The Mandalorian Season 2 (2020) Episode 8 ‘The Rescue’

Almost the Best Cameo moment I have seen in long, long time, this was a fantastic conclusion, to a truly awesome season.

Certificate: PG

Director: Peyton Reed

Screenwriter: Jon Favreau

Starring: Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Ming-Na Wen

Genre: Sci Fi, Adventure

Runtime:40 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Review Contains some MINOR Spoilers, but no MAJOR plot points are discussed.

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Enlisting the help of Bo-Katan and her fellow Mandalorians, Mando assembles a team and makes a plan to infiltrate Moff Gideons Star Cruiser to rescue Grogu.  Bo-Katan agrees to help on the condition that she can claim a weapon that Gideon stole from her.  Arriving on the Cruiser, they have to take on a platoon of Storm troopers and face off against Gideons ‘Dark Troopers.’    During the final face-off, when things look dire, they receive help from a VERY unexpected, and totally awesome person.

Well, as season finales go, that one was pretty damn awesome.  I was a bundle of nerves the whole time.  I knew that Mando had to have a final show down against Gideon, but I wasn’t sure how the assault on the Star Cruiser was going to go.  I expected this to be the last time we saw some of the characters, and that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case.  No major character deaths happen, so I guess we can expect to see most of them return for season 3.

Mando’s face off with Gideon was great to see, but a little sort for me.  He seemed overpowered far too quickly.  I much preferred the fight with the Dark Trooper, that at least had a sense of real danger to Mando, and provided a challenge for him.  Either way, Gideon got his ass handed to him and he deserved it for kidnapping the internets favourite little green dude. Poor little Grogu.

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No major spoilers, but I am going to just say here that we do find out who Grogu was able to contact at the Jedi temple, and while it was spoiled for me (thanks a whole lot Youtube!  What a Knob!) it still didn’t make that hood lowering moment any less freaking awesome, I squealed like a child when I saw who it was.  Never in a million years did I think that was going to happen.  And I never knew the sound of a lightsabre could make me so happy, but it did. 

The end scene was beautifully done, bittersweet and a little emotional, I even welled up a little bit.  Just a fantastic way to end what has been a truly amazing season and I cannot wait to see where they take the story next.

‘The Mandalorian’ is streaming now on Disney+

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