Official summary: To move against the Empire, the Mandalorian needs the help of an old enemy.
The Karthon Chop Fields is a salvage yard prison where prisoners break down old Imperial ship wreckage while serving their time. This brings to mind the planet Bracca, another salvage world from the game Jedi: Fallen Order.
Among the prisoners we see a new alien with red horns/spikes and a hassk. Unfortunately the prisoner Scurto Tobbs, who was seen in the prisoner records last week as to be imprisoned here, cannot be seen.
The Prison Droid is new and wears the New Republic logo. The staff he holds looks like the one carried by the vintage action figure of 2-1B. After Ackbar’s staff that returned in The Clone Wars, this would be another Kenner original accessory that gets pulled into the Star Wars worlds.
The space directly below the cockpit of the Slave One is seen for the first time in canon, with seating that stays fixed in place while the ship rotates so that the people are always the right-side up.
They go to Morag (which is a new lush jungle world with an Imperial refinery), but what the Imperials are refining there is not new. Rhydonium is a highly volatile substance use as fuel for starships. It first appeared on the planet Abafar, in The Clone Wars episode 5×12 Missing in Action. The red canister that they were seen in during those episodes also returns, same logo and colour, but just a bit longer.
The vehicle we see them stealing is identified in the episode as an Juggernaut, but looks to be of a different model than the big wheeled ones that we saw in Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, which was an HAVw A6 Juggernaut. The Empire did upgrade that one into the A9, so maybe this will later be named as an A7 or A8? It also looks to be inspired by the PX-4 Mobile Command Base that was used frequently in WEG, which is always a source of inspiration for people like Filoni and Favreau. The microphone/speaker/com system is also a copy from the one that Han blasts in A New Hope because he had a boring conversation. It even makes some of the same audio noise.
Mayfeld mentions that the Imperial Remnant bases are set up by ex-ISB, which stands for the Imperial Security Bureau, another WEG creation that has since popped up plenty of times in Legends and Canon alike. It played a huge role in Rebels and Rogue One. Also: does this mean that Moff Gideon is ex-ISB? That would explain how he got his hands on so much troopers and other Imperial materiel. Either way, Cara Dune speaks in plural so there are more Imperial Remnants besides Gideon’s.
Boba Fett has found a bucket of paint, and makes a fun reference to his clone heritage with him having a face that may be recognizable to the ISB.
The pirates look at a glance like Iktotchi (Saesee Tiin’s species) or like the Ozrelanso species first introduced in Episode IX, but closer examination shows them to be a new species instead. This new species was seen last week also with the mug shot of Vorg Alsum.
The map that shows the coordinates of Moff Gideon’s light cruiser does not match any maps seen so far, not even the similar styled one from the Galaxy’s Edge datapad. So while Din Djarin and his group now knows where Gideon is, we unfortunately have to wait before finding that out.
Mayfeld mentions Taanab, which was first mentioned by Lando in Return of the Jedi where he was part of a battle. In Canon media it has not been used much, with as of right now just a few mentions and one appearance in Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure.
Next mention is that of Operation: Cinder that Mayfeld was a part of. This was part of the Contingency of Palpatine that was carried out after his death on Endor. In Palpatine’s mind there was to be no Empire if there was no longer an Emperor with him to rule it, so all worlds had to be destroyed. Among the casualties of worlds, in the comic Shattered Empire, was Burnin Konn, an important mining world in the Anoat sector, the sector that included Hoth and Bespin. Burnin Konn is not a new world, having been mentioned in a supplement to the Star Wars Roleplaying Game (again from WEG) and returning to a prominent position in canon in the mobile game Star Wars: Uprising.
The message to that Din Djarin sends to Moff Gideon echoes the words that the Imperial said himself in Chapter 7. “You have something I want. It means more to me than you will ever know.” Only the Mandalorian changes the lines somewhat that make it clear he cares for Grogu and sees the child as a person, unlike what the words of Gideon showed.
Also there was again some Aurebesh and Mando’a to translate: