I did think this episode was more interesting than the last two, but yeah, overall I’m blown away by how cheap this show looks. It genuinely feels like one step above a fan film. I don’t know what it is. The production design budget? The cinematography? The lighting?
I think a good comparison is the way the Vader/Krennic scene looks in Rogue One to the scene of Vader speaking to the hologram of Reva in his castle. The lightning in the show is just, weird. So even if the writing on this show was amazing, I still would be let down by the lack of production value.
Some people mentioned it feeling weird that Vader would randomly torture/kill civilians, but to me, it felt like as soon as Vader sensed Obi-Wan was near, he began to torture the villagers in order to draw Obi-Wan out. It was ruthless but with purpose, which fits Vader’s MO. I did like this moment, and the music actually was not grating for a change. Thought it fit the eeriness of the scene. Generally, though, the music is pretty generic.
I didn’t care for the “duel” too much. In my mind, I try to see how we should be getting closer to their duel in ANH. This made me think of that Scene 38 fan film thing that I don’t really care for, more so than the original duel. Hopefully in their next duel, we see Obi-Wan fight with a little more control like we saw in 77, so there is a natural progression of the way they fight across the movies/shows.
I did like a lot of the dialogue scenes. I’m still enjoying the interactions between Leia and Obi-Wan. Even Reva was somewhat better in this episode (but then one line/shot too many ruins it for me). I still think a less is more approach would’ve been better when it came to the inquisitors.
I’m enjoying it more than Boba Fett, but for as long as I had been anticipating the Kenobi movie/series, it’s definitely more on the disappointing side of things.