Tuesday, March 14, 2023

What I’m Watching: The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian: Season 3, Episode 2 “Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore” (B)

It’s good to see familiar faces, especially those who are incredibly excited to see Mando and Grogu. Peli is among the most energetic and entertaining personalities on this show, and just moments after conning someone else with the help of the Jawa, she was thrilled to have her old friends back in town. Mando was pretty specific about what he wanted to get from her and instead she offered up her R5-D4 who was visibly scared and not at all up for the job that Mando had in mind. Fortunately, he was able to go after him with his pressurized helmet after landing on Mandalore, though he didn’t have much luck when he got trapped and had to send Grogu back to get Bo-Katan. It’s a good thing that Grogu is a sympathetic and cute baby Yoda, enough to compel Bo-Katan to change her attitude from wanting to “get rid of him once and for all” and spring into action to go save him. I like that she’s becoming such a major part of the storyline now and that she asked Grogu if he thought his dad was the only Mandalorian. Now, the two Mandalorians are headed to the same place with Grogu and R5-D4 in tow, remembering a very different Mandalore of stories than the one they’re currently seeing. We’ll see what they’re able to find, and I have a feeling it may include other Mandalorians who similarly thought that their kind were pretty much extinct, which is evidently not the case.

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