Sunday, November 15, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian: Season 2, Episode 3 “Chapter 11: The Heiress” (B+)

If there’s one undeniable compliment I can give this show, it’s that the casting is top-notch. I was thinking about how the ship almost burning up as it entered the atmosphere was reminiscent of an episode of “Battlestar Galactica,” and I was even more excited than I was to see Timothy Olyphant the last time a supposed Mandalorian took off a helmet to find that it was none other than Katee Sackhoff. Best known as Starbuck, the actress was also on the underrated crime series “Longmire” for a while, and she’s absolutely a perfect fit for this show and its universe. I like that she has her own theory about Mandalor and her aspirations to be ruler of the cursed planet, and that our Mandalorian respects her use of his familiar phrases like “This is the way.” On the note of recognizable faces, I was also pleased to see Titus Welliver from “Lost” and “Bosch,” though it’s disappointing that his appearance was so brief. We also got to see Moff Gideon again, and it’s nice to know that the storylines are connected and that, hopefully, we’ll encounter both Bo-Katan and Gideon again. The action in this episode was more enticing than usual, and just as fourteen-year-old me remembers the excitement of seeing a bunch of Jedi with lightsabers in “Attack of the Clones,” it’s always a delight to see multiple Mandalorians showing up to saving the day, especially when they’re actually Mandalorians and not just wearers of the armor. Now, let’s get some Jedi back in the picture!

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