Wednesday, April 12, 2023

What I’m Watching: The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian: Season 3, Episode 6 “Chapter 22: Guns for Hire” (B+)

I guess I can understand the appeal for every actor of wanting to be on a Star Wars TV show, and this series seems to enjoy giving everyone a platform with its revolving door of guest stars. This episode featured the someone bizarre pairing of Jack Black and Lizzo as Captain Bombardier and the Duchess, who rule their new planet through what they insist is legitimate direct democracy but is definitely at risk of not lasting all that long. The notion of battle droids being repurposed as worker bees that meant that the human residents of the planet didn’t have to work anymore is both a brilliant and imbecilic one because of the tremendous danger them slipping back into their original programming presents. And then there are the Count Dooku loyalists out there like Commissioner Helgait, played by the dependable Christopher Llloyd who’s still going strong at age eighty-four, who are actively trying to sabotage things. I also was pleased to see names like Dale Dickey and Seth Gabel in the credits, playing an ugnaught and the bartender droid, respectively. The notion of a droid bar is certainly an interesting one, but what was most enjoyable about this episode was how it allowed Bo-Katan and Mando to partner up and sort of play nicely with each other. Mando’s eagerness to set off the droids so he could shoot them was rather impulsive and unnecessary, and things ended up working out pretty well in the end for them and for the planet.

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