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The current episode 4 of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ is about one of those quintessential rescue missions that have been a recurring element in the saga since the very first Star Wars film. Obi-Wan ( Ewan McGregor ) sneaks into an Imperial base with the help of Tala ( Indira Varma ) to rescue Leia ( Vivien Lyra Blair ) from the clutches of Inquisitor Reva ( Moses Ingram ).
With the help of fellow rebels, they manage to escape and the enraged adversary once again has to watch as Obi-Wan escapes her fingers. In doing so, she also incurs the wrath of Darth Vader, who is about to make short work of it. Reva saves herself by claiming that she intentionally let Obi-Wan escape to locate the rebels’ hideout. But is that really true?
Episode 4 is a story about lying
Lying is a recurring theme throughout the Obi-Wan episode. So Reva fids to Leia to get information out of her. But the girl sees through the facade. Tala, on the other hand, has to lie in order to infiltrate the Imperial base, is almost unmasked by Reva, but manages to make the Inquisitor doubt herself with a particularly clever false info, who then pays her respects: «I appreciate good liars. I don’t know if you’re lying to me or lying for me, but time will tell.»
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When Obi-Wan and Leia then escape with Tala, Reva must report to Darth Vader, where the next lie appears to be revealed. Because the Inquisitor tells her superiors in all seriousness that she voluntarily let Obi-Wan and Leia escape.
It should be clear that this cannot be true. After all, Reva has made it clear since the beginning of the series that she puts the hunt for the Jedi above all else and had she really wanted to spare him on purpose, it wouldn’t make much sense for her to confront him again in the hangar at the end of the episode: a situation , from which Obi-Wan, Leia, and Tala only escape when they receive unexpected outside help. We’re certain Reva lied to Darth Vader.
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Good lies have a core of truth
Vader just seems to accept the lie. He even admits that he may have underestimated Reva. But whether he actually believes her or just pretends to do so is ultimately irrelevant. Because the lie of Reva is so good because it has been refined with a pinch of truth. Because the tracking device that the Inquisitor uses to track Obi-Wan and Co. and thus to locate the hiding place of the rebel movement called «Path» really exists.
In the very last shot of the episode, we see Leia’s droid LOLA light up red. So Reva has manipulated the robot and is actually using it as a kind of tracking device. This was probably just a precautionary measure on the part of the Inquisitor, but now she can give her lie the credibility she needs to avoid Vader’s punishment.
It’s quite possible that the helmeted villain sees through the lie. For him, however, it is more important whether the tracking device exists or not. That’s why he lets Reva live for the time being. After all, only her knowledge of the transmitter can now lead him to Obi-Wan and the rebel base.
YouTube editor Sebastian also has a lot to say about episode 4 again. At the end of his new video, he also goes into a theory that Reva is pursuing a completely different secret plan and that the series is deliberately intended to lead us down the wrong path:
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Episode 4 Explained (FILMSTARTS Original)