Part V of Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi saw Darth Vader’s forces ramp up their aggression, which led to two major heroes dying in a brutal gunfight.
The following contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi Season 1, Parts I-V, now streaming on Disney+.
Little by little, Obi-Wan Kenobi has been teasing casualties ahead. A lot of this revolved around Darth Vader’s merciless attitude in the series so far, killing innocents without hesitation on Mapuzo and nearly burning Obi-Wan alive. As he told Reva, the Third Sister, he’d stop at nothing to get his revenge on the former Jedi.
Given the Rebels were proving quite elusive, and that Imperial officers like Tala were really spies for the Jedi smugglers, it’s not surprising Vader passed word down to his forces to be more cruel. Well, in the latest episode, a firefight broke out that truly proved how high the stakes were. And sadly, in the process, a couple of major heroes were brutally killed.
The fiasco occurred on Jabiim, where Reva tracked Princess Leia and the Rebels. She was desperate to get Kenobi as a trophy for Vader, so she took a squad down to the surface. Upon infiltrating the gates, gunfire ensued, leaving Obi-Wan and his innocent crew scrambling.
In the melee, Tala got hit in the stomach, falling to the ground. Obi-Wan screamed, trying to go back to save her. The incident was evocative of the Clone Wars, in which Obi-Wan lost many allies and didn’t realize he was a pawn used to turn the Republic into the Empire. More so, he couldn’t lose friends again, not after his failure to protect the Jedi in Order 66.
In a heartbreaking scene, Tala’s robot NED-B sheltered her, taking fire so that she wouldn’t be shot in the sandy base. Obi-Wan could do nothing but look on as the droid’s lights went out, reaffirming he died protecting his beloved owner. Unfortunately, Tala couldn’t recover, and knowing she was mortally wounded, she detonated a bomb, blowing up the entire corridor. Thankfully, Kenobi got into a chamber to avoid the blast, but this was a huge dagger in his soul.
Tala represented liberation and that unyielding fight against oppression, so to see her die like this with her droid was tragic. Obi-Wan really took to her, not only because she saved him from Vader’s fiery pit, but because she took a huge risk turning against the Empire after seeing its brutality.
This inspired Obi-Wan to become a leader once more, but little did he know he’d see new allies perish like this. It once more proved to young Leia war will always take a high toll, and cemented there’d always be sacrifices in this battle. Ultimately, as the disaster evoked memories of the heroes who gave their lives in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, at least Tala and NED-B went out on their own terms, reminding their comrades to never give up.
The first season of Obi-Wan Kenobi is now streaming on Disney+.
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