first pictured and fully revealed as Inquisitor Reva by an article published by Entertainment Weekly magazine on March 9, 2022, providing a first look at the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
StarWars.com later confirmed that the newcoming Inquisitor character was, in fact, the Third Sister.
The story for Obi-Wan Kenobi was crafted by director Deborah Chow and writer Joby Harold, who described Reva as a ruthless and ambitious Jedi hunter, and stated that the character will have a very significant role in the upcoming series while contributing to the legacy of Star Wars villains “in a really interesting way.”
Additionally, actress Moses Ingram said that her physically-demanding character could accomplish her mission “at all costs when given the opportunity.” Ingram also expressed that she hoped the look for Reva’s hair, which was finalized after a lot of conversations, would allow Black children with kinky hair to wear their natural hair in Halloween costumes.
I am going to say overall I was entertained by Obi-Wan enough to continue my journey despite our return to watch Kenobi hiding in the dunes. I hope his adventure arc might take us someplace new before we get back to our cave in the for another ten years.
Oy. I just hit a nostalgia vein. Pure stuff. Had that epiphany of my first time watching Star Wars and just how much wonder those scenes with R2D2 and C-3PO instilled back then. Mechanical people every bit as annoying as real people. Bloody marvelous times those were. The first time they gleamed in the on this alien world, I was 13 years old and easy to impress. Now I need more than hot and dry, boys. I need a story.
Ben Kenobi, Obi-Wan, I am hopeful the rest of your arc takes you someplace interesting, where the stakes of your adventure rise a bit, but we won’t get invested in you getting injured because we know when you actually expire fluttering a lightsaber like two tired prize-fighters before magically discorporating before our eyes.
Ben. So much drama.
Let there be so much more of Inquisitor Reva. She is a riveting presence. Swaggering. Cruel. Oh, so insightful. Unpredictable. Reckless. My kind of villain. Almost too cruel, though. I am hoping for a personal story in there to balance out all this impeccable ambition.
Did they just tease a rematch?
Thaddeus Howze is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster and activist creating speculative fiction, scientific, political and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California.
Thaddeus’ speculative fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. He has published two books, ‘Hayward’s Reach’ (2011), a collection of short stories and ‘Broken Glass’ (2013) an urban fantasy novella starring his favorite paranormal investigator, Clifford Engram.
Luke left Tatooine for a reason! 😀
I dunno- she really didn’t ring with me; I feel the Third Sister wasn’t given enough to work with. Or Moses isn’t aware of the menace needed; Reva had an “I’m going to speak to your manager about this insolent shop girl” vibe when I wanted some Angela-Basset-level venom. She’s not a threat yet, she’s just an annoyance. Maybe she’ll get there over 4 more episodes, but for now, I can see why “Ben” is more concerned that he should have killed Anakin the first time around. Just my opinion, of course – I want her to be a bad-ass, but so far, Third Sister feels like she used parkour to escape from the movie “The Warriors” and wants Obi-Wan to “come out and play-ay…”