I was a bit late getting this out, as I am still reeling by the amount of information Disney has released on future projects, some of which (mostly the “Star Wars” ones) I’m quite happy with. So far (one can only be so happy when we got little more than title cards of most of the releases announced). I’ll probably write something about in soon.
Season 2, Episode 7 of “The Mandalorian” is another approximately half hour episode that is just pure sci-fi action. The episode starts as Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and his group comprising of New Republic Marshall Cara Dune (Gina Carano), renown bounty hunter Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), and sharpshooter Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) spring former Imperial Agent Migs Mayfield (Bill Burr) from prison in order to get the coordinates of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), who last episode captured the child aka Grogu aka Baby Yoda. In order to do so, they must infiltrate an imperial base on the planet Morak, where the Imperial Remnant is attempting to mine the volatile material rhydonium.
Episode 7 is remarkable because it mostly features Mando fighting alone with Mayfield without his armor, as everyone else in his squad would be immediately recognizable. He even breaks his one rule about not taking his helmet off in order to save Grogu, showing us that he cares more for him than he does the dogmatic rules of his people, the seeds of which were planted in Episode 3, when he met other Mandalorians who didn’t take their helmets off. As such, Dune, Shand and Fett are relegated to support, backup, which works fine, as they all have their moments at the end, and it allows us to really get to know Mayfield.
Mayfield was a part of Operation Cinder, which led to the mass killings of civilians and Empire personnel alike, and this leads to great drama when he meets his old commander, Valin Hess (Richard Brake), who is an irredeemable sociopath. Without spoiling too much, the encounter doesn’t go well for Hess, and Mayfield’s justifiable hatred of the Empire serves as just another example of why the Imperials are terrible and need to be stopped.
But the real star of this episode is the action, which is broken up into a vehicle portion and a ground/base assault section. The fact that Mando doesn’t have his impenetrable armor gives these sections more stakes than ever and indeed, it’s noticeable that Mando has to try harder than ever not to get hit. It just goes to show that, while he does wear literal plot armor that protects him from stray blaster bolts (naturally paired with sad music “Clone Wars”-style), he is still a very competent fighter. It’s also worth mentioning that for most his life, he fought without impenetrable armor (remember the beginning of Season 1).
Overall, a solid episode. Here’s hoping the finale sticks the landing.
“The Mandalorian” Season 2, Episode 7 gets an 8/10