A slower, more character driven episode this week. And we even get to see Pedro Pascal’s ACTUAL face!
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Screenwriter: Rick Famuyiwa, Jon Favreau
Starring: Pedro Pascal, Bill Burr, Gina Carano
Genre: Sci Fi, Adventure
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
After Moff Gideon kidnaps Grogu, Mando teams up with Fennec Shand, Cara Dune and Boba Fett to spring Migs Mayfield from prison to help him retrieve information from an Imperial stronghold. Migs is hesitant to begin with, but after he discovers it will give him an opportunity to get revenge on an old commanding officer, he agrees to help Mando, sans helmet (!) to retrieve the intel on Moff Gideons Imperial Cruiser.
Not my favourite episode of the season, it seemed a little slower and a little lighter on plot. To me this was a much more character devein episode, standing out among the rest of the season that has been action packed rom the very beginning. That isn’t to say that this isn’t still a fantastic episode. We do get some valuable character growth here, especially from Mando, who in order to help Grogu, has to agree to remove his helmet, a thing he has sworn that he will never do.
This may not seem like a big deal, but it proves how far Mando is willing to go to rescue him. From where we started were the kid was just an assignment he a given, to now where Mando will sacrifice his own belief system if it means he can resue him, we begin to see how much Mando has become attached to the little critter and I am so excited to see them reunite (I Seriously Hope) in the season finale next week.
This really is a two man show this week. While Fennec, Cara and Boba are all around for small amounts of time, it really is just Mando and Migs that are driving the story here. The others are just there as back-up. Really bad-ass back-up, but still merely back up. A bit of a shame for such a great cast of characters, but at least they attempted to explain why they had to take a back seat, to make it a part of the story, rather than just leave them waiting around.
We have No Grogu at all in this episode. A shame of course, but including him where he isn’t needed will just turn him into a bit of a gimmick, and we don’t to get sick of the little guy do we? And it also means that we will be even more relieved and excited to see him reunited with his space dad next week.
A great episode, even if it is going for a slightly different style than previous weeks. ‘The Mandalorian’ is streaming now on Disney+