- All about ‘The Mandalorian’
If in ‘The Heiress’, the previous chapter of ‘The Mandalorian’, we believed we had discovered many things about the series and the Star Wars Universe, they were only preparing us for what awaited us in ‘The Siege’ (The assault), possibly the most directly important chapter of Disney + fiction in the Star Wars universe.
As we said, we were coming from a week in which we learned more, much more, about Mando and the Mandalorians, we were given the location of a Jedi (Ahsoka Tano no less) and the Empire and Moff Gideon reappeared. But nothing prepared us for what the protagonists discover when they return to Nevarro. Din Djarin is reunited there with his old colleagues, Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and Greff Karga (Carl Weathers, who also directs the episode). Upon arrival, the change for the better that the place has given is evident, with Karga as leader and Dune imposing law as its new Marshall. What was once the bounty hunter’s den is now a school, where they leave Baby Yoda. While the little Jedi once again uses the Force to steal the cookies from the boy next door, the three protagonists set out to destroy a semi-abandoned base of the Empire, the last danger in the place.
Arriving there begins a battle in which the Stormtroppers of the Empire will show off their now traditional clumsiness, from going out to being shot while they seem blind to crashing alone with their motorcycles in pursuit. The assault does not have many problems until they manage to activate the lava that forms the basis of the installation and they consider fleeing. As Mando flies off with his jetpack to make sure Baby Yoda is okay, Karga, Dune, and Mythrol (who was on the expedition forcibly) flee in a hurry, first from bikes and then from ships. If it were not for the appearance of Mando in his already repaired vehicle, things would have ended badly but this is Star Wars and the protagonist arrives at the last minute to destroy them, while the music rises, and end another episode full of adventure .
All that would be enough to talk about a more than remarkable chapter of ‘The Mandalorian’: the return of beloved characters, lots of action against the Empire, Mythrol and Baby Yoda providing continuous doses of humor … But the key to this episode is that the series has gone much further, we could even say that we have just attended a whole prequel to the new trilogy. Of course, we had not forgotten that ‘The Mandalorian’ is situated between the fall of the Empire in ‘Return of the Jedi’ and the rise of the First Order in ‘The Force Awakens’. However, we did not think, at least for now, that the plots were going to become so interconnected.
While the protagonists discover that Moff Gideon is not dead, they also realize that those Nevarro facilities are far from being a simple military base, they are nothing less than an important laboratory. Although scientists are quick to destroy all the evidence, one recording makes things clear. If the Empire and Moff Gideon seek Baby Yoda, it is to use his blood on the subjects that are in the tubes and obtain a Sith with power over the force through scientific means.
One of the main loose ends and complaints about ‘The Last Jedi’ was the sudden death of Supreme Leader Snoke, who seemed to be the great antagonist of the trilogy and came to nothing, murdered by Kylo Ren treacherously. He died without our knowing anything about him, disappointed by his power and deducing that he was a simple puppet of the Dark Side, incarnated by Palpatine again in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’.
Well, all those questions we were looking for have just been answered in the fourth episode of season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’. If Moff Gideon and the Empire seek Baby Yoda to draw his blood, it is because he is essential to believe the monsters that were seen in the laboratory tubes, projects that at some point will become Snoke. We still don’t know when, or how, but the resemblance between those monsters and Snoke is evident and the Empire’s plan as well.
It is annoying to see how Cara Dune and Karga drag off the Republic official who interrogates them, instead of warning him of the danger. He senses that these actions of the Empire are not isolated blows from his retirement, that there is something more. We know that this “something else” will become the First Order, led by a Snoke who could be an anonymous subject or his own, and this is just one theory of many possible, Moff Gideon, in his ambition to earn more power. In short, the problem of ‘The Mandalorian’ has stopped being to reunite Baby Yoda with his people to prevent the Empire from creating the First Order with his blood. Yes, we already know that things will not turn out well, but surely we still have more things to discover. Hopefully Ahsoka Tano shows up soon to give us that key element in Star Wars, hope.
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