[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Mandalorian” Season 2, Episode 4, “Chapter 12 – The Siege”]
“The Mandalorian” has had its ups and downs, but when it all clicks, the best episodes of the popular Disney series look like live love letters to fans of the famous “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” from Dave Filoni and Animated Series “Star Wars Rebels” This is the case with the fourth episode of the second season, which sets up an exciting premise for later, while still offering more than enough action and humor to take. fend for yourself right now
Mando (Pedro Pascal) and The Child, aka Baby Yoda (aka a puppet), kick off the episode by trying to do some much-needed repairs to the Razor Crest on their way to meet ex-Jedi Ahsoka Tano Unfortunately, Baby Yoda isn’t much of a mechanic – Mando’s unfortunate attempts to get his pupil to differentiate between red and blue threads are truly endearing, and it’s fun to see Baby Yoda do more than just emote in a corner
The duo therefore return to Nevarro to meet characters from season 1 and have their ship repaired. The detour means fans will have to wait a bit longer to see fan-favorite Ahsoka’s live debut, but the trip to Nevarro turns out to be substantial nonetheless
Nevarro has changed quickly since Mando helped depopulate the planet of Imperials in Season 1 There is now a bustling market full of smiling people, a classroom with a protocol droid who teaches young people about trade routes galaxy, and anti-masking and electoral conspiracy theorist Gina Carano, who like Cara Dune keeps the peace as Marshal of the planet Aside from real-world issues, these little world-building bits and pieces contribute to give “The Siege” the impression of taking place in a living, breathing and ever-changing universe, which was also the case with the equally strong episode of last week The references and wider canon Easter Eggs from “Star Wars” are plentiful, but they are never so in front of you to manifest
Other returning characters include Greef Karga (Carl Weathers, who also does an admirable job directing the episode) and, unexpectedly, unnamed Mythrol (Horatio Sanz) which Mando captured in the first episode. season 1 Greef Karga and the Mythrol – whose always funny “I’m above my head” shtick – serve as attractive cues for the ever-stoic Mando, and any returning characters have ample time to shine under the stars. projectors
The repairs to Mando’s ship are going to take some time, so the titular protagonist agrees to participate in a siege (!) on the last Imperial base on the planet.The action ensues, and although the various massacres of Stormtrooper looks very familiar at this point, the shootouts are executed well nonetheless – the Mandalorian surgically wiping out a handful of soldiers offscreen is a particularly nice touch. The visually stunning chase scene towards the end of the episode, which features a handful of Scout Troopers on speeder bikes and TIE Fighter riders, fares even better and gives an adrenaline-fueled finale. p>
As solid as the episode’s fight scenes are, it’s the revelations about the Imperial Base’s true purpose that are most likely to resonate with viewers. The Imperial Base is actually a laboratory where the test subjects are infused with Baby Yoda’s blood (It has a high midi-chlorine count and could hypothetically make individuals Force-sensitive) The revelation answers the long-standing question of why Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) wanted acquiring Baby Yoda in Season 1, but also opens the door to new questions and fan theories
Are these tests to create artificial Force sensitives some kind of prelude to how Snoke turned out to be an experiment in the movie “The Rise of Skywalker”? Is this the version of the series about the Dark Troopers, the formidable antagonists of the ‘Star Wars’ media of the 90s? The latter theory seems possible, given that the episode ends with Moff Gideon cracking an evil grin while keeping an eye on a group of particularly evil soldiers that his lackeys tinker with.
Whatever they mean, the teases promise to raise the stakes even more for Mando and Baby Yoda Between Moff Gideon’s nefarious plans for Baby Yoda, Mando’s mission to reunite the creature with the Jedi, and the Mandalorian politics and unfinished business with the Darksaber that was brought up in last week’s episode, there are a lot of interesting pieces put into play for the remaining episodes of season. Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” has took a while to reach her goal, but she enters the second half in an impressive way
– Even the most averse to Baby Yoda viewers will find it hard not to smile at the little guy’s antics throughout this episode Baby Yoda raises his arms in joy as Mando fights the TIE Fighters and uses the Force to stealing candy from a student during their visit to class Sure it’s carnage and theft, but it’s very cute carnage and theft
– The protagonists presumably planned to use the Mythrol’s speeder to escape from the Imperial base, while noting that it would inevitably be swallowed by lava while they sabotaged said base It is fortuitous that they were able to steal an Imperial vehicle to escape at the last moment!
– Cara Dune tells a New Republic pilot near the end of the episode that she “is not a leader” This might have been an accidental wording, but the “carpenters” were the names of the various people who were assimilated into the beehive mind of the insectoid species Killik in old Star Wars Legends / Expanded Universe media There is no further indication that the Killiks are returning, but it would certainly be interesting to see an alien species too eclectic appear in future “Star Wars” projects
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