Synopsis: The Mandalorian teams up with an ex-soldier to protect a village from raiders.
Review: This episode introduces us to Cara Dune and brings forth quite a formidable team-up.
Having gotten the young Yoda child back from the Client. Mandalorian and his charge make an escape from the Guild and find refuge on a planet. While enjoying a drink and something to eat in one of the planets more densely populated areas. The Mandalorian spots Cara Jade, who is a former shock trooper who helped an aided the rebel alliance in their battle against the Empire. Cara at first thinks that Mandalorian is after her in order to collect a bounty, but finds out that isn’t the case. She asks him to leave the planet claiming that there isn’t enough room for two such accomplished warriors.
Mandalorian is loading up his ship in order to leave the planet. He is approached by some farmers from a settlement, which is in the middle of nowhere. The farmers offer The Mandalorian money in order to help them fend off bandits who have been attacking and stealing from them with the use of an old Imperial AT-ST. Mandalorian reluctantly agrees to the job in exchange for some shelter and somewhere to stay, but knowing that he may need some help he offers Cara Dune a cut of the money.
Gina Carano cuts an imposing figure as Cara Dune and I so look forward to seeing what her inevitable action figure will look like. Aside from looking the part. Carano throws herself full force into the action sequences and has a few fun exchanges with The Mandalorian. The chemistry between her and Pedro Pascal as the titular character is just right. They are warriors first and having earned each others respect. Friends second.
Julia Jones who is best known for her role in the ‘Twilight’ films portrays the character of Omera who becomes somewhat of a love interest for The Mandalorian, but ultimately it is unrequited, although you do get the sense that he is very tempted.
Written by series creator Jon Favreau and directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. This episode felt very much like one of the old ‘Magnificant Seven’ movies where a group of mercenaries is hired by Mexican farmers to help rid them of a nuisance gang of bandits. I loved the training sequences where Cara Dune and The Mandalorian taught the farmers how to shoot and fight with a staff. I also liked the fact that Omera was the only one out of the farmers that could actually shoot a firearm.
Baby Yoda fans also got their share of fun as we see him play with the local children and get up to all kinds of fun.
Overall. This was a really solid episode with a simple, but entertaining story.
- CGI & Stunts9.8
- Incidental Music9.0