Review: Star Wars – The Mandalorian S02E04 – Chapter 12: The Siege – The empire is still mighty

Last week our Mandalorian was sent on a trip to Ahsoka Tano, and the big question this week was of course whether we would be able to welcome Anakin Skywalker’s former padawan to this series this week, or whether showrunner Jon Favreau is delaying it a little longer . Okay, the latter was the case, which I honestly expected. But you don’t have to be disappointed for a long time. After all, the Mandalorian is returning to Corvus, where there is a reunion with Cara Dune and Greef Karga.

Cara Dune is now on the road as Marshal and has cleaned up the city properly after the attack against the Empire and Moff Gideon from season 1. There is still a tiny imperial base, however, and while Mando is having his ship repaired, he is helping his two companions to wipe out this base. At least that’s the plan, but this base turns out to be completely intact and well staffed. And so the focus of this episode is mainly the fight against Stormtrooper, Scout Trooper, Tie Fighter and a lot more – just what the Empire has to offer. And that’s really fun: The episode has the spirit of the classic trilogy – Jon Favreau has been putting increased emphasis on this for several episodes. Above all, one wonders how much empire is still on the move in the galaxy, it was actually defeated long ago. But somewhere there are still a few leftovers that are organized through Moffs like Gideon.

For me, the basic operation was a bit too easy, because firstly you could have invested more airtime (again only 39 minutes running time minus the epic long credits) and also a little more dramatically. Otherwise everything looks very good, which was also ensured by Carl Weathers, who not only plays Greef Karga, but also directs this episode. And we get a few pointers about the specialty of the child and about the experiments that should be carried out on him in season 1. The chase away from the imperial base was then again the best “Star Wars”, even if the Razor Crest was repaired a little too quickly for me. The fact that she now carries a tracking device with her was predictable, but it doesn’t matter, the really dark end of the episode, where we see a new army of Moff Gideon, makes up for it. It all sounds like the best ingredients for an exciting season finale. And next week we should finally see Ahsoka Tano, I guess, because the episode will be titled “The Jedi” after all.

Photos: Lucasfilm / Disney +

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