The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian – The Rescue

by Alan Rapp on December 22, 2020

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  • Title: The Mandalorian – The Rescue (Chapter 16)
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The Mandalorian - The Rescue television review

Although Pedro Pascal will return for a Third Season, “The Rescue” is the culmination of The Mandalorian‘s two-year arc. Since his discovery of Grogu everything has led Mandalorian (Pascal) to this moment. And, once again, the show brings back a number of familiar faces to help Din Djarin in his attempts to rescue Grogu from the clutches of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). With the help of Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen, Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), Din leads a rescue doomed to failure. Despite the Valkyries at his back, the group is no match for Gideon’s Dark Troopers leading to the show’s final surprise appearance and farewell to another fan favorite character. Spoilers begin here.

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The Mandalorian – The Believer

by Alan Rapp on December 14, 2020

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  • Title: The Mandalorian – The Believer (Chapter 15)
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The Mandalorian - The Believer television review

In an episode that brings back another familiar face, which has become The Mandalorian‘s bread and butter, the quest to rescue Grogu begins with Cara Dune (Gina Carano) using her clout to get the cutthroat Mayfeld (Bill Burr) released from prison into her custody. Using their captive’s knowledge of Imperial codes and procedures, the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and his pals hope to locate Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). However, in another constant theme of the show, things turn out to be a bit more complicated from the firefight just to get into an Imperial facility to Din’s latest compromise when deciding how far to go to rescue Grogu.

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The Mandalorian – The Tragedy

by Alan Rapp on December 7, 2020

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  • Title: The Mandalorian – The Tragedy (Chapter 14)
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The Mandalorian - The Tragedy television review

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, “The Tragedy” is primarily an attempt to make Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) cool again (albeit and older and fatter version, maybe we can call him Boba Fatt?). While the character had quite a history in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, with the introduction of the sequel trilogy all of that history was wiped away. While on Tython, allowing Grogu to make a connection through the remains of a Jedi Temple, the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) is surprised by unwanted guests in an episode that marks a turning point for the season from returning Grogu to the Jedi to saving him from the Imperial remnant. Teased in an earlier episode, it was expected that Fett would eventually show up for his armor (although you wonder, if he could get his ship back why did he need to wait so long to retrieve his armor?). The surprise here is the not-so-dead Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) who was saved by Fett.

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The Mandalorian – The Jedi

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2020

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  • Title: The Mandalorian – The Jedi (Chapter 13)
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The Mandalorian - The Jedi television review

At last, the episode we’ve all been waiting for. With her appearance finally here, The Mandalorian wastes no more time in getting Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) on-screen for the first time as a live-action character. Dawson makes a good choice for the older Ahsoka, burdened not only by departure from the Jedi but also by their fall and the dark truths uncovered about her former Master. Introduced battling Imperial remnant soldiers on a small outpost on Corvus, “The Jedi” reveals little detail about what she’s been up to since the Star Wars Rebels finale, as she is still on the hunt for Grand Admiral Thrawn (but no mention is made of Sabine Wren or Ezra Bridger). The show’s action scenes, particularly the first featuring Ahsoka taking out the troops and later the short battle between the former Jedi and the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) are some of the best of the season.

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