It feels like only like yesterday that I was discussing regarding the Special Look trailer of the Mandalorian season 2 and yet here we are with the first episode under our belts. My expectations for this show has only gone up since the last season as I firmly believe its the only thing saving Star Wars right now.
I’ll be discussing certain aspects of the first episode so heads up on spoilers. And honestly, if you haven’t watched it yet, then you should get to it! Now that that’s out of the way; let’s dive into it!
The Adventures of the Mandalorian and the Child continues.
The show starts with a recap of the last season and then shifts its focus on Mando who is on his way to an underground space fight club to gain information on other Mandalorians. Things almost immediately go south, and once again, we get to appreciate Mando’s capabilities in combat as he clears the room with little effort.
One thing that stands out in this fight is the fact that the Mandalorian hardly deflects anymore of the blows and prominently showcases how durable his Beskar amour is in taking hits.
He then proceeds to interrogate the ringleader by first grappling him and then hanging him up by the legs. This scene seems to be a nod to Batman in some ways, and the way Mando twists his promise to not killing him by his hand is just brilliant.
Boba Fett wannabe.
Fast forward to Tatooine, based on the information attained, the Mandalorian and the child find themselves in a small town called Mos Pelgo. It is here where we get our first look at Boba Fett’s old amour that’s being worn by a new character in the series Cobb Vanth.
After Vanth removes his helmet, a callback to season one, Mando deduces that he is no real Mandalorian and immediately orders him to remove the armour as it’s not his to keep. Before things could escalate, the town gets hit by one of the famous creatures of Star Wars lores, a Krayt Dragon.
A deal is struck between the Mandalorian and Vanth, to kill the dragon in exchange for the armour set. This particular scene seemed like it was taken straight of an RPG game where the protagonist has a choice to make, do some long quest and get the goodies or kill the guy holding the loot and then rob it of the body. They should make a game out of this show!
The Krayt Dragon plan by the Mandalorian.
Fast forward, the sand people team up with the townsfolk along with Mando in an uneasy alliance, to face off the Krayt Dragon. The original design of the creature seems to have gotten changed for the most part like missing horns for the show, but heck it still looks dangerous and terrifying!
A great battle ensues with terrific CGI portraying the Krayt Dragon in all of its glory which can only truly be appreciated by watching the episode. Mando gets the Play of the Game honour by entering the creature through its mouth, blows it up wide open from within and saves the day. In the end, everyone is safe, and Mando gets him the amour in return.
There is a hidden easter egg in the show that shows the sand people getting a Krayt Dragon pearl from the carcass of the creature. If you’re a gamer or a fan, you’ll almost immediately realize that the pearl can function as a Kyber Crystal to power up lightsabers!
As the show comes to a close, we get a short tease of the real Boba Fett watching the Mandalorian travel across the dune sea. It’s a smart setup for Boba Fett to reclaim his armour down the line and also find out why Mando is searching for others like him. Hopefully, that’s not the last time we get to see in the show, and I can’t wait for the next episode to air!