After helping some Mandalorians hijack an Imperial vessel, Mando realizes that his ship won’t make it to the location of former Jedi Ahsoka Tano (we’ll probably see her next episode), so he flies to the planet of Nevarro to get his ship repaired by his old friends Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano), who is now the marshal of the town Mando spent much of his time in Season 1. Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), the leader of the Imperial cell in the area, is presumed dead, but a nearby Imperial base still remains operational albeit with a skeleton crew, and Mando agrees to help Karga and Dune destroy it while he waits for his ship to be repaired. Karga reveals that it’s the only thing making the habitable area of the planet completely safe, and from making the planet a center of trade.
Nevarro has improved since Season 1, as most notably a school has been formed, in which Mando leaves Baby Yoda/The Child at, while he embarks on his dangerous mission, presumably because the showrunners wanted to break the internet with memes of Baby Yoda going to school.
Accompanying them is Mythrol (Horatio Sanz) — the blue guy Mando hunted down in the very first episode of the show. He’s working off his debt to Karga, and serves as the door/controls guy this episode.
The rest of the episode is just really fun, as Mando, Karga, Dune and Mythrol make their way through the Imperial base, causing havoc along the way. They sabotage the base, and have to escape before it blows up, so much of the episode is lowstakes hallway fighting with stormtroopers original triology-style, but it then transitions into a glorious speeder/TIE fighter chase that culminates in a spaceship dogfight with Mando’s repaired Razor Crest.
It’s the most Star Wars-y episode thus far, and it feels almost like a midseason finale. We even learn more as to what Gideon has been up to, teasing a later encounter we’ll probably see in the Season 2 finale.
This is the best episode so far, and it goes above and beyond. Everything feels right, from the stormtrooper fights, the speeder chase, the TIE dogfights, to the chemistry Mando, Karga and Dune have. Weathers directed this episode, and this is the most character-driven episode this season so far, arguably the one that focuses the most on character in the whole show. It clearly benefitted from the veteran actor’s touch, and if this season keeps going in this direction, it will surpass the first season.
There’s nothing I would change this episode. Its character moments are powerful and earned, and they match up with exciting, well-executed action. It pushes the show forward, and made me excited for the next episode. I could nitpick this episode, but I can’t find a good reason not to give it a perfect score.
The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 4 gets a 10/10