Synopsis: An old rival extends an invitation for The Mandalorian to make peace.
Review: This episode begins to bring back many of the key characters and starts to process of tying up loose ends on the season arc.
When Mando gets a message from Greef Karga suggesting a truce and a potentially big payday. Our anti-hero does not entirely trust what he is hearing so brings Kara Dune in and enlists his Ugnaut friend to watch over the Baby Yoda. The plan is to go with Greef as a prisoner to the client and pretend to hand over the Baby Yoda until Mandalorian can get close enough to kill the client. The theory is that all of his help will do a runner or join Greef Karga’s Bounty Hunting Guild.
As always things do not go according to plan as they do not count on the fact that there is a bigger and far more dangerous player in the game who has a lot more resources. A Moff who is known by the name of Gideon.
It was great to see the return of Nick Nolte as Mandalorian’s Ugnaut friend Kuiil who tries to assuage him of his mistrust of droids but to little avail. Other than that Kuiil gets his closure in the episode, but it is not a meaningless end for the once enslaved Ugnaut. Nolte gets some great scenes with Gina Carano’s Kara Dune who doesn’t trust anyone that used to work for the empire no matter the circumstance. We also see the return of Carl Weathers as Greef Karga who continues to be a somewhat unpredictable but fun character but proves to ultimately be on Mando’s side.
Stealing the show at the last minute. With the mother of all cliffhangers is Giancarlo Esposito as the somewhat imposing Moff Gideon. We’ll hopefully find out more about him and his origin story in next week’s season finale, which is all set up to be somewhat of an epic.
This was a brilliant episode, which has set things in play for next week’s finale. The relationships between Mando, Kara, Greef, and Kuiil prove to be pretty solid by the close of the story and they will need to be given what they are up against with the sheer firepower and resources that Moff Gideon has. I loved the fact that Kara and Kuill had a discussion about the Empire and I also like the fact that the remnants of the old order are a lot stronger than they appeared to be in the opening episode. This series could well provide a few clues and some insights into the early development of the First Order but from The Mandalorian’s viewpoint.
Overall. I really strong episode with a lot of great moments.
- CGI & Stunts9.6
- Incidental Music9.5