Saturday, November 28, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian: Season 2, Episode 5 “Chapter 13: The Jedi” (B+)

I was curious to see a Jedi show up at the start of this episode with no additional context, and I had a feeling we had seen her before, otherwise her appearance might have been teased like many of the recent guest stars. It turns out I might have recognized her image from stills I’ve seen from animated Star Wars series, and I could tell who the actress was because of her voice. Rosario Dawson appeared in “Jane the Virgin” and was also a featured player on all of Netflix’s Marvel shows, most prominently in “Luke Cage.” She made an impression here as Ahsoka, who wields those two white lightsabers with style and used the darkness around her to slowly and methodically take out all of her opponents. It’s strange to think that the Mandalorian is primarily thought of as a criminal rather than as a hero, and therefore he easily gained passage into the city to meet with the Magistrate. I knew I recognized Lang from somewhere, and that’s because it was Michael Biehn from “The Terminator” and “Aliens,” still playing the same kind of role of the loyal soldier more than three decades later. The Mandalorian knew better than to think of him as honest, and fortunately he was able to fire off a shot before Lang reached for his other gun to take him out. It was disturbing to see the prisoners essentially hung right outside the gates, and of course this episode was a liberation story, continuing the work that the Mandalorian has done with his buddies on multiple planets. We learned Baby Yoda’s name – Grogo – and that the Mandalorian’s bond with him is so strong that Ahsoka won’t be able to train him. It’s no surprise that he has to travel to yet another world to find the next contact, and hopefully his knowledge of Grogo’s identity won’t stop him from referring to him as “kid.”

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