The Mandalorian Season 2 (2020) Episode 5 ‘The Jedi’

This Episode contained so much awesome that it is hard to express it all coherently.  And sorry Disney, but he will always be Baby Yoda to me.

Certificate: PG

Director: Dave Filoni

Screenwriter: Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau

Starring: Pedro Pascal, Michael Biehn, Rosario Dawson

Genre: Sci Fi, Adventure

Runtime: 47 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Finally Mando and The Child are hot on the heels of Jedi Ahsoka Tano.  They land on the planet, and immediately find themselves at the mercy of a ruthless magistrate.  In exchange for a valuable weapon, she asks Mando to kill Ahsoka.  Using the information supplied by the magistrate, Mando tracks down the Jedi in the forest and delivers The Child to her.  Ahsoka tells the story of the fall of the Jedi after Order 66 was carried out and we learn The Child’s backstory at the Jedi Temple, and even, shock of shocks, get told his name!  But Ahsoka says she cannot train the child as he is too attached to Mando, and that feelings like that can easily corrupt.  But she gives him one final quest to complete in the hopes of helping The Child to master his powers.

I imagine if you are way more up on your Star Wars lore than I am, that this episode was a literal gold mine of things for you to get really excited about.  Even as fan of the films, I found plenty here to squeal about and I am sure I missed a bunch of stuff.  Its nice to know see the show fall more heavily into the Star Wars canon, while still not falling down the hole that the latest trilogy went.  It is faithful the original material while still leaving it open enough to be able to make GOOD creative decisions.  I also like that the show assumes that you don’t know EVERYTHING about the Star Wars universe.  It takes the time to explain about the Jedi, and the rise of the empire, and all the other events leading us here.  It isn’t an info dump, and it will help viewers less invested in the mythology of the universe.

This episode was basically a mini movie in itself.  And I am a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of it.  Especially the scenes of the failed training session. Those were equal parts adorable and really interesting. 

Rosario Dawson plays a great Ahsoka, and it is interesting to see how the events at the end of ‘The Clone Wars’ have shaped her now.  She refuses to train The Child because of what she knows happened to her Master.  Otherwise I have no doubt that she would have trained him.  I have no doubt that this will not be the last that we see of her, and that is exciting in itself.

A great episode all round, my favourite of the season so far to be sure.  Can’t wait to see where we go from here.

Chapters 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian are streaming now on Disney+

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