Thursday, March 30, 2023

What I’m Watching: The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian: Season 3, Episode 4 “Chapter 20: The Foundling” (B+)

I was pleased to see that this episode ran only thirty-two minutes, which I think is totally fine given that it’s not always necessary to go for close to an hour when there just isn’t that much material there. The abduction by that flying creature of the foundling provided a helpful opportunity for Bo-Katan to show just how resourceful she can be. She also learned the answer to a question I’m sure fans of the series have had since its inception: how do Mandalorians eat without taking off their helmets? Bo-Katan seemed especially lonely when she was told that she got the honor of staying by the fire as the leader of the war party while everyone else had to spread out and find their own space to eat, and she may now be coming around to the original version of “The Way” after receiving a hero’s welcome upon their successful return to the camp. Asking the armorer for a particular request shows that she does believe, just in a slightly different creed, though she also is sure that what she saw wasn’t just a vision but a literal manifestation of something most believe just to be mythical. Grogu got his own piece of armor, whose creation came with an unexpected flashback that featured something we don’t typically get to see on this show: Jedis. I wasn’t familiar with the character of Kelleran Beq, and also didn’t realize he was played by Ahmed Best, the same actor who portrayed Jar Jar Binks in the prequel trilogy.

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