“The Mandalorian” is back! Light spoilers for Episode 1 up ahead.
After a thrilling finale last season that involved Imperial Remnant forces and the Darksaber, “The Mandalorian” opens its second season with a familiar one-off adventure featuring Mando (Pedro Pascal) in search of other Mandalorians, so that he can deliver The Child a.k.a. Baby Yoda to its own kind. Mando gets a tip that there’s another Mandalorian on Mos Pelgo, a desolate, supposedly abandoned town on Tatooine, where he finds a man named Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), who goes by The Marshal, wearing Boba Fett’s exact armor from the original trilogy.
Vanth used the armor the free the town from a group called the Mining Collective, and continues to use it to keep it safe. But not all is well, as the town is terrorized by a Krayt dragon that could destroy the entire town if it wants to. Mando wants Vanth’s armor, seeing as he is not a true Mandalorian, and I guess Boba Fett’s armor is now legitimate Mandalorian armor in the new “Star Wars” canon (I was under the impression that it was made of durasteel, and not beskar, and that the Fetts were Mandalorian pretenders). The two strike a deal: Mando can keep Fett’s armor if he helps him kill the Krayt dragon.
This episode further cements how Mando understands the Tusken raiders a.k.a. the sand people of Tatooine, as he communicates with them not only to find Mos Pelgo, but he recruits them to take down the dragon, and despite them often being at odds with the townspeople, Mando manages to bind them through a common enemy.
The rest of the episode is a very well done fight between the people of Mos Pelgo, the Tusken Raiders, Mando and Vanth. Despite the fact that he lacked both Fett and Mando’s experience with the armor, Vanth holds his own in the fight, and we quickly find that he’s a scrappy, likeable character that passionately fights for his people and holds his word.
Overall, at about an hour long, this was a very good episode to start off season two.
Of course, the big thing that’ll blow up the internet from this episode is the Boba Fett armor and the fate of Fett, which absolutely should be talked about. Boba Fett is one of the quintessential awesome original trilogy Star Wars characters, and quite frankly I’m tired of narrow-minded fans who only view the original trilogy films as legitimate dismiss him as a glorified extra because the stories that made him awesome as a character in the Expanded Universe and other works were never “real Star Wars.”
Suffice it to say, “The Mandalorian” confirms that Fett is alive and well, complete with a cameo of Temuera Morrison as Fett at the end of this episode. He looks horribly scarred, and it’s unclear why he has been separated from his armor, which presumably is the same armor worn by his father, Jango. Perhaps he’s just done with everything and wants to be left alone. I can’t say I blame him given everything he’s went through.
“The Mandalorian” Season 2, Episode 1 gets an 8/10