Friday, December 18, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Mandalorian (Season Finale)

The Mandalorian: Season 2, Episode 8 “Chapter 16: The Rescue” (B+)

I’m all for bringing as many characters together as possible for the epic conclusion to this season, which definitely outpaced the ending of the first season for me. I’m particularly happy that we got to see Bo-Katan again since Katee Sackhoff is a terrific actress and does really well with this role, and it meant that we had not one but four Beskar-clad characters fighting alongside Cara and Fennec as they went after Moff Gideon. Getting the imperial ship to open its bay doors to launch TIE fighters and then refusing to clear the path was a smart way to get in there, and the Mandalorian fared impressively against the darktroopers even though one really tried to damage his helmet with repeated blows. Moff Gideon attacking him after he told him that he could take Grogu and go felt like a betrayal of his word, but it turns out he was actually manipulating him into winning the dark saber from him so that Bo-Katan wouldn’t be able to use it without fighting him. He definitely didn’t come out ahead when that mysterious Jedi in the X-wing arrived to save the day, and I was indeed very curious who it could be under that hood. There was a certain disappointment to learn that it was Luke only because the CGI showing his unaged face was clearly fake (due to a knowledge of how Mark Hamill looks now), but I understand the timeline and how it makes sense that only Luke would be able to properly train him. Taking off his helmet to show Grogu his face was a big step too, and one whose significance shouldn’t be understated. I leave this season feeling a lot more positively about this show’s existence, and I’m hopeful that it earns plenty of awards attention for its guest stars, namely Sackhoff, Timothy Olyphant, and Rosario Dawson. I’m ready for season three and the legion of related shows recently announced by Disney Plus.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan

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