Sunday, August 9, 2020

Emmy Catch-Up: The Mandalorian

Every year, I watch the six submitted episodes of every series I don’t regularly watch that’s up for one of the Emmy series prizes. This year, I’m watching the entire season of every series nominated in the top category.

The Mandalorian: Season 1, Episode 3 “Chapter 3: The Sin” (B-)

The first season of this show is only eight episodes, and therefore it’s puzzling to take an entire installment to accomplish something that was pretty obviously going to happen all along. As soon as the Mandalorian decided to kill the other bounty hunter and save Baby Yoda’s life, it was clear that he was going to make protecting him his priority. Werner Herzog’s client wasn’t happy with the fact that he was asking questions after he took payment for the job, and Karga was all about praising the Mandalorian loudly so that everyone else could here for a job well done. That wasn’t how he felt later on in the episode, and it seems likely that the Mandalorian made sure that he didn’t kill him but instead just ensured that he was able to take off without losing his own life. Omid Abtahi’s Dr. Pershing didn’t want to hurt the baby either, and he was the only one the Mandalorian was interested in sparing when he executed his rescue operation. It’s crazy how powerful Baby Yoda is when he’s tiny and light enough for the Mandalorian to hold with his fingers. The armor that the Mandalorian got commissioned was impressive, particularly that he was able to shoot targeted mini-missiles to take out the stormtroopers surrounding him. I imagine I would have experienced a similar excitement when all the Mandalorians showed up to help our protagonist escape to what I remember when I saw “Attack of the Clones” at age fourteen and loved the epic lightsaber scene at the arena if I was still fourteen years old.

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