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All right, I understand if you're having an exceptionally fine Wednesday, after hearing James Earl Jones reprise his Darth Vader growl in Obi-Wan Kenobi's third episode. Memories, nostalgia, all that good stuff, right?
Sure. But I'm here to tell you that there's a new villain in town, and he may very well be more powerful than the combined force of 1,000 Grogus. Episode Three, which debuted on Disney+ Wednesday morning, introduces an alien named Freck. We meet the character as he's rolling along the space desert highway, running right into Obi-Wan and Baby Leia on their escape mission. He seems friendly! At first. But in what feels like a sly bit of political commentary from Obi-Wan Kenobi, the duo spots an Empire sign on Freck's vehicle, and he begins to reveal his true views on the endangerment of the Jedi.
In a cruel bit of betrayal, Freck cruises up to a checkpoint loaded with Stormtroopers and turns Obi-Wan and Leia over. Our favorite elder Jedi makes quick work of the lot, shooting his blaster at everyone except for Freck, whom he merely delivers a blow that puts him in the sand. It's a seemingly early end to a character with so much left to give.
Were you wondering who voices Freck? It's not Seth Rogen, as I initially suspected. Believe it or not, Scrubs alum Zach Braff is the voice behind our man Freck. If you watch the Freck scenes again, it almost sounds like Braff's voice was pitched down slightly. Still, Braff's characteristically bouncy disposition shines through. You'd just hope that The Adventures of Freck aren't over yet. Obi-Wan just roughed him up a little bit, so a future in Star Wars where Freck becomes a deadlier villain than Vader is still possible. Or he could just become the galaxy's favorite Uber driver/Empire apologist. Time will tell.
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