I just finished watching Season 2, Episode 6 of “The Mandalorian,” and I’m at a loss for words as to how fantastic it was handled. Suffice it to say, it’s my new favorite episode of this season so far.
The episode starts with Mando (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu visiting the planet Tython as alluded to last episode. There, they are confronted by Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Season 1 sniper Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), who was previously presumed dead. Apparently Boba found Shand in the dune sea on Tatooine, fixed her up, and enlisted her to hunt down his armor, which he confronts Mando about. Mando initially refuses, but things change when the Empire attacks, requiring Boba to suit up and save them.
Boba’s fight scenes are badass and well-choreographed, making full use of his armor and its weapons. It is also notable that renowned action director Robert Rodriguez directed this episode, which was a wonderful choice. Boba is just simply badass in this episode, and Morrison really sells him as a simple man looking to make his way in the galaxy, but by any means necessary.
My mind is a little blown by how perfect this show got Boba. It’s one of the few times Disney has allowed an awesome character to just be awesome and true to what made them awesome in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Boba is not portrayed as a hack or a moral-less jerk. He’s not even portrayed as a fake Mandalorian, as previous canon seems to suggest (apparently his father, Jango, was a foundling just like Mando, which gives him a legitimate claim to his armor and the Mandalorian culture). He’s simple and modest, but is an absolute nightmare on the battlefield (seriously, I’m down for a Robert Rodriguez-directed Boba Fett action movie).
To top it off, Episode 6 serves as the “Empire Strikes Back” entry in Season 2, as ** spoilers ** Grogu gets abducted by Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and his droid like Darktroopers. And Mando’s Razor Crest ship gets destroyed. Mando is at his lowest point, facing a villain we hate, and I absolutely love it.
Admittingly, I could nitpick this episode, but it displays such mastery of the source material that I cannot make a substantive argument against giving this episode a perfect score. I’m going to call this now — it’s time that all Star Wars-related decisions are handled by “Mandalorian” showrunners Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau. I honestly couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome so far for this show, and it proves that being able to juggle the big, recognizable names associated with Star Wars was never an issue; they just needed to pair an experienced, innovative filmmaker (Favreau) with a guy who understands, loves and respects all things Star Wars (Filoni).
I was a little concerned with all the fan-favorite characters crowding the show and stealing the spotlight from Mando this season. But each character has had an overarching purpose that has driven the narrative further, and they have all been done in ways that old and new fans can both enjoy them.
I really hope the next two episodes stick the landing, because so far, “The Mandalorian” is a master class in how to handle a property right.
“The Mandalorian” Season 2, Episode 6 gets a 10/10