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The Mandalorian season 2 episode 6 gave us what we’ve all been waiting for

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The Fett’s out of the bag…


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This is not a spice dream: The Mandalorian simply served up the second followers have been speaking about because the Disney Plus present was first introduced.

Streaming now, season 2 episode 6 is formally titled Chapter 14: The Tragedy. That ominous title units up a foreboding temper because the Mandalorian and Child Yoda make a serious breakthrough — just for issues to take a merciless twist. (Spoilers incoming…) And we lastly meet the person who impressed the entire present, as legendary Star Wars character Boba Fett blasts into motion.

The episode opens with the Mandalorian and his Power-powered foster-child Child Yoda sharing a small however emotional second. After last week’s encounter with Jedi Ahsoka Tano, Mando’s satisfaction at nearing the completion of his quest is tempered with disappointment at having to surrender Child Yoda. One minute the little inexperienced man is squealing with delight at a jet pack trip, the subsequent he is communing with a Jedi temple. That is super-powered, galaxy-changing, Power-sensitive youngsters for ya — they develop up so quick!

Arriving at Ahsoka Tano’s “magic rock,” Child Yoda begins meditating, surrounded by a drive area (or ought to that be Power area?). However issues don’t remain meditative for lengthy, as a ship that’ll be acquainted to Star Wars followers comes into view — and the second we have all been ready for arrives.

New character Baby Yoda aka the Child aka Grogu has been the breakout star of The Mandalorian. However from the second the collection was introduced again in 2018, followers wished to know if and the way the present would tie in with the Mandalorian who began all of it, laconic bounty hunter Boba Fett, first seen in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. Fett spoke 4 traces and was on display for lower than seven minutes, however the enigmatically masked character launched a thousand toys. His position expanded in Return of the Jedi, and we discovered his backstory within the Star Wars prequel trilogy — which now comes full circle in episode 6 of The Mandalorian.

Not solely does Fett reclaim his father Jango Fett’s armor, he will get to smash up some Imperial Stormtroopers within the course of. The white-armored Stormtroopers started as a military of clones, obscene copies of none aside from Jango himself — no marvel Boba exhibits such chilly fury as he flamboyantly takes out the Stormtrooper platoon.

Mando, Fennec Shand and Boba Fett workforce up!


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Fett was glimpsed in season 2 episode 1, performed by Temuera Morrison. It is full circle for the New Zealand actor too: technically that is the primary time Morrison has appeared as Boba Fett — apart from some voiceovers, he performed Jango within the prequels — and it is one thing of an anticlimax that he merely exhibits up and begins speaking. After Ahsoka Tano final week, this is not the primary time a serious Star Wars character simply walks in with little buildup. However then you definitely notice Fett’s arrival is a prelude to the actual reveal The Mandalorian has been constructing towards since its inception. In actual fact, we get to satisfy Boba Fett twice: as soon as as badass warrior monk taking out dangerous guys with a large hammer, after which once more because the armored and iconic Star Wars fan favourite we all know and love.

One thing tells me Fett’s line, “A easy man making his means by the galaxy like my father earlier than me,” will go down within the Star Wars saga’s historical past of traditional traces.

As gratifying as all that is, there is a darkish twist to return. Author and producer Jon Favreau offers with one hand and takes away with the opposite as our deepest fears for Child Yoda are realized: Grogu is snatched into the arms of the nefarious Moff Gideon. 

It is becoming that the episode, basically a operating battle within the desert, is directed by directed by Robert Rodriguez, the person behind Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn. Nevertheless it’s not good: The destruction of the Mandalorian’s cool ship the Razor Crest, painful as it’s, instantly undoes final week’s huge cliffhanger. No sooner has Moff Gideon planted a tracker on the ship than he blows it up barely an episode later. Certain, that subplot has served its function now he is acquired his mitts on Grogu, however it denies viewers the suspense of the Mando desperately making an attempt to evade an enemy we all know cannot be shaken off.

The introduction of the Darkish Troopers can be one thing of an anti-climax. After the Stormtroopers get wasted, Gideon throws these sinister black warriors into the fray to inaugurate their nasty powers. However all they do is fly straight down, decide up Child Yoda, and guide it straight again to their spaceship. Any grunt with a jetpack or speeder bike may have carried out that. Once more, final week’s sinister cliffhanger displaying rows of Darkish Troopers is undone by their underwhelming debut. Nonetheless, I suppose the present has to maintain one thing again for its final two episodes because it builds to a finale on Dec. 18.

Episode 6 ends on a darkish observe — actually — as Moff Gideon strides by corridors, his black cape swirling and his Darksaber menacing Child Yoda. Nevertheless it is not the specter of what Moff Gideon will try this’s so unsettling: We additionally see Grogu utilizing his powers to torture extra hapless Stormtroopers. Ahsoka Tano already warned of the hazards of the untrained baby shedding his means, particularly when he is been protecting firm with a carer who, let’s face it, is a violent and mercenary thug. No one desires to see Child Yoda flip to the Darkish Aspect.

This week we acquired to see the factor we wished all alongside as Boba Fett swooped in. Let’s have a look at how season 2’s climax shares the limelight between Mandalorian stars previous and new.

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Richard Trenholm