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Chapter 16 ends a story – using a Star Wars legend – and gives clues as to what comes next

I’m not sure I can remember a segment that previously bent as much as it did before the season two finale of The Mandalorian.In a couple of short clips, Jon Favreau reminded us how many times in this one second season the microphone was dropped, picked up, and slammed again Bo-Katan Ahsoka Boba Fett Fennec Dark Soldiers and Dark Swords The razor comb explodes, a Jedi beacon is lit, and Grogu is captured

That sizzling role figured out where the story was, but it also raised the bar for the finale. How do you raise the stakes? Here’s how: Luke Skywalker comes to the rescue Oh, and so does R2-D2 Not to mention the first time Din and Grogu stare each other in the eye and an important post-credits chapter 16 of The Mandalorian, “The Rescue” , packed so much action and narrative resolution into its 47 minutes that it could have served as the series finale if The Mandalorian’s continued success hadn’t been so central to the future of the franchise

“The Rescue” wastes little time getting into the action, so we won’t be Chapter 16, which – like the far less eventful Chapter 10 – was directed by Peyton Reed (no stranger to CGI aging), begins with Slave I, who runs the rear of a Lamda-class shuttle with clone engineer Dr Pershing The data dump that Mando and Mayfeld received last week on their sightseeing trip to Morak apparently contained not only Gideon’s whereabouts, but also Pershing’s If I were Moff Gideon and knew that my nemes had just raided and destroyed a base around figuring out where to chill and then sending me a message saying I’m next, I could move somewhere else and my top tell scientists to do the same.But I’m sure Gideon knows what he’s doing

After Fett deactivates the shuttle with a well-placed ion bolt and the Mando and Cara dune board, a stalemate ensues between Cara and the Imperial pilot who holds Pershing at gunpoint. “I saw your planet being destroyed “he says” I was on the Death Star “If, as the pilot claims, the pilot does not have a death wish, then it seems like a strange strategy to tell the soldier who is pointing a gun that he has helped to blow up their planet“But pilots who work for Gideon haven’t had a high survival rate this season.” Which one? ”Cara replies Sick Burning

A discussion follows, drawing on Mayfeld’s monologue last week on how many of the truths we hold to depend heavily on our own point of view, “You know, how many millions killed on these bases were? ” the pilot asks “How did the galaxy cheer?” Ok buddy we’ve all seen the employee “contractor” scene, but you won’t make us feel equally bad about the destruction of Alderaan and a planet-exploding superweapon called the “Death Star” before we can ask why this one If the former inhabitant of the Death Star is still alive, he is not: Cara shoots him with her head in the name of her entire planet

(Side note: As we get back to who the good and bad guys actually are, how sure are we that those “pirates” Mando and Mayfeld fought last week were actually pirates? Are We fair? The Empire calls the rebels terrorists and scum, and they assumed that Slave I was full of pirates too. Maybe the “pirates” didn’t try to steal these rhydonium transporters because they were really freedom fighters, the only empire being them Perhaps she and Mando were indeed on the same page, and he killed her for falling for Imperial propaganda and stereotypes about pirates and colorful clothing (food for thought)

While Pershing is in custody, Mando’s next job is to add Bo-Katan to his group.This time he easily tracks her down – no side quests required from the frog family – and finds her sitting in a cantina with buddy Koska Reeves (some Mandalorian Performers seem openly lying about whether or not they’ll be back on the show: first, Bill Burr wants to repeat his looks, and then Mercedes Varno does the same (They can’t trust actors anymore) To someone who barely knows Grogu, Bo-katan seems a lot being upset that he’s gone (admittedly, it doesn’t take long to bond) “You will never find [Gideon],” she says, not knowing that his coordinates are easily accessible via an unsecured computer / p>

Mando offers Bo-Katan Gideon’s cruiser as loot if she helps him get his baby back I’m pretty sure he had her on “Gideon” and “Darksaber”, but a cruiser that could help her Taking back Mandalore is also a good incentive. “[Grogu] is my only priority,” explains Mando, although he may change his mind next season. Boba makes a gauche comment about how the Empire turned Mandalore into glass; Between Captain Teva asking Cara if she lost someone on Alderaan and the Alderaan-Mandalore discourse this week, I’m starting to suspect that some of these characters have no tact when talking to traumatized people from shattered planets, Boba , Bo-Katan and Koska argue about whether Boba is a Mandalorian, whether he deserves to wear his armor, and whether Jango was his father or his donor. Then Boba and Koska wrestle and call it a tie when the flames go down their flamethrowers in the air meet like Dutch and Dillon’s arms in Predator The New Store Behind them, the new crew of six congregations in the shuttle to pump Pershing for information and prepare a plan of attack

As for Carl Weathers, Greef Karga is still a no-show despite his life at Grogu, which means the Grogu Rescue Team remains an ally among the great seven (cue the voice of Chris Ryan Greef: MANDO! me am currently busy revitalizing NEVARRO but please let me know if you need me to push some of my meetings) Maybe another ally will show up at some point? Someone who might have something to do with the force signal that we put on in the “Before?” We’re ahead of ourselves. First, the strike team must get to Gideon’s cruiser, where a garrison of a dark soldier is waiting for him

Pershing confirms they are Dark Phase III soldiers – those with no weak human soldiers in their suits.The droids use so much power that they are kept in the cold store, which means they take time to boot Rescuers opt for a time-honored tactic to infiltrate Imperial facilities: pose as Imperials in a stolen Lamda-class shuttle.Gold is slated to pretend to attack the shuttle that sends out a distress call. If the cruiser messes up its fighters, the shuttle – which does not fly accidentally – slides through the launch tube and prevents additional fighters from disembarking and gaining access to the innards of the ship.Then Cara, Koska, Bo-Katan and Fennec fight their way to the bridge and distract the defenders, while Din closes Grogus Cell Goes Theoretically, he’ll grab the baby and be out of there before the dark soldiers raise their core temperatures

Although Cara’s arm jams – which one would not believe would be so common with weapons that do not fire physical objects – the scheme starts with only one potentially catastrophic problem: a single dark soldier escapes the storeroom, before Mando seals the others inside while they’re trying to knock their way out, the one who got off tries to hit his or her head inside Mando’s brain.Personally, I’d suggest just lifting his whole head off his body – aren’t these soldiers supposed to be strong – but the soldier prefers the brute force approach

Mando’s helmet is too strong for the soldier, but most of Mando’s armory – blasters, flamethrowers, whirling birds – are just as ineffective against the droid. Fortunately, the Beskar staff who gave Ahsoka Din did the trick / p>

Mando clears out the rest of the dark soldiers and kills the stormtroopers stationed in front of Grogus’ cell He seems to be enjoying choking the second with the stick. My advice: Don’t make Mando angry. You wouldn’t like him if he’s angry. When Mando opens the door, Grogu seems surprisingly excited to see him The little green guy was sedated Gideon, anticipating Din’s goal, is already in the room and wielding his blade. “I just wanted to examine his blood,” he explains. “This kid is extremely gifted and gifted with rare qualities that have the potential to bring order bring back to the galaxyAh, order to the galaxy; Where have we heard that before?

Gideon pretends to be touched by the connection between Mando and Grogu and offers to surrender the child in case Mando is to leave and let Gideon go on his way Mando seems to fall for this obvious trick (and Bo-katan and turning his back on Mandalore and seemingly confirming what he said about Grogu as his sun and stars), although he has enough evidence that Gideon is a merciless zealot who stops at nothing to get Grogu, luckily, saves him Mandos Beskar again when Gideon tries to cut him in half (“Assuming I know everything,” Gideon tells Mando unless he doesn’t seem to know that Beskar can block the Darksaber – which given his history of fighting Mandalorians looks strange) Do you remember when Mando was kicked in the ass by Jawas? At this point he is borderline surgery. It is good that they did not build the Death Star’s reactor core from Beskar

Finally we come to the “iconic battle” that Giancarlo Esposito teased months ago: Mando and his Beskar versus Gideon and the Darksaber After a flood of slashes, stitches and blocks, Mando wins the well-choreographed fight and leads Gideon in with Darksaber the hand to the bridge

There an enthusiastic Gideon reveals why Bo-Katan was so eager to find Gideon himself and seems less pleased that Mando is holding him prisoner: Darksaber’s rules and regulations state that you are the rightful bearer of the Blade must be its previous owner in battle (What kind of seems to create a void: no one can take your gun away from you if you refuse to fight) Mando has already defeated Gideon, which means the Darksaber is happy to pass it on , but to be right, Bo-Katan has to fight him instead. Embarrassing!

Look, I respect tradition But Mando got his code behind him and took off his helmet last week. Maybe Bo-Katan should consider breaking the Darksaber rules only once, especially considering they’ve got the gun before In fact, it wouldn’t be the first time: Bo-Katan accepted the saber when Sabine bequeathed it to her in Rebels season 4

Even if Bo-Katan tries to keep up appearances, can’t everyone go by the story that she was the one who beat Gideon? Or, if she wants to win the gun fairly and fairly, take a little freedom with the rules of engagement? Does a thumb war count as a fight? Scissors stone paper? Otherwise, they might just save – I don’t doubt Bo-Katan could kick Mando in the ass, and it doesn’t have to be a fight to the death I’m just saying this doesn’t seem like that big a sticking point, and it’s pretty important, it to clarify, since Din receives the mandate with the Darksaber to free and rule Mandalore (which was not previously the case on his to-do list)

Right now, however, the group has an immediate problem: the dark soldiers are back as they were built to function well in a vacuum. They broke through the hull and are on their way to shut a door for the second time today open I don’t want to shed some light on the threat, but shouldn’t these unstoppable superdroids have bigger weapons or explosives? It seems like a waste to equip them with the same weapons a human would have, and doors are really a problem for them. And why are they so great at body work? Can we get Carl Weathers to include her in the ring?

All aside, it seems like only a matter of time before the droids break in the door and help Gideon get Grogu back. But just as everything seems to be lost, an alarm beeps and an X-wing flies by, “An X -Wing? Great, we’re saved, says Cara sarcastically

Did I wonder for a moment if the cavalry was Captain Teva to save the day and star in Rangers of the New Republic? Yes, reader, I did. But it didn’t take long to understand that the occupant of the X-Wing could only be a man No, not Trapper Wolf This is Deus Ex Skywalker When Grogu lit the Jedi Signal, we mentioned many possible candidates for characters to take the call, but The Mandalorian proceeded with the most obvious, logical, and exciting of all

The dark soldiers stop beating and pounce on the intruder. To be as bad as possible, Luke doesn’t respond to Bo-Katan’s hail and he doesn’t raise his hood. He’s using the Force so he doesn’t have to use his eyes But then we see him going to work through grainy surveillance camera footage, the green lightsaber, the black glove, and then the reaction shots: the glimmer of another Force user’s approval from a dazed grogu, and the expression of sheer terror of the normally indifferent and complacent Gideon who must see Skywalker in his nightmares

This is not the Luke Force illusion projected from afar.This is Luke in the flesh who inexorably ravages droids like Darth Vader who are rampaging through Rogue One I liked The Last Jedi’s vision of a jaded, guilty one Luke needing to be convinced that the Jedi shouldn’t die, but that version of Luke is still decades in the future.This is the version that those who hated Hermit Luke have been waiting for – the one who doesn’t have his X-wing sunk, still unconditionally proclaimed to be a Jedi, and saves the day like the hero he is in the original “We Need Luke Skywalker” trilogy, Rey will say Well here he is

Gideon reads the writing on the wall and takes a step He draws a blaster that the rescuers left lying around after killing the crew and shooting the Beskar-clad Bo-katan, to no avail.Then he sets the barrel on a meatier target: Grogu. If Gideon can’t have him, it will Nobody do But Din dives in front of him to block the bolts, which would be a riskier move and a bigger gesture if Beskar didn’t make him impregnable (When Fennec snapped Mando out from a great distance in Chapter 5, he said, “At that range held Beskar, “suggesting that there is a range where it wouldn’t, but we haven’t seen that yet) Gideon is disarmed and Din opens the door It’s time to meet the mysterious savior He takes his Hood off, Jabba’s palace style (and accompanied by a sort of “The Force Theme”), not to reveal the popular choice of fan casting Sebastian Stan, but CGI Mark Hamill, who is less eerie, valley-like looks like CGI Tarkin or CGI Leia from Rogue One, but still a bit too expressionless Maybe we can adapt it to Jedi discipline

When I was excited to see him, part of me wanted Luke to leave. He’s here to save our fictional friends, but he’s also coming to take Grogu with him “Are you a Jedi?” Asks Din The answer seems obvious, but in Din’s defense he recently learned that the Jedi exist. Luke confirms it is him (I half expected to see an on-screen text that read “Quest Complete: Bring Grogu to the.” Jedi “can be seen and how Dins XP bar fills up)” I will give my life to protect the child “, Luke swears. We too, Luke we would too But the child needs training to use his powers Luke suggests on Grogu “Come on, little one,” he says, seemingly unimpressed by his first personal look at the baby who may or may not be his old master’s secret love child (I’m still sticking to this story)

Grogu won’t go without his metal dad’s permission. “Who do you belong to,” says Mando. “He’s one of your kind I’ll see you again I promise” In some ways, however, he hasn’t really seen him Grogu for the first time grabs Mando’s helmet and Din receives the message Grogu wants to see his father’s face. Only this one time, Din will look at Grogu with his own eyes. This is the way

The moment might have hit even harder if Mando hadn’t debunked last week, but this was still a fulfilling climax of a two-season arc with no visor between them, they stare each other in the eyes and drink the details Grogu touches his Cheek and Din’s chin tremble as his eyes are full of tears and he tries to smile. Perhaps Grogu is wondering why Din still has a mustache

When Din drops the other half of Clan Mudhorn, Grogu clings to his leg like a toddler who doesn’t want to be dropped off in preschool.But as both Grogu and Din found out, growing up means letting go, at some point

Only the appearance of a whistling R2-D2 can lure him across the room Grogu waddles away from his father (By my rough count, we played Pedro Pascal for less than a minute, less than five minutes this season, if we factor in time with his head on the screen, but not all the time he is without a helmet) Luke picks him up and he and Grogu look at each other up close. Then Luke says, “May the force be with you” and walks away without saying his name or where he’s going (or talking about visiting rights) and Grogu looks back over his shoulder We see Master and Padawan standing in a turbo lift for a moment, like the Madonna and Child ( and the astromech droid) And then they’re gone, leaving us to wonder if this could mean Ben Solo killing Grogu (It’s scary that Luke the Last Jedi – who knows Grogu well – still says he’s “the last of the Jedi religion.” “although that could mean that Grogu, like Ahsoka, is following a less rigid, gray Jedi path)

“If you manage to stop your search, I would ask you to join our efforts,” Bo-Katan said to Mando at the beginning of the episode. “Mandalorians have been exiled from our homeworld for far too long with the Darksaber in hand, Mando could have a new mission.His promise to Grogu was a promise to all of us: Grogu isn’t gone forever.But the baby’s absence in last week’s episode could be a sign of an upcoming pivotal point in The Mandalorian may no longer be just about the duo that was his beating heart What’s next for the still-living Moff Gideon, whom Esposito has suggested we’d probably see a lot more of? Could Thrawn dismiss him as the great evil of the Empire? Will the series – or its spin-offs – still touch Pershing’s program and efforts to revive Palpatine? If Grogu does not turn out to be a Jedi, then perhaps isn’t it better to stick with Din and cultivate that attachment than to let go of it? Does the decision to render Luke in CGI mean he is running out of screen time, or could the character be re-cast now after this episode determines who he is?

Just as I was complaining that we’d missed a reunion between Boba and Luke – and wondered why Fett was on the show in the first place – The Mandalorian gave us a first for the show: a post-credits scene In The short clip (which I wish had a memory of the original Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch, who passed away Thursday), Fennec and Boba storm into Jabba’s palace, where security is still sloppy and where the Maclunkey’s Hutt – Shouting out former majordomo Bib Fortuna, who has gained a few pounds, has taken control (Bib is played by sound editor Matthew Wood, who played or voiced several Star Wars characters, including Bib in an uncredited one Appearance in The Phantom Menace)

Boba blows up Bib, takes his place, and lays claim to the palace where he once stood guard. Perhaps he will take over Jabba’s ancient empire while continuing to say things like, “Well, if that’s not the Quacta that is This is the setup for The Book of Boba Fett, which is slated for release in December 2021, when the third season of The Mandalorian is also set to premiere, a deadline report suggests this will be The Mandalorian’s third spin-off series, although there is a chance The Mandalorian may simply evolve into a non-commandocentric series its title could just as easily refer to Boba or Bo-Katan as Din, after all. Regardless of the format of Boba Fett’s book, it will likely explain how Fett survived the Sarlacc, lost his armor, and teamed up with Shand

That “The Rescue” ended with a Skywalker and setup for another series is a symbol of the juggling act that sustained this season as The Mandalorian grew into starring Star Wars as Favreau and Dave Filoni before Having anticipated the premiere, the second season of The Mandalorian expanded the scope of the series significantly, strengthening its ties to the rest of the franchise.Every idea that The Mandalorian would remain a somewhat separate story that existed aside from the Skywalker saga passed this one However, year out of the window series was largely concerned with engaging pre-existing characters and creating spin-offs without recycling ideas, sacrificing weekly entertainment, slowing the progression of the plot, or neglecting to develop your own core A Skywalker stole some of the spotlight this week but it was the view between Grogu and an exposed Din who delivered the payoff we’d been waiting for

Today I’m going to forego our usual subsections as we’ve covered the fan service of the week Bo-Katan and Ahsoka may have been strangers to some, but I hope no one takes me to explain who that Jedi guy with the green saber was Thank you for accompanying me on this journey for the past two months me will be back soon to round up the season and speculate on what might come in season 3

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Source: https://www.theringer.com/mandalorian/2020/12/18/22189598/the-mandalorian-season-2-finale-recap-grogu-rescue-luke-skywalker