A speeder bike and TIE Fighter chase, old friends, and some major story developments highlight Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian. In the episode, which picks up immediately after Chapter 11, our hero takes a detour to Nevarro to have his ship repaired in order to deliver the child to Corvus and a Jedi mentioned in the previous episode. On Nevarro, he joins up with a pair of good friends (and one old bounty) in order to take out an old Imperial stronghold that is still active. As expected the Imperial base is much more than it appears and there are plenty of baddies waiting to take out the Mando and his friends.
The episode is full of things that reminded me of classic Star Wars, specifically A New Hope. From a breathtaking chase to bumbling stormtroopers and the deactivation of a massive unit (I’ll go into more detail in the spoiler section), this episode called back to all sorts of sequences from the first Star Wars film.
It also pushed the story along in spades. There are massive developments, hints, and winks at bigger things to come, including events that happen in the latest film trilogy.
The episode sees the return of Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers, who also directs). The duo ask the Mando to help them eliminate the Imperial base, the last stronghold of evil on Nevarro. Along for the ride is Mythrol (Horatio Sanz), one of the Mando’s bounties from the first episode, who is working off his debt to Greef. We also get to see Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi) in a holo-recording that reveals to the group that Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) is alive and well and moving along with evil plans for the New Republic.
The episode has an amazing chase sequence featuring Dune, Karga, and Mythrol battling with Biker Scouts and TIE Fighters in a hardened magma canyon that eventually opens up into some flats where the Razor Crest joins the battle. It also features a giant cooling system deactivation that hearkens back to a similar sequence featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi deactivating the Death Star’s tractor beam. No rails, a deep pit to fall into, and eventually stormtroopers showing up across the way flooded me with memories of A New Hope.
The core plot of the series is moved along in leaps and bounds in this episode. It reveals a cloning lab and a massive force being built up by Moff Gideon. In all honesty I expected to see Kylo Ren appear in this episode. There are massive hints to the latest film trilogy as far as the look and feel of the Imperial sequences after the battle on Nevarro. I would love to see Kylo make an appearance and possibly see a few of the Knights of Ren as well.
The episode ends with the return of yet another character from a prior episode. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee returns as Carson Teva, the New Republic X-Wing pilot introduced earlier this season. He has an emotional moment with Cara Dune that hints at her future involvement in the New Republic.
Loaded with character and story development, nods to the classic and new trilogies, and an amazing battle sequence makes this episode my favorite of the new season so far. I have a feeling that The Mandalorian is about to explode in all of the right ways, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Thanks for checking out my post. If this episode is any indication, things are about to get insane!