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Stormtroopers, Mandalorians and Yet Another Quest: A Review of ‘The Mandalorian’ Season Two, Episode Three

Warning: This article contains spoilers of The Mandalorian season two, episode three.

And we’re back with another episode of The Mandalorian and I must say I am so happy there has finally been some story progression!

In this week’s episode of The Mandalorian, Din (Pedro Pascal) succesfully achieves in getting Frog Lady back to her planet and to her husband. This reunion was quite sweet and served as a clever way for Jon Favreau to put in a mini break for us all after the previous  episodes’ intense drama. However, after this short, but needed break, we are instantly faced with new tense and dramatic scenes. Starting off with Baby Yoda being used as bait by the fishermen. In this new planet, Mando comes across fishermen aliens who claim to know the whereabouts of some mandalorians. However, in being in their company, they trick Mando and Baby Yoda. The Child is eaten by a sea monster (luckily he is in his little shuttle) and Mando is trapped in its cage. Despite this incredibly intense scene, three unknown mandalorians come to their rescue! I loved how this scene marked Mando’s intense love and care for The Child- he willingly jumped in to save Baby Yoda, again risking his life. Despite this, it is quite sad that Mando will have to officially part ways with The Child when he gets to his own planet and species. I think it will be interesting to see how Mando will react to this.

The Mandalorian (2019). Image via YouTube.

Onto the new mandalorians! This was very interesting to witness. First Mando is saved by the very thing he was looking for and next he discovers that it is not quite what he thought. These new mandalorians follow a new and improved code, in which they are allowed to take their masks off. I quite liked this addition from Favreau. It shows us just how much Din has been isolated from his own people throughout his life, alongside creating tension between him and his supposed own people. This addition also allows us to dive deeper into the Star Wars world, particularly through allowing us to learn of the history of the Mandalore.

Furthermore, it is clear that Favreau certainly likes to add in a bit of nostalgia. In the first episode, the crew landed back in the well-known planet of Tattoine, with many other nostalgic elements including: Tusken Raiders, a Krayt Dragon, Bobba Fett and his uniform (though seen separately). In episode two, we don’t quite see Star Wars specific areas of nostalgia (aside from the X Wing Fighters), but more techniques that are recognizable from other beloved franchises such as Alien, Jurassic Park and The Lord of the Ring. In this episode, Jon Favreau brings some nostalgia specifically to the Clone Wars fans. The new mandalorian that Din meets is in fact Bo-Katan, a notable mandalorian from the Clone Wars series who is now eager to find the Dark Saber. In doing so, Bo-Katan needs Mando to help her and the other two mandalorians with their mission. In return, she directs Mando to a Jedi on another planet that knows of The Child’s species. Favreau further adds in some Clone Wars nostalgia due to the fact that this Jedi is Ahsoka Tano. So far, it seems that Rosario Dawson will be playing Ahsoka Tano. However, it doesn’t seem that she will be taking her usual appearance, but instead more of a human form. Nonetheless, more will be revealed next week!

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008). Image via YouTube.

As a whole, this episode was a mix of good and bad. This episode wasn’t nearly as visually and aesthetically pleasing as the last two. However, it was extremely well made and great in the sense that it added some story progression for Mando and The Child. Despite this, the season so far is still quite a slow burner, but this aspect does not stop the show from being enjoyable to watch! I am definitely curious about the whereabouts of Boba Fett now, after seeing more mandalorians- Are we going to see him again, and what will happen if we do? Furthermore, I am hoping that Favreau plans to delve further into Bo-Katan’s narrative as I believe she could play an important part within this series.

Featured Image via YouTube.

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