With “The Mandalorian” Season 2, Episode 5 “The Jedi,” we finally get to see the long-awaited live action debut of Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), who is also the first (sort of) Jedi to be on the show (technically she quit the Jedi order, and never returned to it). And so it would seem the journey of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), the show’s titular Mandalorian, who was tasked with delivering Baby Yoda (we find out is name is Grogu this episode) to another one of its kind.
This episode takes place on the drab planet of Corvus, where Tano is trying to get information from a former Imperial named Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto), who rules the people of a small village with an iron fist, threatening to harm them unless Tano goes away. She refuses to train Grogu, wary of the attachment he formed with Djarin — rightfully so when you consider her former master was Anakin Skywalker. However, Mando strikes her a deal to help her remove Elsbeth from power in exchange for training the child.
The rest of the episode is a brief battle in which Tano and Djarin liberate the town, which features a nice lightsaber duel between Tano and Elsbeth — who wields a spear made of beskar. While the lightsaber fight is by nowhere near the best of the franchise, it is competent and memorable, but I’m not expecting many more of these in this show (though I think it’s safe to say that Mando with the beskar spear versus Moff Gideon with the Darksaber is an inevitability at this point).
This episode is a step down from last week’s excellent reunion episode, but it’s competent enough, and I think the main thing people will take away from it is Dawson works as Tano in live action, and her version of the character doesn’t look like horrible cosplay. Which is all this episode needed to do.
“The Mandalorian” Season 2, Episode 5 gets an 8/10