I’ve really enjoyed the show so far but the battle at the end of Chapter 3 gave me my first goosebumps moment of The Mandalorian.
Also I ran around the house shouting “ICE CREAM! ICE CREAM! ICE CREAM!” after that camtono of Beskar was revealed!
After the comparative lull of episode 2, episode 3 was back with a literal bang. The plot thickens with regards to the intentions and indeed the origins of the ‘Imperial’ contingent (some eagle-eyed people have made a link between the ‘doctor’ and a previously seen logo from the prequels).
Yet again, a good, old-fashioned western vibe to this one, and fairly obvious why Deborah Chow has been drafted in to the Obi-Wan series on the strength of this episode, alongside her other work on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Mr Robot and various other big TV shows.
I am not even sure how to describe my feelings for Chapter 3. I went from joy, to disappointment, to intrigued, to sad, to excited, to worried, to joy again. It was a real roller coaster ride and I cannot believe this was only within less than an hour!
All I can say is I am very curious what is going to happen next and that this is the live action Star Wars series I have been waiting for since the Ewok movies.
The Mandalorian continues to surprise and delight, yet I came away from Chapter 3 with more than a few niggles. Yes, he delivered the bounty and earned a significant reward, upgraded his armour and exchanged words with other Mandos and listened to his conscience, going on a mission to break the quarry out of detention.
My gripe is that this all feels very videogame. While Chapter 2 previously also felt much the same, the third instalment riled me somewhat. It’s time to ditch the bounty somewhere safe and move on. As for the constant upgrading of armour, Hasbro will be rubbing their hands…
And I hated the saluting Mando. Very Iron Man!
Loved this episode it had me crying out for my next fix straight away. I may have also started looking into costumes to join the Mandalorian Mercs. An introduction of an another Vizsla, also voiced by Jon Favreau, has me wondering how he links to Pre Vizsla. The salute at the end was the only thing to bring me out of this episode.
Chapter 3 was an odd beast, an unsatisfying snack on first watch but a three course meal on repeat viewings. Indeed, The Mandalorian has turned out to be an eminently rewatchable show. For modern shows, when there’s SO much TV to fit in and absorb, that’s unheard of, but this is a show that peels back layer after layer with each watch. Much like the main man himself, there are mysteries beneath the mask.
We’ve delved into the story of the Mandalorians many times over the decades, in stories that are now relegated to Legends status as well as more recent forays in The Clone Wars and Rebels. Here, half a decade after the Battle of Endor (the battle of the forest moon of Endor that is) the Mandalorian culture is still appears to be feared and revered but lives underground, hidden from the wider galaxy. Why, we don’t know but what is clear that the lead character working above ground – and taking coin from the Empire – isn’t well received by his clan brothers. That friction, coupled with his decision to go back and rescue the child, forms the spine of the episode, and leads to a visually dazzling conclusion.
Few answers are given, but plenty of questions are asked. Why did he break the bounty hunting code and free the child, and why would his Mando brothers break cover to assist? Did the Client get what he needed from the child, and can I please have a wristpack full of Whispering Birds for Christmas? TFI Friday just took on a new meaning – Thank Favreau It’s Friday (or thank Filoni, of course).
If loving The Mandalorian is “the sin” then I’m well and truly a paid up member of Filoni and Favreau’s hell.
Let there be no mistake; there were flaws to the episode. The long panning shots of Mando plodding around town can become tedious, and the lack of a comedy offset in this episode exposed a central flaw – a lack of connection to the quiet lead. At some point Mando is going to have break free from his helmet, and give us some character to love. At the moment we are loving the characters around him but in the long term that love needs to fall back on him.
On the plus side the history and brotherhood of the Mandalorians are again very interesting, and the “baby Yoda” plot continues to intrigue. The flashbacks expose an element of what I complained about, individual personality and character. The potential to see new characters introduced that may expose that more in Chapter Four is most welcome.
The most standout element of the episode, without doubt the huge fight scene. Brilliantly done for TV, and the introduction of the pact of Mando’s was unexpected and insanely good.
This was of course Deborah Chow’s debut for live action Star Wars, and with her taking the helm of the Obi-Wan series we can expect a lot more. I was blown away with her work on the action and fast paced scenes. The slower, more laborious scenes do have me somewhat concerned. They lacked a connection and emotion with the character – something that has been the biggest challenge to the series so far.
Perhaps the most subtle and underplayed element of the show is the hint towards cloning and midichlorians around the “baby Yoda” story. As we approach the halfway point we need to see some storylines explode out, and really drive the narrative on. It’s time to move beyond the setting the scene, and explaining the characters. It’s time to allow the plot to bubble to the top….
The first chapter may seem like it’s closed, but the Mandos decisions will follow him wherever he goes. #isitfridayyet ?
Huge round of applause has to go to Deborah Chow for a great episode! If this is the caliber she works at then Obi-Wan is in safe hands!
Some good plot turns and a gritty feel to this one and the dirty stormtroopers are brilliant!
I am going to say that as much baby Yoda is very cute, what is it’s future? Will it survive the series? Only time will tell!
I was a bit disappointed by Chapter 2’s lack of story development but Chapter 3 certainly made up for it. There was a lot to take in and it raised several more questions, which is the kind of show I like.
I presume I’m not the only one that said, “bright light, bright light!” in a Gizmo voice when the Client scanned the Child. The line “We live in the shadows and only come above ground one a time” took me by surprise, but I think that writing was just to set up their surprise arrival when Mando was surrounded at the end. I’m now curious to see if they’ll relocate above or below ground next.
Good to see Mando has a conscious and couldn’t leave the Child behind, but did the Client manage to “extract the necessary material” before Mando rescued it? What exactly is the necessary material? Dr. Pershing said, “he explicitly ordered us to bring it back alive” while Mando showed us another piece of his James-Bond-like-Swiss-Army-knife-tech Amban rifle listening device, setting up the arrival Giancarlo Esposito’s character, Moff Gideon.
Bounty hunting is indeed a complicated profession as Greef Carga turned heel and we get the John Wick-esque sequence where the whole bar full of scum and villainy hunted him down.
So, what does Mando do now with Baby Yoda? How long is his beard and hair? Does he, you know, do all the things, with his helmet on? I need to know.
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