Synopsis: The Mandalorian comes face-to-face with an unexpected enemy.
Review: The season one finale sets things up beautifully for where the second series will likely pick things up. Mando now has to honor the code of his Mandalorian Creed.
Warning spoilers lay ahead.
Mando, Kara, and Greef are trapped inside the bar with a troop of stormtroopers and Moff Gideon waiting for them outside. All seems to be lost, but despite this Mando and his friends still make an attempt to find a way out. The tunnels that lead underground to where Mando’s people operated from seems the best bet, but none of them can get the grate open.
In the desert of the planet. Two Scout Troopers have just stolen the baby Yoda and killed Mando’s ugnaut friend. The two troopers argue among themselves about wanting to have a loot at the little guy while killing time until further orders. None arrive as the reprogrammed IG-11 Bounty Hunting droid swoops in and rescues the baby Yoda from the Scout Troopers and heads toward the town in order to assist Mando and his friends. It is an all-out battle now to protect the Baby Yoda so that Mando can fulfill his new quest of reuniting the foundling with his people.
Gina Carano gets some brilliant scenes in this episode. The moment where she is refusing to leave without a critically injured Mando is nicely played out. But it the actor’s physical performance throughout the story that really sells it. Carano is required to do a few tucks and rolls as well as sell us on the idea that she has been thrown clear of cover by an explosion. And somehow I doubt she was using a stunt double for much of these scenes.
Giancarlo Esposito once again proves to be a perfect villain. The moment where he reveals The Mandalorians’ given name is a shocker and the smug expression on Esposito’s face as he delivers those lines and pretty much gives Mando and his friends an ultimatum is brilliantly done. I look forward to seeing more of Esposito’s character in the second season and finding out more about his backstory.
This was a very satisfying season one finale with quite a bit of story development left open to explore in the second season, which has already been given the green light by Disney.
The battle sequences were wonderfully choreographed with some spectacular explosions. And the sequence where our heroes make it to the tunnels with help from IG-11 had just the right element of tension to them to keep us on the edge of our seats. It is the final battle sequence that we see where Mando makes use of his new rocket pack that really wowed though.
As ever we are left with a few things in the air. Greef persuades Kara to join his Guild as his personal security while Mando has to fulfill the difficult mission of reuniting the baby Yoda with his people. The only trouble is they do not know who the foundling’s people are given that there are so few of his kind about in the Star Wars galaxy. Added to all of that is the fact that Moff Gideon is still alive and will most likely go after Mando to get o the kid.
- CGI & Stunts10
- Incidental Music9.6